Tim Fischer (wrestler)
November 7, 1967 |
Riverside, California, United States
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Damien Steele
|Billed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Billed weight||235 lb (107 kg)|
|Trained by||Dynamite D|
|Retired||August 23, 2007|
Timothy "Tim" Frank Fisher (born November 7, 1967) is an American musician, comedian, writer and professional wrestler, known by his ring name "The Real Deal" Damien Steele, Fisher competed in WWE,WCW,XPW,WWC, and UPW, between 1995-2007. After his first stint as 2 time XPW Heavyweight Champion, Fisher accepted a Job as Head Coach and as talent at Ultimate University in 2000-2001, Fisher trained several promising wrestlers including future WWE Champion John Cena, (who wrestled his first ever "dark match" with Fisher at the Arco Arena Sacramento California in 2000) and a large stable of Pro Football Players, MMA fighters and Bodybuilders, more than a dozen under developmental contract with WWE. After the unexpected closing of WCW, Fisher's pending contractual negotiations were scrapped along with 100 other similarly conrtacted athletes. After WWE expressed no interest to renegotiate any affiliation, Fisher toured Puerto Rico extensivley with the World Wrestling Council, twice winning the WWC World Junior Heavyweight Championship and competing in over 600 matches in Puerto Rico alone. As a member of "La Familia Nuevo Millennium" Fisher, known in Puerto Rico as "Muchacho Malo" Damien Steele, feuded extensively with Carlos, Eddie and Carly Colon, Known in WWE as Carlos Primo & Carlito respectively. Fisher was known as a "comic heel" and rarely had the opportunity to work as a fan favourite, though it was always his intention before an unexpected two story fall onto concrete pavement, which resulted in 18 cranial and facial fractures, 3 tibial fractures, optic nerve cupping, torn meniscus and LCL as well as multiple contusions and lacerations on the face chest shoulders and arms. The anticipated return to the ring after a 1-year hiatus for Puerto Rico's IWA was ultimately scrapped and retirement was eminent. Other notable feuds included Chris Candido, Big Dick Dudley John Kronus, and more limited programs with Sabu, John Cena, "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels, Vampiro, Konaan and Kid Kash.
Fisher currently resides in Huntington Beach, California and is in the rewrite phase his autobiographical screenplay "A Night at the Dahlia" which although written in 2006 was deemed "too similar" in theme and lead character description as "The Wrestler" which starred Mickey Roarke (who according to a post on The Wrestling Observer, "Even Looked Like Damien Steele's Twin Brother.) Fisher is also currently in the final draft edit of his screenplay "The Locket" described by Fisher as a "Low budget webcam Stoner Horror Comedy" due to enter pre production in Summer 2012.
Fisher lists his current hobbies as music, film, MMA, gardening and is a supporter and member of The ASPCA, The National Democratic Party, The Colbert Nation, and The Cauliflower Alley Club.
Tim Fisher was the lead singer of SFD, a Ska band formed in Orange County, California in 1990. SFD released one CD It Came from Six Feet Deep and disbanded in 1999 before releasing 8 unrecorded tracks. SFD played a ten year reunion show in 2008 at The Orange County International Street fair, and further reunion shows and recordings are planned for 2012. Several songs from It Came From Six Feet Deep are being featured in the upcoming low budget indie drama Rudeboy set in the 1980s Orange County Ska, Rudeboy and Scooterboy Subculture, written and produced by former SFD trumpet player and vocalist Oliver Zavala.
Fisher debuted in August 1995 and spent much of his early career wrestling on the local independent circuit in southern California under the name Nick Beat. He became a regular for the United Independent Wrestling Alliance and Southern California Championship Wrestling as well as toured the Eastern United States with the World Wrestling Association and World Xtreme Wrestling during the late 1990s.
While wrestling for Verne Langdon's Slammer's Wrestling Gym as Buddy West, he became part of Dynamite D's Dynamite World Order. Initially a parody of the New World Order, it was the last major storyline before the promotion closed.
On July 31, 1999, Fisher was attacked by Big Dick Dudley in his XPW debut which led to a feud during the summer. Teaming with Kristi Myst and Nicole Bass, Steele would eventually defeat Dudley in a steel cage match. During the match, Dudley's manager Jasmine St. Claire turned on him allowing Steele to defeat Dudley while Steele abandoned Myst for St. Claire. As "The Real Deal" Damien Steele, Fischer and St. Claire would continue feuding with Dudley and Myst facing Dudley in a series of three way dance matches with Johnny Webb during September. On November 26, Steele became the first XPW World Heavyweight Champion when he won a battle royal eliminating John Kronus to claim the title at the promotion's first supercard Halloween In Hell in Reseda, California. He would lose the XPW Heavyweight title to Dudley at the next XPW supercard Merry X-Mas at the Hollywood's Vogue Theatre on December 18, 1999.
After Dudley was stripped of the title at XPW's Abuse Of Power on January 29, 2000, Steele interfered in a match between Jake Lawless and Mike Modest for the vacant title. After Steele hit Mike Modest with a steel chair, Lawless became the new champion but sold the title to Steele, making Steele the only two time champion in the history of XPW. Steele later lost the title to Chris Candido in a Falls Count Anywhere match at My Bloody Valentine on February 26. His matches with both Dudley and Candido were later featured in several dvds released by the promotion, most notably, XPW: Baptized in Blood and After the Fall.
The next month Steele accepted a job with Southern California's UPW. As head instructor for the WWE subsidized wrestling school (which was home to several up and coming wrestling stars such as John Cena) Steele also wrestled for UPW and was crowned the first UPW Internet Champion, which he voluntarily vacated six months later for a chance at Christopher Daniels' UPW title. After losing a hard fought title match, described by The Wrestling Observer as a "classic heavyweight bout" Steele left for Puerto Rico in January 2001 for the World Wrestling Council.
While in the WWC, Steele won the vacant WWC World Junior Heavyweight Championship in a 5-way tornado match with Eddie Colón, Richie Santiago, Black Boy, and Rockero in Ponce, Puerto Rico on January 5, 2001. Steele lost the title to Colon in Carolina one month later, the two feuded over the title during the next few months. Steele won the title back from Colon defeating him in Manati on February 17 but lost the title back to him in Morovis, Puerto Rico some months later.
Back in XPW, Steele had a series of matches with Konnan. While wrestling Konnan at a November 3 television taping, Konnan's valet Lady Victoria spat mist in his face allowing Steele the victory. At an interpromotional show between XWF and WWC, Steele appeared at the WWC's 29th Anniversary Show where he faced Tommy Diablo, Frankie Capone and Kid Romeo in a "four corners" match at the Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium in Bayamon, Puerto Rico on September 14, 2002. He also toured with Carlos Colón's WWC in Puerto Rico before returning to UPW in early-2002 where he became a part-time instructor at the promotion's Ultimate University wrestling school while head instructor Tom Howard toured Japan.
- Finishing moves
- The Dealbreaker
Championships and accomplishments
- PWI ranked him # 354 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the PWI 500 in 1999.
- PWI ranked him # 252 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the PWI 500 in 2000.
- PWI ranked him # 222 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the PWI 500 in 2001.
- Ultimate Pro Wrestling
- UPW Internet Championship (1 time)
- Georgia Championship Wrestling
- GCW United States Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- GCW United States Television Championship (2 times)
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- "29th Anniversary Show". World Wrestling Council Anniversary Shows. ProWrestlingHistory.com. 2008.
- ""The Real Deal" Damien Steele". The Superstars of Ultimate Pro Wrestling. UPW.com. 2002-04-19.
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