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Jon Alan Stewart, better known as The Illustrious Jonnie Stewart, is an American professional wrestler. Professional wrestling is generally any form of wrestling in which the wrestlers receive payment for participating. ...

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Wrestling Career

Jonnie Stewart was born in Chicago on March 4, 1967. Although he was a highly talented and nationally recruited high-school football player, his dream of becoming a professional wrestler was never far from his life-long goals. His twenty-year wrestling career started in 1986 while playing football for Memphis State University, now called, the University of Memphis. Stewart met and was trained by Mid-South legend, Buddy Wayne and he had his first match on April 23rd 1986 at the Tad Smith Coliseum [1] located on the campus of the University of Mississippi. Promoter Jerry Jarrett and booker Jerry Lawler saw Stewart's potential and quickly teamed Stewart with wrestler, Van Van Horn, and called the two the Beach Boys. While the team enjoyed huge success in a short period of time, Stewart, who was only 19 at the time, was homesick and was eventually recruited by Dick the Bruiser for his promotion, the World Wrestling Association based in Indianapolis. Chicago (officially named the City of Chicago) is the third largest city in the United States (after New York City and Los Angeles), with an official population of 2,896,016, as of the 2000 census. ... The University of Memphis was founded in Memphis, TN in 1912 as the West Tennessee Normal School. ... The University of Memphis is a public American research university located in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. The University was founded under the auspices of the General Education Bill, enacted by the Tennessee Legislature in 1909. ... The University of Mississippi, also known as Ole Miss, is a public, coeducational research university located in Oxford, Mississippi. ... In genetics, a promoter is a DNA sequence that enables a gene to be transcribed. ... Jerry W. Jarrett (born September 4, 1942 in Nashville, Tennessee) is an American promoter and professional wrestler, and the father of wrestler Jeff Jarrett. ... In geography, Booker is a hamlet in the United Kingdom. ... Jerry ONeil Lawler (born November 29, 1949 in Memphis, Tennessee) is a professional wrestler and wrestling commentator, known throughout the wrestling world as The King. He currently works for World Wrestling Entertainment as a color commentator for its RAW brand. ... Dick the Bruiser, Professional Wrestler DICK THE BRUISER LIVED in Indianapolis, Indiana, “the Crossroads of America,” as the Hoosiers call it. ... WWA (world wrestling assocition) is a promotion that ran in Mexico probaly in Tijauna that featured the Mexicos best luchadors at the time such as Rey Mysterio, La Parka,Juventud ,etc ...

Jonnie Stewart
An image of Jonnie Stewart
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Ring name(s) The Illustrious, The Beach Boy, The Corporate Stooge
Height 6'1
Weight 262
Born 3-4-1967
Chicago, IL
Resides Deerfield, IL
Billed from Pacific Pallisades, CA
Trained by Buddy Wayne
Debut April 23, 1986
Retired Still active

Stewart worked for the WWA for eight months when he was recruited by former AWA worker and Chicago promoter, Sam DeCero. Stewart, DeCero and journeyman wrestler Sonny Rogers started the fledging Windy City Wrestling. He enjoyed great success with Windy City, and in the Spring of 1989 was scouted, interveiwed and hired by the number two promotion in the country, WCW. However, Stewart's deal was quickly blocked by Ric Flair. Paul Heyman recounted the meeting that the decision was made to release Stewart before he even wrestled one match. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (591x882, 60 KB) Summary Photo rights owned by myself, Jon Stewart. ... World Wrestling All-Stars logo. ... The American Wrestling Association (AWA) was a professional wrestling organization, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Tradesperson. ... WCW logo until 1999 World Championship Wrestling or WCW, was a professional wrestling promotion that existed from 1988 to 2001. ... Richard Morgan Fleihr (born February 25, 1949 in Memphis, Tennessee), better known by his ring name The Nature Boy Ric Flair, is an American professional wrestler currently with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) on its RAW brand. ... Paul Heyman (born September 11, 1965, Scarsdale, New York) is a professional wrestling manager, on-air talent, and former promoter. ...


