Terry Taylor

Interview: Alan Wojcik Interviews Terry Taylor

Title History

  • NWA Southeastern Televison title defeating The Matador (May 1980);
  • NWA Southeastern heavyweight title defeating Bad News Harris (June 13, 1980);
  • NWA (Georgia) National Televison title defeating (August 22, 1980);
  • NWA Central States Televison title defeating Buzz Tyler (January 1981);
  • NWA Central States Tag Team titles w/ Bob Brown defeating Mike and Pat Kelly (April 9, 1981);
  • NWA World Junior heavyweight title defeating Les Thorton (June 7, 1981);
  • AWA Southern Tag Team titles w/ Steve Keirn defeating Sweet Brown Sugar (Koko Ware) and Bobby Eaton (August 30, 1982);
  • AWA Southern heavyweight title defeating Sabu the Wildman (November 29, 1982);
  • AWA Southern heavyweight title defeating Jacques Rougeau Jr. (Febuary 14, 1983);
  • CWA (Mid America) heavyweight title defeating Buddy Landell (December 1, 1983);
  • Mid South Televison title defeating Krusher Khrushchev (June 16, 1984);
  • CWA (Memphis) International heavyweight title defeating Eddie Gilbert (December 30, 1984);
  • Mid South Televison title defeating Buddy Landell (January 2, 1985);
  • Mid South North American heavyweight title defeating Ted Dibiase (March 13, 1985);
  • CWA (Memphis) International heavyweight title defeating Phil Hickerson (July 15, 1985);
  • NWA (Georgia) National heavyweight title defeating Black Bart (September 22, 1985);
  • UWF (Mid South) Televison title defeating Buzz Sawyer (May 25, 1986);
  • UWF (Mid South) World Tag Team titles w/ Jim Duggan defeating Leroy Brown and Bill Irwin (December 27, 1986);
  • UWF (Mid South) World Tag Team titles w/ Chris Adams defeating Rick Steiner and Sting [Tournament] (Febuary 7, 1987);
  • UWF (Mid South) Televison title defeating Shane Douglas (September 2, 1987);
  • WCWA (World Class) World Tag Team titles w/ Iceman Parsons defeating Kevin and Kerry Von Erich (1988);
  • WCWA (World Class) Texas heavyweight title defeating Matt Borne (Febuary 26, 1988);
  • WCW World Six Man Tag Team titles w/ Thomas Rich and Richard Morton defeating Tom Zenk and Big Josh and Dustin Rhodes (October 8, 1991);
  • WCW United States Tag Team titles w/ Greg Valentine defeating Big Josh and Ron Simmons (Febuary 17, 1992);
  • MCW (Nashville) North American heavyweight title defeating Jerry Lawler and Mike Rapada in a 3-WAY (November 6, 1999);
  • BCW (Border City Wrestling) Can Am Tag Team titles w/ Cyrus defeating Tyson Dux and Jack Damage (October 10, 2001);
  • NWA Mid Atlantic Tag Team titles w/ Rick Steiner defeating Ricky Morton and Tommy Gunn (September 24, 2005);

Career Highlights [courtesy in part to wikipedia.com]

In The Beginning:

  • Paul Taylor went to Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he majored in economics.
  • Terry Taylor formed a tag team with Andre the Giant early in his career.
  • Terry Taylor was a popular fan favorite for much of his early career in the Mid-South region, as well as the Mid-Atlantic in the 1980s.
  • Terry Taylor was originally selected to be part of The Fabulous Ones tag team with Stan Lane, but that role went to Florida wrestler, Steve Keirn.
  • Terry Taylor then formed a tag team with Bobby Fulton called the Fantastic Ones. After they split up, Fulton teamed with Tommy Rogers to form The Fantastics.

