Tommy Rogers (wrestler)

Last updated
Tommy Rogers
Tommy Rogers wrestler.jpg
Birth nameThomas R. Couch
Born(1961-05-14)May 14, 1961
St. Petersburg, Florida, US
DiedJune 1, 2015(2015-06-01) (aged 54)
Honolulu, Hawaii, US
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Tommy Couch
Tommy Rogers
Billed height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Billed weight222 lb (101 kg)
Billed from Los Angeles, California
Debut1980
Retired2007

Thomas R. Couch [1] (May 14, 1961 – June 1, 2015) was an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Tommy Rogers. He was one-half of the tag team The Fantastics with Bobby Fulton. [1]

Contents

Professional wrestling career

Couch started wrestling in 1980 as "Tommy Rogers" in North Carolina. He made his debut (as a replacement for Charlie Cook) in a match with Eddy Mansfield with no formal training. Tommy then headed to Florida for a brief stay before heading to Portland, then Memphis where he met his future tag team partner Bobby Fulton.

In a talent trade agreement between Memphis (Jarrett) and Mid South (Watts) the newly formed Fantastics (Rogers and Fulton) headed to Mid South. There they had their first major program with the Midnight Express (Condrey and Eaton). In late 1984, Rogers went to World Class Championship Wrestling where he and Bobby Fulton continued their legendary feud with the Midnight Express. In 1986, Rogers and Fulton went to the Universal Wrestling Federation where they had a long series of violent matches against The Sheepherders (Butch Miller & Luke Williams). [2] They went back to WCCW in 1987 and feuded with Mike Davis & Tommy Lane, The Rock 'N Roll RPMs. The feud ended after The Fantastics won a scaffold match at "The Parade of Champions". In 1988, they went to the NWA's Jim Crockett Promotions to renew their feud with the Midnight Express. [2] They left in 1989 and had been wrestling in the independents ever since.

The Fantastics spent several tours in Japan during the 1990s working with such names as Joe and Dean Malenko. [2] In 1994 they returned to World Championship Wrestling (WCW) formyl the Jim Crockett Promotions where they feuded with Pretty Wonderful and Harlem Heat. In 1997, Rogers and Fulton both wrestled in the WWF's Light Heavyweight Division. [1] They were pitted against each other once on an episode of Raw. [1] Also Rogers lost to Brian Christopher on WWF Shotgun. Rogers defeated Fulton with the Tomakaze, a finishing maneuver of Tommy's invention later adopted by Christian Cage. Also in 1997 The Fantastics made an appearance at the World Wrestling Council in Puerto Rico. Rogers wrestled in ECW from 1997 to 1999, where he briefly teamed with Jerry Lynn. [1] Rogers also worked behind the scenes helping the ECW product as an agent. In 2000 he returned to WCW, where he lost to Kid Romero and Lash LeRoux. In 2005, the Fantastics reformed on the indie circuit. They won the SCW Tag Team Championship by defeating the Midnight Express in a steel cage match. [1] In 2006, Tommy moved to Honolulu, Hawaii.

After undergoing hip replacement surgery in January 2007, he retired from the ring. [3]

Death

On June 1, 2015, Couch was found dead in his Honolulu home by his room mate. The cause of death was not released. [4]

Championships and accomplishments

Related Research Articles

Tommy Rich American professional wrestler

Thomas Richardson is a retired American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Tommy “Wildfire” Rich. He is a one time former National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Champion and Smoky Mountain Wrestling Heavyweight Champion. He primarily appeared in Georgia Championship Wrestling and Memphis throughout the 1980s, as well as World Championship Wrestling, Smoky Mountain Wrestling and Extreme Championship Wrestling throughout the 1990s. He is a 1974 graduate of Hendersonville High School.

Ricky Morton American professional wrestler

Richard Wendell Morton is an American professional wrestler, currently performing on the independent circuit. For most of his career, Morton has performed with Robert Gibson as The Rock N' Roll Express, described as "the consummate baby face tag team". Morton has wrestled for multiple promotions in the United States including the Continental Wrestling Association, Mid-South Wrestling, Jim Crockett Promotions, World Championship Wrestling, Smoky Mountain Wrestling, the World Wrestling Federation, and Extreme Championship Wrestling, as well as the Japanese promotions All Japan Pro Wrestling, New Japan Pro Wrestling, and Wrestle Association R.

Bobby Eaton American professional wrestler

Robert Lee Eaton is an American retired professional wrestler, who made his debut in 1976. He is most famous for his work in tag teams, especially his days as one-half of The Midnight Express. Under the management of Jim Cornette, he originally teamed with Dennis Condrey and, later on, with Stan Lane. He also worked with a number of other tag team partners, including Koko B. Ware, Steve Keirn, and "Lord" Steven Regal.

Michael Hayes (wrestler) American professional wrestler

Michael Seitz is an American retired professional wrestler and former musician. Seitz is best known for leading The Fabulous Freebirds under the ring name Michael "P.S." Hayes and for his role as an announcer under the name Dok Hendrix in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). He is currently employed with WWE as Vice President, Creative Writing & Booking and is also a senior producer.

Robert Gibson (wrestler) American professional wrestler

Robert Gibson is an American professional wrestler. He is best known as one half of the tag team known as The Rock 'n' Roll Express, with Ricky Morton. He has competed in singles competition also, and has won various singles championships throughout his career.

Terry Gordy American professional wrestler

Terry Ray Gordy Sr. was an American professional wrestler. Gordy is best known for his appearances in the United States with promotions such as World Class Championship Wrestling, Jim Crockett Promotions/World Championship Wrestling and the Universal Wrestling Federation as a member of The Fabulous Freebirds, as well as his appearances in Japan with All Japan Pro Wrestling as one-half of The Miracle Violence Connection.

