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Tekno Team 2000
Tag Team
Members Troy (Erik Watts)
Travis (Chad Fortune)
Name(s) Tekno Team 2000
Heights Troy:
6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)[1]
Travis:
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[2]
Debut March 19, 1995
Disbanded Summer 1996
Promotions WWF
USWA

Tekno Team 2000 was a professional wrestling tag team that competed in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) from 1995 to 1996. The team was composed of Troy (Erik Watts) and Travis (Chad Fortune). Although the team started off with a strong push from the WWF, they did not continue their initial success. Tekno Team 2000 also left the WWF temporarily to make several appearances in the United States Wrestling Association (USWA). After returning to the WWF, the team continued to lose matches and was eventually disbanded.

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History

World Wrestling Federation

Wearing "futuristic" silver and maroon ring outfits, they were billed as a tag team that was "ahead of its time".[3] As part of the "New Generation" of the WWF, they were said to be "determined to bring the New Generation into the 21st Century".[3] Building on their youthful appearance, Troy and Travis were featured in pin-up pictures in the World Wrestling Federation Magazine.[4][5]

Tekno Team 2000 made their WWF debut during a house show at Madison Square Garden on March 19, 1995. They defeated The Heavenly Bodies (Tom Prichard and Jimmy Del Ray) and repeated the result the following night at Boston Garden.[6] Their WWF television debut took place on the May 16, 1995 episode of WWF Superstars; they defeated Barry Horowitz and the Brooklyn Brawler.[7] They were booked to appear in a series of matches against The Heavenly Bodies. Del Ray was not able to appear in several of the matches, so he was replaced by Mantaur and Barry Horowitz in several of the matches. Tekno Team 2000 won all of the matches in this series.[8] The WWF teased a storyline in which Tekno Team 2000 was being scouted by Ted DiBiase to join the Million Dollar Corporation,[9] but they did not join the group. Their success led Pro Wrestling Illustrated to rank them among the top ten tag teams in the world.[10]

On July 2, Troy and Travis served as lumberjacks in the lumberjack match between Diesel and Sid at In Your House 2: The Lumberjacks. During the match, Sid attacked Troy and Travis. While he was distracted, other wrestlers attacked Sid and helped Diesel to win the match.[11]

Tennessee

Watts has stated that the WWF intended to have Tekno Team 2000 win the WWF Tag Team Championship after two months in the promotion. After Watts' father, Bill Watts, began booking matches, the team was later sent to developmental territories to improve their skills.[12][13] They returned to USWA in Tennessee, where they had wrestled a tag team match together in April 1995 under their real names.[14] Competing as Tekno Team 2000, they defeated PG-13 on September 18. They began losing matches, however, while facing PG-13, The Heavenly Bodies, and The Bushwhackers. On October 30, Troy and Travis reversed their fortunes and defeated King Cobra and Spellbinder.[14]

Return to World Wrestling Federation

In 1996, Troy and Travis resumed competition in the WWF. They lost to The Bodydonnas on the May 6 episode of Monday Night Raw.[15] During Tekno Team 2000's return, however, the WWF instructed The Bodydonnas to help make Troy and Travis look good to the fans.[16] Five days later, Tekno Team 2000 lost to The Smoking Gunns on WWF Superstars.[17] Their final appearance came in a loss to The Godwinns on the June 3 episode of Monday Night Raw.[18] Watts and Fortune were released from their WWF contracts in the summer of 1996.[19]

Legacy

After disbanding the team, Watts and Fortune competed for independent promotions.[1][2] They later formed a team while wrestling in Japan.[20] In 2001, they reunited in Dusty Rhodes' Turnbuckle Championship Wrestling, teaming together under their real names.[21] Watts later found work with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, and Fortune retired from wrestling to drive monster trucks.[1][2] The WWF has been critical of the team's ring personas. Tekno Team 2000 was included during a video montage of poor gimmicks during the tenth anniversary of Monday Night Raw in January 2003.[22]

