Steve Keirn

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Steve Keirn
Birth name Stephen Paul Kerin
Born (1951-09-10) September 10, 1951 (age 62)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Steve Keirn
Doink The Clown
Skinner
Billed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Billed weight 215 lb (98 kg)[1]
Billed from Tampa, Florida
The Everglades (as Skinner)
Trained by The Funk Brothers
The Brisco Brothers
Eddie Graham
Hiro Matsuda
Debut 1972
Retired 2001

Stephen Paul "Steve" Keirn[2] (born September 10, 1951) is an American retired professional wrestler. He is best known for being part of the tag team The Fabulous Ones, with Stan Lane, and later for a run in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) as Skinner, a gimmick that portrayed him as a tobacco spitting alligator hunter from the Everglades.[1] During his time in WWF, Keirn was also one of a number of wrestlers to play the role of the masked Doink the Clown.[3] He is currently signed with WWE, working as a trainer at the WWE Performance Center for WWE's developmental territory WWE NXT.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Much of Keirn's early career was spent wrestling as part of a tag team. While wrestling in Championship Wrestling from Florida (CWF), he held the NWA Florida Tag Team Championship twelve times; once each with Bob Backlund, Jimmy Garvin, and Brian Blair, and nine times with Mike Graham.[4] In addition, the team of Keirn and Graham won the NWA Florida United States Tag Team Championship three times.[5]

In 1980 and 1981, Keirn focused on his career as a singles wrestler. He won many titles in Florida and Georgia, including the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title by defeating Chavo Guerrero Sr..[6][7] This title reign was recognized by New Japan Pro Wrestling, as well as the Los Angeles and Florida NWA territories, but not by the NWA as a whole, which considered the title vacant and held a tournament to crown a new champion. The title Keirn held was later renamed the NWA International Junior Heavyweight Title.[7] Keirn also won the NWA National Television Championship twice, defeating Terry Funk and Kevin Sullivan.[8]

In 1981, Keirn began wrestling with the Tennessee-based Continental Wrestling Association (CWA). He was successful as a singles wrestler, winning a tournament to claim the AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship.[9] He also held the NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Championship on two occasions.[10] As in CWF, Keirn found his greatest success in the tag team division. He held the AWA Southern Tag Team Championship 17 times, including 14 reigns as one half of the Fabulous Ones with Stan Lane. Keirn and Lane also teamed to win the CWA World Tag Team Championship twice.[11]

The Fabulous Ones competed in various promotions over the next decade. In 1984, the team won the Southwest Championship Wrestling World Tag Team Championship while wrestling in Australia.[12] In the United States, they won the NWA Florida United States Tag Team Championship twice.[5] In 1991, the pair wrestled in the United States Wrestling Association, defeating Tony Anthony and Doug Gilbert to win the USWA Tag Team Championship.[13]

World Wrestling Federation (1991–1993)[edit]

In the summer of 1991, Keirn debuted in the WWF as Skinner, an alligator hunter from the Florida Everglades.[14] He was portrayed as a generally nasty individual, always chewing on tobacco and sometimes spitting it on his opponent. He carried an alligator claw to the ring with him, which he would often use as a weapon against his opponents. He competed in the 1991 King of the Ring tournament, defeating Virgil in the first round but losing to Bret Hart in the second round.[15] While still being billed as undefeated, he challenged Hart for the WWF Intercontinental Championship at This Tuesday in Texas on December 3, 1991 but lost by submission.[16] At WrestleMania VIII, Skinner was defeated in one minute and eleven seconds by Owen Hart.[17]

While in the WWF, Keirn also portrayed Doink the Clown on occasion. At WrestleMania IX, Keirn helped the original Doink defeat Crush by attacking Crush dressed as Doink during the match.[3]

World Championship Wrestling (1994)[edit]

Along with Bobby Eaton, Keirn wrestled in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1994 in a tag team known as "Bad Attitude".[15] Despite the tag team success both Keirn and Eaton enjoyed in the past (with The Fabulous Ones and the Midnight Express respectively), the team made little impact, losing dark matches to Brian and Brad Armstrong at Bash at the Beach 1994 and Fall Brawl 1994.[18][19] While in WCW, Keirn was also involved in an angle in which masked men attacked Hulk Hogan. Several times in October 1994, Keirn wore a black mask to attack Hogan during and after Hogan's matches.[20][21]

