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Ray Traylor
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Ring name(s) Big Bubba Rogers
(The) Big Bossman
(The) Big Boss Man
The Boss
(The) Boss Man
The Guardian Angel
Ray Traylor
Billed height 6 ft 6 in (201 cm)
Billed weight 305 lb (142 kg) - 357 pounds (162 kg)
Born May 2, 1962(1962-05-02)
Marietta, Georgia
Died September 22, 2004 (aged 42)
Paulding County, Georgia
Billed from The Department of Corrections in Cobb County, Georgia
Trained by Mickey Henry
Debut 1985
Retired September 22, 2004 (death)

Raymond ("Ray") Traylor (May 2, 1962September 22, 2004) was an American professional wrestler. He was perhaps best known for his appearances with World Wrestling Entertainment under the ring name The Big Bossman (sometimes spelled The Big Boss Man). Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... May 2 is the 122nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (123rd in leap years). ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Historic Downtown Marietta Marietta is a city located in central Cobb County, Georgia GR6, and is its county seat. ... is the 265th day of the year (266th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Paulding County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. ... Cobb County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. ... is the 265th day of the year (266th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... May 2 is the 122nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (123rd in leap years). ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 265th day of the year (266th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the video game, see Pro Wrestling (video game). ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...

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Wrestling career

Early career

A prison guard that moonlighted as a wrestler, Traylor first debuted for the AWA and then for the National Wrestling Alliance's Jim Crockett Promotions in 1986 under his given name as a jobber. After wrestling a handful of matches, booker Dusty Rhodes saw potential in him and took him off TV for a few months to be repackaged. He would re-emerge under the name Big Bubba Rogers, serving as the silent bodyguard of manager Jim Cornette. This would lead to them feuding across the country in a precursor to "Hardcore" Battle Royales called The Bunkhouse Stampede, in which the winner of the most Battle Royales would win a $100,000 USD (kayfabe) cash prize. Bubba and Rhodes ended up tied in the number of wins at the end of the Bunkhouse Stampede Tour, leading to a 1 on 1 match to decide who got the prize. Rhodes came away victorious. He also wrestled in the Universal Wrestling Federation, where he won the UWF Heavyweight Title from his future tag team partner One Man Gang in 1987. The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) is the largest governing body for a group of independent professional wrestling promotions and sanctions various NWA championships. ... Jim Crockett Promotions was the name of a professional wrestling promotion owned by Jim Crockett, Jr. ... A job is professional wrestling slang referring to a performer who loses a match. ... Professional wrestling has accrued a considerable amount of slang, in-references and jargon. ... Virgil Riley Runnels, Jr. ... James (Jim) Cornette (born September 17, 1961) is an American professional wrestling manager, commentator, promoter, and booker. ... The Bunkhouse Stampede was a battle royale where the wrestlers were allowed to bring weapons to the match. ... USD redirects here. ... 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 unstaged or worked. ... The Universal Wrestling Federation was owner Bill Watts attempt at taking his Mid-South Wrestling promotion to a national level in 1986. ... Akeem redirects here. ...


World Wrestling Federation (1988-1993)