National Wrestling Alliance:

  • Terry Taylor made his way to Mid-South in January 1984 and feuded with the team of Nikolai Volkoff and Krusher Darsow. Darsow changed his name to Krusher Khruschev, and he and Taylor met in the finals of a May tournament to crown the first ever Mid-South TV champion, which Khruschev won.
  • 45 days later, Terry Taylor defeated Khruschev in New Orleans to begin his first of four TV title reigns.
  • Terry Taylor feuded with “Nature Boy” Buddy Landel over the NWA National Heavyweight Championship in 1985.
  • On March 13 of that year, Terry Taylor defeated Ted DiBiase for the North American Heavyweight Championship, the Mid South region’s top title at the time.
  • November 28, 1985 – Starrcade: Buddy Landell defeated Terry Taylor to win the National heavyweight title.
  • April 19, 1986 – Crockett Cup: Terry Taylor teamed with Steve “Dr. Death” Williams for the Tag Team tournament.
  • ~~~FIRST ROUND: Steve Williams and Terry Taylor defeated Buddy Landel and Bill Dundee.
  • ~~~SECOND ROUND: Steve Williams and Terry Taylor defeated Dino Bravo and Rick Martel.
  • ~~~THIRD ROUND: Ivan and Nikita Koloff vs Steve Williams and Terry Taylor ended in a draw.
  • November 26, 1987 – Starrcade: Nikita Koloff (NWA) beat Terry Taylor (UWF) to unify the NWA and UWF Television titles.

Universal Wrestling Federation:

  • Moving back to the Mid-South region in 1986 (which had since broken away from the NWA and been renamed the Universal Wrestling Federation {UWF), Terry Taylor became one of the promotion’s biggest stars and defeated Buzz Sawyer for the UWF Television Championship in May.
  • Terry Taylor won the UWF Tag Team Championship with “Gentleman” Chris Adams in early 1987, before breaking up their “Dream Team” to begin a heated rivalry.
  • After Jim Crockett Promotions took over the UWF later that year, Terry Taylor (then the UWF Television Champion) initiated a dispute with Nikita Koloff over the NWA World Television Championship by stealing Koloff’s belt, which led to a unification match of the two titles at Starrcade 1987, which Taylor would lose before abruptly leaving the promotion.

World Class Championship Wrestling:

  • In early 1988, Terry Taylor debuted in World Class Championship Wrestling, where he and Adams continued their feud until early June. Taylor won the Texas Heavyweight Championship from Matt Borne and defended it against Adams, Kevin Von Erich, and others.
  • Terry Taylor also held the tag team title with Iceman King Parsons for a short time. Taylor eventually departed WCCW when his feud with Von Erich was about to kick into high gear.
  • May 8, 1988 – Parade of Champions: Terry Taylor defeated Chris Adams to retain the Texas heavyweight title.

World Wrestling Federation:

  • 1988: Terry Taylor entered the World Wrestling Federation using the name “Scary” Terry Taylor.
  • Terry Taylor was originally considered for the Mr. Perfect gimmick, but it was given to Curt Hennig.
  • July 31, 1988 – WrestleFest 1988: Curt Hennig defeated Terry Taylor in a match that preceeded their “gimmicks”.
  • WWF Superstars of Wrestling: Terry Taylor took Bobby Heenan as him manager and defeated “Leaping” Lanny Poffo.
  • ~~~Bobby “The Brain” Heenan then announced that Terry Taylor would be known as the Red Rooster.
  • Survivor Series 1988: Red Rooster, Bossman, Akeem, Dibiase and Haku vs Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Hercules, Hillbilly and Koko.
  • ~~~The Red Rooster was pinned and eliminated by Randy Savage, and was the first to be eliminated.
  • January 7, 1989 – SNME: Tito Santana defeated Red Rooster w/ Bobby “The Brain” Heenan.
  • ~~~After the match, Bobby Heenan jumped into the ring to yell at the Rooster and then slap him for losing the match!
  • ~~~The Rooster got fed up and then slapped Heenan back and then threw him around the ring and then tossed him out.
  • A week later on Prime Time Wrestling Heenan offered to make up with the Rooster. Heenan shook his hand and then slapped him.
  • ~~~Suddenly, jobber Steve Lombardi showed up and knocked out Gorilla Monsoon and brawled with the Red Rooster.
  • Terry Taylor feuded with Bobby Heenan’s new protege, The Brooklyn Brawler.
    Royal Rumble 1989: The Red Rooster entered at number 25 and eliminated by Ted DiBiase.
  • March 11, 1989 – SNME: The Red Rooster (Terry Taylor) defeated The Brooklyn Brawler.
  • WrestleMania V: The Red Rooster defeated Bobby “The Brain” Heenan in 32 seconds.
  • Survivor Series 1989: Rooster/Rhodes/Beefcake/Santana defeat Bossman/Martel/Brown/Honky.
  • Royal Rumble 1990: The Red Rooster replaced “Widowmaker” Barry Windham in the Royal Rumble match.
  • March 25, 1990 – Prime Time Wrestling: Ted DiBiase w/ Virgil defeated Red Rooster by submission.
  • Terry Taylor spent the remainder of his WWF contract putting talent over before returning to the NWA.

