Dec 19, 2009 - by Steve Gerweck
Real name: Steve Williams
Weight: 265 lbs.
Date of birth: May 7, 1960
Date of death: December 30, 2009
From: Norman, OK
Pro debut: 1982
Trained by: Bill Watts
Finishing move: Oklahoma Stampede
- In 1981, Williams set a then record at the University of Oklahoma for the fastest pinfall by pinning Perr Kaufman in twenty seconds. William was named All American.
- On May 3, 1985, Williams and Ted DiBiase defeated the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express for the Mid-South Tag Team title in Houston, TX.
- The duo of Williams and DiBiase reclaimed the Mid-South Tag Team title on December 26, 1985, from Eddie Gilbert and Nightmare.
- Williams and DiBiase were recognized as the first UWF (Universal Wrestling Federation) World Tag Team champions in March 1986.
- Williams, Bill Watts and Dusty Rhodes beat Kortsia Korchenko, Ivan and Nikita Koloff in a “street fight” on June 14, 1986 in New Orleans, LA.
- On July 11, 1987, Dr. Death pinned Big Bubba Rogers (Big Bossman) for the UWF title in Oklahoma City, OK.
- Williams defeated Barry Windham at the 1987 Starrcade in Chicago, IL.
- The Road Warriors, Williams, Ron Garvin, and “Gorgeous” Jimmy Garvin beat Kevin Sullivan, Mike Rotunda, Ivan Koloff, Russian Assassin #1, and Al Perez in a “tower of doom” match.
- At Starrcade ’88, Williams and Sullivan beat United States tag team champions the Fantastics to win the title.
- The Road Warriors, the Midnight Express, and Williams beat The Freebirds and The Samoan Swat Team in a “war games” match at the 1989 Great American Bash.
- Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy and Williams defeated Stan Hansen and Gen’ichiro Tenryu for the All Japan Tag Team title on March 6, 1990.
- The Gordy/Williams team re-claimed the All Japan Tag Team title on December 7, 1990.
- Gordy and Williams defeated Hansen and Dan Spivey on July 6, 1991, for their third All Japan Tag Team title.
- On December 6, 1991, Gordy and Williams won the annual Real World Tag Team Tournament in Tokyo.
- At the 1992 Great American Bash, Gordy and Williams beat Dustin Rhodes and Barry Windham to win the vacant NWA Tag Team Title.
- Barry Windham and Dustin Rhodes battled Williams and Steve Austin to a 30 minute draw at Halloween Havoc ’92.
- Dr. Death and “Bam Bam” defeated Mitsuharu Misawa and Toshiaki Kawada for the All Japan Tag Team title on January 30, 1993.
- Williams defeated Mitsuharu Misawa for All Japan’s Triple Crown Heavyweight title on July 28, 1994 in Tokyo.
- Dr. Death and Johnny Ace defeated Misawa and Jun Akiyama for the All Japan Tag Team title on May 23, 1996.
- On July 25, 1997, Williams and Gary Albright defeated Ace and Kenta Kobashi for the All Japan Tag Team title in Tokyo.
- Williams signed with the WWF. He was injured in a Brawl For All shoot fight against Bart Gunn on the July 27, 1998 edition of “Raw.”
- Upon his release from the WWF, Dr. Death arrived on “Nitro,” debuting with Oklahoma (Ed Ferrara).
- In January 2000, Williams departed for All Japan Pro Wrestling.
- Williams and Mike Rotunda won the Real World Tag League 2000.
- On June 22, 2002, Williams beat Jimmy Snuka Jr. in Atlantic, NJ.
- On December 21, 2002, Williams and PJ Friedman beat Jimmy Yang and Mike Sanders in Fort Lauderdale, FL on a MLW (Major League Wrestling) show.
- Due to budgetary cutbacks, William was forced to leave All Japan and agreed to wrestle for rival New Japan in the spring of 2003.
- On May 23, 2003, Williams defeated Lance Storm in Bossier, LA.
- On November 30, 2003, Williams and Ryo Miyake captured the IWA-J Tag Team title from Keizo Matsuda and Leather Face.
- Williams defeated Terry Taylor on December 30, 2003 in Guangzhou, China to capture the NWA Mid Atlantic title.
- In his first match back following throat cancer, Williams defeated Mike Kaluha on August 27, 2005, in King of Prussia, PA.
- In 2006, WWE hired Williams as a trainer.
- In July 2007, Williams was inducted into the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame.