J. C. Bailey

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J. C. Bailey
J. C. Bailey - June, 2010.jpg
Bailey at Tournament of Death 9 in June 2010.
Birth name Joseph Carl Bailey Jr.[1]
Born (1983-08-23)August 23, 1983[1]
Louisville, Kentucky, United States[2]
Died August 30, 2010(2010-08-30) (aged 27)[1]
Cause of death Intracranial aneurysm
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) J. C. Bailey[2]
Billed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[2]
Billed weight 200 lb (91 kg)[3]
Billed from Louisville, Kentucky[3]
Trained by Tracy Smothers[2]
Debut 2001[2]

Joseph Carl Bailey Jr. (August 23, 1983 – August 30, 2010) was an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name J. C. Bailey. He wrestled for numerous American-based professional wrestling promotions including Combat Zone Wrestling, IWA Mid-South, and IWA East Coast.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Bailey made his professional wrestling debut in 2001.[2]

On March 29, 2003, Bailey defeated Nate Webb to win the IWA Mid-South Light Heavyweight Championship.[4] He lost the championship to Michael Todd Stratton on May 24, but regained it a week later on May 31.[5][6] In June 2003, Bailey, Ian Rotten, and Corporal Robinson "invaded" Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) on behalf of Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South (IWA Mid-South).[2] The following month, he competed in the second annual CZW Tournament of Death where he lost to Nick Mondo in a deathmatch involving light tubes.[7] On August 9, at Aftermath, Bailey lost the IWA Mid-South Light Heavyweight Championship to Sonjay Dutt.[8] He also competed in the fifth annual IWA Mid-South King of the Deathmatch tournament in August, where he defeated 2 Tuff Tony, Necro Butcher, and Ian Rotten, before losing to Mad Man Pondo in the final.[9][10] On November 21, Bailey won a three-way match against Dutt and Nate Webb to win the IWA Mid-South Light Heavyweight Championship for the third time.[11] He held the championship for two months before losing it to Matt Sydal on January 17, 2004.[12]

In June 2004, Bailey competed in the sixth King of the Deathmatch where he lost to Mad Man Pondo and Toby Klein,[13] and the following month he participated in the third Tournament of Death where he lost to Wifebeater after defeating Chri$ Ca$h.[14] On December 11, 2004, he teamed up with Chri$ Ca$h, Nate Webb and SeXXXy Eddy to win the CZW World Tag Team Championship.[15] Team Ca$h held the championship until February 5, 2005, when Ca$h and Webb lost to H8 Club (Justice Pain and Nick Gage).[15][16] The same night, Bailey became the first-ever CZW Ultraviolent Underground Champion.[16][17] He lost the championship to Zandig in July 2005.[17] The following month, on August 13, Bailey defeated Necro Butcher in a No Ropes Barbed Wire Death Match to win the Ultraviolent Underground Championship for the second time.[17] He held the championship for over five months, before losing it to Nick Gage on January 14, 2006.[17]

Between 2005 and 2007, Bailey competed in several more hardcore tournaments, including the fourth and fifth Tournaments of Death,[18][19] seventh and eighth King of the Deathmatch tournaments,[20][21] and Tournament of Death: Fast Forward.[22]

On August 20, 2006, he went to Japan and competed in the professional wrestling tournament WRESTLE EXPO 2006 where he lost to 2 Tuff Tony after defeating Mad Man Pondo.[23] On September 16, 2006, he competed in the first Masters of Pain tournament where he lost to the "Crazy Monkey" Jun Kasai after defeating 2 Tuff Tony and Corporal Robinson.[24]

