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Brutus Beefcake
Brutus Beefcake2.jpg
Beefcake in 2010
Birth name Edward Harrison Leslie
Born (1957-04-21) April 21, 1957 (age 59)[1]
Tampa, Florida, United States[1]
Residence Tampa, Florida, United States
Spouse(s) Kirsten Georgi (m. 1987; div. 1991)
Barbara McGondel (divorced)
Melissa Caruso (m. 2013)
Children 1
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Baron Beefcake[1]
Big Brother Booty[2]
The Booty Man[1]
Brother Bruti[1]
Brute Force[1]
Brutus Beefcake[1]
The Butcher[1]
The Clipmaster[3]
The Disciple[1]
Dizzy Hogan[1]
Ed Boulder[1]
Eddie Hogan[1]
The Mariner[1]
The Man With No Name[1]
The Zodiac[1]
The Zodiac Man[4]
Billed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[1][5]
Billed weight 274 lb (124 kg)[5]
Billed from San Francisco, California[1]
The Land of Yin and Yang
Parts Unknown
Trained by Hulk Hogan[1]
Ivan Koloff[1]
Debut 1977[1]

Edward Harrison "Ed" Leslie (born April 21, 1957) is an American semi-retired professional wrestler, best known for his work in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) under the ring name Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake. He later worked for World Championship Wrestling (WCW) under a variety of names.

Leslie held nine titles throughout his career, and is a former WWF World Tag Team Champion with Greg Valentine. He also sporadically competed for major singles titles on pay-per-view and television, headlining the 1994 edition of WCW's premier annual event, Starrcade, in a match against then-WCW World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan.[6]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Edward Leslie began his career at the side of Terry Bollea in 1977.[1] At the time, the two were billed as brothers. Leslie was Ed Boulder when Bollea wrestled as "Terry Boulder", and Dizzy Hogan when Bollea became "Hulk Hogan". In later years this created confusion among fans, many of whom actually believed that Leslie and Bollea were real life brothers.

Leslie briefly wrestled in Bill Watts' Mid-South territory and sporadically (between 1980 and 1982) in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). In a 2000 shoot interview, he recalled his first match was a tag match with Ron Slinker, against Ox Baker and Eric the Red.

World Wrestling Federation[edit]

Debut and The Dream Team (1984–1987)[edit]

Leslie rejoined the WWF as a heel named Brutus Beefcake in late 1984, managed by "Luscious" Johnny Valiant.[5] Introduced in a vignette that portrayed him as a male stripper, Beefcake was a vain character who dressed in outlandish outfits.[7] As a singles wrestler, he feuded with David Sammartino whom he fought to a double DQ at the inaugural WrestleMania at Madison Square Garden, and WWF World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan. Hogan sought revenge on Beefcake after he and Valiant injured Hogan's protégé, Hillbilly Jim (at a show in San Diego in February 1985, Hillbilly had appeared in Hogan's corner for a match between Hogan and Beefcake. While chasing Johnny V around ringside, Jim slipped on a wet spot and legitimately broke his leg).

In the summer of 1985, Beefcake began teaming with Greg "The Hammer" Valentine. They became known as The Dream Team.[5] They soon began challenging The U.S. Express (Mike Rotundo and Barry Windham) for the WWF Tag Team Championship. Initially, the US Express successfully met these challenges but, at the August 24 show in the Philadelphia Spectrum, The Dream Team won the title after Beefcake rubbed Valiant’s lit cigar into Windham’s eye. They defended the belts for eight months, primarily from a reformed US Express (Dan Spivey replaced the departed Windham) and The British Bulldogs. At WrestleMania 2, in Rosemont, Illinois, The Dream Team lost the title to The British Bulldogs.[5] They were unsuccessful in rematches for the title and soon dropped to mid-card status.

The Barber (1987–1990)[edit]

The Dream Team broke up at WrestleMania III. After defeating The Rougeau Brothers at the pay-per-view, the team had an argument and Beefcake was left in the ring while Valentine and Valiant left with Dino Bravo.[8] This (and having had his hair cut by Adrian Adonis in a six-man match shortly before WrestleMania) provided the impetus for Beefcake to turn face. In the immediate next match on the show, Beefcake helped Roddy Piper to defeat Adonis, reviving Piper after Adonis had rendered him unconscious. Per match stipulations, Adonis would have his head shaved. Beefcake gladly undertook this task, and earned the nickname "The Barber".

Thereafter, Beefcake started bringing garden shears (with the handles taped to resemble barber poles) to the ring, and using a sleeper hold (hitherto a speciality of both Piper and Adonis, used heavily by both in their Wrestlemania III match) as his finishing move. After a match, he would strut around the ring, "snipping" his fingers like scissors to indicate he was about to cut his defeated opponent's hair. As he did (using either his shears or an electric razor) he would throw handfuls of hair into the air for the amusement of his fans.

