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Encyclopedia > Chris Adams (wrestler)
Christopher Adams
Statistics
Ring name(s) "Gentleman" Chris Adams
The Masked Avenger
Billed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Billed weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Born February 10, 1955(1955-02-10)
Rugby, Warwickshire, England
Died October 7, 2001 (aged 46)
(Gunshot wound)
Billed from Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
Trained by Tony St. Clair,
Big Daddy
Debut June 1978
in Birmingham, England

Christopher Adams (February 10, 1955October 7, 2001) was a professional wrestler, wrestling promoter, trainer and judoka. By the time Adams was 21 years old, he had won three British National Judo Championships for his age and weight.[1] Adams wrestled primarily in the Texas promotions, most notably for World Class Championship Wrestling, where he became one of the most popular wrestlers in the promotion's history.[2] Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Shortcut: WP:WIN Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia and, as a means to that end, also an online community. ... Shortcut: WP:CU Marking articles for cleanup This page is undergoing a transition to an easier-to-maintain format. ... This Manual of Style has the simple purpose of making things easy to read by following a consistent format — it is a style guide. ... from http://www. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... is the 41st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... Rugby is a market town in the county of Warwickshire in the West Midlands of England, on the River Avon. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... is the 280th day of the year (281st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Stratford-upon-Avon Stratford-upon-Avon is a town in Warwickshire, England. ... A detailed map Stratford-upon-Avon Kenilworth Castle Warwickshire (pronounced // or //) is a landlocked non-metropolitan county in central England. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Shirley Crabtree, better known as Big Daddy (November 14, 1930 – December 2, 1997) was an English professional wrestler. ... See also Birmingham, USA, and other places called Birmingham. ... is the 41st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 280th day of the year (281st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... For the video game, see Pro Wrestling (video game). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Trainer may refer to: An aircraft trainer used for training pilots. ... Judo (Japanese: 柔道 Jūdō) is a martial art, a sport and a philosophy which originated in Japan. ... This article is about the martial art and sport. ... Official language(s) No official language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Largest metro area Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Not to be confused with World Championship Wrestling. ...


Adams is well known for being one of the trainers of Scott Hall in 1984 and training Stone Cold Steve Austin on his own in 1989.[3][4][5] He also is credited for bringing the Superkick to American wrestlers.[6] Adams was also among the first wrestlers to use the Sharpshooter, which he called the Superlock (around 1985). He was also famous for using back flips and somersaults to catch his opponent off-guard. Moreover, Adams was known for diving from the canvas through the ropes to his opponent on the floor, one of the few wrestlers to execute this dangerous maneuver. This article is about the professional wrestler. ... Steven James Williams (born Steven Anderson on December 18, 1964)[2] better known by his ring name Stone Cold Steve Austin, is an American actor and former professional wrestler. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Bret Hart applying the Sharpshooter on Shawn Michaels. ...


Chris also was responsible for starting the careers of Chad Hart (Gary Hart's son), Tasha Simone, Khris Germany, Ed Robinson, L.A. Steele, valet/manager/promoter Miss Lacy and Alex Porteau over the years, plus help other wrestlers improve their wrestling skills. Shawn Michaels and Paul Diamond were among the wrestlers Adams would help out, and both learned his trademark finisher, the superkick. Alex Porteau is a professional wrestler, best known for his appearances in the World Wresting Federation as Alex The Pug Porteau. ... Michael Shawn Hickenbottom (born July 22, 1965) is an American professional wrestler, better known by the ring name Shawn Michaels. ... Paul Diamond Tom Boric was a professional wrestler better known as Paul Diamond. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Adams battled drug and alcohol problems which plagued his entire career and eventually would lead to his death in 2001.

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Early life

Christopher Adams was born on February 10, 1955 in Rugby, Warwickshire, England. Beginning at the age of 11, Chris was involved in judo, training in it exclusively for 14 years. Chris and his younger brother Neil Adams went on to win national and world championships in judo, with Neil going on to win a silver medal at both the 1980 Summer Olympics and the 1984 Summer Olympics. Chris was among the youngest Judo champions in the sport and was a member of the 1976 Summer Olympics Judo squad representing Great Britain, but never competed in the Olympics. Though not a participant, he was at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles as an adviser to the British Judo squad and also for moral support as brother Neil was competing. Adams held a black belt in Judo and was also an expert in other areas of the martial arts. In addition, Chris competed in rugby, cricket, soccer and amateur wrestling; and away from athletics was also studying architecture. is the 41st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... Rugby is a market town in the county of Warwickshire in the West Midlands of England, on the River Avon. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article is about the martial art and sport. ... Neil Adams, MBE (born September 27, 1958) is a British-born judoka who won numerous Olympic and Judo World Championship medals in judo. ... This article is about the martial art and sport. ... Badge, released in the USSR The 1980 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXII Olympiad, were held in Moscow in the Soviet Union. ... Music sample: Olympic Fanfare and Theme ( file info) — composed by John Williams for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles Problems listening to the file? See media help. ... The 1976 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXI Olympiad, were held in 1976 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ...


