|Ring name(s)||Sean O'Haire|
|Billed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Billed weight||270 lb (120 kg)|
February 25, 1971 |
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
|Billed from||Hilton Head, South Carolina|
|Trained by||Paul Orndorff
WCW Power Plant
|Retired||June 28, 2006|
Sean Christopher Haire (born February 25, 1971) is an American mixed martial artist, hair stylist, and former professional wrestler. He is best known under his ring name Sean O'Haire and for his stints in World Championship Wrestling (WCW), where he was a three time WCW World Tag Team Champion, and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). He made his debut in WCW in June 2000 and won the WCW World Tag Team Championship with Mark Jindrak twice in September and October of that year. In February 2001, along with Chuck Palumbo, O' Haire won WCW World Tag Team Championship for a third time. O'Haire and Palumbo made their WWF debuts on the June 28, 2001. in August of 2001 O'Haire and Palumbo dropped the WCW World Tag Team Titles to the Brothers of Destruction. O'Haire and Palumbo's last televised match together was on the August 26 edition of Heat defeating The Holly Cousins. In November 2003 O'Haire was involved in a motorcycle accident which required stitches and kept him out of action for the next month or so. He was sent back to OVW and released on April 3, 2004.
- 1 Professional wrestling career
- 2 Kickboxing
- 3 Mixed martial arts
- 4 Personal life
- 5 In wrestling
- 6 Championships and accomplishments
- 7 Kickboxing Record
- 8 Mixed martial arts record
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Professional wrestling career
World Championship Wrestling (2000-2001)
After completing his training in the Power Plant, World Championship Wrestling's training school, O'Haire made his WCW debut on the June 26, 2000 episode of Nitro as he and fellow Power Plant graduate Mark Jindrak defeated the Filthy Animals (Rey Mysterio, Jr. and Juventud Guerrera). On the July 3 episode of Nitro, O'Haire and Jindrak faced the Misfits in Action (General Hugh G. Rection and Corporal Cajun) to determine the number one contenders for the World Tag Team Championship, but were defeated. Despite this, O'Haire and Jindrak faced then-World Tag Team Champions KroniK and Vampiro and The Great Muta in a three-way match for the championship, but were unsuccessful in winning the title. In August, O'Haire and Jindrak helped form the Natural Born Thrillers with Mike Sanders, Shawn Stasiak, Chuck Palumbo, Johnny "The Bull" Stamboli, and Reno. They were briefly mentored by Kevin Nash. In September, O'Haire and Jindrak won the World Tag Team Championship for the first time.
O'Haire and Jindrak won the title once more before splitting when O'Haire and Jindrak participated in a tag team battle royal with the Natural Born Thrillers teammates Stasiak and Palumbo. After the conclusion of the match, Sanders declared both teams victorious and said that the teams should trade partners. As a result, O'Haire formed a new tag team with Palumbo, while the second team consisted of Jindrak and Stasiak.
Palumbo and O'Haire defeated The Insiders (Diamond Dallas Page and Nash) in January 2001. A short time later, The Natural Born Thrillers broke up when Stasiak and Jindrak became jealous of Palumbo and O'Haire's success. The teams met at SuperBrawl Revenge on February 18 for the tag team gold. Palumbo and O'Haire retained their titles. O'Haire and Palumbo next feuded with Totally Buffed (Buff Bagwell and Lex Luger) and defeated them at Greed on March 18 to retain the Tag Team Title. For the next two weeks, O'Haire and Palumbo feuded with Team Canada (Lance Storm and Mike Awesome), defeating them on the final episode of Nitro on March 26. WCW was purchased by the WWF, and both O'Haire and Palumbo's contracts were picked up.
World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment (2001-2004)
O'Haire and Palumbo made their WWF debuts on the June 28, 2001, episode of SmackDown! as part of The Alliance, attacking the Hardy Boyz. O'Haire and Palumbo started feuding with the Acolytes Protection Agency in the following weeks, which ended at WWF Invasion on July 22 when the APA defeated them. Subsequently, O'Haire and Palumbo defeated the Hardy Boyz on the August 2, 2001 edition of SmackDown!.
