Ranger Ross

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Ranger Ross
Birth name Robert Lee Ross, Jr.
Born (1959-07-15) July 15, 1959 (age 56)
Acworth, Georgia, United States
Resides Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Ranger Ross
Billed height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Billed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Billed from Acworth, Georgia
Trained by Ted Allen
Debut 1986

Robert Lee Ross, Jr. (born July 15, 1959) is an American semi-retired professional wrestler and former United States Army paratrooper, better known by his ring name, Ranger Ross. Ross is best known for his appearances with Jim Crockett Promotions and World Championship Wrestling in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Military career[edit]

After leaving high school, Ross enlisted with the United States Army Rangers, training as an airborne paratrooper. During his eight-year military career, Ross participated in several combat and rescue missions including Operation Urgent Fury [1] before becoming a professional wrestler.[2]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Early career (1986-1989)[edit]

Ross made his professional wrestling debut in 1986 under the ring name "Ranger Ross".

Ross wrestled for the Knoxville, Tennessee-based promotion Continental Championship Wrestling, where he briefly held the NWA Alabama Heavyweight Championship defeating Moondog Spot in January 1988 before losing the title to Jonathan Boyd in Birmingham, Alabama on January 11, 1988.

Ross also wrestled for the Atlanta, Georgia-based promotion Southern Championship Wrestling. He held the SCW Tag Team Championship twice in 1988 - once with Joey Maggs and once with Mr. Wrestling II.

Jim Crockett Promotions/World Championship Wrestling (1989-1991)[edit]

Ross debuted in Jim Crockett Promotions in 1989. He had a short-lived feud with The Iron Sheik defeating him by disqualification at Clash of the Champions VI on April 2, 1989.[3] Prior to the match, he had made his entrance by rappelling 300 feet from the top of The Superdome.[4] Later that month he would team with Randy Rose against Jack Victory and Rip Morgan and, in singles competition, faced The Great Muta and Butch Reed losing to Reed at Wrestlewar '89 on May 7.[5][6] On May 23, he and Ron Simmons would later participate in the NWA World Tag Team Championship tournament, losing to the Samoan Swat Team in the opening rounds.[4] Ross began feuding with Simmons soon after.[4] Defeating The Terrorist at Clash of the Champions VII in Fort Bragg, North Carolina on June 14,[7] he was eliminated in the two-ring battle royal by former tag team partner Ron Simmons (Ross would later eliminate Simmons while in the second ring before being eliminated by Dan Spivey) at the Great American Bash on July 23 [8][9] Although losing to Sid Vicious at Clash of the Champions VIII on September 12,[10] he would later feud with The Cuban Assassin as well as defeating Rusty Riddle and Bob Emery during the next several weeks. Facing Pat Rose on December 2, he also teamed with various partners during the end of the year teaming with Eddie Gilbert against The Galaxians on December 23 and with "Wildfire" Tommy Rich against Cactus Jack and Ned Brady on December 30, 1989.[4][11] During the match, Cactus Jack would turn on Ned Brady, giving Ross and Tommy Rich the victory.[12]

During the next two years, he would wrestle for the promotion on a limited basis losing to Mike Rotunda at a house show in Hammond, Illinois on January 11, 1990.[4] Several months later he fought to a time limit draw against Jack Victory at the Philadelphia Civic Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on April 7 before losing to Abdullah the Butcher in Augusta, Georgia later that month.[4][13] While touring Japan, he would team with Abdullah the Butcher facing Shohei Baba amd Rusher Kimura at an event for All Japan Pro Wrestling on May 26. In one of his last appearances, he later defeated El Cubano at Clash of the Champions XIV on January 30, 1991.[14][15]

Independent circuit[edit]

In early 2004, he began wrestling for several Southeastern independent promotions including appearances the North American Wrestling Alliance and Wrestling Xtreme Overload teaming with Lash LeRoux & Danny Dollar in a 6-man tag team match and later on teamed with Lash LeRoux defeated The Turbulators by disqualification at a televised event for Wrestling Xtreme Overload on August 21, 2004.