Career

In 1978, Chris first entered professional wrestling after being introduced to the sport by a friend, Jackie Turpin, whose father was professional boxer Randolph Turpin. Later, Adams began watching matches involving The Dynamite Kid. Adams wrestled for two years in England, with no true formal training, thanks in part to his judo background, before moving on to Los Angeles to compete at the famed Olympic Auditorium, operated at the time by famed Judo legends Mike and Gene LeBell, for a few years. Adams did have some championship success in England, winning the British Commonwealth tag team title with Marty Jones and the British Light Heavyweight Championship from Mark "Rollerball" Rocco. Adams also competed alongside many British wrestling legends, including Shirley Crabtree, Dave Finlay, The Dynamite Kid, and Davey Boy Smith. Randy Turpin (June 7, 1928 - May 17, 1966) was a boxer from Britain who was considered by many to be Europes best Middleweight boxer of the 1940s and 1950s. ... The Dynamite Kid The Dynamite Kid, real name Tom Billington, was a professional wrestler from England. ... The Grand Olympic Auditorium is located at 1801 S. Grand Avenue in Los Angeles, California. ... Judo Gene LeBell, born October 9, 1932 is a stuntman known for his MMA skills. ... Marty Jones is a professional wrestler and former multi-time Mid-Heavyweight Champion. ... Mark Hussey is a retired British professional wrestler who competed for All-Star Wrestling as Mark Rollerball Rocco and as the original masked Black Tiger in New Japan Pro Wrestling during the 1970s and 80s. ... Shirley Crabtree, better known as Big Daddy (November 14, 1930 – December 2, 1997) was an English professional wrestler. ... David Edward Dave Finlay (born October 20, 1958) is a British/Northern Irish professional wrestler and road agent. ... David Boy (Davey Boy) Smith (November 28, 1962 – May 18, 2002) was an English professional wrestler. ...


In L.A., Adams almost immediately became a major force in the waning days of the NWA Los Angeles promotion, winning the NWA Americas title in 1982 and twice winning the NWA Americas Tag Team title with two different partners: Tom Prichard and Reno Rigsby. He also won the Television Championship twice, which was called the "Beat The Champion" title. Tom Prichard Tom Prichard is an American professional wrestler and former World Wrestling Entertainment road agent and talent scout. ...


Adams also wrestled in Portland for Don Owen's Pacific Northwest promotion, as well as being involved in several tours of Japan, Europe, Mexico and Canada. In Portland, he learned the ins and outs of the politics of wrestling and struck close friendships with many fellow wrestlers such as Rick Martel, Matt Borne, Jesse Barr and King Parsons. While in Mexico, Adams won the then-WWWF Light Heavyweight Championship from veteran Perro Aguayo in 1981, a championship reign that was virtually ignored by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). Adams held the championship for two months. Nickname: Location of Portland in Multnomah County and the state of Oregon Coordinates: , Country State County Multnomah County Incorporated February 8, 1851 Government  - Mayor Tom Potter[1]  - Commissioners Sam Adams Randy Leonard Dan Saltzman Erik Sten  - Auditor Gary Blackmer Area  - City 376. ... Don Owen (born September 19, 1935 in Toronto) is a Canadian film director, writer and producer. ... Rick Martel (born Richard Vigneault on March 18, 1956 in Quebec City, Quebec) is a former Québécois professional wrestler, best known for his appearances with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) between 1980 and 1995. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Jesse Barr was an American professional wrestler, best known for his work as Jimmy Jack Funk in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in the late 1980s. ... Iceman King Parsons Iceman Parsons (born King Parsons) was a professional wrestler that sometimes went by Iceman King Parsons. ... WWE Light Heavyweight Championship is a former championship competed for by wrestlers beneath the storyline weight of 220 lb (100 kg) in WWF, now WWE. History The WWF first began to used the Light Heavyweight Championship in Japaneese and Mexican promotions they had good connections with, though the title was... Pedro Aguayo better known as Perro Aguayo, was a famous Mexican wrestler in the 70s and 80s. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ...


