Ulf Herman

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Ulf Herman
Birth name Ulf Nadrowski
Born (1966-04-04) April 4, 1966 (age 51)[1]
Hildesheim, Germany
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Ulf Ranger
Ulf Herman[1]
Herman the German[1]
Billed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)[1]
Billed weight 281 lb (127 kg)[1]
Billed from Hannover, Germany[1]
Trained by Catch Wrestling Association
Debut 1989[1]
Retired 2012[2]

Ulf Nadrowski (born April 4, 1966) is a German professional wrestler,[3] better known by his ring name Ulf Herman.[1] He is best known in the United States for his appearances in Extreme Championship Wrestling where he was part of The Full Blooded Italians faction from 1998 to 1999.[4] Herman is also known around the world for his time in the European independent circuit, most notably in the United Kingdom for Frontier Wrestling Alliance, and more recently 1 Pro Wrestling and Real Quality Wrestling (where he is currently RQW Heavyweight Champion).

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Hildesheim, Germany, Ulf Nadrowski was a local swimming champion in his native country and also did some Judo before he decided to get into wrestling.[1] Herman travelled to Dortmund, Linz, Graz and Vienna, in order to train there. In Vienna he began performing for a small promotion, and he wrestled his first match on August 27, 1989 under the name Ulf Ranger, which he won. In January 1990 he wrestled in South Africa for eight weeks. On 23 January 1992, he was defeated by South African rival Shaun Koen at the Good Hope Centre.[5]

He returned to Germany, working for small promotions, but earned a tryout in the World Wrestling Federation as "Herman the German". He defeated Louie Spiccoli, who later wrestled for the WWF as Rad Radford.[6] Herman then travelled to the United Kingdom, where he gained experience so he could wrestle for the CWA in Vienna.

In the last tournament of the year in 1993 in Bremen he was selected as 'Rookie Of The Year' and wrestled but lost a match against Papa Shango, which took place at the Euro Catch Festival. On August 16, 1994, Herman and August Smisl won the CWA Tag Team Championship from Fury and John Hawk (substituting for Rage) in Vienna, Austria. They held the belts for almost three months before dropping them to John Hawk and Cannonball Grizzly in Bremen, Germany.[7]

In 1995 he wrestled The Ultimate Warrior who made a guest-appearance in the CWA for one match. Herman lost the match. On August 16, 1997, Herman was defeated by Marshall Duke in Vienna for the then vacant CWA World Heavyweight Championship. The title was later vacated.[8]

Extreme Championship Wrestling[edit]

In 1998, Herman travelled to the United States where he competed for Extreme Championship Wrestling. On March 20, 1998 he made his ECW debut in a loss to Doug Furnas.[9] He quickly aligned himself with manager Lance Wright as part of The Wright Connection, a short-lived heel stable of "unofficial" WWF stars, along with Brakkus, Danny Doring, Mike Lozanski, Roadkill and Too Cold Scorpio. At A Matter of Respect '98, Herman and The Equalizer served as Danny Doring's cornermen in his match against John Kronus. On June 26, he teamed with Mike Lozansky and Michael Kovac; they lost to the team of Axl Rotten, Balls Mahoney and John Kronus. He faced Kronus in a series of matches on house shows. On August 8, Herman picked up his first victory in ECW by defeating Kronus.[9] On August 28, 1998 Tommy Dreamer, The Blue Meanie and Super Nova beat Jack Victory, Danny Doring and Herman. He and Danny Doring also lost to The Blue World Order (Super Nova and The Blue Meanie) at UltraClash '98.[9]

Later that year, Herman briefly joined the ECW stable called The Full Blooded Italians.[4] The stable gained a cult following in ECW. While Herman slowly faded away from ECW in the coming months, he still earned various title shots against Rob Van Dam and Sabu, but the matches did not garner any real interest. Nevertheless, Herman would participate in the ECW pay-per-view November to Remember '98.[10] Herman didn't appear again until January 16, 1999, where, at ECW's House Party, he was defeated again by Kronus.[11] He was among the dozens of challengers who faced Rob Van Dam during his two-year run as ECW World Television Champion.[12][13] To this day he states that his favourite match was against Van Dam in Detroit, Michigan. Ulf's last match in ECW was against his friend Sabu on January 30, 1999.[11]

Return to Europe[edit]

After his stint in ECW, Ulf returned to Europe where he captured NWA Germany's heavyweight championship.[1] On September 23, 2000, Hermann defeated visiting American wrestler Bruiser Mastino in Schmedenstedt, Hannover during the ex-WWF star's tour of Germany.[14] Herman continued on the European independent circuit making a name for himself in the United Kingdom once more, competing in Frontier Wrestling Alliance[4] and later 1 Pro Wrestling. On February 9, 2002, Herman took part in one of the FWA's biggest shows, 'Revival', which featured a "European vs. United States" storyline, where he defeated Brian Christopher at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. In May 2003 at the Frontiers of Honour show, co-hosted with the American promotion Ring of Honor, Herman teamed with Alex Shane and Nikita to take on The Family (Travell, Brandon Thomas, and Scott Parker) in a mixed hardcore six-man tag team match.[15]

1 Pro Wrestling[edit]

On January 6, 2006, Herman made his debut in 1PW, replacing D'Lo Brown who had withdrawn from the event. Herman lost his first match to Sterling James Keenan, but appeared at the end of the show to help Sabu stave off an attack from Keenan and Abyss. The next night, Herman and Sabu teamed to lose to Keenan and Abyss,[1] with Herman being pinned.

