Dances with Dudley
|Birth name||Adolfo Bermudez|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Chief Dudley
Dances with Dudley
|Billed height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Billed weight||290 lb (130 kg)|
Adolfo Bermudez is an American professional wrestler. He is best known for his appearances with Extreme Championship Wrestling in 1995 to 1996 as a member of the Dudley family under the ring name Dances with Dudley (sometimes abbreviated to D.W. Dudley).
Professional wrestling career
Early career (1992-1995)
Bermudez made his professional wrestling debut in 1992 with Angelo Savoldi's Pennsylvania-based International World Class Championship Wrestling promotion. Wrestling as "Dancing Wolf", Bermudez formed a tag team with White Cloud dubbed The Sioux War Party. In May 1992, The Sioux War Party won a tournament for the vacant IWCCW Tag Team Championship. The duo held the titles for over a year, finally losing to Jimmy Deo and L.A. Gore in June 1993, only to regain the championship that same day. In 1994, The Sioux War Party vacated the titles upon leaving the IWCCW.
After a brief stay in the AWF, he and White Wolf won the AWF tag team titles before Burmudez was brought into Extreme Championship Wrestling to replace Snot Dudley who had been injured at ECW Hardcore Heaven earlier that year.
Extreme Championship Wrestling (1995-1996)
Bermudez debuted in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based promotion Extreme Championship Wrestling on the September 17, 1995 episode of ECW Hardcore TV. Wearing overalls, a tie-dyed shirt and high-tops, Bermudez wrestled as Dances with Dudley, parodied from the movie Dances with Wolves, a member of the Dudley family stable. Dances with Dudley was said to be the child of Big Daddy Dudley - the patriarch of the Dudley family - and a Native American woman from Cheyenne, Oklahoma.
Dances with Dudley formed a tag team with his kayfabe half-brother, Dudley Dudley, replacing the injured Snot Dudley. Dances with Dudley and Dudley Dudley lost to the Steiner Brothers and The Public Enemy during August although they later defeated Chad Austin and Donn E. Allen at Gangstas Paradise on September 16, 1995, and later faced J.T. Smith and Hack Meyers in singles matches.
After losing to ECW Tag Team Champions The Pit Bulls on September 23 and The Gangstas on October 6, Dudley Dudley left to pursue a singles career and was replaced by Buh Buh Ray Dudley. They, however, lost to The Pit Bulls, Public Enemy and The Eliminators during November and early December. Reuniting with Dudley Dudley at December to Dismember to defeat The Bad Crew on December 9, he and Buh Buh Ray Dudley also defeated Bad Crew on December 28 although they lost to them in a rematch two days later that month.
In early 1996, Bermudez suffered a leg injury during an ECW event on April 13 and was attacked by D-Von Dudley; this was D-Von Dudley's first appearance in the promotion. Following the attack by D-Von Dudley, he and the other members of the Dudleys feuded with the renegade Dudley. He and Chubby Dudley soon left the promotion however, allegedly in a dispute with promoter Paul Heyman.
Big Japan Pro Wrestling (1996)
In 1996, Dances with Dudley toured Japan with the Big Japan Pro Wrestling promotion. He teamed with other Americans such as Bull Pain and Ian Rotten and faced wrestlers such as Yoshiaki Yatsu and Sabu.
From 1997 to 1999, he wrestled with several tag partners as Laraza as featured in Pro Wrestling Illustrated. He had several matches with such workers as Spanish Angel, Kid USA, Lucifer, Homicide and Low Life Louie. He had great feedback from promoter Bobby Lombardi but left when the Long Island Wrestling Federation did shows further east on Long Island.
In the mid-2000s, Dances with Dudley adopted the ring name "Chief Dudley.
Championships and accomplishments
- Americas Wrestling Federation (Puerto Rico)
- AWF Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Dancing Wolf
- International World Class Championship Wrestling
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
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