Adams would eventually become married to Jeannie Clark, better known in WCW as "Lady Blossom" from the late 1970s to around 1984, a marriage which produced a daughter, Jade. Jeannie made sporatic appearances alongside Chris during that time, including one notable appearance early in his career while in England around 1979. Jeannie Clark Jeanne Clark (pronounced like Jeannie or Jeanne) was a professional wrestling diva for WCW (where she was billed as Lady Blossom) and World Class Championship Wrestling. ...


World Class and Texas

1983-1984

By 1983, Adams was contacted by Fritz Von Erich to compete in World Class Championship Wrestling, which prevented him from possibly returning to England. He joined the Dallas-based promotion on April 15, 1983, wrestling twice that night: defeating Roberto Renesto on the card's opening match and The Mongol by disqualification later in the card. He quickly became a crowd favorite and an ally of the Von Erichs; Chris was billed as being the "pen pal" of Kevin Von Erich and was also named by the Adkissons as an "honorary Von Erich". Adams was first introduced in World Class during one of Bill Mercer's outside the ring interviews, when Adams and Mercer met for the first time at a local Dallas restaurant over a round of English tea. 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. ... Not to be confused with World Championship Wrestling. ... is the 105th day of the year (106th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... The Von Erich family is a legendary professional wrestling family. ... Kevin Ross Adkisson (born May 15, 1957 in Belleville, Illinois) is a retired professional wrestler under the ring name Kevin Von Erich of the famous Von Erich Family. ... Bill Mercer is an American sportscaster, originally from Muskogee, Oklahoma, who now lives in Richardson, Texas. ...


Adams won his first eleven matches in World Class before losing his first WCCW bout to Kamala on June 20 in Fort Worth. His first tag match with the Von Erichs took place on August 19, 1983 with Kerry as his partner. Adams eventually became as equally important to World Class as the Von Erichs, although he was not always a babyface in the federation. In the early going, Chris often teamed with the Von Erichs in several six and sometimes eight-man tag team matches against The Fabulous Freebirds and Jimmy Garvin. is the 231st day of the year (232nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... In professional wrestling, a face or babyface is a character who is portrayed as heroic relative to the heel wrestlers, who are analagous to villains. ... The Fabulous Freebirds The Fabulous Freebirds were a professional wrestling tag team that usually consisted of three wrestlers. ... Jimmy Garvin (born James Williams on September 25, 1952 in Tampa, Florida) is a former professional wrestler. ...


Soon thereafter, Adams and Garvin began battling each other, with valets Sunshine and Precious getting involved. This resulted in among the first mixed tag-team matches in modern day wrestling history. At one point, in a October 21, 1983 match at the Sportatorium, Adams disguised himself as "The Masked Avenger" to earn an NWA American Heavyweight Championship shot, which he eventually won at Reunion Arena on Thanksgiving night in 1983; the first of five World Class American/World Class World Heavyweight title reigns for Adams. Following a loser-leaves-town match victory over Garvin on July 4, 1984 in Fort Worth, Adams split his time between Dallas and Los Angeles, during the 1984 Summer Olympics, as his brother Neil was competing in Judo and he was serving as one of the advisers to the British Judo squad. is the 294th day of the year (295th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Many types of matches can be found in professional wrestling. ... is the 185th day of the year (186th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Music sample: Olympic Fanfare and Theme ( file info) — composed by John Williams for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles Problems listening to the file? See media help. ... This article is about the martial art and sport. ...


In August, after the L.A. Olympics, Chris hired manager Gary Hart, and eventually turned heel following a September 28, 1984 tag team match at the Dallas Sportatorium. In that match, Adams was paired with Kevin Von Erich against Jake "The Snake" Roberts and Gino Hernandez. As the match wound down, Stella Mae French's interference backfired, causing Hernandez to pin Adams and win the match. Afterwards, Adams began arguing with French, with Gary Hart also getting involved. Kevin came in as a peacemaker, trying to calm Adams down. Hart then was about to hit French when Kevin attacked him in retaliation. Adams then superkicked Kevin and walked back to the dressing room while Hernandez and Roberts engaged in a two-on-one gang up on Kevin, with French cold-cocked by Hart during the commotion. Kerry Von Erich eventually ran in to chase Hernandez and Roberts away. Two days later, Chris teamed with Kerry to defeat Killer Khan and The Missing Link in San Antonio Chris and Kerry competed as if nothing happened two days before, in order to stay in kayfabe since WCCW's matches aired on television two to three weeks after the actual event. is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Kevin Ross Adkisson (born May 15, 1957 in Belleville, Illinois) is a retired professional wrestler under the ring name Kevin Von Erich of the famous Von Erich Family. ... Aurelian Jake Smith, Jr. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Masashi Ozawa ), born March 6, 1947 in Tsubame, Niigata, Japan, is a former professional wrestler. ... In professional wrestling, kayfabe (pronounced KAY-fayb; IPA: ) refers to the portrayal of events within the industry as real, that is the portrayal of professional wrestling as not staged or worked. ...


