Craig Pittman

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Craig Pittman
Born (1959-03-07) March 7, 1959 (age 55)[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Sgt. Craig Pittman[1]
Billed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Billed weight 250 lb (110 kg)[1]
Trained by WCW Power Plant[1]
The Assassin[1]
Terry Taylor[1]
Debut 1994 (WCW)[1]

Craig Pittman (born October 1959) is a former United States Marine and professional wrestler.[1] He served in the Marine Corps until the early 1990s. He then wrestled professionally as Sgt. Craig "Pitbull" Pittman in World Championship Wrestling. After leaving WCW in 1997, he continues to wrestle in independent promotions where has remained since 2004.

Prior to his professional career Pittman was a successful amateur wrestler.

He has also fought in four mixed martial arts bouts.

United States Marine Corps[edit]

Pittman joined the United States Marine Corps and achieved the rank of sergeant.[1] He was a wrestler in the Marines and won several championships. His biggest victories came in the 1989 and 1991 USA Senior Greco-Roman Championships, in which he won the heavyweight division.[1][2][3] He also placed seventh in the heavyweight division at the 1989 FILA Greco-Roman World Championships.[4]

World Championship Wrestling[edit]

After leaving the military, Pittman trained as a professional wrestler at the WCW Power Plant under Terry Taylor and The Assassin.[1] Pittman made his wrestling debut as Sgt. Craig Pittman, a heel character, on February 5, 1994.[5] During his run he made famous the saying, "The beatings will continue until morale improves". He won his first match by pinning Brian Anderson just before the time limit expired.[6] In his first pay-per-view appearance, at Slamboree 1995, Craig Pittman defeated Mark Starr by Submission. His second pay-per-view appearance, at the 1995 Great American Bash, resulted in a loss to "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan by disqualification.[1][7]

Pittman feuded with Cobra in 1995.[1] According to the storyline, he had been Cobra's commanding officer during the Gulf War. During a mission, he left Cobra behind, which led to Cobra seeking revenge in WCW.[8] This feud led to a match at 1995's Fall Brawl, in which Pittman defeated Cobra by submission.[1][9] In November 1995, Pittman also appeared at WCW's first World War 3 pay-per-view. In a sixty-man battle royal, he became the forty-second wrestler eliminated when Hugh Morrus threw him over the top rope.[1] Following the pay-per-view, Pittman bagan a quest to find a manager to guide his career. After propositioning the likes of Jimmy Hart, Bobby Heenan, and Steve McMichael, Pittman connected with Teddy Long, turning face in the process.[1]

In 1996, Pittman wrestled mainly as a mid-carder, losing most of his matches to main event wrestlers.[1] He made two final pay-per-view appearances in 1996. The first came at Slamboree 1996 as part of a "Lethal Lottery" tournament. In a storyline in which wrestlers were supposedly assigned partners in a random drawing, Pittman teamed with Scott Steiner in a loss to Rick Steiner and The Booty Man.[10] Pittman also appeared at 1996's World War 3 as part of the sixty-man battle royal, which was won by The Giant.[11]

Later career[edit]

Pittman left WCW in the late 1990s for the National Wrestling Alliance's Mid-Atlantic area. Pittman arrived in Florida Underground Wrestling for several months finally coming out of retirement to defeat the Cuban Assassin Fidel Sierra. In his life Pittman dated U.S Navy medical officer Joanne Ingram. Pittman was a jobber attacked by The Godwins on the September 8th 1997 edition of Raw Is War

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Pittman also had four mixed martial arts bouts. He fought in Vale Tudo Japan 1995 a mixed martial arts competition that took place in Japan on April 20, 1995. The tournament was ultimately won by Rickson Gracie. Pittman won his first fight against ninjitsu practitioner Wayne Emons by arm triangle choke. His lost his second fight against Yuki Nakai, a 150 lb shooto practitioner, by armbar. Vale Tudo Japan 1995 was well documented in the documentary Choke, a 98 minute film by filmmaker Robert Goodman which follows three of the participants (Rickson Gracie, Todd Hays and Koichiro Kimura) as they prepared for and fought in the event.

On October 1, 2011 Pittman competed at Real Fighting Championships 25 in Tampa Florida losing a Unanimous Decision to Rodney Bell.

On October 13, 2012 competed at Operation Octagon 21 in Sterling, Virginia where be beat Tony Horn by Unanimous Decision.

His MMA record currently stands at 2-2.

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 2–2 United States Tony Horn Decision (Unanimous) Operation Octagon 21 October 13, 2012 3 5:00 Sterling, Virginia, USA
Loss 1–2 United States Rodney Bell Decision (Unanimous) Real Fighting Championships 25 October 1, 2011 3 5:00 Tampa, Florida, USA
Loss 1–1 Japan Yuki Nakai Submission (armbar) Vale Tudo Japan 1995 April 20, 1995 2 7:32 Tokyo, Japan
Win 1–0 United States Wayne Emons Submission (arm triangle choke) Vale Tudo Japan 1995 April 20, 1995 1 2:12 Tokyo, Japan

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Amateur Wrestling
    • USA Senior Greco-Roman Champion (2 times; 1989 and 1991)[1][2][3]

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 "Craig Pittman". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-11-27. 
  2. ^ a b "1989 USA Senior Greco-Roman Championship". National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum. Archived from the original on November 9, 2005. Retrieved 2008-01-25. 
  3. ^ a b "1991 USA Senior Greco-Roman Championship". National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum. Archived from the original on March 28, 2004. Retrieved 2008-01-25. 
  4. ^ "1989 FILA World Championships Greco-Roman Results". National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum. Retrieved 2008-01-25. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Wrestling Debuts Part 2". Wrestling Information Archive. Retrieved 2008-01-25. 
  6. ^ "WCW 1994". The History of WWE. Archived from the original on 2007-12-04. Retrieved 2008-01-26. 
  7. ^ "The Great American Bash 1995". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 2008-01-25. 
  8. ^ "Cobra". Weird World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-01-25. 
  9. ^ "Fall Brawl 1995". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 2008-01-25. 
  10. ^ "Slamboree 1996". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 2008-01-25. 
  11. ^ "World War 3 1996". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 2008-01-26. 
  12. ^ "Finishing Moves List". Other Arena. Retrieved 2009-08-28. 
  13. ^ a b "WrestlingData". Retrieved 2008-01-25. 

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