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Scott Garland
Ring name(s) Jeff Taylor[1]
Scott Taylor[2]
Scotty 2 Hotty[1]
Scotty Too Hotty[2]
Scotty Taylor[1]
Scotty The Hotty[1]
Billed height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[2][3]
Billed weight 209 lb (95 kg; 14.9 st)[3]
Born July 2, 1973 (1973-07-02) (age 36)[4]
Westbrook, Maine[2]
Billed from Westbrook, Maine[3]
Debut November 23, 1989[5]

Scott Ronald Garland[2][6] (born July 2, 1973) is an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Scotty 2 Hotty. He is best known for his appearances with World Wrestling Entertainment.

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Professional wrestling career

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Training

When approximately 14 or 15 years old, Garland wrote to Sue Aitchison, the Community Relations Specialist of the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), inquiring from which professional wrestling school the WWF recruited the majority of their employees. Aitchison responded by telling him that they did not recruit from any particular school and wishing him luck. Garland then attempted to telephone WWF Chairman Vince McMahon, but was unable to speak to McMahon himself.[5][7]

Garland began attending WWF shows at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine, helping the WWF ring crew to construct the wrestling ring.[5] After an independent promoter saw Garland wrestling with his friends, he offered Garland a job.[5] In his first match, Garland wrestled Steve Ramsey in a Portland armory on November 23, 1989, the same night as Survivor Series.[5][8][9]

In the same year, Garland began wrestling for the Massachusetts-based New England Wrestling Association. Between August 19, 1989 and November 4, 1993, Garland won the NEWA Tag Team Championship on two occasions with Steve Ramsey and the NEWA Heavyweight Championship on five occasions, feuding with wrestlers such as Rick Fuller. In August 1991, Garland was introduced to the World Wrestling Federation by NEWA wrestler Phil Apollo.[5][8]

World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment (1991–2007)

Early appearances

Garland made his first appearance with the World Wrestling Federation in October 1991, teaming with Sonny Blaze and using his real name as his ring name.[5] Taylor continued to attend college throughout his early WWF tenure, and in 1994, he supplemented his income by working as a Fleet Bank bank teller and as the assistant manager of a Spencer's Gifts outlet.[9] He remained a prominent enhancement talent throughout the mid-1990s.

In 1997, Garland, by now working for an insurance company, planned to wrestle try-out matches for Extreme Championship Wrestling. Upon hearing of his plans, then-WWF Vice President of Talent Relations, Bruce Prichard, signed him to a contract.[5] Garland began wrestling in the burgeoning Light Heavyweight division as "Scott Taylor". In late 1997, he took part in an eight-man tournament for the vacant WWF Light Heavyweight Championship, but was eliminated in the second round after being chokeslammed by Kane.[5]

Too Cool

On March 29, 1998 at WrestleMania XIV, Garland and "Too Sexy" Brian Christopher teamed together for the first time, taking part in a tag team battle royal.[10] Following WrestleMania XIV, Garland and Christopher continued to team together on the WWF's syndicated Saturday wrestling shows, with Taylor playing the straight man to Christopher's over-the-top, egotistical antics. Soon Garland adopted Christopher's flamboyant actions and in-ring mannerisms and became known as Scott "Too Hot" Taylor, with the duo dubbed "Too Much".[6] During matches, the two would express an overt amount of concern about each other's well-being, including a great deal of hugging and consoling, leading to homoerotic undertones in their characters.

In May 1999, Garland was renamed "Scotty Too Hotty" (later changed to "Scotty 2 Hotty") and Christopher was renamed Grand Master Sexay.[2] Collectively known as "Too Cool", Garland and Christopher were given the characteristics of wiggers, delivering raps aimed at their opponents and parodying aspects of hip hop culture. Shortly after debuting their new characters, the team was temporarily separated after Christopher tore his anterior cruciate ligament and was sidelined for three months.[2] In late 1999, Too Cool aligned themselves with Rikishi Fatu (whom they quickly renamed Rikishi Phatu), forming a faction.[6] Following their matches, Too Cool and Phatu would perform a dance routine in the centre of the ring.[5]

In early 2000, the group began feuding with The Radicalz. After Christopher re-injured his leg, Scotty briefly returned to the Light Heavyweight division, and on April 17, 2000, he defeated Radicalz member Dean Malenko to win the Light Heavyweight Championship. He held the title for only 10 days before dropping it back to Malenko on April 27, 2000.[11] Garland challenged Malenko for the title once more at Backlash, but was defeated.[12] Christopher returned in mid-2000, and on May 29, 2000, Too Cool defeated Edge and Christian to win the WWF Tag Team Championship with the assistance of rapper Joe C.. They held the title until June 25, 2000, when Edge and Christian regained the title.[13]

