Brutus Beefcake

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Brutus Beefcake
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Ed Leslie in character as Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake.
Ring name(s) Baron Beefcake[1]
Big Brother Booty[2]
The Booty Man[1]
Brother Bruti[1]
Brute Force[1]
Brutus Beefcake[1]
The Butcher[1]
The Clipmaster[3]
The Disciple[1]
Dizzy Hogan[1]
Ed Boulder[1]
Eddie Hogan[1]
The Mariner[1]
The Man With No Name[1]
The Zodiac[1]
The Zodiac Man[4]
Billed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[1][5]
Billed weight 272 lb (123 kg)[5]
Born (1957-04-21) April 21, 1957 (age 56)[1]
Tampa, Florida[1]
Resides Boston, Massachusetts[1]
Billed from San Francisco, California[1]
Parts Unknown
The Land of Yin and Yang
Trained by Hulk Hogan[1]
Ivan Koloff[1]
Debut 1977[1]

Edward Harrison "Ed" Leslie (born April 21, 1957) is an American professional wrestler, best known for his work in the World Wrestling Federation under the ring name Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake. He later worked for World Championship Wrestling under a variety of names, mainly as "The Disciple" of real-life best friend Hulk Hogan. He is a former WWF World Tag Team Champion.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Early days[edit]

Edward Leslie began his career at the side of Terry Bollea in 1977.[1] At the time, the two were billed as brothers. Leslie was Ed Boulder when Bollea wrestled as "Terry Boulder", and Dizzy Hogan when Bollea became "Hulk Hogan".

Leslie briefly wrestled in Bill Watts's Mid-South territory and sporadically (between 1980 and 1982) in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). In a 2000 shoot interview, he recalled his first match was a tag match with Ron Slinker, against Ox Baker and Eric the Red.

World Wrestling Federation (1984–1993)[edit]

Debut and The Dream Team (1984–1987)[edit]

Leslie rejoined the WWF as a heel named Brutus Beefcake in late 1984, managed by "Luscious" Johnny Valiant.[5] Beefcake was a vain character, who dressed in outlandish outfits. As a singles wrestler, he feuded with David Sammartino and Hulk Hogan. Hogan sought revenge on Beefcake after he and Valiant injured Hogan's protégé, Hillbilly Jim.

In the summer of 1985, Beefcake began teaming with Greg "The Hammer" Valentine. They became known as The Dream Team.[5] They soon began challenging The US Express (Mike Rotundo and Barry Windham) for the WWF Tag Team Championship. Initially, the US Express successfully met these challenges but, at the August 24 show in the Philadelphia Spectrum, The Dream Team won the title after Beefcake rubbed Valiant’s lit cigar into Windham’s eye. They defended the belts for eight months, primarily from a reformed US Express (Dan Spivey replaced the departed Windham) and The British Bulldogs. At WrestleMania 2, in Rosemont, Illinois, The Dream Team lost the title to The British Bulldogs.[5] They were unsuccessful in rematches for the title and soon dropped to mid-card status.

The Barber (1987–1990)[edit]

The Dream Team broke up at WrestleMania III. After defeating The Rougeau Brothers at the pay-per-view, the team had an argument and Beefcake was left in the ring while Valentine and Valiant left with Dino Bravo.[6] This (and having had his hair cut by Adrian Adonis in a six-man match shortly before WrestleMania) provided the impetus for Beefcake to turn face. Later that night, Roddy Piper defeated Adonis. Per match stipulations, Adonis would have his head shaved. Beefcake gladly undertook this task, and earned the nickname "The Barber".

Thereafter, Beefcake started bringing garden shears (with the handles taped to resemble barber poles) to the ring, and using a sleeper hold as his finishing move. After a match, he would strut around the ring, "snipping" his fingers like scissors to indicate he was about to cut his defeated opponent's hair. As he did (using either his shears or an electric razor) he would throw handfuls of hair into the air for the amusement of his fans.

Brutus Beefcake during the 1980s.

After coming out on top of a feud with former partner Valentine and ex-manager Valiant (whom, by the end of their feud, Beefcake had shaved completely bald), Beefcake feuded with Intercontinental Champion The Honky Tonk Man. Beefcake vowed to not only win the title, but put Honky to sleep and cut his duck's tail. Beefcake never made good on that vow, since Honky got himself disqualified from most of their matches (wrestling titles generally do not change hands on a disqualification). Honky often had assistance from a mysterious pigtailed and sunglassed blonde named Peggy Sue (Sherri Martel sometimes played this character, but more often, "she" was Jimmy Hart in drag). Beefcake countered with a "woman" of his own: "Georgina" (George "The Animal" Steele in drag). The feud concluded at WrestleMania IV, where Honky was again disqualified, after interference from Jimmy Hart. Though Honky escaped with the title and his hair, Beefcake caught Jimmy Hart after the match and humiliated him with a partial haircut.

