Big Boss Man

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Title History

  • UWF (Mid South) World Heavyweight title defeating One Man Gang (April 19, 1987);
  • WWF Hardcore title defeating Mankind (November 30, 1998);
  • WWF World Tag Team titles w/Ken Shamrock defeating Billy Gunn and Jesse James (December 14, 1998);
  • WWF Hardcore title defeating Al Snow (July 25, 1999);
  • WWF Hardcore title defeating Al Snow (August 24, 1999);
  • WWF Hardcore title defeating Al Snow and The Big Show in a 3-WAY (October 12, 1999);

Career Highlights

Before Wrestling:

  • Ray Traylor REALLY WAS a prison guard in Marietta, Georgia and gave that up to pursue a career in professional wrestling.
  • Ray Traylor did a few squash matches (losing end) in Verne Gagne’s AWA most notably getting squashed by King Kong Bundy.

National Wrestling Alliance:

Universal Wrestling Federation:

  • April 19, 1987 – UWF (Mid South): Big Bubba Rogers defeated One Man Gang to capture the UWF World Heavyweight title.
  • July 11, 1987 – UWF (Mid South): “Dr. Death” Steve Williamsdefeated Big Bubba Rogers to win the UWF World Heavyweight title.

World Wrestling Federation:

  • July 31, 1988 – Wrestlefest: The Big Bossman defeated Scott Casey.
  • August 28, 1989 – Summerslam: The Big Bossman defeated Koko B.Ware.
  • October 29, 1988 – SNME: The Big Bossman defeated Jim Powers.

World Wrestling Federation – Twin Towers:

World Wrestling Federation – Babyface Bossman:

  • April 1, 1990 – Wrestlemania VI: The Big Bossman defeated Akeem.
  • April 28, 1990 – SNME: The Big Bossman defeated Akeem by Disqualification.
  • November 23, 1990 – SNME: Mr. Perfect defeated The Big Bossman by Countout.
  • January 19, 1991 – Royal Rumble: The Big Bossman defeated The Barbarian.
  • March 24, 1991 – Wrestlemania VII: The Big Bossman defeated Mr. Perfect (IC Champ) by Disqualification.
  • October 3, 1991 – Royal Albert Hall: Earthquake (John Tenta) defeated The Big Bossman.
  • August 26, 1991 – Summerslam: The Big Bossman defeated The Mountie in a “Jailhouse” match.
  • March 28, 1992 – Superstars: The Big Bossman defeated Barry Horowitz.
  • April 5, 1992 – Wrestlemania 8: Jim Duggan/SgtSlaughter/Virgil/Bossman beat The Mountie and Repo Man and The Nasty Boys.
  • May 2, 1992 – Superstars: The Big Bossman defeated Mark Roberts.
  • May 16, 1992 – Superstars: The Big Bossman defeated Glen Ruth.
  • May 30, 1992 – Superstars: The Big Bossman defeated Dave Roulette.
  • November 24, 1992 – Survivor Series: The Big Bossman defeated Nailz in a “Nightstick” match.
  • January 24, 1993 – Royal Rumble: Bam Bam Bigelow defeated The Big Bossman.

World Championship Wrestling – The Boss:

  • Ray Traylor resurfaced in World Championship Wrestling as “The Boss”.
  • December 27, 1993 – Starrcade: Rick Rude defeated The Boss to retain the WCW International title.
  • April 17, 1994 – Spring Stampede: Big Van Vader w/Harley Race defeated The Boss in a bloody Grudge match.
  • ~~~After the match, The Boss snapped and destroyed Harley Race with the night stick until Nick Bockwinkel stepped in.
  • ~~~Nick Bockwinkel confiscated The Boss’ night-stick and handcuffs and said he can no longer be “The Boss”.

World Championship Wrestling – The Guardian Angel:

  • Ray Traylor changed his name to “The Guardian Angel” and remained a babyface.
  • July 17, 1994 – Bash at the Beach: Big Van Vader defeated The Guardian Angel by Disqualification.
  • September 18, 1994 – Fall Brawl: Big Van Vader defeated Sting and Guardian Angel in a Triangle match.
  • October 23, 1994 – Halloween Havoc: Big Van Vader defeated The Guardian Angel.
  • The Guardian Angel turned heel and changed his name back to “Big Bubba Rogers”.

