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Edward Leslie

Brutus Beefcake on the Hulkamania Tour.
Ring name(s) Eddie Golden[1]
Ed Boulder[1]
Eddie Hogan[1]
Dizzy Hogan[1]
Furface[1]
Baron Beefcake[1]
Brutus Beefcake[1]
Brother Bruti[1]
Brute Force[1]
The Butcher[1]
The Man With No Name[1]
Zodiac[1]
The Booty Man[1]
E. Harrison Leslie
The Disciple[1]
The Clipsmaster
Stuart "Beefcake" Healey
The Masked Man
Billed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[1]
Billed weight 271 lb (123 kg)[1]
Born April 21, 1957 (1957-04-21) (age 52)[1]
Tampa, Florida[1]
Resides Boston, Massachusetts[1]
Billed from San Francisco, California[1]
Parts Unknown
Trained by Hulk Hogan[1]
Ivan Koloff[1]
Debut 1977[1]

Edward Harrison "Ed" Leslie (born April 21, 1957) is an American professional wrestler, best known for his work in the World Wrestling Federation under the ring name Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake. He later worked for World Championship Wrestling under a variety of names, mainly as "The Disciple" of real-life best friend Hulk Hogan. He is a former WWF World Tag Team Champion. He was part of the Hulkamania Let The Battle Begin Tour in late 2009 which toured throughout Australia, including Perth and Sydney.

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Professional wrestling career

Early days

Edward Leslie began his career at the side of Hulk Hogan in the 1976-1977 time frame.[1] At the time, the two were billed as brothers; Ed was known as either Ed Boulder or Dizzy Hogan, to match Terry's Terry Boulder and Hulk Hogan.

Leslie wrestled briefly in Bill Watts's Mid-South territory and also wrestled sporadically between 1980 and 1982 in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) before he became known as Brutus Beefcake. According to a shoot interview conducted in 2000, his first match was with Ron Slinker against Ox Baker and Eric the Red.

World Wrestling Federation

Leslie entered the WWF as a heel under the ring name Brutus Beefcake in late 1984 with manager "Luscious" Johnny Valiant. Beefcake debuted as a vain individual who dressed in outlandish outfits. As a singles competitor, he feuded with David Sammartino and Hulk Hogan, who sought revenge on Beefcake after he and Valiant injured Hogan's protege Hillbilly Jim.

Later in 1985, he teamed with Greg "The Hammer" Valentine and won the Tag Team Championship from The US Express with the pair known as "The Dream Team".[2] They held the title for eight months, losing to the British Bulldogs at WrestleMania 2.[3] The team broke up at WrestleMania III. Despite a win over the Rougeau Brothers at the pay-per-view, the team had a falling-out when Beefcake was left in the ring while Valentine and Valiant left with Dino Bravo.[3] This provided the impetus for Beefcake—along with having had his hair cut by Adrian Adonis in a six-man match shortly before WrestleMania—to turn face. Later that night, he acquired the nickname "The Barber" after Rowdy Roddy Piper's match against Adonis. Adonis lost the match, and it was stipulated he would have to have his head shaved. Beefcake entered the ring and began to clip away at Adonis' blond locks.

Thereafter, following a trend started by World Class wrestlers Chris Adams and Gino Hernandez, Beefcake started bringing garden shears with him to the ring (with the handles taped to resemble barber poles). He would cut off the hair of his opponents (after knocking them out with a sleeper hold) using scissors or an electric razor. He would follow a successful sleeper hold with a strut around the ring, "snipping" his fingers like a scissors to indicate what was about to happen, referring to his actions as "Cutting and Strutting". He would then proceed to throw handfuls of hair into the air to the delight of the crowd.

