Big Bossman

Oct 12, 2009 - by Steve Gerweck


Real name: Ray Traylor
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 315 lbs.
Date of birth: May 2, 1962
Date of death: September 22, 2004
From: Cobb County, GA
Pro debut: 1985
Trained by: Ted Allen
Finishing move: Bossman Slam


– Traylor joined the NWA as Jim Cornette’s “corporate security,” or his personal bodyguard.
– Big Bubba Rogers beat Ronnie Garvin via knockout in a “Louisville street fight” match at the 1986 Starrcade.
– On April 19, 1987 in Muskogee, OK, Big Bubba defeated the One Man Gang for the now defunct UWF title.
– On March 27, 1987 in Tokyo, Japan, Big Bubba pinned Shunji Takano.
– Traylor joined the WWF and debuted the Big Bossman gimmick on June 1, 1988 in San Francisco, CA.
– At Summerslam ’88, the Big Bossman defeated Koko B. Ware at Madison Square Garden.
– At Wrestlemania V, Akeem (One Man Gang) and the Big Bossman beat The Rockers (Marty Jannetty and Shawn Michaels).
– The Big Bossman defeated Scott Casey at Wrestlefest ’88 in Milwaukee.
– On October 25, 1988, Big Bossman pinned Jim Powers on NBC’s Saturday Night’s Main Event.
– The Big Bossman defeated Akeem in under two minutes at Wrestlemania VI.
– Hulk Hogan, Jim Duggan, Big Bossman, and Tugboat (The Hulkamaniacs) beat Earthquake, Haku, Dino Bravo, and The Barbarian (The Natural Disasters) at the 1990 Survivor Series.
– The Big Bossman pinned The Barbarian at the 1991 Royal Rumble in Miami.
– At Wrestlemania VII, the Big Bossman beat Mr. Perfect via disqualification in Los Angeles.
– The Big Bossman pinned The Mountie in a “jailhouse” match at Summerslam ’91.
– The Big Bossman, Virgil, Sgt. Slaughter, and Jim Duggan beat the Nasty Boys, Repo Man, and The Mountie at Wrestlemania VIII.
– In 1993, the Big Bossman left the WWF.
– At the “K Town Showdown” in August 1993, The Big Bossman pinned Kevin Sullivan in a “Singapore spike” match in Knoxville, TN.
– On October 23, 1993, “Dr. Death” Steve Williams and Big Bubba beat Danny Spivey and Johnny Ace in Tokyo, Japan.
– Williams and Big Bubba finished fourth in the 1993 Real World Tag League for All Japan Pro Wrestling.
– By the end of 1993, Traylor joined WCW as the Boss to feud with Rick Rude. He later became the Guardian Angel.
– Big Bubba Rogers defeated Sting at Uncensored ’95.
– At World War III in 1995, Big Bubba Rogers pinned Jim Duggan in a “taped fist” match in Norfolk, VA.
– Big Bubba Rogers beat Hugh Morrus in a “Mexican Death” match at Souled Out ’97.
– Upon being kicked out of the nWo, Big Bubba simply went by his real name, Ray Traylor.
– At Souled Out ’98, Traylor and the Steiner brothers defeated the nWo team of Konnan, Scott Hall, and Buff Bagwell in Dayton, OH.
– Traylor returned to the WWF in the fall of 1998 as Mr. McMahon’s head of security.
– On December 14, 1998, the Big Boss Man and Ken Shamrock defeated the New Age Outlaws for the WWF World Tag Team title.
– The Big Boss Man defeated the Road Dogg at the 1999 Royal Rumble in Anaheim.
– At the 1999 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, the Big Boss Man pinned Mideon.
– The Big Boss Man defeated Al Snow for the Hard-core title at the 1999 “Fully Loaded.”
– The Big Boss Man tricked Snow into “eating” his pet dog Pepper.
– Boss Man and Bull Buchanan defeated D-Lo Brown and the Godfather at Wrestlemania 2000 in Anaheim, CA.
– On September 13, 2000, Traylor underwent minor knee surgery.
– At the December 18, 2001 “Smackdown” taping in New Orleans, LA, the Big Boss Man interfered in the Steve Austin-Booker T “first blood” match, allowing Booker to win the contest.
– In the summer of 2002, the Boss Man was assigned to Ohio Valley Wrestling to coach the developmental talent.
– At Korakuen Hall on January 12, 2004, the Big Boss Man attacked “Dr. Death” Steve Williams (serving as Ted DiBiase’s secret weapon).
– On April 2, 2016, Slick inducted the Big Boss Man into the WWE hall of fame.

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