World Championship Wrestling – Big Bubba Rogers:

  • Big Bubba Rogers joined Kevin Sullivan’s Dungeon of Doom.
  • February 19, 1995 – Superbrawl V: Randy Savage and Sting defeated Big Bubba Rogers and Avalanche (John Tenta).
  • March 19, 1995 – Uncensored: Big Bubba Rogers defeated Sting.
  • May 21, 1995 – Slamboree: Sting defeated Big Bubba Rogers in a “Lights Out” match.
  • September 4, 1995 WCW Nitro: WCW World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan defeated Big Bubba Rogers in a non-title match.
  • September 17, 1995 – Fall Brawl: Big Bubba Rogers defeated Mark Minh in a dark match.
  • October 9, 1995 WCW Nitro: Big Bubba Rogers defeated Road Warrior Hawk by Count Out.
  • November 26, 1995 – World War III: Big Bubba Rogers defeated “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan.
  • December 25, 1995 WCW Nitro: Sting defeated Big Bubba Rogers.

World Championship Wrestling – Big Bubba Rogers vs. John Tenta:

  • June 3, 1996 WCW Nitro: John Tenta defeated Big Bubba Rogers by Count Out.
  • June 16, 1996 – Great American Bash: John Tenta defeated Big Bubba Rogers.
  • June 17, 1996 WCW Nitro: John Tenta defeated Big Bubba Rogers.
  • July 1, 1996 WCW Nitro: The Giant defeated John Tenta to retain the WCW World Heavyweight Title.
  • ~~~After the match, Big Bubba came out and shaved half of Tenta’s beard to match his half shaven head.
  • July 7, 1996 – Bash at the Beach: John Tenta defeated Big Bubba Rogers in a Carson City Silver Dollar Match.
  • July 8, 1996 WCW Nitro: David Taylor and Steve Regal defeated Hugh Morrus and Big Bubba Rogers.

World Championship Wrestling – Dungeon of Doom:

  • July 15, 1996 WCW Nitro: Big Bubba Rogers w/Jimmy Hart defeated Lex Luger by disqualification.
  • ~~~Jimmy Hart tossed brass knux in and Lex Luger used them to get Disqualified.
  • ~~~The new World order hit the ring and destroyed Lex Luger as well as Big Bubba.
  • July 29, 1996 WCW Nitro: Eddie Guerrero defeated Big Bubba Rogers.
  • August 26, 1996 WCW Nitro: Kevin Sullivan and Big Bubba Rogers defeated Jim Powers and Marcus Bagwell.
  • September 2, 1996 WCW Nitro: The Four Horsemen defeated the Dungeon of Doom in an 8-man tag team match.
  • ~~~Ric Flair and Arn Anderson and Chris Benoit and Steve McMichael defeated Kevin Sullivan and Big Bubba and Meng and Barbarian.
  • September 16, 1996 WCW Nitro: Glacier defeated Big Bubba Rogers.
  • October 14, 1996 WCW Nitro: Jeff Jarrett defeated Big Bubba Rogers.
  • November 18, 1996 WCW Nitro: Bubba Rogers defeated Jim Powers.
  • November 25, 1996 WCW Nitro: Bubba Rogers defeated Rick Steiner.
  • December 2, 1996 WCW Nitro: Jeff Jarrett defeated Bubba Rogers.
  • December 16, 1996 WCW Nitro: Bubba Rogers defeated Chavo Guerrero Jr.
  • December 23, 1996 WCW Nitro: Bubba Rogers defeated Konnan by disqualification.

World Championship Wrestling – new World order:

  • 1997: Big Bubba (dropped the “Rogers”) joined the new World order.
  • January 25, 1997 – Souled Out: Big Bubba defeated Hugh Morris in a Mexican Death match.
  • Late 1997: Big Bubba quit the nWo and started to go by his real name, Ray Traylor.
  • December 28, 1997 – Starrcade: Randy Savage and Scott Norton and Vincent beat Ray Traylor and The Steiners.
  • January 24, 1998 – Souled Out: Ray Traylor and The Steiners beat Konnan and Scott Norton and Buff Bagwell.

