|Birth name||James Scott Bednarski|
May 22, 1966 |
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Konnan 2000
|Billed height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Billed weight||275 lb (125 kg)|
|Trained by||Ivan Putski|
James Scott Bednarski (born May 22, 1966) is an American professional wrestler, best known under the ring name Scott Putski. Putski is a second generation wrestler, being the son of Ivan Putski, with whom he has wrestled alongside on several occasions.
Professional wrestling career
Global Wrestling Federation (1991–1992)
After attending college at Texas Christian University, where he played football as a running back, Bednarski trained under his father Ivan to become a professional wrestler and eventually debuted in 1986 in Texas All Star Wrestling where he teamed up with his dad Ivan. In late 1991, he debuted for the Dallas-based Global Wrestling Federation.
On March 20, Putski and Terry Simms captured the Tag Team Championship from the Coast to Coast Connection ("Hollywood" John Tatum and "California Studd" Rod Price). Less than a month later, on April 17, the belts were held up following a match between Putski and Simms and the Goodfellows (Gary Young and Steven Dane). Young and Dane would go on to win the rematch on May 1 and become the undisputed champions.
On May 29, he defeated Johnny Mantell in a tournament final to capture the North American Heavyweight Championship, the federation's top singles title, which had been declared vacant after "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert left the GWF for the Memphis-based United States Wrestling Association. Putski would hold the title until being fired in August.
World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling (1997–1999)
After several tours in Japan and Mexico, the latter of which included the loss of his mask as Konnan 2000 to Rubén Púas Olivares on May 8, 1993, Putski debuted in the World Wrestling Federation in 1997 on the May 12 episode of their show Raw, where he defeated Leif Cassidy. Soon after debuting, he began a short feud with fellow light heavyweight Brian Christopher and even teamed up with his father Ivan to defeat Christopher and his father, Jerry Lawler, on the July 14 episode of Raw. After the feud, Putski collected a number of victories against enhancement talents, before he lost to Christopher via injury, making the referee call for the bell at the pay-per-view Ground Zero: In Your House on September 7. Putski left the company shortly afterwards.
After a brief hiatus, Putski joined World Championship Wrestling and debuted for the company on the May 4 episode of Monday Nitro, where he wrestled to a no contest against Kidman. On the August 7 episode of Nitro, he defeated Scotty Riggs to claim his first victory. Putski wrestled against World Television Champion Chris Jericho, but was unable to win the title. He then left the company in late 1999.
After a four year-long hiatus, Putski debuted for the Arlington-based Professional Championship Wrestling on May 31, 2003. While in PCW, he and Cedric Crain formed a tag team called the "Cowboys From Hell". Soon after their formation, the Cowboys won the Tag Team Championship. On July 26, Putski wrestled his final match as he and Crain gave the belts to Apocalypse and Tim Storm. Soon after their departure the company folded and went out of business.
After a decade in retirement, Putski returned to the ring for the National Wrestling Alliance for their Ark-La-Tex promotion that spread throughout Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. On June 30, 2013, Putski became the inaugural NWA Ark-La-Tex Heavyweight Champion, defeating Killer McKenzie.
- Signature moves
- Arm drag
- Hip toss
- Inverted atomic drop
- Lariat, sometimes from the top rope
- Multiple suplex variations
- Polish Hammer (Double axe handle to the opponent's chest) – adopted from his father
- Scoop powerslam
- Tilt-a-whirl slam
Championships and accomplishments
- Global Wrestling Federation
- National Wrestling Alliance
- NWA Ark-La-Tex Heavyweight Championship (1 time, current) (first champion)
- Professional Championship Wrestling
- PCW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Cedric Crain
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- United States Wrestling Federation (Texas)
- Wrestle Association "R"
- "Scott Putski profile". OWOW.
- "Cagematch profile".
- "Putski's real name and DOB".
- "Cagematch match listings".
- "WCW Nitro report on July 6, 1998".
- "WCW saturday Night report on October 3, 1998".
- "WCW Saturday Night report on July 4, 1998".
- "WCW Nitro report on October 19, 1998".
- "WCW Nitro report on November 2, 1998".
- "WCW Saturday Night report on September 19, 1998".
- "WCW Saturday Night report on January 16, 1999".
- "WCW Saturday Night report on November 14, 1998".
- "WCW WorldWide report on August 7, 1999".
- "WCW Nitro report on September 7, 1998".
- "Other Arena's Finishing Moves List". Other Arena. Retrieved 2009-08-28.
- "WCW Saturday Night report on December 5, 1998".
- "WCW Nitro report on July 26, 1999".
- Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
- "Continental Wrestling Alliance championship histories". Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments. Retrieved 2009-05-05.
- "GWF North American Heavyweight Championship history".
- "GWF Tag Team Championship history".
- "NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship history".
- "WAR Six-Man Tag Team Championship history".