In December 2009, Bailey returned to CZW in December at Cage of Death 11, attacking Thumbtack Jack who had just won a no-ropes barbwire match against Nick Gage.[25] Bailey was accompanied in this attack by 'Halfbreed' Billy Gram who in turn revealed that Bailey was the new member of The Cult Fiction stable led by Gram. Bailey and Gram were sooned joined by tHURTeen, the returning Brain Damage and Masada in The Cult Fiction, and began a feud against fan favorites Danny Havoc, Drake Younger, Scotty Vortekz and Eddie Kingston who were dubbed The Suicide Kings. On May 15, 2010, Bailey competed in Ohio Hatchet Wrestling's "Death In The Valley" Deathmatch Tournament; where he defeated Drake Younger in the finals in a 40 Panes of Glass Scaffold Match to become the OHW Death In The Valley Champion. On June 5, Bailey won the 2010 IWA Mid-South King of the Deathmatch tournament. He defeated Ian Rotten, Nick Gage, and Balls Mahoney en route to the final, where he defeated Devon Moore.[26] On June 26, Bailey competed in CZW's Tournament of Death 9, where he advanced through the first two rounds, before losing in the finals to Vortekz.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Bailey's father, Joseph Bailey, ran the Bad 2 the Bone Wrestling promotion in Kentucky, until his death from cancer on June 16, 2013.[2][28]

In September 2006, Bailey was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia in the first degree, attempted burglary in the second degree, and criminal mischief in the third degree. He was sentenced to one year in prison and was released on parole on August 31, 2007. Two months later, Bailey and another man were arrested while attempting to steal a 27-inch Samsung television from a Wal-Mart in Bardstown, Kentucky. Bailey was admitted to the hospital shortly afterward due to injuries suffered during the arrest. After pictures of Bailey's mugshot showing him covered in blood were released to the public, a local activist group held a vigil and filed a complaint to the town of Bardstown. While Bailey was only charged with a misdemeanour, his arrest resulted in his parole being revoked and he spent two years in prison. Bailey was released in December 2009.[29]

Death[edit]

Bailey was found dead on August 30, 2010, having died in his sleep.[1][30][31] Prior to his death he had complained of headaches and numbness in his hands.[31] The cause of death was later determined to be due to a brain aneurysm, caused by complications due to multiple concussions and traumas to the brain.[31] His brain is expected to be donated for research at Boston University.[31]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