World Wrestling Federation – The Corporation:

  • September 1998: Ray Traylor returned to the WWF under a mask acting as Vince McMahon‘s bodyguard.
  • ~~~It is soon revealed that it was THE BIG BOSSMAN under the mask, and Bossman officially joined The Corporation.
  • November 15, 1998 – Survivor Series: Stone Cold Steve Austin defeated The Big Bossman in the 1st Round of a Tournament.
  • November 22, 1998 – Heat: The Big Bossman defeated “Wildman” Marc Mero.
  • November 23, 1998 RAW: Mankind defeated The Big Bossman and Ken Shamrock in a 3-WAY to retain the WWF Hardcore Title.
  • November 29, 1998 – Heat: The Big Bossman and Ken Shamrock defeated Al Snow and Mankind.
  • November 30, 1998 RAW: Big Bossman beat Mankind in a Ladder match to win the WWF Hardcore title with help from The Rock.
  • December 6, 1998 – Heat: The Rock, Ken Shamrock and The Big Bossman defeated Edge, Christian and Gangrel via disqualification.
  • December 7, 1998 RAW: Degeneration X vs Ken Shamrock and The Big Bossman ended in a No Contest.
  • December 13, 1998 – Rock Bottom: New Age Outlaws defeated The Big Bossman and Ken Shamrock.
  • December 14, 1998 RAW: Ken Shamrock and The Big Bossman defeated The New Age Outlaws to win the WWF Tag Team titles.
  • December 21, 1998 RAW: Roaddog defeated The Big Bossman to win the WWF Hardcore title.
  • December 27, 1998 – Heat: Ken Shamrock and The Big Bossman defeated The Hardy Boys.
  • December 28, 1998 RAW: X-Pac vs Big Bossman ended in a No Contest.
  • January 3, 1999 – Heat: Jeff Jarrett and Owen Hart defeated World Tag Team Champions The Big Bossman and Ken Shamrock in a non-title match.
  • January 10, 1999 – Heat: HHH Vs The Big Bossman ended in a no-contest.
  • January 25, 1999 – Raw: Owen Hart and Jeff Jarrett defeated The Big Bossman and Ken Shamrock to win the tag team titles.
  • January 31, 1999 – Heat: The Big Bossman defeated Jeff Jarrett.
  • February 1, 1999 – Raw: The Big Bossman defeated Dlo Brown.
  • February 13, 1999 – Raw: Steve Austin defeated The Big Bossman via disqualification.
  • February 14, 1999 – St. Valentine’s Day Massacre: The Big Bossman defeated Mideon.
  • February 15, 1999 – Raw: Ken Shamrock and Test and The Big Bossman Vs Mideon and The Acolytes ended in a no-contest.
  • February 21, 1999 – Heat: Viscera defeated The Big Bossman via disqualification.
  • March 7, 1999 – Heat: The Big Bossman defeated Al Snow.
  • March 20, 1999 – Shotgun Saturday Night: The Acolytes defeated Ken Shamrock and The Big Bossman by count-out.
  • March 15, 1999 – Raw: The Big Bossman defeated Mideon in a steel cage match.
  • March 21, 1999 – Heat: The Rock Vs The Big Bossman ended in a no-contest.
  • March 22, 1999 – Raw: The Ministry (Undertaker, Bradshaw and Farooq) Vs The Corporation (Test, Big Bossman and Shamrock) ended in a no-contest.
  • March 28, 1999 – Wrestlemania XV: The Undertaker defeated The Big Bossman in a Hell in a Cell match.
  • April 4, 1999 – Heat: The Big Bossman defeated Darren Drozdov.
  • April 11, 1999 – Heat: The Big Bossman defeated Darren Drozdov via disqualification.
  • April 18, 1999 – Heat: Ken Shamrock defeated Test and The Big Bossman in a handicap match.
  • April 19, 1999 – Raw: Ken Shamrock defeated The Big Bossman in a no Holds Barred match.
  • April 25, 1999 – Heat: Kane defeated The Big Bossman.
  • April 26, 1999 – Raw: Mankind and The Big Show defeated Test and The Big Bossman.
  • April 29, 1999 – Smackdown: Mankind defeated The Big Bossman.
  • May 10, 1999 – Raw: The Big Bossman defeated Test in a Nightstick on a pole match.
  • May 17, 1999 – Raw: The Big Show defeated The Big Bossman.
  • May 23, 1999 – The Union defeated The Corporate Ministry (Acolytes/Bossman/Viscera).
  • May 30, 1999 – Heat: X-Pac defeated The Big Bossman ina KOTR Qualifying matchup.
  • June 12, 1999 – Shotgun Saturday Night: The Big Bossman defeated X-Pac.

