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: Hillbilly Jim and Uncle Elmer and Cousin Junior where guests on Pipers Pit.
  • 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.
  • 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 DQ.
  • 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.
  • November 24, 1988 – Survivor Series: The Mega-Powers team beat the Twin Towers Team in a Survivor Series Elimination match.
  • ~~~Mega Powers Team: Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan and Hercules and Hillybilly Jim and Koko B. Ware.
  • ~~~Twin Towers Team: The Big Bossman and Akeem and Ted Debiase and Haku and The Red Rooster
  • April 23, 1990 – Satuday Night’s Main Event: Earthquake w/Jimmy Hart defeated Hillbilly Jim.
  • 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.
  • 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.