Brutus Beefcake during the 1980s.

After coming out on top of a feud with former partner Valentine and ex-manager Valiant (whom, by the end of their feud, Beefcake had shaved completely bald), Beefcake feuded with Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion The Honky Tonk Man. Beefcake vowed to not only win the title, but put Honky to sleep and cut his duck's tail. Beefcake never made good on that vow, since Honky got himself disqualified from most of their matches (wrestling titles generally do not change hands on a disqualification). Honky often had assistance from a mysterious pigtailed and sunglassed blonde named Peggy Sue (WWF Women's Champion Sherri Martel usually played this character during television tapings and PPV events, but at house shows "she" was Jimmy Hart in drag). Beefcake countered with a "woman" of his own: "Georgina" (George "The Animal" Steele in drag). The feud concluded at WrestleMania IV, where Honky was again disqualified, after interference from Jimmy Hart. Though Honky escaped with the title and his hair, Beefcake caught Jimmy Hart towards the end of the match and humiliated him with a partial haircut.

Beefcake also feuded with "Outlaw" Ron Bass in 1988, beginning when Bass attacked him after a match on Superstars of Wrestling, lacerating his head with a spur. As a result, the injured Beefcake missed his scheduled Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship match against The Honky Tonk Man at the first SummerSlam event on August 29.[9] He ultimately defeated Bass in a grudge match.

Beefcake then feuded with Randy Savage during 1989. On "The Brother Love Show" (an interview segment on WWF Superstars of Wrestling), Beefcake called Savage's new manager, Sensational Sherri, "Scary Sherri," and an angered Savage attacked him. Eventually, the feud became intertwined with one between Hulk Hogan and Zeus (based around the movie No Holds Barred). Hogan was simultaneously involved in his own feud with Savage over the WWF World Heavyweight Title. During his match against Savage, Beefcake was assaulted by Zeus. At SummerSlam, Hogan and Beefcake teamed to defeat Savage and Zeus. The rivalry resumed when, on December 27, No Holds Barred was shown as part of a pay-per-view special called "No Holds Barred: The Movie-The Match." In the match portion of the show (taped two weeks earlier in Nashville, Tennessee), Hogan and Beefcake defeated Savage and Zeus in a steel cage match.

At WrestleMania VI, Beefcake became the first person to pin Mr. Perfect on PPV.[10]

Parasailing accident and return (1990–1993)[edit]

Leslie with Brutus Beefcake's trademark haircutting shears.

In July 1990, a serious parasailing accident put Leslie out of action.[5] He was helping his parasailer friend prepare for takeoff, when the driver of the boat mistook a cue to take off and pulled the friend's bare feet hard into Leslie's face, crushing his facial skeleton. Over 100 metal plates were needed to repair it,[11] and Leslie's wrestling career was put on hold for almost two years.

For a short time in early 1991, a masked character played by Leslie appeared on TV. The character would run in during matches and attack various heels (notably Rick Martel, Dino Bravo and Earthquake). He would run in on their matches, punch them a few times, throw a headbutt and immediately retreat. He never wrestled a match and was never given an official name.[12]

Leslie returned as Brutus Beefcake in a special appearance on the April 23, 1991 episode of WWF Prime Time Wrestling, and then as a full-time regular in the summer of 1991, hosting an interview segment called "The Barber Shop."[11] The Rockers split up on The Barber Shop when Shawn Michaels superkicked partner Marty Jannetty and threw him through a plate glass window; this turned Michaels heel and began his singles run to stardom. The final Barber Shop segment took place in February 1992. Newly turned heel Sid Justice attacked Beefcake and destroyed the set, building heat for his feud with Hulk Hogan. After this, Beefcake disappeared once again.

In early 1993, Beefcake once again returned to the WWF, appearing on Monday Night Raw. Beefcake's facial injury was used in an angle with Money Inc. (Ted DiBiase and Irwin R. Schyster). In what was billed as Beefcake's "comeback match", he defeated DiBiase on RAW by disqualification when DiBiase and Schyster double-teamed him. Schyster then tried to reinjure Beefcake, hitting him with a steel briefcase. Longtime heel manager (and manager of Money Inc.) Jimmy Hart turned face by trying to stop his team from hurting Beefcake, and Hulk Hogan returned to the WWF after a one-year hiatus. Hogan and Beefcake teamed for the first time since December 1989, as The Mega-Maniacs, with Hart as their manager. The Mega-Maniacs (with Beefcake wearing a protective facemask) challenged Money Inc. for the Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania IX.[11] and, though gaining some revenge, lost via disqualification.[13]

WrestleMania IX was Leslie's final wrestling appearance on WWF television, although he remained active on the house show circuit. He teamed with Hogan in multiple matches against Money Inc in June 1993, winning by disqualification. He also defeated Masa Saito on May 3 at Fukuoka, Japan.[14] Following a final tour of Europe from July 9 to August 6, (defeating Terry Taylor in eight straight matches), Leslie left the WWF.

