B. Brian Blair

Brian Blair

[B. Brian Blair GALLERY]

[Killer Bees]

Title History

  • NWA (World Class) American Tag Team titles w/Al Madril won a tournament (June 1981);
  • NWA Florida Heavyweight title defeating Jimmy Garvin (July 11, 1982);
  • NWA Florida Heavyweight title defeating Jesse Barr (January 6, 1985);
  • NWA (Florida) Southern Heavyweight title defeating Rick Rude (April 10, 1985);
  • NWL (National Wrestling League) Tag Team titles w/Paul Orndorff (1993);
  • UWF (Abrams) Tag Team titles w/Jim Brunzell defeating The Power Twins (September 23, 1994);
  • NWA Florida Tag Team titles w/Steve Keirn defeating Pepe Prado and Cuban Assassin (November 13, 1998);

Career Highlights

In The Beginning:

  • Brian Blair was awarded a football scholarship to the University of Louisville.
  • ~~~While attending University, Brian Blair double majored in business and political science.
  • Brian Blair returned home to Florida to pursue his love of the wrestling business.

Getting Into The Business:

  • Brian Blair started with Eddie Graham’s Florida Championship Wrestling.
  • Brian Blair’s first professional match was a tag team match against Ivan Koloff and Pat Patterson.
  • Brian Blair moved onto Bob Geigel’s Central States promotion in Kansas City.
  • Brian Blair went to Leroy McGuirk’s Tri-State Wrestling promotion in Oklahoma.
  • Brian Blair, with his high school and college amateur background, quickly became a fan favorite.
  • 1979: Brian Blair became one of the youngest Junior Heavyweight champions of all time beating Ron Starr.
  • Brian Blair migrated south to World Class in Dallas where he faced even stiffer competition.
  • Brian Blair earned shots at the NWA World Junior Heavyweight championship and came close to lifting the title from Les Thornton.
  • While in Texas, texas star Al Madril asked Brian Blair to team with him in a tournament for the prestigious American Tag Team titles.
  • ~~~Brian Blair and Al Madril faced grueling competition and managed to successfully win the Tournament and the American Tag titles!
  • June 22, 1980: Dory Funk Jr., Andre The Giant, and Brian Blair beat James J. Dillon, The Spoiler, and Skandor Akbar in Tulsa, OK.
  • Brian Blair was then booked by Vince McMahon Sr. to wrestle for the WWF and make his first trip to Japan for New Japan Wrestling.
  • Brian Blair earned the Japanese fans’ respect with a great series of matches against Antonio Inoki and Tatsumi Fujinami.
  • July 11, 1982: Brian Blair beat Jimmy Garvin for the Florida State Heavyweight championship.
  • Brian Blair successfully defended the Florida championship against both Stan Hansen and Bruiser Brody.

World Wrestling Federation:

  • Brian Blair was recruited by Vince McMahon Jr. to join the WWF for its expansion as a national promotion.
  • Brian Blair had a match against Paul Orndorff in St Louis that is considered a classic by WWF standards.

Georgia Championship Wrestling:

Florida:

  • Brian Blair defeated “Ravishing” Rick Rude for the Southern Heavyweight title.
  • Brian Blair defeated Jesse Barr for the Florida Heavyweight title.

World Wrestling Federation:

