Brian Pillman

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Pillman

[Pillman: His Final Interviews]

[IV Horsemen History]

[A Decade Later: Brian Pillman]

Title History

  • Stampede International tag team titles w/ Bruce Hart -Bad Company- defeating Ron Starr and Cuban Assassin (April 6, 1987)
  • Stampede International tag team titles w/ Bruce Hart -Bad Company- defeating Makham Singh and Jerry Morrow (November 13, 1987)
  • NWA United States Tag Team Title w/ Tom Zenk defeating Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin -Freebirds- (February 12, 1990)
  • WCW Light Heavyweight Title defeating Richard Morton finals of tournament (October 27, 1991)
  • WCW Light Heavyweight Title defeating Jushin Thunder Liger (February 29, 1992)
  • WCW World tag team titles w/ Steve Austin -Hollywood Blondes- defeating Ricky Steamboat and Shane Douglas (March 2, 1993)

Career Highlights

In the Beginning:

  • Brian Pillman played football for four seasons (1980-81-82-83) with Miami University of Ohio.
  • Brian Pillman played football for the Cincinatti Bengles for the 1984 season.
  • Brian Pillman’s wife, Melanie, had a relationship with the Ultimate Warrior before she met Brian.

Stampede Wrestling:

  • Brian Pillman debuted in Calgary with promoter Stu Hart at Stampede Wrestling.
  • Brian Pillman formed a popular tag team with Bruce Hart known as Bad Company.
  • April 6, 1987: Bad Company defeated Ron Starr and Cuban Assassin to win the Stampede International Tag Team titles.
  • October 9, 1987: The titles held up after a match with Makham Singh and Gerry Morrow.
  • November 13, 1987: Bad Company defeats Mukhan Singh and Gerry Morrow in a rematch to win the International Tag Team titles.
  • July 22, 1988: Jerry Morrow and Cuban Assassin defeats Bad Company for the International Tag Team titles.

National Wrestling Alliance/WCW:

  • September 12, 1989 – Clash of the Champions VIII: Brian Pillman defeated Norman the Lunatic.
  • February 6, 1990 – NWA Clash of Champions #10: Brian Pillman and Tom Zenk defeated The MOD Squad (Spike and Basher).
  • February 12, 1990: Brian Pillman and Tom Zenk defeated Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin to win the NWA United States Tag Team titles.
  • ~~~This was the finals of a tournament to win the vacant NWA United States Tag Team titles.
  • May 19, 1990: The Midnight Express (Eaton/Lane) defeat Brian Pillman and Tom Zenk to win the US Tag Team titles.
  • June 13, 1990 – NWA Clash of Champions #11: Mark Callous defeated Brian Pillman.
  • November 20, 1990 – NWA Clash of Champions #12: Brian Pillman defeated Buddy Landell.
  • October 27, 1991: Brian Pillman defeated Richard Morton in a tournament final to become the Light-Heavyweight title.
  • November 19, 1991: Brian Pillman defeated Johnny B. Badd.
  • December 25, 1991: Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger defeats Brian Pillman for the Light-Heavyweight title.

World Championship Wrestling – The Yellow Dog:

  • 1991: Barry Windham defeated Brian Pillman in a “loser-leaves-WCW” match.
  • Brian Pillman reappeared under a mask as the Yellow Dog.

World Championship Wrestling – Brian Millman:

  • February 29, 1992 – Superbrawl II: Brian Pillman defeated Jushin Liger to recapture the Light Heavyweight title.
  • June 20, 1992 – Beach Blast: Scotty Flamingo defeated Brian Pillman to win the WCW Light Heavyweight title.
  • ~~~After the match, many other wrestlers lined up in the back to praise the quality of the match.

World Championship Wrestling – The Hollywood Blondes:

  • Brian Pillman formed a very successful tag team with Steve Austin known as the Hollywood Blondes.
  • February 21, 1993 – Superbrawl III: The Hollywood Blondes (Pillman and Austin) defeated Erik Watts and Marcus Alexander Bagwell.
  • March 2, 1993: Brian Pillman and Steve Austin defeated Ricky Steamboat and Shane Douglas to win the WCW World Tag Team titles.
  • March 17, 1993: Brian Pillman married Melanie (whom he would be with until his death in 1997).
  • July 18, 1993 – Beach Blast: The Hollywood Blondes defeated Arn Anderson and Paul Roma.
  • August 18, 1993: Arn Anderson and Paul Roma defeated Steve Austin and Steven Regal (sub for Pillman) for the World Tag Team titles.