National Wrestling Alliance – WCW:

  • Terry Taylor returned to the National Wrestling Alliance and was met with chants of “Rooster! Rooster!”
  • Terry Taylor wrestled low card matches with names such as J.W Storm, the Iron Sheik and Johnny K9.
  • Terry Taylor often challenged Arn Anderson for the WCW Television title occasionally ending in a time limit draw.
  • September 5, 1990 – NWA Clash: The Nasty Boys defeated Jackie Fulton and Terry Taylor.
  • 1991: Terry Taylor (Terrance) filled the void left by Michael Wallstreet in the York Foundation faction, managed by Alexandra York.
  • January 30, 1991 – WCW Clash: Terry Taylor defeated Ricky Morton.
  • June 14, 1991 – WCW Clash: Dustin Rhodes defeated Terrance Taylor by disqualification.
  • September 5, 1991 – WCW Clash: Van Hammer defeated Terrance Taylor.
  • January 21, 1992 – WCW Clash: Marcus Bagwell and Brian Pillman defeated Terry Taylor and Tracy Smothers.

World Championship Wrestling:

  • 1992: Terry Taylor went through another gimmick transformation, becoming The Taylor Made Man.
  • February 17, 1992: Terry Taylor and Greg Valentine defeat Ron Simmons and Big Josh to win the WCW United States Tag Team titles.
  • May 17, 1992 – WrestleWar: The Fabulous Freebirds defeat Terry Taylor and Greg Valentine for the WCW US Tag Team titles.
  • Terry Taylor went back to putting wrestlers over such as Marcus Alexander Bagwell and Van Hammer.
  • Terry Taylor was released from WCW after Bill Wattstook control of the company.

World Wrestling Federation:

  • Terry Taylor returns to the WWF under the new moniker “Terrific” Terry Taylor.
  • Royal Rumble 1993: Terry Taylor entered the Royal Rumble at number 16.
  • Terry Taylor became a member of the WWF announcing team.

World Championship Wrestling:

  • Terry Taylor once again returned to World Championship Wrestling.
  • Helloween Havoc 1993: Terry Taylor was the special guest referee for the Rick Rude-Ric Flair WCW International title match.
  • 1994: Terry Taylor was once again released from WCW, this gave Taylor the freedom to tour independent promotions.
  • 1995: Terry Taylor officially retired from active professional wrestling.

World Championship Wrestling – Upper Management:

  • 1996: Terry Taylor was again hired by WCW as a writer and booker for WCW Monday Nitro.
  • Terry Taylor was the master-mind behind the surge of the WCW Cruiserweight division.
  • Terry Taylor also had a hand in the new World order.
  • Terry Taylor became a vital part of the WCW creative team was an instrumental factor for WCW’s success.
  • Terry Taylor was rarely seen on TV, but his appearances would be in a role of a WCW official.

World Wrestling Federation – Upper Management:

  • 1999: Terry Taylor suddenly jumps to the WWF due to the backstage politics in WCW.
  • Terry Taylor’s duties in the WWF consisted of being a writer and a commentator.
  • Terry Taylor briefly subbed for Michael Cole on an episode of RAW IS WAR after he was attacked by Jim Ross.
  • Terry Taylor was responsible for the signing of Public Enemy, which didn’t go down well with many people in the WWF.

World Championship Wrestling – Upper Management:

  • 2000: Terry Taylor and creative writers Vince Russo, Ed Farerra and Bill Banks jumped to WCW.
  • Terry Taylor resumed his role as a contributing writer for WCW Monday Nitro.
  • Terry Taylor stayed with World Championship Wrestling until it was sold to Vince McMahon.

