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B. Brian Blair Flag of United States
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Ring name(s) Brian Blair
B. Brian Blair
The Killer Bee
Billed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Billed weight 222 lb (101 kg)
Born January 12, 1954 (1954-01-12) (age 53)
Gary, Indiana
Trained by Hiro Matsuda
Eddie Graham
Debut 1977

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Career

As a child, Blair wanted to be Superman and even prayed that he might somehow become a superhero. Blair moved out of his house at age 16 and held several odd jobs to pay his share of the rent. Blair loved professional wrestling and wrestled and played football in high school so he could be tough enough to do it when he graduated. Blair attended the University of Louisville on a football scholarship where he majored in both business and political science[1]. Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Look up Football in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The University of Louisville (also known as U of L) is a public, state-supported university located in Louisville, Kentucky, United States. ...


Pro Wrestling

In 1977, he started training to be a wrestler with the legendary Hiro Matsuda in Florida. Blair debuted in late 1977 with Eddie Graham’s Florida Championship Wrestling where he usually worked as a face (good guy). Blair made his professional debut in a tag-team facing Pat Patterson and Ivan Koloff in a losing effort.One of Blair’s early opponents was another Matsuda student who had just begun working as The Super Destroyer (Hulk Hogan). Hiro Matsuda was the trainer of Hulk Hogan, Mr. ... Eddie Graham Edward Gossett was a professional wrestler better known as Eddie Graham. ... Championship Wrestling from Florida (CWF) was the corporate and brand name of the Tampa, Florida wrestling office starting in 1961 when Eddie Graham first bought into the promotion. ... The face is the front part of the head, in humans from the forehead to chin including the hair, forehead, eyebrow, eyes, nose, cheeks, mouth, lips, philtrum, teeth, skin, and chin. ... Pierre Clemont (born January 19, 1941 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian former professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Pat Patterson. ... Ivan Koloff is a professional wrestler. ... Terrence Gene Bollea (born on August 11, 1953) is an American actor and semi-retired professional wrestler better known by his ring name Hulk Hogan. ...


After Florida Blair moved on to Bob Geigel’s NWA Central States promotion out of Kansas City around 1970, 1980 where he’d finally start to make a name of himself as he feuded with Jesse Ventura in 1979[1]. He also appeared regularly for Leroy McGuirk’s Tri-State promotion, here he met and married Leroy McGuirk's daughter Michelle, aka Mike McGuirk in 1980. The marriage did not last long and ended on a bad note when Blair found out that Mike was having an affair with wrestler Doug Somers while they were estranged. He was even shot at by Leroy when he tried to talk to Mike before leaving town[1]. While in the “Tri-State" promotion Blair won the Junior Heavyweight Title from Ron Starr but only held it for about a week before losing it back to Starr[2]. The one week reign was Blair’s first professional wrestling title reign. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Nickname: Location in Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass Counties in the state of Missouri. ... Jesse Ventura (born James George Janos on July 15, 1951), also known as The Body, The Star, The Mind, and Governor Body, is an American politician, former professional wrestler, Navy UDT veteran, actor, and former radio and television talk show host. ... Michelle McGuirk is best known as Mike McGuirk, a ring announcer for the World Wrestling Federation from 1987-1993. ...


After leaving the Tri-State promotion Blair joined up with Fritz Von Erich’s World Class Championship Wrestling promotion in Texas. In WCCW quickly gained victories over Killer Tim Brooks and former WWWF World Champion Stan Stasiak [1]. During his time in Texas he was asked by Al Madril to be his partner in a tournament to crown new American tag-team Champions. Madril and Blair were successful[2] kicking off a three month run with the title. Their run with the gold was cut short by Killer Tim Brooks & Armand Hussein in September, 1981 [2] Jack Barton Adkisson (August 16, 1929 - September 10, 1997) was an American professional wrestler under the ring name Fritz Von Erich, better known today as a wrestling promoter and the patriarch of the Von Erich wrestling family. ... World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW), also called the World Class Wrestling Association (WCWA), was a popular regional professional wrestling promotion run out of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. ... Stan Stasiak (born George Stipich on April 13, 1937 - June 12, 1997). ... Al Madril Alberto Madril was a professional wrestler who most often wrestled as Al Madril. ... The WCWA Tag Team Championship was the major tag team title in World Class Championship Wrestling. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ...


