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Mike Polchlopek
Ring name(s) Bart Gunn[1]
Brett Colt[1]
Bodacious Bart[1]
Mike Barton[1]
Billed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[1]
Billed weight 258 lb (117 kg)[1]
Born December 27, 1965 (1965-12-27) (age 44)[1]
Eddyville, Kentucky
Resides Melbourne, Florida
Billed from Austin, Texas[1]
Trained by Caesar Barraza
Blackjack Mulligan
Boris Malenko
Debut 1991

Michal Burton "Mike" Polchlopek, Jr.[2] (born December 27, 1965) is an American professional wrestler and mixed martial artist, also known by the ring names Bart Gunn and Mike Barton. He is perhaps best known for his six-year tenure in the World Wrestling Federation.[1]



World Wrestling Federation

Polchlopek was famous in the World Wrestling Federation as one-half of the tag team The Smoking Gunns with his kayfabe brother Billy Gunn. The team were WWF World Tag Team Champions three times before breaking up and engaging in a brief feud.

Polchlopek then recreated the Midnight Express tag team as "Bodacious Bart" with partner "Bombastic" Bob Holly. The team had limited success, though they did hold the NWA World Tag Team Championship for a brief period in 1998.

When the WWF announced a shoot tournament called the Brawl for All in which the competition would be real and winners would not be predetermined, Bart Gunn participated. Gunn actually drew partner Bob Holly in the first round but was declared the winner by the complicated point system. When Gunn fought Steve Williams, many were surprised when he won by knockout. He won the tournament with a victory over the Godfather in the semi-finals and Bradshaw in the finals.

Afterward, Gunn feuded with both Holly and Williams, the pair angry at having been beaten in the tournament, the latter masking himself and pushing Gunn off a stage. To continue capitalizing on the impressive Brawl for All showing, the WWF set up a Brawl for All match between Gunn and heavyweight boxer Eric "Butterbean" Esch at WrestleMania XV. Esch knocked out Gunn within 30 seconds. Polchlopek was soon released by WWF.

Japan and Mixed Martial Arts

After leaving the WWF, Polchlopek found success wrestling in Japan (due to the fame of Steve Williams in Japan and his knockout pushing him as tougher than Dr. Death) with New Japan and All Japan Wrestling under the ring name Mike Barton. He also had a short stint in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling in 2003.

Polchlopek made his mixed martial arts debut on June 17 2006, defeating Wesley "Cabbage" Correira at Rumble On The Rock: Beatdown in less than two minutes by technical knockout on the basis of a cut suffered by Correira. In his most recent match, Polchlepek faced Ikuhisa "The Punk" Minowa on the PRIDE Bushido 13 card, losing via unanimous decision to Minowa.

On the RAW 15th Anniversary Spectacular on December 10, 2007, Gunn participated in the 15th Anniversary Battle Royal and was eliminated by Steve Blackman.

Personal life

On December 19 2007, Polchlopek's son Michael Polchlopek III died at the age of nineteen as the result of an accidental shooting five days earlier.[2][3]

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

  • International Wrestling Federation
  • Panama Championship Wrestling
    • PCW Americas Heavyweight Championship (2 times)

Mixed Martial Arts

Mixed martial arts record

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 1–1 Japan Ikuhisa Minowa Decision (Unanimous) PRIDE - Bushido 13 02006-11-05 November 5, 2006 2 5:00 Japan Yokohama, Kanagawa
Win 1-0 United States Wesley Correira TKO (Cut) ROTR - Beatdown 1 02006-06-17 June 17, 2006 1 1:46 United States Hawaii


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Bart Gunn profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-11-20.  
  2. ^ a b "Michal B. Polchlopek III Obituarie". 2007-12-21. "Michal B. Polchlopek III, 19, died Wednesday, December 19, 2007, at Holmes Region al Medical Center."  
  3. ^ Downs, Megan (2007-12-14). "Melbourne man shot while pal cleans gun". "Michael Polchlopek, III, 19, was shot once in the head at about 7:30 p.m. when Cody Grooms, 18, was cleaning a .22 caliber rifle and the gun accidentally discharged, said Melbourne Police Cmdr. Ron Bell."  
  4. ^ "Jim Cornette". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-11-20.  
  5. ^ "All Japan Pro Wrestling WORLD TAG TEAM TITLE". Retrieved 2008-05-07.  
  6. ^ "Kip James Bio". SLAM sports. Retrieved 2008-07-03.  
  7. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Top 500 Wrestlers of the PWI Years". Wrestling Information Archive. Retrieved 2008-06-07.  
  8. ^ "NWA World Tag Team Title History". Retrieved 2008-07-06.  
  9. ^ "World Tag Team Championship official history". WWE. Retrieved 2008-07-06.  
  10. ^ "WWF tournament histories". Wrestling Information Archive. Retrieved 2008-07-06.  

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