Al Green (wrestler)

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Not to be confused with Al Denney, who wrestled under the name "Al Greene" in the 1960s and 1970s.
Al Green
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Ring name(s) Al Green
Al Knitti
Big Al Green[1]
Blade[1]
Bounty Hunter #1
The Dog[1]
Rage
Billed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[1]
Billed weight 280 lb (130 kg)[1]
Born (1955-10-15)October 15, 1955[2]
Died June 14, 2013(2013-06-14) (aged 57)[3]
Resides Tampa, Florida[2]
Billed from Tampa, Florida[1]
Trained by Steve Keirn[1]
Debut 1990

Alfred Dobalo[2][4] (October 15, 1955 – June 14, 2013),[2][3] best known by his ring name Al Green, was an American professional wrestler who performed in North America, Europe, and Japan under a variety of gimmicks including Rage (One half of the team The Wrecking Crew with Fury), Blade one half of the Master Blasters with Steel (Kevin Nash) and the Dog in World Championship Wrestling at the turn of the millennium.[1]

Career[edit]

Green was trained for a professional wrestling career by Steve Keirn, making his debut in 1990 as "Blade", one half of "The Master Blasters" tag team alongside Kevin Nash. Blade was a replacement for "Iron", who left World Championship Wrestling after only one match. The Master Blasters had little success and were disbanded within a year. Nash became "Oz", while Green left WCW to compete for Florida Championship Wrestling as "Bounty Hunter #1",one half of The Bounty Hunters tag team. The team won the NWA Florida Tag Team Championship in November, but when Green's partner was injured, The Terminator stepped in and defended the tag team titles with Green. The team held the gold until the Nasty Boys beat them on a card in Nassau, Bahamas on January 6, 1991.[5]

The Wrecking Crew[edit]

While the team with The Terminator was a makeshift team at first, but they began teaming regularly first under the name The Terminators then later on as The Wrecking Crew where Marc became known as Fury and Al was renamed “Rage”. The team competed for the International Wrestling Federation based in Florida showing themselves to be a force in the tag team division. On May 28, 1992 the duo beat IWF Tag Team Champions The Long Riders (Brett Colt and Kip Winchester).[5]

By late 1992 the Wrecking Crew got signed by World Championship Wrestling, making their debut in January 1993.[6] Shortly after their debut the Wrecking Crew got national exposure by competing at Clash of the Champions XXII on January 13 where they defeated Tom Zenk and Johnny Gunn.[7]

After their success at the clash the team rode on a wave of success defeating Gunn and Zenk repeatedly,[8][9] as well as looking impressive against temporary teams such as 2 Cold Scorpio and Johnny B. Badd,[10] and Marcus Bagwell and Joey Maggs.[11]

By March the team was contesting a series of matches with future WCW World Tag Team Champions 2 Cold Scorpio and Marcus Alexander Bagwell[12] as well as feuding with the identical twin duo known as The Cole Twins (Keith and Kent Cole).[13] The feud with the Cole Twins was soon expanded to also include Bagwell and Scorpio as well as Tex Slazenger and Shanghai Pierce.[14] As the feud wore on the Cole Twins got the upper hand in the feud over the two big men.[15] The Wrecking Crew also faced Cactus Jack and The Barbarian in a series of house show matches.[16]

As Summer turned to fall the Wrecking Crew’s time with WCW ended, returning to the independent scene. In 1994 the Wrecking Crew traveled to Europe to work for Otto WanzCatch Wrestling Association. On July 24 they defeated David Finlay and John Hawk in the finals of a tournament to crown new CWA Tag Team Champions after Larry Cameron had died during a match.[5] Fury and Rage held the belts for only 3 weeks before being unseated by CWA regulars August Smisl and Ulf Herman in Vienna, Austria.[5]

In 1995 the Wrecking Crew tourned with All Japan Pro Wrestling over the summer being put over young teams like Kentaro Shiga and Mannukea Mossman.[17] The highlight of their summer tour was a clash with multiple time All Asia Tag Team Champions Doug Furnas and Dan Kroffat which the Wrecking Crew lost.[18]

Return to WCW[edit]

Green performed in WCW during the late 1990s, mainly on low level programs like WCW Saturday Night. While doing guest commentary, Kevin Nash made reference to Green being a former tag team partner of his (also making a pun of his name, relating to the more famous singer Al Green). In 2000, he was repackaged as The Dog when he formed a hardcore tag team managed by Fit Finlay with former Nasty Boy Brian Knobs. Green's mannerisms in this gimmick were those of a stereotypical attack dog and would have habits not unlike dogs, including drinking from the toilet. He was a last minute replacement in their group for Sabu, who couldn't start for WCW due to contract issues. Upon the acquisition of WCW by the World Wrestling Federation in early 2001, Green's contract was one of the assets not taken.