World Wrestling Federation – Hardcore Division (vs Al Snow):

  • June 14, 1999 – Raw: Test defeated The Big Bossman via disqualification in a blindfold match.
  • June 19, 1999 – Shotgun Saturday Night: The Big Bossman defeated The Blue Meanie.
  • June 21, 1999 – Raw: Steve Austin defeated The Big Bossman with HBK as the referee.
  • June 27, 1999 – Heat: Mideon and Viscera defeated The Big Bossman in a handicap match.
  • July 5, 1999 – Raw: Edge defeated The Big Bossman.
  • July 11, 1999 – Heat: Viscera, The Big Bossman and Mideon defeated Edge, Christian and Gangrel.
  • July 19, 1999 – Raw: Al Snow Vs The Big Bossman ended in a no-contest.
  • July 24, 1999 – Shotgun Saturday Night: The Big Bossman, Mideon and Viscera defeated Flash Flannagan, Nick Dinsmore and Miller.
  • July 25, 1999 – Fully Loaded: The Big Bossman defeated Al Snow to win the Hardcore title.
  • July 31, 1999 – Shotgun Saturday Night: The Big Bossman defeated Chaz.
  • August 2, 1999 – Raw: The Big Bossman defeated Viscera to retain the Hardcore Title.
  • August 22, 1999 – Summerslam 1999: Al Snow defeated The Big Bossman to win the Hardcore title.
  • August 26, 1999 – Smackdown: The Big Bossman defeated Al Snow to recapture the Hardcore Title.
  • September 9, 1999 – Smackdown: The British Bulldog defeated The Big Bossman to win the Hardcore Title.
  • September 11, 1999 – Jakked: The Big Bossman defeated Knuckles Nelson.
  • September 16, 1999 – Smackdown: Al Snow defeated The Big Bossman in a Pepper on a pole match.
  • September 20, 1999 – Raw: Hardcore Holly defeated The Big Bossman in a hardcore match.
  • September 26, 1999 – Unforgiven: Al Snow defeated The Big Bossman in a “Dog Kennel from Hell” match.
  • October 7, 1999 – Smackdown: The Big Show defeated The Big Bossman via disqualification.
  • October 9, 1999 – Jakked: The Godfather defeated The Big Bossman.

World Wrestling Federation – vs. The Big Show:

