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Thomas Burton
Ring name(s) Tom Burton
Tom Davis
Debut c. 1988
Retired c. 1995

Thomas "Tom" Burton is a retired American professional wrestler, also known by his ring name Tom Davis, who has competed in North American regional and independent promotions during the 1980s and early 1990s including the United States Wrestling Association, Global Wrestling Federation, the Universal Wrestling Federation and the American Wrestling Association. He has also had successful stints in international promotions such as the Japanese shoot-fighting promotion UWF International.

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Career

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Early career

Making his debut in the mid-1980s, Burton first appeared in the World Wrestling Federation appearing on WWF Superstars of Wrestling teaming with Chris Curtis against The British Bulldogs and, in single matches, faced Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake during August 1988. He has a son called Tom as well, who now lives in London, England who is a promising rugby player, who plays for the England under 15s.

Several weeks later, while in the American Wrestling Association, he teamed with Mike Enos and Krusher Krugnoff in a 6-man tag team match against Los Guerreros (Hector, Mando and Chavo Guerrero, Jr.) in September 1988 [1] and, the following month, defeated Jerry Lynn in one of his earliest matches while touring various independent promotions in the Midwest.

During the next year, he made occasional appearances on WWF Superstars facing Hercules in Huntsville, Alabama on January 21 and, teaming with Dusty Wolfe, against The Rockers in Madison, Wisconsin on July 8, 1989. Appearing on WWF Wrestling Challenge later that year, he would also face Ronnie Garvin, Tito Santana, Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart and Jake "The Snake" Roberts. He would also face The Rockers several times, with partners Barry Hardy and Larry Lawson.

Facing Brutus Beefcake, Koko B. Ware and "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka during early 1990, Burton returned to the independent circuit for a time before settling in Memphis.

United States Wrestling Association

While in the USWA, Burton began teaming with Tony Anthony as the Dirty White Boys and, while losing to Jeff Jarrett and Billy Joe Travis on May 21, they later came back to defeat Rex King and Steve Doll for the USWA Tag Team Championship in Memphis, Tennessee on June 2, 1990 before losing to Rex King & Joey Maggs weeks later. Feuding with Billy Joe Travis, Burton had a less than successful singles career losing singles matches to Rex King and Joey Maggs before leaving the promotion later that year. [2]

He would also appear in Jim Crockett Promotions's NWA Power Hour, teaming with Tim Hughes against Arn Anderson and Barry Windham on July 22, 1990. He also faced Lex Luger several times on WCW Worldwide before teaming with Barry Horowitz against the Renegade Warriors (Mark and Chris Youngblood) on October 13, 1990.

Global Wrestling Federation

Returning to the WWF for a short time teaming with Mike Shelton against the Legion of Doom on October 14 and, in WCW, faced Terry Taylor on November 3, 1990. The following year, he would appear in the UWF International's television debut losing to Nobuhiko Takada at Tokyo's Korakuen Hall on May 10, 1991.[3] During the next two months, he would face Kiyoshi Tamura and Yuko Miyato before returning to the United States in early July. [4]

Resurfacing in the Global Wrestling Federation, he lost to Terry Daniels at the Dallas Sportatorium in Dallas, Texas on July 19, 1991. He later started teaming with Mike Davis, briefly as an incarnation of the Rock 'n' Roll RPMs, and later as Tom Davis of the Dirty Davis Brothers. In July, the two would enter the 2-day GWF Tag Team Championship Tournament defeating Firecat & El Grande Coloso, the Renegade Warriors and Bill Irwin and Johnny Ace before losing to Cactus Jack and Makhan Singh in the tournament finals on July 27.

Losing to The Patriot and The Handsome Stranger during early August, he and Mike Davis would face Chris Walker and Steve Simpson, the Renegade Warriors, American Breed and Terry Garvin & Ed Robinson during the next several months.

In late September, he and Davis began facing Chaz & Terry Garvin defeating them on September 27. Although defeating them in a rematch on October 11, they soon began feuding with them after he and Mike Davis were hired by The Lightning Kid to sideline Chaz who had been challenging The Lightning Kid for his GWF Light Heavyweight Championship. During one of their matches, while Terry Garvin had been tied up in the ring ropes, they had been trying to injure Chaz's knee when Tug Taylor arrived. Although presumably hired by The Lightning Kid as well, Tug Taylor instead turned on the Dirty Davis Brothers and running them off. During an interview with Taylor afterwards revealed that Chaz was his son and would be watching out for his during his stay in the promotion.

Facing Brian Lee and Terry Garvin in single matches, he and Davis defeated Rick Garren & Larry Green on October 8 and Garren & Ben Jordan on October 15 before facing Tug Taylor & Terry Garvin in several indecisive matches. Losing to them in a steel cage match on November 29, they would also lose several matches to Chaz & Tug Taylor defeating them in an elimination match on December 13, 1991. Shortly thereafter, Davis would be defeated by a masked wrestler who revealed himself to be Chaz making his return to the promotion. He would also take part in the first television taping for the American Wrestling Federation in Lowell, Massachusetts on December 16, 1991. During the event, he would face TNT and teamed with "Iron" Mike Sharpe and Sampson against Bill Wilcox, Freight Train Fulton and Chris Candido.[5]

Losing to John Tatum and Rod Price on January 3, they would continue losing matches to Chaz & Tug Taylor including a "strap on a pole" match and, in a 6-man tag team match with Billy Travis, lost to Chaz, Tug Taylor and Jerry Lynn on January 10. Fighting to a draw against Scott Putski and Gary Young, they would split up after fighting to a time limit draw against Chaz & Tug Taylor on January 24, 1992.[6]

He and Davis would finally settle their feud with Mike Davis facing Chaz in which the winner would choose someone to leave the GWF. When Davis lost to Chaz, Burton was named by Chaz to leave the promotion.[7]

UWFi

Having previously appeared in the promotion in late 1991 teaming with Tatsuo Nakano against Kiyoshi Tamura and Yuko Miyato at Korakuen Hall on October 6 and losing to Yuko Miyato at the Ryogoku Kokugikan on December 22, 1991 after submitting to a cross armbreaker, Burton returned to Japan in late 1992 competing full time for UWF International.

