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The Basham Brothers
Doug (right) and Danny (left)
Tag team
Members Doug Basham
Danny Basham
Name(s) The Revolution
The Basham Brothers
The Bashums
Paul Heyman's Personal Enforcers
Basham and Damaja
Heights 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m), Doug
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m), Danny
Combined
weight
490 lbs.
Billed from Columbus, Ohio
Debut 2002
Disbanded 2007
Promotions OVW
WWE
TNA

The Basham Brothers were a professional wrestling tag team, composed of Doug Basham and Danny Basham. The team is best known for working in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).

History[edit]

Ohio Valley Wrestling (2002–2003)[edit]

The Basham Brothers initially began working as a team in Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), where they were known as Doug Basham and Damaja respectively. On February 6, 2002, they defeated Nick Dinsmore and Rob Conway in an Iron Man match to win the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship.[1] Following a 99 day reign, they lost the championship back to Dinsmore and Conway on May 17.[1] In August, they reached the final of the Russ Haas Memorial Cup, but lost to Nova and RC Haas. They spent the remainder of the year and early 2003 feuding with one another, until reuniting in March to take on Bradshaw and Dinsmore.[2]

World Wrestling Entertainment (2003–2007)[edit]

In mid-2003, they were promoted to the main World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) roster, when Damaja was renamed Danny Basham, and the duo were billed as brothers.[2] The Basham Brothers debut on the May 29 episode of SmackDown!, defeating Spanky and Rikishi.[2] The following week, they unsuccessfully challenged the WWE Tag Team Champions Eddie Guerrero and Tajiri in a non-title match.[3] In June, the Bashams debuted Shaniqua as their valet.[4] In October, they began feuding with The APA (Bradshaw and Ron Simmons), defeating them in three consecutive matches, including at No Mercy.[5][6][7]

On the October 23 episode of SmackDown!, The Basham Brothers defeated Los Guerreros (Eddie and Chavo Guerrero) to win the WWE Tag Team Championship.[8] They retained the title in a rematch at Survivor Series (2003), and successfully defended the championship in a four-way match against Los Guerreros, Rikishi and Scotty 2 Hotty, and The World's Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin) in December.[9][10] On the February 5, 2004, The Bashams lost the title to Rikishi and Scotty 2 Hotty.[11] At No Way Out, the Bashams and Shaniqua lost a handicap match to Rikishi and Scotty 2 Hotty, and Shaniqua was then released from her contract.[12] Over the next several months, The Basham Brothers unusccessfully challenged for the WWE Tag Team Championship against teams including Rikishi and Scotty 2 Hotty, The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley), Charlie Haas and Rico, and Billy Kidman and Paul London.[2]

Paul Heyman's Personal Enforcers

In November 2004, The Basham Brothers joined John "Bradshaw" Layfield's faction, known as The Cabinet, and became known as the Secretaries of Defense.[2][13] In January 2005, they won a four-way match to win the WWE Tag Team Championship, defeating Rey Mysterio and Rob Van Dam, Eddie Guerrero and Booker T, and Mark Jindrak and Luther Reigns.[14] A month later, at the No Way Out pay-per-view, they lost the title to Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero, and failed to regain the championship in a rematch on SmackDown! on February 24.[15][16] In June, they quit The Cabinet.[17]

Two weeks later, Danny was drafted to the Raw brand as part of the 2005 WWE Draft Lottery.[18] Over the next year, they competed in singles competiton, until reuniting on the ECW brand in July 2006 as masked enforcers for Paul Heyman. Primarily known as Paul Heyman's Personal Enforcers, they were never formally identified.[2] On January 18, 2007, both were released by WWE.[19]

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2007)[edit]

The two debuted in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling on the May 10, 2007, episode of Impact!; known as "Basham" (Doug) and "Damaja" (Danny) attacked the Voodoo Kin Mafia on behalf of Christy Hemme.[20] At Sacrifice, they attacked B.G. James prior to their tag team match, turning it into a handicap match; they went on to defeat Kip James.[21] On May 24, on Impact!, Basham and Damaja defeated Kip James and Lance Hoyt (who was replacing B.G. James).[22] At Slammiversary, Basham and Damaja lost to B.G. and Kip James, but afterward were joined by Hoyt, who turned on the Vood Kin Mafia.[23] At Victory Road, Basham and Damaja were defeated by Voodoo Kin Mafia, and they then left the company.[24]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Basham Brothers". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
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  5. ^ Plummer, Dale (October 3, 2003). "Smackdown: Bad burritos, Lesnar battered". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  6. ^ Plummer, Dale (October 10, 2003). "Smackdown! craps out". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  7. ^ Powell, John (October 20, 2003). "No Mercy for WWE fans". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  8. ^ Plummer, Dale (October 24, 2003). "Smackdown!: The Deadman wants to bury Vince". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  9. ^ Powell, John (November 17, 2003). "Goldberg survives, Austin doesn't". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  10. ^ Plummer, Dale (December 19, 2003). "Smackdown: Hardcore Holly keeps his job". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  11. ^ Plummer, Dale (February 6, 2004). "Smackdown: New tag champs crowned". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  12. ^ Roopansingh, Jaya (February 16, 2004). "Guerrero crowned at No Way Out". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  13. ^ Sokol, Chris (November 26, 2004). "Smackdown: A festive affair". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
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  15. ^ Sokol, Chris (February 21, 2005). "JBL finds another Way Out". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  16. ^ Plummer, Dale (February 25, 2005). "Smackdown: JBL's party gets crashed". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  17. ^ Plummer, Dale (June 16, 2005). "Smackdown: Sweet revenge for Orton in Hershey". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  18. ^ Waldman, Jon (July 1, 2005). "WWE announces trade to finish draft lottery". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  19. ^ Waldman, Jon (January 18, 2007). "Axe drops for many WWE stars". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  20. ^ Sokol, Chris (May 11, 2007). "Impact: Last stop before Sacrifice". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  21. ^ Sokol, Chris (May 14, 2007). "World title picture muddied after good Sacrifice". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  22. ^ Sokol, Chris (May 25, 2007). "Impact: Daniels clips Samoa Joe vs. Sting". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  23. ^ Sokol, Chris (June 17, 2007). "TNA scores with Slammiversary". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  24. ^ Sokol, Chris (July 16, 2007). "Victory Road full of surprises". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  25. ^ "History of the WWE Tag Team Championship: Basham Brothers". WWE. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  26. ^ "History of the WWE Tag Team Championship: Basham Brothers (2)". WWE. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 

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