Typhoon

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Title History

  • Texas All Star USA Heavyweight title defeating Al Madril for vacant title (December 21, 1985);
  • CWA (Memphis) International Heavyweight title defeating Pat Tanaka for vacant title (October 6, 1986);
  • CWA Mid America Heavyweight title defeating Tracy Smothers (October 27, 1986);
  • AWA Southern Tag Team titles w/ Jerry Lawler defeating Roger Smith and Don Bass (November 3, 1986);
  • AWA Southern Tag Team titles w/ Goliath defeating Pat Tanaka and Jeff Jarrett (February 22, 1987);
  • PWF Florida Heavyweight title defeating Dusty Rhodes (May 13, 1989);
  • SWS (Japan) Tag Team titles w/ Earthquake defeating Shunji and George Takano (April 17, 1992);
  • WWF World Tag Team titles w/ Earthquake defeating Money Inc. (July 20, 1992);
  • IAW Tag Team titles w/ Ax defeating Texas Hangmen (August 24, 1996);
  • IAW Tag Team titles w/ Ax defeating Texas Hangmen (February 4, 1997);

Typhoon Career History

In The Beginning:

  • Fred Ottman wrestled in Memphis as “Bubba the Belt Collector” and feuded with Jerry “The King Lawler.
  • Frdd Ottman wrestled in Florida as “US Steel”, and changed to “Big Steelman” after threats of lawsuits from the US Steel” company.

World Wrestling Federation – Tugboat:

  • Fred Ottman debuted in the WWF as Tugboat, and siding with Hulk Hogan in his feud with Dino Bravo and Earthquake.
  • January 27, 1990 – Superstars: Tugboat Thomas defeated Iron Mike Sharpe.
  • February 4, 1990 – Wrestling Challenge: Tugboat Thomas defeated Craig Brown.
  • May 6, 1990 – Wrestling Challenge: Tugboat Thomas defeated Black Bart.
  • May 12, 1990 – Superstars: Tugboat defeated The Brooklyn Brawler.
  • May 20, 1990 – Wrestling Challenge: Tugboat defeated Bob Bradley.
  • June 1, 1990 – House Show: Tugboat defeated Jerry Sags.
  • June 2, 1990 – House Show: Tugboat defeated Brian Knobbs.
  • June 3, 1990 – House Show: Tugboat defeated Dino Bravo.
  • June 9, 1990 – Superstars: Tugboat defeated Paul Diamond.
  • June 17, 1990 – Wrestling Challenge: Tugboat defeated Pez Whatley.
  • June 30, 1990 – Superstars: Tugboat defeated Dale Wolfe.
  • July 8, 1990 – Wrestling Challenge: Tugboat defeated Chris Duffy.
  • July 14, 1990 – Superstars: Tugboat defeated Tony Burton.
  • July 29, 1990 – Wrestling Challenge: Tugboat defeated Black Bart.
  • August 18, 1990 – Superstars: Tugboat defeated Bob Bradley by disqualification.
  • September 2, 1990 – Wrestling Challenge: Tugboat defeated Buddy Rose.
  • September 15, 1990 – Superstars: Tugboat defeated Bob Bradley.
  • September 23, 1990 – Wrestling Challenge: Tugboat defeated Chris Duffy.
  • September 29, 1990 – Superstars: Tugboat defeated The Conquistador.
  • October 7, 1990 – Wrestling Challenge: Tugboat defeated Black Bart.
  • October 13, 1990 – Saturday Night Main Event: Hulk Hogan and Tugboat defeated Greg Valentine and The Honky Tonk Man by disqualification.
  • November 18, 1990 – Wrestling Challenge: Tugboat defeated Doug Vines.
  • November 22, 1990 – Survivor Series: The Hulkamaniacs (Hulk Hogan, Jim Duggan, The Big Boss Man & Tugboat) defeated The Natural Disasters (Dino Bravo, Earthquake, Haku & The Barbarian) in a tag team elimination match.
  • November 24, 1990 – MSG Network: Tugboat defeated Boris Zhukov.
  • December 1, 1990 – Superstars: Tugboat defeated Jeff Sword.
  • December 9, 1990 – Wrestling Challenge: Tugboat defeated Boris Zhukov.
  • December 29, 1990 – Superstars: Tugboat defeated Bob Bradley.
  • January 13, 1991 – Wrestling Challenge: Tugboat defeated Spike Jones.
  • January 19, 1991 – Royal Rumble: Tugboat was in the Royal Rumble match won by Hulk Hogan.
  • February 9, 1991 – Superstars: Tugboat defeated Earthquake by DQ.
  • March 2, 1991 – Wrestling Challenge: Tugboat defeated Joe Turner.
  • March 13, 1991 – WrestleMania: The Undertaker defeated Tugboat.
  • April 13, 1991 – Superstars: Tugboat defeated The Brooklyn Brawler.
  • April 21, 1991 – Wrestling Challenge: Tugboat defeated Jim Kolhep.
  • May 5, 1991 – Wrestling Challenge: Intercontinental champion Mr. Perfect defeated Tugboat to retain the title.
  • June 2, 1991 – Wrestling Challenge: Tugboat defeated Dan Johnson.
  • Tugboat eventually turned on Hulk Hogan and formed a dominating tag team with Earthquake known as the Natural Disasters.

