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The Honky Tonk Man
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Ring name(s) The Honky Tonk Man
Billed height 6' 1"
Billed weight 271
Born January 25, 1953 (1953-01-25) (age 55)
Memphis, Tennessee
Resides Phoenix, Arizona
Billed from Memphis, Tennessee
Trained by Herb Welch
Debut 1977

Roy Wayne Farris (born January 25, 1953) is an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name The Honky Tonk Man. Currently working on the independent circuit, he has previously worked for World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... is the 25th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... January 7 - President Harry S. Truman announces the United States has developed a hydrogen bomb. ... Nickname: Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: , Country State County Maricopa Incorporated February 25, 1881 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Phil Gordon (D) Area  - City  515. ... For other uses, see Memphis (disambiguation). ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... is the 25th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... January 7 - President Harry S. Truman announces the United States has developed a hydrogen bomb. ... For the video game, see Pro Wrestling (video game). ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... -1... For the Australian professional wrestling promotion, see World Championship Wrestling (Australia). ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ...

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Wrestling Career

World Wrestling Federation (1986-1990)

Farris was best known for his portrayal as The Honky Tonk Man in the World Wrestling Federation, from 1986 through 1990. Originally pushed as a face wrestler with an Elvis impersonator gimmick, Honky soon cut a series of promos that aired on the WWF's syndicated programming asking fans for a "vote of confidence." The results came back negative, and it wasn't long before Honky became a cocky heel and took on Jimmy "Mouth of the South" Hart as his manager. Hart was billed as "The Colonel" for Honky's matches, a reference to Col. Tom Parker. Elvis Impersonators An Elvis impersonator is someone who impersonates or copies Elvis Presley either as a hobby, career in entertainment or occasionally for fun. ... In professional wrestling, a heel is a villain character. ... 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. ... Colonel Tom Parker (born Andreas Cornelius van Kuijk on June 26, 1909 – January 21, 1997), was an American/Dutch entertainment impresario known best as the manager of Elvis Presley. ...


Honky's first major feud came against Jake "the Snake" Roberts, who was in the midst of a face turn. The feud intensified when Honky attacked Roberts on his talk show set, The Snake Pit. One of the feud's better-known moments came at WrestleMania III, where Honky grabbed the ring ropes to score a tainted win; afterward, Roberts cleared the ring of Honky before he and Alice Cooper attacked Hart with Roberts' python, Damien. Aurelian Jake Smith, Jr. ... 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. ... WrestleMania III was the third annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). ... Alice Cooper (born February 4, 1948) is an American rock singer, songwriter and musician whose career spans four decades. ...


During a television taping on June 2, 1987 in Buffalo, New York, Honky upset Ricky "the Dragon" Steamboat and won the WWF Intercontinental Championship; Honky reversed Steamboat's inside cradle and grabbed onto the bottom ropes for extra leverage to get the pin. One of the first wrestlers to congratulate Honky on the win was a man who at the time was finishing a fierce feud with Steamboat, but would go on to be one of Honky's most bitter rivals: Randy "Macho Man" Savage. Honky quickly adopted a cowardly heel persona, often getting himself counted out or disqualified on purpose against challengers such as Steamboat, Billy Jack Haynes, Bruno Sammartino and George "The Animal" Steele, taking advantage of a loophole that allowed him to keep his title. Also during this time, Honky began using the entrance theme, "Cool, Cocky, Bad," a 50s-styled, narcissistic-themed song performed by Farris and included on Piledriver - The Wrestling Album 2, the WWF's second album of wrestling themes. is the 153rd day of the year (154th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Nickname: Location of Buffalo in New York State Coordinates: , Country State County Erie Government  - Mayor Byron Brown (D) Area  - City 52. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Intercontinental Championship is a professional wrestling championship in World Wrestling Entertainment. ... Randall Mario Poffo (born November 15, 1952 in Columbus, Ohio) better known by his ring name Macho Man Randy Savage, is a former American professional wrestler. ... William Haynes, Jr. ... Bruno Leopoldo Francesco Sammartino (born October 6, 1935), is a former professional wrestler, best known for being the longest-running champion of the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF), holding the title across two reigns for over 12 years in total, as well as the longest World Heavyweight Championship reign in... George Steele, better known as George The Animal Steele, real name William James (Jim) Myers (b. ... Piledriver:The Wrestling Album 2 was an album released by the World Wrestling Federation in 1987. ...


