Ice Train (wrestler)

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Ice Train
Birth name Harold Fitzgerald Hogue
Born (1967-11-13) November 13, 1967 (age 47)[1]
Resides Florida, United States[2]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Ice Train[2][1]
M.I. Smooth[2][1]
Billed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[2][1]
Billed weight 315 lb (143 kg; 22.5 st)[2]
Billed from Detroit, Michigan[2]
Atlanta, Georgia[2][1]
Trained by DeWayne Bruce[1]
Paul Orndorff[1]
Debut 1990[2]
Retired 2001[2]

Harold Fitzgerald Hogue Sr.[1][3] (born November 13, 1967) is an American former professional wrestler. He is best known for his tenure with World Championship Wrestling, where he wrestled under the ring names Ice Train and M.I. Smooth.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

World Championship Wrestling (1990–2001)[edit]

Debut[edit]

On the July 7, 1993 edition of WorldWide, Hogue made his World Championship Wrestling debut under the ring name Ice Train by winning a handicap match.[4] He later made his pay-per-view debut at the first-ever Fall Brawl event, where he defeated Shanghai Pierce. Hogue then teamed up with The Shockmaster and Charlie Norris and defeated Harlem Heat and The Equalizer at Halloween Havoc. However, Hogue's undefeated streak was broken after losing to Ron Simmons at Clash of the Champions on January 27, 1994.[5]

Fire and Ice[edit]

After being absent from WCW for the rest of 1994 and all of 1995, Hogue returned to WCW on the February 14, 1996 edition of Saturday Night in a match against Scott Norton. The match ended in a double countout when both men clotheslined each other, knocking themselves out in the process.[6] After the match, the two shook hands and Norton declared to announcer Gene Okerlund that he and Ice Train would become a formidable tag team because of their similar in-ring styles. The team was quickly named Fire and Ice with Norton representing "Fire" and Ice Train eponymously representing "Ice".[7] The team easily overpowered numerous teams as they tried to establish themselves as a legitimate contender for the World Tag Team Championship. At Slamboree: Lord of the Ring, Ice Train and Norton were "randomly selected" to be on the same team and they easily defeated the makeshift team of "Big" Bubba Rogers and Stevie Ray in the first round of the Lethal Lottery tournament.[8] After winning their match, both Ice Train and Norton advanced to the final round and competed in an eight-man battle royal, but neither was successful as Diamond Dallas Page eliminated both men and went on to win the Lethal Lottery tournament, earning a title shot in the process.[8]

Soon afterward, Fire and Ice began feuding with Norton's longtime rivals, The Steiner Brothers. After wrestling to a double countout on two separate occasions,[9][10] the two teams faced off at the Great American Bash on June 16 to determine who would become the number one contenders to the WCW World Tag Team Championship. Scott Steiner pinned Norton after a Frankensteiner to earn the win for his team as well as the number one contendership.[11] After the loss, Fire and Ice continued feuding with the Steiners, with the two powerhouse teams trying to prove who was best. After a sudden loss to The Rock 'n' Roll Express on an episode of Main Event before Bash at the Beach, dissension started to appear between Fire and Ice[12] as Norton attacked Ice Train after another team loss. The team finally imploded when Norton faced and defeated Ice Train at Hog Wild on August 10 in a submission match after Norton made Ice Train submit to an armbar.[13] However, Ice Train defeated Norton in a submission rematch on September 15 at Fall Brawl, when Norton submitted to a full nelson.[14]

Return to singles competition[edit]

After the implosion of Fire and Ice, Ice Train returned to singles competition in a loss to Diamond Dallas Page on the November 4, 1996 edition of Nitro and lost a rematch to Page on the following week's edition of Nitro. Ice Train then competed at World War 3, eliminating Mark Starr and Villano IV and even made it into the final ten, but he was eliminated from the match due to the combined efforts of Kevin Nash and Diamond Dallas Page. After World War 3, Ice Train returned to the undercard and gained Theodore Long as his manager for a very brief period. Ice Train began easily defeating opponents on Nitro and he soon became a mainstay on Pro for the rest of 1996 up until 1998 when Pro was cancelled. However, he soon continued his undercard role on WorldWide as well as on Thunder.

The New Blood and retirement[edit]

On February 8, 2000, Hogue was again pushed into the spotlight as he became a member of The New Blood faction, who feuded with the Millionaire's Club. Hogue was renamed M.I. Smooth and he soon became one of the faction's numerous managers as well as a part-time competitor. Smooth regularly appeared in segments with various members of the New Blood. In early 2001, Smooth began a very minor feud with fellow New Blood member Kanyon by brawling with him after a typical New Blood segment. On the March 19, 2001 edition of Nitro, Kanyon defeated Smooth. However, Smooth gained revenge two days later on Thunder as he teamed up with Ernest "The Cat" Miller to defeat Kanyon and Road Warrior Animal. Five days later, WCW broadcast its final edition of Nitro due to the company being bought out by the World Wrestling Federation, although Hogue would not be affected as he retired from wrestling soon after the merger.

Personal life[edit]

Hogue helped train Toney Freeman for his career in bodybuilding.[2][1]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

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