The Executioners (professional wrestling)

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The Executioners is the name of several tag teams and single masked wrestlers who wrestled in the BYWA, TWA, AWF and the World (Wide) Wrestling Federation.

The Executioners (1970s)[edit]

The Executioners
Tag team
Members Executioner #1
Executioner #2
Executioner #3
Name(s) The Executioners
Heights Executioner #1:
6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Executioner #2:
6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Executioner #3:
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
755 lb (342 kg)
Debut 1976
Disbanded 1976
Years active 1976
Promotions WWWF

The first version of Executioners was founded by Executioner #1, who was a masked wrestler, wrestling for World Wide Wrestling Federation. In 1976 he trained Executioner #2, and the two became a tag team in WWWF.

Together, the Executioners captured the WWWF Tag Team Championship on May 11, 1976 by defeating Louis Cerdan and Tony Parisi. Later, they were joined by a third masked wrestler who called himself Executioner #3.

The Executioners were stripped of their titles on December 7 because Executioner #3 was used in a title defense against Chief Jay Strongbow and Billy White Wolf. A three-team tournament occurred on the same day and Executioner #3 unmasked himself under his real name Nikolai Volkoff.

Volkoff selected Tor Kamata as his partner and then The Executioners & Nikolai Volkoff and Tor Kamata were defeated by Chief Jay Strongbow and Billy White Wolf in the three-team tournament. Later, the team was abandoned when the Executioners went their separate ways.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

The Executioners (1980s-1990s)[edit]

The Executioner and The Animal
Tag team
Members Charley Rhoads
Todd The Animal Hecht
Name(s) The Executioner, The Animal
Debut 1982
Disbanded December 20, 1999
Years active 1982-1999
Promotions BYWA, TWA, AWF

The first Executioner was Charley Rhoads with the BYWA (Back Yard Wrestling Association), TWA (Texas Wrestling Association), and went on to wrestling with the AWF (American Wrestling Federation). He retired with the World Heavyweight Title and The American Tag Team Championship with then partner Todd The Animal Hecht and Ringside Manager Nature Boy Steve Moody. He was also known as DR.X and won many titles with Nature Boy Steve Moody, and against Johnny Angel, Pretty Boy Alan Nagid, Power House and many others. Then others began their version. There was also a second version of the Executioners and these were also masked wrestlers. These consisted of Duane Gill ("Pain") and Barry Hardy ("Agony") in the late 1980s and early 1990s. They both formed two tag teams The Executioners and Lords of Darkness.

Their teams were mainly jobbers who lost to tag teams. Their first popular match was against The Steiner Brothers on March 1, 1993 edition of WWF Monday Night RAW which they lost. After that match, they would lose to several tag teams in WWF. Their tag team ended in 1994.

Match history[edit]

Executioner Agony also was sometimes a jobber for singles wrestlers such as Lex Luger.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • World Wrestling Association Tag Team Championship

Singles wrestlers[edit]

Ron Shaw (1981-1983)[edit]

Shaw fought as the Executioner in the WWF from 1981-1983 losing to Pedro Morales, Ivan Putski, Tony Garea and had a world title shot against Bob Backlund.

Hans Schroeder (1982)[edit]

Schroeder fought was the Masked Executioner in the WWF in 1982. This gimmick did not last that long.

Charley Rhoads (1982)[edit]

Some wrestlers have portrayed The Executioner gimmick as singles wrestlers. The first singles wrestler to compete as The Executioner was Charley Rhoads at a TWA Event in Fort Worth, TX. it was an earthquake ground breaking match against a Fort Worth native name Johnny Angel. Where Charley Rhoads as The Executioner won by giving Johnny Angel an under the leg Gut punch and The Piledriver.

Buddy Rose (1985)[edit]

The second singles wrestler to compete as The Executioner was Buddy Rose at WrestleMania I. It was the opening match of WrestleMania where Buddy Rose as The Executioner lost to Tito Santana after a Figure four leglock.

Terry Gordy (1996)[edit]

In 1996, another wrestler Terry Gordy, a WCCW legend who was also a part of the Fabulous Freebirds debuted in WWF on Buried Alive PPV as the masked Executioner. He attacked The Undertaker after Undertaker defeated Mankind in a Buried Alive match. He made another appearance at the 1996 Survivor Series as he saved Paul Bearer from The Undertaker following Taker's victory over Mankind. The Executioner made one wrestling appearance on Monday Night Raw on November 25, 1996 defeating Freddie Joe Floyd, this match was his last televised match before his match against The Undertaker at It's Time PPV. The match was an Armageddon Rules Match. He lost the match to The Undertaker when he couldn't answer the 10 count.

James L Bonecrusher (2016)[edit]

A recent addition, participated in a charity match triggered by stern letters to ABC's Media Watch. Famous for forcing wrester Matthias "The Waffle Iron" Cormann to eat his own tie.

List of wrestlers who portrayed The Executioner[edit]



  • Charley Rhoads at BYWA, TWA, & AWF




The Executioners NWF & Northeast Independents[edit]

The Executioners (sometimes referred to as The Masked Executioners) were Terry Manton and Jerry Fazio[1] (aka Jerry Johnson, real name Gerard Fazzio) from 1986 to 2002. Manton and Fazio held six championships in various independent promotions most notable being the nationally syndicated National Wrestling Federation managed by Damien Kane. During their stay in the NWF, The Executioners defeated The Wild Samoans, Jerry and Ted Oates and The Fantastics. Fazio continued to wrestle under as The Executioner from 2002 on to 2013.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • American Wrestling Federation World Heavyweight Championship
  • American Wrestling Federation Tag Team Championship
  • Texas Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Championship
  • Texas Wrestling Association Tag Team Championship
  • National Wrestling Federation Tag Team Championship[2]


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