By September 1987, Savage was in the midst of a face turn and began challenging Honky for the Intercontinental title (after Honky had made comments about himself being "the greatest Intercontinental champion of all time" and disparaging comments about former champions, particularly Savage). Although they had several matches beforehand — they had also met in 1986, when the then-heel Savage was champion and challenged by the face Honky — the first Savage-Honky match to air on national television was part of a Saturday Night's Main Event taping September 23 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. During that match, Savage nearly defeated Honky until Honky's allies, the Hart Foundation (who had interfered throughout the match), ran into the ring and brutally attacked Savage, getting Honky disqualified. Savage's valet, Miss Elizabeth, attempted to stop the carnage but Honky shoved her down and she fled to the locker room; meanwhile, Honky completed his attempt to break his guitar over Savage's head. Shortly thereafter, Elizabeth returned with Savage's former rival, Hulk Hogan, who aided Savage in running off the heels (leading to the formation of The Mega Powers). Saturday Nights Main Event is a professional wrestling television program that aired occasionally from 1985 to 1991, under the World Wrestling Federation banner on NBC in place of Saturday Night Live. ... is the 266th day of the year (267th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Hershey redirects here. ... This article is about the Hart Foundation in professional wrestling. ... Elizabeth Ann Hulette (November 19, 1960 – May 1, 2003), best known as Miss Elizabeth, was a U.S. professional wrestling manager. ... 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. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Honky continued his bitter feud against Savage. Frequently, Honky would make advances toward Elizabeth — including one such incident at the 1987 Slammy Awards — to agitate his challenger. However, Savage never won the title from Honky ... and neither did Brutus "the Barber" Beefcake, Honky's next major rival. The Slammy Awards was a WWF version of the Academy Awards/Grammy Awards. ... Ed Leslie as Brutus The Barber Beefcake. ...


During the Beefcake-Honky feud - which began at WrestleMania IV and continued during the spring and summer of 1988 - Honky vowed not to let Beefcake cut his ducktail hair, something Beefcake often said he would do in promos. In their matches, Honky was often seconded by a mysterious woman named Peggy Sue; while Sherri Martel sometimes played the role, more often than not, "Peggy Sue" was Hart dressed in drag. Beefcake countered with a "woman" of his own: "Georgina" (Steele in drag). WrestleMania IV was the fourth annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event from the World Wrestling Federation. ... Note the curled feathers The Ducks Ass was a haircut style popular during the 1950s. ... Sherri Martel-Schrull (born Sherri Russell)[1] (February 8, 1958 – June 15, 2007) was an American professional wrestler and valet, better known by her ring name, Sensational Sherri. ...


At the inaugural SummerSlam, The Ultimate Warrior needed just 29 seconds to pin Honky to claim the Intercontinental Championship. Honky had been the champion for one year, two months and 27 days, a record that still stands as of 2008. Honky was unsuccessful in his bid to reclaim the title, and also came up short in a feud against "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes. SummerSlam 1988 was the first annual SummerSlam professional wrestling pay-per-view event from the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Virgil Riley Runnels, Jr. ...


His last major run came in late 1989 and 1990, when he and Greg Valentine wrestled as the tag team Rhythm and Blues, competing against such teams as the Hart Foundation and The Legion of Doom. Honky wrapped up his WWF career with a stint as a pro-heel color commentator alongside Vince McMahon and Roddy Piper on Superstars of Wrestling. John Anthony Wisniski Jr. ... Rhythm & Blues was the tag team of The Honky Tonk Man and Greg The Hammer Valentine in the WWF. Probably their most famous/infamous moment when at WrestleMania VI when they were driven to the ring in a pink cadilliac owned and driven by a then unknown Page Falkenberg (who... This article is about the professional wrestling team, for otheruses see Road warrior The Road Warriors were a professional wrestling tag team famously comprised of Michael Hawk Hegstrand and Joseph Animal Laurinaitis, though other members were added later. ... 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. ... Roderick George Toombs (born April 17, 1954) better known by his ring name Rowdy Roddy Piper, is a Canadian professional wrestler, and film actor. ... WWF Superstars of Wrestling was a professional wrestling program that debuted on September 6, 1986, replacing WWF Championship Wrestling. ...