a Team Ca$h defended the CZW World Tag Team Championship under the Freebird Rule.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "J.C. Bailey". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved September 3, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "J. C. Bailey". Combat Zone Wrestling. Archived from the original on July 17, 2011. Retrieved September 3, 2010. 
  4. ^ "March 29, 2003–IWA Mid-South in Clarksville, IN". Online World of Wrestling. March 29, 2003. Retrieved September 3, 2010. 
  5. ^ "May 24, 2003–IWA Mid South Wrestling – Spirit of 76 in Clarksville, IN". Online World of Wrestling. May 24, 2003. Retrieved September 3, 2010. 
  6. ^ "May 31, 2003–IWA Mid South Wrestling – Brothers in Blood in Clarksville, Indiana". Online World of Wrestling. May 31, 2003. Retrieved September 3, 2010. 
  7. ^ "'Tournament Of Death 2'; July 26th 2003; Dover, DE". Combat Zone Wrestling. July 26, 2003. Archived from the original on December 22, 2010. Retrieved September 3, 2010. 
  8. ^ "'Aftermath'; August 9th 2003; Philadelphia, PA". Combat Zone Wrestling. August 9, 2003. Archived from the original on December 22, 2010. Retrieved September 3, 2010. 
  9. ^ "August 1, 2003–IWA Mid South Wrestling – 2003 King of the Death Match: Night #1 in Clarksville, Indiana". Online World of Wrestling. August 1, 2003. Retrieved September 3, 2010. 
  10. ^ "August 2, 2003–IWA Mid South Wrestling – 2003 King of the Death Match: Night #2 in Clarksville, Indiana". Online World of Wrestling. August 2, 2003. Retrieved September 3, 2010. 
  11. ^ "November 21, 2003–IWA Mid South – Breaking Balls in Highland, IN". Online World of Wrestling. November 21, 2003. Retrieved September 3, 2010. 
  12. ^ "January 17, 2004–IWA Mid South Wrestling – Put Up or Shut Up in Highland, IN". Online World of Wrestling. January 17, 2004. Retrieved September 3, 2010. 
  13. ^ "June 26, 2004–IWA Mid South – King of the Death Match Night #2 in Ooolitic, Indiana". Online World of Wrestling. June 26, 2004. Retrieved September 3, 2010. 
  14. ^ "'Tournament Of Death 3: Banned My Ass'; July 24th 2004; Smyrna, DE". Combat Zone Wrestling. July 24, 2004. Archived from the original on December 22, 2010. Retrieved September 3, 2010. 
  15. ^ a b c "CZW Tag-Team Champions". Combat Zone Wrestling. Archived from the original on October 5, 2009. Retrieved September 3, 2010. 
  16. ^ a b "'Only The Strong'; February 5th 2005; Philadelphia, PA". Combat Zone Wrestling. February 5, 2005. Archived from the original on August 14, 2012. Retrieved September 3, 2010. 
  17. ^ a b c d e "Ultraviolent Underground Champions". Combat Zone Wrestling. Archived from the original on October 5, 2009. Retrieved September 3, 2010. 
  18. ^ "'Tournament Of Death 4'; July 30th 2005; New Castle, DE". Combat Zone Wrestling. July 30, 2005. Archived from the original on December 22, 2010. Retrieved September 3, 2010. 
  19. ^ "'Tournament Of Death 5'; July 29th 2006; Smyrna, DE". Combat Zone Wrestling. July 29, 2006. Archived from the original on December 22, 2010. Retrieved September 3, 2010. 
  20. ^ "November 19, 2005–IWA Mid South – King of the Death Match Tournament: Night 2 in Plainfield, Indiana". Online World of Wrestling. November 19, 2005. Retrieved September 3, 2010. 
  21. ^ "June 3, 2006–IWA Mid South Wrestling – King of the Death Match Tournament: Night 2 in Plainfield, Indiana". Online World of Wrestling. June 3, 2006. Retrieved September 3, 2010. 
  22. ^ "'TOD: Fast Forward'; September 15th 2007; Smyrna, DE". Combat Zone Wrestling. September 15, 2007. Archived from the original on December 22, 2010. Retrieved September 3, 2010. 
  23. ^ Yahoo! Sportsnavi: WRESTLE EXPO 2006 results Archived August 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. (in Japanese)
  24. ^ CAGEMATCH.de : IWA East Coast Masters Of Pain 2006
  25. ^ "'Cage of Death 11'; December 12th 2009; Philadelphia, PA". Combat Zone Wrestling. December 12, 2009. Archived from the original on December 22, 2010. Retrieved September 3, 2010. 
  26. ^ a b Martin, Adam (June 7, 2010). "Indy News #1: PWA, IWA Mid South, GAW, GCW". WrestleView. Retrieved September 3, 2010. 
  27. ^ "'Tournament Of Death 9'; June 26th 2010; Townsend, DE". Combat Zone Wrestling. June 26, 2010. Archived from the original on December 22, 2010. Retrieved September 3, 2010. 
  28. ^ "Slam! Wrestling News". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. June 17, 2013. Archived from the original on June 17, 2013. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  29. ^ Lash, Adam (August 30, 2010). "Looking back at the life and career of J.C. Bailey". PWInsider. Retrieved May 1, 2018. 
  30. ^ Caldwell, James (August 30, 2010). "Other News: Independent wrestler J.C. Bailey dies at age 27". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved September 3, 2010. 
  31. ^ a b c d Adam, Martin (September 3, 2010). "More on the cause of death for indy star J.C. Bailey". WrestleView. Retrieved September 4, 2010. 
  32. ^ "Champions". Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South. Retrieved September 3, 2010. [dead link]