Tekko 2019 is proud to announce:
Big Time Wrestling
Big Time Wrestling will be in Hall A on Friday!
Meet & Greet begins at 6:30PM
First Match is at 8PM
Shane Douglas spent time in his early career in Japan, wrestling for AJPW with tag partner Johnny Ace (Laurinaitis) as part of the tag team “The Dynamic Dudes.” Douglas has held a dozen championships between ECW, WCW, and WWE. In 1994 Douglas won a tournament to become the new NWA heavyweight champion. He threw that title to the ground, proclaiming the death of the NWA, and the birth of ECW. It is as an ECW original that Douglas was given the moniker of “The Franchise.” Shane Douglas holds the record for most combined days as ECW champion (874) and the record for longest single reign in ECW championship history (406 days). In his WWE.com bio, they state that “without Shane Douglas, there would have been no ECW.”
Road Warrior Animal
Animal has wrestled in the United States for AWA, NWA, WCW, and WWE. In Japan, Animal has wrestled for AJPW, NJPW, UPW, SWS, ZERO1, and World Japan. Animal (with the late Road Warrior Hawk) is a former WWE Tag Team Champion, WCW Tag Team Champion, and IWGP Tag Team Champion to name a few. Between 1985 and 1990, the Road Warriors toured Japan, mainly with All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW). Their dominant victories garnered the Road Warriors a lot of Japanese wrestling media headlines and front page stories, ultimately making them legends in Japan. Animal returned to AJPW in 2007 teaming with Sasaki to form the Hell Warriors. On April 2nd 2011, The Road Warriors, with former manager Paul Ellering, were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Scott “Big Poppa Pump” Steiner
Prior to his professional career, Scott Steiner was an amateur wrestler at the University of Michigan. He is a decorated tag team wrestler with brother Rick as The Steiner Brothers. They are considered one of the best tag teams of all time and won several titles including the WWE Tag Team Championship, WCW World Tag Team Championship, IWGP Tag Team Championship, and the TNA/Impact World Tag Team Championship. The Steiner Brothers also briefly spent time in ECW from July through October of 1995 and wrestled periodically for NJPW from 1991 through 1997, making additional appearances in 2002 and 2008. Most notable were their appearances at the WCW/NJPW Supershows from 1991-1993. Scott also wrestled for AJPW in 2007. Scott Steiner found success as a singles wrestler, particularly in WCW where he became a Triple Crown Champion, holding the WCW World Heavyweight Champion, WCW World Television Title, and WCW United States Heavyweight Title. To quote WWE.com, “boasting an impressive resume of both tag team and singles success, Big Poppa Pump is one of the most memorable competitors and personalities in WWE history. His agility and strength were a dominant combination inside the squared circle and one thing was always certain, Big Poppa Pump is your hook up. Holler, if you hear me!”
ShockWave the Robot
ShockWave the Robot is a break dancing wrestler who believes he is some kind of a cyborg. He has wrestled for ZERO1 and New Japan Dojo. “Japan was a dream come true and I loved it there” says ShockWave. “I trained with Hidaka and…by far the most grueling exercises and best athletic training that I had ever done.”
The Sandman is an ECW original and the “Hardcore Icon” who has held the ECW World Heavyweight Championship a record five times. He has also worked in WCW, TNA, and WWE. He began his career in 1989 as Mr. Sandman, a surfer pimp gimmick. It was in 1994 that The Sandman turned into the beer drinking maniac we all love today. While not wrestling directly for any Japanese company, The Sandman says that the ECW talent and brass had no way of knowing the history that they were making at a Philadelphia bingo hall that became known as the ECW Arena. However, they were quickly gaining attention both in the United States and internationally “to the point where Japanese magazines were coming into the United States and we’re on the back cover of the magazine” The Sandman said. When asked if he and others recognized the mark ECW was making on wrestling he notes that “guys in ECW were starting to get ranked in Japanese magazines in their top 20 and stuff like that. We kind of knew it but we were all pretty young and just going along for the ride.”
Gangrel spent the early part of his career in Stampede Wrestling where he formed a tag team with Tom Nash known as “The Blackhearts”. Him and Nash competed under masks as “Destruction” and “Apocalypse” respectively and won the Stampede International Tag Team Championship. The Blackhearts were paired with Luna Vachon and wrestled for AJPW where the team eventually split up. After the demise of the Blackhearts, Gangrel and Luna developed the Vampire Warrior gimmick inspired by the movie The Lost Boys. Under this moniker, he won Pro Wrestling Illustrated Rookie of the Year award in 1993 and in 1998 was hired by WWE and given the name Gangrel, which was derived from a vampire clan from the role-playing game Vampire: The Masquerade. The gimmick involved an entrance which saw him rising from a ring of fire on stage, followed by a slow walk to the ring set to a sinister instrumental music theme. He also carried a goblet of “blood” with him and, during his entrance, would stop on the ring steps, take a drink, and spit it into the air. Gangrel later formed a gothic faction called The Brood with Edge and Christian. The Brood became known for their “blood baths”, which involved the lights going out for a moment, and when they came back on, the targeted wrestler being covered in blood. The three temporarily joined up with The Undertaker and his Ministry of Darkness faction.