World Championship Wrestling (1994)

In 1994, Honky was working for World Championship Wrestling and was challenging Johnny B. Badd for the WCW World Television Championship when he left due to a dispute with management. In his book "Controversy Creates Cash," Eric Bischoff stated that his favorite firing was that of the Honky Tonk Man. Honky has responded by saying that it was an honor as Bischoff had fired a number of people while in WCW. Marc Mero Marc Merowitz (born July 9, 1965) is an American professional wrestler, who worked for Total Nonstop Action and World Championship Wrestling as Johnny B. Badd, and is best known for his appearances in the World Wrestling Federation as Marc Mero. ... WCW World Television Championship. ... Eric Aaron Bischoff (born May 27, 1955[1]), is a former professional wrestling booker and on-screen personality, most known for serving as President of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and later General Manager of World Wrestling Entertainments RAW brand. ...


Return to WWF (1997)

After a brief stint in the American Wrestling Federation, Honky resurfaced in the WWF in 1997 as a color commentator on RAW is WAR and then the manager of Billy Gunn, who had started a singles run. Under Honky's tutelage, Gunn became known as "Rockabilly," which was a short-lived and unsuccessful gimmick. WWE Raw is the Monday night professional wrestling television program for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and is the primary broadcast of the RAW brand. ... Monty Kip Sopp (born November 1, 1963) is an American professional wrestler, best known as Badd Ass Billy Gunn (also spelled as Bad Ass) from his years working for World Wrestling Entertainment. ...


Honky made an appearance in the 1998 & 2001 Royal Rumble. While he lasted a while in the 1998 event, he was quickly eliminated by Kane after being hit on the head with his guitar in the 2001 event.


Independent Wrestling, The Internet and Beyond (2000-2008)

The Honky Tonk Man continues to work independent wrestling shows all over the world. He is one of the most booked indy wrestlers on the scene today and continues to stay active. Independent wrestling refers to a professional wrestling organization that is smaller in size of the promotion and have a smaller target population than a larger national organization like World Wrestling Entertainment. ...


The Honky Tonk Man along with Ryan Smith and a host of others, ran the most controversial wrestling websites online from 2000-2006. TheHonkyTonkMan.com was a one of a kind official wrestler website that featured frequent updates from the Honky Tonk Man himself, a highly interactive message board community, extensive photo gallery, audio updates, and more. Notable online feuds began between the Honky Tonk Man and Jerry "The King" Lawler, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and others. These often intense online rivalries became a major drawing point for fans. The website unexpectedly closed without much explanation in December 2006. The site now forwards to various new ventures of former website manager Ryan Smith, who remains tight-lipped about the closing. Jerry The King Lawler Jerry ONeil (The King) Lawler (born November 29, 1949 in Memphis, Tennessee, United States) is a professional wrestler and wrestling commentator. ... 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. ...


In wrestling

  • Finishing and signature moves
  • Double belly to back suplex
  • Managers
  • Wrestlers managed
  • Entrance themes
  • "That's All Right, Honky Tonk Mama" (1987)
  • "Cool, Cocky, Bad", which begins with the lyrics: "I've got long side burns and my hair's slicked back
  • "Hunka Hunka Hunka Honky Love" (performed by him and Greg Valentine at WrestleMania VI)
  • "You're Just a Honky Dog Baby" (WCW)

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Championships and accomplishments

  • APW Universal Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Mid-Eastern Wrestling Federation
  • MEWF Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Northern States Wrestling Alliance
  • WWC Caribbean Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • XJAM Pro Wrestling
  • XJAM Championship (1 time, current)

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Personal life

Farris is the cousin of professional wrestler Jerry "The King" Lawler and second cousin to Brian Lawler.[1] For the video game, see Pro Wrestling (video game). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Brian Christopher Lawler (born January 10, 1972 in Memphis, Tennessee) is a professional wrestler currently performing for Memphis Wrestling and other independent promotions, and the son of professional wrestling legend Jerry The King Lawler. ...


He is an avid golfer.


He is a Minister with the Universal Life Church.[2] Logo The Universal Life Church (or ULC) is a religious organization that offers anyone semi-immediate ordination as a ULC minister free of charge. ...


Farris has been married for 22 years and has a daughter named Megan and a son named Roy.[3]


Notes

  1. ^ (July 2007) "Amazing But True...". WWE Magazine (13): 23.
  2. ^ debaclypsenow: I'm A Joiner
  3. ^ WWE: Superstars > Where Are They Now? > Catching up with The Honky Tonk Man

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