Brisco at WrestleMania Axxess in 2014
|Birth name||Floyd Gerald Brisco|
September 19, 1946 |
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
|Residence||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Children||2 including; Wesley Brisco
(born February 21, 1983)
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Gerald Brisco
|Billed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Billed weight||227 lb (103 kg; 16.2 st)|
|Trained by||Jack Brisco|
In the course of his career, Brisco wrestled for several National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) member promotions and won dozens of championships. However, Brisco, along with his partner Pat Patterson, achieved more fame in the late 1990s and early 2000s as the onscreen "stooge" of WWE Chairman Vince McMahon. He is the younger brother of former professional wrestler Jack Brisco who died in early 2010.
Amateur wrestling career
Gerald Brisco grew up with five siblings and an absent father in Oklahoma. He followed his brother, Jack Brisco, into amateur wrestling, and was eventually awarded an athletic scholarship to Oklahoma State after winning two AAU tournaments.and only losing two HS matches placing second in Oklahoma States in his only two years of HS wrestling due to broken leg in football. He was a starter on the OSU freshman team winning several matches and tournaments.
During the spring break of 1968, Brisco was in Missouri with Jack, and was asked to substitute for his brother's injured tag team partner despite his lack of professional training. After Brisco contracted hepatitis and injured his knee, he decided to drop out of college and become a full-time professional wrestler.
Professional wrestling career
The Brisco Brothers (1969–1984)
Brisco was trained by his brother and debuted in 1969 as his tag team partner, using the name Gerald Brisco. The Brisco Brothers were a highly successful team, amassing over twenty tag team championships over the course of thirteen years. They arrived in Florida in 1970 (with Brisco becoming Jerry Brisco) and dominated the singles and tag divisions for several years thereafter. It was also in the late '70s that the Briscos discovered Terry Bollea, the future wrestling legend best known as Hulk Hogan, who they introduced to Hiro Matsuda for training. Jerry Brisco would amass a number of singles championships throughout the 1970s, and on June 20, 1981 he defeated Les Thornton for the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship.
The Briscos acquired minority interests in Georgia Championship Wrestling, and in 1984 they convinced a majority of the shareholders (52%) to sell their shares to Vince McMahon, enabling him to increase his dominance of the professional wrestling world. Gerald retired soon after.
World Wrestling Federation (1970–present)
Following the 1997 Montreal Screwjob, Brisco capitalized on his notoriety by becoming an onscreen "stooge" of Vince McMahon along with Pat Patterson. The duo portrayed a pair of bumbling comic heels and joined The Corporation and the McMahon-Helmsley Faction. They lampooned Hulk Hogan (then working for World Championship Wrestling, the rival of WWF) by mimicking his trademark gestures and using "Real American," his old entrance theme.
On the May 18, 2000 episode of SmackDown! Brisco won his first WWF championship when he pinned a sleeping Crash Holly to win the perpetually contested Hardcore Championship. Crash regained the title on June 12 but Brisco was intent on regaining. He pursued Holly around New York City but ran afoul of John Shaft, who had agreed to protect Holly. Brisco eventually regained the title the following week with the aid of Pat Patterson in the midst of a match between Crash and his cousin, Hardcore Holly. As Patterson and Brisco celebrated the victory, Patterson poured champagne in Brisco's eyes then broke a second bottle over his head. He then pinned the (kayfabe) unconscious Brisco to win the Hardcore Championship. Patterson hid from Brisco in drag in the women's locker room, and, after Brisco pursued him into the locker room, Vince McMahon booked them in a Hardcore Evening Gown Match at the King of the Ring. In the course of the match, Holly interfered and pinned Patterson, regaining the title once again.
On July 15, 2005, Brisco was inducted into the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame. He appeared at WrestleMania 23 in a party scene and also on the July 23, 2007 edition of RAW. On March 29, 2008, Brisco and his brother were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame the night before WrestleMania XXIV in Orlando, Florida.
In June 2009, Brisco suffered three strokes. Four months later, it was announced that Brisco would not be returning to his position as a road agent in WWE. In March 2010, Brisco did return to the WWE as a talent scout and recruiter for NXT.
Brisco is married. He and his wife Barbara have two sons named Wesley (born 1983) who is also a professional wrestler, known as Wes Brisco, a former FCW Tag Team Champion and Joseph who is a grad student at USF Tampa. Brisco also co-owned a body shop with his brother Bill, and longtime partner Travis Allred, known as the Brisco Brothers Body Shop which is now closed. Jack Brisco was also a partner in the business before his death in 2010.
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
- Entrance themes
Championships and accomplishments
- Cauliflower Alley Club
- Other honoree (1996)
- Championship Wrestling from Florida
- NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- NWA Florida Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- NWA Florida Tag Team Championship (8 times) – with Jack Brisco
- NWA Florida Television Championship (1 time)
- NWA United States Tag Team Championship (Florida version) (5 times) – with Jack Brisco
- NWA North American Tag Team Championship (Florida version) (2 times) – with Jack Brisco
- NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship (Florida version) (3 times)
- NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Eastern Sports Association
- Georgia Championship Wrestling
- Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
- NWA Western States Sports
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him # 54 of the 100 best tag teams during the "PWI Years" with Jack Brisco in 2003.
- PWI ranked him #217 of the top 500 singles wrestlers of the "PWI Years" in 2003
- World Wrestling Council
- World Wrestling Federation/World Wrestling Entertainment
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
1While almost always defended in the Southeastern Championship Wrestling promotion, Brisco won the championship while working on a card hosted by Georgia Championship Wrestling via a working relationship between the two promotions.
- "OWOW". Retrieved July 28, 2012.
- Wrestler birthdays mentioned on WWE 24/7 On Demand
- Born in 1946 per Intelius check of "Floyd Gerald Brisco" who lives in Tampa, FL giving age of 62 as of September 19, 2008
- WrestlingNewsWorld.com. "JR: Gerry Brisco Scouting Amateur Talent For WWE, Steve Austin, Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony, AXXESS". Wrestlingnewsworld.com. Retrieved July 28, 2012.
- "Blogger: Aanmelden". Rasslinriotnews.blogspot.com. Retrieved July 28, 2012.
- "Wes Brisco". ONline World of Wrestling. Retrieved December 12, 2011.
- NWA Florida Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
- NWA Florida Junior Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
- NWA Florida Tag Team Title history At wrestling-titles.com
- NWA Florida Television Title history At wrestling-titles.com
- NWA United States Tag Team Title (Florida) history At wrestling-titles.com
- NWA North American Tag Team Title (Florida) history At wrestling-titles.com
- NWA Florida Southern Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
- NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
- ESA International Tag Team Title history At wrestling-titles.com
- NWA Georgia Tag Team Title history At wrestling-titles.com
- NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
- NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Title (Georgia) history At wrestling-titles.com
- NWA Atlantic Coast Tag Team Title history At wrestling-titles.com
- NWA Eastern States Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
- NWA World Tag Team Title (Mid-Atlantic/WCW) history At wrestling-titles.com
- NWA Western States Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
- WWC North American Tag Team Title history At wrestling-titles.com
- WWC World Junior Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
- WWF/WWE Hardcore Title history At wrestling-titles.com
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