Other appearances[edit]

Al Green's last television appearances were as a guest on the reality shows Hogan Knows Best and Brooke Knows Best on VH1.

Death[edit]

Green died on June 14, 2013 at the age of 57. He had been suffering from COPD for some time before his death.[19]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • International Wrestling Federation (Florida version)
    • IWF Tag Team Championship (1 time) with Fury
  • Pro Wrestling Federation
    • PWF Tag Team Championship (1 time) with the Terminator
  • Other titles
    • HVW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • ICWA Tag Team Championship (1 time) with The Terminator

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Al Green profile". Online World of Wrestling. Archived from the original on 31 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-21. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Intelius People Search Report". Retrieved 2 June 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "FORMER WCW WRESTLER AL "THE DOG" GREEN PASSES AWAY". 
  4. ^ Zucco, Tom (1998-11-01). "An Amazon is born". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2012-06-10. 
  5. ^ a b c d Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  6. ^ "WCW Show Results 1993". January 1993. "(shown on WCW World Wide January 16) The Wrecking Crew defeated Joey Maggs & Johnny Rich at 4:24 when Rage pinned Maggs following an overhead backbreaker / elbow off the top double team" 
  7. ^ "WCW Clash of the Champions Results (XXII)". prowrestlinghistory.com. January 13, 1993. 
  8. ^ "WCW Show Results 1993". February 2, 1993. "(shown on WCW Saturday Night on February 20) The Wrecking Crew defeated Johnny Gunn & Tom Zenk" 
  9. ^ "WCW Show Results 1993". February 19, 1993. "The Wrecking Crew defeated Johnny Gunn & Tom Zenk" 
  10. ^ "WCW Show Results 1993". January 24, 1993. "2 Cold Scorpio & Johnny B. Badd fought the Wrecking Crew to a draw" 
  11. ^ "WCW Show Results 1993". January 28, 1993. "The Wrecking Crew defeated Marcus Alexander Bagwell & Joey Maggs" 
  12. ^ "WCW Show Results 1993". March 3, 1993. "2 Cold Scorpio & Marcus Alexander Bagwell defeated the Wrecking Crew" 
  13. ^ "WCW Show Results 1993". March 8, 1993. "(shown on WCW Saturday Night on March 13) Keith & Kent Cole defeated Tex Slazenger & Shanghai Pierce when Pierce was pinned following a double dropkick at around the 3:30 mark; after the bout, the Coles avoided an attack from the Wrecking Crew, Tex & Shanghai" 
  14. ^ "WCW Show Results 1993". April 27, 1993. "(shown on WCW Saturday Night on May 1) The Wrecking Crew, Tex Slazenger & Shanghai Pierce defeated 2 Cold Scorpio & Marcus Alexander Bagwell, Keith & Kent Cole via disqualification" 
  15. ^ "WCW Show Results 1993". May 2, 1993. "Keith & Kent Cole defeated the Wrecking Crew" 
  16. ^ "WCW Show Results 1993". April 2, 1993. "Cactus Jack & the Barbarian defeated the Wrecking Crew when Cactus pinned Rage" 
  17. ^ "AJPW Budokan Hall Show Results (1991–1995)". March 4, 1995. "The Wrecking Crew beat Kentaro Shiga & Maunukea Mossman (7:41)" 
  18. ^ "AJPW Budokan Hall Show Results (1991–1995)". July 24, 1995. "Dan Kroffat & Doug Furnas beat The Wrecking Crew (10:49)" 
  19. ^ http://www.pwinsider.com/article/78257/former-wcw-wrestler-al-the-dog-green-passes-away.html?p=1

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