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The Nasty Boys

The Nasty Boys in the Hulkmania tour.
Tag Team
Members Brian Knobbs
Jerry Sags
Name(s) The Nasty Boys
Heights 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) (Knobbs)
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) (Sags)
585 lb (265 kg)
Hometown Whitehall Township, Pennsylvania, United States
Billed from "Nastyville"
Allentown,Pennsylvania (WWF)
"The Streets of New York City"(WCW)
Debut 1986
Promotions AWA
Trainer Verne Gagne
Brad Rheingans

The Nasty Boys are a professional wrestling tag team consisting of Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags, active from the mid to late 1980s and throughout the 1990s, who are currently signed to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). Their gimmick was that of anti-social punks who specialized in hardcore wrestling and brawling. They were noted for their distinctive all-black "street look", which, while very commonplace among today's wrestlers, was vastly different from the colorful attire of their wrestling peers of the late 80s-early 90s. This included graffiti-sprayed t-shirts, chain-adorned leather trenchoats, and their distinctive mullet-hawk haircuts.



Unlike most professional wrestling tag teams, Jerry Sags and Brian Knobbs were childhood friends (both hailing from Whitehall Township, Pennsylvania)[1] who put themselves together (whereas most tag teams were and still are matched together by bookers). They began their careers in the American Wrestling Association in 1985 and began teaming together as The Nasty Boyz in 1986. In 1988, they moved to Florida Championship Wrestling, where they won five Tag Team Championship between 1989 and 1990.

In 1990, the Nasty Boys joined the National Wrestling Alliance affiliate Jim Crockett Promotions, soon to be renamed World Championship Wrestling. They initially feuded with Rick and Scott Steiner but were unable to defeat the Steiner Brothers for the United States Tag Team Championships.

The Nasty Boys left WCW in December 1990 and joined the World Wrestling Federation. Along with their manager Jimmy Hart, they announced their intention to "Nastisize the WWF". After becoming the number one contenders by winning a seven team battle royal on the February 16, 1991 airing of Superstars of Wrestling (last eliminating the Legion of Doom, thanks to interference from Power and Glory), they defeated The Hart Foundation for the WWF World Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania VII, and held the titles until SummerSlam 1991, when they were defeated by the Legion of Doom in a no disqualification, no countout match. They turned face in the fall of 1992 to feud with Jimmy Hart's Money Incorporated over the tag team titles, but were unable to recapture the gold.

The Nasty Boys in the Hulkamania Tour.

The Nasty Boys returned to WCW in 1993, where they were managed by Missy Hyatt. Hyatt left the Nasty Boyz after their first reign as WCW World Tag Team Champions, and they went on to feud with tag teams such as Harlem Heat and the Blue Bloods. In 1996, the New World Order offered them membership in the nWo, but attacked them as soon as they received their nWo t-shirts. In the Nasty Boys subsequent match against the Scott Hall and Kevin Nash, Sags became enraged during the match after Hall injured his neck with a chair. After the match, Sags filed a lawsuit. He was released from his contract, and retired later that year. Knobbs began pursuing the WCW Hardcore Championship.

The Nasty Boys were briefly reunited in the short-lived XWF, but both retired when it closed. Since retirement the boys have both appeared on Hogan Knows Best along with WWE Magazine's Where are they now section.

On November 20, 2007, Brian Knobbs and Jerry Saggs reformed as The Nasty Boys at the WWE SmackDown tapings from Tampa, Florida to wrestle their first WWE match in years.

On November 21, 2009, They were involved with the Hulkamania: Let the Battle Begin Australian Tour event in Melbourne, Australia and wrestled and defeated Black Pearl and Vampire Warrior in an Australian Street Fight.

On January 4, 2010, The Nasty Boys made their debut appearance on Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's television show, TNA Impact!, where they trashed Team 3D's locker room during their absence from the show while in Japan.[2]This initiated a feud, with both teams exchanging physical onslaughts with one another. On the January 21 edition of Impact! the Nasty Boys competed in their first match for TNA, defeating the team of Eric Young and Kevin Nash.[3] At Against All Odds The Nasty Boys defeated Team 3D in a tag team match, when Jimmy Hart made his return to the company and interfered in the match on the Nasty Boys' behalf.[4] On the February 25 edition of Impact! Team 3D defeated the Nasty Boys in a tables match, when Jesse Neal interfered on Team 3D's behalf.[5] The Nasty Boys and Hart continued their feud with Team 3D by defeating them and the returning Brother Runt, a replacement for Jesse Neal, whom the Nastys attacked prior to the match, in a six man tag team match. After the match Neal attacked the Nastys and helped Team 3D put Sags through a table.[6]



The Nasty Boys performing their entrance.