World Wrestling Federation – The Natural Disasters (Earthquake and Typhoon):

  • June 15, 1991 – Superstars: Earthquake & The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs & Jerry Sags) defeated The Bushwhackers (Butch & Luke) & Tugboat.
  • June 26, 1991 – Superstars: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeated Bill Sampson & Bob Abbott.
  • July 7, 1991 – Wrestling Challenge: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeated Matthew Burns & Scott Carlson.
  • July 13, 1991 – Superstars: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeated Bob Frazier & Koko B. Ware.
  • July 21, 1991 – Wrestling Challenge: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeated Matthew Burns & Scott Carlson.
  • August 3, 1991 – Superstars: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeated Doug Carson & Stan Saxon.
  • August 11, 1991 – Wrestling Challenge: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeated Hutch Thomas & Mike Russell.
  • August 24, 1991 – Superstars: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeated Andy Garcia & Russ Greenberg.
  • August 26, 1991 – SummerSlam: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake and Typhoon) defeated The Bushwhackers (Luke and Butch).
  • September 1, 1991 – Wrestling Challenge: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeated Chris Michaels & Sonny Blaze.
  • September 8, 1991 – Wrestling Challenge: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeated Paul Perez & Phil Apollo.
  • September 14, 1991 – Superstars: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeated Brian Donahue & Mike Fury.
  • September 28, 1991 – Superstars: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeated Joe Milano & Martin Roy.
  • October 6, 1991 – Wrestling Challenge: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeated Mark Thomas & Tony Diamond.
  • October 19, 1991 – Superstars: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeated Barry Hardy, Duane Gill & Jim Arnon in a handicap match.
  • November 3, 1991 – Wrestling Challenge: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeated The Rockers (Marty Jannetty & Shawn Michaels).
  • November 16, 1991 – Superstars: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeated Burt Stiles & Tom Stone.
  • November 27, 1991 – Survivor Series: The Big Boss Man & The Legion Of Doom (Animal & Hawk) defeated Irwin R. Schyster & The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) in a tag team elimination match.
  • December 1, 1991 – Wrestling Challenge: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeated Jason Headings & Mario Mancini.
  • December 12, 1991 – SWS: SWS tag team champions The Legion Of Doom (Animal & Hawk) defeated The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) to retain the titles.
  • December 14, 1991 – Superstars: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeated Bill Pierce & Kevin Drake.
  • January 5, 1992 – Wrestling Challenge: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeated Brian Donahue & Robert Taylor.
  • January 11, 1992 – Superstars: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeated Bobby Jones & Ken Johnson.
  • January 19, 1992 – Royal Rumble: The Natural Disasters defeated Tag Team champions The Legion of Doom by Countout.
  • The Natural Disasters dumped their manager, Jimmy Hart, because Hart was favoring his other tag team, Money Inc., at the time.