"We were in a booking and talent meeting and Jim Barnett, who's orders were to find new, young talent, recruited Brian Pillman, Tom Zenk, Johhny Ace and Stewart. But when Stewart's name came up for a vote of approval, Ric Flair stood up and barked "We don't need another Ric Flair ripoff" and Heyman swears that Flair also threatened the front office that if Stewart was hired he'd quit."


Following the confrontation, WCW released Stewart and he was quickly signed by Verne Gagne and his AWA promotion, based out of Minneapolis. The AWA televised it's shows on ESPN back then and Stewart's televised matches against Sgt. Slaughter, Paul Diamond and Buck Zumhofe, help Stewart quickly became one of the AWA's top draws. In 1989, Pro Wrestling Illustrated named Stewart to the top-ten rising superstars in wrestling and runner up to Rookie of the Year award won by the AWA Tag-Team Champions, The Destruction Crew. When the AWA went bankrupt in 1990, Stewart went back to college and played one season of varsity football for the North Park University Vikings. WCW logo until 1999 World Championship Wrestling or WCW, was a professional wrestling promotion that existed from 1988 to 2001. ... Verne Gagne (born May 10, 1923) is a former professional wrestler, trainer and wrestling promoter. ... The American Wrestling Association (AWA) was a professional wrestling organization, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... This article is about the city in Minnesota. ... The American Wrestling Association (AWA) was a professional wrestling organization, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... ESPN (formerly an initialism for the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... // Wrestling Career Sgt. ... Paul Diamond Tom Boric was a professional wrestler better known as Paul Diamond. ... Buck Zumhofe was a professional wrestler better known as Buck Rock n Roll Zumhofe, wrestlings self proclaimed original rock and roller. ... Hulk Hogan on the cover of the November 1994 issue of Pro Wrestling Illustrated. ... The American Wrestling Association (AWA) was a professional wrestling organization, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... North Park University is a four-year university located at 3225 W. Foster Avenue on the north side of Chicago, Illinois in the North Park neighborhood. ...


Finishing and signature moves

Stewart's career from 1991 to 1996 was not very memorable. He had a few short appearances for WCW and performed for the now defunct W.I.N.G.S. promotion in Japan. It was in 1996, that Stewart along with friend and former AWA road agent, Dale Gagner, incorporated the AWA in the state of Minnesota and opened up the promotion as AWA Superstars of Wrestling. Stewart than won the AWA World Heavyweight Championship on June 6, 1996 at the Mayo Stadium [2] in Rochester, Minnesota defeating Larry Gilgorovich in under twenty minutes. Attacking maneuvers in professional wrestling are mainly used to wear down an opponent for a submission hold, or set up for a throw. ... Attacking maneuvers in professional wrestling are mainly used to wear down an opponent for a submission hold, or set up for a throw. ... Professional wrestling holds include a number of set moves and pins used by competitors to immobilize their opponents. ... Professional wrestling holds include a number of set moves and pins used by competitors to immobilize their opponents. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (591x882, 60 KB) Summary Photo rights owned by myself, Jon Stewart. ... WCW logo until 1999 World Championship Wrestling or WCW, was a professional wrestling promotion that existed from 1988 to 2001. ... In professional wrestling, a road agent is an employee who travels with the wrestlers and acts as a liaison between the wrestlers and management. ... The American Wrestling Association (AWA) was a professional wrestling organization, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... Official language(s) None Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Area  Ranked 12th  - Total 87,014 sq mi (225,365 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 8. ... The AWA Superstars of Wrestling was the reopening of the former promotion American Wrestling Association restarted in 1996 under the ownership of Dale Gagne with new owners as an independent promotion called AWA Superstars of Wrestling. ... AWA World Title Belt 1987-1990 The AWA World Heavyweight Championship, the most prestigious championship in the American Wrestling Association, was established in May 1960, after the first champion, Pat OConnor, was crowned on January 9, 1959. ... Location Government Country   State     County United States   Minnesota     Olmsted Founded 1854 Mayor Ardell Brede Geographical characteristics Area     City 103. ...


