Bam Bam Bigelow

Oct 12, 2009 - by Jamie Cruickshank

Photo credit: The Associated Press

Photo credit: The Associated Press

Real name: Scott Charles Bigelow
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 325 lbs.
Date of birth: September 1, 1961
Date of death: January 19, 2007
Hometown: Mt. Laurel, NJ
Pro debut: August 23, 1985
Trained by: Larry Sharpe
Finishing move: Greetings from Asbury Park


– After training at Larry Sharpe’s Monster Factory in his native New Jersey, Bigelow began his career in various southern US territories.
– On July 28, 1986, Bigelow won a battle royal to win the AWA Southern Heavyweight Title
– On August 11, 1986, Bigelow fought The Killer to a no-contest to retain the AWA Southern Heavyweight Title
– In late 1986, Bigelow had a run in World Class, competing as ‘Crusher Yurkof’
– On October 20, 1986, Yurkof defeated Steve Simpson to win the WCWA Television Title
– On November 27, 1986, Yurkof fought Steve Simpson to a draw to retain the WCWA Television Title
– In January 1987, Bigelow (as ‘Crusher Bam Bam Bigelow’) began competing in Japan for NJPW
– In May 1987, Bigelow signed with the WWF, taking Oliver Humperdink as his manager. He would honour his New Japan commitments through to August
– Bigelow made his PPV debut at Survivor Series ’87, but was the last man eliminated in the main event match (outlasting Hulk Hogan)
– Bigelow left the WWF in late 1988 and returned to New Japan
– In late 1988, Bigelow worked several JCP events
– On November 10, 1988, Bigelow fought NWA Television Champion Mike Rotunda to a no-contest
– 3 days later, Bigelow fought NWA United States Champion Barry Windham to a no-contest
– On July 17, 1987, Bigelow fought USWA Unified World Champion Jerry Lawler to a double countout
– In June 1990, Bigelow worked several AJPW events, but remained with New Japan as his base promotion
– On March 1, 1992, Bigelow & Big Van Vader defeated Hiroshi Hase & Keiji Mutoh to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– On March 9, 1992, Bigelow & Vader defeated Masa Chono & Shinya Hashimoto to retain the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– On May 1, 1992, Bigelow & Vader defeated Hiroshi Hase & Keiji Mutoh to retain the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– In late 1992, Bigelow returned to the WWF
– At Royal Rumble ’93, Bigelow defeated The Big Boss Man
– On May 10, 1993, Bigelow defeated Typhoon to qualify for King of the Ring
– Bigelow made the final of the 1993 King of the Ring, but lost to Bret Hart
– At WrestleMania X, Bigelow & Luna Vachon defeated Dink & Doink
– In April 1994, Bigelow became a founder-member of The Million Dollar Corporation
– On April 26, 1994, Bigelow defeated Sparky Plugg to qualify for King of the Ring
– Bigelow failed to make it past the first round of the King of the Ring Tournament, falling to Razor Ramon
– At SummerSlam ’94, The Million Dollar Corporation (Bigelow & Irwin R Schyster) defeated The Headshrinkers (Samu & Fatu)
– At Survivor Series ’94, The Million Dollar Team (Bigelow, Jimmy del Ray, Tatanka, King Kong Bundy & Tom Prichard) defeated Guts and Glory (Lex Luger, Mabel, Bart Gunn, Billy Gunn & Adam Bomb)
– At WrestleMania XI, Bigelow was defeated by NFL star Lawrence Taylor. He left The Million Dollar Corporation soon after
– On June 7, 1995, Bigelow & Razor Ramon defeated WWF Tag Team Champions Camp Cornette (Owen Hart & Yokozuna) by countout
– At King of the Ring ’95, Bigelow & Diesel defeated The Million Dollar Corporation (Tatanka & Sid)
– At In Your House 2: The Lumberjacks, Bigelow defeated Henry Godwinn
– Following a loss to Goldust at Survivor Series ’95 and amid rumours of backstage problems with The Kliq, Bigelow left the WWF once more
– On May 18, 1996, Bigelow defeated Typhoon to win the vacant USA Heavyweight Title
– In August 1996, Bigelow began a tour of Japan with WAR
– On October 11, 1996, Bigelow, Youji Anjoh & Hiromichi Fuyuki defeated Masahito Kakihara, Yuuhi Sano & Nobuhiko Takada to win the WAR 6-Man Tag Team Titles
– In June 1997, Bigelow began competing full-time for ECW
– At Hardcore Heaven ’97, Bigelow defeated Spike Dudley
– On October 16, 1997, at an untelevised event, Bigelow defeated Shane Douglas to win the ECW World Title
– Over the next month, Bigelow would defend the ECW World Title against Mikey Whipwreck, Al Snow, Paul Diamond, Spike Dudley, Chris Candido, Shane Douglas & Sabu
– At Living Dangerously ’98, Bigelow defeated Tazz to win the ECW Television Title
– Over the next month, Bigelow defended the ECW Television Title against The Blue Meanie, Buh Buh Ray Dudley, Tommy Dreamer, The Sandman & Taz
– At Wrestlepalooza ’98, Bigelow defeated New Jack
– On July 25, 1998, Bigelow fought ECW Television Champion Rob Van Dam to a no-contest
– In late 1998, Bigelow left ECW to join WCW
– At Souled Out ’99, Bigelow defeated Wrath
– At Spring Stampede ’99, Bigelow defeated Hak in a Hardcore Match
– At Slamboree ’99, Bigelow defeated Brian Knobbs in a Hardcore Match
– Following that event, Bigelow formed an alliance with Diamond Dallas Page
– On the May 31, 1999 edition of Nitro, Bigelow & Page defeated Saturn & Chris Kanyon (subbing for Raven) to win the WCW Tag Team Titles. Kanyon turned on his partner during the match and would also be recognised as champion under the Freebird rule
– On June 7, 1999, the trio of Bigelow, Page & Kanyon would become known as ‘The Jersey Triad’
– At The Great American Bash ’99, The Jersey Triad (Page & Kanyon) defeated Chris Benoit & Perry Saturn to regain the WCW Tag Team Titles. Bigelow would be recognised as champion under the Freebird Rule
– At Bash At The Beach ’99, The Jersey Triad defeated Chris Benoit & Perry Saturn to retain the WCW Tag Team Titles
– Following Page’s loss to Goldberg at Fall Brawl ’99, The Triad went their separate ways
– On the February 7, 2000 edition of Nitro, Bigelow defeated Brian Knobs to win the WCW Hardcore Title
– Over the next week, Bigelow defended the WCW Hardcore Title against The Demon, The Wall and Adrian Byrd
– At Uncensored ’00, Bigelow defeated The Wall by DQ
– At Mayhem ’00, Bigelow defeated Sgt A-WOL
– On the final WCW Nitro, Bigelow was defeated by Shawn Stasiak
– Following WWF’s buyout of WCW, Bigelow’s contract was not picked up and he resumed competition on the indies in 2002
– On August 17, 2002, Bigelow defeated Balls Mahoney to win the USA Pro Heavyweight Title
– In October 2006, Bigelow retired from active competition
– Bigelow was found dead in his home on January 19, 2007. An autopsy showed that he had overdosed on cocaine

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