World Wrestling Federation – The Natural Disasters (babyface turn):

  • February 8, 1992 – Superstars: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeated Bob Avery & Ray Hammer.
  • February 10, 1992 – House Show: Animal and the Big Bossman defeated The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon).
  • March 8, 1992 – Wrestling Challenge: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeated Bob Avery & Brad Avery.
  • March 14, 1992 – Superstars: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeated Jim Cooper & Paul Simpson.
  • March 28, 1992 – Superstars: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeated Bob Morgan & Dale Wolfe.
  • April 5, 1992 – WrestleMania 8: The Natural Disasters defeated WWF Tag Team champions Money Inc. by Count-out.
  • April 16, 1992 – SWS: Ric Flair & The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeated Ashura Hara, Genichiro Tenryu & Takashi Ishikawa.
  • April 17, 1992 – SWS: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeated George Takano & Shunji Takano to win the SWS tag team titles.
  • April 18, 1992 – SWS: King Haku & Yoshiaki Yatsu defeated The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon to win the WSW tag team titles.
  • April 25, 1992 – Superstars: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeated Kent Carlson & Tom Stone.
  • May 3, 1992 – Wrestling Challenge: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeated The Brooklyn Brawler & Warren Bianchi.
  • May 30, 1992 – Superstars: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeated Duane Gill & Mike Fury.
  • June 13, 1992 – Superstars: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeated The Executioners.
  • July 6, 1992 – Wrestling Challenge: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeated Barry Hardy & Brian Costello.
  • July 18, 1992 – Superstars: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeated Duane Gill & The Brooklyn Brawler.
  • July 20, 1992 – Superstars: The Natural Disasters defeated Money Inc (Ted DiBiase and IRS) to win the WWF Tag Team titles in a dark match.
  • August 8, 1992 – Superstars: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeated Brian Brieger & Brian Donahue to retain the titles.
  • August 29, 1992 – Summerslam: The Natural Disasters defeated The Beverly Brothers to retain the WWF Tag Team titles.
  • September 6, 1992 – Wrestling Challenge: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeated Craig Brown & Kevin Neal to retain the tag team titles.
  • September 12, 1992 – Superstars: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeated Doug Somers & Joe Turner to retain the tag titles.
  • September 27, 1992 – Wrestling Challenge: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeated Doug Somers & Iron Mike Sharpe to retain the titles.
  • October 3, 1992 – Superstars: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeated Barry Horowitz & Bob Bradley to retain the tag team titles.
  • October 13, 1992 – Wrestling Challenge: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake and Typhoon) defeated Brian Costello and Jim Peterson.
  • October 18, 1992 – Wrestling Challenge: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeated Ken Johnson & Victor Reeves to retain the tag team titles.
  • October 24, 1992 – Superstars: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeated Bill Jordan & Tom Stone to retain the tag team titles.
  • November 1, 1992 – Wrestling Challenge: Money Inc. (Irwin R. Schyster & Ted DiBiase) defeated The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) to win the tag team titles.
  • November 21, 1992 – Superstars: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake and Typhoon) defeated Mike Kramer and Steve Walker.
  • November 24, 1992 – Survivor Series: The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs & Jerry Sags) & The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeated Money Inc. (Irwin R. Schyster & Ted DiBiase) & The Beverly Brothers (Beau Beverly & Blake Beverly) in a tag team elimination match.

World Wrestling Federation – Typhoon:

  • January 24, 1993 – Royal Rumble: Typhoon was in the Royal Rumble match won by Yokozuna.
  • February 1, 1993 – RAW: Doink the Clown defeated Typhoon.
  • February 14, 1993 – Wrestling Challenge: Razor Ramon defeated Typhoon.
  • February 15, 1993 – RAW: Typhoon competed in a battle royal which was won by Razor Ramon.
  • March 8, 1993 – RAW: Typhoon defeated L.A. Gore.
  • April 11, 1993 – UK Rampage: Typhoon defeated The Brooklyn Brawler.
  • April 25, 1993 – Wrestling Challenge: Typhoon defeated Barry Horowitz.
  • April 26, 1993 – RAW: Typhoon defeated Skull Von Krush.
  • May 1, 1993 – Superstars: Typhoon defeated Larry Ludden.
  • May 10, 1993 – RAW: Bam Bam Bigelow defeated Typhoon.