On October 23, in one of his earliest matches, he faced Hiromitsu Kanehara at the Budokan Hall in Tokyo submitting to an ankle lock.[8] The following month, he and Yoji Anjo defeated Kiyoshi Tamura & Yuko Miyato at the Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium on November 7 although he would lose a singles match to Yuko Miyato on December 22, 1991.

Defeating Masahito Kakihara on January 9, he and Gary Albright would also defeat Nobuhiko Takada and Kazuo Yamazaki at the Korakuen Hall on February 15. Losing to Kazuo Yamazaki, Tatsuo Nakano and Gary Albright during the next few months and, with Tatsuo Nakano, lost to Yoji Anjo and Mark Fleming on July 12. A month later, he and Nakano lost to Yuko Miyato and Masahito Kakihara at the Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center on August 14. Knocked out by Yoshihiro Takayama on September 21, Burton also lost to Hiromitsu Kanehara before defeating Mark Silver by t.k.o. at the Ryogoku Kokugikan on December 20.

On January 10, he and Yoki Anjo lost to Tatsuo Nakano and Gene Lydick and, the following month, fought to a 20 min. time limit draw with Yoshihiro Takayama at Budokan Hall on February 14. Several months later, he teamed with Gene Lydick losing to Yoji Anjo and Masahito Kakihara on May 6 and also lost matches to Hiromitsu Kanehara, Greg Bobchick and Yoshihiro Takayama before defeating Gene Lydick at the Meiji Jingu Stadium in Tokyo on December 5, 1993.

World Championship Wrestling and later career

During 1994, he would split his time between UWFi and World Championship Wrestling teaming with Bill Payne against Marcus Alexander Bagwell & 2 Cold Scorpio in Atlanta, Georgia on January 10, 1994. The following night he would face Rick "the Dragon" Steamboat.[9]

Defeating Kazushi Sakuraba by knockout in a non-tournament match at the 1994 Best of the World Tournament at Bukokan Hall on May 6, he lost matches to Hiromitsu Kanehara at Shootfighting III on June 10 and, returning to WCW, faced Rick Steamboat in a match for the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship on August 27 [9] and "Flyin'" Brian Pillman on September 10.[10]

Kennichi Yamamoto at Sedai Heavykyu Senshuken Jiki Chosen Ketteisen on November 30. In early 1995, he lost to Yoshihiro Takayama at Sekai Heavykyu Senshuken Jiai on January 16 and Hiromitsu Kanehara at SAKIGAKE on February 18 before defeating Kenichi Yamamoto at Rainbow Hall in Nagoya, Japan on April 20. The next month, teaming with Hiromitsu Kanehara, he lost to Yoshihiro Takayama and Kazushi Sakuraba on May 17 and, during the next several months, was defeated by Yuko Miyato and Kenichi Yamamoto.[4]

In mid to late 1995, he began wrestling in World Championship Wrestling appearing on WCW Saturday Night against "Macho Man" Randy Savage, Cobra and "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan.

Managers: Marcus Woodrow III

Championships and accomplishments

References

  1. ^ The Most Powerful Families in Wrestling. Perf. Tom Burton. DVD. World Wrestling Entertainment, 2007.
  2. ^ "Mid-South Coliseum 1990 (Jarrett)". ProWrestlingHistory.com. http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/memphis/jarrett/1990.html.  
  3. ^ Meltzer, Dave (2005-02-17). "Wrestling Observer Headlines, 2/17/2005". Wrestling Observer. http://www.wrestlingobserver.com/wo/news/headlines/default.asp?aID=12487.  
  4. ^ a b "UWF International Results: 1991-1996" (in German). Purolove.com. 2007. http://www.purolove.com/misc/uwfi/results.php.  
  5. ^ "Brent's Wrestling Collection: AWF TV Taping (1991)". Hitman Brent's Dungeon. 2005. http://www.oocities.com/hitmanbrentsdungeon/AWFTVTaping91.htm.  
  6. ^ Dananay, John (2006). "Global Wrestling Federation: 1991-94". World Class Memories. http://www.worldclasswrestling.info/results/gwf.htm.  
  7. ^ Carapola, Stuart (2006-04-22). "That Was Then 4.22.06: The Global Wrestling Federation In 1991". 411mania.com. http://www.411mania.com/wrestling/columns/39392.  
  8. ^ Mancuso, Ryan (July 2007). "UWF-I Commercial Tape: October 23rd, 1992". PuroresuCentral.com. http://www.puroresucentral.com/UWFI92.html.  
  9. ^ a b Cawthon, Graham (May 2007). "WCW 1994". Graham Cawthon's History of WWE. http://www.angelfire.com/wrestling/cawthon777/wcw94.htm.  
  10. ^ Scott, Richard (2003-12-13). "Brian Pillman's Television History". Quote the Loose Cannon: Brian Pillman. http://www.oocities.com/rdlscott/television.html.  
  11. ^ "U.S.W.A. World Tag Team Title". Puroresu Dojo. 2003. http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/tn/uswa/uswa-t.html.  

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