Fans were mixed on their feelings towards Chris; many sided with him as opposed to siding with Kevin, which prompted Fritz Von Erich to go hardcore in an upcoming match at the Cotton Bowl on October 27, 1984. After being defeated by Kevin in that match (in controversial fashion, as Adams had his shoulder up at the count of one, but referee David Manning counted to three anyway), he was offered a deal to fire Hart and all would be forgiven. Adams then grabbed a wooden chair and smashed it on Kevin's head. What was not supposed to happen, according to Adams was the chair broke in half, which resulted in a concussion and bleeding from Von Erich's head. Kevin eventually returned the favor to Adams a month later at Reunion Arena, and again, the chair broke in half on impact, with part of the wood lodged in Adams' nose, very close to his eye (this resulted in an abrupt end to that particular angle). Adams once stated years later that in order to beat Kevin down he would have to beat the hell out of him, due to the fact that Kevin would take a brutal beating, only to come right back and return the favor furious speed. is the 300th day of the year (301st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ...


Chris later competed in a six-man tag team match alongside Jake Roberts and Gino Hernandez, defeating Kerry Von Erich, Mike Von Erich and Bobby Fulton (subbing for the injured Kevin Von Erich). During that match, the fans chanted Chris is a traitor!, while others held Benedict Adams signs. Some fans still continued to support Adams after this, but in time the Englishman became a full-fledged heel.


1985-1986

In early-1985, Adams kayfabe fired manager Gary Hart, which drew some cheers. He, however, did not turn face at this point. Adams' feud with the Von Erichs shot him to the top of the wrestling world, and after firing Hart in 1985, he began feuding with virtually every World Class wrestler, face or heel. The fans sided with Adams against whomever he was facing with the exception of the Von Erichs and close allies like King Parsons or Brian Adias, which made Adams among the first heel wrestlers in modern wrestling to be cheered and jeered at the same time.[citation needed] In fact, Adams still signed autographs after the matches and greeted the fans walking towards the ring, even more so after firing Gary Hart, and was always polite to ring announcers Bill Mercer and Marc Lowrance (both of whom were close friends with Adams) during his interview segments. In professional wrestling, kayfabe (pronounced KAY-fayb; IPA: ) refers to the portrayal of events within the industry as real, that is the portrayal of professional wrestling as not staged or worked. ... Gary Warren Hart (born Gary Warren Hartpence, November 28, 1936) is a politician and lawyer from the state of Colorado. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Von Erich family is a legendary professional wrestling family. ... Iceman King Parsons Iceman Parsons (born King Parsons) was a professional wrestler that sometimes went by Iceman King Parsons. ... Brian Adias was a professional wrestler best known for his time in World Class Championship Wrestling. ... Bill Mercer is an American sportscaster, originally from Muskogee, Oklahoma, who now lives in Richardson, Texas. ... Marc Lowrance (born circa 1959) is a former sports anchor and professional wrestling announcer who is best known as one of the voices of World Class Championship Wrestling, a Dallas, Texas-based wrestling organization operated by Fritz Von Erich during the 1980s. ...


