Bill DeMott

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Bill DeMott
Bill DeMott.jpg
DeMott in April 2011
Birth name William Charles DeMott II
Born (1966-11-10) November 10, 1966 (age 47)[1]
Titusville, Florida[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Bill DeMott[1][2]
Captain Hugh G. Rection[3][4]
Crash the Terminator[1][2]
General Hugh G. Rection[3][4]
Hugh Morrus[1][2]
The Laughing Man[1]
The Man of Question[1]
Billed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1][2]
Billed weight 280 lb (130 kg)[1][2]
Billed from Trenton, New Jersey[5]
Trained by Johnny Rodz[1]
Debut 1990[1]

William Charles "Bill" DeMott II[1] (born November 10, 1966)[1] is an American semi-retired professional wrestler and road agent. He is currently signed to WWE, where he works as the head trainer for the company's developmental territory NXT. He is best known for his appearances with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) as Hugh Morrus and Bill DeMott, respectively.[2] He also performed as Crash the Terminator in both Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) and Japan.[2]

While in WCW, he became a two time United States Heavyweight Champion and a one time World Tag Team Champion with Alex Wright. After failing to find similar success in WWE, DeMott retired from in-ring competition and transitioned into the role of a trainer for the company's Tough Enough program, for which he became known for using a strict and firm-but-fair style in handling trainees, and their developmental territory Deep South Wrestling.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Early career (1990–1994)[edit]

DeMott was trained by Johnny Rodz in his New York wrestling school beginning in 1988. From there he began working at small independent promotions using the name Big Sweet Williams. In 1992 DeMott began wrestling for the American Wrestling Federation and started using the name Crash the Terminator. Under this name he found some success, first capturing the AWF Heavyweight title from Steve Strong in Puerto Rico, before moving on to the Japanese promotion W*ING and winning their World Tag Team Championship with Mr. Pogo. In 1993, while competing in W*ING, Demott won a 16-man tournament to be crowned their World Heavyweight Champion.

When DeMott returned to the United States, he wrestled for Extreme Championship Wrestling for a short time under his Crash the Terminator name before moving on to Pennsylvania Championship Wrestling, where won the latter promotion's World Heavyweight Championship upon winning a battle royal.

World Championship Wrestling (1995–2001)[edit]

The Dungeon of Doom and The First Family[edit]

Main article: The First Family

In 1995, DeMott was signed to a World Championship Wrestling (WCW) contract at the behest of Kevin Sullivan who had been impressed by him. He debuted in dark matches as The Man of Question and The Laughing Man, a strange gimmick that saw him wearing a singlet covered in question marks and laughing frequently. He made his television debut as a member of the Dungeon of Doom as "The Laughing Man" Hugh Morrus (a pun on the word humorous) on the November 18, 1995 episode of WCW Saturday Night in a vignette inside the Dungeon, where Kevin Sullivan told his (kayfabe) father, The Master, that he was giving him something he never had: laughter, and that he was giving him "the man from the Isle of Nowhere."

Upon the dissolution of the Dungeon of Doom, Morrus was relegated to the undercard. As a curtain jerker, he gained the distinction of being the first wrestler to lose a televised match to Bill Goldberg during the on September 22, 1997 episode of Nitro. As a part of the growing hardcore wrestling style in WCW, Morrus joined Jimmy Hart's First Family stable. Although the Family found success and received a push following a victory over their rivals The Revolution, the stable was suddenly disbanded.

At this time, DeMott took some time off from WCW. He returned in early 2000, utilizing the same name and ring attire, but squashing a number of wrestlers as an angrier version of himself. The angry Morrus gimmick came to a halt when Vince Russo and Eric Bischoff took over and aimed to take WCW in a new direction.

The Misfits In Action[edit]

Main article: The Misfits In Action

After getting on Russo's bad side (in kayfabe), Morrus was fired from his New Blood stable along with a number of other wrestlers. These ex-New Blood members (including Chavo Guerrero, Jr. and Booker T) formed the comedic Misfits In Action stable, which saw its members adopt both military-themed names and attires. As the stable's leader, Morrus re-christened himself General Hugh G. Rection, and led the group in a feud against the Filthy Animals.

The group's comedic nature and the workrate of some of the wrestlers made the group immediate favorites with fans. Upon the introduction of the heel Team Canada, the Misfits In Action immediately began feuding with Team Canada based over the patriotism both stables had for their respective countries. As the leader of the Misfits, Rection feuded with Team Canada's leader and United States Heavyweight Champion Lance Storm, with the two trading wins until Rection defeated both Storm and a turncoat "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan in a handicap match on October 29 at Halloween Havoc to win the title. Rection would soon lose the title back to Storm on the November 13 episode of Nitro before defeating Storm to regain the title on November 26 at Mayhem.

