Tough Tom

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Tough Tom
Birth nameTom Beninghaus
BornWaco, Texas
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Killer
Texas Hangman #2
Texas Hangman Killer
Tough Tom
Mighty Kodiak
Grey Skull
Billed height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Billed weight280 lb (130 kg)

Tom Beninghaus is a retired American professional wrestler. He is best known for his appearances with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) under the ring name Tough Tom teaming with "Mean" Mike to form a tag team known as "Disorderly Conduct". Prior to that he was best known from various independent promotions as one half of a masked tag team with Frank Vizi known as the Texas Hangmen, where he portrayed Killer alongside Vizi's Psycho.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Beninghaus began his career as a masked wrestler, part of a team of masked wrestlers known as "the Texas Hangmen", with Beninghaus being billed either as "Texas Hangman #2" or as "Killer". Beninghaus teamed with Frank Vizi, who was known as "Texas Hangman #1" or "Psycho" as the two competed all over the independent circuit. Their ring character, or gimmick, included them bringing hangman's nooses with them to the ring and at times using them on their opponents during or after matches. In 1990 the Texas Hangmen wrestled in Puerto Rico for the World Wrestling Council (WWC), including defeating Los Super Médicos (Super Médico I and Super Médico III) to win the WWC World Tag Team Championship on September 29, 1990.[1][2] The duo lost the championship to El Bronco and Invader I on February 3, 1991 but regained them a week later.[1][2] The end of their second title run on March 2 at the hands of El Bronco and Invader I also marked the end of their tour with WWC.[1][2] The Texas Hangmen next turned up in the United States Wrestling Association (USWA) where they defeated the team of Jeff Jarrett and Jerry Lawler to win the USWA Tag Team Championship.[3] Their run ended 48 days later when Jarrett and Robert Fuller defeated them to take the titles off them.[3] In 1996 the two returned to WWC to win the WWC Tag Team Championship for a third time when they defeated Ray González and Ricky Santana.[1][2] 161 days later Santana and a wrestler known as "La Ley" ended the Texas Hangmen's run at the top of the WWC tag team division.[1][2] In 1996 and 1997 Benninghaus worked for Big Japan Pro Wrestling under various masked identities, including Grey Skull and Mighty Kodiak.

In 1997 Beninghaus took on Mike Moran as his partner and began working for World Championship Wrestling (WCW), in WCW he was renamed "Tough Tom" while his partner became "Mean Mike", collectively known as "Disorderly Conduct". The duo mainly worked to help other teams look good, especially younger talent, with the highlight of their time in WCW being an unsuccessful challenge for the WCW World Tag Team Championship, losing to champions The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) on an episode of Monday Nitro.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "Puerto Rico: WWC World Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "World Wrestling Council World Tag Team Title". Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Duncan, Royal; Gary Will (2006). "(Memphis, Nashville) Memphis: USWA Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 200–202. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.

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