  • Brian Blair returned to the WWF to form a popular tag team with Jim Brunzel known as the Killer Bees.
  • The Killer Bees had a classic series of matches against Bret “The Hit Man” Hart and Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart.
  • The Killer Bees adopted a gimmick where they would put on masks during their matches to confuse their opponents and the referee.
  • November 15, 1985 – House Show: B. Brian Blair defeated The Iron Sheik.
  • November 30, 1985 – House Show: B. Brian Blair defeated Rene Goulet.
  • December 28, 1985 – House Show: B. Brian Blair defeated Tiger Chung Lee.
  • January 22, 1986 – House Show: Randy Savage defeated B. Brian Blair.
  • April 7, 1986 – WrestleMania 2: B. Brian Blair was in the battle royal won by Andre The Giant.
  • May 9, 1986 – House Show: B. Brian Blair defeated Terry Gibbs.
  • May 21, 1986 – House Show: B. Brian Blair defeated Paul Christy.
  • June 9, 1986 – House Show: B. Brian Blair defeated Les Thornton.
  • July 2, 1986 – House Show: B. Brian Blair defeated Moondog Rex.
  • July 24, 1986 – House Show: B. Brian Blair defeated Mr. X.
  • August 2, 1986 – House Show: B. Brian Blair defeated Bob Orton.
  • August 21, 1986 – House Show: B. Brian Blair defeated Greg Valentine.
  • August 28, 1986 – The Big Event: The Killer Bees (Jim Brunzell and B. Brian Blair) defeated Jimmy Jack Funk and Hoss Funk (w/ Jimmy Hart).
  • September 20, 1986 – Superstars: The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell) defeated Jack Kruger & Joe Mirto.
  • September 21, 1986 – Wrestling Challenge: The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell) defeated Jack Foley & Terry Gibbs.
  • October 4, 1986 – Superstars: The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell) defeated The Moondogs (Moondog Rex & Moondog Spot).
  • October 12, 1986 – Wrestling Challenge: The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell) defeated Barry O & Butch Cooper.
  • October 18, 1986 – Superstars: The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell) defeated Bob Bradley & Tiger Chung Lee.
  • October 20, 1986 – MSG Network: Brutus Beefcake defeated B. Brian Blair.
  • October 26, 1986 – Wrestling Challenge: The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell) defeated Jimmy Jack Funk & Moondog Spot.
  • November 8, 1986 – Superstars: The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell) defeated Nikolai Volkoff & The Iron Sheik.
  • November 23, 1986 – Wrestling Challenge: Bob Orton & The Magnificent Muraco defeat The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell) by disqualification.
  • November 29, 1986 – Saturday Night Main Event: The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell) defeated The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart).
  • December 8, 1986 – House Show: Jim Neidhart defeated B. Brian Blair.
  • December 20, 1986 – Superstars: Koko B. Ware & The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell) defeated Dennis Stamp, Mike Luca & The Raider.
  • January 11, 1987 – Wrestling Challenge: Bob Orton & The Magnificent Muraco defeated The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell) by disqualification.
  • January 17, 1987 – Superstars: The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell) defeated Iron Mike Sharpe & Terry Gibbs.
  • January 25, 1987 – Wrestling Challenge: The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell) defeated Barry O & David Vance.
  • February 7, 1987 – Superstars: The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell) defeated Al Navarro & Jimmy Jack Funk.
  • February 10, 1987 – House Show: Bret Hart defeated B. Brian Blair.
  • February 23, 1987 – MSG Network: WWE tag team champions The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart) defeated The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell) to retain the titles.
  • March 14, 1987 – Superstars: The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell) defeated Iron Mike Sharpe & Tiger Chung Lee.
  • March 29, 1987 – Wrestlemania III: The Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff defeated the Killer Bees by disqualification.