  • October 11, 1999 – RAW: The Big Show found out that his father was terminally ill with cancer.
  • ~~~The Big Show had his scheduled match with The Big Bossman, who cut a tasteless promo against Big Show’s dad.
  • October 1999: The Big Bossman paid a friend to tell The Big Show that his father died (even though it was not true).
  • October 14, 1999 – Smackdown: The Big Bossman defeated Al Snow and The Big Show in a 3-WAY to win the Hardcore Title.
  • The Big Bossman later stole a stop watch from The Big Show’s dad at the hospital and smashed it with a hammer!
  • October 18, 1999 – RAW: The Big Bossman defeated The Big Show via Forfiet.
  • October 28, 1999 – Smackdown: Al Snow defeated The Big Bossman by Disqualification.
  • ~~~The Big Show snapped and pushed a dumpster on top of a car containing Bossman and Albert!
  • November 1, 1999 – Raw: Mankind and The BigShow defeated The Big Bossman and Albert in a hardcore match.
  • November 4, 1999 – Smackdown The Big Show Vs The Big Bossman ended in a no-contest.
  • November 8, 1999 – Raw: Kane defeated The Big Bossman via disqualification.
  • November 11, 1999 – Smackdown: The Big Bossman defeated Farooq to retain the hardcore title.
  • November 15, 1999 – Raw: The Big Bossman defeated The Rock.
  • November 18, 1999 – Smackdown: The Rock defeated The Big Bossman.
  • November 22, 1999 – Raw: Mankind and The Rock defeated The Big Bossman and Albert.
  • November 25, 1999 – Smackdown: The Big Bossman defeated Kane to retain the hardcore title.
  • November 29, 1999 – Raw: The Big Bossman and Viscera defeated The BigShow and Kane.
  • December 5, 1999 – Heat: Hardcore Champion The Big Bossman defeated The Godfather.
  • December 9, 1999 – Smackdown: The Big Bossman and Albert defeated The Hardy Boys via disqualification.
  • December 12, 1999 – Armageddon: The Big Show defeated The Big Bossman to retain the WWF title.
  • December 13, 1999 – Raw: The BigShow defeated The Big Bossman and Albert in a handicap match.
  • December 30, 1999 – Smackdown: The Big Bossman and Albert defeated Test in a handicap match.

World Wrestling Federation – The Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan:

  • January 3, 2000 – Raw: Albert and The Big Bossman defeated Test, Fabulous Moolah and Mae Young.
  • January 6, 2000 – Smackdown: Test defeated The Big Bossman.
  • January 10, 2000 – Raw: The BigShow and Test defeated The Big Bossman and Albert.
  • January 13, 2000 – Smackdown: The Hardy Boys defeated The Big Bossman and Albert.
  • January 17, 2000 – Raw: Test defeated The Big Bossman to win the Hardcore Title.
  • January 24, 2000 – Raw: The Big Bossman defeated Hardcore Champion Test via disqualification.
  • January 30, 2000 – Heat: The Big Bossman defeated Prince Albert via disqualification.
  • February 5, 2000 – Jakked: The Big Bossman defeated Steven Richards.
  • February 6, 2000 – Heat: The Big Bossman defeated European Champion Val Venis via disqualification.
  • February 12, 2000 – Jakked: The Big Bossman defeated Gangrel.
  • February 17, 2000 – Smackdown: Edge and Christian defeated The Big Bossman and Albert.
  • February 19, 2000 – Jakked: The Big Bossman defeated Billy D.
  • February 21, 2000 – Raw: Tazz defeated The Big Bossman via disqualification.
  • February 24, 2000 – Smackdown: The Godfather and D’Lo Brown defeated The Big Bossman and Albert.
  • February 27, 2000 – No Way Out: Tazz defeated The Big Bossman in 47 seconds.
  • March 4, 2000 – Jakked: The Godfather and DLo Brown defeated The Big Bossman and Prince Albert.
  • March 5, 2000 – Heat: The Big Bossman and Albert defeated The Headbangers.
  • March 11, 2000 – Jakked: Tazz and Test defeated The Big Bossman and Albert by count-out.
  • March 12, 2000 – Heat: Edge defeated The Big Bossman.
  • March 13, 2000 – Raw: Kane defeated The Big Bossman.
  • March 19, 2000 – Heat: Mideon defeated The Big Bossman via disqualification.
  • March 20, 2000 – Raw: The Godfather Vs The Big Bossman ended in a no-contest.
  • March 27, 2000 – Raw: The Acolytes Vs The Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan ended in a no-contest.
  • April 2, 2000 – Wrestlemania: The Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan defeated The Godfather and D’Lo Brown.
  • April 10, 2000 – Raw: The Rock defeated The Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan in a steel cage match.
  • April 17, 2000 – Raw: Edge and Christian defeated The Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan to retain the tag team titles.
  • April 24, 2000 – Raw: The Big Show defeated The Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan via disqualification.
  • April 27, 2000 – Smackdown: The Big Show and Rikishi defeated The Big Bossman in a handicap match.
  • April 30, 2000 – Backlash: The Big Bossman and Bull Buchanon defeated The Acolytes (Farooq and Bradshaw).
  • May 8, 2000 – Raw: Too Cool defeated The Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan.
  • May 18, 2000 – Smackdown: The Big Bossman participated in a gauntlet match won by The Big Show.
  • May 22, 2000 – Raw: The Dudley Boys defeated The Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan.
  • June 4, 2000 – Heat: The Dudley Boys defeated The Big Bossman and Albert in a tables match.
  • June 5, 2000 – Raw: The Hardy Boys defeated The Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan.
  • June 11, 2000 – Heat: Buh Buh Ray Dudley defeated The Big Bossman in a KOTR Qualifying Match.
  • June 19, 2000 – Raw: The Undertaker defeated The Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan in a handicap match.
  • June 22, 2000 – Smackdown: The Big Bossman defeated Eddie Guerrero via disqualification.
  • July 1, 2000 – Jakked: The Big Bossman defeated Trasher.
  • July 5, 2000 – Smackdown: Hardcore Champion Steve Blackman defeated The Big Bossman.
  • July 22, 2000 – Jakked: The Big Bossman defeated Gangrel.
  • July 29, 2000 – Jakked: The Big Bossman defeated Mideon.
  • August 6, 2000 – Heat: Crash Holly defeated The Big Bossman via disqualification.
  • August 12, 2000 – Jakked: The Big Bossman defeated Taka Michinoku.
  • August 19, 2000 – Jakked: The Big Bossman defeated Jay Gillette.
  • August 26, 2000 – Jakked: The Big Bossman defeated Chad Cheetum.
  • September 3, 2000 – Heat: Crash Holly defeated The Big Bossman.
  • September 4, 2000 – Raw: Hardcore Champion Steve Blackman defeated The Big Bossman.
  • September 10, 2000 – Heat: Light-Heavyweight Champion defeated The Big Bossman.
  • November 19, 2000 – Heat: Hardcore Champion Steve Blackman defeated The Big Bossman.