Chris later tag teamed with Gino Hernandez to form the second version of The Dynamic Duo. In addition, Adams wrestled NWA World Champion Ric Flair several times, nearly winning the championship on two separate occasions. In one match, interference by the One Man Gang cost Adams, who had Flair pinned for at least 10 seconds while the referee was distracted. Another angle Chris was involved in was a battle of superkicks with The Great Kabuki, who was brought in by Sunshine in her feud against Adams. While paired with Hernandez, Adams developed a gimmick that was later used by Brutus Beefcake in the WWF--by using a pair of large scissors and cut the hair off opponents after each match. This led to a October 1985 showdown at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, where Adams and Hernandez faced Kevin and Kerry Von Erich in a lumberjack loser-loses-hair match. The Von Erichs won when Kerry pinned Chris, and Adams and Hernandez were shaved bald. The pair wore masks for a couple of months while their hair was growing back and eventually wrestled without the masks by the end of the year. Afterwards, Adams and Hernandez split and began what was to be a long-term angle in which the pair feuded against each other. During this time, Adams began competing in Gary Hart's Texas All-Star Wrestling promotion in San Antonio, first as a heel then later a babyface. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) World Heavyweight Championship is the primary professional wrestling title in the National Wrestling Alliance. ... Richard Morgan Fliehr[2] (born on February 25, 1949 in Minneapolis, Minnesota[2]) better known by his ring name Ric Flair , is a legendary American professional wrestler of iconic staus signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) on its SmackDown! brand. ... Professional wrestling has accrued a considerable amount of slang, in-references and jargon. ... Akihisa Mera better known as The Great Kabuki was a Japanese professional wrestler. ... Sunshine Valerie French was a professional wrestling valet better known as Sunshine. ... Professional wrestling has accrued a considerable amount of slang, in-references and jargon. ... Ed Leslie as Brutus The Barber Beefcake. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... Kane bloodied in a cage match with Edge on RAW, showing the current WWE Steel Cage. ...


On Christmas Night in 1985, Adams and Hernandez faced The Cosmic Cowboys in a title-defense, which turned out to be Kevin and Kerry Von Erich, whom they refused to defend the title against earlier. As that match wound down, Hernandez refused to tag Adams, who took a brutal beating at the hands of Kevin and Kerry, claiming that he hurt his knee. With no other alternative, Chris threw Kevin over the rope to end the match, but Adams was furious at Gino for not making the tag. Chris slapped Gino in the face, and after more confrontational words, he left the ring. Shortly thereafter, in an interview at Fort Worth, Hernandez duped announcer Marc Lowrance into believing everything was okay, claiming that he knocked Adams out, and Chris later apologized to him. This brought Adams into the ring, causing Gino to back-track his story, but Lowrance told Adams what Gino said, and that prompted another fight. Hernandez threw Adams to the ringpost at least three times, and by the time Hernandez left the arena, Adams, in an angry rage, vowed to kill 'em when they meet again. Marc Lowrance (born circa 1959) is a former sports anchor and professional wrestling announcer who is best known as one of the voices of World Class Championship Wrestling, a Dallas, Texas-based wrestling organization operated by Fritz Von Erich during the 1980s. ...


This led to a January 27, 1986 encounter at the Convention Center in Fort Worth, where Adams and Hernandez faced each other with the stipulation that the loser would lose his hair again, this time by having Freebird Hair Cream rubbed into the scalp. With the fans completely siding with Adams, Hernandez was in trouble from the opening bell, but did manage to gain some offense with a sleeperhold, which Chris managed to escape. Adams then took control and had the match won, when twice he refused to pin Hernandez (on one occurrence after piledriving Hernandez). While Chris was arguing with referee Rick Hazzard, Hernandez managed to grab the hair cream and throw a dark liquid substance into Adams' eyes, thus "blinding" him. Adams won the match by disqualification, and afterwards, Hazzard and David Manning helped Adams to the shower to flush out the content from his eyes. In an interview Adams did in 2000, Chris said that several wrestling fans followed him home to see if he was actually blinded, and security was needed to protect him.[citation needed] is the 27th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ...


Adams was supposed to sell his injury and take time off to visit relatives in England and then return to Texas to feud with Hernandez, beginning with the Texas Stadium card. Hernandez, however, was found dead on February 4, 1986 from a cocaine overdose, having died approximately three days after his match with Adams.[citation needed] After the match, according to newspaper accounts from Houston, Gino visited a few friends and family in Houston, then returned to Dallas the day before he apparently died. Chris worked an angle in which he was being helped into his Corvette by his wife Toni Adams after a brief interview with announcer Bill Mercer. The angle had to be re-shot because on the first take, Chris (whose eyes were bandaged shut) entered the Corvette the wrong way. Four days after returning to England, Scotland Yard questioned Adams regarding Hernandez's death (which was originally considered a homicide case), but eventually Adams was not considered a suspect, and Gino's death was ruled a suicide by OD. Professional wrestling has accrued a considerable amount of slang, in-references and jargon. ... is the 35th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... New Scotland Yard, London New Scotland Yard, it blowwsssss often referred to simply as Scotland Yard or The Yard, is the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Service, responsible for policing Greater London (although not the City of London itself). ...


