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|Birth name||Brian Yandsrisovitz|
|Ring name(s)||Brian Knobbs|
|Billed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Billed weight||306 lb (139 kg)|
May 6, 1964 |
|Billed from||Allentown, Pennsylvania ("Nastyville")|
|Trained by||Verne Gagne
Professional wrestling career
The Nasty Boys
Knobbs was born and grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania and started his career in the American Wrestling Association as the masked Terrorist in 1985. In 1986, he formed a tag team called The Nasty Boys with Jerry Sags and wrestled in the Tennessee territory until they moved to Florida Championship Wrestling, where they won five Tag Team titles from 1988 through 1990.
In 1990, they went to the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA)'s Jim Crockett Promotions which had been purchased by Ted Turner and would be renamed World Championship Wrestling (WCW) before they left a few months later. They feuded with Rick and Scott Steiner over the WCW United States Tag Team Championship but could not defeat them. Later that year, they went to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) where they were managed by Jimmy Hart and won the World Tag Team Title from The Hart Foundation before feuding with and losing it to the Road Warriors. The Nasty Boys then wrestled many of the WWF's top face teams, including The Rockers, The Bushwhackers, and High Energy, before turning face in the fall of 1992 to feud with Hart's Money Inc. over the tag team title, which they were unable to regain.
They left the WWF for WCW in 1993 and were quickly placed with manager Missy Hyatt, who led them to the WCW World Tag Team Championship. After she left them, they went feuded with Harlem Heat, The Blue Bloods, and the team of Dick Slater and Bunkhouse Buck. They won the tag team title a second time later in 1993, but they were defeated by Cactus Jack and Kevin Sullivan the following year. In May 1995, they defeated Harlem Heat for their third and final WCW tag title at Slamboree, but lost the belts back to Harlem Heat at Bash at the Beach.
In 1996, they were tricked by the nWo into thinking they were going to become members but were attacked as soon as they received their shirts. Sags had been injured previously in a shoot-altercation with Scott Hall and he had to retire due to this injury.
Singles wrestler; later career
Following Sags' retirement, Knobbs became a singles wrestler and entered WCW's hardcore division. He feuded with Norman Smiley and defeated Bam Bam Bigelow at SuperBrawl in 2000. In addition, he won the WCW Hardcore Championship three times. He lost the belt simultaneously to all three members of the boy band stable Three Count, making them the only co-holders of that belt, but he regained it from them later. Fit Finlay was briefly his manager as the "Hardcore Soldiers" with partner "The Dog". He also was briefly in Jimmy Hart's The First Family.
Knobbs has since returned to wrestling, including wrestling at the New Alhambra Arena (formerly the ECW Arena) for Pro Wrestling Unplugged on June 16, 2007. On November 20, 2007, Knobbs and Sags reformed as The Nasty Boys at the SmackDown! tapings from Tampa, Florida to wrestle their first WWE match in years. According to reports, the match was disastrous and the team were accused of unprofessionally working stiff with their opponents, Dave Taylor and Drew McIntyre. On January 4, 2010, The Nasty Boys made an appearance on Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's television show, TNA Impact!, starting a feud with Team 3D. On the January 21 edition of Impact! the Nasty Boys competed in their first match for TNA, defeating the team of Eric Young and Kevin Nash. At Against All Odds The Nasty Boys defeated Team 3D in a tag team match, when Jimmy Hart made his return to the company and interfered in the match on the Nasty Boys' behalf. On the February 25 edition of Impact! Team 3D defeated the Nasty Boys in a tables match, when Jesse Neal interfered on Team 3D's behalf. The Nasty Boys and Hart continued their feud with Team 3D by defeating them and the returning Brother Runt, a replacement for Jesse Neal, whom the Nastys attacked prior to the match, in a six man tag team match. After the match Neal attacked the Nastys and helped Team 3D put Sags through a table. On March 29, 2010, news broke that the Nasty Boys had been released by TNA following an incident at a TNA function with Spike executives present.
On Tuesday, February 21, 2012 Knobbs was involved in an altercation with indy wrestler New Jack. According to a Wrestlezone.com article, "Tuesday night, Florida Underground Wrestling had a show Clearwater, Florida where former ECW star New Jack knocked out Nasty Boy Brian Knobbs in the locker room.According to New Jack's official Facebook page, Brian Knobbs who was accompanied by his wife and 2 other people, stopped by in a locker room full of wrestlers which included New Jack. It was at this point according to New Jack's account that a drunk Brian Knobbs began giving a speech that involved New Jack not being able to wrestle. New Jack says those comments were likely the last comments that Knobbs remembers before being knocked out".
Knobbs has appeared in several episodes of Hogan Knows Best and Brooke Knows Best, and was an on-screen trainer for Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling and Hulk Hogan's Micro Championship Wrestling.
During the 2009 Major League Baseball season, Knobbs performed a "Pit Stop" on Raymond, the Tampa Bay Rays mascot. Knobbs perfected the "Pit Stop" several years earlier on Joe Brennan of Peru, IL. Brennan reportedly suffered no ill effects.
- With Jerry Sags
Championships and accomplishments
- Continental Wrestling Association
- NWA Florida
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- World Championship Wrestling
- Other titles
- NAWA Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Jerry Sags
- PWF Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Jerry Sags
- SAPC Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Jerry Sags
- YPW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
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