World Championship Wrestling – Brian Pillman:

  • February 20, 1994 – Superbrawl IV: Sting’s team defeated the heel team in a ThunderDome Cage match.
  • ~~~Sting and Brian Pillman and Dustin Rhodes defeated Paul Orndorff and Stunning Steve Austin and Rick Rude.
  • May 21, 1995 – Slamboree: Meng defeated Brian Pillman in a pre-show match for Main Event TV.
  • June 18, 1995 – Great American Bash: Alex Wright defeated “Flyin” Brain Pillman.
  • September 4, 1995 – WCW Nitro: Brian Pillman defeated Jushin Thunder Liger in the first match of the first ever Nitro.
  • September 17, 1995 – Fall Brawl: Johnny B. Badd defeated Brian Pillman.

World Championship Wrestling – The Four Horsemen:

  • September 18, 1995 – WCW Nitro: Ric Flair defeated Brian Pillman by Submission.
  • October 16, 1995 – WCW Nitro: Sting and Ric Flair defeated Arn Anderson and Brian Pillman by Countout.
  • November 26, 1995 – WCW Nitro: Sting and Lex Luger defeated Arn Anderson and Brian Pillman.
  • 1995: Brian Pillman became a member of the IV Horsemen and helped Arn Anderson pull Ric Flair back into the group.
  • October 29, 1995 – Halloween Havoc: Ric Flair was supposedly attacked by Arn Anderson and Brian Pillman, taking him out.
  • ~~~When it came time for the match, Sting came to the ring alone – and controlled the beginning of the match.
  • ~~~As time went on, Anderson and Pillman took control.. eventually Ric Flair came down with his head bandaged.
  • ~~~When Sting was able to get to his corner and make the tag, Flair entered the ring, ran off of the ropes and nailed STING!!
  • ~~~Flair, Anderson, and Pillman triple-teamed Sting and raised FOUR fingers signifying the return of the FOUR HORSEMEN!!!!!!!
  • November 23, 1995 – Nitro: Eddie Guerrero defeated Brian Pillman.
  • November 26, 1995 – World War 3: Brian Pillman participated in the 3-ring 60-Man Battle Royal won by Randy Savage.
  • January 22, 1996 WCW Nitro: Brian Pillman defeated Dean Malenko.
  • January 23, 1996 – Clash of the Champions XXXII: Brian Pillman defeated Eddie Guerrero.
  • February 5, 1996 WCW Nitro: Brian Pillman and Arn Anderson defeated Kevin Sullivan and Hugh Morrus by DQ.
  • February 11, 1996 – Superbawl VI: “Taskmaster” Kevin Sullivan defeated Brian Pillman in a respect match.
  • ~~~They whipped eachother for roughly 45 seconds before Pillman grabbed the microphone and yelled “I Respect You!”
  • ~~~This was supposedly a shoot, with Brian Pillman pushing his “Loose Cannon” gimmick to a whole new level.
  • Brian Pillman convinced WCW president Eric Bischoff to fire him, to make the gimmick more ‘believable’ and Bischoff did it!
  • It was all Brian’s plan to get out of his WCW contract so he could sign with the World Wrestling Federation.
  • April 15, 1996: Brian Pillman almost died in a near fatal car accident….
  • ~~~Pillman was driving in Kentucky and fell asleep behind the wheel causing him to hit a tree trunk and flip his vehicle.

Extreme Championship Wrestling:

  • Brian Pillman had a brief stint in ECW making several appearances to cut promos and perfect his “Loose Cannon” gimmick.