Ron Garvin Canadian professional wrestler

Roger Barnes is a Canadian former professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, "Rugged" Ronnie Garvin. He is best known for his appearances with Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling and the World Wrestling Federation in the late-1980s and early-1990s. Championships held by Garvin over his career include the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. He headlined the Starrcade 1987 pay-per-view event.

The Midnight Express was a professional wrestling tag team of changing members, mostly under the management of Jim Cornette. The group started in the early 1980s with Dennis Condrey, Randy Rose, and Norvell Austin, though Austin would soon leave. Condrey would go on to team with Bobby Eaton. It was at this point that Cornette became associated with the team. The late 1980s saw a new incarnation, consisting of Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane, compete in JCP and WCW and briefly feuding with "The Original Midnight Express" of Condrey and Rose. In the 1990s, the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) featured Bob Holly and Bart Gunn as "The New Midnight Express". Condrey, Eaton and Lane occasionally compete as the Midnight Express on the independent circuit.

James Hines is a retired American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name Bobby Fulton. He was one half of the tag team The Fantastics with Tommy Rogers.

Wallace Stanfield "Stan" Lane is an American retired professional wrestler and color commentator. He is best known for his appearances with the Continental Wrestling Association (CWA), Jim Crockett Promotions and World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in the 1980s. Primarily a tag team wrestler, Lane held championships including the AWA Southern Tag Team Championship, NWA United States Tag Team Championship, NWA World Tag Team Championship, and SMW Tag Team Championship as part of The Fabulous Ones, The Midnight Express, and The Heavenly Bodies.

James "Jimmy" Golden is a third generation American professional wrestler, who was known as Bunkhouse Buck in World Championship Wrestling in the 1990s, although his career spans many decades. He also appeared in 2010 as Jack Swagger Sr.

Dennis Condrey is an American retired professional wrestler. He is best known for his appearances with the Continental Wrestling Association, Jim Crockett Promotions and World Championship Wrestling in the 1970s and 1980s.

Thomas Erwin Zenk was an American professional wrestler and bodybuilder. He was best known for his appearances with the World Wrestling Federation from 1986 to 1987, American Wrestling Association (AWA) 1988 to 1989 and with World Championship Wrestling from 1989 to 1994, as well for his tours of Japan with All Japan Pro Wrestling.

WCW United States Tag Team Championship Former championship created by National Wrestling Alliance and later promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion World Championship Wrestling

The WCW United States Tag Team Championship was a professional wrestling tag team championship contested for in the United States-based Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW) promotions. The title was only contestable by male tag teams and in tag team matches. In 1986, NWA President and JCP owner Jim Crockett, Jr. introduced the championship to replace and consolidate the old NWA Mid-Atlantic and Georgia National titles, under the name "NWA United States Tag Team Championship", by announcing a tournament for the newly created title, which was won by Krusher Khruschev and Ivan Koloff on September 28, 1986.

Bill Dundee

William Cruickshanks is a Scottish-born Australian professional wrestler and author better known by his stage name Bill Dundee. Cruickshanks is the father of Jamie Dundee and the father-in-law of wrestler Bobby Eaton.

The Fantastics were a professional wrestling tag team composed of Bobby Fulton and Tommy Rogers that worked together extensively between 1984 and 2007. At times, Bobby Fulton would team up with his brother Jackie Fulton under the same name.

Michael Morgan is a former professional wrestler from New Zealand who competed in the National Wrestling Alliance, World Championship Wrestling and World Class Championship Wrestling best known as Rip Morgan. Best known as one half of the New Zealand Militia in WCW with Jack Victory. Morgan also wrestled in the NAWA/SAPW with Jack Victory as "The Royal Family". He was the last flag bearer for the original New Zealand Sheepherders. He was formerly the CEO of the now defunct Wellington-based professional wrestling promotion Kiwi Pro Wrestling.

Randall Alls is an American retired professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Randy Rose.

Mike Davis (wrestler) American professional wrestler

Michael Davis was an American professional wrestler best known as one half of the tag team Rock 'n' Roll RPMs with Tommy Lane which lasted several years. The RPM's were one of the most well-known heel tag teams throughout the southern United States in promotions such as World Class Championship Wrestling and the Continental Wrestling Association based out of Memphis. Mike Davis was also a member of Kevin Sullivan's faction known as the Army of Darkness.

Tommy Lee Jones is an American retired professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Tommy Lane. Lane is best known for his appearances in Southern United States professional wrestling promotions as Tommy Lane, one-half of the tag team the Rock 'n' Roll RPMs with Mike Davis.

References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Tommy Rogers' Profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-06-17.
  2. 1 2 3 Greg Oliver and Steve Johnson (2005). The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Tag Teams. ECW Press. ISBN   978-1-55022-683-6.
  3. "World Class Memories: FAQ: Current Whereabouts and Final Resting Places" . Retrieved February 4, 2015.
  4. Meltzer, Dave (June 1, 2015). ""Fantastic" Tommy Rogers passes away". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved June 2, 2015.
  5. Duncan, Royal; Will, Gary (2006) [2000.]. "(Memphis, Nashville) Tennessee: Southern Tag Team Title [Roy Welsch & Nick Gulas, Jerry Jarrett from 1977]". Wrestling title histories: professional wrestling champions around the world from the 19th century to the present. Waterloo, Ontario: Archeus Communications. pp. 185–189. ISBN   0-9698161-5-4.
  6. "Southern Tag Team Title". Wrestling-Titles. Retrieved January 19, 2020.
  7. Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "(Dallas) Texas: NWA American Tag Team Title [Fritz Von Erich]". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. ISBN   978-0-9698161-5-7.
  8. "N.W.A. American Tag Team Title". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved January 19, 2020.