WWF

At this point in time Blair was given a golden opportunity as he was booked by Vincent J. McMahon to wrestle for the World Wrestling Federation most notably on their tours of Japan through New Japan Pro Wrestling where Blair faced Japanese icons Antonio Inoki and Tatsumi Fujinami. After gaining experience in all over the world Blair returned to his roots, Florida Championship Wrestling. On July 11, 1982 Blair beat Jimmy Garvin for the NWA Florida Championship [2] and defended it successfully against such legends such as Stan Hansen and Bruiser Brody. After a wild match against Brody in August the title was held up[2] and Blair soon left the promotion. Vincent J. McMahon Vincent J. McMahon (July 6, 1914 – May 24, 1984) was a U.S. professional wrestling promoter. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... New Japan Pro Wrestling (新日本プロレス, shin nihon puroresu) is a major professional wrestling federation in Japan, founded by Antonio Inoki in 1972. ... Antonio Inoki (アントニオ猪木), real name Kanji Inoki (猪木寛至 Inoki Kanji, born February 20, 1943) is a retired Japanese professional wrestler and mixed martial artist who now resides in New York City. ... Tatsumi Fujinami (Fujinami Tatsumi, 藤波辰巳) is a Japanese professional wrestler who is famous for his gimmick as The Dragon. He is the one who is credited for inventing the Dragon Sleeper and the Dragon Suplex. ... is the 192nd day of the year (193rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Jimmy Garvin (born James Williams on September 25, 1952 in Tampa, Florida) is a former professional wrestler. ... The NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship was a major title in Championship Wrestling Florida and is now the major title in NWA Florida. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Frank Goodish (June 18, 1946 - July 17, 1988) was a professional wrestler who garnered his greatest fame under the name Bruiser Brody. ...


In 1983 Blair joined the WWF once again as they began to expand to a national promotion. During his first stint with the WWF his self-proclaimed highlight was a match with Paul Orndorff in St. Louis[3]. After the short run with the WWF Blair moved on to Georgia Championship Wrestling as well as a return to Florida Championship Wrestling. In Florida Blair picked up another Florida Title[2] run as well as unseating "Ravishing" Rick Rude as the Florida Southern Champion [2]. Paul Orndorff (born October 29, 1949 in Brandon, Florida) is a former National Football League player and former professional wrestler, best known for his appearances with the World Wrestling Federation throughout the 1980s as Mr. ... Georgia Championship Wrestling was a professional wrestling promotion whose self-titled TV program aired in the 1970s and 1980s on U.S. cable channel TBS (Turner Broadcasting System). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The NWA Florida Southern Heavyweight Championship was the major singles title in the National Wrestling Alliances Florida territory, Championship Wrestling Florida. ...


When Blair signed with the WWF for a third time he was not just used as “enhancement talent" any more, instead he was teamed up with Jim Brunzell to form The Killer Bees. The teaming of Blair and Brunzell was suggested by Hulk Hogan[4]. The team had a special gimmick referred to as Masked Confusion where both wrestlers would pull out identical masks during the match to confuse their opponents and usually win their matches that way. The “Masked Confusion" idea was given to Blair by Billy Red Lyons who had used it in Maple Leaf Wrestling. They constantly challenged for the WWF World Tag Team Title but never did win it, although the fans were thoroughly behind them. Their biggest feud in the WWF was against The Hart Foundation, Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart who they wrestled somewhere between “300 and 600" times according to Blair himself[4]. The Bees also had a running feud with the Funks (Hoss, Terry and Jimmy Jack). They faced Hoss and Jimmy Jack Funk in front of 70.000 people at The Big Event in Toronto[5] (A card headlined by Hulk Hogan Vs Paul Orndorff). In late 1989 Brian Blair left the WWF, he was unhappy that the team had been promised the WWF tag team title three times but never won them[6]. James Brunzell , born August 13, 1949 is a professional wrestler. ... The Killer Bees was a tag team comprised of ”Jumpin” Jim Brunzell and B. Brian Blair in the World Wrestling Federation from 1985 to 1987 and later on in the independent Circuit. ... Maple Leaf Wrestling was a celebrated NWA territory promoted out of Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens for nearly 50 years and run by Frank Tunney, who incorporated Tunney Sports out of the Queensbury Athletic Club before serving as NWA President from 1960-61. ... The Hart Foundation was a collective name used by various stables in the World Wrestling Federation. ... This article is about the professional wrestler. ... James Henry Jim Neidhart (born August 2, 1956), is a professional wrestler, best known for his appearances in the 1980s and 1990s in the World Wrestling Federation as Jim The Anvil Neidhart. ... Dory Funk, Jr. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The World Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling tag team championship. ...