Beefcake also feuded with "Outlaw" Ron Bass in 1988, beginning when Bass attacked him after a match on Superstars of Wrestling, lacerating his head with a spur. As a result, the injured Beefcake missed his scheduled Intercontinental championship match against The Honky Tonk Man at the first SummerSlam event on August 29.[7] He ultimately defeated Bass in a grudge match.

Beefcake then feuded with Randy Savage during 1989. On "The Brother Love Show" (an interview segment on WWF Superstars of Wrestling), Beefcake called Savage's new manager, Sensational Sherri, "Scary Sherri," and an angered Savage attacked him. Eventually, the feud became intertwined with one between Hulk Hogan and Zeus (based around the movie No Holds Barred). Hogan, the WWF World Champion, was simultaneously involved in his own feud with Savage over the title. During his match against Savage, Beefcake was assaulted by Zeus. At SummerSlam, Hogan and Beefcake teamed to defeat Savage and Zeus. The rivalry resumed when, on December 27, No Holds Barred was shown as part of a pay-per-view special called "No Holds Barred: The Movie-The Match." In the match portion of the show (taped two weeks earlier in Nashville, Tennessee), Hogan and Beefcake defeated Savage and Zeus in a steel cage match.

At WrestleMania VI, Beefcake became the first person to pin Mr. Perfect in a televised singles match, ending his 18-month undefeated streak.[8]

Parasailing accident and return (1990–1993)[edit]

Leslie with Brutus Beefcake's trademark haircutting shears.

In 1990, a serious parasailing accident put Leslie out of action.[5] He was helping his parasailer friend prepare for takeoff, when the driver of the boat mistook a cue to take off and pulled the friend's bare feet hard onto Leslie's face, crushing his entire facial skeleton. Over 100 metal plates were used to repair it.[9] To allow time to heal, he put his wrestling career on hold for nearly two years.

For a short time in early 1991, a masked character played by Leslie appeared on TV. The character would run in during matches and attack various heels (notably Rick Martel, Dino Bravo and Earthquake). He would run in on their matches, punch them a few times, throw a headbutt and immediately retreat. He never wrestled a match and was never given an official name.[10]

Leslie returned as Brutus Beefcake in the summer of 1991, hosting an interview segment called "The Barber Shop."[9] The Rockers split up on The Barber Shop when Shawn Michaels superkicked partner Marty Jannetty and threw him through a plate glass window; this turned Michaels heel and began his singles run to stardom. The final Barber Shop segment took place in February 1992. Newly turned heel Sid Justice attacked Beefcake and destroyed the set, building heat for his feud with Hulk Hogan.

In early 1993, Beefcake's facial injury was used in an angle with Money Inc. (Ted DiBiase and Irwin R. Schyster). In what was billed as Beefcake's "comeback match", he defeated DiBiase by disqualification when DiBiase and Schyster double-teamed him. Schyster then tried to reinjure Beefcake, hitting him with a steel briefcase. Longtime heel manager (and manager of Money Inc.) Jimmy Hart turned face by trying to stop his team from hurting Beefcake, and Hulk Hogan returned to the WWF after a one-year hiatus. Hogan and Beefcake teamed for the first time since December 1989, as The Mega-Maniacs, with Hart as their manager. The Mega-Maniacs (with Beefcake wearing a protective facemask) challenged Money Inc. for the Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania IX.[9] and, though gaining some revenge, lost via disqualification.[11]

Shortly after WrestleMania IX, Leslie left the WWF.

World Championship Wrestling (1994–1996; 1998–1999)[edit]

In 1994, Leslie debuted in World Championship Wrestling. At first, he only made short appearances with Hulk Hogan, who referred to him as Brother Bruti[1][3] (as he did when they were WWF tag team partners in 1989 and 1993). At that year's Halloween Havoc, following Hogan's cage match victory over Ric Flair, Bruti was revealed as the masked man who had attacked Hogan just before his title match with Flair at Clash of the Champions XXVIII. Bruti subsequently became The Butcher, and formed the 3 Faces of Fear with Kevin Sullivan and Avalanche.[9] The Butcher-Hogan culminated in a WCW World Heavyweight title match at Starrcade, which The Butcher lost.