World Wrestling Federation – The Big Bossman:

  • December 2001: The Big Bossman made a surprise return, siding with Booker T in a feud with Stone Cold Steve Austin.
  • January 7, 2002 – Raw: The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin defeated The Big Bossman and Booker T.
  • January 10, 2002 – Smackdown: Edge defeated The Big Bossman to retain the WWE Intercontinental Title.
  • January 17, 2002 – Smackdown: Diamond Dallas Page defeated Big Bossman to qualify in the Royal Rumble Match.
  • January 24, 2002 – Smackdown: Rikishi defeated The Big Bossman.
  • February 3, 2002 – Heat: The Big Bossman defeated Crash Holly.
  • February 10, 2002 – Heat: European Champion Diamond Dallas Page defeated The Big Bossman via disqualification.
  • February 17, 2002 – Heat: European Champion Diamond Dallas Page defeated The Big Bossman via disqualification.
  • March 17, 2002 – Heat: Val Venis defeated The Big Bossman.
  • April 1, 2002 – RAW: The Hardy Boyz defeated The Big Bossman and Mr. Perfect.
  • April 28, 2002 – Heat: The Big Bossman defeated Crash Holly.
  • May 5, 2002 – Heat: D’Lo Brown defeated The Big Bossman.
  • May 19, 2002 – Heat: Spike Dudley defeated The Big Bossman.

Giving Back:

  • Bossman was assigned to Ohio Valley Wrestling to help train and teach younger wrestlers.
  • October 30, 2002 – OVW Taping: Big Bossman/Charlie Haas/Mr. P (John Cena) defeated Lance Cade/Sean O’Haire/Rene Dupree.
  • September 24, 2003: Ray Traylor was spotted backstage at a NWA Total Nonstop Action show.
  • April 2004: Ray Traylor toured IWA Japan, and took occassional Indy dates in the United States.
  • July 17, 2004 – Iron Ring Wrestling: Bunkhouse Buck (Jimmy Golden) defeated The Big Bossman.
  • September 22, 2004: Ray Traylor suddenly passed away at his home as a result of a massive heart attack – he was 42.
  • ~~~His wife found him unconscious in a room and paramedics were unable to revive him – Rest in Peace.