Herman was signed up for 1PW's next double-header show 'All or Nothing', winning a dark match on Night One. Prior to the 1PW Heavyweight Title Tournament Final, Herman came out and cut a promo stating that, since he believed A.J. Styles would defeat Abyss in the match, he was challenging 'The Monster' to a 'Survival of the Sickest' match for Night Two.[1] Following the revelation that Christian Cage, the number one contender for the title was unable to compete on Night Two, Herman stepped in as his match with Abyss was made a 1PW Heavyweight Championship match. Herman was defeated, however, after being chokeslammed through a flaming table covered in thumbtacks.[4]

Herman was granted a Falls Count Anywhere rematch at Know Your Enemy Night One. Abyss once again defeated Herman, causing Herman to publicly question his career on Night Two. As he seemed poised to announce his retirement, Iceman interrupted him and attacked, intending to see Herman off into retirement for good. This did not happen, but Herman was defeated by Iceman in a No-DQ match at The Devil's Due.[1]

Herman was unavailable for Invincible due to a personal commitment, but he returned to face both Iceman and Martin Stone in a European Deathmatch. Stone pinned Iceman to win the match and shook hands with Herman after the match, only for Iceman to flip both men off and escape the ring. Herman returned to the Doncaster Dome once more at Fight Club IV: Fight for the Future to team with Steve Corino and new fans' favourite Keenan against the team of Darkside and Team Supreme, Keenan's former followers. The team won the six-man match[1] after Corino hit Darkside with a stiff kick. In the following twenty man 'Fight for the Future' battle royale, Herman garnered the most eliminations but was tossed out by Jodie Fleisch, who came from another arena entrance to blindside Herman.

After 1PW put out a notice of liquidation, northern wrestling promotion 3 Count Wrestling took over 1PW's January 13 booking at the Doncaster Dome to put on the ...Will Not Die show, as a tribute to the fallen promotion, announcing that Iceman and Herman would face off once more in a Survival of the Sickest main event.[16] Following events which led to Abyss being stripped of his second 1PW World Championship, Herman and Iceman battled it out to determine the 'final' 1PW World Heavyweight Champion. After a heated hardcore match, Herman hit a brainbuster/suplex through a flaming table on Iceman to gain the pinfall and become the 1PW World Heavyweight Champion.[4][17]

Herman managed to retain the belt at 1PW's comeback show Resurrection where he beat Iceman in an "I Quit" match. He also managed to retain over two nights at the Know Your Enemy weekend, on Night 1 in a four-way against Abyss, Sterling James Keenan and Doug Williams and on Night 2 against Sterling James Keenan. Herman managed to again defend his title at the 1PW show Invincible against Sterling James Keenan after the proposed three-way was cancelled due to Abyss not making the show. It was later announced that he would defend his title for the last time against Sterling James Keenan in a steel cage match at the 2nd Anniversary Show on October 13, 2007.[1]

Herman lost the title to Keenan[18] in the cage at 2nd Anniversary Show. Afterwards, Keenan accepted Herman's gesture in handing him the belt, but declared that he would now pillage 1PW for all he could and that he didn't care about the fans or his fellow wrestlers.

Herman defeated Bad Bones, Iceman and The Sandman in a Fatal 4-Way match on April 18, 2009 at The Doncaster Dome.[19]

Real Quality Wrestling[edit]

On February 9, 2008 at ACW's Riptide II event, Herman became the Real Quality Wrestling Heavyweight champion in a title vs title match, putting his ACW Title belt on the line against with the then current RQW champion Martin Stone.[20] He won after a referee mix up spot and rolled his opponent up for the 3 count. Herman made his first RQW title defence on the March 9 RQW TV taping show, where he defeated Johnny Moss.

