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Big John Studd

Title History

  • WWA (Indianapolis) World Tag Team titles w/Ox Baker defeating Crusher & Dick the Bruiser (March 13, 1976);
  • WWWF Tag Team titles w/Killer Kowalski defeating Louis Cerdan & Tony Parisi (May 11, 1976);
  • NWA Texas Tag Team titles w/Bull Ramos defeating ??????? (????, 1977);
  • NWA (World Class) American Heavyweight title defeating Bruiser Brody (July 25, 1977);
  • NWA Hawaii Tag Team titles w/Buddy Rose defeating Bill & Russ Francis (May 17, 1978);
  • NWA (Hawaii) North American Heavyweight title Awarded (June ??, 1978);
  • NWA Mid Atlantic Tag Team titles w/Ric Flair defeating ??????? (June 30, 1978);
  • NWA Mid Atlantic Tag Team titles w/Ric Flair defeating Paul Jones & Ricky Steamboat (October 30, 1978);
  • NWA Mid Atlantic Tag Team titles w/Ken Patera defeating Paul Jones & Ricky Steamboat (January ??, 1979);
  • NWA (Tennessee) Southern Heavyweight title defeating Blackjack Mulligan Jr. (July 24, 1981);
  • NWA (Toronto) Canadian Heavyweight title defeating Angelo Mosca (September 20, 1981);
  • NWA (Florida) Global Tag Team titles w/Jim Garvin won a tournament (????, 1982);
  • NWA (Georgia) National Tag Team titles w/Super Destroyer Awarded (March ??, 1982);
  • EWU (South Africa) World Super Heavyweight title defeating Jan Wilkens (Febuary 13, 1984);
  • WWF (World Wrestling Federation) Royal Rumble Winner (1989);

Career Highlights

In The Beginning

  • Big John Studd was trained by Killer Kowalski..
  • 1976: John Studd & Killer Kowalski (as the masked Executioners) won the WWWF Tag Team titles..

Mid-Atlantic, AWA, Grand Prix & Others

  • John Studd was known as “Chuck O’Connor” & “Captain USA” & “The Masked Superstar II” at certain points in the Mid-Atlantic..
  • July 1977: John Studd defeated Bruiser Brody for the American Heavyweight title, but was defeated two months later by Ox Baker..
  • 1978: John Studd moved on to the Mid-Atlantic, where he teamed with Ken Patera to win the Mid-Atlantic Tag Team titles..
  • John Studd also made occasional trips to Canada to wrestle in Emile Dupre’s Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling..
  • May 25, 1980: Masked Superstar #2 (John Studd) was unmasked after a match with Blackjack Mulligan in Toronto..
  • John Studd once teamed with Jerry Blackwell in the American Wrestling Association..
  • ~~~While working in the AWA, Studd feuded with Canadian legends Dino Bravo and Mad Dog Vachon..
  • John Studd received several title shots at AWA champ Verne Gagne, but was unable to win the coveted strap..
  • September 1981: John Studd defeated Angelo Mosca for the Canadian Heavyweight title..
  • John Studd engaged in a bitter feud with Blackjack Mulligan in the Mid-Atlantic territory..
  • Early 1982: John Studd gained several title shots at NWA champion Ric Flair but was never successful..
  • John Studd feuded with the Fabulous Freebirds and Leroy Brownin the Georgia area..

Florida

  • John Studd was brought into Florida by J.J. Dillon and feuded with Dusty Rhodes, Barry Windham and Sweet Brown Sugar..
  • John Studd’s gimmick was bringing a stretcher the ring and he’d beat his opponents so bad they’d be taken out on the stretcher..
  • Late 1982: John Studd teamed with Jimmy Garvin to win a Florida tournament crowning the first Global tag team champions..
  • ~~~After roughly two weeks, Studd and Garvin lost the belts to the team of Ron Bass and Barry Windham..
  • John Studd left the Florida territory shortly afterwards..

World Wrestling Federation – w/Fred Blassie

  • Big John Studd signed with the World Wrestling Federation and took on Fred Blassie as his manager..
  • ~~~Blassie guided John Studd to WWF title shots at then-champion Bob Backlund, but Studd was unable to win the title..
  • ~~~Blassie went on a mission to prove that John Studd was the ‘biggest’ man in wrestling..
  • ~~~~~Blassie began holding weekly bodyslam challenges on WWF television to see if anyone could slam the big man..
  • ~~~~~To the winner would go $10,000 in cash — No wrestler was able to accomplish the feat until..
  • ~~~~~Studd’s next challenger was to be “Chief” Jay Strongbow, but Andre the Giant was a last minute replacement!
  • ~~~~~Studd and Blassie were furious when Andre walked down the isle for the challenge..
  • ~~~~~Andre was set to scoop Studd up, Blassie grabbed onto Studd’s waist to prevent the Giant from slamming him..
  • ~~~~~Andre tried to hoist Studd up twice, and noticed Blassie’s interference the second time..
  • ~~~~~Andre charged at Blassie, took the money, and threw it out to the crowd..
  • ~~~~~Studd snuck up and grabbed it back before taking off for the locker room with Blassie..
  • ~~~~~This incident led to the start of a very bitter feud between Big John Studd and Andre The Giant..
  • ~~~~~Summer 1983: The wrestlers had a series of cage matches that saw the Giant not only win, but repeatedly bodyslam Studd..