For ten years, Stewart has been the promotion's Vice President of Talent Relations and one of its most consistent main event performers. Stewart's second AWA career has put him in the main event with legends like: Dusty Rhodes, Road Warrior Hawk, Honky Tonk Man, King Kong Bundy, Sgt. Slaughter, Tito Santana, Rowdy Roddy Piper and Superfly Snuka. Stewart's fifteen matches with former WWE superstar, George "the Animal" Steele (James Meyers) especially a match called the Colorado Bloodbath that took place at the Stampede Arena in 2000, is still the talk of many Internet wrestling chatrooms. Many 'old-school' wrestlers, who have worked Stewart, have gone on the record to claim that, Stewart is one of the easiest wrestlers they have ever worked...which is a very high compliment given to a performer in the wrestling business. The American Wrestling Association (AWA) was a professional wrestling organization, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... There have been at least seven men known by the name Dusty Rhodes: George Dusty Rhodes, born July 23rd 1916 in Clowne, Derbyshire, UK. A British Army Sergeant in the 70th Field Regiment Royal Artillery in the Second World War 1939 - 1945 who fought in the British Eighth Army North... Michael Hegstrand, best known as Road Warrior Hawk (January 26, 1957-October 19, 2003) was an American professional wrestler born in Chicago, Illinois. ... Wayne Farris (born January 25, 1953 in Memphis, Tennessee) is better known as the Honky Tonk Man. ... Chris Pallies (born November 7, 1957 in Atlantic City, New Jersey) is an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, King Kong Bundy. ... // Wrestling Career Sgt. ... Merced Solis (born May 10, 1953, Mission, Texas) better known by his ring name Tito Santana, was a Mexican professional wrestler whose career spanned from the late 70s to the early 90s. ... Roderick George Toombs (born on April 17, 1954 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), best known by his stage name of Rowdy Roddy Piper, is a Canadian professional wrestler of Scottish descent. ... James Reiher (born 18th May, 1943) is a legendary professional wrestler, especially popular in the 1980s as Superfly Jimmy Snuka. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, or WWE, is a professional wrestling promotion, currently the largest in North America. ... George Steele, better known as George The Animal Steele (b. ...


Trivia

  • Jonnie Stewart once played a college football game and performed for the AWA all in one day and in two different states
  • In May of 1990, Jonnie Stewart, was awarded, Busiest Wrestler of the Month by PWI editor Bill Apter when he wrestled for the AWA, WCW and the USWA all within the same month
  • Jonnie Stewart was once the tag-team partner of John Laurinaitis aka Johnny Ace and the tag-team The Dynamic Dudes
  • His nickname growing up was, Ollie
  • He is an alumnus of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternal system
  • In sharp contrast to his wrestling persona, Stewart was a Catholic altar boy for five years
  • A story that received national media attention happen when an Ogden, Utah charter school called the DaVinci Academy, booked Jonnie Stewart for its 2006 gala in the mistaken belief that he was actually The Daily Show host Jon Stewart. Upon discovering its mistake, the school cancelled the booking. Feature stories on the mishap ran in every major newspaper and tv show including: GMA, Today Show, CBS Morning Show, Fox and Friends, MTV, Inside Edition, Live with Regis and Kelly, AP, UPI, and over 78 radio stations across the country. The story hit it's peak when AOL put Stewart as their lead, front-page story...an honor never bestowed to a professional wrestler before or since.

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Best Quotes From and About Jonnie Stewart