World Championship Wrestling (1994–1996; 1998–1999)[edit]

In 1994, Leslie debuted in World Championship Wrestling. At first, he only made short appearances with Hulk Hogan, who referred to him as Brother Bruti[1][3] (as he did when they were WWF tag team partners in 1989 and 1993). At that year's Halloween Havoc, following Hogan's cage match victory over Ric Flair, Leslie was revealed as the masked man who had attacked Hogan just before his title match with Flair at Clash of the Champions XXVIII. Leslie subsequently became The Butcher, and formed The Three Faces of Fear with Kevin Sullivan and Avalanche.[11] The Butcher-Hogan feud culminated in a WCW World Heavyweight title match at Starrcade, which The Butcher lost.

The Butcher continued wrestling for some time after The 3 Faces of Fear broke up in May 1995, then became amnesic, as The Man with No Name. Leslie rejoined Sullivan in his new stable The Dungeon of Doom, as The Zodiac,[11] a character wearing black and white face paint and only ever saying, "Yes, no, yes, no!" The Dungeon of Doom feuded with Hogan for most of the remainder of 1995. Hogan eventually turned Zodiac against his stablemates by revealing him as a mole.

After leaving The Dungeon of Doom, Leslie became The Booty Man, and his gimmick was that of a man infatuated with his own buttocks, shaking them on the way to the ring and during matches. His signature move was a high knee (a homonym of "hiney"). He was accompanied to the ring by Kimberly Page (who became known as The Booty Babe), and feuded with Diamond Dallas Page (at the time, Kimberly's real-life husband).

The Booty Man, like Leslie's other WCW gimmicks, did not last long. When the nWo started, he attempted to join and was instead attacked by Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and Hollywood Hogan. Leslie then left WCW for nearly two years.

In the final segment of the February 23, 1998 edition of Monday Nitro, Leslie returned as The Disciple, the bodyguard of Hollywood Hogan.[11] He was almost unrecognizable at first, with a new full beard, dark sunglasses, and nWo-styled biker attire. His true identity was later revealed onscreen by Roddy Piper, during his feud with Hogan. The Disciple accompanied Hogan to the ring for his matches, and would often be called on to assist in beating down an opponent, often using his new finishing move, "The Apocalypse". After Hogan became the WCW World Heavyweight Champion in April, these beatdowns often included the title belt itself, which The Disciple would drape over his shoulder before performing The Apocalypse, driving its centerplate into the victim's face on the way down.

The Disciple was abducted by The Warrior during Warrior's feud with Hogan, and was later seen hanging from his feet backstage. After being brainwashed by The Warrior, he turned on Hogan and became the second member of Warrior's One Warrior Nation. After Warrior left WCW, The Disciple's push largely diminished and he spent the remainder of his time in WCW as a jobber. His last WCW PPV match was the World War 3 battle royal on November 22, 1998. In his final televised match, aired on the November 6, 1999 WCW Worldwide, he wore attire much like he did in his early WWF days as Brutus Beefcake (though still under the Disciple ring name) as he lost to Hacksaw Jim Duggan.[15][16]

Semi-retirement[edit]

A shirtless Leslie smiles, holding huge pruning shears
Leslie in 2009 with his shears.
Beefcake signing autographs at Comic Con 2013.

On January 26, 2008, Leslie was inducted into the XWF Hall of Fame by Jack Blaze. After it became the LPW Hall of Fame, Blaze honored Beefcake again, on March 26, 2010, in Wheeling, West Virginia.

In May 2000, Brutus Beefcake wrestled for the Extreme Wrestling Federation, in a match against Rex Diamond.[11]

After retiring, Leslie became part of the Christian wrestling group, World Impact Wrestling. He also started a wrestling school.[17] He made an appearance at Pro Wrestling Syndicate's debut show in Garfield, New Jersey on June 24, 2007.[18] He has appeared at several Memphis wrestling shows, including the 2007 Ultimate Clash of the Legends.

Leslie was a coach on Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling.

On July 24, 2009, Leslie competed in "Celebrity Boxing 10" in Philadelphia, losing in the first round to local competitive eater Bill Simmons.

He took part in the Hulkamania: Let The Battle Begin tour in late 2009, wrestling across Australia, including Perth and Sydney.

