Hillbilly Jim

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Career Highlights

In The Beginning:

  • Jim Morris first appeared on the wrestling scene in Memphis, wrestling as “Harley Davison” with a biker gimmick.

World Wrestling Federation:

  • Hillbilly Jim first appeared on WWF TV as a planted “Hillbilly Fan” showing off in the front row at shows accross the country.
  • ~~~Vince McMahon “noticed” the big “Hillbilly” and interviewed him and he was allowed to appear on Piper’s Pit w/ Roddy Piper.
  • ~~~Roddy Piper offered to train “Big Jim”, but Jim declined saying he wanted to be trained by the best – Hulk Hogan!
  • ~~~Hillbilly Jim and Hulk Hogan began appearing in weekly vignettes featuring their training session progress.
  • Hillbilly Jim’s wrestling boots were given to him by Hulk Hogan (This was part of a storyline in the WWF).
  • 1985: Hillbilly Jim wrestled his debut match on TV defeating veteren jobber Terry Gibbs.
  • Hillbilly Jim feuded with Don Muraco and Mr Fuji including a famous “Tuxedo Match” against Fuji in MSG.
  • February 18, 1985 The War to Settle The Score: Hillbilly Jim defeated Rene Goulet.
  • February 1985: While Hulk Hogan was wrestling Brutus Beefcake, Hillbilly Jim started chasing Brutus Beefcake’s manager Johnny V round until he slipped on a wet spot and broke his leg. Hillbilly Jim was taken away on a stretcher and rushed to hospital. Later WWF announced that Hillbilly Jim would be out for around seven months.

World Wrestling Federation – The Hillbilly Family:

  • Hillbilly Jim expanded the Hillbilly Family bringing in Uncle Elmer, Cousin Luke and Cousin Junior.
  • October 3, 1985 – Saturday Night’s Main Event: Uncle Elmer w/Hillbilly Jim defeated Jerry Valiant in SIX seconds.
  • November 1, 1985 – Saturday Night’s Main Event: Cousin Junior, Hillbilly Jim & Uncle Elmer defeated Bob Orton, Jesse Ventura & Roddy Piper in a dark match. Hillbilly Jim and Uncle Elmer and Cousin Junior where guests on Pipers Pit.
  • December 19, 1985 – Saturday Night Main Event: Bob Orton, Jesse Ventura & Roddy Piper defeated The Hillbillies (Cousin Luke, Hillbilly Jim & Uncle Elmer).
  • December 30, 1985 – MSG Network: Tag team champions Greg Valentine and Brutus Beefcake defeated Hillbilly Jim and Uncle Elmer to retain the titles.
  • January 4, 1986 – SNME: Roddy Piper, Bob Orton, and Jesse Ventura defeated Hillbilly Jim, Uncle Elmer, and Cousin Luke.
  • April 7, 1986 – WrestleMania II: Hillbilly Jim competed in a Invitational Battle Royal which was won by Andre The Giant.
  • September 6, 1986 – Superstars: Cousin Luke and Hillbilly Jim defeated Pete Doherty and Ron Shaw.
  • September 14, 1986 – Wrestling Challenge: Cousin Luke and Hillbilly Jim defeated Jack Kruger and Joe Mirto.
  • November 9, 1986 – Wrestling Challenge: Billy Jack Haynes and Hillbilly Jim defeated Jimmy Jack Funk and Rick Renslow.
  • November 22, 1986 – Superstars: Johnny V & The Dream Team (Brutus Beefcake & Greg Valentine) defeated Hillbilly Jim, Pedro Morales & Tito Santana by disqualification.
  • December 7, 1986 – Wrestling Challenge: Hillbilly Jim, Pedro Morales and Tito Santana defeated Barry O, Brian Costello and Iron Mike Sharpe.
  • December 13, 1986 – Superstars: Hillbilly Jim, Pedro Morales and Tito Santana defeated Barry O, Moondog Spot and The Raider.
  • December 21, 1986 – Wrestling Challenge: Billy Jack Haynes, Hillbilly Jim and Pedro Morales defeated Buddy Ryder, Kevin Collins and Tim Patterson.
  • December 26, 1986 – MSG Network: Hillbilly Jim defeated Mr. Fuji.
  • December 27, 1986 – Superstars: Dino Bravo & The Dream Team (Brutus Beefcake & Greg Valentine) defeat Hillbilly Jim, Pedro Morales & Tito Santana.
  • January 18, 1987 – Wrestling Challenge: Dino Bravo & The Dream Team (Brutus Beefcake & Greg Valentine) defeated Hillbilly Jim, Pedro Morales & Tito Santana by count-out.
  • February 15, 1987 – Wrestling Challenge: Hillbilly Jim & The Rougeau Brothers (Jacques Rougeau & Raymond Rougeau) defeated Johnny V & The Dream Team (Brutus Beefcake & Greg Valentine).
  • February 21, 1987 – SNME: Hillbilly Jim competed in a battle royal which was won by Hercules.
  • March 29, 1987 – WrestleMania 3: Hillbilly Jim, Little Beaver and Haiti Kid beat King Kong Bundy, Lord Littlebrook and Little Tokyo by disqualification.
  • May 23, 1987 – Superstars: Hillbilly Jim and Outback Jack defeated Buddy Ryder and Dave Barbie.
  • May 24, 1987 – Wrestling Challenge: Billy Jack Haynes, Hillbilly Jim and Tito Santana defeated Carl Schmidt, Dave Barbie and Terry Gibbs.
  • June 14, 1987 – Wrestling Challenge: Billy Jack Haynes, Hillbilly Jim and SD Jones defeated Bob Orton, Iron Mike Sharpe and The Magnificent Muraco.
  • July 12, 1987 – Wrestling Challenge: Billy Jack Haynes, Hillbilly Jim and Tito Santana defeated Chris Curtis, Terry Gibbs and Tiger Chung Lee.
  • July 18, 1987 – Superstars: Billy Jack Haynes, Hillbilly Jim and The Junkyard Dog defeated Bob Orton, Ron Bass and The Magnificent Muraco by count-out.
  • August 8, 1987 – Superstars: Hillbilly Jim, The Junkyard Dog and Tito Santana defeated Bob Orton, Joe Mirto and The Magnificent Muraco.
  • August 9, 1987 – Wrestling Challenge: Hillbilly Jim and Tito Santana defeated Barry Horowitz and Joe Mirto.
  • September 21, 1987 – MSG Network: King Harley Race defeated Hillbilly Jim.
  • September 23, 1987 – Saturday Night Main Event: Ted DiBiase defeated Hillbilly Jim in a dark match.
  • November 11, 1987 – Saturday Night Main Event: Ted DiBiase defeated Hillbilly Jim in a dark match.
  • December 7, 1987 – Saturday Night Main Event: Dino Bravo defeated Hillbilly Jim in a dark match.
  • January 12, 1988 – Prime Time Wrestling: Dino Bravo defeated Hillbilly Jim in a dark match.
  • January 24, 1988 – Royal Rumble: Hillbilly Jim entered the Royal Rumble at number 16 and was eliminated by One Man Gang.
  • March 27, 1988 – WrestleMania 4: Hillbilly Jim participated in the big 20-Man Battle Royal which was won by Bad News Brown.
  • May 7, 1988 – Superstars: Intercontinental champion The Honky Tonk Man defeated Hillbilly Jim to retain the title.
  • September 10, 1988 – Superstars: Hillbilly Jim and Sam Houston defeated Gene Ligon and George South in a dark match.
  • October 10, 1988 – NESN: King Haku defeated Hillbilly Jim.
  • November 24, 1988 – Survivor Series: Hercules, Hillbilly Jim, Koko B. Ware & The Mega Powers (Hulk Hogan & Randy Savage) defeat Akeem, King Haku, Ted DiBiase, The Big Boss Man & The Red Rooster in a tag team elimination match.
  • June 24, 1989 – Superstars: Hillbilly Jim defeated Butler Stevens.
  • July 16, 1989 – Wrestling Challenge: Hillbilly Jim defeated Sandy Beach.
  • August 6, 1989 – Wrestling Challenge: Hillbilly Jim defeated Don Champ.
  • October 9, 1989 – Wrestling Challenge: Hillbilly Jim defeated Ray Oakley.
  • April 23, 1990 – Saturday Night’s Main Event: Earthquake w/Jimmy Hart defeated Hillbilly Jim.
  • May 27, 1990 – Wrestling Challenge: Hillbilly Jim defeated Pez Whatley in a dark match.
  • June 17, 1990 – Wrestling Challenge: The Honky Tonk Man and Greg Valentine defeated Hillbilly Jim and Randy Falk.
  • Late 1990: WWF released Hillbilly Jim from his contract. Hillbilly Jim later retired from wrestling.

Retirement from the Ring:

  • Hillbilly Jim took some time off and worked in the Coliseum Home Video department of the WWF.
  • Early 1990s: Hillbilly Jim made a brief return and teamed with Owen Hart in the WWF.
  • Hillbilly Jim still works for WWF’s Video and Media department.
  • April 1, 2001 – Wrestlemania: Hillbilly Jim was in the gimmick battle royal won by The Iron Sheik.
  • January 2004: Hillbilly Jim will be sent on the road for meet and greets as part of a WrestleMania promotional team for trivia contests.
  • July 2005: Hillbilly Jim got a radio show playing old rock tunes called “Moonshine Matinee” on Sirius Satellite Radio (Country).
  • October 3, 2005 – WWE Homecoming: Hillbilly Jim participated in a Legends Ceremony which included roughly 24 Legends.
  • February 9, 2006 – Deep South Wrestling: Hillbilly Jim made an appearance and did a brief confrontation angle with Matt Striker.