Retirement and WWE[edit]

Since the late 1980s, Keirn has run a school to train wrestlers. Originally located in Tampa, Florida, Keirn's "Professional Wrestling School of Hard Knocks" is now located in Brandon, Florida.[22] Keirn helped train many wrestlers, including Mike Awesome, Dennis Knight, Joe "Destiny" Clapp, Diamond Dallas Page, Dustin Rhodes and Tracy Smothers.[22]

The school was incorporated into the WWE's developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling where Keirn was President of the FCW[23] and made regular appearances on FCW television. In 2013 FCW was discontinued after the opening WWE Performance Center where Keirn took up a trainers position for WWE's newest developmental territory WWE NXT.

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Skinner's WWE Alumni profile". WWE. Retrieved 2011-09-05. 
  2. ^ "Steve Keirn". Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  3. ^ a b "Wrestler Profiles: Doink the Clown". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2001-10-12. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Florida Tag Team Title". Wrestling Titles. Retrieved 2007-12-27. 
  5. ^ a b c d "N.W.A. United States Tag Team Title (Florida)". Wrestling Titles. Retrieved 2007-12-27. 
  6. ^ "N.W.A. International Junior Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Titles. Retrieved 2007-12-27. 
  7. ^ a b "N.W.A. World Junior Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Titles. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  8. ^ a b "N.W.A. National Television Title". Wrestling Titles. Retrieved 2007-12-27. 
  9. ^ a b "N.W.A./A.W.A. Southern Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Titles. Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  10. ^ a b "N.W.A. Mid-America Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Titles. Retrieved 2007-12-27. 
  11. ^ a b "CWA Tag Team Title". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 2007-12-27. 
  12. ^ a b "S.C.W. World Tag Team Title". Wrestling Titles. Retrieved 2007-12-27. 
  13. ^ a b "U.S.W.A. World Tag Team Title". Wrestling Titles. Retrieved 2007-12-27. 
  14. ^ "Wildest Stars #9: Gator Hater". WWE. Retrieved 2007-12-27. 
  15. ^ a b c d "Wrestler Profiles: Steve Keirn". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  16. ^ "Other WWE Supercards". Wrestling Information Archive. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  17. ^ "WrestleMania VIII". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  18. ^ "Bash at the Beach 1994". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  19. ^ "Fall Brawl 1994". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  20. ^ "WCW 1994". The History of WWE. Archived from the original on 2007-12-04. Retrieved 2008-01-02. 
  21. ^ "Masked Wrestlers". Wrestling Information Archive. Retrieved 2008-01-02. 
  22. ^ a b "Wrestling books, schools". Miami Herald. Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  23. ^ "FCW School Info". 
  24. ^ a b c d e "wrestlingdata profile". Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  25. ^ "N.W.A. Cold Front Television Title". Wrestling Titles. Retrieved 2007-12-27. 
  26. ^ "N.W.A. Florida Brass Knuckles Title". Wrestling Titles. Retrieved 2007-12-27. 
  27. ^ "Florida Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Titles. Retrieved 2007-12-27. 
  28. ^ "N.W.A. Florida Television Title". Wrestling Titles. Retrieved 2007-12-27. 
  29. ^ "N.W.A. North American Tag Team Title (Florida)". Wrestling Titles. Retrieved 2007-12-27. 
  30. ^ "N.W.A. Southern Heavyweight Title (Florida)". Wrestling Titles. Retrieved 2007-12-27. 
  31. ^ "N.W.A. Georgia Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Titles. Retrieved 2007-12-27. 
  32. ^ "N.W.A. Georgia Tag Team Title". Wrestling Titles. Retrieved 2007-12-27. 
  33. ^ NWA International Junior Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  34. ^ a b c "N.W.A. (Mid-America)/A.W.A. Southern Tag Team Title". Wrestling Titles. Retrieved 2007-12-27. 
  35. ^ "Championship Wrestling Association International Tag Team Title". Wrestling Titles. Retrieved 2007-12-26. 

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