Mike Enos

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Mike Enos
Birth name Michael Enos
Born (1963-06-11) June 11, 1963 (age 51)
Resides Tampa, Florida, United States
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Blake Beverly[1]
The Masked Sky Scraper[1]
The Mauler[1]
Mike Enos[1]
Billed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Billed weight 252 lb (114 kg; 18.0 st)
Billed from Shaker Heights
Trained by Eddie Sharkey
Debut 1988
Retired 2000

Michael "Mike" Enos (born June 11, 1963) is a retired professional wrestler who wrestled mainly as a tag-team wrestler in World Championship Wrestling, the American Wrestling Association and the World Wrestling Federation between 1989 and 2000.[1]

Career[edit]

American Wrestling Association[edit]

Mike Enos started wrestling in the late 1980s after being trained by Eddie Sharkey signing with the AWA due to trainer Eddie Sharkey’s connections in the federation. Early on Enos worked mainly as a referee but slowly got more and more bookings as a wrestler. Early on he was billed as "The Construction Worker" Mike Enos. That name was soon replaced by “Mean” Mike Enos as he teamed up with fellow rookie Wayne "The Train" Bloom to form The Destruction Crew. The Destruction Crew was managed by Johnny Valiant.[2] In the fall of 1989 the Destruction Crew challenged then AWA World Tag Team champions Ken Patera and Brad Rheingans to a "car lifting" contest. During the challenge the Destruction Crew attacked Patera and Rhenigans and injured them (Storyline) and forced them to vacate the tag team titles.[3]

A tournament was set up to crown new tag team champions. In the tournament, the Destruction Crew would defeat the team of Sgt. Slaughter and Baron Von Raschke in the first round and then beat Greg Gagne and Paul Diamond in the finals to win the titles.[3] That victory combined with their devious tactics earned the duo a joint Rookie of the Year award from the readers of Pro Wrestling Illustrated, which is the only time a tag team has won the award.[4]

In 1990, while still AWA Tag Team Champions, Enos and Bloom were loaned out to World Championship Wrestling. There they wrestled under masks as the Minnesota Wrecking Crew 2 and were managed by Ole Anderson. They attempted without success to win the NWA World Tag Team Championship from The Steiner Brothers.[2] The team also defended the AWA titles in their home federation keeping the young team busy. Enos also made a one-off appearance in 1990 as the (masked) third member of The Skyscrapers, called "the Masked Skyscraper". Only days before WrestleWar 1990 Dan Spivey left WCW so Enos was brought in as an emergency replacement against the Road Warriors.[5] At the last original AWA television taping on August 11, 1990 the Destruction Crew lost the AWA tag-team titles to longtime rivals The Trooper and D.J. Peterson.[3]

World Wrestling Federation[edit]

In May 1991, after the AWA closed up, Enos and Bloom signed with the World Wrestling Federation. They were given a complete gimmick makeover, gone were the tough construction workers and in their place a pair of spoiled rich brats known as the Beverly Brothers. Now sporting matching bleach-blonde hair styles and wearing flamboyant purple tights and capes to the ring, Enos was renamed Blake Beverly and Bloom was renamed Beau Beverly. They were originally managed by Coach, then later on by The Genius.[2] The team was initially promoted as a force to be reckoned with in the tag team division. After making their WWF pay-per-view debut on a winning team at Survivor Series '91,[6] they were launched into feuds with the Legion of Doom, The Bushwhackers (who they defeated at the 1992 Royal Rumble)[7] and The Natural Disasters (who they unsuccessfully challenged for the WWF World Tag Team Championship at SummerSlam '92).[8] By the later part of 1992, however, they would be used primarily to put over other tag teams; they were on the losing end of an eight-man elimination tag team match at Survivor Series '92[9] and were defeated by their old rivals The Steiner Brothers at the 1993 Royal Rumble.[10]

Bloom (Beau) left the WWF and professional wrestling altogether in 1993 while Enos (Blake) remained in the WWF for a few months, mainly as enhancement talent on their weekly syndicated shows.

World Championship Wrestling[edit]

After leaving the WWF, Enos made several appearances for New Japan Pro Wrestling before returning to WCW in 1996. Enos was initially known as The Mauler, but then returned to wrestling under his real name as he had in the AWA. He teamed with Dick Slater as "Rough & Ready" and once again worked mainly as enhancement talent for tag teams on the rise. In 1997 Enos and Bloom had a brief reunion in WCW, with the announcers briefly acknowledging their history as a team. After a few matches together the team split up without much fanfare. He was managed by Col. Rob Parker but really did not have much success in WCW. Perhaps Enos’ biggest claim to fame in WCW was being in the ring wrestling against Steve Doll on the May 27, 1996 episode of WCW Monday Nitro when Scott Hall made his WCW debut, planting the seeds for the New World Order. Enos competed in the WCW double elimination tournament for the vacated WCW tag team titles in February 1999 teaming with Bobby Duncum Jr and became one of the final four teams along with Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko, Dave Taylor and Fit Finlay, and Curt Hennig and Barry Windham, until he and Scotty Riggs (replacing Duncum) were eliminated by Benoit and Malenko.

Enos retired from wrestling in 2000 after working on the WCW weekend shows and smaller independent shows.

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Mike Enos". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved August 14, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c Greg Oliver and Steve Johnson (2005). The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Tag Teams. ECW Press. ISBN 978-1-55022-683-6. 
  3. ^ a b c Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  4. ^ a b "PWI 1989 Rookie of the Year Award". PWI 1989 Reader Awards (London Publishing Co.). 1990. 
  5. ^ "Wrestle War Show results (1990)". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved April 4, 2007. 
  6. ^ "Survivor Series Show results (1991)". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved April 4, 2007. 
  7. ^ "Royal Rumble Show results (1992)". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved April 4, 2007. 
  8. ^ "SummerSlam Show results (1992)". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved April 4, 2007. 
  9. ^ "Survivor Series Show results (1992)". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 2007-04-04. 
  10. ^ "Royal Rumble Show results (1993)". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 2007-04-04. 
  11. ^ "Finishing Moves List". Other Arena. Retrieved August 28, 2009.