Scotty Riggs

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Scotty Riggs
Scotty Riggs 2014-04-24 19-37.jpg
Birth name Scott Antol
Ring name(s) Kendo the Samurai[1][2]
Riggs[1][2]
Scott Studd[1][2][3]
Scotty Anton[4]
Scotty Riggs[1][2]
Billed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[4]
Billed weight 255 lb (116 kg)[4]
Born (1966-03-01) March 1, 1966 (age 48)[1]
Savannah, Georgia[2][5]
Resides Hilton Head Island, South Carolina[5]
Billed from Atlanta, Georgia[4]
Trained by Ted Allen
Debut February 6, 1992[2]
Retired 2009[6]

Scott "Scotty Riggs" Antol[2] (born March 1, 1966) is an American professional wrestler. He is best known for his appearances with World Championship Wrestling from 1993 to 1999 under the ring name Scotty Riggs (or simply Riggs). Antol is also known for his appearances with Extreme Championship Wrestling in 2000-2001 as Scotty Anton.[1]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Early years (1992–1995)[edit]

Antol debuted on June 2, 1992 using the ring name Scott Studd after being trained by Ted "The Nightmare" Allen. Allen trained Studd by teaching while wrestling in front of live crowds. In the early 1990s, he worked for various independent promotions, including the North Georgia Wrestling Association, Peach State Championship Wrestling, Smoky Mountain Wrestling, and the United States Wrestling Association.

World Championship Wrestling (1995-1999)[edit]

Antol signed a contract with World Championship Wrestling in 1995 and was renamed Scotty Riggs, with his last name taken from Mel Gibson's character, Martin Riggs, from the Lethal Weapon films. He was immediately placed in to a tag team with Marcus Alexander Bagwell and they became known as The American Males.[1] Together, they captured their first and only World Tag Team Championship, but only held it for eight days before losing it back to Harlem Heat, the team they won it from in the first place.[7][8] The team competed on a tour of Germany for WCW at this time. Then the team broke up in November 1996 when Bagwell turned heel after attacking Riggs and joining the New World Order.[9] Following the split, Riggs began competing as a singles competitor.[10][11]

After performing in the mid-card for most of 1997, Raven took an interest in him and during a No Disqualification match on the October 27 edition of Nitro, Raven caught Riggs in a drop toe-hold, sending him face-first into a steel chair and injuring his eye in the process.[12] Riggs then began wearing an eye patch and, to this day, claims that the eye injury was legitimate.[13] At first, Riggs resisted joining Raven's Flock,[14] but eventually joined after they kidnapped him following his loss to Raven at the World War 3 pay-per-view.[15][16] Raven explained that Riggs's "ocular disability" had alienated him from society and that he was seeking acceptance within The Flock. Riggs remained within The Flock having many hard fought matches with Chris Benoit while Raven was out injured. Then as the disgrunted group as they were and Raven's return, a disruptive faction began to occur as Raven tried to further injure the group's moral-lacking existence, until Saturn defeated Raven at Fall Brawl: War Games in a match that forced the Flock to disband.

Following the Flock's disbanding, Riggs turned heel and adopted a narcissistic gimmick.[17] However, the gimmick was unsuccessful, and Riggs remained on the undercard before being released from WCW in 1999.

Extreme Championship Wrestling and independent circuit (2000–2002, 2007)[edit]

In 2000, Antol debuted in Extreme Championship Wrestling as Scotty Anton, aligning with his real-life friend Rob Van Dam.[1] At Hardcore Heaven, Anton betrayed Van Dam, knocking him off the top rope to the floor, allowing Jerry Lynn to pin him and thus end Van Dam's two year undefeated streak. From there, he joined The Network as a "hired gun". Van Dam gained revenge at Heat Wave, where he defeated Anton by using his new Van Terminator finisher.[4][18]

After leaving ECW, Antol returned to the independent circuit, where he found his greatest success in Turnbuckle Championship Wrestling. While competing for TCW, he became a three time Heavyweight Champion and a one time TCW Tag Team Champion with Erik Watts.[19] Following TCW's closure in 2003, Antol took time away from professional wrestling to deal with personal issues of divorce and his father developing lung cancer. His father died from the illness in 2004. Following this, Antol moved to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina to work as a bouncer and manager at a lounge.[2] Upon getting his life together, Antol resumed his wrestling career under his Scotty Riggs ring name, where he wrestled several matches for AWA World-1 Championship Wrestling in 2007.[20] His final match was on June 27, 2009. He retired due to injuries.