O'Haire and Palumbo next dropped the Tag Team Title to the Brothers of Destruction (The Undertaker and Kane) on the August 9 edition of SmackDown! and lost their rematch for the championship in a steel cage match the following week on Raw. O'Haire and Palumbo's last televised match together was on the August 26 edition of Heat defeating The Holly Cousins (Hardcore Holly and Crash Holly).
Palumbo was thrown out of The Alliance in late October and joined the WWF in November. Also in September, O'Haire was sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) for seasoning where he joined Kenny Bolin's "Bolin Services". O'Haire returned to WWE on the June 30, 2002 edition of Heat, defeating Justin Credible. He made a few more appearances on Heat, in dark matches and at house shows throughout the rest of 2002, facing off against and teaming with the likes of Shawn Stasiak, Doug Basham, Damaja, Crash Holly, D'Lo Brown, Johnny Stamboli, Shelton Benjamin, Charlie Haas, Christopher Nowinski and Raven. During this time, he still worked in OVW, as well.
In January 2003 vignettes started to appear on WWE programming showing O'Haire in his new gimmick — a Devil's advocate character. He urged people to commit adultery, break the law, not pay taxes, and not go to church, among other things. He ended each vignette with the line "I'm not telling you anything you don't already know." In 2003, O'Haire returned to the main SmackDown! roster, telling various superstars to perform indecent acts which included persuading Spanky to streak through the arena and Dawn Marie to flash the audience. O'Haire's dark persona included a long black trench coat he wore to the ring and his obsession with spiders, including fairly new tattoos with black flames on each wrist and a red spider web shooting out from the flames on his left wrist and a blue spider web on his right wrist. Also on the inside of his left forearm was a blue spider and on the inside of his right forearm was a red spider. His titantron video was also inside the body of a spider with a spiderweb in the background.
O'Haire quickly came under the tutelage of wrestling legend, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper in April 2003. O'Haire's new persona was abandoned but he held victories over Rikishi, Funaki, Mr. America (Hulk Hogan) by count out, Chris Benoit, and Eddie Guerrero. WWE officially released Piper from his contract on June 26, 2003, right after O'Haire and Piper made their last appearance together on SmackDown!. O'Haire was left to fend for himself and spent the majority of the rest of 2003 in matches on Velocity, dominating anyone in his path until late November.
At that time, O'Haire was involved in a motorcycle accident which required stitches and kept him out of action for the next month or so. When he recovered in February, he was sent back to OVW and released on April 3, 2004.
Independent circuit and retirement
O'Haire went to work for New Japan Pro Wrestling in May 2004. On July 17, 2004, O'Haire and Piper re-united at a Ballpark Brawl show where O'Haire was Piper's hand-picked wrestler to face Jimmy Hart's hand-picked wrestler Abyss. O'Haire defeated Abyss by disqualification. O'Haire then went on to work for Ultimate Pro Wrestling
O'Haire reunited with Chuck Palumbo on February 23, 2005 at UPW's Homecoming Havoc in which they were defeated by Tom Howard and Predator. O'Haire's last wrestling match was a dark match before SmackDown! on March 28, 2006, where he was defeated by Scotty 2 Hotty. O'Haire retired from professional wrestling soon after in order to focus on mixed martial arts.
Sean entered K-1 on December 31, 2004 with a second round knockout loss to Musashi and then went on to compete in two WGP rounds held in Las Vegas (05,06) where he racked up losses to both Gary Goodridge (1st round 0:55 tko) & Chalid Arrab (1st round 0:23 ko) to round off his K-1 record to 0/3. Not long after his first K-1 bout he was allegedly slated for a fight against Rick Cheek but his record was brought into question; K-1 reportedly claimed his record was 10/1 in kickboxing & 8/0 in MMA where only his K-1 bout vs Musashi & his MMA bout against Shungo Oyama could be found.
Mixed martial arts
On October 21, 2006, O'Haire fought Eric "Butterbean" Esch at Pride 32 in Las Vegas. Esch was originally announced to be fighting Mark Hunt, but the Nevada State Athletic Commission would not allow Hunt to fight Esch arguing that Hunt had an unfair mat advantage. PRIDE had stated that "visa issues" were preventing Hunt from competing in the bout, but it was later confirmed that Hunt could not compete due to the Commission's ruling. The fight was stopped 29 seconds into the first round after Esch landed 4–5 straight punches to O'Haire's head to bring him to the ground.