World Wrestling Federation – w/Bobby Heenan

  • Mid-1984: Bobby Heenan made his way into the WWF and convinced John Studd to join the Heenan Family..
  • September 22, 1984 – MSG: Big John Studd defeated Hulk Hogan (WWF Champion) by COUNT OUT..
  • Big John Studd eventually rekindled his bitter feud with the Andre The Giant..
  • November 13, 1984: Big John Studd & Ken Patera defeated Andre The Giant & Special Delivery Jones in a tag team match..
  • ~~~After the match, Studd & Patera shocked the wrestling world by cutting off pieces of Andre’s trademark hair!
  • ~~~The Giant first disposed of Ken Patera, easily beating him in a Madison Square Garden match..
  • March 10, 1985: Andre the Giant defeated Big John Studd by DQ when King Kong Bundy interfered..
  • March 31, 1985: Wrestlemania I: Andre The Giant defeated Big John Studd in a special $15,000 Body Slam challenge..
  • August 18, 1985 – Toronto: Andre the Giant defeated Big John Studd by DQ when King Kong Bundy interfered..
  • ~~~Andre was beaten down by Bundy & Studd, sustaining a splash from Bundy that “broke” Andre’s sternum..
  • John Studd formed a tag team with King Kong Bundy, wrestling teams such as the British Bulldogs & the Machines..
  • September 29, 1985: Andre the Giant & Hulk Hogan defeated Big John Studd & King Kong Bundy..
  • October 3, 1985: Andre the Giant & Tony Atlas w/Lou Albano defeated King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd w/Heenan by DQ..
  • October 21, 1985 – MSG: Andre the Giant & Hillbilly Jim vs Big John Studd & King Kong Bundy ended in a DOUBLE DQ..
  • October 31, 1985: Hulk Hogan & Andre the Giant w/Lou Albano defeated King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd by DQ..
  • November 9, 1985: Andre the Giant & Hillbilly Jim & Lou Albano beat King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd & Bobby Heenan..
  • November 14, 1985: Andre The Giant & Tito Santana defeated King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd..
  • November 24, 1985: Andre the Giant & Hillbilly Jim defeated King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd in a Texas Tornado match..
  • December 7, 1985: Andre the Giant & Junk Yard Dog beat King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd & Bobby Heenan in a handicap match..
  • Early 1986: Junk Yard Dog & Hillbilly Jim defeated King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd by COUNT OUT..
  • Wrestlemania II: Andre The Giant won a huge battle royal which featured Big John Studd and several NFL football players..
  • ~~~Studd was embarassed by football great William “The Refrigerator” Perry..
  • ~~~Perry was eliminated by Studd, but tricked “Big John” into reaching down to shake hands, and pulled Studd out too!
  • April 1986: The British Bulldogs defeated King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd by DQ to retain..
  • June 24, 1986: Hulk Hogan & Paul Orndorff defeated King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd w/Bobby Heenan by DQ..
  • ~~~After the match, Paul Orndorff turned on Hulk Hogan and joined the Heenan Family..
  • July 12, 1986: King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd defeated Sivi Afi & King Tonga..
  • August 1, 1986: King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd defeated B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell (Killer Bees)..
  • August 17, 1986: The Machines defeated King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd..
  • August 20, 1986: King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd defeated Giant & Super Machine by DQ..
  • August 25, 1986: King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd defeated Big & Super Machine by DQ..
  • August 28, 1986 – The Big Event: KKB & BJS & Bobby Heenan defeated Big & Super Machine & Lou Albano by DQ..
  • September 22, 1986: Super & Big Machine & Hulk Machine beat KKB & BJS & Bobby Heenan..
  • October 4, 1986: Super & Big Machine & Piper Machine beat KKB & BJS & Bobby Heenan..
  • October 23, 1986: Hulk Hogan & The Crusher defeated King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd..
  • By the end of 1986, Studd was gone from the WWF..

World Wrestling Federation II

  • Late 1988: John Studd returned to the WWF, turning on former manager, Bobby Heenan and becoming a good guy..
  • ~~~Studd, of course, rekindle his feud with Andre The Giant (who was with Heenan now)..
  • Royal Rumble 1989: Big John Studd won the Royal Rumble match, eliminating Ted DiBiase last..
  • Wrestlemania V: Jake Roberts defeated Andre The Giant with Big John Studd acting as special guest referee..
  • WWF TV: Jim “King” Duggan was being triple-teamed by Bobby Heenan, Haku and Andre, when Studd ran in to make the save!
  • ~~~Studd knocked the Giant out of the ring and to the floor..
  • ~~~Andre tried to get back in, and was again knocked down with one shot from Studd..
  • John Studd & Jim Duggan began teaming up in matches around the globe against Andre and Haku..
  • Unfortunatly, a high-profile one-on-one match between “Big” John and Andre the Giant never took place..
  • Summer 1989: Big John Studd was, once again, gone from the WWF, this time for good..

Semi-Retirement

  • John Studd went into semi-retirement, wrestling only a few indy dates..
  • John Studd came out with his own line of workout and vitamin supplements..
  • John Studd also trained several wrestlers including Ron Reis, who debuted in WCW as “Big” Ron Studd..
  • Early 1990s: John Minton was diagnosed with Hodgkins Disease and fought the disease for several years..
  • March 20, 1995: “Big” John Studd (John Minton) lost his battle, and died at the age of 47..
  • March 13, 2004 – WWE: Big John Studd was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame during a ceremony in New York City!
  • ~~~John Minton’s son (John Minton Jr.) was on hand to accept the honor in place of his father..
  • March 14, 2004 – Wrestlemania XX: Big John Studd was honored with all the other Hall of Fame inductees during the Pay Per View..