Adams returned in May 1986 wrestling for both Texas All Star Wrestling in San Antonio as well as World Class while wearing an eye patch on his left eye for several matches, although, in TASW he later dropped the patch while still wearing it in WCCW. He then worked an angle with Rick Rude, in which Adams won the World Class heavyweight title on July 4, 1986 at Reunion Arena. Adams held the WCCW title until leaving the promotion in September 1986 due to legal troubles (World Class explained the title change occurring in Los Angeles with Black Bart winning the World Class title; however, that match never took place). Richard Erwin Rood, better known by his stage name of Ravishing Rick Rude ( December 7, 1958 - April 20, 1999) was a professional wrestler who performed for many promotions, but is most remembered for his work in WWF/WWE and WCW in the 1980s and 1990s. ... is the 185th day of the year (186th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ...


Also during that year, while returning from a wrestling event in Puerto Rico, Adams head-butted an airline pilot which resulted in a 90-day jail sentence and a $500 fine.


Independent promotions (1987-1998)

In late 1986, Adams defected to the Universal Wrestling Federation, where he became a tag team champion with Terry Taylor in February 1987. Two months later, Taylor and Adams began a violent feud which eventually was carried over to World Class in 1988. Adams also wrestled in Missouri, competing in Mike George's World Wrestling Alliance promotion (formerly Central States Wrestling) and had brief stints in Georgia in Southern Championship Wrestling and Florida before going into promoting his own matches late in the year under the brand L&A Promotions, with Tom Lance as his business partner. The name Universal Wrestling Federation may refer to: An American professional wrestling promotion, forerunner to the WCW. See Universal Wrestling Federation (United States). ... Paul W. Taylor III (born August 12, 1955 in Atlanta, Georgia), better known by his ring name, Terry Taylor, is an American retired professional wrestler. ... Not to be confused with World Championship Wrestling. ... Heart of America Sports Attractions (also known as Central States Wrestling) is an American professional wrestling promotion. ...


In late 1988, Adams began operating his professional wrestling school at the Dallas Sportatorium, upon returning to World Class. Before that, beginning in 1984, he trained other wrestlers behind-the-scenes, including Scott Hall. In 1989, a young loading dock worker, Steve Williams, was among the many students Adams taught professional wrestling, and within five months, he wrestled his first pro match at the Sportatorium. The Dallas Sportatorium, as it looked in the mid-1990s The Sportatorium, located in downtown Dallas, Texas (not to be confused with the Hollywood Sportatorium in Hollywood, Florida or the Tampa Sportatorium in Tampa, Florida), was a barnlike arena used primarily for professional wrestling events. ... This article is about the professional wrestler. ... Steven James Williams (born Steven Anderson on December 18, 1964)[2] better known by his ring name Stone Cold Steve Austin, is an American actor and former professional wrestler. ...


Adams, who had married Toni Adams after he and Jeaninne Clark divorced in 1984, also divorced Toni in 1992. Chris, Jeannie, Toni, and Steve were all good friends and all four had promoted a feud pitting Chris and Toni against Jeannie and Steve in 1990. During one match in which the participants wore anything he wanted in the ring, Adams wore his Judogi and performed many Judo maneuvers. Jeannie was also married to Steve Austin in the 1990s.


In late-1990, following the demise of World Class, Adams competed in the Pat O'Connor Memorial Tag Team Tournament alongside Norman Smiley. The pair competed against the Mexican tag team of Konnan and Rey Misterio, in which the British team lost when Konnan pinned Smiley. During the introductions at the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Adams received a huge ovation from the crowd, due to the past success he had in the region with World Class and the Universal Wrestling Federation (UWF). Pat OConnor was a Formula One driver (Indy 500 only) from the United States. ... Norman Smiley (born February 28, 1965 in Northampton) is a British professional wrestler currently competing for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. ... Charles Ashenoff (sometimes seen Hispanicized as Carlos Ashenoff), (born June 6, 1964 in Santiago de Cuba) better known by his ring name, Konnan, is a semi-retired American professional wrestler and rapper of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent. ... Rey Misterio, Sr. ... Kiel Auditorium was an indoor arena that stood in St. ... The name Universal Wrestling Federation may refer to: An American professional wrestling promotion, forerunner to the WCW. See Universal Wrestling Federation (United States). ...


In 1991, Adams faced more legal woes when he was put on probation for a pair of DUI's, including one while in Pittsburgh. Two years before, in February 1989, he was arrested in Lufkin, Texas after his wife, Toni, was found severely beaten by Chris during a drunken rage, resulting in probation for one year. For other uses, see Under the influence. ... “Pittsburgh” redirects here. ... Lufkin is a city in Angelina County, Texas, United States. ...