By 1988, Traylor had joined the World Wrestling Federation as The Big Bossman, a character who was formerly a prison guard in Cobb County, Georgia (Traylor had actually been a jail guard for a time in that area, a fact the WWF exploited to bring in the character Nailz, a former convict who believed Traylor had wronged him). Traylor enjoyed a good deal of success in the company. As a heel, he challenged for Hulk Hogan's WWF World Championship and also teamed with Akeem to form the Twin Towers. On an edition of Saturday Night's Main Event in 1989, he and Hogan faced each other in a memorable steel cage match for the WWF Title in which Hogan superplexed the 350 pound Traylor off the top of the cage. He later became a face, befriending Hogan and opposing Bobby Heenan's stable of wrestlers, the Heenan Family. This included a memorable encounter with Mr. Perfect at WrestleMania VII in 1991. Boss Man would go on to beat wrestlers such as Ted DiBiase, Dino Bravo, Rick Rude, and The Mountie. He also feuded with former tag team partner Akeem, defeating him in less than two minutes at WrestleMania VI. After losing a match to Bam Bam Bigelow at the Royal Rumble 1993, Traylor left the WWF for WCW. World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... Cobb County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. ... For other uses, see Kevin Kelly. ... In professional wrestling, a heel is a villain character. ... 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. ... The World Wrestling Entertainment Championship or WWE Championship or WWE Heavyweight Championship, formerly known as the WWF Championship and WWWF Championship as the company name changed, is the top prize in the WWE, though exclusive to its Smackdown! brand since August 26, 2002 while the World Heavyweight Championship is exclusive... Akeem redirects here. ... Saturday Nights Main Event was a professional wrestling program occasionally aired between 1985-1991 on the NBC television network and twice in 1992 on FOX. As such it was a rare example of professional wrestling being broadcast on an over-the-air commercial television network after the 1950s, and... 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. ... Bobby The Brain Heenan (born Raymond Louis Heenan on November 1, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former American professional wrestling manager and commentator. ... Professional wrestling has accrued a considerable amount of slang, in-references and jargon. ... Curtis Michael Hennig (March 28, 1959 – February 10, 2003), also known by his ring name Mr. ... WrestleMania VII was the seventh annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). ... Theodore Marvin Ted DiBiase Sr. ... Adolfo Bresciano (August 6, 1948 - March 11, 1993) was an Italian-born professional wrestler, best known for his work as Dino Bravo, self-proclaimed Worlds Strongest Man. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Jacques Rougeau (born June 13, 1960) is a French-Canadian professional wrestler from Saint-Sulpice, Quebec, best known for his appearances in the 1980s and 1990s with the World Wrestling Federation under his own name, and as The Mountie. ... WrestleMania VI was the World Wrestling Federations (WWF) sixth WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event and the first to be held outside of the U.S. It took place on April 1, 1990 at the SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario with an announced attendance of 67,678. ... Scott Charles Bigelow (September 1, 1961 – January 19, 2007) was an American professional wrestler, best known by the stage name Bam Bam Bigelow. ... Royal Rumble 1993 was the sixth annual Royal Rumble professional wrestling pay-per-view event from the World Wrestling Federation. ...


World Championship Wrestling (1993-1998)

After leaving the WWF in 1993, Traylor had a brief stint in All Japan Pro Wrestling before returning to the United States to work for World Championship Wrestling. Traylor was originally known as The Boss, but the WWF legal department determined the character to be too similar to the one that Traylor had portrayed in the WWF and forced WCW to change it. As a result, Traylor became the Guardian Angel. He feuded with Big Van Vader for most of 1994. Soon, Traylor returned to his original Big Bubba character. Big Bubba defeated Sting at Uncensored in March 1995. All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) (全日本プロレス, zen nihon puroresu) is a Japanese professional wrestling promotion established in 1972. ... For the Australian professional wrestling promotion, see World Championship Wrestling (Australia). ... For the football player of the same name see Leon White (football player). ... Uncensored was an annual PPV in World Championship Wrestling held in the month of March from 1995 through 2000. ...


Big Bubba joined the Dungeon of Doom faction before eventually defecting to the nWo. Eventually, a loophole in Bubba's contract forced him out of the nWo (according to storylines). As a result of this, Bubba became a face once again and began competing under his real name - Ray Traylor. He frequently worked with the Steiner Brothers during this time period. He began feuding with the nWo, defeating several nWo members such as Scott Hall, Curt Hennig, and Vincent. The Dungeon of Doom was the name of a British professional wrestling stable and a faction in World Championship Wrestling that existed from 1995 to 1997 // The Dungeon of Doom is a British tag team. ... The New World Order was a stable of wrestlers, originally in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and later in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). ... The Steiner Brothers are the professional wrestling tag team of American brothers Robert Rick Steiner Rechsteiner and Scott Scott Steiner Rechsteiner. ... This article is about the professional wrestler. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment (1998-2003)

