Fulton in August 2014
|Birth name||James Hines|
October 4, 1960|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Billed height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Billed weight||220 lb (100 kg; 16 st)|
|Billed from||Los Angeles, California|
|Debut||June 17, 1977|
|Retired||May 26, 2018|
Professional wrestling career
James Hines started wrestling as a 16 year old under the name Bobby Fulton. His first match was on June 17, 1977 in Clarksburg, West Virginia, in which he defeated Mad Dog Michaels by disqualification. In the main event of that same card, he participated in a Battle Royal in a losing effort.
He spent his early career in Ohio, training and wrestling with the likes of Lord Zoltan, Fred Curry, Bull Curry and Dr. Jerry Graham. He worked for the WWWF on the Allentown and Hamburg television tapings where he faced Steve Travis and Fred Curry. He worked for Nick Gulas's Nashville territory, where he paired up with Eric Embry as the "brother" tag team of Bobby and Don Fulton.
He then moved on to Stu Hart's Calgary territory working with the likes of Bret Hart, The Dynamite Kid, The Cuban Assassin, Bobby Bass, Ross Hart, Bruce Hart, Giant Haystacks and Davey Boy Smith. Then it was on to the short-lived Knoxville territory forming a tag team with Terry Taylor called "The Fantastic Ones". After the territory closed, Hines and Taylor split up.
He then moved on to the Jerry Jarrett's Continental Wrestling Association territory where he worked preliminary matches. He then went to Southwest Championship Wrestling in San Antonio, Texas for Joe Blanchard, battling Adrian Street and Eric Embry in a series of scaffold matches. His new tag team partner Tommy Rogers started for Bill Watts' Mid-South Wrestling. There the Fantastics (Fulton and Rogers) formed and feuded with the Midnight Express.
In 1987, back in WCCW, they feuded with the Rock 'n' Roll RPMs (Mike Davis and Tommy Lane). They won the feud by winning a scaffold match at the "Parade of Champions" on May 3, 1987. The Fantastics also made an appearance at the World Wrestling Council in Puerto Rico.
They next went to the NWA's Jim Crockett Promotions to continue their feud with The Midnight Express and to win the NWA United States Tag Team Titles on two occasions. They also defeated The Sheepherders to win the vacant NWA Mid-America Tag Team Championship. In 1989, they left and have been wrestling, sometimes together, sometimes not, in the independent circuit around the United States, and in All Japan Pro Wrestling.
In 1990, he started his own territory in Ohio called James Hines presents Big Time Wrestling (which was a precursor to Smoky Mountain Wrestling). The federation was based primarily in Circleville, Ohio. Hines brought in talent like Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Ronnie Garvin, Abdullah the Butcher, Cactus Jack, Wahoo McDaniel, Jake Roberts, and many more to participate in regular cards held in Circleville at the Pickaway County Fairgrounds Coliseum. Hines was the Big Time Wrestling champion several times, and also often teamed with his brother, Jackie Fulton, as the Fantastics, on these cards. These cards inspired wrestlers like Shark Boy and many others to become pro wrestlers. Fulton and Ivan Koloff ran a wrestling school in North Carolina in the early 90's. The Fantastics (Bobby and Jackie Fulton) then made regular appearances in All Japan and in Smoky Mountain Wrestling.
The Fantastics made a brief appearance in the WWF in June 1997 when Fulton wrestled Rogers in what was billed as a Light Heavyweight Match. According to Fulton, they were brought in at the request of Jim Cornette to convince Vince McMahon to start a Light Heavyweight Wrestling Division, which eventually started. Contrary to popular belief, the match was not part of the tournament for the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship.
In October 2015, Fulton announced he will undergo a retirement tour called the "Fantastic Finale," which will end in 2017.
On June 10, 2017, Fulton teamed up with "Big Time" Josh Lewis to win the NWA Mid-America Tag Team Championships from The East and West Express in NWA Supreme. The East and West Express regained the championship on June 23, 2017.
In March 2016, Hines started promoting events again under the banner World Classic Professional Big Time Wrestling, in which he had an ongoing rivalry with ECW original Shane Douglas. Some of the stars who have appeared in WCPBTW include Sting, Tito Santana, Ricky Morton, Ronnie Garvin, Cowboy Bob Orton, Tony Atlas, Kevin Sullivan, J.J. Dillon, Jimmy Valiant, The Sandman, Sabu, The Barbarian, Buff Bagwell, Bobby Eaton, The Honky Tonk Man, Bushwhacker Luke, Bill Dundee, Tracy Smothers, and Tommy Rich.
Fulton wrestled his final match on May 26, 2018 for his WCPBTW promotion. What originally began as a singles match against Nick "Kid" Curry, the son of Fred Curry, turned into a tag team match that saw Fulton and Nick Curry team up to defeat Gary Wolfe and Robby Starr. Following the match, Hines took off his wrestling boots and left them in the ring, signifying his retirement as a professional wrestler.
Championships and accomplishments
- Big Time Wrestling
- Central States Wrestling
- Continental Wrestling Association
- Heroes And Legends Wrestling
- Jim Crockett Promotions
- National Wrestling Alliance
- Smoky Mountain Wrestling
- Southwest Championship Wrestling
- Universal Wrestling Federation
- World Class Championship Wrestling / World Class Wrestling Association
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him # 286 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the "PWI Years" in 2003.
- PWI ranked him # 63 of the 100 best tag teams during the "PWI Years" with Tommy Rogers in 2003.
- WAR Wrestling
- WAR Hall of Fame (2017)
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
- "NWA Supreme - Current Champions and Title History". www.nwasupreme.com. Retrieved 2017-05-06.
- Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.