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|Birth name||Alfred Poling|
Al The Sledgehammer
|Billed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Billed weight||300 lb (140 kg)|
January 22, 1957 |
New York City, New York, United States
|Resides||Jackson, New Jersey, United States|
|Trained by||Larry Sharpe|
Professional wrestling career
Poling was trained as a wrestler by Larry Sharpe. He debuted in 1990, wrestling on the independent circuit under the ring name "Al the Sledgehammer". In 1994, Poling won the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Rookie of the Year award.
Extreme Championship Wrestling
Poling achieved his greatest national exposure in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) in the mid-1990s. He debuted in ECW as a "handler" to Sabu. Later his gimmick was as an enforcer of the "extreme" attitude, and he was named 911 and joined Paul Heyman's Dangerous Alliance stable with Sabu and Tazmaniac. Whenever something happened at an ECW event that the fans found to be not extreme (examples include the appearance of Santa Claus and former WCW jobber "Jungle" Jim Steele) 911 would run out and chokeslam the offenders.
In 1998, Poling returned to ECW at UltraClash in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as 911, chokeslamming Bill Wiles. Poling was then accompanied by manager Judge Jeff Jones, who proclaimed Poling to be the true giant of professional wrestling. They were then interrupted by Spike Dudley and had an impromptu match, which Poling lost in under a minute.
World Championship Wrestling
Poling wrestled in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1996 and 1997, under the names Tombstone, Sledge Hammer and Big Al. Contrary to common internet myth however, Poling did not portray the Big Al who appeared in WCW in early 2000.
Throughout the late 1990s, 911 appeared with the New Jersey based Jersey All Pro Wrestling promotion, winning the JAPW Heavyweight Championship on two occasions. At Hardcore Homecoming in 2005 he chokeslammed both Danny Doring and Roadkill. He wrestled at New York Wrestling League in 2008.
- Signature moves
Championships and accomplishments
- All American Wrestling Alliance
- AAWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- New Jack City Wrestling
- NJCW Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- NWA New Jersey
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