Thrasher (wrestler)

Last updated
Thrasher
Mosh&thrash.jpg
Mosh (left) and Thrasher (right)
Birth nameGlenn Ruth
Born (1969-06-13) June 13, 1969 (age 53) [1]
Camden, New Jersey, United States [2] [3]
Children4
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Frankie Favorite
Glenn Ruth
Guardian #2
The Royal Spider [2]
Sister Angelica [4]
The Spider
Spider #2
Thrasher [1]
Billed height6 ft 4 in (193 cm) [2]
Billed weight245 lb (111 kg) [2]
Trained by Larry Sharpe [2] [3]
Debut1990 [2]

Glenn Ruth (born June 13, 1969) is an American professional wrestler, better known by the ring name, Thrasher. For much of his career he has teamed with Mosh, most famously as The Headbangers, a pair of metal-heads known for their outrageous costumes such as nose rings and kilts. Thrasher is best known for his stints in the World Wrestling Federation between 1990 and 2000, where he held the WWF World Tag Team Championship and WWF Hardcore Championship. [2] [3] [1]

Contents

Professional wrestling career

Early career (1990–1996)

Ruth grew up in South Jersey. [3] He trained as a wrestler under Larry Sharpe and debuted in 1990 as The Spider. He later became Sharpe's assistant and helped train wrestlers including Big Show and his future tag team partner Mosh at Sharpe's "Monster Factory" professional wrestling school. [3] Worked in New Jersey, for the National Wrestling Alliance. In 1991, Ruth wrestled as Frankie Favorite for All Japan Pro Wrestling. In Japan he would occasionally teamed up with Johnny Favorite. In 1991 as the Spider, he won the WWA Heavyweight Championship twice in New Jersey from 1991 to 1992 and 1992 to 1993. Also worked in Maryland. On January 23, 1993 the Spider wrestled The Sandman in a Double DQ for Eastern Championship Wrestling. In 1994, he started teaming up with Chaz Warrington as the Spiders working in the independent circuit in New Jersey and Texas. They made a few appearances for Extreme Championship Wrestling in June 1994. In 1995 they moved down to Tennessee for Smoky Mountain Wrestling (SMW). It was there that they changed their gimmicks to the Headbangers. Their slogan was "Real men wear skirts." Ruth became Thrasher and Warrington became Mosh. In December 1995 Smokey Mountain folded and they joined the United States Wrestling Association (USWA).

World Wrestling Federation (1990, 1991–1993, 1995, 1996–2000)

Ruth debuted in the World Wrestling Federation in August 1990 under his real name losing to Rick Rude. He wrestled several matches for the promotion until leaving in November 1990, making several appearances on WWF Superstars and WWF Wrestling Challenge . [2]

Ruth made a number of appearances for the World Wrestling Federation from 1991 to 1993. Losing to the big names; Ric Flair, Undertaker, Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart. He appeared on the second ever episode of Raw in 1993 a losing effort against Marty Jannetty, competing under his given name as an enhancement talent. Sometimes he even made tag teams appearances against The Smoking Gunns and The Steiner Brothers.

In December 1995, they debuted as jobbers in the WWF as the Spiders, the Royal Spiders, the Arachnoids, and even used their real names. On an episode of Monday Night Raw they got a World Tag Team Title shot against the Smoking Gunns. They returned to the USWA.

Wrestling as "The Spiders", Thrasher and Mosh returned to the WWF on the September 24, 1996 episode of WWF Superstars, losing to The Smoking Gunns. In November 1996, they resumed wrestling as "The Headbangers". At the outset of 1997, The Headbangers briefly began wearing nun outfits and wrestling as "The Flying Nuns" and "The Sisters of Love", with Thrasher wrestling as "Sister Angelica" and Mosh as "Mother Smucker". They were briefly managed by Brother Love. [2] [4]

The Headbangers captured the vacant WWF World Tag Team Championships on September 7, 1997 by defeating three other teams in a four team tag match at Ground Zero. They lost the titles to The Godwinns on October 5 of that same year.

The Headbangers split in January 1999 when Ruth suffered a knee injury and Warrington began pursuing a singles career, but reformed in late 1999 on the October 10 edition of Sunday Night Heat when Ruth came to Warrington's aid during a domestic violence angle, which saw him vilified by other wrestlers and officials alike for a number of weeks. Ruth had presented video footage of Warrington's (kayfabe) girlfriend Marianna Komlos putting on makeup to make it seem as if Warrington had been abusing her. The police officers arresting Warrington then uncuffed him and arrested Komlos for her lies. Shortly thereafter the two began appearing regularly as a team again, but were now heels and inexplicably came to the ring wearing cone brassieres which they wore while they wrestled.

In 2000, Ruth took part in the match for the Hardcore Championship at WrestleMania 2000. He held the title for 37 seconds, pinning Joey Abs and then being pinned by Pete Gas. After the Headbangers split for the second time and Warrington went on to team with D'Lo Brown, Ruth continued to wrestle in singles competition mainly on WWF Jakked before being sent to WWF's Power Pro Wrestling developmental territory in Memphis. He was released from the WWF in December 2000.