Adams also wrestled in various other independent promotions, including the Global Wrestling Federation (GWF), in which he won that federation's Heavyweight Championship twice in 1994, and briefly with Jim Crockett's 1995 version of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). Adams also promoted a tour to Nigeria in 1993 (co-sponsored with Pepsi), which was a huge success.-1... Global Wrestling Federation was a professional wrestling promotion based in Dallas, Texas. ... Jim Crockett was a professional wrestling promoter sometimes known as Jim Crockett, Sr. ... National Wrestling Alliance logo The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) is the largest governing body for a group of independent professional wrestling promotions and sanctions various NWA championships. ...


During his stint in the GWF, Adams was involved in a match against Rod Price, in which Adams by accident tore the hair weave off Price's head, which resulted in stitches on Price's head. He also engaged in a lengthy feud with Iceman Parsons, whose history with Adams dates back to the glory days of World Class. This feud, in which Adams promoted himself, featured Toni Adams as a heel manager, vowing to destroy Chris. During one interview segment, Toni and Iceman were making their plans to vacation in Hawaii, where Chris and Toni married in 1985. Adams also formed a tag team with Kerry Von Erich which ended following Kerry's suicide on February 18, 1993. In a heart-felt tribue to Kerry, Adams was famous for telling the Sportatorium crowd that in his heart, Kerry will never die. Iceman King Parsons Iceman Parsons (born King Parsons) was a professional wrestler that sometimes went by Iceman King Parsons. ... Kerry Gene Adkisson (February 3, 1960 – February 18, 1993) was an American professional wrestler under the ring names Kerry Von Erich, The Modern Day Warrior, and The Texas Tornado and was part of the Von Erich family of professional wrestlers. ...


After his stint in the GWF, Chris competed in the American Wrestling Federation, a Chicago-based organization which, unlike other organizations, promoted under European wrestling moves. Adams, who had experience in European wrestling, often mentioned in the broadcasts of how the European wrestling rules work, and the use of a round system, which is similar to boxing. Chris was also a promoter and wrestler of a few Dallas-based organizations, including Big D Pro Wrestling and the Freestyle Wrestling Federation. The American Wrestling Federation, or AWF, was a national professional wrestling federation founded by Paul Alperstein. ...


World Championship Wrestling (1998-1999)

In 1998, after the AWF folded, Chris began competing in World Championship Wrestling as either a jobber or a mid-carder. He was involved in a few angles, involving one with Lord Steven Regal, another in a battle of superkicks against Glacier, and a feud with Chip Minton, who billed himself as "Mr. World Class", a nickname Adams felt was an insult to his past days in World Class. Adams retaliated by entering the ring with his judogi and defeating Minton on many occasions, with a head-scissors submission, very similar to Kevin Von Erich's head-scissors. Adams also wrestled against David Taylor, another British compatriot, and for a time was teamed with Taylor and Regal as the Blue Bloods. However, Adams and Regal shared legitimate animosity toward each other, and the team was quickly disbanded. For the Australian professional wrestling promotion, see World Championship Wrestling (Australia). ... Professional wrestling has accrued a considerable amount of slang, in-references and jargon. ... Professional wrestling has accrued a considerable amount of slang, in-references and jargon. ... Darren Kenneth Matthews (born May 10, 1968) better known by his ring name William Regal, is an English professional wrestler. ... Raymond M. (Ray) Lloyd is an American professional wrestler. ... Nathan Chip Minton III (born June 9, 1969) is an American bobsledder and professional wrestler who competed in the late 1990s in bobsleigh while competing full time in the now discontinued World Championship Wrestling (WCW). ... Kevin Ross Adkisson (born May 15, 1957 in Belleville, Illinois) is a retired professional wrestler under the ring name Kevin Von Erich of the famous Von Erich Family. ... David Steven Taylor (born May 1, 1957) is an English professional wrestler currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment wrestling on its SmackDown brand. ... -1...


While Adams was involved with the Blue Bloods, he became a heel wrestler for the first time since 1986. While being jeered for the most part by WCW fans, Adams' heel move was praised by many longtime fans, and during a 1999 WCW event in Dallas, Adams drew the largest cheers of any heel wrestler on the card. It has been said that his Blue Bloods partner, Lord Steven Regal, hated Adams, as Adams was very open about his drinking and drug habits, often indulging in front of Regal, who at the time, was trying very hard to kick the habit and Adams' "in your face" attitude regarding openly tempting the recovering Regal made him unpopular in the locker room.[citation needed] In professional wrestling, a heel is a villain character. ...