As a face, he feuded with his former partner Greg Valentine, his former manager Johnny Valiant (who by the end of their feud was completely bald thanks to Beefcake), The Honky Tonk Man, Ron Bass, Randy Savage (it was Beefcake who coined the nickname "Scary Sherri" for Savage's then manager Sensational Sherri), and Mr. Perfect. At WrestleMania VI, Beefcake was the first person to pin Mr. Perfect in a televised match, thus ending Perfect's lengthy undefeated streak in most fans' eyes.[4]

In 1990, a near-fatal parasailing accident put Leslie out of action. He was helping his parasailer friend prepare for takeoff when the driver of the boat mistakenly took a cue to take off, sending the would-be-parasailer's bare feet directly into Leslie's face. His face had to be surgically repaired with over 100 metal plates,[2] putting his WWF career on hiatus for nearly two years. In early 1991, to facilitate his return to wrestling, he was put in a mask and randomly attacked heels, notably Rick Martel and Earthquake, by running in on their matches. He would hit the heel a few times, headbutt him, and escape. He never wrestled a match in this persona and was never given a name. He began making appearances as Brutus Beefcake again in late 1991/early 1992 in his interview segment called "The Barber Shop."[2] "The Barber Shop" was also notable as the vehicle from which the tag team The Rockers would split up, when Shawn Michaels superkicked Marty Jannetty, then him through a window, turning heel in the process. This was the beginning of Michaels' solo run in the WWF. Beefcake's injury was also used in an angle in early 1993, when Beefcake's comeback match ended in him being attacked by Money Incorporated, who kayfabe tried to aggravate his facial injuries. This resulted in manager Jimmy Hart turning face and Hulk Hogan returning to the WWF, forming a tag team with Beefcake. The Mega-Maniacs, as they were called, squared off against Money Inc. at WrestleMania IX with Beefcake wearing a special protective face mask.[2] Hogan and Beefcake got their revenge but lost via disqualification.[5] Shortly afterward he dropped out of the picture in the WWF

World Championship Wrestling

Beefcake with his manager Jimmy Hart.

A year later he resurfaced alongside Hogan in World Championship Wrestling. Since the name Brutus Beefcake was trademarked by the WWF, WCW was forced to give Leslie a different ring name. At first, only made short appearances with Hulk Hogan, who referred to Leslie as "Brother Bruti".[1] At Halloween Havoc in 1994, following Hogan's cage match victory over Ric Flair, Bruti was revealed as the mystery assailant who attacked Hogan just before his title defense against Flair at Clash of the Champions XXVIII. Leslie was subsequently billed as The Butcher and was part of the 3 Faces of Fear stable.[2] The feud between these two culminated in a WCW World Heavyweight title match at Starrcade.

Leslie then reappeared in a series of different gimmicks and ring names, first as the supposedly amnesic The Man with No Name. He went on to be part of Kevin Sullivan's Dungeon of Doom as The Zodiac,[2] a character with black and white face paint who would only say, "Yes, no, yes, no!"

In 1996, Leslie feuded with Diamond Dallas Page, this time as The Booty Man. He was accompanied by Page's ex-valet (and then real-life wife) Kimberly Page, whom he referred to as his "Booty Babe." His gimmick was that of a man infatuated with his own–seemingly bare–buttocks, shaking them on the way to the ring and during matches. Emphasizing this, his signature move at the time was a high knee, pronounced hiney. This, too, did not last long. When the nWo started, Booty Man attempted to join and promptly received a beatdown from Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, and Hollywood Hogan.

Leslie's last WCW gimmick was the bodyguard of Hollywood Hogan, The Disciple,[2] who would help Hogan illegally in many matches throughout 1998. Debuting early that year, he was almost unrecognizable at first with a full beard, dark sunglasses, and nWo-styled biker attire in a moniker seemingly inspired by the WWF's Disciples of Apocalypse; however, his identity was revealed by Rowdy Roddy Piper during his feud with Hogan. He would always accompany Hogan to the ring for his matches and would often be called on to assist Hogan in beating down an opponent, often using his new finishing maneuver which was dubbed "The Apocalypse". Leslie often used Hogan's WCW World Heavyweight Championship belt while performing the move, draping it over his shoulder and causing the center gold plate to hit the wrestler's jaw on the recoil. The Disciple was later kidnapped by The Warrior during Warrior's feud with Hogan, being seen hanging by his feet backstage. After being brainwashed by Warrior, he turned on Hogan and was the only other member (alongside his kidnapper) of the One Warrior Nation. He was no longer with WCW by December 1998.[2]

Semi-retirement

Beefcake performing a sleeper hold on Jon Heidenreich.