Eventually, Traylor would return to the WWF on the October 12, 1998 episode of RAW is War, once again under his Big Bossman persona, but wearing a SWAT-style uniform instead of his old police uniform. This was the most successful portion of Traylor's career, where he was remade from a "hick cop" into a bully-type personal security officer, or bodyguard-type character, willing to do anything for a price. He was immediately established as a top of the mid-card character, quite a departure from the lower mid-card status he had in WCW just weeks previously. He was introduced as a member of The Corporation, a group of wrestlers controlled by WWF owner Vince McMahon to combat Stone Cold Steve Austin as well as the infamous D-Generation X, as The Corporation's "personal security". The Boss Man would have several matches with Austin. He won the WWF Tag Team Titles with Ken Shamrock and beat Al Snow for the WWF Hardcore Title, a feud which included the infamous storyline involving Al's dog Pepper, leading eventually to the much-maligned Kennel From Hell match at Unforgiven 1999. While still a member of the Corporation, Bossman competed at WrestleMania XV. In fact, he was feuding with The Undertaker (as the Corporation at the time feuded with the Undertaker and his newly formed "Ministry of Darkness", despite both being heel factions). This led to what seemed like the nadir of the Hell in a Cell tradition, as 'Taker beat Bossman inside the Cell at WrestleMania XV, including a "hanging" of Bossman by the Undertaker himself, which left him suspended about 15 feet in the air, motionless. is the 285th day of the year (286th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about Special Weapons and Tactics. ... The Corporation was a heel stable in the late 90s in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). ... Vincent Kennedy McMahon (born August 25, 1945) is an American wrestling promoter, occasional professional wrestler, on-screen personality, former play-by-play announcer, and film producer. ... 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. ... D-X redirects here. ... This article is about the tag team championship that is currently defended on the RAW brand of WWE. For SmackDown!s tag team championship, see WWE Tag Team Championship. ... Ken Shamrock (born Kenneth Wayne Kilpatrick on February 11, 1964 in Macon, Georgia) is an American mixed martial arts fighter. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... World Wrestling Entertainments Hardcore Championship was a championship defended under hardcore rules: No Disqualifications, meaning all weapons and interference are legal. ... WrestleMania XV was the fifteenth annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). ... For the Combichrist song, see Everybody Hates You Mark Calaway (born March 24, 1965[2][3]) is an American professional wrestler, better known by the ring name The Undertaker. ... The Ministry of Darkness was a professional wrestling heel stable in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) during the Attitude Era of the late 1990s. ... Hell in a Cell (sometimes referred to as Hell in the Cell) is a type of professional wrestling match seen in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in which the ring and ringside area are surrounded by a roofed steel cell which stands 16 feet (5 meters), or, more recently, 20 feet... WrestleMania XV was the fifteenth annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). ...


After his return, he would eventually go on to feud with The Big Show over the WWF Championship. This feud is infamous for a skit where Boss Man showed up at Big Show's (kayfabe) deceased father's funeral and proceeded to steal Show's father's casket by rigging it to the back of his car (the Bluesmobile from the Blues Brothers, complete with the large public announcement horn) and driving off. In a desperate attempt to stop the theft, The Big Show jumped onto the coffin as it was being towed away, riding atop the coffin for a few yards until he lost his grip and tumbled off. Also during the angle, the Bossman uttered the popular, yet often misquoted line, "Ya hear that Paul Wight, you're a nasty bastard and your momma said so!" Bossman beat The Rock to become the #1 contender for the WWF Championship on the November 15, 1999 Raw. This feud ended with Boss Man being crushed by Big Show at the Armaggedon pay-per-view. Paul Randall Wight, Jr. ... The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Championship is a professional wrestling world championship in World Wrestling Entertainment. ... In professional wrestling, a promo is short for promotional interview, a dialogue or monologue used to advance a storyline. ... The Blues Brothers: Dan Aykroyd (left) and the late John Belushi The Blues Brothers is the name of a blues band fronted, incognito, by comedians Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. ... Dwayne Douglas Johnson[2] (born May 2, 1972) better known by his former ring name The Rock, is an American actor and former professional wrestler. ... Armageddon is a professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment. ...


