Honky Tonk Man

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[Honky Tonk Man GALLERY]

Title History

  • AWA Southern Tag Team titles w/Larry Latham defeating Bill Dundee and Jerry Lawler (June 15, 1979);
  • AWA Southern Tag Team titles w/Larry Latham defeating Ricky Morton and Sonny King (October 1, 1979);
  • AWA Southern Tag Team titles w/Larry Latham defeating Steve Kyle and Koko Ware for vacant titles (October 29, 1979);
  • NWA Mid America Tag Team titles w/Larry Latham defeating Ken Lucas and George Gulas (December 15, 1979);
  • NWA Mid America Tag Team titles w/Larry Latham defeating Bobby Eaton and George Gulas (Febuary 16, 1980);
  • NWA Mid America Tag Team titles w/Larry Latham defeating Great Togo and Bobby Eaton (July 1980);
  • WWC (World Wrestling Council) Caribbean Heavyweight title defeating Jay Strongbow (December 20, 1980);
  • AWA Southern Tag Team titles w/Tojo Yamamoto defeating Bill Dundee and Tommy Rich (1981);
  • AWA Southern Tag Team titles w/Kevin Sullivan defeating Dream Machine and Bill Dundee (May 4, 1981);
  • NWA (Southeastern) Alabama Heavyweight title defeating Austin Idol (September 11, 1982);
  • NWA (Southeastern) United States Junior Heavyweight title defeating Robert Gibson (December 1982);
  • NWA Southeastern Tag Team titles w/Ron Starr defeating Scott and Brad Armstrong (November 1983);
  • NWA Southeastern Heavyweight title won a tournament (Febuary 7, 1984);
  • Stampede International Tag Team titles w/Ron Starr defeating Kerry Brown and Hubert Gallant [Tournament] (October 25, 1985);
  • Stampede International Tag Team titles w/Ron Starr defeating Ron Ritchie and Leo Burke (Febuary 21, 1986);
  • Stampede International Tag Team titles w/Cuban Assassin defeating Ben Bassarab and Chris Beniot (March 21, 1986);
  • Stampede North American Heavyweight title defeating Bad News Allen (June 20, 1986);
  • WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight title defeating Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat (June 2, 1987);
  • MEWF Mid Eastern Heavyweight title defeating Bob Starr (October 2, 1999);
  • APW (All Pro Wrestling) Universal Heavyweight title defeating “Filthy” Frank Murdoch (August 26, 2000);
  • UWX (Ulitmate Championship Wrestling) Tag Titles w/Bushwhacker Luke defeating Mike Hughes and Gary Williams (May 7, 2009);
  • BTW (Big Time Wrestling) Heavyweight title defeating Ryan Von Kool (September 11, 2009);

 Career Highlights

Wayne Ferris is Jerry Lawler’s cousin.

Memphis Wrestling:

  • 1978: Wayne Ferris was a typical jobber-to-the-stars before Handsome Jimmy took him under his wing.
  • 1979: Wayne Ferris teamed with Larry Latham as the Blonde Bombers in Florida and Memphis.
  • ~~~Back in Memphis, the Blonde Bombers added Sgt. Danny Davis as their manager.

Stampede Wrestling:

  • Wayne Ferris was given the name “Honky Tonk Wayne” by Bruce Hart while working in Calgary.
  • June 20, 1986: Honky Tonk Wayne defeated Bad News Allen to win the Stampede North American Heavyweight Title.

World Wrestling Federation:

  • 1987: Honky Tonk Man signed with the WWF and had a brief stint as a face (good guy).
  • The WWF started a write-in campaign called “A Vote of Confidence” for the fans to vote yes or no.
  • ~~~They were essentially asking the fans if Honky Tonk should be a face or heel, and the response was clear.