Independent wrestling

After leaving the WWF Blair then returned to the independent wrestling scene taking bookings all over the United States without being a regular for any one promotion. In the summer of 1990 Blair was present when Brutus Beefcake had a near fatal parasailing accident, in fact Blair was the person to pull Brutus out of the water after being struck in the face by the knees of a novice parasailer[1]. Edward Harrison Leslie Jr. ...


Blair was one of the first “names" to work regularly for Herb Abrams Universal Wrestling Federation when it opened it’s doors in late 1990 quickly becoming a regular on the federations Fury Hour shows. In the UWF Blair reunited with Jim Brunzell but due to the WWF holding the trademark to the name “The Killer Bees" they were billed as Masked Confusion. They competed on the UWF’s first (and only) PPV Beach Brawl where they beat the Power Twins. The team were also the ONLY UWF Tag Team champions ever. They won the title at UWF’s last big show known as Blackjack Brawl where they beat the “New Powers of Pain" (The Warlord & Power Warrior (Not Kensuke Sasaki)) [2]. Herb Abrams (1954 – July 23, 1996) was an American professional wrestling promoter. ... The Universal Wrestling Federation, or UWF, was a national professional wrestling federation founded by Herb Abrams. ... The Universal Wrestling Federation, or UWF, was a national professional wrestling federation founded by Herb Abrams. ... The Universal Wrestling Federation, or UWF, was a national professional wrestling federation founded by Herb Abrams. ... Terry Szopinski (born March 28, 1962 in Pompano Beach, Florida) is a professional wrestler better known as The Warlord. ...


After the UWF folded Blair continued to compete on the independent circuit, especially around his home state of Florida. In 1998 Blair would win the NWA Florida Tag Team Championship with Steve Keirn [2] holding the title from November 13, 1998 to August 15, 2000 where the title was vacated following a match with the Bushwhackers. Blair and Keirn faced off in a singles match to determine who got to pick a new partner, Blair won and picked local star Cyborg as his partner[2]. The two held the tag team titles until July 10, 2001 where they were forced to forefeit the title due to injuries[2]. The NWA Florida Tag Team Championship is the primary tag team title in NWA Florida. ... Steve Keirn (born September 10, 1951) is a retired professional wrestler. ... is the 317th day of the year (318th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 227th day of the year (228th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Bushwhackers (disambiguation). ... is the 191st day of the year (192nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ...


Blair is still an active pro wrestler to this day, currently holding the Asia Pacific Heavyweight Title.


Personal life

Blair is now married to Toni Lloyd and they have two sons, Brett and Bradley, Brett is named after Bret Hart. Brian Blair owns and managed four Gold's Gym fitness centers in the Tampa Bay area with fellow wrestler, Steve Keirn [5] Golds Gym International, Inc. ... Steve Keirn (born September 10, 1951) is a retired professional wrestler. ...


Brian Blair's first attempt for a seat in the County Commission was against Pat Frank but lost in the 2002 race by a narrow margin[7]. In 2004, Blair ran again and was elected County Commissioner, District 6 (countywide) for Hillsborough County defeating former City Councilman Bob Buckhorn. The race was one the closest county commission races in the history of Hillsborough County with Blair winning with 216,430 votes to Buckhorn’s 214,062 votes[8].