  • April 4, 1987 – Superstars: The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell) defeated Iron Mike Sharpe & Jimmy Jack Funk.
  • April 12, 1987 – Wrestling Challenge: The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell) defeated Dave Wagner & Rick Renslow.
  • April 25, 1987 – Superstars: The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell) defeated Iron Mike Sharpe & Steve Lombardi.
  • May 9, 1987 – Superstars: Koko B. Ware & The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell) defeated Pete Doherty, Steve Lombardi & Terry Gibbs.
  • May 17, 1987 – Wrestling Challenge: The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell) defeated The Islanders (Haku & Tama) by disqualification.
  • June 20, 1987 – Superstars: The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell) defeated The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart).
  • July 25, 1987 – Superstars: The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell) defeated Iron Mike Sharpe & Tiger Chung Lee.
  • August 2, 1987 – Wrestling Challenge: The Junkyard Dog & The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell) defeat Dave Wagner, Joe Mirto & Tiger Chung Lee.
  • September 5, 1987 – Superstars: The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell) defeated Iron Mike Sharpe & Steve Lombardi.
  • September 20, 1987 – Wrestling Challenge: The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell) defeated The Shadows (Shadow #1 & Shadow #2).
  • October 16, 1987 – MSG Network: The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell) defeated The Dream Team (Dino Bravo & Greg Valentine).
  • November 1, 1987 – Wrestling Challenge: Koko B. Ware & The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell) defeated Johnny V & The Dream Team (Dino Bravo & Greg Valentine).
  • November 24, 1987 – MSG Network: The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell) defeated The Bolsheviks (Boris Zhukov & Nikolai Volkoff).
  • November 26, 1987 – Survivor Series: Strike Force (Rick Martel & Tito Santana), The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith & The Dynamite Kid), The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell), The Rougeau Brothers (Jacques Rougeau & Raymond Rougeau) & The Young Stallions (Jim Powers & Paul Roma) defeated Demolition (Ax & Smash), The Bolsheviks (Boris Zhukov & Nikolai Volkoff), The Dream Team (Dino Bravo & Greg Valentine), The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart) & The Islanders (Haku & Tama) in a tag team elimination match.
  • January 17, 1988 – Wrestling Challenge: Butch Reed, The Bolsheviks (Boris Zhukov & Nikolai Volkoff) & The One Man Gang defeated Lanny Poffo, Rick Hunter & The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell).
  • January 24, 1988 – Royal Rumble: B. Brian Blair was in the royal rumble match won by Jim Duggan.
  • February 21, 1988 – Wrestling Challenge: Demolition (Ax & Smash) defeated The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell).
  • March 12, 1988 – Saturday Night Main Event: The Islanders (Haku & Tama) defeated The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell).
  • March 27, 1988 – WrestleMania: B. Brian Blair was in a battle royal won by Bad News Brown.
  • April 3, 1988 – Wrestling Challenge: The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell) defeated Dave Wagner & Pete Sanchez.
  • July 2, 1988 – Superstars: The Fabulous Rougeaus (Jacques Rougeau & Raymond Rougeau) defeated The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell).
  • July 31, 1988 – WrestlFest: The Fabulous Rougeaus (Jacques Rougeau & Raymond Rougeau) defeated The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell).
  • August 1988: B.Brian Blair left the World Wrestling Federation leaving Jim Brunzel by himself.
  • August 29, 1988 – MSG Network: Dino Bravo defeated B. Brian Blair.
  • September 4, 1988 – Wrestling Challenge: The Bolsheviks (Boris Zhukov & Nikolai Volkoff) defeated The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell) in a dark match.
  • October 1, 1988 – Superstars: B. Brian Blair defeated Danny Davis in a dark match.
  • October 22, 1988 – Superstars: B. Brian Blair defeated Barry Horowitz in a dark match.

