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|Ring name(s)||The MVP
|Billed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Billed weight||275 lb (125 kg)|
October 24, 1971 |
Mountainside, New Jersey
|Trained by||Buddy Lee Parker
WCW Power Plant
Dale Christian Torborg (born October 24, 1971) is an American baseball trainer and former professional wrestler. He is the son of former Major League Baseball manager Jeff Torborg. He is currently the conditioning coordinator for the Chicago White Sox.
Torborg attended Northwestern University, and played college baseball for the Northwestern Wildcats. He played professional baseball after graduating from college. A fastball to the face while in the minor leagues ended his baseball career.
World Championship Wrestling
In 1995 on the way to LA, Torborg met Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage. The two of them spoke with Torborg about going into the wrestling business. Torborg was trained by The Warlord and Jim Neidhart and debuted in 1998. He debuted in WCW and was said to have been a member of the WCW Pit Crew and was training in the WCW Power Plant.
In 1995, he then worked for the American Wrestling Federation as The MVP, a baseball player character. After the AWF closed he was employed by World Championship Wrestling and was sent to the Power Plant to train. Some of the wrestlers in the Power Plant at that time were Bill Goldberg, Lodi, Chuck Palumbo, Mark Jindrak, Jimmy Yang, Evan Karagias, Shane Helms, Allan Funk, Christie Wolf, Ron Reis and many more future superstars. In 1998, he started to get a push as the MVP but after two matches as the MVP, he was asked to do a KISS character named The Demon. WCW head Eric Bischoff struck a deal with the rock band KISS to create a KISS themed wrestler, "The Demon", a gimmick that was meant to be the wrestling alter ego of performer Gene Simmons. Torborg originally was told he was the Demon and was abruptly taken out due to Brian Adams having much more experience in the ring. Adams admitted to never feeling comfortable as the character. The gimmick was played twice by Brian Adams, rejected by him without wrestling a single match, and given to Torborg. He was managed by Asya (Christi Wolf), whom he later married. The "Demon" character was originally supposed to be the beginning of a stable called The Warriors of KISS, in which the other original members of the band would have a wrestler representing their look and gimmick. KISS was guaranteed their "Demon" themed wrestler would wrestle a Main Event match with the contract they made with WCW. This was supposed to happen at a special 1999 New Year's Eve PPV against Vampiro. The PPV and the match were taken off the table, however, after Eric Bischoff lost his position in September 1999. In order to fulfill the contractual obligation, he was booked in a "Special Main Event" match at Superbrawl in early 2000. Uncharacteristic to "Main Event" matches, it was the fourth match on the card and saw Torborg face The Wall which saw The Wall win with a chokeslam. Because Bischoff lost his position before the character's wrestling debut, The Demon character got off to a rocky start, losing to Terry Funk in its debut. Bookers at the time wanted to make Eric Bischoff look bad. Torborg contends that the character was hurt because the KISS concert to debut The Demon was one of the lowest rated segments in the history of WCW Nitro up to that point and even though Bischoff believed in the character, others believed it was dead on arrival.
Afterwards, he was known simply as "The Demon" and placed in a stable with Vampiro and The Insane Clown Posse called The Dark Carnival. He later turned against the group and feuded with Vampiro. When WCW was bought out by the then-World Wrestling Federation in 2001, Torborg opted to go back to baseball as a strength coach and not do his scheduled tryout for the WWE.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
Torborg appeared with White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski on an episode of TNA Impact! on December 8, 2005. Along with veteran wrestling manager and color commentator Bobby Heenan. Torborg and Pierzynski presented A.J. Styles, Chris Sabin and Sonjay Dutt with memorabilia from the 2005 World Series until they were interrupted by The Diamonds in the Rough. Simon Diamond, the leader of the Diamonds and himself a former baseball player, mocked Pierzynski's .256 batting average, telling him that he needed a designated hitter. Diamond then slapped Torborg, leading to a brawl. As a result, Torborg, Sabin and Dutt, with Pierzynski in their corner, faced the Diamonds at TNA Turning Point 2005 on December 11. At Turning Point, Dutt pinned Diamond following interference from then-Boston Red Sox outfielder Johnny Damon.
On the January 18, 2007 edition of iMPACT!, Pierzynski and Torborg attacked Lance Hoyt, helping James Storm win, who was also aided by Miss Tennessee. At Against All Odds 2007 Torborg, with Pierzynski in his corner, was defeated by Hoyt, who had David Eckstein in his corner. Torborg and Pierzynski's appearance were some of the highest rated episodes for TNA.
Afterwards, Torborg became the conditioning coach for the Florida Marlins. His father Jeff was the manager for the team as well. He made news when he scared Marlins pitcher Antonio Alfonseca into hiding in a trainer's room after Alfonseca swore at him in Spanish while refusing Torborg's request for a weigh-in.
In January 2004, Dale was hired by the Chicago White Sox baseball team as a roving strength trainer. Torborg has been a part of two World Champion baseball teams: 2003 Marlins and 2005 White Sox.
Torborg had a small role in the film Transporter 2, as well as numerous commercials over his acting career. He also worked with Tom Selleck for the movie Mr. Baseball, as well as with Madonna and Geena Davis for the movie A League of their Own.
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
- "The Kiss Demon profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-08-011.
- KISS ASYLUM: July '99 News Archive
- Where Are They Now? The Kiss Demon
- Total Nonstop Action Wrestling On Spike TV! - NEWS
- Dale Torborg (Demon) and Asya got married on 9/15
- Most importantly the birth of his daughter Sierra Raye August 18th! Sierra weighed 6lbs 12oz. and was 19½ inches at birth. She is Dale and his wife Christie's first child.
- World Championship Wrestling, TNT (2000-08-07). "Dark Carnival Vs. Jung Dragons". WCW Monday Nitro.
- Desjardins, Curtis (February 3, 1999). "The Official RSP-W Finishing Moves List". rec.sport.pro-wrestling. Retrieved 2012-09-15.
- World Championship Wrestling (2000-08-02). "KroniK, Booker T, Sting Vs. Vampiro, The Demon, The Great Muta, Jeff Jarrett; Elimination Match". WCW Thunder.
- World Championship Wrestling (2000-07-03). "Vampiro Vs. The Demon". WCW Monday Nitro.
- World Championship Wrestling, TNT (2000-02-07). "The Demon Vs. Billy Kidman". WCW Monday Nitro.
- World Championship Wrestling (2000-03-22). "The Demon Vs. Hugh Morrus". WCW Thunder.
- World Championship Wrestling, TNT (2000-02-20). "The Demon vs The Wall". WCW Superbrawl. Cow Palace, San Francisco, CA.
- Wrestling Night (April 2008). "Brian Knobs Vs. The Demon". Tampa at Tropicana field.