|Birth name||William Pierce|
|Born||July 13, 1961|
Bay Shore, Long Island, New York, US
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Bill Pierce|
Sir Christopher Michaels
Sir Richard Michael
|Billed height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Billed weight||234 lb (106 kg)|
|Billed from||Long Island, New York|
|Trained by||Mark Tendler|
William Pierce (born July 13, 1961) is an American professional wrestler, better known by the ring name Chris Michaels. He is best known for his appearances with the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based professional wrestling promotion Eastern Championship Wrestling in 1992 to 1993. He is to not be confused with Nebraska and Iowa wrestler, Chris Michaels (real name, not a ring name) who worked for the USWA with tag team partner Todd Morton.
- 1 Professional wrestling career
- 2 Championships and accomplishments
- 3 References
- 4 External links
Professional wrestling career
Early career (1989–1991)
After training under Mark Tendler, Michaels made his debut on the independent circuit in 1989. In September 1990 he started to work for International World Class Championship Wrestling and he worked there until 1992. In January, 1991 Michaels started to work for Herb Abrams UWF. In the summer of 1991 he left the promotion.
World Wrestling Federation (1991-1992)
Extreme Championship Wrestling & Smoky Mountain Wrestling (1992-1993)
Michaels teamed up with Johnny Hotbody and Chris Candido to form a tag team known as "the Suicide Blondes" in Eastern Championship Wrestling (ECW) during the early 1990s. The trio won the ECW Tag Team Championship from Tony Stetson and Larry Winters on April 3, 1993. They were subsequently allowed to pick any two of the three to represent the team, via the Freebird Rule. The Blondes lost the championship to The Super Destroyers (Super Destroyer #1 and Super Destroyer #2), but regained them the same night. At some point in 1993 Chris Candido left ECW and the promotion was forced to vacate the championship.
In December 1992, Chris started to work for Smoky Mountain Wrestling under the ring name of Chris Comet. He feuded with Dirty White Boy for the SMW Beat the Champ Television Championship before leaving the promotion in October 1993.
World Championship Wrestling (1994)
Independent circuit (1994-2002, 2011, 2013-2015)
Michaels returned to work in the East Coast independent circuit as he established himself as a well known worker in that region and won championships in many promotions across the East Coast. He mainly worked for promotions such as Universal Superstars Of America, NWA New York, East Coast Pro Wrestling, United States Wrestling Organization and USA Pro Wrestling. In 2002 Michaels retired from professional wrestling.
On October 22, 2011 Michaels was inducted to the ECPW Five Boroughs Hall of Fame. On the same day he returned to in ring action as he worked a tag team match.
In September 2013 Michaels announced that he's going to return to the ring full time as he started to work on monthly shows across the East Coast scene once again. Two years later on October 28, 2015 Michaels announced his retirement.
Championships and accomplishments
- NWA Eastern Championship Wrestling
- NWA New York
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him #242 of the 500 best singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2002
- USA Pro Wrestling
- USA Pro United States Championship (1 time)
- United States Wrestling Organization
- USWO World Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Shawn Shultz
- Universal Superstars of America
- USA Tag Team Championship (3 times) - with Tito Santana and Johnny Handsome (2)
- Superstars Of Wrestling Federation
- SWF United States Championship (1 time, current)
- East Coast Professional Wrestling
- ECPW Five Boroughs Hall of Fame (class of 2011)
- "ECW World Tag Team Championship history". Puroresu Dojo. 2003.
- "NWA New York Heavyweight Championship history". Puroresu Dojo. 2003.
- "NWA New York Junior Heavyweight Championship history". Puroresu Dojo. 2003.
- Tsakiries, Phil; Brian Westcott (2007). "USA Pro United States Championship history". Solie's Title Histories.