World Wrestling Federation:

  • Honky Tonk Man began appearing on TV through a series of vignettes as a bitter heel Elvis impersonator.
  • Honky Tonk Man redebuted with Jimmy Hart as his manager, and sang his own entrance music “I’m a Honky Tonk Man”.
  • February 21, 1987 – Saturday Night’s Main Event: Honky Tonk Man competed in a battal royal which was won by Hercules.
  • March 29, 1987 – Wrestlemania III: The Honky Tonk Man pinned Jake “the Snake” Roberts.
  • June 2, 1987: The Honky Tonk Man defeated Ricky Steamboat for the WWF Intercontinental title.
  • ~~~Honky was a replacement for “The Natural” Butch Reed who was scheduled to win the gold.
  • November 26, 1987 – Survivor Series: Honky Tonk Man man was on the losing team which lost to Randy Savage’s team.
  • ~~~Savage’s Team = Randy Savage, Ricky Steamboat, Jake Roberts, Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Brutus Beefcake.
  • ~~~Honky Tonk’s Team = The Honky Tonk Man, King Harley Race, Hercules, Outlaw Ron Bass and Danny Davis.
  • ~~~Randy Savage, Ricky Steamboat and Jake Roberts were the surviving members of their team.
  • February 5, 1988 – Saturday Night’s Main Event: Randy Savage defeated WWF IC champion Honky Tonk Man by Countout.
  • March 27, 1988 – WrestleMania IV: Brutus Beefcake defeated IC champion Honky Tonk Man w/Jimmy Hart and Peggy Sue by DQ.
  • July 31, 1988 – Wrestlefest: “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan defeated WWF Intercontinental champion Honky Tonk Man by DQ.
  • August 28, 1988 – Summerslam 1988: The Ultimate Warrior defeated The Honky Tonk Man to win the Intercontinental title.
  • ~~~This ended an unpresidented 14-month reign as champion for the HTM.
  • November 24, 1988 – Survivor Series: The Ultimate Warrior’s Team beat Honky Tonk Man’s Team in a Survivor Series match.
  • ~~~Honky Tonk Man’s Team = Honky Tonk Man and Greg Valentine and Dangerous Danny Davis and Ron Bass and Bad New Brown.
  • ~~~Ultimate Warrior’s Team: The Ultimate Warrior and Brutus Beefcake and The Blue Blazer and Sam Houston and Jim Brunzell.
  • December 7, 1988 – Saturday Night’s Main Event: Ultimate Warrior beat Honky Tonk Man to retain the Intercontinental title.

World Wrestling Federation – Rhythem and Blues:

World Wrestling Federation – Rhythem and Blues:

  • January 21, 1990 – Royal Rumble: Honky Tonk Man entered at #24 and was emlimited by Hulk Hogan.
  • April 1, 1990 – WrestleMania VI: Rhythem and Blues (HTM and Greg Valentine) sang their smash hit “Hunka Hunka Honky Love”.
  • ~~~The Bushwhackers (Luke and Butch) showed up after the song and chased R and B away and destroyed all their musical equipment.
  • November 22, 1990 – Survivor Series: The Dream Team defeated The Million Dollar Team in a Suvivor Series match.
  • ~~~Million Dollar Team = Ted DiBiase and Honky Tonk Man and Greg Valentine (w/Jimmy Hart) and Undertaker (w/Brother Love).
  • ~~~The Dream Team = Dusty Rhodes and “Birdman” Koko B. Ware and Bret “Hitman” Hart and Jim “The Anvil” Niedhart.
  • ~~~Ted DiBiase introduced a mystery partner, who was The Undertaker (debut) with Brother Love as his manager.
  • ~~~The dark gimmick walked to the ring everybody in the WWF and fans watching starred in shock at Undertaker.

World Championship Wrestling:

American Wrestling Federation:

  • 1996 American Wrestling Federation: The Honky Tonk Man w/Angel Baby defeated Pepe Prodo.
  • 1996 American Wrestling Federation: The Honky Tonk Man w/Angel Baby defeated Mike Marcello.
  • Late 1996: The Honky Tonk Man left AWF after only a brief stint and returned to the WWF.

