Billy Kidman

Sep 11, 2009 - by Jamie Cruickshank

Real name: Peter Gruner
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 195 lbs.
Date of birth: May 11, 1974
From: Allentown, PA
Resides: Florida
Pro debut: 1994
Trained by: Wild Samoan Afa
Finishing move: Shooting Star Press


– On the independent circuit, Kidman competed under the aliases of “The Kid” and “Kid Flash.”
– As Kid Flash, Kidman teamed with Ace Darling to capture the ECWA (East Coast Wrestling Association) Tag Team title in September of 1995.
– In 1996, Kidman joined World Championship Wrestling.
– Kidman became a member of Raven’s flock, and developed the seven-year itch finishing maneuver.
– Kidman defeated the Disco Inferno at the 1998 Halloween Havoc in Las Vegas, NV.
– At World War III ’98, Kidman pinned Juventud Guerrera to capture the WCW Cruiserweight title.
– On November 29, 1998, Kidman again defeated the Disco Inferno at the Brian Hildebrand Tribute show in Knoxville, TN.
– In December 1998, Kidman suffered a torn groin and rotator cuff injures.
– At Starrcade ’98 in Washington, D.C., Kidman beat Rey Mysterio Jr. and Guerrera in a “triangle” match when he pinned Juvi.
– At Souled Out ’99, Kidman beat Mysterio Jr., Guerrera, and Psychosis in a “four corners” match when he pinned Guerrera.
– Kidman successfully defended the Cruiserweight title against Chavo Guerrero Jr. at SuperBrawl IX in San Francisco, CA.
– At Uncensored ’99, Kidman pinned Mikey Whipwreck.
– Mysterio Jr. and Kidman defeated Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko on March 29, 1999, for the WCW World Tag Team title on the Toronto “Nitro.”
– On June 13, 1999, Mysterio Jr. and Kidman defeated Benoit and Malenko at the 4th Annual Ilio DiPaolo Memorial show in Buffalo, NY.
– Konnan, Mysterio Jr., Eddy Guerrero, and Kidman formed the Filthy Animals.
– Mysterio Jr., Kidman, and Guerrero beat Vampiro and The Insane Clown Posse at the 1999 Road Wild.
– The Filthy Animals won the six man tag rematch at Fall Brawl ’99 in Winston-Salem, NC.
– On October 25, 1999, Kidman and Konnan defeated ten time WCW World Tag Team champions Harlem Heat for the title in Phoenix, AZ.
– In January 2000, Kidman, along with a handful a WCW stars, requested his release from the company when head writer Vince Russo was demoted and Kevin Sullivan was named head booker. Kidman was promised a push, and rescinded his request.
– With the demise of the Filthy Animals clique, fitness model Torrie Wilson became Kidman’s personal valet.
– On the April 10, 2000 episode of “Nitro,” Kidman and Wilson became apart of Eric Bischoff and Russo’s New Blood group.
– The Filthy Animals reunited on the May 8, 2000 edition of “Nitro.” Guerrera replaced Guerrero in the reformed group.
– On the June 5, 2000 episode of “Nitro,” Wilson turned against Kidman, delivering a low blow. Luckily for Kidman, he was wearing a cup.
– One week later on “Nitro,” Kidman turned babyface as he officiated the Jeff Jarrett-Hulk Hogan WCW title match.
– Kidman was granted a WCW title shot against Jarrett on the June 14, 2000 edition of “Thunder,” but Konnan turned against him by clobbering Kidman with the champion’s guitar.
– At New Blood Rising, Storm defeated Shane Douglas in a “strap” match. During the match, Kidman suffered a larynx injury.
– On the October 16, 2000 edition of “Nitro,” Kidman rejoined the Filthy Animals.
– At Mayhem 2000, the Filthy Animals (Kidman and Mysterio) defeated Alex Wright and Kronic in a handicap match.
– On the final “Nitro” on TNT, Kidman and Mysterio Jr. defeated Elix Skipper and Kid Romeo for the WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team title in Panama City, FL.
– Kidman signed with WWFE after the company purchased rival WCW.
– At the July 3, 2001 “Smackdown” taping in Tacoma, WA, Kidman pinned Gregory “Shane” Helms (The Hurricane) for the WCW Cruiserweight title.
– At Invasion, Kidman pinned then WWF Light Heavyweight champion, X-Pac.
– On October 9, 2001 in Moline, IL, Kidman captured the WCW Cruiserweight title from X-Pac during the “Smackdown” television taping.
– At the April 2, 2002 “Smackdown” taping in Rochester, NY, Kidman defeated Tajiri for the Cruiserweight title.
– At Survivor Series ’02 in New York, NY, Kidman pinned Jamie Noble to capture the Cruiserweight title.
– On July 11, 2003, Kidman married Torrie Wilson in Old Saybrook, CT.
– Kidman and Charlie Haas were inducted into the ECWA hall of fame in Wilmington, DE on January 24, 2004.
– At the July 6, 2004 “Smackdown” taping in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Kidman and Paul London defeated the Dudley Boyz to capture the WWE World Tag Team title.
– At No Mercy 2004, Kidman defeated his former tag team partner London with his shooting star press.
– On July 5, 2005, Kidman was released by WWE.
– Throughout 2007 and 2008, Kidman worked as a trainer at FCW.
– On June 3, 2007, Kidman defeated Bryan Danielson to win the WSW Heavyweight Title.
– On August 10, 2007, Kidman defeated Heidenreich in a Street Fight to retain the WSW Heavyweight Title.
– On September 29, 2007, Kidman defeated Slash to win the RXW World Title.
– In late 2010, Kidman was signed by WWE as a producer.

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