The First Family (professional wrestling)
|The First Family|
|Members||Jimmy Hart (manager)
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The First Family was the name of two professional wrestling stables led by Jimmy Hart, first in the late 1970s and early 1980s in the Memphis-based Continental Wrestling Association, then in the late 1990s in World Championship Wrestling.
The original First Family was founded in the late 1970s by Hart to take the CWA title from his former protégé, Jerry Lawler. The group extensively feuded with Lawler into the 1980s, a time particularly remembered for comedian Andy Kaufman's rivalry with Lawler.
- The Assassins (Roger Smith and Don Bass)
- Norvell Austin
- Ox Baker
- King Kong Bundy
- Dennis Condrey
- Sabu the Wildman
- Chick Donovan
- Bobby Eaton
- Wayne Ferris
- Plowboy Frazier
- "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert
- Austin Idol
- Masao Ito
- Andy Kaufman
- Larry Latham
- Kendo Nagasaki
- Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart
- The New York Dolls (Rick McGraw and Troy Graham)
- Lanny Poffo
- Tommy Rich
- Rick Rude
- Randy Savage
- Iron Sheik
- Kevin Sullivan
- Koko B. Ware
Many years later, after the demise of the Dungeon of Doom in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1997, Hart resurrected the First Family concept the following year, bringing together several mid-card performers. This short-lived group featured entirely different wrestlers than the Memphis version of the '70s and included former Dungeon members.
They frequently appeared on WCW programs including Monday Nitro and primarily feuded with Fit Finlay. Hugh Morrus and Brian Knobs often tagged together, defeating members of Revolution at 1999's Fall Brawl and making a losing effort in a 3-way Tag Team Championship contest at Halloween Havoc.
With an instrumental version of "The Zoo" as their entrance theme, the stable featured a variety of colorful wrestling personalities with unique ring styles: Jerry Flynn demonstrated martial arts strikes and submissions while Brian Knobs utilized a rougher brawling style. Considering publicity photos were taken of the group, WCW's First Family was likely intended for a substantial run; however, according to Hart, the group quickly disbanded due to injuries sustained by numerous members as well as new bookers hired by WCW. In the aftermath of The First Family, Knobs and Hart pursued WCW's hardcore scene that was on the rise in late 1999.
Championships and accomplishments
- AWA International Heavyweight Championship (8 times) – Tommy Rich (1), Eddie Gilbert (2), Austin Idol (4)
- NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Championship (14 times) – Tommy Rich (1), Bobby Eaton (10), Randy Savage (3)
- AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship (10 times) – Tommy Rich (5), King Kong Bundy (1), Austin Idol (3), Rick Rude (1)
- AWA Southern Tag Team Championship (1 time) – King Kong Bundy and Rick Rude
- CWA World Tag Team Championship (4 times) – The Assassins