World Wrestling Federation:

On The Road Again:

  • Famous Quote: “I’m the great Intercontinental Champion of All-Time!”
  • The Honky Tonk Man remains one of the most active “veteran” wrestlers on the Independant Wrestling Circuit.
  • May 4, 2002 – Border City Wrestling: Johnny Swinger defeated Honky Tonk Man to retain the Can-Am title.
  • April 2003: The Honky Tonk Man claims on his web site that he was close to a deal to join TNA.
  • November 19, 2003 – Border City Wrestling: Jim Duggan and Honky Tonk Man defeated Jim Neidhart and A-1.
  • August 10, 2004 – IWF in Aberdeen, New Jersey: Honky Tonk Man defeated Fred Sampson.
  • October 2, 2004 – Oaktown Wrestling: Honky Tonk Man defeated Le Empereur.
  • October 12, 2002 – Continental Championship Wrestling: Honky Tonk Man defeated Steve Armstrong.
  • January 18, 2005 – Southern Championship Wrestling: Honky Tonk Man defeated Demolition Ax.
  • January 28, 2005 – ICW: Honky Tonk Man defeated Tim Flowers by Disqualification.
  • March 16, 2005 – IZW: Honky Tonk Man defeated “Big” Jack Bull with the Shake Rattle and Roll.
  • March 18, 2005 – NWA ECCW: Johnny Canuck (retirement match) and Michelle Starr defeated Honky Tonk Man and Disco Fury.
  • March 19, 2005 – NWA ECCW: Honky Tonk Man defeated Michelle Starr.
  • March 20, 2005 – Maniac Wrestling: Honky Tonk Man defeated The Mauler.
  • April 9, 2005 – International Wrestling Cartel: Sgt. Slaughter defeated Honky Tonk Man in a Legends Match.
  • April 30, 2005 – Independent Wrestling Mantoba: The Honky Tonk Man defeated Beautiful Bobby Jay.
  • June 18, 2005 – Neo Spirit Wrestling: Honky Tonk Man and Jason Cage defeated Notorious TID and Phil Latio.
  • June 24, 2005 – ICW: Tim Flowers defeated Honky Tonk Man in Seattle, Washington.
  • July 15, 2005 – Steel Rage Pro Wrestling: Bobby Burns defeated The Honky Tonk Man.
  • August 17, 2005 – NWS: Honky Tonk Man defeated Jo Jo | Honky Tonk Man defeated J.R. Ryder.
  • September 4, 2005 – Dutch Championship Wrestling: Kenzo Richards defeated The Honky Tonk Man.
  • September 23, 2005 – Main Stream Wrestling: Honky Tonk Man defeated The Dice in the main event.
  • September 30, 2005 – ICW: Honky Tonk Man defeated “Diamond” Tim Flowers by Disqualification.
  • November 29, 2005 – Twin Wrestling Entertainment: Honky Tonk Man defeated Dave Mason.
  • January 29, 2006 – Pro Wrestling Xtreme: Honky Tonk Man defeated Jayson Chambers after hitting him over the head with a Guitar!
  • February 25, 2006 – Main Event Wrestling: Honky Tonk Man defeated General Trent Steel.
  • March 24, 2006 – High Impact Wrestling: Honky Tonk Man and Big Daddy Kash beat Principal Richard Pound and Todd Myers.
  • March 25, 2006 – High Impact Wrestling: Honky Tonk Man defeated Principal Pound.
  • March 29, 2006 – Top Rope Championship Wrestling: Honky Tonk Man defeated TJ Bratt.
  • March 30, 2006 – All Canadian Wrestling: Honky Tonk Man and Gibby Guerrero defeated T.J. Bratt and Bobby Jay.
  • March 31, 2006 – Ring Masters Entertainment: Honky Tonk Man vs E.Z. Ryder ended in a No Contest.