Scotty 2 Hotty

Too Cool and Phatu separated in late 2000 after Phatu was revealed to have run over Steve Austin, with Phatu subsequently easily defeating his former allies in a handicap match. In February 2001, the intervertebral disc between Garland's C6 and C7 vertebrae bulged, and he was forced to undergo surgery.[5][6] His absence was attributed by the WWF to a broken ankle suffered at the hands of Kurt Angle. Whilst Garland was recuperating, Christopher was released from the WWF for illegally conveying drugs across the Canada–United States border.[14]

Various tag teams and departure

Garland, as Scotty 2 Hotty, returned to the ring in June 2001, taking part in the rivalry between the WWF and The Alliance. During this time, he formed a tag team with Albert, who subsequently adopted the nickname "The Hip Hop Hippo", and they collectively became known as the "Zoo Crew".[6] The team competed in the tag team division until April 2002, when Albert betrayed Garland by attacking him.[15]

Garland spent 17 months recuperating, returning to the ring in April 2003 after the company was renamed to World Wrestling Entertainment, and to television in October 2003, again as Scotty 2 Hotty. Wrestling on the SmackDown! brand, Scotty formed a tag team with his former ally Rikishi.[6] Together, they competed in the tag team division and ultimately defeated the Basham Brothers to win the WWE Tag Team Championship on February 5, 2004.[16] Scotty and Rikishi successfully defended their titles in a four way tag team match at WrestleMania XX.[17] Their reign ended on April 22, 2004 when they were defeated by Charlie Haas and Rico.[16] On July 16, 2004, WWE released Rikishi, leaving Scotty on his own.

Throughout the following year, Scotty wrestled largely on Velocity and in dark matches.[2] In mid-2005, he formed a tag team with Funaki, with the duo competing in both the tag team and cruiserweight divisions. Throughout 2006, Scotty wrestled largely in dark matches. In January 2007, he was briefly moved to the Raw brand before being transferred back to SmackDown! on February 16, 2007, where he continued to compete until he was released from the company on May 18, 2007.[18]

On December 10, 2007, Garland returned to the WWE for one night only, during Raw's 15-Year Special Anniversary episode. He took part in a "15-Year Flashback Battle Royal", and was among the final four wrestlers before being eliminated by Skinner.[19]

Independent circuit (2007–present)

Following his release, Garland began competing on the independent circuit once more, alternating between the ring names Scotty Too Hotty and Scotty The Hotty.[2] On March 1, 2008, Scotty won Eastern Pro Wrestling's Heavyweight Championship after defeating Bob Evans.[2] Evans won the title back in a cage match on May 17, 2008 in Danielson, Connecticut. In May 2008, Scotty wrestled two matches for Full Impact Pro, teaming with Delirious to defeat The Young, Rich, and Ready For Action (Sal Rinauro and Chasyn Rance), and defeating Davey Richards in a singles match.[2]

In June 2008, Scotty appeared at the CLASH Wrestling's NPCI tournament, in which the promotion's first World Tag Champions would be crowned, and teamed with CLASH Champion Cameron Skyy. The team lost in the first round to Tommy Tydie and J. Miller.[20] On October 3, 2008, Scotty teamed with Owen Graichen in a loss to Fred Curry and Chris Venom in which the loser of the fall was (in storyline) forced to leave Eastern Pro Wrestling for 60 days. Due to being the wrestler pinned, Scotty had to leave the promotion.

On October 17, 2009, Scotty won the Coastal Championship Wrestling Heavyweight Championship after defeating then-champion Dok Rivers.[21]

Personal life

In 1998, Garland married Theresa Marie (known as Terri), a nurse, whom he met while working in a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet in Windham, Maine.[9] He and his wife currently live in Orlando, Florida, and have a daughter named Taylor (born December 20th, 2001).[22] Garland is a Walt Disney World aficionado, and owns a season pass to the park.[22][23]

Garland appeared in-character, alongside Kid Kash in the December 2009 video for the Irish band, Fight Like Apes' single "Do You Karate".[24]

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves
    • Worm (After performing a one-handed or a two-handed bulldog to the opponent, Scotty turns to face the audience, spreads his arms and pumps his legs. Scotty then hops on one leg four times, with the audience generally chanting "W", "O", "R", and "M" in succession as his foot hits the ground. He then drops to his stomach and performs the "worm" breakdance move three times, slithering towards his still supine opponent. Upon reaching his opponent, Scotty rises to his feet, swings his arms from side to side with the audience generally whooping in time with each undulation, before dropping to his stomach and executing a high-impact chop drop on his opponent's chest)[2]