Border City Wrestling:

  • October 10, 2001 – Border City Wrestling: Terry Taylor and Cyrus (Don Callis) captured the BCW Can-Am Tag Team titles.
  • January 23, 2002 – Border City Wrestling: Scott D’Amore and Simon Diamond and Nova beat Johnny Swinger and Cyrus and Terry Taylor.
  • March 12, 2002 – Border City Wrestling: Scott D’Amore and Sabu defeated Cyrus and Terry Taylor.
  • May 2, 2002 – Border City Wrestling: Terry Taylor and Cyrus defeated Sabu and Scott D’Amore by DQ to retain the tag titles.
  • May 4, 2002 – Border City Wrestling: Terry Taylor and Cyrus defeated Gutter and Hacker to retain the tag titles.
  • June 13, 2002 – Border City Wrestling: Cyrus and Terry Taylor defeated Gutter and Hacker to retain the tag titles.
  • ~~~Later on the same show: Cyrus and Terry Taylor and Chris Sabin beat Scott D’Amore and Simon Diamond and Sabu.
  • August 15, 2002 – Border City Wrestling: Terry Taylor and Cyrus defeated Tornado and Tyson Dux to retain the tag titles.
  • October 10, 2002 – Border City Wrestling: Tornado and Tyson Dux beat Terry Taylor and Chris Sabin and Tracy to win tag titles.

World Wrestling Entertainment – Upper Management:

  • September 22, 2002 – Unforgiven: Taylor was spotted backstage and may get a Road Agent job out of it.
  • 2002: Terry Taylor was hired back with WWE as a Road Agent for the SmackDown brand.
  • July 14, 2003: Terry Taylor was released by the WWE from his Road Agent duties.


  • August 27, 2003 – NWA^TNA: Terry Taylor fills in for Scott Hudson as NWA TNA backstage interviewer.
  • September 24, 2003 – NWA^TNA: Terry Taylor (with America’s Most Wanted) defeated Kid Kash (with Abyss).
  • December 30, 2003 – NWA Mid-Atlantic in China: Steve Williams b Terry Taylor in 32:19 for the NWA Mid-Atlantic HWT title.
  • April 12, 2004: Terry Taylor undergoes successful surgery to fuse three vertebrae in his neck.
  • May 24, 2004: Terry Taylor has QUIT TNA! (A few days later Terry Taylor returned to his position in TNA).
  • September 3, 2004 – Portland Wrestling: The Grappler and Moondog Moretti beat Terry Taylor and Scotty Mac.
  • January 22, 2005 – Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling (In Korea): Rikki Nelson beat Buff Bagwell when Terry Taylor interfered.
  • ~~~In a Tag Team match later on, Dusty Rhodes and Buff Bagwell beat Terry Taylor and Rikki Nelson to win the Tag Team titles.
  • February 5, 2005 – Georgia Championship Wrestling: Terry Taylor defeated The Masked Superstar.
  • February 19, 2005 – Exodus Wrestling: Ricky Morton defeated Terry Taylor.
  • March 5, 2005 – NAWF: Terry Taylor defeated Kamala.
  • May 7, 2005 – Mark Curtis Memorial: Terry Taylor defeated Dr. Tom Prichard to win the Texas heavyweight title.
  • December 16, 2005 – Vince Russo’s Ring of Glory: Terry Taylor worked as a backstage agent for the show.
  • February 17, 2006 – New Generation Wrestling: Tim Horner and Brad Armstrong defeated Tom Prichard and Terry Taylor in 20 seconds.
  • February 18, 2006 – New Generation Wrestling: The RockNRoll Express (Morton/Gibson) defeated Tom Prichard and Terry Taylor.
  • April 2006: Terry Taylor underwent neck fusion surgery and retires from all in-ring active wrestling appearances.
  • November 11, 2006 – NWA Midwest: Terry Taylor appeared as an authority figure and stripped the Tag champs of their belts!
  • November 25, 2006 – Packerland Pro Wrestling: Terry Taylor defeated Adrian Lynch in Menasha, Wisconsin.
  • January 2008: Terry Taylor underwent double knee replacements surgery due to wear and tear over the years.
  • July 15, 2010 – TNA IMPACT: D-Lo Brown and Terry Taylor got involved in a huge brawl between TNA and some former ECW guys.
  • July 22, 2010 – TNA IMPACT: Dixie Carter scolded several TNA Agents for losing their cool last week when the brawl broke out.
  • 2011: Terry Taylor leaves TNA after working for the company as Director of Talent Relations since 2003.
  • 2011: Terry Taylor is hired by World Wrestling Entertainment.
  • 2013: Terry Taylot begins working at the WWE Performance Center.
  • June 2014: Terry Taylor is to be honored by the Cauliflower Alley Cub with the 2014 Iron Mike award.