World Wrestling Federation:

  • 1996: Brian Pillman signed a contract with the WWF, where they really pushed his “Loose Cannaon” gimmick.
  • ~~~Supposedly he had convinced WCW to release him to make an angle seem more real just so he could go to WWF.
  • Brian Pillman debuted as an on-air personality, in crutches, still recovering from his injuries sustained in the accident.
  • November 4, 1996 – RAW: Steve Austin broke into Brian Pillmans house, resulting in Pillman pulling a gun and firing on Austin!
  • Brian Pillman eventually became a member of the hated new formation of the Hart Foundation.
  • May 11, 1997 Revenge of the Taker: The Undertaker defeated Steve Austin when Brian Pillman distracted Austin to retain the title.
  • May 26, 1997 RAW: Legion of Doom (Hawk and Animal) defeated Brian Pillman and Jim Neidhart by DQ.
  • June 9, 1997 RAW: Mankind defeated Brian Pillman by DQ.
  • June 16, 1997 RAW: Steve Austin defeated Brian Pillman by DQ.
  • June 30, 1997 RAW: Mankind defeated Brian Pillman by DQ.
  • July 6, 1997 – Canadian Stampede: The Hart Foundation beat Steve Austin and Ken Shamrock and Goldust and Legion of Doom.
  • August 3, 1997 – Summerslam: Goldust defeated Brian Pillman in a match with special stipulations.
  • ~~~as a result, Brian Pillman was forced to wear one of Marlena’s gold dresses the next night on RAW.
  • August 4, 1997 RAW: Bob Holly defeated Brian Pillman by Count Out.
  • August 11, 1997 RAW: Flash Funk defeated Brian Pillman.
  • ~~~After the match; Brian Pillman was forced to wear a dress and Goldust came to the stage and showed a video of Pillman dressing.
  • August 18, 1997 RAW: Roaddog defeated Brian Pillman by DQ.
  • September 7, 1997 – Ground Zero: Brian Pillman defeated Goldust to win the services of Marlena for 30 days.
  • ~~~Pillman repackaged Marlena, putting her in degrating outfits and darker make-up, and imply that he slept with her.
  • September 15, 1997 RAW: Brian Pillman defeated Dude Love by DQ.
  • September 22, 1997 RAW: Owen Hart defeated Brian Pillman by DQ.

The Death of Brian Pillman:

  • October 5, 1997: Brian Pillman died in his hotel room at the age of 35 right before the Bad Blood PPV.
  • ~~~The tragic news is announced by Vince McMahon during WWF’s pay per view in which Pillman was to wrestle.
  • October 6, 1997 – RAW: The WWF gives a moment of silence for Brian Pillman and a 10 Bell Salute.
  • ~~~In a touching tribute and scene of solidarity, all WWF wrestlers gather together for a video tribute.

Alexis Michelle Reed aka Alexis Pillman (“Sexi” Lexi Pillman):

  • Alexis Michelle Reed was the step-daughter of Brian Pillman – and she took his last name.
  • January 27, 2008 – Georgia Wrestling Promotions: Lexi Pillman debuted at the side of manager “Attorny” Jeff G. Bailey.
  • Lexi Pillman worked as a valet for Sean Casey for the Tennessee-based Showtime All-Star Wrestling promotion.
  • June 2008: Lexi Pillman worked as a “ring girl” at a TNA house show in Cincinnati – home of her famous step-father.
  • November 26, 2009: Lexi Pillman (age 26) passed away due to injuries caused in a automobile accident on Thanksgiving Day.

    Dory Funk Jr. wrote (Funk’s Corner): Brian Pillman played collegiate football at the University of Miami. In 1984, he made his pro debut with the Cincinnati Bengal Tigers of the NFL. Following that, he went on to play briefly in the Canadian Football League with the Calgary Stampede. Brian didn’t like taking orders and the strict discipline associated with playing football. Brian had always been interested in professional wrestling. He told his friend Bruce Hart (of the famous wrestling Hart family) that he had watched Terry and I while growing up and would like to give professional wrestling a try.

 

Brian learned to wrestle training in the Dungeon, The Basement of Stu Harts home in Calgary Alberta with Stu and the Hart family. This is a place that the weak and faint of heart dare not tread. He began his wrestling career in Calgary Stampede Wrestling, Stu Hart’s promotion. Brian went on to World Championship Wrestling and finished his career wrestling for Vince McMahon in the WWF. He was often called Flyin’ Brian Pillman. The name was appropriate for his style in the ring, flying skills in airplanes and daredevil escapades including skydiving. Brian was a great performer in the wrestling business. We will all miss him. He was 36 years old.

With the passing of Brian, we all lose many years of wrestling entertainment yet to come, wrestling skills unknown and interviews un-given. We also lose a good man who cared about family and friends. Brian was one hell of a wrestler who gave the fans his best, even more than their money’s worth.