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|Born||Gravesend, England, United Kingdom|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Gary Steele|
|Billed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Billed weight||248 lb (112 kg)|
Gary Steele (Born Gary Harvey) is a retired British professional wrestler, who has competed in European and North American promotions and has been a popular longtime mainstay of NWA UK Hammerlock since the mid-1990s. A former Southern UK Champion, Steele was involved in a series of strap matches with rival Guy Thunder during the late 1990s and has occasionally teamed with Jake "the Snake" Roberts. A trained submission wrestler and martial artist, Steele also appeared at the Pro Wrestling ZERO-ONE PPV supercards "Fighting Athlete" in March 2001 and True Century Creation II in March 2002.
While competing in the United States with the National Wrestling Alliance, Steele defeated Naoya Ogawa in a three way match with Brian Anthony in Charlotte, North Carolina on September 25, 1999 to become the first-ever English World Heavyweight Champion in professional wrestling history and one of the youngest wrestlers to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship although he lost the title back to Ogawa one week later in Thomaston, Connecticut on October 2.
He was managed by "Business Advisor to the Stars" Mike White (now working as a Sports Journalist for BBC Radio Humberside) at one stage.
Almost two years after Ogawa had vacated the title, Steele lost to then NWA World Champion Shinya Hashimoto in a round robin triangle match with Steve Corino at McKeesport, Pennsylvania on December 15, 2001.
He appeared as a contestant on the UK version of Deal Or No Deal on June 28, 2011.
Championships and accomplishments
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him # 202 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the PWI 500 in 2001.
1The Mid-Atlantic promotion he was wrestling in when he won the championship has been in operation since the late 1990s. While it operates out of the same region and has revised some of the regional Mid-Atlantic championships, it isn't the same promotion once owned by Jim Crockett, Jr. and sold to Ted Turner in November 1988. That promotion went onto be renamed World Championship Wrestling.
- "N.W.A. World Heavyweight Title". Puroresu Dojo. 2003. Retrieved 2007-04-17.