Jones as Virgil in 2013.
|Birth name||Michael Jones|
June 13, 1962 |
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Curly Bill
Soul Train Jones
|Billed height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Billed weight||250 lb (110 kg)|
|Billed from||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|
|Trained by||Afa Anoa'i|
Michael "Mike" Jones (born June 13, 1962) is an American professional wrestler, known for his time in the World Wrestling Federation as Virgil, Ted DiBiase's personal assistant, and in World Championship Wrestling under the ring names Vincent, Shane, Rob Black and Curly Bill .
- 1 Professional wrestling career
- 2 In wrestling
- 3 Championships and accomplishments
- 4 In Popular Culture
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Professional wrestling career
Championship Wrestling Association (1985–1987)
After a failed amateur career, during which he was busted for steroid abuse by the American Athletic Association, Jones started wrestling professionally as Soul Train Jones in the Championship Wrestling Association based in Memphis, Tennessee in 1985. He feuded with Chick Donovan and Big Bubba. He also made appearances in ICW with the Soul Train Jones gimmick.
World Wrestling Federation (1987–1994)
He then went on to debut in the summer of 1987 as Virgil, the bodyguard for "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase. His stage name, thought up by Bobby Heenan, was meant as a jab against then-World Championship Wrestling (WCW) wrestler Virgil Runnels, better known as Dusty Rhodes. Virgil carried DiBiase's cash that he liked to flaunt and was the one who got beaten up while DiBiase ran away after a devious act against a face. He would also occasionally be used in a wrestling capacity against DiBiase's rivals to try and soften them up; he would lose matches to such names as Randy Savage, Hercules and Jake Roberts.
Eventually, Virgil got tired of being humiliated by DiBiase and turned on him, hitting him with his own Million Dollar Title belt at the Royal Rumble in January 1991, making him a fan favorite. After forming a friendship and training with Roddy Piper, he defeated DiBiase by count-out at WrestleMania VII and pinned him for the belt on August 26, 1991 at SummerSlam. He lost the belt back to DiBiase in November of that year as a result of outside interference by the Repo Man. This led to a tag team match at the This Tuesday in Texas PPV, where Repo Man and DiBiase defeated Virgil and Tito Santana.
At WrestleMania VIII, Virgil teamed with The Big Boss Man, Sgt. Slaughter, and Jim Duggan to defeat The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobs and Jerry Sags), Repo Man, and The Mountie. Virgil pinned Knobs following a heel miscommunication. He would then primarily be used to put over numerous rising talents, losing to Nailz at SummerSlam and Yokozuna at Survivor Series. However, he did receive a shot at Bret Hart's WWF Championship on the November 21, 1992 episode of WWF Superstars. After a valiant effort, Virgil refused to submit to Hart's Sharpshooter, but Vince McMahon ordered that the bell be rung. After the match, the two shook hands out of respect. Virgil then remained in the undercard until he left the company in mid-1994. His last appearance on a PPV event was the 1994 Royal Rumble where he was a late substitute for Kamala.
World Championship Wrestling (1996–2000)
Following two years on the independent scene, he appeared in WCW as Vincent in 1996, where he was the "Head of Security" for the nWo. His name was meant to be a mockery of WWF owner Vince McMahon. Jones had minor success when first arriving, winning a few matches on the low profile WCW Saturday Night. Rarely wrestling, he often valeted nWo members such as Scott Norton and Scott Steiner. Jones, like his role in the WWF, would again take the brunt of the beatings as other nWo members scurried away. Vincent's first PPV match with WCW was at Starrcade 1997, when he teamed with Scott Norton and Randy Savage to defeat The Steiner Brothers and Ray Traylor. His next match on pay per view came in November 1998, when he competed in the World War 3 Battle Royal, unsuccessfully. He was part of the nWo Hollywood faction when the stable split and he was one of the last members of the nWo when it dissolved in 1999. Vincent's one and only WCW singles match on pay per view came at Uncensored 1999 when he was on the losing end of a Harlem Street Fight against his nWo Black and White partner Stevie Ray. During the 'Powers That Be' angle in fall of 1999, Jones was renamed Shane, again a mockery of WWF owner Vince McMahon's son Shane McMahon. During this time Jones teamed with Curt Hennig and the Harris Brothers (known briefly as Creative Control), doing the bidding of the mysterious Powers That Be (played by Vince Russo). In late 1999, he joined The West Texas Rednecks in their dying days as Curly Bill but the faction split shortly after. His last role for the company had him managing Ernest "The Cat" Miller under the name Mr. Jones, but he was soon replaced by a valet coincidentally named Ms. Jones. He would then go on to compete under his real name, Mike Jones, for the remainder of his days in WCW.
Retirement and return (2000–2013)
Following his departure from WCW, he retired from wrestling, and worked as a high school math teacher in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In April 2006, Jones toured Asia at different US Military installations as part of the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation program for soldiers stationed overseas. He wrestled as Vincent of the nWo against one of the Ballard Brothers dressed as Doink the Clown in the second to last match during this tour. On November 28, 2008, Jones returned to the ring as "Virgil" and wrestled for Next Era Wrestling in Lockport, NY, in a tag match with Patrick O'Malley, defeating Ryot and Superbeast. He then appeared at a Total Nonstop Action show.
Shortly prior to January 31, 2009 in Manchester, England, Virgil had produced a promo for UK fan convention WrestleSlam 2 calling out Liverpool independent wrestler The Vulture for a proposed 'shoot'. However, when The Vulture arrived at the event, Virgil instead offered him a t-shirt. On July 2, 2009, Jones returned to the ring, once again, in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, as Virgil, this time for Ultimate Championship Wrestling (UCW).
Return to WWE (2010)
On the May 17, 2010 episode of Monday Night Raw from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Jones returned to WWE reprising his Virgil bodyguard character, this time with Ted DiBiase, Jr. He carried out all of his old actions, such as holding the ropes open for DiBiase and bringing him a microphone when asked. On the June 14 episode of Raw, Virgil and DiBiase were in a tag team match against Big Show and Raw guest host Mark Feuerstein. After Virgil got pinned and lost the match, DiBiase stuffed a $100 bill in Virgil's mouth and walked out on him. The following week DiBiase first apologized to Virgil, but then fired him and replaced him with Maryse.
- Signature moves
- Wrestlers managed
- Teams and stables followed
Championships and accomplishments
- American Wrestling Association
- New Jack City Wrestling
- NJCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- United States Wrestling League
- USWL Intercontinental Championship (1 time)
1 ^ The Million Dollar Championship is not an official championship recognized by WWE.
In Popular Culture
After Virgil's 2010 exit from Raw, he began attending conventions and flea markets promoting himself and looking for autographs. However, due to his mostly unknown status to the general public, this often led to Virgil's table being isolated at these events. Sports blog Deadspin started a trend called 'Lonely Virgil', posting photographs on the internet of Virgil being bored, sitting at his table alone. This trend has its own maintained website and twitter page.
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- Pro Wrestlings Saddest man