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Mike Jones
Ring name(s) Curly Bill[1]
Lucius Brown
Mike Jones[1]
Mr. Jones
Soul Train Jones[1]
Vincent[1]
Virgil[1]
Billed height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Billed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Born June 13, 1962 (1962-06-13) (age 47)[1]
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.[1]
Resides Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania[1]
Trained by Afa Anoa'i[1]
Debut 1987[1]

Mike Jones (born June 13, 1962) is a retired American professional wrestler better known as Virgil in the World Wrestling Federation and Vincent in World Championship Wrestling.

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Professional wrestling career

Championship Wrestling Association (1987)

After a standout amateur career, Jones started wrestling professionally as Soul Train Jones in the Championship Wrestling Association based in Memphis, Tennessee in 1987. He feuded with Chick Donovan and Big Bubba. He also made appearances in ICW with the Soul Train Jones gimmick.[2]

World Wrestling Federation (1986–1994)

Virgil in a convention

Moving to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), he first appeared as a jobber wrestling under the name Lucius Brown, losing a squash match to Paul Orndorff, "Mr. Wonderful".[2]

He then went on to debut in the summer of 1987 as Virgil, the bodyguard for "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase. His stage name, thought up by Bobby Heenan, was meant as a jab against then-World Championship Wrestling (WCW) wrestler Virgil Runnels, better known as Dusty Rhodes.[3] Virgil carried DiBiase's cash that he liked to flaunt and was the one who got beat up while DiBiase ran away after a devious act against a face.[4]

Eventually, Virgil got tired of being humiliated by DiBiase and turned on him, hitting him with his own Million Dollar Title belt at the Royal Rumble in January 1991.[4] He defeated DiBiase by count-out at WrestleMania VII and pinned him for the belt on August 26, 1991 at SummerSlam.[5][6] He would lose the belt back to DiBiase in November of that year as a result of outside interference by the Repo Man.

After this feud ended, Virgil wrestled in the undercard. At WrestleMania VIII at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana, he, along with The Big Boss Man, Sgt. Slaughter, and Jim Duggan, defeated The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags), Repo Man, and The Mountie. Virgil pinned Knobbs after five minutes of action following a heel miscommunication.[7] He remained with the company until August 1994 (his last appearance on a PPV event was the 1994 Royal Rumble where he was a late substitute).

World Championship Wrestling (1996–2000)

He appeared in WCW as Vincent in 1996, where he was the "Head of Security" for the nWo. His name was meant to be a mockery of WWF owner Vince McMahon.[2] Jones had minor success when first arriving, winning a few matches on the low profile WCW Saturday Night. Jones, like his role in the WWF, would again take the brunt of the beatings as other nWo members scurried away. He was part of the nWo Hollywood faction when the stable split and he was one of the last members of the nWo when it dissolved in 1999.[2] In late 1999, he joined The West Texas Rednecks in their dying days as Curly Bill but the faction split shortly after.[8] His last role for the company had him managing Ernest "The Cat" Miller under the name Mr. Jones, but he was soon replaced by a valet coincidentally named Ms. Jones.

Retirement and return

Jones posing with a U.S. Soldier by giving him a neckbreaker

Jones went to wrestling under his real name Mike Jones until he left WCW in 2000. Following his departure from WCW he retired from wrestling and is a math teacher in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He holds a degree in mathematics from the University of Virginia.[9] He does autograph appearances in both wrestling conventions and non-wrestling conventions. In April 2006, Jones toured Asia at different US Military installations as part of the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation program for soldiers stationed overseas. He wrestled as Vincent of the nWo against one of the Ballard Brothers dressed as Doink the Clown in the second to last match during this tour. On November 28, 2008, Jones returned to the ring as "Virgil" and wrestled for Next Era Wrestling in Lockport NY in a tag match with Patrick O'Malley, defeating Ryot and Superbeast. Since then Mike Jones has made several one shot appearances, usually wrestling as "Virgil"

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves
  • Signature moves
  • "Rockhouse" by J.Hart and J.Helm (used while a part of the New World Order) (WCW) 1996-1999
  • "Tear It Up" by J.Hart and J.Helm (used while a part of the New World Order) (WCW) 1996-1998
  • "Good Ol' Boys" by the West Texas Rednecks (WCW) 1999

Championships and accomplishments

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Mike Jones profile". Online World of Wrestling. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/m/mike-jones.html. Retrieved 2009-11-14. 
  2. ^ a b c d Pope, Kristian (2005). "Virgil (1980s-2000s)". Tuff Stuff - Professional wrestling field guide. Iola, Wisconsin: KP Books. pp. 473. 
  3. ^ Ted DiBiase: The Million Dollar Man, p.156, Ted DiBiase with Tom Caiazzo, Pocket Books, New York, NY, 2008, ISBN 978-1-4165-5890-3
  4. ^ a b c Brian Shields (4th Edition 2006). "Superstars Bios: Ted Dibiase". Main event – WWE in the raging 80s. Pocket Books. pp. 133-135. ISBN 978-1-4165-3257-6. 
  5. ^ "2008 Wrestling Almanac & Book of Facts". Wrestling’s Historical Cards: WrestleMania VII (Kappa Publishing): p. 119. 2008. 
  6. ^ "2008 Wrestling Almanac & Book of Facts". Wrestling’s Historical Cards: SummerSlam 1991 (Kappa Publishing): p. 119. 2008. 
  7. ^ "2008 Wrestling Almanac & Book of Facts". Wrestling’s Historical Cards: WrestleMania VIII (Kappa Publishing): p. 120. 2008. 
  8. ^ RD Reynolds and Randy Baer (2003). Wrestlecrap – the very worst of pro wrestling. ECW Press. pp. 211. ISBN 1-55022-584-7. 
  9. ^ a b WWE: Superstars > WWE Alumni > Virgil > Bio
  10. ^ 1992 WWF results (search the page for "Russian legsweep")
  11. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (4th Edition 2006). "AWA International Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 31. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  12. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (4th Edition 2006). "AWA Southern Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 185-189. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 







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