Dave Sullivan (wrestler)

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Dave Sullivan
Birth name William Danenhauer
Born (1963-12-01) December 1, 1963 (age 51)[1]
Omaha, Nebraska, US[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Captain Ron[1]
Dave Sullivan[2]
The Equalizer[2]
Billed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[2]
Billed weight 260 lb (120 kg; 19 st)
Trained by Len Denton[1]
Debut 1989[2]
Retired 1996[2]

William "Bill" Danenhauer (born December 1, 1963) is an American retired professional wrestler. He is best known for his appearances with World Championship Wrestling from 1993 to 1996 under the ring name Dave Sullivan, where he played the dyslexic brother of Kevin Sullivan.[1]

Early life and football career[edit]

Dannenhauer attended Westside High School, where both he and his brother wrestled. He and his brother attended the University of Nebraska Omaha, where they played football for the Omaha Mavericks. Dannenhauer went on to play for the short-lived United States Football League before ending his playing career. He went on to serve as an assistant coach for the Mavericks before joining Washburn University as offensive coordinator for the Washburn Ichabods.[2]

In 1989, Dannehauer decided to become a wrestler after meeting Harley Race at a high school tournament.[2] He trained under Len Denton and debuted later that year.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Early career (1989–1993)[edit]

Danenhauer started wrestling in 1989 in the National Wrestling Alliance territory Pacific Northwest Wrestling under the ring name "The Equalizer". He teamed with The Grappler as "The Wrecking Crew", with the duo winning the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Championship on two occasions.[3]

In 1991, he briefly wrestled in New Japan Pro Wrestling, most notably losing a match to Scott Norton on March 21 at the Tokyo Dome.

In 1992, Danenhauer left PNW for the Global Wrestling Federation where he wrestled as "Captain Ron".[4]

World Championship Wrestling (1993–1996)[edit]

In 1993, Danenhauer joined World Championship Wrestling, and teamed briefly with Rick Rude as his tag team partner/bodyguard. They feuded with Dustin Rhodes and Road Warrior Hawk.[5] He also teamed with Paul Orndorff.[1]

His biggest push started in the summer of 1994 when he became "Dave Sullivan" the dyslexic brother of Kevin Sullivan who regularly mispronounced his own forename as "Evad". He was being picked on by The Nasty Boys and brought Kevin in to help him against them. He was injured by them, so Kevin Sullivan brought in Cactus Jack to help them out. After Kevin and Jack took care of The Nasty Boys, they split up, and Jack left. Hulk Hogan made his WCW debut that summer, and Sullivan became his biggest fan. Kevin hated Hogan, and problems started brewing.[6]

Sullivan started teaming with Hogan and Sting against Ric Flair and his henchmen, and Kevin soon turned on Dave, which started a feud that went into 1995. After his feud with Kevin ended, Dave fell in love with Kimberly, the valet of Diamond Dallas Page. Page took offense to this and started a feud with Dave that lasted all summer. During this feud, Dave gave Kimberly presents, which infuriated Page even more. Sullivan eventually lost the feud and moved on.[6]

Sullivan's next feud was with Big Bubba Rogers. Sullivan had a pet rabbit that he brought to ringside with him, and Bubba was allergic to rabbits. Bubba started wearing a surgical mask to keep from inhaling the germs, but Sullivan would always pull it off and get the victory.[6] Danenhauer left WCW in early 1996 after participating in the first WCW World War 3 event.

Retirement and football coaching career[edit]

Danenhauer retired from professional wrestling in 1996 due to the cumulative impact of injuries sustained in his football and wrestling careers. He relocated to Bentonville, Arkansas, where he worked for Wal-Mart as a fitness trainer. In 2003, he began working as offensive coordinator for the Vikings football team of Dana College in Blair, Nebraska.[2] He was later appointed athletics director.[7]

In wrestling[edit]

  • Managers
    • Kevin Casey
    • Joe Don Smith
    • Madd Maxine
    • Rip Oliver
    • Evan Steigerwalt
    • Lance Wright
  • Nicknames
    • "Evad" Sullivan[2]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Empire Wrestling Association
    • EWA North American Championship (1 time)[10]
  • Professional Wrestling Federation
    • PWF Eastern States Championship (1 time)
    • PWF Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Baby Huey (1) and George South (1)
  • United States Wrestling Federation

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Dave "Evad" Sullivan was inspiration for Eugene". Online World of Wrestling. July 9, 2009. Retrieved January 22, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Doug, Barber (September 2, 2003). "From 'The Equalizer' to Dana's Head Viking". Washington County Enterprise and Pilot Tribune. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Duncan, Royal; Gary Will (2000). "Portland: NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 317–320. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  4. ^ "Matches von Dave Sullivan, GWF" (in German). CageMatch.net. Retrieved February 6, 2010. 
  5. ^ "CLash of the CHampionms XXIV". ProWrestlinghistory.com. August 18, 1993. Retrieved February 6, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c RD Reynolds and Randy Baer (2003). "Hulkster's in the house". Wrestlecrap – the very worst of pro wrestling. ECW Press. p. 155. ISBN 1-55022-584-7. 
  7. ^ "Varsity Bowling Added To Dana College Athletics". WOWT. May 4, 2009. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  8. ^ Desjardins, Curtis (February 3, 1999). "The Official RSP-W Finishing Moves List". rec.sport.pro-wrestling. Retrieved 2013-08-04. 
  9. ^ "Finishing Moves List". Other Arena. Retrieved 2009-11-03. 
  10. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  11. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "Tennessee: SSW Southern States Wrestling TItle [Beau James]". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 209. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 

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