After his feud with Storm, the next night on Nitro, DeMott stood in the ring and spoke to the fans. During this segment, the WCW locker room emptied and many wrestlers from backstage stood on the entrance way clapping for DeMott; Bill Goldberg grabbed the microphone and, fondly recalling his first opponent in WCW, said "Hey, Goldberg's streak had to start somewhere, my friend." In perhaps one of DeMott's greatest achievements in wrestling, he gained respect from his peers.

At Sin on January 14, 2001, Rection lost the United States Heavyweight Title to Shane Douglas. Following the title loss, the Misfits disbanded when Rection announced that they were honorably discharged, which lead to Rection reverting to his Hugh Morrus name while the now former Misfits briefly feuded amongst each other. DeMott would then resume his pursuit of the United States Heavyweight Title until the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) bought out WCW.

World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment (2001–2007)[edit]

The Alliance[edit]

When WCW was purchased by the WWF, DeMott signed a deal with the WWF and became part of The Invasion angle under his Hugh Morrus ring name as a member of The Alliance. Morrus made his WWF debut on the June 4, 2001 episode of Raw by attacking Edge. Aside from a pay-per-view match at Invasion on July 22 where he, Shawn Stasiak and Chris Kanyon defeated Big Show, Billy Gunn and Albert and an Intercontinental Championship match on the August 27 episode of Raw which he lost to Edge via disqualification, Morrus was relegated to wrestling on the company's secondary shows Heat and Jakked much like his fellow WCW alumni. When The Invasion ended at Survivor Series following Team Alliance's loss to Team WWF, Morrus was kayfabe fired by Vince McMahon. While off television, Morrus performed at house shows and worked in company's developmental territory Heartland Wrestling Association (HWA). During his time in the HWA, he teamed with Raven to defeat Lance Cade and Steve Bradley to win the Tag Team Champions on March 12, 2002, which they lost only three days later.

SmackDown![edit]

In April 2002, Morrus was drafted to the SmackDown! brand. He made his television return on the April 6 episode of Jakked alongside fellow WCW alumnus Chavo Guerrero and defeated The Hurricane and Funaki. Morrus was soon relegated to being a mainstay on Jakked and later Velocity until late July 2002, when he was legitimately injured in a motorcycle accident and had to take a leave of absence. During his time away, he became a trainer for the third season of Tough Enough, WWE's reality television show.

When he had sufficiently healed, Morrus made his return on the November 23 episode of Velocity under his real name. DeMott made his SmackDown! debut on December 5 as a heel, where he defeated Funaki in a squash match. The victory saw DeMott immediately receive a push that saw him squash several established wrestlers, including Funaki, Shannon Moore, Chuck Palumbo, Crash Holly, and Rikishi weekly on SmackDown!. However, his came to an end soon and saw DeMott relegated back to Velocity beginning in February 2003. In May, DeMott made a face turn that also saw him tell knock-knock jokes as part of the turn. As the gimmick failed to get over, he remained on Velocity while continuing to win several squash matches. DeMott wrestled his last televised match on the June 14 episode of Velocity, where he defeated fellow WCW alumnus Chris Kanyon. Later that month, DeMott retired from in-ring action, citing years of knee injuries. He then moved on to become the color commentator for Velocity,[5] beginning on the November 1 episode,[6] and remained in that position until the end of 2004.

Deep South Wrestling[edit]

When Tough Enough 4 wrapped production, DeMott did not make a return to Velocity. Instead, he became a full-time trainer for WWE and began working in the company's Deep South Wrestling developmental territory.[7] DeMott also worked as a booker for DSW, although his direction in the promotion received criticism, most notably by former WWE developmental wrestler Kenny Omega, who soon requested to be released from his developmental contract due to poor treatment.[7] DeMott was released from his WWE contract on January 19, 2007,[8] with Tom Prichard taking his place as DSW's head trainer.

Independent circuit[edit]

After parting ways with WWE, DeMott competed for several independent promotions, including the Carolina Wrestling Association and the United Wrestling Federation. In addition to wrestling, he also began operating his own wrestling school called New Energy Wrestling School from 2009 to 2010 in McDonough, Georgia, while also running a brief series of wrestling events in Locust Grove, Georgia.[9]

Return to WWE (2011–present)[edit]

In 2011, WWE announced that DeMott would return to the company to perform as the head trainer on the revived Tough Enough series.[10] Following the conclusion of Tough Enough, DeMott replaced Tom Prichard as the head trainer for the Florida Championship Wrestling developmental territory on June 2, 2012.[7] After FCW was rebranded into NXT, DeMott retained his position as the head trainer.

