Bobby Duncum Jr.
|Bobby Duncum Jr.|
|Birth name||Bobby Edward Duncum|
August 26, 1965|
Amarillo, Texas, U.S.
January 24, 2000 (aged 34)|
Austin, Texas, U.S.
|Cause of death||Accidental overdose|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Bobby Duncum Jr.|
|Billed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Billed weight||296 lb (134 kg)|
Dory Funk Jr.
- 1 Professional wrestling career
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Death
- 4 Championships and accomplishments
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Professional wrestling career
Early career (1992–1995)
After playing collegiate football for the University of Texas, and playing professionally for the Dallas Texans of the Arena Football League, Duncum debuted in September 1992 and began wrestling for the Texas-based Global Wrestling Federation. Only two months after his debut, he and Johnny Hawk, collectively known as The Texas Mustangs, won the Tag Team Championship from The Rough Riders (Black Bart and Johnny Mantell). After a little over two months, the Mustangs lost the title to The Bad Breed (Axl Rotten and Ian Rotten) on January 29, 1993. The Mustangs disbanded shortly after the title loss.
All Japan Pro Wrestling and Extreme Championship Wrestling (1995–1998)
After a two-year hiatus, Duncum returned to wrestling and made his All Japan Pro Wrestling debut on January 8, 1995, where he, Gary Albright and Joel Deaton defeated Eagle, Lacrosse and The Patriot. Throughout the next few years, Duncum would wrestle in several singles and six-man tag team matches while in AJPW, while also making appearances in the Dallas-based Continental Wrestling Alliance.
While still competing for AJPW, Duncum debuted in Extreme Championship Wrestling on February 14, 1997, where he defeated Balls Mahoney. He then began to split time between both promotions through the next few years, with his final ECW match being a loss to Mikey Whipwreck on July 18, 1998 and his final AJPW match being a tag team match in which he and Stan Hansen lost to Gary Albright and Yoshihiro Takayama on September 11.
World Championship Wrestling
On the November 16 episode of WCW Monday Nitro, Duncum made his World Championship Wrestling debut as a fan favorite and defeated Chris Jericho in a World Television Championship match, but was unable to win Jericho's title due to winning via countout. Six days later at World War 3, Duncum made his pay-per-view debut and faced Jericho in a rematch for the title, but lost via pinfall. Duncum continued his feud with Jericho and defeated him twice at house shows and once more on the December 3 episode of Thunder before losing to him on the December 7 episode of Nitro. Duncum then formed a short-lived tag team with Mike Enos.
The West Texas Rednecks (1999–2000)
Duncum became a villain in the beginning of 1999 and joined Curt Hennig, Barry Windham and Kendall Windham to form a faction called The West Texas Rednecks. Although originally intended to be the villainous rivals of Master P's No Limit Soldiers, a faction of rappers, the Rednecks were instead embraced by the Southern wrestling fans of WCW and were cheered over the Soldiers. While Hennig and Barry would contend for the World Tag Team Championship, Duncum would compete in singles matches on Saturday Night and Thunder, including an unsuccessful attempt at winning the World Television Championship from Booker T on the April 15 episode of Thunder.
On June 13 at The Great American Bash, Duncum and Hennig lost to Konnan and Rey Mysterio Jr. of the No Limit Soldiers in a tag team match. Less than a month later, the Rednecks lost to the Soldiers once again at Bash at the Beach in an elimination tag team match on July 11. Following the end of their feud with the Soldiers, the Rednecks made their final pay-per-view appearance at Road Wild on August 14, where Duncum, Barry and Hennig lost to The Revolution (Dean Malenko, Perry Saturn and Shane Douglas) in a six-man tag team match.
While recuperating from reconstructive rotator cuff surgery, Duncum died of an accidental overdose of a painkiller prescribed by his doctor, Dr. James Andrews on January 24, 2000. Andrews burned Duncum while in surgery in November by improperly using a grounding pad. Duncum had 2nd degree burns on his back following surgery.
Championships and accomplishments
- Global Wrestling Federation
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- "OWOW profile".
- "Cagematch profile".
- "WCW World War 3 report on November 22, 1998".
- "GWF Tag Team Championship history (Cagematch)".
- "Cagematch match listings, page 1".
- "Cagematch match listings, page 2".
- "Cagematch match listings, page 3".
- "GWF Tag Team Championship history".