  • April 1, 2006 – Independent Wrestling Manitoba: Honky Tonk Man w/Tony Condello beat “Beautiful” Bobby Jay w/Bobby Driver.
  • April 14, 2006 – All-American Championship Wrestling: Honky Tonk Man defeated Luscious Larry w/Tommy D.
  • April 15, 2006 – All-American Championship Wrestling: Honky Tonk Man defeated Luscious Larry w/Tommy D (again).
  • May 12, 2006 – Stampede Wrestling: Honky Tonk Man defeated Duke Durrango.
  • June 14, 2006 – AWA World Wide: Honky Tonk Man defeated Kim Chee in a bonus main event.
  • June 17, 2006 – TRCW: Bobby Jay beat T.J. Bratt in a No-DQ match when Honky Tonk Man smashed a guitar over Bratt’s head!
  • July 4, 2006 – World Pro Wrestling: Honky Tonk Man defeated Doink the Clown.
  • September 30, 2006 – NWA ECCW TV Tapings: Honky Tonk Man defeated Vance Nevada by Disqualification.
  • November 11, 2006 – All Out Mayhem Wrestling: Honky Tonk Man defeated Sonny Roselli in Machias, Maine.
  • November 24, 2006 – NWA ECCW: Honky Tonk Man and Johnny Canuck defeated Vance Nevada and Seth Knight
  • November 25, 2006 – NWA ECCW: Gurv Sihra defeated Honky Tonk Man in Nanaimo, British Columbia.
  • January 20, 2007 – National Wrestling Superstars: Honky Tonk Man and Greg Valentine were there to meet fans and sign autographs.
  • January 27, 2007 – Impact Zone Wrestling: Honky Tonk Man defeated Doink the Clown in Sacaton, Arizona.
  • March 10, 2007 – ECPW: Honky Tonk Man defeated Masked Superstar in McAdoo, Pennsylvania.
  • March 13, 2007 – Impact Zone Wrestling: Honky Tonk Man sang a song before getting attacked by Team P.O.S.
  • April 7, 2007 – Main Event World League: Wilbur Whitlock beat Honky Tonk Man by DQ after HTM hit Wilbur with the Guitar.
  • April 14, 2007 – IWA Mid South: Honky Tonk Man defeated Mitch Ryder in Shelbyville, Indiana.
  • July 1, 2007 – 304 Wrestling: The Honky Tonk Man defeated 304 Iced Out Champion Kozbee in a Non-title match
  • July 15, 2007 – Championship Wrestling International: Honky Tonk Man defeated Leatherface in Adrian, Michigan.
  • September 1, 2007 – -WPW: Jerry Grey and Doink beat Navajo Warrior and Honky Tonk Man after HTM turned on Warrior.
  • January 5, 2008 – Sooner World Class Wrestling: Honky Tonk Man defeated Luscious Larry in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
  • March 15, 2008 – Revolutionary Championship Wrestling: Honky Tonk Man and Dirk Extreme defeated Ace Gigolo and Onyx.
  • April 18, 2008 – IWF: Honky Tonk Man and Kevin Knight defeated Travis Blake and Franciz and Chris Steeler w/Rich Ross.
  • April 19, 2008 – National Wrestling Superstars: Honky Tonk Man defeated Ace Darling w/Gigolo Joe.
  • April 20, 2008 – IWF: Honky Tonk Man and Biggie Biggs and Mike Jenkins beat Frank Scoleri and Bryan Harley and Evan Schwartz.
  • May 3, 2008 – National Wrestling Superstars: Honky Tonk Man defeated Ace Darling.
  • June 14, 2008 – Heavy on Wrestling: Honky Tonk Man defeated Big Brody Hoofer.
  • June 21, 2008 – Tulalip Championship Wrestling: Honky Tonk Man defeated Seth Knight in Tulalip, Washington.
  • June 28, 2008 – Ring of Honor: Honky Tonk Man made a rare appearance in Ring of Honor as a member of “Sweet and Sour Inc.”