Independent Circuit:

  • Brian Blair became a successful regular on the U.S. Independent wrestling circuit.
  • October 21, 1991 – NWL: B. Brian Blair defeated Damian.
  • October 23, 1991 – NWL: B. Brian Blair & Paul Orndorff defeated The Disciples Of Darkness (Damian & Dragas) to win the tag team titles.
  • June 24, 1993 – UWA: Diamond Rocket & Mr. B defeated Rudy Boy & The Destroye.
  • July 24, 1993 – UWF: The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell) defeated The New Blackharts.
  • December 2, 29, 1993 – Anvil Promotion: Brian Blair defeated The Cuban Assassin.
  • December 30, 1993 – Anvil Promotion: Brian Blair defeated Lanny Poffo.
  • January 22, 1994 – AWA: The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell) defeated The Texas Hangmen (Killer & Psycho).
  • March 5, 1994 – NJPW: Killer Bee defeated Takayuki Iizuka.
  • March 6, 1994 – NJPW: Brian Blair, Hercules Hernandez & The Barbarian defeated Akira Nogami, Power Warrior & Takayuki Iizuka.
  • March 7, 1994 – NJPW: Shinya Hashimoto defeated Brian Blair.
  • March 8, 1994 – NJPW: Brian Blair defeated Osamu Kido.
  • March 9, 1994 – NJPW: Akira Nogami, Masahiro Chono & Takayuki Iizuka defeat Brian Blair & The Jurassic Powers (Hercules Hernandez & Scott Norton).
  • March 10, 1994 – NJPW: Black Tiger & Brian Blair defeated El Samurai & Jushin Thunder Liger.
  • March 11, 1994 – NJPW: Akira Nogami & Takayuki Iizuka defeated Black Tiger & Brian Blair.
  • March 12, 1994 – NJPW: Masahiro Chono, Shinya Hashimoto & Tadao Yasuda defeat Brian Blair & The Jurassic Powers (Hercules Hernandez & Scott Norton).
  • March 15, 1994 – NJPW: El Samurai & Jushin Thunder Liger defeated Black Tiger & Brian Blair.
  • March 16, 1994 – NJPW: El Samurai & Jushin Thunder Liger defeated Black Tiger & Brian Blair.
  • March 18, 1994 – NJPW: Jushin Thunder Liger & Tatsumi Fujinami defeated Black Tiger & Brian Blair.
  • March 19, 1994 – NJPW: Black Tiger & Brian Blair defeated Jushin Thunder Liger & Shinjiro Otani.
  • March 20, 1994 – NJPW: Hiroshi Hase & Jushin Thunder Liger defeated Brian Blair & Rick Rude.
  • March 21, 1994 – NJPW: Akira Nogami & Takayuki Iizuka defeated Brian Blair & The Barbarian.
  • March 23, 1994 – NJPW: Keiji Muto & Power Warrior defeated Brian Blair & The Barbarian.
  • March 24, 1994 – NJPW: Keiji Muto defeated Brian Blair.
  • Brian Blair and Steve Keirn captured the Florida Tag Team titles.
  • September 23, 1994 – UWF: The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell) defeated Larry Power & The Warlord to win the vacant tag team titles.
  • May 31, 1997 – Wrestling International Pro: Brian Blair defeated Texas Hangmen.
  • October 7, 2001 – NJPW: Brian Blair & Steve Keirn defeated Kengo Kimura & Wataru Inoue.
  • October 12, 2001 – NJPW: Keiji Muto & Osamu Nishimura defeated Brian Blair & Dory Funk Jr..
  • October 13, 2001 – NJPW: Brian Blair defeated El Samurai.

Real Life, Retirement and Politics:

  • Brian Blair was once married to Leroy McGuirk’s daughter, Mike McGuirk, who would later become a WWF Ring Announcer.
  • Blair Blair gives back to the community and is one of Tampa’s most respected citizens.
  • September 2002: Tampa Tribune had a brief note about Brian Blair running for County Commissioner in Tampa.
  • Brian Blair lost his election bid to Pat Frank in Tampa. Pat 51% (148,992 votes) to Brian 49% (144,608).
  • June 29, 2004: Brian Blair qualified for the Hillsborough County Commissioners District 6 office by turning in 6000+ signatures.
  • November 2, 2004: Brian Blair was elected in his race for County Commissioner over incumbent Bob Buckhorn by 216,430 to 214,062.
  • June 2010: Brian Blair qualified to run for the Florida House of Representatives, District 47.
  • March 31, 2012 – PWS: Brian Blair, Carlos Colon, Lanny Poffo & Mike Graham defeated Gary Royal, Larry Zbyszko, Ron Bass & The Masked Superstar.
  • April 15, 2013 – Vendetta Pro: Matt Riviera defeated B. Brian Blair.
  • April 2013 – Brian Blair was elected to the Cauliflower Alley Club General Board of Directors.
  • August 3, 2014 – NWA Mid-Atlantic: Matt Riviera defeated B. Brian Blair.
  • August 2014 – Brian Blair was elected as the 6th president of the Cauliflower Alley Club.
  • September 26, 2014 – NWA Signature Pro: B. Brian Blair defeated The Cuban Assassin.
Gary, Indiana
Currently resides in Tampa, FL