Independent circuit (2000–2003)

After his release from the WWF, Ruth continued to wrestle until 2003 for Maryland Championship Wrestling and independent promotions before retiring from professional wrestling.

Ring of Honor and return to the independent circuit (2011–present)

In 2011, The Headbangers reformed and have been wrestling on the independent circuit once again. In June 2012, Thrasher and Mosh debuted in Ring of Honor as The Guardians of Truth, a masked tag team managed by Truth Martini. As of 2014, Thrasher now wrestles for independent promotion Championship Wrestling Entertainment in Port St. Lucie, FL. On November 14, 2014, Thrasher defeated Chico Adams to become the CWE Heavyweight Champion.

Return to World Wrestling Entertainment (2016)

Thrasher and Mosh made an unannounced return to the WWE (formerly WWF) on the 30 August 2016 episode of WWE SmackDown , losing to Heath Slater and Rhyno in the first round of a tournament for the newly-created WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship. They made two further appearances on SmackDown in November 2016. [2]

Personal life

Ruth is married with four children. [3]

Upon retiring from professional wrestling in 2002, Ruth began working in restaurant management and marketing. [3] Ruth is currently the General Manager of a Papa John's in Boynton Beach, Florida.

Championships and accomplishments

See also

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Gangrel</span> American professional wrestler

David William Heath is an American semi-retired professional wrestler. He is best known for his appearances in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) from 1998 to 2001 and intermittently throughout the mid-2000s under the ring name Gangrel. In recent time, he has worked in All Elite Wrestling.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Road Dogg</span> American professional wrestler

Brian Girard James is an American professional wrestler currently signed with the WWE where he serves as the Senior Vice President of Live Events. James was best known for his initial tenure with World Wrestling Federation as The Roadie from 1994 to 1995 and as "Road Dogg" Jesse James from 1996 to 2001. He is also known for his appearances with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) as B.G. James from 2002 to 2009, and has also made appearances for several other promotions such as Smoky Mountain Wrestling, World Championship Wrestling, the United States Wrestling Association, the Catch Wrestling Association, and World Wrestling All-Stars (WWA).

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Billy Gunn</span> American professional wrestler

Monty Kip Sopp, better known by his ring name Billy Gunn, is an American professional wrestler. He is currently signed to All Elite Wrestling (AEW) as a wrestler and coach. Gunn is best known for his appearances in the World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment (WWF/E) from 1993 to 2004 and from 2012 to 2015. He also served as a coach on WWE's Tough Enough and was a trainer in NXT. He is also known for his appearances with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) from 2005 to 2009.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Justin Credible</span> American professional wrestler

Peter Joseph "PJ" Polaco is a retired American professional wrestler, best known for his appearances with Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) and the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) under the ring name Justin Credible. He is also known for his earlier stint with the WWF under the ring name Aldo Montoya. Polaco is a one-time world champion, having won the ECW World Heavyweight Championship once.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Too Cool</span> Professional wrestling stable

Too Cool, originally known as Too Much, was an American professional wrestling tag team and group active in the World Wrestling Federation between 1998 and 2001 and for a short time in 2004 and 2014. The group contained members Grandmaster Sexay, Scotty 2 Hotty, and Rikishi.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Mosh (wrestler)</span> American professional wrestler

Charles Warrington is an American professional wrestler best known for his time in the World Wrestling Federation. He is currently performing under the ring name Mosh as one-half of the tag team The Headbangers along with Thrasher.

Rodney Lienhardt is an American retired professional wrestler. He is best known for his appearances with the World Wrestling Federation from 1999 to 2001 under the ring name Rodney.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Rocco Rock</span> American professional wrestler

Theodore James Petty was an American professional wrestler, better known by the ring name "Flyboy" Rocco Rock. Rock is best known for his appearances in Extreme Championship Wrestling, World Championship Wrestling, and the World Wrestling Federation alongside Johnny Grunge as The Public Enemy.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Christian York</span> American professional wrestler (born 1977)

Jason Spence is an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Christian York. He is best known for his appearances with World Championship Wrestling, Extreme Championship Wrestling and Impact Wrestling. Championships held by York over the course of his career include the NWA World Tag Team Championship as one-half of The Bad Street Boys with Joey Matthews.

