|Birth name||Richard Bognar|
January 16, 1970|
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
|Professional wrestling career|
|Billed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Billed weight||272 lb (123 kg)|
Tokyo Joe Daigo
|Debut||November 6, 1989|
|Retired||April 23, 1999|
Richard Bognar (born January 16, 1970) is a Canadian former professional wrestler. He is best known as the "fake" Razor Ramon who debuted in the World Wrestling Federation alongside the "fake" Diesel in a storyline following the departures of Scott Hall (Razor Ramon) and Kevin Nash (Diesel) from the WWF to WCW.
- 1 Professional wrestling career
- 2 Acting career
- 3 Championships and accomplishments
- 4 References
Professional wrestling career
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Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling (1989–1994)
Titan debuted in 1989 in Canadian indies, including the CIWF and the CNWA, and later joined the Japanese Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling promotion in 1991 as Big Titan through Ricky Fuji's connections in Canada. He made his debut on November 20, 1991 while entering into the FMW World Strongest Tag Team Tournament with The Gladiator. He won the World Martial Arts Heavyweight Championship on January 15, 1992, defeating Atsushi Onita. Titan's reign lasted just fifteen days before he lost to Tarzan Goto in Osaka on January 30. He was also part of the original Team Canada stable with Ricky Fuji, Dr. Luther, and The Gladiator. He formed a tag team with The Gladiator, and on January 18, 1994, they defeated Atsushi Onita and Katsutoshi Niyama in a tournament final to become the first ever Brass Knuckles Tag Team Champions. Their reign lasted until April 21, 1994, when they lost to Mr. Pogo and Hisakatsu Oya. His last match for the company would be on December 9, 1994 at Korakuen Hall in a loss to The Gladiator.
Wrestle and Romance / Wrestle Association R (1995–1996)
He would join Genichiro Tenryu's WAR in 1995. In WAR, he wrestled under the name Ti Do, and he was an ally of Fuyuki-Gun, which consisted of Hiromichi "Kodo" Fuyuki, Gedo, and Jado; Lion Do would also join the group.
Extreme Championship Wrestling (1996)
Bognar briefly appeared in ECW, wrestling as Big Titan. He appeared at their Big Ass Extreme Bash 1996 event, defeating Judge Dreadd.
World Wrestling Federation (1996–1997)
In September 1996, play-by-play announcer Jim Ross introduced Rick Titan as "Razor Ramon" and Glenn Jacobs as "Diesel" as part of a storyline mocking the departure of former employees Scott Hall and Kevin Nash. The storyline was also an attempt to turn Ross into a heel. However, the Jim Ross heel turn proved unpopular and was dropped almost immediately. At Survivor Series (1996), Bognar teamed with Faarooq, Vader and the second Diesel to compete in a four-on-four Survivor Series tag team elimination match against Flash Funk, Jimmy Snuka, Savio Vega, and Yokozuna that ended in a no contest. Despite receiving a WWF Tag Team Championship match against Owen Hart and The British Bulldog at the In Your House 12: It's Time pay-per-view, the gimmick's television lifespan lasted only until the 1997 Royal Rumble. Bognar was the first one eliminated in the Royal Rumble match, when he was eliminated by Ahmed Johnson. Jacobs, meanwhile, was the last wrestler legally eliminated from the Royal Rumble match, and was later repackaged as the Undertaker's brother "Kane" and went on to experience considerable success. When Bognar's one-year contract expired, he left the company.
New Japan Pro Wrestling (1997–1999)
Titan returned to Japan, where he joined New Japan Pro Wrestling and became a member of the villainous nWo Japan stable. He ended up injuring his neck in a match against Shinya Hashimoto on February 15, 1998 at the Nippon Budokan Hall. Although he wrestled a couple of more tours after his neck injury, he never felt the same afterwards and wrestled his last match on April 23, 1999 at the Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan when he teamed with Keiji Muto and Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeating Tatsumi Fujinami, Manabu Nakanishi and Osamu Nishimura.
Championships and accomplishments
- Canadian Rocky Mountain Wrestling
- CRMW International Championship (2 times)
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
- "Rick Bognar at Online World of Wrestling".
- Director: Gary Jones (1998-02-06). "Honey, Meet the Barbarians". Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show. Buena Vista Television. Syndication.