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August 7, 1966 |
Sweetwater, Texas, U.S.
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Kendall Windham|
|Billed height||6 ft 5 in (196 cm)|
|Billed weight||224 lb (101 kg)|
|Trained by||Blackjack Mulligan|
|Debut||June 11, 1984|
Championship Wrestling from Florida
Kendall Windham started wrestling in 1985 for Championship Wrestling from Florida. He was very skinny but had the same moves and looks as his older brother, Barry. In his early days, he was a good guy (face) and teamed with Barry to feud with Ron Bass, Jack Hart and Kevin Sullivan's "cult".
His biggest singles feuds were with White Ninja AKA Great Muta and The Cuban Assassin. He traded the Florida Heavyweight Title a few times with each of them.
Jim Crockett Promotions
In 1987, he ventured to the NWA's Jim Crockett Promotions where he teamed with The Italian Stallion and feuded with the MOD Squad, Spike & Basher. He never got above preliminary status and went to WCCW briefly at the end of 1988.
In January 1989, he was back in the NWA teaming with another second generation wrestler, Dustin Rhodes, as the "Texas Broncos". In a match aired on January 28, 1989, Kendall teamed with Eddie Gilbert against his brother Barry and James J. Dillon of the Four Horsemen. Kendall turned on Gilbert and joined Barry and held up the four fingers to the camera. Before the next show, Dillon left for the WWF and the Horsemen name was dropped. The Windhams and Flair were given a new manager, Hiro Matsuda, and a new stable name, "Yamasaki Corporation". Kendall stayed with the stable (which grew to include Butch Reed and Michael Hayes) until the summer, when he left for Florida again.
Return to CWF
On June 27, 1989, Windham won the FCW Heavyweight Title from Dustin Rhodes. He obtained a new manager, Oliver Humperdink, and feuded with Rhodes. He soon left Humperdink for Robert Fuller's Stud Stable and by the end of 1989, was a member of Ron Slinker's "Strike Command". In 1990, he left Slinker and teamed with Fuller to win the Tag Team Titles, Upon losing them, they split and feuded. In 1990, Kendall Windham and his father Blackjack Mulligan were arrested by the US Secret Service in a joint investigation with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) for counterfeiting. The authorities found close to $500,000 in phony $20 bills. As a result of a plea agreement, both father and son spent 24 months in a federal prison and were released in 1992.
Windham returned to wrestling in 1992 for Florida's ICWA promotion where he feuded with Pat Tanaka. He had put on some more weight in prison and was considered a heavyweight instead of a light heavyweight. He teamed with Dan Spivey for a tour of All Japan Pro Wrestling and spent a little time in WCW in 1994 and ECW in 1995.
World Championship Wrestling
In 1999, when WCW created a hardcore division, he entered it briefly and feuded with Hardcore Hak.
In June, Windham joined the West Texas Rednecks in what would be the biggest push of his career. The Rednecks were his brother Barry, Curt Hennig and Bobby Duncum, Jr.. They were supposed to be heels feuding with Master P's rappers, the "No Limit Soldiers", but the southern fans of WCW cheered the Rednecks instead. The angle was quickly dropped and they moved on to a feud with "Harlem Heat" (Booker T and Stevie Ray). Kendall and Barry defeated Harlem Heat for the WCW World Tag Team Title and lost it back three weeks later.
By the end of 1999, they all had left WCW and Kendall worked for Ted DiBiase's promotion WXO, WWC (where he won the tag title with Barry) and All Japan Pro Wrestling (where he briefly teamed with Hennig).
Mike Rotunda is married to Windham's sister. His nephews, Windham and Taylor, wrestle for WWE as Bray Wyatt and Bo Dallas respectively. He has a son named Wyatt. He is currently President of a security business; his wife, Phylis, is Vice President.
Championships and accomplishments
- NWA Florida
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- "Texas Births, 1926-1995". Family Tree Legends. 1966-08-07. Retrieved 2012-09-12.
- "Intelius People Search Report". Retrieved 12 September 2012.
- "Kendall Windham profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-08-12.
- "Windham Security Alliance Inc., Brandon, FL". ISHCC. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
- Mooneyham, Mike (2008-03-23). "Blackjack, The Nature Boy, and More Memories". The Post and Courier. Retrieved 2010-02-13.
- LaRiviere, Derek J. (November 26, 2009). "Brooksville's Rotunda brothers follow dad Mike into professional wrestling". Tampa Bay Sports. Retrieved June 2, 2010.
- Kendall Windham's profile at WrestlingData.com
- "PWI 500 1992". The Turnbuckle Post. Retrieved 2012-08-26.
- "PWI 500 of the PWI Years". Willy Wrestlefest. Retrieved 2012-08-26.