In late-1999, Adams was granted his release from WCW, unsatisfied with how he was being used in the organization, and returned to Texas as a promoter and part-time wrestler, appearing for a time in the NWA Southwest organization.


Later years

In April 2000, Adams and his girlfriend of four months, Linda Kaphengst, were both found unconscious in a friend's apartment, the victims of an overdose of GHB and alcohol. Adams recovered, but Kaphengst died at a local hospital 10 hours later. Over a year later, he was indicted on a manslaughter charge, which would have resulted in a maximum 20-year prison term if convicted, but Adams did not live long enough for his trial.


On October 7, 2001, Chris Adams was shot dead during a drunken brawl with a friend in Waxahachie, Texas. He was 46 years old. The owner of the gun claimed self-defense. Waxahachie is a city located in Ellis County, Texas. ...


Prior to his death, Adams, who was considered semi-retired, planned to move to Florida and compete in a wrestling organization promoted by Ted DiBiase featuring several former WCW and WWF stars, including Hulk Hogan. Chris was also planning to produce along with Gary Hart, Mickey Grant and others a pro wrestling documentary, which was to have included footage of wrestling matches dating back to the 1930s. This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... 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. ...


Adams is survived by his wife of less than two months, Karen Adams and their three children (Jade, Chris Jr. and Julia). He also had step-children with Karen (Shea and Tyler). He is also survived by his brother Neil Adams and his parents, Cyril and Jean. Neil Adams, MBE (born September 27, 1958) is a British-born judoka who won numerous Olympic and Judo World Championship medals in judo. ...


In wrestling

  • Finishing and signature moves
  • Nicknames
  • "Gentleman" Christopher Adams
  • "Judo" Christopher Adams
  • "Blackbelt" Christopher Adams

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Championships and accomplishments

  • PWI Most Inspirational Wrestler of the Year award in 1986.
  • PWI ranked him # 160 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the "PWI Years" in 2003.
  • PWI ranked him # 65 of the 100 best tag teams of the "PWI Years" with Gino Hernandez in 2003.

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In popular culture

  • Prior to his death, Adams released a shoot interview in 2000, which became one of the best-selling shoot interviews in the industry today.
  • A documentary about Chris Adams, The Gentleman's Choice, is currently in post-production by Mickey Grant's Creative Hat Productions in Dallas, and a six-minute trailer preview to the documentary was recently released. The documentary, like Heroes of World Class, will feature interviews from many of Chris' longtime friends, associates and family, including his brother Neil, Bill Mercer, David Manning, Kevin Adkisson, Brian Gower, his widow Karen Adams, Gary Hart, L.A. Steele, and Miss Lacy.
  • In 1997, a wrestling documentary "Beyond the Mat," film director Barry Blaustein and Ron Howard filmed a Nebraska Main Event between the Chris Adams and his tag partner, Jake Roberts ~VS~ Greg Valentine and L.A. Steele managed by Miss Lacy.
  • Adams also appeared in the film, Universal Soldier with Bill Goldberg and Jean-Claude Van Damme.

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Notes

  1. ^ THE LIFE AND TIMES OF GENTLEMAN CHRIS ADAMS (html). THE NEW WAWLI (Wrestling As We Liked It) PAPERS No. 164-2001. Retrieved on 2007-06-13.
  2. ^ Michael E. Young; Robert Tharp (2001-10-09). Pro wrestler slain long after glory days: Chris Adams grappled with problems since '80s career heyday. Dallas Morning News. Retrieved on 2007-06-13.
  3. ^ Scott Hall Bio (html). Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved on 2007-06-18.
  4. ^ Steve Austin Bio (html). Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved on 2007-06-18.
  5. ^ Chris Adams Arrested (html). The Wrestling Gospel According to Mike Mooneyham (2001-07-01). Retrieved on 2007-06-13.
  6. ^ Chris Adams Latest Casualty of World Class Era (html). The Wrestling Gospel According to Mike Mooneyham (2001-10-13). Retrieved on 2007-06-13.

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References

  • Chris Adams. The ABC of Professional Wrestling.
  • Chris Adams. Heroes of World Class Championship Wrestling.
  • Chris Adams. The Gentleman's Choice. Creative Hat Productions.

External links

  • Official Website
  • Chris Adams at Online World of Wrestling

 
 

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