He is also a Christian and is active in his church, Idlewild Baptist Church[1]. Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Pope · Archbishop of Canterbury Patriarch of Constantinople Christianity Portal This box:      A Christian () is a person who...


The Iron Sheik Conflict

Blair is apparently hated by the Iron Sheik, who cut an irate and obscene promo against Blair in a widely-distributed clip from a shoot interview. During an interview conducted in 2005 with Dan Mirade of the Boston, Massachusetts-based Millennium Wrestling Federation, the Sheik was asked about his appearance at WrestleMania III, where he teamed with Nikolai Volkoff against the Killer Bees. When offering his recollections about the event, Iron Sheik expressed very high praise towards Brunzell (whom he also helped train for pro wrestling) for his athletic and high-jumping prowess but displayed contempt and hatred towards Blair, referring to him as "another faggot son of a bitch, no good low life," "punk little gay," and a "fag," comparing him with Michael Jackson and the Ultimate Warrior , and expressing his desire to break Blair's back and then sodomize him. Other times, the Sheik has referred to the sodomization of Blair as giving it to him "the old country way" or, bluntly, by stating that he shall "break his back and then fuck his ass, make him humble." Later in the year, the Iron Sheik gave a phone interview where He announced that his feud with B. Brian Blair was over, He mentioned Blair called him and apologized, Sheik then said He had forgiven Blair. [1] Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri (born on March 15, 1943) is a retired Iranian professional wrestler better known by his stage name The Iron Sheik. ... In professional wrestling, a shoot refers to any unplanned event – that is, the event is real and not staged. ... WrestleMania III was the third annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event from the World Wrestling Federation. ... Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ... James Brian Hellwig (born 16 June 1962), is an American professional wrestler known by many as The Ultimate Warrior, who legally changed his name to Warrior in 1991. ... Sodomy is a term of religious origin to characterise certain sexual acts. ...


In wrestling

  • Finishing moves

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Championships and accomplishments

  • NWA Tri-State Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • National Wrestling League
  • PWI ranked him # 357 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the "PWI Years" in 2003.
  • Most Underrated Wrestler award in 1984
  • NFWF Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

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Books

  • In 2000, Blair wrote Smarten Up! Say It Right (ISBN 0-9707490-0-7), an insider's view of professional wrestling.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f Chad Bonham (2001). Wrestling with God. RiverOak Publishing. ISBN 1-58919-935-9. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Royal Duncan & Gary Will (4th Edition 2006). Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  3. ^ Brianblair.com webmaster. B. Brian Blair Biography. Retrieved on 04-03, 2007.
  4. ^ a b Canoe Slam Wrestling (May 2001). “B.Brian Blair Chat". Retrieved on 12 March, 2007.
  5. ^ a b Brian Shields (4th Edition 2006). Main event – WWE in the raging 80s. Pocket Books. ISBN 978-1-4165-3257-6. 
  6. ^ Canoe Slam Wrestling (01 May 2003). “B.Brian Blair believed in his book". Retrieved on 12 March, 2007.
  7. ^ Greg Oliver (26 June 2004). B.Brian Blair runs again. Retrieved on 07 April, 2007.
  8. ^ Georgiann Makropoulos (quoting the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Web Site) (3 November 2004). 1Wrestling Newsline. Retrieved on 07 April, 2007.

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Brian Blair - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (605 words)
Brian Blair is a local politician in Florida who gained fame as a professional wrestler.
Blair debuted in late 1977 and usually worked as a face (good guy).
Blair is apparently hated by the Iron Sheik, who cut an irate and obscene promo against Blair in a widely-distributed clip from a shoot interview.
SLAM! Wrestling - B. Brian Blair Chat (4236 words)
Brian Blair: Bobby was a little before my time but I remember him as a kid as being a great villain.
Brian Blair: I like the Hardyz and E&C but I fear for them due to the fact that they are raising the risk level to get a pop from the audience to the height that it is alarmingly dangerous.
Brian Blair: I would like to say Chris Benoit but I don't think I was as good as he is. He reminds me of myself and he is probably one of the most respected guys in the business by both new and old.
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