In May 2000, he appeared with the Extreme Wrestling Federation in a match against Rex Diamond.[2]

In the Summer of 2001, along with fellow professional wrestler John Quinlan, Leslie wrestled for numerous independent promotions throughout the Northeastern United States.

After retiring, he was a part of the Christian wrestling group, World Impact Wrestling. He has also started a wrestling school.[6] He also made an appearance at Pro Wrestling Syndicate's debut show in Garfield, New Jersey on June 24, 2007.[7] He has appeared at several Memphis wrestling shows, including the 2007 Ultimate Clash of the Legends. On July 28, 2007, Beefcake competed for the IAW World Heavyweight Championship at Clash at the Cove 9 against Greg "The Hammer" Valentine and Brian Costello. Beefcake and Valentine lost due to countout while they were brawling outside the ring. They, however, returned to the ring to attack Costello and the ringside announcer announced the return of The Dream Team. He appeared at a WFX event in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

The Dream Team made their tag team return to semi-national tv in October, 2009 for Pro Wrestling Ohio. The team faced off against The Clash for the PWO Tag Team Championships. Beefcake ended up almost winning the belt single handily, as Valentine was injured in the days leading up to the contest. However, after a "dusty finish " The Clash retained.

Leslie was a coach on the reality television show Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling. On July 24, 2009, Leslie competed in "Celebrity Boxing 10" in suburban Philadelphia. He lost in the first round to local competitive eater Bill "El Wingador" Simmons.

According to reports,On March 1st, 2010, Leslie signed a one year deal with TNA Wrestling. He will make his first appearance on the March 8th edition of Monday Night Impact. It is rumored to that Leslie will be involved in an angle in which he will be teaming up with Road Warrior Animal to form a tag team and challenge for the TNA Tag titles. But he was no where to be found. There is nothing that has been released by TNA stating that Leslie is signed to a contract.

Personal life

Brutus Beefcake on the Hulkamania Tour.

Leslie made news headlines on February 8, 2004 for causing an anthrax scare at one of Boston's MBTA stations, Downtown Crossing, where he was working at the time. He had been found to be in possession of a white powder, which turned out to be cocaine. He promptly checked into a drug rehabilitation facility after admitting that the cocaine found at the station was his. As a result, no charges were filed against him.[2]

Leslie married Kirsten Georgi on July 1 1987; the couple divorced in 1991. His second marriage was to Barbara McGondel on October 1 1994. Together, they have one daughter named Alana.[8]

Leslie also worked as a manager at Planet Fitness in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. He became a born again Christian.

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI ranked him # 173 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the "PWI Years" in 2003.
    • PWI ranked him # 94 of the 100 best tag teams of the "PWI Years" with Greg Valentine in 2003.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab "Leslie's profile". Online World of Wrestling. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/b/brutus-beefcake.html. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Roopansingh, Jaya (February 13, 2004). "Beefcake busted in Boston". SLAM! Wrestling. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2004/02/13/346668.html. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  3. ^ a b "2007 Wrestling Almanac & Book of Facts". Wrestling’s Historical Cards (Kappa Publishing): pp. 85–86. 2007. 
  4. ^ "2007 Wrestling Almanac & Book of Facts". Wrestling’s Historical Cards (Kappa Publishing): pp. 88. 2007. 
  5. ^ "2007 Wrestling Almanac & Book of Facts". Wrestling’s Historical Cards (Kappa Publishing): pp. 91. 2007. 
  6. ^ Beefcake Wrestling School Website.
  7. ^ PWS Official Site
  8. ^ Hoffman, Brett (February 28, 2007). "Catching up with Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/superstars/wherearetheynow/brutusbeefcake. Retrieved 2009-10-20. "There, he spends the bulk of his time with his wife Barbie, and 10-year-old daughter Alana, who happens to be an equestrian in training." 
  9. ^ "Jimmy Hart profile". Online World of Wrestling. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/j/jimmy-hart.html. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 

External links

  • WWE.com - Catching up with Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake. By Brett Hoffman: February 28, 2007







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