On August 17, 2007, O'Haire was scheduled to fight Mark Kerr at the Mohegan Sun Arena for the Global Fighting Championships promotion but the entire card was canceled after four of the eight scheduled bouts fell through. No explanation was given at that time, regarding the cancellation, only a guarantee of a full refund. It was revealed by GFC representative Joel Parker that half of the night's fights were called off, prompting the decision to nix the card rather than put on a lackluster event. Parker did reveal that a few fighters were disqualified for either failing to meet their contracted weight or for medical reasons. Kerr and Edwin Dewees were pulled from the card by the overseeing athletic commission for missing weight. According to commission doctors, Kerr registered an unhealthy blood pressure reading the day prior. Kerr was set to fight O'Haire.
In 2007, O'Haire took part in Champions Quest Fighting Challenge. He was successful in his first fight on September 29, against Darrell Wood, and beat Frankie Parkman on December 7. However, he has not fought again as of December 2007. O' Haire defeated Tony Towers with a Guillotine Choke in the first round. O'Haire has had many MMA fights on smaller shows that are not listed by the major MMA fight databases.
Prior to becoming a wrestler, O'Haire won seventeen toughman competitions in his homestate.
O'Haire married Joy Elizabeth in Maui, Hawaii on May 15, 2005. Approximately a year and a half later, he announced their divorce during a radio interview with SquaredCircleRadio. O'Haire now works as a bodyguard. He was spotted backstage at a Keyshia Cole concert (standing behind Christina Milian) in Atlanta in May 2009.
In 2006, O'Haire was found guilty of assaulting a woman at "Club Hypnotic" in June 2004. He was also involved in a fight in Hilton Head on March 30, 2007, in which he sustained fractures to his face and skull, including his orbital bone. As the result of the fight, the vision in his left eye was impaired. Although O'Haire claimed that he was going to the aid of a friend, witnesses asserted that O'Haire tried to instigate a fight with his alleged assailant, Juan Brantley. Brantley had filed a complaint with police on March 17, in which he stated that O'Haire had attempted to start a fight with him at another bar.
On September 9, 2009, O'Haire was arrested in Georgia for allegedly choking out his girlfriend. He was charged with battery and criminal trespassing before being released on $4600 bail. On November 23, 2011, O'Haire was again arrested in Georgia and charged with battery. He was later released on $1850 bail.
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
Championships and accomplishments
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- World Championship Wrestling
|2006-08-12||Loss||0–4||Justice Smith||K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 in Las Vegas II, US||KO||2|
|2006-04-29||Loss||0–3||Chalid Arrab||K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 in Las Vegas, US||KO (Right Uppercut)||1||0:23|
|2005-04-30||Loss||0–2||Gary Goodridge||K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in Las Vegas, US||KO (Right Uppercut)||1||1:56|
|2004-12-31||Loss||0–1||Musashi||K-1 PREMIUM 2004 Dynamite!!, Japan||KO||2||0:44|
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|6 matches||4 wins||2 losses|
|Win||4–2||Frankie Parkman||KO (punch)||Champions Quest – Fighting Challenge||December 7, 2007||1||1:04|
|Win||3–2||Darrell Wood||KO (strikes)||Champions Quest – Fighting Challenge||September 29, 2007||1||2:07|
|Loss||2–2||Eric Esch||TKO (punches)||Pride 32||October 21, 2006||1||0:29|
|Loss||2-1||Min-Soo Kim||Submission (guillotine choke)||Hero's 2005 in Seoul||November 5, 2005||1||4:46|
|Win||2–0||Shungo Oyama||TKO (punches)||K-1 Fighting Network Rumble on the Rock 2004||November 20, 2004||1||0:31|
|Win||1–0||Tony Towers||Submission (guilotine choke)||Venom - First Strike||September 18, 2004||1||1:42|
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- "7/12 WWE Velocity review: Kanyon, Nunzio, Spanky, O'Haire (post-Piper)".
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