Michael Paul Shaw (May 9, 1957 – September 11, 2010) was an American professional wrestler who was best known for his stint in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) as Norman the Lunatic, and as Bastion Booger in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).
|Birth name||Michael Paul Shaw|
|Born||May 9, 1957|
|Died||September 11, 2010 (aged 53)|
|Cause of death||Pulmonary embolism|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Aaron Grundy|
Big Ben Sharpe
Man Mountain Mike
Norman the Lunatic
Norman the Maniac
Mike The Danger
|Billed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Billed weight||401 lb (182 kg)|
|Trained by||Killer Kowalski|
Professional wrestling careerEdit
Mike Shaw started wrestling in 1981 in Vancouver's NWA All-Star Wrestling using the ring name Klondike Mike. In 1981, he wrestled in the WWF as Mike Smith, in a losing effort against former world champion Pedro Morales on All Star Wrestling. In 1982, Shaw began wrestling under his real name for Stu Hart's Stampede Wrestling in Calgary, Alberta. In 1984, he connected with wrestler The Great Gama "Singh" and was bestowed the ring name of Makhan Singh, forming the stable "Karachi Vice" with Gama and Gary Allbright as Vokhan Singh and managed by Judah Rosenbloom and following the rebirth of Stampede Wrestling in 1985, by Abu Wizal and feuded with the likes of Owen Hart, Davey Boy Smith, Bret Hart, and Chris Benoit.
Stampede Wrestling closed in December 1989 and just prior to the closure, he received the opportunity to join World Championship Wrestling as Norman the Lunatic. He was managed by Theodore Long, who led him around with a giant key. This key was symbolic of Long's potential to recommit Norman to the insane asylum he came from if he did not follow orders. Norman carried a teddy bear with him. Norman eventually broke away from Long, and turned face (being renamed Norman the Maniac). He feuded with Kevin Sullivan, and even received title shots against NWA World champion Ric Flair. He later adopted a trucker gimmick ("Trucker Norm"), ostensibly in memory of his late father, a long-haul truck driver. Shaw then wrestled in Memphis' USWA as Jed Grundy.
Shaw wrestled in Mexico in the 1990s as Aaron Grundy, the brother of Solomon Grundy, an established wrestler in the promotion.
In April 1993, Shaw briefly wrestled for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) as (alternately) The Friar and Friar Ferguson, a "mad monk". The WWF received negative feedback from the Catholic Church of New York, so they dropped the character. Shaw was then (allegedly as punishment for his weight) given the ring name Bastion Booger in June 1993, with the gimmick of an unkempt, slovenly and gluttonous man who wrestled in dingy, too-small, gray/beige singlets tailored to give him the appearance of a hunchback. Shaw's debut as Bastion Booger saw him lose to Virgil on the June 19, 1993 edition of Superstars, though he did win a rematch the following week. Booger achieved only marginal success, primarily serving as a jobber to the stars. Booger's biggest victory in the WWF was a clean pinfall over Owen Hart on All-American Wrestling just prior to Hart's main event push. Booger's only WWF pay-per-view appearance was at the 1993 Survivor Series, teaming with Bam Bam Bigelow and The Headshrinkers in a loss to Men on a Mission and The Bushwhackers.
He feuded with Bam Bam Bigelow after "falling in love" with Bigelow's valet, Luna Vachon. While teaming with Bigelow on the January 3, 1994 episode of Monday Night Raw, Booger kissed Vachon, causing Bigelow to get angry. Booger and Bigelow faced each other the following week, and Bigelow won the match after Vachon distracted Booger by blowing him kisses. Booger was scheduled to appear in the 1994 Royal Rumble match, but he no showed with the kayfabe explanation that he overate and got sick. He lost his final match on WWF TV to Koko B. Ware in April 1994 and left the WWF in August 1994.
On December 10, 2007 during the WWE Raw 15th anniversary special, he returned as Bastion Booger in the opening segment, in which Triple H jokingly suggested that Big Dick Johnson (another character whose unsightly physical appearance had been used by WWE for comic effect) was Booger's son.
Shaw worked for various independent promotions in his final years, and trained several wrestlers in Saginaw, MI. His final match was in Paramus, NJ on July 24, 2009 in a losing effort against Prince Akkanatan.
Jakks Pacific added Bastion Booger to the Classic Superstars line, series 25.
Shaw was married to a woman named Kelly, they had two children, Joshua and Amanda.
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Shaw died of a pulmonary embolism on September 11, 2010 at age 53.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- NWA All-Star Wrestling
- NWA Canadian Tag Team Championship (Vancouver version) (2 times) – with Danny O (1) and Dean Ho (1)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him #403 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the "PWI Years" in 2003
- Stampede Wrestling
- World Wrestling Federation
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
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