Boss Man appeared at the Royal Rumble 2000 in the Royal Rumble match. Boss Man eliminated Rikishi (with 5 other Superstars), Chyna and Faarooq before being eliminated by The Rock. He was the third longest lasting Superstar in the Rumble. On the March 19, 2000 edition of Sunday Night Heat, Boss Man introduced Protégé Bull Buchanan, a wrestler who dressed similar to The Boss Man, to the WWF. They formed a tag team which lasted until the end of the year when Bull joined the Right to Censor. Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan defeated The Godfather and D'Lo Brown at WrestleMania 2000, and beat the APA the following month at Backlash. The team split on the June 5, 2000 edition of Raw Is War. After they lost to the Hardy Boyz, Buchanan and Boss Man began to argue which led to shoving and eventually Boss Man knocking out Buchanan with his Night Stick when Buchanan's back was turned. is the 78th day of the year (79th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... WWE Sunday Night HEAT also known as Sunday Night HEAT or HEAT is the Sunday night professional wrestling show for World Wrestling Entertainment. ... Barry Buchanan (born January 5, 1968 in Eddyville, Kentucky) is an American professional wrestler, best known for his appearances as Bull Buchanan and B² in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). ... Steven Richards, leader of RTC (Right to Censor). ... Charles Wright[1] (born May 16, 1961) is an American businessman and retired professional wrestler. ... DLo Brown (also written D-Lo Brown) [2][1] (born Accie A.C. Connor on October 22, 1972 in Burlington, New Jersey), is an American professional wrestler. ... This article is about the professional wrestling pay-per-view event. ... The Acolytes Protection Agency, also known as Hells Henchmen, The Acolytes, or The A.P.A., were a professional wrestling tag team in the World Wrestling Federation, active between October 1998 and March 2004. ... Backlash is an annual professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment, which started in 1999 and is held normally in April (with the exception of 2005). ... is the 156th day of the year (157th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... The Hardy Boyz (also known as the The Hardys and Team Xtreme) is a professional wrestling tag team in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) that consists of real life brothers Matt and Jeff Hardy. ...


When Traylor returned from an injury in late 2001, he was given a role as the tag team partner of Booker T, as simply The Boss Man. Boss Man served as an enforcer again, only this time for Booker T as well as helping Vince McMahon. The team quietly split in late January 2002, and from there on Boss Man served mostly as a jobber. In April 2002 he was drafted to the RAW brand, forming a short lived tag team with Mr. Perfect. In June 2002, Traylor was then assigned to train new wrestlers in Ohio Valley Wrestling before ultimately being released from WWE in 2003. His last high-profile series of matches was in a tournament for the vacant International Wrestling Association of Japan heavyweight title. He made it all the way to the finals before being defeated by old rival Jim Duggan. Robert Booker Tio Huffman[2] (born March 1, 1965)[2], better known by his wrestling personas Booker T and King Booker, is an American professional wrestler. ... Curtis Michael Hennig (March 28, 1959 – February 10, 2003), also known by his ring name Mr. ... Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) is an American independent professional wrestling promotion based in Louisville, Kentucky. ... International Wrestling Association of Japan, more commonly known as IWA Japan, is a Japanese professional wrestling promotion operating since 1994. ... James Stuart Duggan (born January 14, 1954), better known by his ring name Hacksaw Jim Duggan, is an American professional wrestler, currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment wrestling on its RAW brand. ...