World Championship Wrestling:

  • Fred Ottman was the victim of the most embarrassing gimmick in the history of wrestling, The SHOCKMASTER.
  • ~~~Fred Ottman’s debut in WCW, as the “Shockmaster,” was botched when he tripped during his entrance and looked like a goof.
  • ~~~Dispite the obvious botched entrance on LIVE TELEVISION, the company decided to continue with the character.
  • September 19, 1993 – Fall Brawl: Davey Boy Smith, Dustin Rhodes, Sting & The Shockmaster defeated Harlem Heat (Kane & Kole), Big Van Vader & Sid Vicious in a war games rules match.
  • October 9, 1993 – Saturday Night: Dustin Rhodes and The Shockmaster defeated Shanghai Pierce and Tex Slazenger.
  • October 23, 1993 – Saturday Night: Charlie Norris, Ice-Train and The Shockmaster defeated Fred Avery, Jeff Gamble and Todd Zane. The Shockmaster defeated Bob Starr in a dark match.
  • October 24, 1993 – Halloween Havoc: Ice Train and Charlie Norris and Shockmaster defeated Harlem Heat and The Equalizer.
  • October 30, 1993 – Saturday Night: The Shockmaster defeated Chic Donovan.
  • November 10, 1993 – Clash of Champions #25: Shockmaster defeated The Equalizer.
  • November 20, 1993 – BattleBowl: The Shockmaster and Paul Orndorff defeated Steven Regal and Ricky Steamboat in the Lethal Lottery.
  • December 4, 1993 – Worldwide: The Shockmaster defeated Suger Daddy.
  • December 27, 1993 – Starrcade: The Shockmaster defeated King Kong.
  • January 1, 1994 – Worldwide: The Shockmaster defeated Mike DeBacco.
  • January 1, 1994 – Saturday Night: The Shockmaster defeated JL Sullivan.
  • January 3, 1994 – Main Event: The Shockmaster defeated Chris Sullivan.
  • January 8, 1994 – Saturday Night: The Shockmaster defeated Otis Apollo.
  • February 5, 1994 – Saturday Night: Pretty Wonderful (Paul Orndorff & Paul Roma) defeated Mark Starr & The Shockmaster.

World Wrestling Federation:

  • June 20, 1994 – Monday Night RAW: Typhoon defeated The Black Phantom.
  • June 25, 1994 – Superstars: Typhoon defeated Pierre.
  • July 3, 1994 – Wrestling Challenge: Typhoon defeated Cory Student.
  • July 16, 1994 – Superstars: Typhoon defeated Yokozuna by disqualification.
  • July 31, 1994 – Wrestling Challenge: Crush and Yokozuna defeated Typhoon and Mabel.
  • April 1, 2001 – Wrestlemania: Tugboat was in the gimmick battle royal won by The Iron Sheik.

Post Fame:

  • May 13, 1995 – USA: The Warlord defeated Typhoon to win the vacant USA heavyweight title.
  • May 18, 1996 – USA: Bam Bam Bigelow defeated Typhoon to win the vacant USA heavyweight title.
  • May 27, 2000 – Wrestling In Ashwaubenon: Typhoon defeated One Man Gang and Ron Harris in a 3-way match.
  • June 10, 2000 – FOW: Typhoon defeated Duke Droese.
  • September 5, 2009 – DWA: Martin Nolte defeated Tugboat.
  • November 21, 2009 – ECPW: Tugboat defeated Jason Static.
  • Fred Ottman made appearances in Ted DiBiase’s wXo promotion as an overweight bafoon who couldn’t get out of his own vehicle.
Originally Norfolk, Virginia
Now lives in Tampa, Florida