Nov 2, 2009 - by Steve Gerweck
Real name: Troy Martin
Weight: 255 lbs.
Date of birth: November 21, 1963
From: Pittsburgh, PA
Pro debut: November 1982
Trained by: Dominic Denucci
Finishing move: Franciser
– Douglas debuted on Thansgiving day 1982 using his real name. A short time later, his ring name was changed to Troy Orndorff.
– Upon entering the UWF (Universal Wrestling Federation), Martin’s ring name was changed by the late “Hot Stuff” Eddie Gilbert and Missy Hyatt to Shane Douglas.
– Douglas defeated Gilbert to win the UWF Television title on August 3, 1987, in Morgan City, LA.
– On July 18, 1988, Lord Humongous (Sid Eudy) and Douglas captured the Continental Tag Team title in Birmingham, AL.
– Douglas won a tournament on June 25, 1992 to win the IWA (Ohio) title in Beaver Falls, Penn.
– On November 18, 1992, Douglas captured the Unified NWA/WCW World Tag Team Title with Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, defeating Barry Windham and Dustin Rhodes in Macon, GA.
– Douglas was declared Eastern Championship Wrestling (ECW) champion on September 9, 1993, via forfeit when Tito Santana no-showed in Roanoke, VA.
– In February 1994, the 60 minute triangle match between Douglas, Sabu, and Terry Funk ended in a draw.
– On March 26, 1994, Douglas won an eight man tag match to capture his second Eastern Championship Wrestling title. The promotion was later re-named Extreme Champion Wrestling.
– Douglas defeated Demolition Ax in Butler, PA on April 4, 1994 for the vacant USWL (United States Wrestling League) Unified title.
– On August 27, 1994, ECW hosted the NWA World Championship Tournament. Douglas went through Dean Malenko, Taz, and Too Cold Scorpio to win the vacant title. After the match, Douglas talked about the history of the NWA belt and the many great athletes who had held it. With that in mind, Douglas threw the belt to the canvas and declared himself ECW champion.
– In April 1995, Douglas successfully defended the ECW title against the Sandman when Woman turned on Sandman to help Douglas retain the title. During their rematch, Woman proved she had used Douglas when she used the Singapore cane to strike Douglas on the back of his leg while he applied the cross face chicken wing. This caused Douglas to be pinned, losing the championship.
– In July 1995, Douglas announced he was leaving ECW to enter the WWF and created the character “Dean” Douglas. Douglas won the Intercontinental title by forfeit, but was defeated the same night by Razor Ramon (Scott Hall) for the championship.
– In December 1995, Douglas abruptly left the World Wrestling Federation, and re-signed with ECW.
– Douglas defeated Jim Neidhart for the NEW Northeast title on March 16, 1996 in Wallkill, NY.
– “The Franchise” captured the ECW Television title from Too Cold Scorpio on May 11, 1996.
– Douglas won his second ECW Television title on July 13, 1996, defeating Chris Jericho, Pitbull #2 and Too Cold Scorpio in an Elimination match.
– Francine entered the elimination match as the manager of Pitbull #2 (Anthony Durante), but turned against him and aligned herself with Douglas.
– On August 17, 1997, Douglas defeated Sabu and Terry Funk in a three-way dance to claim his third ECW title.
– On September 11, 1997 in San Antonio, TX, ECW champion Douglas defeated Tommy Dreamer.
– After dropping the title to Bam Bam Bigelow, Douglas regained the championship at the 1997 November to Remember PPV. Douglas held the championship for more than a year before dropping it to Taz at the 1999 “Guilty As Charged.”
– Douglas defeated John Diamond for the vacant NEW Northwest title on October 4, 1998 in Terryville, CT.
– At Living Dangerously ’99, Douglas and Dreamer defeated Justin Credible and Lance Storm.
– On May 20, 1999, under a mask, Douglas won a battle royal in White Plains, NY to claim the NAWA title.
– Douglas entered World Championship Wrestling on July 12, 1999 after signing a three year contract.
– In late 1999 Douglas underwent bicep surgery.
– Douglas, along with the Radicals, requested a meeting with then WCW Vice President Bill Busch. In the end, Douglas was given his release, but never signed the papers.
– On April 10, 2000, Douglas agreed to a two year contract shortly before doing a run in on Ric Flair on “Nitro” in Denver, CO.
– At Spring Stampede, Bagwell and Douglas won a one night tournament to capture the vacant WCW World Tag Team title.
– Douglas defeated The Wall in a tables match at the Great American Bash in Baltimore, MD.
– Douglas, Bigelow, and Candido formed a new group a short time later.
– At Bash at the Beach in Daytona Beach, FL, Douglas defeated Buff Bagwell. Torrie Wilson joined Douglas as his new valet.
– Douglas and Wilson defeated Madusa and Billy Kidman in a Pittsburgh Plunge Scaffold match at the 2000 Fall Brawl PPV.
– At the Sin PPV, Douglas captured the United States title by defeating General Rection in a “first blood” match.
– On June 15, 2002, Douglas defeated Vampiro to become the first MLW (Major League Wrestling) champion at the ECW Arena in Philadelphia.
– A week later, Douglas pinned Steve Corino in Seaside Height’s, NJ.
– On July 20, 2002, Douglas defeated Johnny Webb in Pico Rivera, CA to capture the XPW title.
– Douglas defeated Sabu on May 23, 2003 in Melbourne, Australia.
– On September 14, 2003, Douglas defeated D-Lo Brown in Belleville, MI to win the BCW (Border City Wrestling) title.
– On the September 17, 2003 NWA TNA PPV, Douglas defeated Raven in a “hair vs. hair” match.
– Douglas reformed the Triple Threat at the November 29, 2003 USA Pro Wrestling show in Queens, NY with Bam Bam Bigelow and Chris Candido.
– On February 14, 2004, Douglas defeated Raven in Bethpage, NY to capture the USA Pro Wrestling title.
– During the spring of 2006, Douglas became the manager of the Naturals in TNA.
– The Naturals (now managed by Douglas) defeated the Diamonds in the Rough (David Young and Elix Skipper) at Victory Road ’06.
– Douglas returned to TNA on the May 28, 2009 Impact attacking Christopher Daniels.