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Peach State Wrestling
    • PSW United States Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[35]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Scotty Riggs' OWOW profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Scotty Riggs' Cagematch profile". 
  3. ^ "Wrestling Information Archive". Retrieved 2007-05-02. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Scotty Anton Bio". ECWWrestling.com (via Wayback Machine). Extreme Championship Wrestling. August 19, 2000. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  5. ^ a b "MySpace profile". 
  6. ^ http://www.pwinsider.com/ViewArticle.php?id=83595
  7. ^ "WCW Monday Night Nitro results - September 18, 1995". DDTDigest.com. Retrieved 2007-05-02. 
  8. ^ "WCW World Tag Team Championship history". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2007-05-02. 
  9. ^ "This Week In The WCW - 11/23/96 - 11/25/96". DDTDigest.com. Retrieved 2007-05-02. 
  10. ^ "This Week In The WCW - 01/11/97 - 01/13/97". DDTDigest.com. Retrieved 2007-05-02. 
  11. ^ "This Week In The WCW - 03/01/97 - 03/03/97". DDTDigest.com. Retrieved 2007-05-02. 
  12. ^ "WCW Monday Nitro results - October 27, 1997". DDTDigest.com. Retrieved 2007-05-02. 
  13. ^ "The Wrestling Podcast - Scotty Riggs interview". Pro Wrestling Blog (Podcast). September 23, 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-26. 
  14. ^ "WCW Monday Nitro results - November 17, 1997". DDTDigest.com. Retrieved 2007-05-02. 
  15. ^ "WCW Monday Nitro results - November 24, 1997". DDTDigest.com. Retrieved 2007-05-02. 
  16. ^ "World War III results". DDTDigest.com. Retrieved 2007-05-02. 
  17. ^ "WCW Thunder results - April 22, 1999". Retrieved 2007-05-02. 
  18. ^ "ECW Results". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-05-02. 
  19. ^ "List of TCW Championship histories". Wrestling Information Archive. Retrieved 2007-05-03. 
  20. ^ "Cagematch match listings". 
  21. ^ "Nitro report on January 13, 1997". 
  22. ^ a b c "Nitro report on June 7, 1999". 
  23. ^ a b c d "Nitro report on August 30, 1999". 
  24. ^ "Thunder report on September 2, 1999". 
  25. ^ "Other Arena's finishing moves list". 
  26. ^ "The SmarK Retro Repost - Heat Wave 2000 posted by Scott Keith on 07.30.2002". 
  27. ^ "Thunder report on October 28, 1999". 
  28. ^ a b "Nitro report on October 30, 1995". 
  29. ^ a b "Nitro report on December 4, 1995". 
  30. ^ a b "Saturday Night report on January 6, 1996". 
  31. ^ "Clash of Champions report on January 21, 1997". 
  32. ^ "Saturday Night report on September 4, 1999". 
  33. ^ "Saturday Night report on October 30, 1999". 
  34. ^ a b c "Entrance themes". 
  35. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  36. ^ "Awards". 
  37. ^ "PWI Years 500". Pro Wrestling Illustrated. Wrestling Information Archive. Retrieved 2011-07-25. 
  38. ^ "SMW Television Championship history". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2007-05-02. 
  39. ^ "TCW Heavyweight Championship history". 
  40. ^ "TCW Tag Team Championship history". 
  41. ^ "WCW World Tag Team Championship history". 

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