Billy Jack Haynes
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|Billy Jack Haynes|
|Birth name||William Albert Haynes III|
July 10, 1953 |
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Billy Jack
Billy Jack Haynes
|Billed height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Billed weight||245 lb (112 kg)|
|Billed from||Portland, Oregon, A LittleTown in France (as Black Blood) Tucson, AZ (Stampede)|
|Trained by||Stu Hart|
- 1 Career
- 2 Personal life
- 3 In wrestling
- 4 Championships and accomplishments
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Early career (1982–1984)
Haynes started wrestling in 1982 at the age of 28. He trained in Stu Hart's "Dungeon" and briefly wrestled in Hart's Stampede Wrestling under his given name, forming a tag team with Bruce Hart. He started wrestling as Billy Jack in the Pacific Northwest territory but had to change his name when Tom Laughlin (who starred in the movie Billy Jack) threatened to sue him. He added his real last name to the gimmick and continued to work as a face.
Championship Wrestling from Florida and Pacific Northwest Wrestling (1984–1986)
He feuded heavily with Rip Oliver until 1984, when he had a brief run in Championship Wrestling from Florida and then a run in World Class Championship Wrestling in 1985. Due to internal conflict between Fritz Von Erich and Billy, he was written out of the organization, jobbing to Rip Oliver in a storyline where Rip bloodies and injured Billy. This wrestler rarely stayed put in any federation that he went to. During that time he face off against the debuting Shawn Michaels. He started splitting his time between Portland Wrestling and CWF and wrestled with partner Wahoo McDaniel in the National Wrestling Alliance's Jim Crockett Promotions where they feuded with Ole and Arn Anderson. He had just begun a feud with The Barbarian over who was the strongest man in the territory when he abruptly left the company after a confrontation with Jim Crockett in his office which became physical.
World Wrestling Federation (1986–1988)
In 1986, Haynes went to the World Wrestling Federation and feuded with Randy Savage over the Intercontinental Championship and then with Hercules Hernandez over who was stronger, more muscular, and who had a better version of the full nelson (their mutual finishing maneuver). Their feud in the WWF peaked with what was dubbed "The Battle of the Full Nelsons" at WrestleMania III, where the two men battled to a double count-out. After the bell, Hercules' manager Bobby "The Brain" Heenan kneed Haynes in the back while he had Hercules in a full nelson out on the floor. Haynes chased Heenan into the ring where Hercules blindsided him with his trademark chain, hitting Haynes multiple times and (Kayfabe) cutting his forehead (in reality, Haynes had bladed himself with a small razor hidden in the tapes around his wrists after the first hit. He was actually seen on camera taking the razor out of his wrist tapes while chasing Heenan around the ring).
In the months to follow, the two had a series of "chain matches," where they were attached at the wrist by a foot long chain which could also be used as a weapon during the match. Haynes later teamed with fellow Oregon native Ken Patera who had returned to the WWF. Haynes saved Patera from a beating at the hands of Hercules and "The King" Harley Race after Patera's return match. The pair would later feud with Demolition after a television match where Demolition left Haynes, Patera, and Brady Boone (who played Haynes' cousin) beaten and lying in the ring.
Haynes' departure from the WWF has been a subject of controversy considering dramatic changes in the story as Haynes repeated it. In one version, he says he quit the WWF after refusing to do a job in his hometown of Portland, Oregon. Another account of the same incident reported that he actually wrestled the match with the finish reworked and then fired afterwards. Finally, in a shoot interview, Haynes claims the WWF wanted him to lose the tag match in Portland, but when he said no, the WWF fired him.
Other wrestling promotions (1988–1996)
Haynes went back to Oregon in 1988 and wrestled in their independents, including forming his own promotion, Oregon Wrestling Federation. In the early '90s he did several shows for Herb Abrams' Universal Wrestling Federation, where they built up another strongman feud between Haynes and Ken Patera. Haynes returned to the major promotions when he appeared under a mask in World Championship Wrestling as Black Blood in Kevin Sullivan's stable. Soon after The Great American Bash, he was fired in July 1991, due to a pay dispute. At the time he was fired, he suffered a severe knee injury. After a year and a half of rehabbing, he went back to Portland, where he was a heel this time and feuded with top babyface Steve Doll. He spoke out against Vince McMahon and the WWF in 1992 when McMahon was indicted on steroid charges, and stated that the working conditions were terrible and about how ruthless McMahon was. He showed up next in the United States Wrestling Association in 1995 and retired in early 1996.
Haynes claims to have been considered for the larger than life babyface role given to Hulk Hogan by the WWF in the early '80s and that the first WrestleMania was going to be built around him, but his loyalty to Eddie Graham in the Florida territory kept him from accepting the offer. He also claimed that he was the victim of a serious prank by WWF wrestler Crush in the mid '90s when he called him at his home in Portland saying that Vince McMahon wanted him to wrestle a tryout match at a house show in Texas. He made the long road trip and when he got to the arena, no one knew what he was talking about.
In 2009, during a shoot interview with RF Video, Haynes criticized Vince McMahon for the deaths of several WWE wrestlers. He went as far as to blame McMahon for the Chris Benoit double murder and suicide and claiming that Daniel Benoit was actually McMahon's son, causing Benoit to commit the crimes after making the discovery. He also claims to have contracted the Hepatitis-C disease from his match with Hercules at WrestleMania III.
On March 16, 2013, Haynes was hospitalized. He was reported as suffering from an aortic aneurysm, and liver and kidney issues.
In October of 2014, the Portland Tribune reported that Haynes filed a lawsuit in federal court against WWE, alleging "egregious mistreatment of its wrestlers for its own benefit, as well as its concealment and denial of medical research and evidence concerning traumatic brain injuries suffered by WWE wrestlers." Haynes also seeks for the court to grant class action status for hundreds of former wrestlers and to force WWE to establish a medical trust fund to pay for wrestlers who suffer from injuries that took place in a WWE ring. Former WWE stars Vito Lograsso and Adam Mercer filed a class action lawsuit against WWE in January 2015 while being represented by the same lawyer as Haynes.
Championships and accomplishments
- Championship Wrestling from Florida
- Oregon Wrestling Federation
- OWF Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- Pacific Northwest Wrestling
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- United States Wrestling Association
- World Class Championship Wrestling
- "Billy Jack Haynes' Profile". obsessedwithwrestling.com. Retrieved 2009-03-11.
- Shields, Brian; Sullivan, Kevin (2009). WWE Encyclopedia. DK. p. 32. ISBN 978-0-7566-4190-0.
- "SAT. UPDATE: Big Vito & Adam Mercer sue WWE, More on Daniel Bryan's Recovery, Lots of TV Notes, and More". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. January 17, 2015. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
- Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.