  • "Part of the money I will spend on gambling, part on booze and part on women...the rest I'll spend foolishly." Jonnie Stewart talking about the way he'd spend his portion of the million dollar Team Challenge Series
  • "I'm starting to believe that Jonnie Stewart is the gum on the shoe of life." ESPN announcer Lee Marshall seeing Jonnie Stewart at ringside for the fifth time of an AWA TV taping
  • "He's running for public office...how perfect...because in my opinion he's spent his whole life sitting around locker rooms and waiting for someone to nominate him President of the world!" Ken Patera
  • "The last time I got this excited was when my Google stock hit 405.00!." Jonnie Stewart while seeing blonde bombshell manager, Lisa Cooper.
  • "I'd say more about this great man, Nick Bockwinkel, except I can't read the rest of his handwriting." Jonnie Stewart color commentator AWA
  • "His childhood was so pathetic, he was the kid next door's imaginary friend." Jonnie Stewart commenting on George "the Animal" Steele (James Meyers) in a Denver newspaper
  • "Well you went to Catholic school Jonnie, didn't you appreciate it?" Asks play by play man, Mick Karsh. Stewart's response, "You know, you don't appreciate a lot of stuff in Catholic school until you get older. Little things like being spanked every day by a middle aged woman...stuff you pay good money for later in life." Mick Karsh's response, "My God...death where is thy sting"!"
  • "Women...can't live with them, can't bury them in the back yard without the neighbors seeing." Jonnie Stewart, commenting about Tammy Sytch as she gave a groin kick to wrestler Adrian Lynch in a co-ed match
  • "She's so dumb she once sent me a fax with a stamp on it." Jonnie Stewart talking about a former AWA secretary
  • "He's so horrible looking I heard his mother used to feed him with a slingshot." Jonnie Stewart on a Las Vegas radio station talking about George "the Animal" Steele (James Meyers)
  • "I haven't spoken to Nick Bockwinkel in years...I didn't want to interrupt him." Jonnie Stewart at a press conference for SuperClash '99

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Political Career and More

In 2000, Jonnie Stewart received national headlines when he ran unsuccessfully for the United States Congress, in the affluent Illinois' 10th Congressional District, losing to current Illinois Congressman, Mark Steven Kirk. Feature stories about Stewart's campaign ran in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly and the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune. Stewart also appeared on CNN, the O'Reilly Factor, Hannity and Colmes and NBC's Today Show to discuss his candidacy for U.S. Congress. Seal of the Congress. ... Mark Steven Kirk (born September 15, 1959), American politician, has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since 2001, representing the 10th District of Illinois. ... The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ... The Los Angeles Times (also known as the LA Times) is a daily newspaper published in Los Angeles, California and distributed throughout the western United States. ... ... Congressional Quarterly (CQ) produces a number of publications that report primarily on the United States Congress. ... New Chicago Sun-Times home located at 350 N. Orleans St. ... The Chicago Tribune, formerly self-styled as the Worlds Greatest Newspaper, remains one of the principal daily newspapers of the midwestern United States. ... The Cable News Network, usually referred to as CNN, is a cable television network founded in 1980 by Ted Turner. ... The OReilly Factor is a show on FOX News hosted by Bill OReilly that discusses political and social issues of the day, with both conservative and liberal guests. ... Categories: Television stubs ... NBC, (Formerly an acronym for the National Broadcasting Company until 2004), is an American television and radio network based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... The Today Show (officially called Today) is currently, a long-running morning news show airing on the NBC television network in the United States. ... The Congress of the United States is the legislative branch of the federal government of the United States of America. ...


During his wrestling years, Stewart also played semi-professional football with three organizations: the Chicago Chargers, the Chicago Panthers who were in the Mid Continental Football League and one season with the professional developmental football team, the Los Angeles Inferno. Stewart also drove Formula 2000 race-cars and worked on the pit crew of NASCAR and ARCA driver Bill Venturini who also guided Stewart's fledging racing career. The Mid Continental Football League (MCFL) is a semi-pro football league the currently consisting of ten teams in the Kentucky (1), Indiana (1), Ohio (3), and Michigan (5) areas. ... The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... The Auto Racing Club of America (ARCA) is an auto racing sanctioning body in the United States. ...


He is also the co-author of the movie script entitled, York [3] which is a movie about the only African-American to accompany Lewis and Clark on their historic journey west. Additionaly, Stewart's independent automobile dealership, that he owns with his father, will be featured on a reality show called, Tire Kickers, and will appear on cable TV in the Fall of 2006. The Lewis and Clark expedition (1804-1806) was the first American overland expedition to the Pacific coast and back. ...


Stewart currently resides in Deerfield, IL which is located on Chicago's North Shore, with his wife Joann and their three children. Deerfield is a village located in Lake County, Illinois. ... Historically, North Shore referred to the area serviced by the Chicago & Milwaukee Railroad along Lake Michigans western shore between Chicago and Milwaukee. ...


External links

  • The Official Website of Jon Stewart

 
 

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