On August 28, 2010, Beefcake wrestled for Dynamic Wrestling Alliance, based in Middletown, Ohio.[19] In June 2016, Beefcake wrestled three dates in Montana for Big Time Wrestling.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Brutus Beefcake on the Hulkamania Tour

Before his parasailing accident in 1990, both his parents had died, his mother after a lengthy battle with cancer and his father from a heart attack.

Leslie married Kirsten Georgi on July 1, 1987. They divorced in 1991.[21] He married Barbara McGondel on October 1, 1994.[citation needed] Together, they have one daughter, Alana.[22] In 2013 Brutus married long time girlfriend Melissa DeGloria Caruso, the two moved to Florida in March 2012 and made it official August 23, 2013.

In February 2004, Leslie caused an anthrax scare at one of Boston's MBTA stations, Downtown Crossing, where he was working at the time. He had left a bag of cocaine in his booth, which a subway rider spotted and assumed to be anthrax. The building was evacuated as a precaution. Leslie checked into a drug rehabilitation facility after admitting that the cocaine was his.[11]

On November 7, 2013, Leslie appeared at Toronto City Hall with a pair of shears and a submarine sandwich, claiming mayor Rob Ford "needed an intervention" in the wake of a high-profile crack cocaine scandal. Leslie offered to be Ford's "angel of mercy", saying "Maybe if he gets his body right, he will be able to get his mind right.” Security escorted him from the property. The day before, fellow wrestler The Iron Sheik also tried to visit Ford, and challenge him to an arm-wrestling match.[23]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Lucha de Apuesta record[edit]

Wager Winner Loser Location Date Notes
Hair Brutus Beefcake Ron Bass Tampa, Florida December 7, 1988 Hair vs. Hair match at Saturday Night's Main Event[30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z "Leslie's profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  2. ^ "WCW Monday Nitro". WCW Monday Nitro. 1996-02-19. TNT (TV channel). 
  3. ^ a b Reynolds, R.D. (2003). Wrestlecrap: The Very Worst of Pro Wrestling. ECW Press. p. 144. ISBN 978-1-55022-584-6. 
  4. ^ Furious, Arnold (2006-11-26). "The Furious Flashbacks – WCW Bash at the Beach '95". 411Mania. Retrieved 2012-08-22. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Shields, Brian; Sullivan, Kevin (2009). WWE Encyclopedia. DK. p. 50. ISBN 978-0-7566-4190-0. 
  6. ^ "Ed Leslie: Profile & Match Listing". Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved August 7, 2015. 
  7. ^ Brutus Beefcake 1984 vignette
  8. ^ "2007 Wrestling Almanac & Book of Facts". Wrestling’s Historical Cards. Kappa Publishing. 2007. pp. 85–86. 
  9. ^ "World Wrestling Entertainment Substitutions". Softwolves. Retrieved 2008-01-28. 
  10. ^ "2007 Wrestling Almanac & Book of Facts". Wrestling’s Historical Cards. Kappa Publishing. 2007. p. 88. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h Roopansingh, Jaya (February 13, 2004). "Beefcake busted in Boston". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  12. ^ http://www.wwe.com/classics/classic-lists/wwes-most-absurd-superstars/page-16
  13. ^ "2007 Wrestling Almanac & Book of Facts". Wrestling’s Historical Cards. Kappa Publishing. 2007. p. 91. 
  14. ^ http://www.thehistoryofwwe.com/93.htm
  15. ^ WCW Worldwide - Saturday, 11/6/99 results
  16. ^ WCW Worldwide 11/6/99 results from CageMatch.net
  17. ^ Beefcake Wrestling School Website.
  18. ^ PWS Official Site
  19. ^ http://thedwa.com/
  20. ^ "Big Time Wrestling returns to Missoula on Friday". Ravalli Republic. Retrieved 8 June 2016. 
  21. ^ "Ed Leslie". magweb.com. Retrieved 2016-04-18. 
  22. ^ Hoffman, Brett (February 28, 2007). "Catching up with Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2009-10-20. There, he spends the bulk of his time with his wife Barbie, and 10-year-old daughter Alana, who happens to be an equestrian in training. 
  23. ^ http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/ex-wrestler-told-to-leave-city-hall-after-offer-of-intervention-for-rob-ford/article15318184/
  24. ^ "Jimmy Hart profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  25. ^ http://www.solie.org/titlehistories/ttbcw2.html
  26. ^ http://www.cwiwrestling.com
  27. ^ http://www.cagematch.de/?id=5&nr=1005
  28. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  29. ^ http://www.100megsfree4.com/wiawrestling/pages/pwi/pwi50095.htm
  30. ^ http://www.softwolves.pp.se/wrestling/wwf/1988

External links[edit]

  • WWE.comCatching up with Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake. By Brett Hoffman: February 28, 2007
  • Brutus Beefcake's profile on WWE.com