|Birth name||John Benson Williams|
June 1, 1970 |
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Ian Rotten
|Billed height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Billed weight||240 lb (109 kg)|
|Billed from||Louisville, Kentucky
The Fifth Ward, Houston, Texas
|Trained by||Axl Rotten|
|Debut||August 10, 1990|
John Benson Williams (born June 1, 1970) is an American professional wrestler better known by his ring name Ian Rotten. He has wrestled in Global Wrestling Federation (GWF), Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), and his own wrestling promotion IWA: Mid-South.
Professional wrestling career
After becoming a fan of Dusty Rhodes and "Superstar" Bill Dundee while growing up in Florida and Baltimore, Maryland, John Williams, began his career under the name Johnny Lawler, the storyline illegitimate son of Jerry "The King" Lawler. However, after heat from Jerry Lawler and a short stint as hockey gimmick Zach Blades, Williams went to wrestle for Skandor Akbar in the Global Wrestling Federation.
After Brian Knighton suggested they become "brothers", they became Ian and Axl Rotten, the Bad Breed. The Bad Breed defeated the Texas Mustangs (Bobby Duncum, Jr. & Johnny Hawk) for the GWF Tag Team Championship in January 1993. In June 1994 in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), the Bad Breed started a feud with The Public Enemy over the ECW Tag Team Championship, but never won the title.
Williams left ECW in late 1995 over money disputes and moved to Kentucky, where he started a wrestling hotline. He founded the IWA Mid-South promotion in early 1996. The group became the subject of controversy when a video of the matches was sent to local police forces. The IWA and local police were quick to assure the public that the matches were acting, and that no one was hurt.
In 2005, a concussion forced Williams into semi-retirement.
Championships and accomplishments
- Independent Wrestling Association Deep South
- Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South
- Independent Wrestling World
- IWW Heavyweight Cup Championship (1 time)
- NWA New Jersey
- Pro Wrestling Unplugged
- PWU Hardcore Championship (1 time)
- westside Xtreme wrestling
- "Ian Rotten". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-09-11.
- Thacker, Matt (August 5, 2008). "No charges from Sellersburg wrestling video". The Evening News and The Tribune (Indiana).
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