Championships and accomplishments

  • Coastal Championship Wrestling
    • CCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time, current)[21]
  • Eastern Pro Wrestling
    • EPW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[2]
  • New England Wrestling Association
    • NEWA Heavyweight Championship (4 times)[2]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "Cagematch profile". http://www.cagematch.de/?id=2&nr=527&name=Scotty+2+Hotty. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Scotty Too Hotty". Online World of Wrestling. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/s/scotty-too-hotty.html. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  3. ^ a b c "Scotty 2 Hotty Bio". World Wrestling Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2007-04-25. http://web.archive.org/web/20070425190738/www.wwe.com/superstars/smackdown/scotty2hotty/bio/. Retrieved 2007-11-08. 
  4. ^ Official MySpace profile
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Mates, S.. "Gettin' down with Scotty 2 Hotty". WWF.com. http://worm_city.tripod.com/wormcity/id5.html. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f Waldman, Jon (2007-05-18). "Three more WWE cuts". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2007/05/18/4191316.html. Retrieved 2007-11-08. 
  7. ^ Greenberg, K. (June 2000), "The Hottest Show On Earth", RAW Magazine, http://worm_city.tripod.com/wormcity/id7.html 
  8. ^ a b Fazioli, M. (August 2001). "Big Dreams, Lean Years". RAW Magazine. http://worm_city.tripod.com/wormcity/id7.html. 
  9. ^ a b c Sargent, D. (2001). "WWF Star Scotty 2 Hotty of Westbrook". Portland Magazine. http://www.geocities.com/kid_at_heart_dmv/S2H_interview_2.html. 
  10. ^ PWI Staff (2007). "Pro Wrestling Illustrated presents: 2007 Wrestling almanac & book of facts". "Wrestling’s historical cards" (Kappa Publishing): pp. 100. 
  11. ^ a b "History of the Light Heavyweight Championship - Scotty 2 Hotty". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2000-04-17. http://www.wwe.com/inside/titlehistory/lightheavyweight/357216. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  12. ^ Powell, John (2000-05-01). "Rock victorious at Backlash, Game Over for Triple H". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. http://slam.canoe.ca/SlamWrestlingPPV/may1_backlash.html. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  13. ^ a b "History of the World Tag Team Championship - Too Cool". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2000-05-29. http://www.wwe.com/inside/titlehistory/worldtagteam/304454132112113. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  14. ^ "Brian Lawler FAQ". WrestleView. http://www.wrestleview.com/info/faq/brianlawler.shtml. 
  15. ^ The Lilsboys (2003-08-29). "Scott's too hot to handle". The Sun. http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/article130667.ece. Retrieved 2007-11-08. 
  16. ^ a b c "History of the WWE Tag Team Championship - Scotty 2 Hotty & Rikishi". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/inside/titlehistory/wwetag/330120. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  17. ^ Powell, John (2004-03-15). "WrestleMania XX bombs". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/PPVReports/2004/03/15/382634.html. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  18. ^ "Ariel, Scotty 2 Hotty & Nick Mitchell released". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2007-05-15. http://www.wwe.com/inside/news/scottyarielnickreleased. Retrieved 2007-05-18. 
  19. ^ Plummer, Dale (2007-12-10). "Raw: Nostalgia show quite the (beer) blast". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2007/12/10/4717835.html. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  20. ^ "Results From The 2008 NPCI Tournament!". Clash Wrestling. 2008-06-16. http://clashwrestling.com/results-from-the-2008-npci-tournament/. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  21. ^ a b "CCW Heavyweight Championship history". http://www.cagematch.de/?id=5&nr=974. 
  22. ^ a b Fazioli, M. (2002). "Pass out the cigars ... hold the Worm jokes". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://worm_city.tripod.com/wormcity/id45.html. 
  23. ^ Speer, P. (2001). "Albert & Scotty invade Disneyland". World Wrestling Federation. http://worm_city.tripod.com/wormcity/id45.html. 
  24. ^ De Sylvia, Dave (December 2009). "Fight Like Apes post new video". Sputnikmusic. http://www.sputnikmusic.com/news.php?newsid=11769. 

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Simple English

Scott Garland
Statistics
Ring name(s) Jeff Taylor
Scott Taylor
Scotty 2 Hotty
Scotty Too Hotty
Scotty Taylor
Scotty The Hotty
Billed height1.76 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
BornJuly 2, 1970 (1970-07-02) (age 40)
Westbrook, Maine
Billed fromWestbrook, Maine
DebutNovember 23, 1989

Scott Ronald Garland (born July 2, 1970 in Westbrook, Maine) is an American professional wrestler who is best known for wrestling with WWF/E and Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) under the ring name, Scotty 2 Hotty. Garland is currently wrestling in the independent circuit.

Championships

Garland has won many belts with different wrestling promotions:

  • Coastal Championship Wrestling
    • CCW Heavyweight Championship (one time)
  • Eastern Pro Wrestling
    • EPW Heavyweight Championship (one time)
    • EPW Tag Team Championship (one time)
  • New England Wrestling Association
    • NEWA Heavyweight Championship (four times)

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