The Butcher continued wrestling for some time after The 3 Faces of Fear broke up in January 1995, then became amnesic, as The Man with No Name. Leslie rejoined Sullivan in his new stable The Dungeon of Doom, as The Zodiac,[9] a character wearing black and white face paint and only ever saying, "Yes, no, yes, no!" The Dungeon of Doom feuded with Hogan for most of the remainder of 1995. Hogan eventually turned Zodiac against his stablemates by revealing him as a mole.

After leaving The Dungeon of Doom, Leslie became The Booty Man, and his gimmick was that of a man infatuated with his own buttocks, shaking them on the way to the ring and during matches. His signature move was a high knee (a homonym of "hiney"). He was accompanied to the ring by Kimberly Page (who became known as The Booty Babe), and feuded with Diamond Dallas Page (at the time, Kimberly's real-life husband).

The Booty Man, like Leslie's other WCW gimmicks, did not last long. When the nWo started, he attempted to join and was instead attacked by Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and Hollywood Hogan. Leslie then left WCW for nearly two years.

In 1998, Leslie returned as The Disciple, the bodyguard of Hollywood Hogan.[9] He was almost unrecognizable at first, with a new full beard, dark sunglasses, and nWo-styled biker attire. His true identity was later revealed onscreen by Roddy Piper, during his feud with Hogan. The Disciple accompanied Hogan to the ring for his matches, and would often be called on to assist in beating down an opponent, often using his new finishing move, "The Apocalypse". After Hogan became the WCW World Heavyweight Champion in April, these beatdowns often included the title belt itself, which The Disciple would drape over his shoulder before performing The Apocalypse, driving its centerplate into the victim's face on the way down.

The Disciple was abducted by The Warrior during Warrior's feud with Hogan, and was later seen hanging from his feet backstage. After being brainwashed by The Warrior, he turned on Hogan and became the second member of Warrior's One Warrior Nation. After Warrior left WCW, The Disciple's push largely diminished and he spent the remainder of his time in WCW as a "jobber to the stars". His last WCW PPV match was the World War 3 battle royal on November 22, 1998. In his final televised match, aired on the August 7, 1999 WCW Worldwide, he defeated The Gambler.[12]

Semi-retirement[edit]

A shirtless Leslie smiles, holding huge pruning shears
Leslie in 2009 with his shears.
Beefcake signing autographs at Comic Con 2013.

On January 26, 2008, Leslie was inducted into the XWF Hall of Fame by Jack Blaze. After it became the LPW Hall of Fame, Blaze honored Beefcake again, on March 26, 2010, in Wheeling, West Virginia.

In May 2000, Brutus Beefcake wrestled for the Extreme Wrestling Federation, in a match against Rex Diamond.[9]

After retiring, Leslie became part of the Christian wrestling group, World Impact Wrestling. He also started a wrestling school.[13] He made an appearance at Pro Wrestling Syndicate's debut show in Garfield, New Jersey on June 24, 2007.[14] He has appeared at several Memphis wrestling shows, including the 2007 Ultimate Clash of the Legends.

Leslie was a coach on Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling.

On July 24, 2009, Leslie competed in "Celebrity Boxing 10" in Philadelphia, losing in the first round to local competitive eater Bill Simmons.

He took part in the Hulkamania: Let The Battle Begin tour in late 2009, wrestling across Australia, including Perth and Sydney.

On August 28, 2010, Beefcake wrestled for Dynamic Wrestling Alliance, based in Middletown, Ohio.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Brutus Beefcake on the Hulkamania Tour

Leslie married Kirsten Georgi on July 1, 1987. They divorced in 1991.[citation needed] He married Barbara McGondel on October 1, 1994.[citation needed] Together, they have one daughter, Alana.[16] In 2013 Brutus married long time girlfriend Melissa DeGloria Caruso, the two moved to Florida in March 2012 and made it official August 23, 2013

In February 2004, Leslie caused an anthrax scare at one of Boston's MBTA stations, Downtown Crossing, where he was working at the time. He had left a bag of cocaine in his booth, which a subway rider spotted and assumed to be anthrax. The building was evacuated as a precaution. Leslie checked into a drug rehabilitation facility after admitting that it was his cocaine.[9]

On November 7, Leslie appeared at Toronto City Hall with a pair of shears and a submarine sandwich, claiming mayor Rob Ford "needed an intervention" in the wake of a high-profile crack cocaine scandal. Leslie offered to be Ford's "angel of mercy", saying "Maybe if he gets his body right, he will be able to get his mind right.” Security escorted him from the property. The day before, fellow wrestler The Iron Sheik also tried to visit Ford, and challenge him to an arm-wrestling match.[17]

Film[edit]

Behind the Ropes is about that sense of brotherhood in the world of pro wrestling.