In wrestling

References

  1. ^ a b c "Wrestler Profiles: Erik Watts". Online World of Wrestling. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/e/erik-watts.html. Retrieved 2009-07-19.  
  2. ^ a b c "Wrestler Profiles: Chad Fortune". Online World of Wrestling. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/c/chad-fortune.html. Retrieved 2009-07-19.  
  3. ^ a b Russe, Vince (September 1995). "New Kids on the Block". World Wrestling Federation Magazine 14 (9): 55. ISSN 8756-7792.  
  4. ^ "Troy of Tekno Team 2000". World Wrestling Federation Magazine 14 (9): 22. September 1995. ISSN 8756-7792.  
  5. ^ "Travis of Tekno Team 2000". World Wrestling Federation Magazine 14 (9): 24. September 1995. ISSN 8756-7792.  
  6. ^ Cawthon, Graham. "Ring Results: 1995". The History of WWE. http://www.thehistoryofwwe.com/95.htm. Retrieved 2009-07-19.  
  7. ^ WWF Superstars. Syndicated, Danbury, Connecticut. 1995-05-16.
  8. ^ "Ring Results: 1995". The History of WWE. http://www.thehistoryofwwe.com/95.htm. Retrieved 2009-07-18.  
  9. ^ "Barred from the Back". World Wrestling Federation Magazine 14 (8): 70. August 1995. ISSN 8756-7792.  
  10. ^ "Official Rankings". Pro Wrestling Illustrated: 64. October 1995. ISSN 1043-7576.  
  11. ^ "In Your House Results". World Wrestling Federation Magazine 14 (10): 39. October 1995. ISSN 8756-7792.  
  12. ^ "George South & Erik Watts interview recaps". Online World of Wrestling. 2009-02-23. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/2009/02/23/george-south-erik-watts-interview-recaps/. Retrieved 2009-07-19.  
  13. ^ Nemer, Paul (2004-03-05). "ASK WV (3/05/04): Sting, Repo Man, Goldberg/HHH, Tekno Team 2000 & more". WrestleView. http://www.wrestleview.com/news2004/1078517413.shtml. Retrieved 2009-07-19.  
  14. ^ a b "Mid-South Coliseum 1995 (Jarrett)". Pro Wrestling History. http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/memphis/jarrett/1995.html. Retrieved 2009-07-19.  
  15. ^ Monday Night Raw. USA Network, Sioux City, Iowa. 1996-05-06.
  16. ^ Burgan, Derek (2005-04-19). "Torch DVD DoubleShot: Burgan reviews Shoot Interviews with Dana Dameson & Chris Candido". Pro Wrestling Torch. http://pwtorch.com/artman2/publish/DVDs_-_VGames_-_Books_25/article_12833.shtml. Retrieved 2009-07-19.  
  17. ^ WWF Superstars. Syndicated, Des Moines, Iowa. 1996-05-11.
  18. ^ Monday Night Raw. USA Network, Fayetteville, North Carolina. 1996-06-03.
  19. ^ Marvez, Alex (1995-08-06). "WWF Shaves Psycho, Adds Sharper Razor - Pro Wrestling". Dayton Daily News. http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_action=doc&p_docid=0F51AE768D625F97&p_docnum=1. Retrieved 2009-07-18.  
  20. ^ "Weird Occurances and Gimmicks". The Wrestling Textbook. http://www.angelfire.com/mt/Horsemen/weird.html. Retrieved 2009-07-19.  
  21. ^ Naldi, Vanes. "Turnbuckle Championship Wrestling". K & D's Matchlists. http://www.shootangle.com/kandd/tcw.html. Retrieved 2009-07-19.  
  22. ^ Raw Tenth Anniversary. [DVD]. World Wrestling Entertainment. 2003.  
  23. ^ "Other arena's finishing movelist". http://www.otherarena.com/nCo/finish/finish.html.  

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