Other media[edit]

Books[edit]

Personal life[edit]

DeMott married his first wife Rose Azzolino in 1987 when he turned twenty-one.[11] The couple had two daughters, Casey, who was born two months premature on July 7, 1993[12] and Keri, who was born on January 9, 1995.[13] The marriage was annulled in 2004.[14] He married his second wife, Lacey Storey on December 18, 2004.[14] The couple has one child together, a son named William Charles DeMott III, who was born on November 2, 2008.[15]

In wrestling[edit]

Wrestlers trained by DeMott[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Americas Wrestling Federation (Puerto Rico)
    • AWF World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[32]
  • Pennsylvania Championship Wrestling
    • PCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[34]
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI ranked him #40 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2001[35]
    • PWI ranked him #450 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the PWI Years in 2003
  • Wrestling International New Generations
    • W*ING World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[36]
    • W*ING World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Mr. Pogo[37]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Bill DeMott". Online World of Wrestling. Archived from the original on 21 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-05. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "WWE profile". 
  3. ^ a b "UNDER THE MICROSCOPE - 8/10 WWE Raw: Girl in the cafeteria vs. Festus, Solution to Big Show's bad breath, Lawler and the Color Purple, A closer look at G.I. Bro, but not Major Gunns". "Years later, as The New Blood fought the Misfits in Action in WCW, the MIA had an unlikely recruit as Booker T reverted back to his G.I. Bro name and look. The Misfits were led by Hugh Morris, now known by the name Hugh G. Rection." 
  4. ^ a b "Nitro report on May 15, 2000". 
  5. ^ a b c d Shields, Brian; Sullivan, Kevin (2009). WWE Encyclopedia. DK. p. 31. ISBN 978-0-7566-4190-0. 
  6. ^ "10/11 WWE Velocity review: Bill Demott debuts on color commentary". 
  7. ^ a b c "DeMott confirms FCW head trainer role". 
  8. ^ "WWE releases Superstars". WWE. 2007-01-19. Archived from the original on 12 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-23. 
  9. ^ Personal conversation; Hall, A, March 2012
  10. ^ "Tough Enough bio". 
  11. ^ Bill DeMott.The Last Laugh (p.22)
  12. ^ Bill DeMott.The Last Laugh (p.54)
  13. ^ Bill DeMott.The Last Laugh (p.63)
  14. ^ a b Bill DeMott.The Last Laugh (p.169)
  15. ^ Bill DeMott.The Last Laugh (p.231)
  16. ^ a b "Bill DeMott vs. Kanyon: Velocity, June 14, 2003". 
  17. ^ a b "This Week in WCW: December 7-9, 1996". 
  18. ^ a b c "Nitro report on February 22, 1999". 
  19. ^ a b "Saturday Night report on February 14, 1998". 
  20. ^ "Nitro report on December 4, 2000". 
  21. ^ "Fall Brawl report on September 17, 2000". 
  22. ^ "Nitro report on September 18, 2000". 
  23. ^ a b "Nitro report on March 1, 1999". 
  24. ^ "11/23 WWE Velocity review: Albert-Crash, DeMott-Doring". 
  25. ^ "Thunder report on June 7, 2000". 
  26. ^ "Nitro report on November 6, 2000". 
  27. ^ "Nitro report on November 13, 2000". 
  28. ^ "Nitro report on May 11, 1998". 
  29. ^ "Jimmy Hart profile". Online World of Wrestling. Archived from the original on 2 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  30. ^ "Saturday Night report on January 6, 1995". 
  31. ^ "Saturday Night report on January 13, 1996". 
  32. ^ "AWF World Heavyweight Championship history". 
  33. ^ "HWA Tag Team Championship history". 
  34. ^ "PCW Heavyweight Championship history". 
  35. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated Top 500 - 2001". Wrestling Information Archive. Archived from the original on 15 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-05. 
  36. ^ "W*ING World Heavyweight Championship history". 
  37. ^ "W*ING World Tag Team Championship history". 
  38. ^ "General Hugh G. Rection's first WCW United States Heavyweight Championship reign". 
  39. ^ "General Hugh G. Rection's second WCW United States Heavyweight Championship reign". 
  40. ^ "WCW World Tag Team Championship history". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2011-05-01. 

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