The Pitbulls Professional wrestling tag team

The Pitbulls were a professional wrestling tag team that consisted of "Pitbull #1" Gary Wolfe and "Pitbull #2" Anthony Durante. They were best known for their tenure in Extreme Championship Wrestling, where they were one-time Tag Team Champions. In addition to tag team success, both members were each one time Television Champions as well.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">The Headbangers</span> Professional wrestling tag team

The Headbangers are a professional wrestling tag team consisting of Mosh and Thrasher. As the name of the team implies, their gimmick is that they are a pair of metalheads, complete with heavy metal related T-shirts, kilts, piercings, goatees, shaved heads, and black face paint.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Gillberg (wrestler)</span> American professional wrestler

Duane Gill is an American retired professional wrestler, best known for his appearances in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) during the Attitude Era under the ring name Gillberg, a parody of then-rival promotion World Championship Wrestling's top star Goldberg. During his tenure in the WWF, Gill became a one-time Light Heavyweight Champion. He held the title for 15 months, becoming the longest reigning Light Heavyweight Champion as recognized by WWE. Gill retired on February 28, 2020.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Blackjack Lanza</span> American professional wrestler (1935–2021)

John Mortl Lanzo was an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Blackjack Lanza. Along with his long-term tag team partner, Blackjack Mulligan, Lanza was one-half of The Blackjacks: "black cowboy hat-wearing, cowboy boot-stomping, rugged hombres who drew money wherever they went".

Kurt Koski was an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name Rusty Brooks. He competed in several North American independent promotions, including International World Class Championship Wrestling (IWCCW), Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) and the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). He also appeared in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) "now WWE" during the mid-1980s as a preliminary wrestler.

Matthew Bowman is an American professional wrestler, best known by his ring name "Wiseguy" Jimmy Cicero, who has worked for the United States Wrestling Association, Extreme Championship Wrestling, the World Wrestling Federation and various other promotions on the independent circuit. He also works at the Independent Pro Wrestling Association Wrestling School and has trained several wrestlers who later worked for major promotions.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Flash Flanagan</span> American professional wrestler

Christopher Kindred is an American professional wrestler who has appeared in numerous independent wrestling leagues, such as Xtreme Championship Wrestling, as well as the global phenomenon companies, World Wrestling Entertainment, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling and the International Wrestling Association, and is best known by his ring names Flash Flanagan and Slash Venom.

Scotty "Hot Body" Summers is a retired American professional wrestler who competed in regional and independent promotions throughout the United States and Canada during the 1990s and 2000s. One-half of Hot Paradise with Johnny Paradise, the two held the unified tag team titles of Border City Wrestling and Motor City Wrestling for almost two years. He also had brief stints in Eastern Championship Wrestling, Midwest Territorial Wrestling, World Championship Wrestling and the World Wrestling Federation before ending his career, like many former MCW stars, in the old Central States territory.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Wes Brisco</span> American professional wrestler

Wesley Brisco is an American professional wrestler known for his time in impact Wrestling (TNA), where he is a former member of Aces & Eights. He is a member of the Brisco wrestling family; the son of former Championship Wrestling from Florida mainstay Gerald Brisco and the nephew of former NWA World Heavyweight Champion Jack Brisco. He currently performs for Atomic Revolutionary Wrestling (ARW), where he is the current ARW Heavyweight Champion in his second reign and a former Atomic Next Level Champion.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Robbie Eagles</span> Australian professional wrestler

Robbie Eagles is an Australian professional wrestler, who currently works for New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), where he is a member of Chaos. Eagles is a former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion and was one-half of the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions with his partner Tiger Mask IV. Eagles started wrestling on the Australian independent scene, for companies like Professional Wrestling Alliance, Melbourne City Wrestling and World Series Wrestling. Eagles has also gained prominence in other countries wrestling for companies such as Chikara, Progress and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla.

Adam Wilmot is an Australian professional wrestler better known by his ring name Adam Brooks. He is currently performing on the Australian independent circuit.

References

  1. 1 2 3 Harris M. Lentz III (2003). Biographical Dictionary of Professional Wrestling, 2nd edition. McFarland & Company. pp. 152–153. ISBN   978-0-7864-1754-4.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Philip Kreikenbohm. "Thrasher". Cagematch.net. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Ryan Murphy (June 1, 2010). "Where Are They Now? The Headbangers". WWE.com. WWE . Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  4. 1 2 Phantom of the Ring; Tyler Christian; Dean Cavanaugh (1999). Hardcore Wrestling!. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN   978-0-7821-2691-4.
  5. "AWE Hardcore Championship « Titles Database « CAGEMATCH – The Internet Wrestling Database". Archived from the original on 2017-07-09.
  6. "ARW Tag Team Championship « Titles Database « CAGEMATCH – The Internet Wrestling Database". Archived from the original on 2019-03-28.
  7. http://www.cagematch.net/?id=1&nr=162744 [ bare URL ]
  8. "FEW Autumn Brawl 2 « Events Database « CAGEMATCH – The Internet Wrestling Database". Archived from the original on 2020-11-09.
  9. "HWA Tag Team Title History". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved May 18, 2010.
  10. "MCW Tag Team Championship". Maryland Championship Wrestling. Archived from the original on June 7, 2013. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
  11. 1 2 Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN   0-9698161-5-4.
  12. "History of the Hardcore Championship". World Wrestling Entertainment . Retrieved May 18, 2010.
  13. "The Headbangers' first reign". WWE. Retrieved May 18, 2010.
  14. https://www.cagematch.net/?id=1&nr=171750 [ bare URL ]