In 2012, Herman returned to Germany's Professional Wrestling Alliance, where he challenged for the promotion's top title.[21] Herman retired in 2012 and was inducted into Athletik Club Wrestling's Hall of Fame that year.[2] In February 2017 he wrestled a match on the German TV show "Die Beste Show der Welt". [22]

Personal life[edit]

Nadrowski is married and has a child. In past times he worked as a lifeguard. Aside from his wrestling career, Nadrowski works as a bodyguard on tour with bands such as 3 Doors Down, System of a Down, Slipknot and Rammstein. Nadrowski also owns a fitness club. In 2002, Nadrowski appeared in the television movie Revival: The Search for the King of England.[23]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Richterin Barbara Salesch Himself [24]
2014 Privatdedektive im Einsatz - Carsten Stahl Einsatz in Los Angeles Investigator [24]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v "Ulf Herman Profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2015-08-14. 
  2. ^ a b "ACW Wild X-Mas: Ulf Herman beendet Karriere, wird "Hall of Famer" und bestreitet sein letztes Match beim ACW" (in German). Athletik Club Wrestling. 2012-10-29. Retrieved 2015-09-10. 
  3. ^ Molinaro, John F. (1999-08-24). "International Partnerships Bolster ECW". Slam! Wrestling. Retrieved 2015-08-13. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Dixon, James (2013). The 3CW Encyclopedia. Lulu.com. p. 84. ISBN 1291394656. 
  5. ^ "Duitse stoeikampioen pak Koen in Kaapstad". Die Beeld. Die Beeld. 
  6. ^ Cawthon, Graham. "Ring Results: 1992". The History of WWE. Retrieved 2015-09-10. 
  7. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  8. ^ "The CWA World Heavyweight Championship at Solie.org". Retrieved April 12, 2007. 
  9. ^ a b c Cawthon, Graham. "ECW Ring Results: 1998". The History of WWE. Retrieved 2015-08-13. 
  10. ^ Keith, Scott (July 31, 2003). "The SmarK Retro Repost – November To Remember 1998". 411mania.com. Retrieved 2015-08-14. 
  11. ^ a b Cawthon, Graham. "ECW Ring Results: 1999". The History of WWE. Retrieved 2015-08-13. 
  12. ^ Picarello, Robert (2002). Monsters of the Mat. Penguin. p. 160. ISBN 144067339X. 
  13. ^ Extreme Championship Wrestling (Producers) (1999). Rob Van Dam: The Complete ECW TV Title Reign (DVD). United States: RF Video. 
  14. ^ "Cagematch match listings". 
  15. ^ "FWA results 2003". Frontier Wrestling Alliance. Retrieved 10 August 2009. 
  16. ^ Dixon, James (2013). The 3CW Encyclopedia. Lulu.com. p. 58. ISBN 1291394656. 
  17. ^ Hamilton, Ian (January 14, 2007). "Kid Kash goes nuts at last 1PW show". F4Wonline.com. Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Weekly. 
  18. ^ Dixon, James (2013). The 3CW Encyclopedia. Lulu.com. p. 24. ISBN 1291394656. 
  19. ^ "Sandman Profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2015-08-14. 
  20. ^ a b c "ACW Riptide II" (in German). Athletik Club Wrestling. Retrieved 2015-08-14. 
  21. ^ "Eurpoameisterschaft in Kutenholz!" (in German). Professional Wrestling Alliance. Retrieved 2015-09-10. 
  22. ^ Die Beste Show der Welt Episode 3 on ProSieben.de (German)
  23. ^ "Ulf Herman". IMDb. Retrieved 2015-09-10. 
  24. ^ a b "Vom Profi-Catcher zum TV-Detektiv" [From professional-wrestler to TV-detective] (in German). Hildesheimer Allgemeine Zeitung. February 8, 2014. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
  25. ^ "Wrestler Ric Flair says a final farewell - VIDEO". Sheffield Star. 17 September 2008. Retrieved 26 December 2016. 
  26. ^ "1-Pro Wrestling 2007 Results". 1pwonline.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  27. ^ "Athletik Club Wrestling Title Histories". titlehistories.com. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  28. ^ "catch Wrestling Association Title Histories". titlehistories.com. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  29. ^ "Freestyle Championship Wrestling Title Histories". titlehistories.com. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  30. ^ "Independent Wrestling Results - February 2002". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-07-05. 
  31. ^ "Independent Wrestling Results - October 2002". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  32. ^ "German Wrestling Federation Title Histories". titlehistories.com. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  33. ^ "Independent Wrestling Results - April 2003". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-07-05. 
  34. ^ "Professional Wrestling Alliance". titlehistories.com. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  35. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated 500 – 2002: 326 Ulf Herman". Pro Wrestling Illustrated. Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, United States: Sports and Entertainment publications LLC. December 2002. 
  36. ^ "Real Quality Wrestling Title Histories". titlehistories.com. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Dixon, James; Gilder, Chris (2012). All Or Nothing: The Story of Europe's Most Controversial Wrestling Company. Lulu.com. ISBN 1471717178. 
  • Lambert, Greg (2012). Holy Grail: The True Story of British Wrestling's Revival. AuthorHouse. ISBN 1477243151. 

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