  • July 2008: The Honky Tonk Man toured the Maritime Provinces of Canada with a promotion called Ultimate Championship Wrestling.
  • ~~~During a pre-show publicity stunt involving swinging guitars, Honky Tonk almost had his index finger of his right hand severed.
  • ~~~As Honky Tonk Man told the story, he was doing an appearance at a Boston Pizza in Charlottletown, Prince Edward Island.
  • ~~~Someone wanted to take a photo with both men clashing guitars. When the guitars colided, a piece sliced into HTM’s finger.
  • ~~~Honky Tonk Man was then rushed to hospital where his finger was stitched and bandaged up (HTM was stuck with the bill).
  • July 27, 2008 – Ultimate Championship Wrestling: Honky Tonk Man could not wrestle but instead sung his “Honky Tonk Man” theme.
  • July 28, 2008 – UCW (Berwick, Nova Scotia): Honky Tonk Man could not wrestle but sung his “Honky Tonk Man” theme song.
  • September 1, 2008 – Rampage Pro Wrestling: Navajo Warrior and Honky Tonk Man defeated Jerry Grey and Black Dragon
  • October 6, 2008 – RAW: Jerry Lawler announced that fans could pick Santino Marella’s opponent at Cyber Sunday on PPV.
  • ~~~The choices were all former Intercontinental champions: 1) Rowdy Roddy Piper, 2) Goldust, or 3) the Honky Tonk Man!
  • October 25, 2008 – - Big Time Wrestling (12th Anniversary Show): The Honky Tonk Man defeated Le Emperur in a ten minute match.
  • ~~~After the match; the HTM said he was given the all clear on his finger injury and if he gets picked to wrestle at Cyber Sunday.
  • October 26, 2008 – Cyber Sunday: Santino Marella defeated [Honky Tonk Man] to retain the WWE Intercontinental Title.
  • ~~~Fans Voted For Santino’s Challenger: 1) Roddy Piper [34%], 2) Goldust [31%], or 3) The Honky Tonk Man [35%]
  • ~~~After the match, Goldust and Roddy Piper helped the Honky Tonk Man attack and humiliate the arrogant Santino Marella.
  • ~~~Goldust and Roddy Piper got some shots in and Honky Tonk Man hit Santino Marella with the Shake, Rattle and Roll!
  • October 27, 2008 – RAW: Piper and Goldust blocked the exit so that Honky Tonk Man could smash a guitar over Santino’s head!
  • January 7, 2009 – World Pro Wrestling: Honky Tonk Man and Doink The Clown vs. Jerry Grey and Mighty Volkoff was a No-Contest.
  • April 4, 2009 – WWE Hall of Fame: Koko B. Ware was officially inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Honky Tonk Man!.
  • May 7, 2009 – Ulitmate Championship Wrestling (Eastern Canada): Honky Tonk Man and Bushwacker Luke defeated The Kardinal Sinners (“Kowboy” Mike Hughes and “Wildman” Gary Williams) to win the UCW Tag Team Titles.
  • September 11, 2009 – Big Time Wrestling: The Honky Tonk Man defeated Ryan Von Kool to win the vacant BTW Heavyweight Title.
  • October 10, 2009 – Alabama Wrestling Federation: HTM and BG James and Tony Sweatt beat Doink and Nathan Crown and Chuckles.
  • October 23, 2009 – Big Time Wrestling: The Honky Tonk Man defeated Jason Styles to retain the BTW Heavyweight Title.
  • October 24, 2009 – Big Time Wrestling: Jason Styles defeated The Honky Tonk Man to win the BTW Heavyweight Title.