In 2005, he defeated Alan Martin at a Wrestle Inc. event on August 12 [16] and, the following night, lost to Rainman in a four way match with Brad Armstrong and Simon Sermon at an event for Pro Wrestling Evolution. During the next two months, he and Leroux would also win the New Age Championship Wrestling Tag Team titles [17] and, the following month, teamed with "Mr. USA" Tony Atlas, The Patriot and The Stro defeating Ivan Koloff's Russian Army.[18][19] Returning to Pro Wrestling Evolution in early 2006, Ross defeated Adam Raddick by disqualification on April 22 and, at an event for TNT Pro Wrestling, teamed with Ken Aldridge to defeat Kamala and Mr. Terrific on May 6, 2006.

In January 2007, Ranger Ross tagged with his former enemy and his trainer: "The Nightmare" Ted Allen in his final match at Georgia Wrestling Promotions in Ellijay Georgia. They faced and beat an up-and-coming tag team known as The VIP (Violence In Progress) which consists of Tommy Lee and Loco Motive.

Personal life[edit]

Ross was born in Acworth, Georgia. He attended North Cobb High School, where he wrestled and played football.

After leaving WCW he worked as private investigator as well as a part-time probation officer in Acworth during the early 1990s, he also collected fines and probation fees in the local area.

Ross attended seminary and is in the ministry. Ross is married and still lives in Georgia where he is a small business owner. Ranger Ross is very involved with many charities, including the MDA charity in which he appears yearly at their summer camp in Georgia

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Peach State Wrestling
    • PSW United States Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Miller, Patrick B. The Sporting World of the South. Urbana-Champaigne, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 2002. (pg. 286) ISBN 0-252-07036-4
  2. ^ Ranger Ross Shoot Interview. Perf. Robert Ross. DVD. RF Video, 2006.
  3. ^ "Clash of the Champions VI". ProWrestlingHistory.com. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Cawthon, Graham (2014). the History of Professional Wrestling Vol 4: World Championship Wrestling 1989-1994. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 1499656343. 
  5. ^ Cawthon, Graham. "NWA Wrestle War ‘89: Music City Showdown". 
  6. ^ Keith, Scott. "Misc. NWA PPV's: Wrestlewar '89". KayfabeMemories.com. 
  7. ^ "Clash of the Champions VII". ProWrestlingHistory.com. 
  8. ^ Keith, Scott (2002-05-22). "Ultimate Director's Edition Retro Rant: NWA/WCW Great American Bash '89". OnlineOnslaught.com. 
  9. ^ Karlsson, Peter (2005-04-10). "World Championship Wrestling Results: 1989". American Wrestling Trivia. 
  10. ^ "Clash of the Champions VIII". ProWrestlingHistory.com. 
  11. ^ "World Championship Wrestling: 1989". Horsemen4ever.com. 
  12. ^ Foley, Mick. Have A Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1999. (pg. 218) ISBN 0-06-103101-1
  13. ^ Miguez, Edward C. (2004). "World Championship Wrestling: Show Results - 1990". TheHistoryofWCW.com. 
  14. ^ "World Championship Wrestling Results - 1990". American Wrestling Trivia. 
  15. ^ "Clash of the Champions XIV". 
  16. ^ Meltzer, Dave (2005-08-13). "Wrestling Observer Headlines: August 13, 2005". Wrestling Observer. 
  17. ^ "Pro Wrestling Returns to Shallotte, NC on September 10th". 2005-08-31. 
  18. ^ Kellum, Robert (October 2005). "Words from Strozilla: "Grappling with Legends"". 
  19. ^ "Wrestlers Fight For A Good Cause In 'Night Of The Superstars' Charity Event". Winston-Salem Journal. 29 October 2005
  20. ^ "N.W.A. Alabama Heavyweight Title". Puroresu Dojo. 2003. 
  21. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 

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