May 14, 1947 |
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Robert Fuller
Tennessee Stud II
Col. Robert Parker
|Billed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Billed weight||240 lb (110 kg; 17 st)|
|Billed from||Memphis, Tennessee|
|Trained by||Buddy Fuller|
Robert Welch (born May 14, 1947) is a professional wrestler and manager better known by his ring names Robert Fuller and Col. Robert Parker. Robert and his brother Ron co-owned Continental Championship Wrestling for a time.
In the 1980s, he took his brother Ron's idea and made a stable called The Stud Stable. Among the members in the independent versions of this stable were Golden, Sid Vicious, Cactus Jack, Dutch Mantel, Gary Young, and Brian Lee.
He spent some time in the American Wrestling Association with Golden in 1988, and they feuded with The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson). He also wrestled in the Texas area where he teamed with Jeff Jarrett.
In 1993, Fuller went to World Championship Wrestling as manager Col. Robert Parker, a takeoff of Col. Tom Parker of Elvis Presley fame. He managed Sid Vicious and teamed with manager Harley Race and his protege, Vader to form "The Masters of the Powerbomb". They feuded with Sting and Davey Boy Smith. In 1994, he managed "Stunning Steve" Austin before reforming his "Stud Stable" with Golden as "Bunkhouse Buck", Meng, Dick Slater, Terry Funk and Arn Anderson. They feuded heavily with Dusty and Dustin Rhodes. In 1995, Col. Parker courted Sherri Martel to the dismay of both the Stud Stable and Sherri's charges, Harlem Heat. Parker and Sherri went to get married and Sherri was attacked by Madusa, who was supposed to be Parker's wife. Parker and Sherri split and feuded and then made up again, with Parker leaving the Stud Stable to help Sherri manage Harlem Heat. While with Harlem Heat, Parker's official title was "promoter," while Sherri retained the "manager" designation. One trademark of Parker's managing would be his fanning himself during matches. In October 1996, Harlem Heat fired Parker after he helped to cost them the WCW World Tag Team Championships. He quickly started to manage The Amazing French Canadians (Jacques Rougeau and Carl Ouellet), trading in his gray suit for a French Foreign Legion uniform. Harlem Heat and The Amazing French-Canadians immediately began feuding.
Fuller left WCW in 1998 and resurfaced in the WWF as Tennessee Lee, a character similar to his Col. Parker character, and began managing Jeff Jarrett. He did not stay for long and went back to wrestling with Golden on the independent circuit in Alabama.
On June 2, 2006 in Irondale, Alabama, Fuller managed Shannon Spruill against El Mexico for the NWA Wrestle Birmingham Junior Heavyweight Championship. With the help of Fuller (who referred to Spruill as his "Million Dollar Baby"), Spruill defeated El Mexico to win her third wrestling title.
He married twice, first Marylin Harrington (who managed Fuller as Miss Sylvia) in 1971
- Wrestlers managed
- The Stud Stable (Arn Anderson, Bunkhouse Buck, Blacktop Bully, Terry Funk, Dick Slater, Meng, Kurasawa, "Stunning" Steve Austin, Barry Windham)
- Sid Vicious
- Vader, with Harley Race
- Harlem Heat (Booker T and Stevie Ray), with Sister Sherri
- The Super Assassins (Super Assassin 1 and Super Assassin 2)
- The Amazing French Canadians (Jacques Rougeau and Carl Ouellet)
- Jeff Jarrett
- Elix Skipper and David Young, with Daffney
- Sonny Siaki
- The Killer D
Championships and accomplishments
- Championship Wrestling Alliance
- CWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- CWA Television Championship (1 time)
- AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship (2 times) 1
- AWA Southern Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Toru Tanaka (1) and Bill Dundee) (1)
- CWA Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Jimmy Golden (2) and Brian Lee (1)
- NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship (Memphis version) (1 time)
- NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-America Version) (1 time) – with Kevin Sullivan
- NWA Southeastern Continental Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- NWA Southeastern Continental Tag Team Championship (2 times) - with Jimmy Golden
- NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Championship (Northern Division) (2 times)
- NWA Southeastern Tag Team Championship (15 times) – with Ron Fuller (2), Eddie Boulder (1), Jos LeDuc (3), Bob Armstrong (2), and Jimmy Golden (7)
- NWA Southeastern Television Championship (2 times)
- USA Wrestling
- USA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
*Records aren't clear as to which NWA affiliated promotion Fuller wrestled for when 4 of his 6 total reigns with it began. While the title was usually defended only in the Southeastern Championship Wrestling promotion, it was occasionally used in others such as Georgia Championship Wrestling.
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