|Birth name||Jason Arhndt|
October 15, 1971 |
Carthage, North Carolina
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Jason Arhndt
|Billed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Billed weight||277 lb (126 kg)|
|Billed from||Carthage, North Carolina
Greenwich, Connecticut (WWF)
|Trained by||OMEGA Championship Wrestling
Memphis Championship Wrestling
Jason Arhndt (born October 15, 1971) is an American retired professional wrestler. He is best known for his appearances with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) under the ring name Joey Abs as part of the Mean Street Posse.
Professional wrestling career
Arhndt began his career as a member of Matt and Jeff Hardy's Organization of Modern Extreme Grappling Arts (OMEGA) in Cameron, North Carolina. Arhndt also made some appearances as enhancement talent using his real name on WWF Monday Night Raw in 1995. In 1996, teaming with Eddie Jacke, scored an upset win against Stone Cold Steve Austin, pinning him after he was clotheslined by Davey Boy Smith. On August 2, 1997, he was defeated by Jeff Hardy to crown the first OMEGA New Frontiers Champion.
World Wrestling Federation (1999-2001)
In early 1999, he joined the WWF as Joey Abs. He made his WWF debut on the June 21, 1999 episode of Raw is War. He was a part of the Mean Street Posse, a heel stable, with Pete Gas and Rodney, clad in sweater vests, loafers, and dress pants. Although Gas and Rodney were childhood friends of Shane McMahon, Abs had a legitimate wrestling background. They started off as a group from Greenwich, Connecticut of about ten people in early 1999, but then as the year went on the stable whittled its way down to three members. The group was closely allied with McMahon, often helping him defend the WWE European Championship throughout early 1999. At WrestleMania 2000, each member won the WWF Hardcore Championship for a short while.
All three Posse members were briefly signed to the WWF developmental territory of Memphis Championship Wrestling (MCW). In MCW in June 2000, Abs won the MCW Southern Heavyweight Championship from Lord Steven Regal. He, however, lost the title to K-Krush on August 19. Abs was released from the WWF in early 2001 and retired in the same year.
Championships and accomplishments
- Memphis Championship Wrestling
- National Championship Wrestling
- NCW Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- New Frontier Wrestling Association
- NFWA Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Matt Hardy
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him # 176 of the Top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2000
- Other titles
- CWF Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- OPW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
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