Rodney Mack

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Rodney Mack
Rodney Mack.jpg
Rodney Mack in 2005.
Birth name Rodney Begnaud
Ring name(s) Badd Dogg[1][2]
Mack Militant[3]
Notorious D.O.G.[4]
Redd Dogg[1][2][4]
Redd Dogg Begnaud[3]
Rod Begnaud[3]
Rodney Begnaud[1]
Rodney Mack[1]
Billed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1][4]
Billed weight 274 lb (124 kg)[1][4]
Born (1970-10-12) October 12, 1970 (age 43)[3]
Lafayette, Louisiana[1]
Resides

Church Point, Louisiana[5]

Dermott, Arkansas
Billed from Baton Rouge, Louisiana[4]
Trained by Rod Price[3]
Junkyard Dog[1]
Debut 1998[1]

Rodney Begnaud (October 12, 1970) is an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name Rodney Mack. He is best known for his time in World Wrestling Entertainment from 2002 to 2004. In 1988, he enlisted with the United States Marine Corps.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Debut and early career (1998–2002)[edit]

After training with his uncle, the Junkyard Dog, Begnaud made his professional wrestling debut in 1998 as Redd Dogg, and began competing for Southwestern independent promotions.[1]

After working on the independent circuit, Mack signed on with Extreme Championship Wrestling in 2000, making his debut as a member of Da Baldies, a stable of members who all had bald heads.[6][7][8]

World Wrestling Entertainment (2002–2004)[edit]

After ECW's closure, Begnaud was signed by World Wrestling Entertainment and was assigned to their deveopmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling. While in OVW, Begnaud formed a tag team with Shelton Benjamin called The Dogg Pound. Together, The Dogg Pound won their first and only Southern Tag Team Championship on July 17, 2002.[9] Begnaud, under his Redd Dogg ring name, then made his televised WWE debut on the January 16, 2003 episode of SmackDown!.[10] He was placed alongside John Cena in an enforcer role, replacing Bull Buchanan, who was betrayed by Cena.[11] After only one appearance on the SmackDown! brand, Begnaud was immediately moved over to the Raw brand and was subsequently renamed Rodney Mack.[11] He made his Raw debut by attacking D'Lo Brown on an episode of Sunday Night Heat, with Theodore Long switching his managerial services from Brown to Mack.[12][13]

Mack (grounded) being hit by a diving double foot stomp from Spike Dudley.

Mack restarted Theodore Long's Thuggin' And Buggin' Enterprises stable, which eventually turned into a group of African Americans who worked a race angle in which they felt they were victims of racism and were being held down by "The Man".[14] Jazz later joined the group in April.[15] As part of the race angle, Mack often competed in a "White Boy Challenge" on Raw, where he would proceed to squash white wrestlers.[16] However, his undefeated streak in the White Boy Challenges was ended on June 23 when he was defeated by Goldberg in under 30 seconds.[17] After the White Boy Challenge was scrapped due to his loss, Mack subsequently formed a tag team with Christopher Nowinski upon Nowinski's inclusion within the stable despite him being white, with Nowinski claiming that he was also held down by "The Man" because of his intelligence. Together, Mack and Nowinski found some success as a tag team, their most notable victory being against the Dudley Boyz at Bad Blood on June 15.[18] The team continued until Nowinski suffered an injury and was diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome, which subsequently resulted in his retirement soon after.[19]

To replace Nowinski, Theodore Long announced that Mark Henry would become Mack's new tag team partner. Despite only being a team for short while, Mack and Henry were fairly successful and scored some upset victories over some prominent tag teams.[20][21]

In November 2003, Mack suffered a knee injury which prevented him from wrestling.[22] He was supposed to return to action between March and June 2004, but was sent back to OVW and worked Raw dark matches throughout June and July 2004. Mack made his return to WWE television on July 26, 2004, where he participated in an over the top rope battle royal for an opportunity to compete for the World Heavyweight Championship.[23]

On November 4, Mack was released from his contract along with a few others, including his wife Jazz.[24]

Independent circuit and return to WWE (2005–2007)[edit]

After his release, Begnaud began competing on the independent circuit, most prominently for in NWA Cyberspace.[25] In late 2005, Begnaud and Jazz opened Dirtysouth Championship Wrestling, an independent promotion based in Louisiana.[1] However, DCW would be renamed Downsouth Championship Wrestling due to copyright issues in early 2006 before ceasing operations in early 2007.[1]

On September 15, 2006, it was reported on WWE.com that Begnaud, along with Marty Jannetty and Brad Armstrong, had been hired by WWE.[26] He started wrestling at ECW house shows on September 30, 2006.[1] On January 18, 2007, Mack along with several other superstars (including his wife Jazz) were again released by WWE.[27]

Return to the independent circuit (2007–2008, 2011–2012)[edit]

After leaving WWE, Begnaud would make sporadic appearances on the independent circuit under his Rodney Mack ring name before winning the All-American Wrestling Tag Team Championship with Heidenreich on May 18, 2008 after defeating Latinos Locos.[1][28][29] However, the title was vacated soon after due to interference in the original title match.[28][30]

On June 11, 2011, Begnaud wrestled for the first time in three years and, under his Rodney Mack ring name, he defeated Brad Michaels in a match for NWA Oklahoma.[31] Exactly six months later, Mack defeated Faroh of Phunk to win the NWA Mississippi Heavyweight Championship, his first championship in over nine years. On February 10, 2012, Mack wrestled Scot Summers for the NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship, but was unsuccessful in regaining the title.[31] Following this, Mack would go on to lose the NWA Mississippi Heavyweight Title to Cale Conners on March 18.[32]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Begnaud, under his Rodney Mack ring name, made his mixed martial arts debut on June 7, 2008, knocking out Joe Nameth by ground-and-pound in 21 seconds in the first round.[33][34]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Carlene "Jazz" Moore.[1] In November 2008, the couple had twin girls named Summer and Skye.[35]

Begnaud also runs a professional wrestling school with his wife called "The Dog Pound".[36]

In wrestling[edit]

Wrestlers trained[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • All-American Wrestling (Louisiana)
  • XCW Wrestling
    • XCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[47]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 1-0-0 United States Joe Nameth TKO (strikes) USA-MMA - Lafayette vs. The World June 7, 2008 1 0:21 Louisiana, United States

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