  • January 27, 2010: Honky Tonk Man officially declined an offer to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame [Click Here For More]
  • March 25, 2010 – TWE: Jimmy Snuka and Bushwhacker Luke and Adam Slapoweitz beat Honky Tonk Man and Virgil and Celene Jian.
  • April 10, 2010 – International Wrestling Cartel: Brutus Beefcake defeated The Honky Tonk Man.
  • May 15, 2010 – Great North Wrestling: Honky Tonk Man defeated The Shocker in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
  • June 25, 2010 – Traditional Championship Wrestling: The Honky Tonk Man defeated Prince Al Farat in Little Rock, Arkansas.
  • November 19, 2010 – Wrestle Birmingham: “Honky Tonk Man” Wayne Ferris defeated Ricky Roberts w/Marcel Pringle.
  • December 9, 2012 – CNWA: The Honky Tonk Man defeated Andy Anderson.
  • March 3, 2011 – CWE: The Honky Tonk Man, Bobby Fox and Matt Fairlane defeated Anderson Tyson Moore, Robby Royce and TJ Bratt.
  • March 4, 2011 – CWE: The Honky Tonk Man defeated AJ Sanchez by disqualification.
  • March 5, 2011 – CWE: The Honky Tonk Man and Zack Murcury defeated EZ Ryder and Moses Luke.
  • March 26, 2011 – HOW: The Honky Tonk Man defeated Buck Zumhofe.
  • April 22, 2011 – 2CW: The Honky Tonk Man defeated Cheech.
  • May 13, 2011 – FTW: The Honky Tonk Man defeated The Rockstar.
  • May 14, 2011 – NWS: The Honky Tonk Man defeated Mr. Nick Gregory.
  • May 21, 2011 – BTW: The Honky Tonk Man defeated Shane Kody.
  • June 18, 2011 – SPW: The Honky Tonk Man, Chip Fletcher and Mike Mission defeated Mr. Nasty, Spanky and Syko.
  • June 19, 2011 – CWE: The Honky Tonk Man defeated Rick Matthews.
  • September 24, 2011 – PWF: The Honky Tonk Man defeated Mr. Munroe.
  • October 22, 2011 – BTW: The Honky Tonk Man defeated L’Empereur.
  • March 16, 2012 – SPW: The Honky Tonk Man defeated Marius.
  • March 18, 2012 – SPW: The Honky Tonk Man defeated Rob Stardom.
  • March 31, 2012 – PWS: Tito Santana defeated The Honky Tonk Man.
  • May 19, 2012 – CW: The Honky Tonk Man defeated Chase Del Monte.
  • July 7, 2012 – SDW: The Honky Tonk Man defeated Mitch Paradise.
  • August 25, 2012 – ECCW: The Honky Tonk Man defeated The Honky Tonk Kid.
  • August 26, 2012 – BWW: The Honky Tonk Man defeated Cremator Von Slasher.
  • September 8, 2012 – NWS: The Honky Tonk Man vs. Maximus Love Power ended in a double disqualification. The Honky Tonk Man defeated Danny Doring.
  • September 20, 2012 – PCW: The Honky Tonk Man and Jay Walker defeated Scott Justice and TJ Bratt.
  • February 16, 2013 – JCW: The Honky Tonk Man defeated Bill Martel in a guitar match.
  • March 30, 2013 – CLASH: The Honky Tonk Man defeated Tyler Elkins.
  • April 10, 2013 – PCW: The Honky Tonk Man and Chad Tanum defeated Adam Knight and Kenny Omega.
  • April 13, 2013 – SPW: The Honky Tonk Man defeated Bobby Jay.
  • May 11, 2013 – BTW: Jason Styles defeated The Honky Tonk Man.
  • May 31, 2013 – ASW: The Honky Tonk Man, Andy The Dreadful Bird and Ravenous Randy defeated Disco Fury, The Great Kasaki and Vance Nevada.
  • June 8, 2013 – FTW: The Honky Tonk Man defeated Gary Reno.