Behind the Ropes: The Greatest Fraternity in the World[edit]

Leslie will be featured in the professional wrestling documentary Behind the Ropes: The Greatest Fraternity in the World,[18] which is currently in production with executive producer Alycia Kaback and The It Factor Productions.[19][20]

The documentary is about that sense of fraternity and brotherhood in the world of professional wrestling, features stars of wrestling and highlights Andrew “The Reinforcer” Anderson's path to becoming East Coast Pro Wrestling (ECPW)’s current heavyweight champion.

Filming has already included Greg Valentine, Tito Santana, Jimmy Snuka, Jake Roberts, Tony Atlas, Jim Duggan and The Boogeyman.[21]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Championship Wrestling International
    • CWI Heavyweight Championship (1 Time)[24]
  • Legends Pro Wrestling
    • XWF/LPW Hall of Fame Inductee- Class 2008 & 2010
  • Maple State Wrestling/Slam All-Star Wrestling
    • MSW/SAW Tag Team Championship (1 Time) – with Shane Williams[25]
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI ranked him # 75 of the 500 top singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 1995.[27]
    • PWI ranked him # 173 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the "PWI Years" in 2003.
    • PWI ranked him # 94 of the 100 best tag teams of the "PWI Years" with Greg Valentine in 2003.

Lucha de Apuesta record[edit]

Wager Winner Loser Location Date Notes
Hair Brutus Beefcake Ron Bass Tampa, Florida December 7, 1988 Hair vs. Hair match at Saturday Night's Main Event [1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa "Leslie's profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  2. ^ "WCW Monday Nitro". WCW Monday Nitro. 1996-02-19. TNT (TV channel).
  3. ^ a b Reynolds, R.D. (2003). Wrestlecrap: The Very Worst of Pro Wrestling. ECW Press. p. 144. ISBN 978-1-55022-584-6. 
  4. ^ Furious, Arnold (2006-11-26). "The Furious Flashbacks – WCW Bash at the Beach ‘95". 411Mania. Retrieved 2012-08-22. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Shields, Brian; Sullivan, Kevin (2009). WWE Encyclopedia. DK. p. 50. ISBN 978-0-7566-4190-0. 
  6. ^ "2007 Wrestling Almanac & Book of Facts". Wrestling’s Historical Cards (Kappa Publishing). 2007. pp. 85–86. 
  7. ^ "World Wrestling Entertainment Substitutions". Softwolves. Retrieved 2008-01-28. 
  8. ^ "2007 Wrestling Almanac & Book of Facts". Wrestling’s Historical Cards (Kappa Publishing). 2007. p. 88. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h Roopansingh, Jaya (February 13, 2004). "Beefcake busted in Boston". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  10. ^ http://www.wwe.com/classics/classic-lists/wwes-most-absurd-superstars/page-16
  11. ^ "2007 Wrestling Almanac & Book of Facts". Wrestling’s Historical Cards (Kappa Publishing). 2007. p. 91. 
  12. ^ Ed Leslie's 1999 WCW matches, from WrestlingData.com
  13. ^ Beefcake Wrestling School Website.
  14. ^ PWS Official Site
  15. ^ http://thedwa.com/
  16. ^ Hoffman, Brett (February 28, 2007). "Catching up with Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2009-10-20. "There, he spends the bulk of his time with his wife Barbie, and 10-year-old daughter Alana, who happens to be an equestrian in training." 
  17. ^ http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/ex-wrestler-told-to-leave-city-hall-after-offer-of-intervention-for-rob-ford/article15318184/
  18. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3062986/
  19. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3373321/
  20. ^ http://theitfactorproductions.com/the-making-of-behind-the-ropes/
  21. ^ http://vimeo.com/73248100
  22. ^ "Jimmy Hart profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  23. ^ http://www.solie.org/titlehistories/ttbcw2.html
  24. ^ http://www.cwiwrestling.com
  25. ^ http://www.cagematch.de/?id=5&nr=1005
  26. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  27. ^ http://www.100megsfree4.com/wiawrestling/pages/pwi/pwi50095.htm

External links[edit]

  • WWE.comCatching up with Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake. By Brett Hoffman: February 28, 2007
  • Brutus Beefcake's profile on WWE.com