The Nasty Boys have a reputation of being very stiff with their opponents.[7] They have also been involved in several legitimate fights with other wrestlers also ribbing (pranking backstage) them:

  • Ken Shamrock had an argument with Knobbs after he had harassed his friend and his friend's fiancée in a nightclub. Later that night, Shamrock went to The Nasty Boys' hotel room to continue the argument. After banging on the door several times, Saggs went to answer only to be knocked backwards as Shamrock forced his way into the room and began attacking Knobbs, who was unconscious due to being intoxicated. Shamrock was then dragged off by Saggs, and the pair proceeded to have a fist fight, which left Shamrock hospitalised. Shamrock confronted Saggs years later in an airport, stating he had lied in a magazine article where he'd recounted the previous incident. Shamrock had by this time garnered a reputation as a successful cage fighter, and was billed in the WWE as "The World's Most Dangerous Man", so those around him had been goading into a confrontation. Saggs told him he no longer had any grudge with Shamrock and if he wanted to do something about what had happened, he should go ahead and do it. Shamrock thought better of it, and left the scene feeling he had intimidated Saggs enough.
  • The Nasty Boys fought with Ric Flair in a Manhattan nightclub, with Flair being thrown out of the club as a result.
  • In 1994, The Nasty Boys faced Cactus Jack and Maxx Payne in a series of wild brawls,[7] which Payne later described as "not far away from gladiator days".
  • In 1997, a match between The Nasty Boys and The Outsiders (Scott Hall and Kevin Nash) degenerated into a shoot.[8]
  • On November 20, 2007, on their return match to Smackdown, they worked stiff with Dave Taylor and Drew McIntyre.[9]
  • Professional wrestler Mick Foley described the Nasty Boys in his autobiography as "sloppy as hell, and more than a little dangerous, but they knew how to brawl."

In wrestling

  • Double-team signature moves
    • Aided powerbomb[10]
    • Clubberin’ (The Nasty Boys would simultaneously repeatedly punch their opponents)[11] – named by Dusty Rhodes who, while commentating, would announce to his partner Tony Schiavone: "They be clubberin', Tony!"
    • Irish whip-assisted corner splash[11]
    • Pit Stop / Pity City (One of the Nasty Boys would raise their arm, exposing their armpit while the other Nasty Boy would seize a victim by the back of the neck and rub his face into the other Nasty Boy's armpit)

Personal life

Brian Knobbs and Greg "The Hammer" Valentine's wives are siblings.

Jerry Sags is the uncle of Cody Rhodes.

Championships and accomplishments

  • Other Titles
  • NAWA Tag Team Championship (1 time)
  • PWF Tag Team Championship (1 time)
  • SAPC Tag Team Championship (1 time)


  1. ^ [1]Shoot with The Nasty Boys
  2. ^ Keller, Wade (2010-01-04). "KELLER'S TNA IMPACT LIVE REPORT 1/4: Jeff Hardy, NWO reunion, Hulk Hogan, TNA Knockout Title match, more surprises - ongoing coverage". PWTorch. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  3. ^ Wilkenfeld, Daniel (2010-01-21). "WILKENFELD'S TNA IMPACT REPORT 1/21: Ongoing "virtual time" coverage of Spike TV broadcast". PWTorch. Retrieved 2010-01-22. 
  4. ^ Caldwell, James (2010-02-14). "CALDWELL'S TNA AGAINST ALL ODDS PPV REPORT 2/14: Ongoing "virtual time" coverage of A.J. Styles vs. Samoa Joe, Nastys vs. 3D". PWTorch. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  5. ^ Wilkenfeld, Daniel (2010-02-25). "WILKENFELD'S TNA IMPACT REPORT 2/25: Ongoing "virtual time" coverage of Spike TV broadcast". PWTorch. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  6. ^ Wilkenfeld, Daniel (2010-03-15). "CALDWELL'S TNA IMPACT REPORT 3/15: Ongoing "virtual time" coverage of Spike TV show - A.J. Styles vs. Jeff Hardy". PWTorch. Retrieved 2010-03-16. 
  7. ^ a b Foley, Mick (2000). Have A Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks. HarperCollins. p. 262. ISBN 0061031011. 
  8. ^ Shoot with Scott Hall - SHOOT
  9. ^ "Nasty Boys Getting Major Heat For Horrible Smackdown Dark Match". Retrieved 2008-07-20. 
  10. ^ "High Voltage vs The Amazing Freanch Canadians; Nasty boys attack". World Championship Wrestling, TNT. WCW Monday Nitro. 1996-10-28.
  11. ^ a b "Harlem Heat vs. Nasty Boys". World Championship Wrestling. WCW Clash of the Champions XXIX. 1994-11-16.
  12. ^ "Jimmy Hart profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  13. ^ "Xtreme Wrestling Federation Title Histories". Retrieved 2008-07-15. 

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