Scott Putski

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Scott Putski
Birth name James Scott Bednarski[1]
Born (1966-05-22) May 22, 1966 (age 48)[2][3]
Austin, Texas[2]
Resides Austin, Texas[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Konnan 2000[2]
Scott Putski[1]
Billed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Billed weight 275 lb (125 kg)[1]
Billed from Poland
Trained by Ivan Putski[1]
Debut 1986[2]

James Scott Bednarski[3] (born May 22, 1966) is an American professional wrestler, best known under the ring name Scott Putski.[1] Putski is a second generation wrestler, being the son of Ivan Putski, with whom he has wrestled alongside on several occasions.[1]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Global Wrestling Federation (1991–1992)[edit]

After attending college at Texas Christian University, where he played football as a running back,[2] 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)[edit]

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.[4] 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.[4] 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.[4] 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.[4] 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.[4] He then left the company in late 1999.

Retirement (2003)[edit]

After a four year-long hiatus, Putski debuted for the Arlington-based Professional Championship Wrestling on May 31, 2003.[4] 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.[4]

Comeback (2013–present)[edit]

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.

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Continental Wrestling Alliance
    • CWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[18][19]
  • Professional Championship Wrestling
    • PCW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Cedric Crain[1]
  • United States Wrestling Federation (Texas)
    • USWF Texas Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[1][18]
    • USWF Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[18]

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