Death

Traylor died in his home at age 42 from a heart attack in Paulding County, Georgia on September 22, 2004. He is survived by his wife and two daughters. A formal cause of Traylor's heart attack has never been released.[[1] Heart attack redirects here. ... Paulding County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. ... is the 265th day of the year (266th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Wrestling facts

  • Finishing and signature moves
  • Signature illegal weapons
  • Managers

((Bam Bam Bigoleo)) A Powerslam is a professional wrestling body slam move in which the wrestler performing the slam falls face-down on top of his/her opponent. ... A Powerslam is a professional wrestling body slam move in which the wrestler performing the slam falls face-down on top of his/her opponent. ... Attacking maneuvers in the kayfabe of professional wrestling are mainly used to wear down an opponent for a submission hold or as a set up for a throw. ... One wrestler has a bear hug on the other, and uses it for a takedown attempt, if the person being hugged is taken down from behind in an attempt to escape from the referee position, the move is known as a mat return. In wrestling, the bear hug (also known... Attacking maneuvers in the kayfabe of professional wrestling are mainly used to wear down an opponent for a submission hold or as a set up for a throw. ... A bolo punch is a punch used in boxing. ... A Powerbomb is a professional wrestling move in which an opponent is lifted up (usually so that they are sitting on the wrestlers shoulders) and then slammed back-first down to the mat. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... “Truncheon” redirects here. ... A pair of handcuffs Handcuffs are restraint devices designed to secure an individuals wrists close together. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... James (Jim) Cornette (born September 17, 1961) is an American professional wrestling manager, commentator, promoter, and booker. ... Theodore Marvin Ted DiBiase Sr. ... The Mouth of the South Jimmy Hart (also known as The Colonel) (born January 1, 1943 in Memphis, Tennessee) is a professional wrestling manager, executive, composer and musician. ... Kenneth Ken Johnson, better known to wrestling fans as Slick, is a former WWF manager of such wrestlers as the Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff, Butch Reed, Big Boss Man, Akeem, The Warlord, Paul Roma, and others. ...


Championships and accomplishments

big boss man champion The Universal Wrestling Federation was owner Bill Watts attempt at taking his Mid-South Wrestling promotion to a national level in 1986. ... The UWF Heavyweight Title was the premier title in the Universal Wrestling Federation. ... The UWF Heavyweight Title was the premier title in the Universal Wrestling Federation. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... World Wrestling Entertainments Hardcore Championship was a championship defended under hardcore rules: No Disqualifications, meaning all weapons and interference are legal. ... The WWE Hardcore Championship was a professional wrestling title competed for in World Wrestling Entertainment under hardcore rules. ... This article is about the tag team championship that is currently defended on the RAW brand of WWE. For SmackDown!s tag team championship, see WWE Tag Team Championship. ... The World Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling tag team title. ... Ken Shamrock (born Kenneth Wayne Kilpatrick on February 11, 1964 in Macon, Georgia) is an American mixed martial arts fighter. ...

  • PWI ranked him # 138 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the PWI Years in 2003.
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter
  • Most Improved Wrestler award in 1987

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Goodbye Bossman (0 words)
I could sit here and quote Ray Traylor's accolades from - and contributions to - the professional wrestling industry, but the majority of the fans who will read this already know how great Ray Traylor was.
I remember Ray Traylor took time out of his day to come over to me and introduce himself.
I believe that Ray believed in his character, his ability, and I believe he enjoyed the sport as well as the fans.
Ray Traylor (476 words)
Ray Traylor (May 2, 1962 - September 22, 2004) was a professional wrestler best known for playing the character of the Big Boss Man in the World Wrestling Federation (now World Wrestling Entertainment).
Traylor was originally known as "The Boss," but the WWF legal department determined the character to be too similar to the one that Traylor had portrayed in the WWF and forced WCW to change it.
When Traylor returned from that injury, he was given a role as the bodyguard of Booker T, but the new gimmick was ultimately not successful.
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