Brian Lee (wrestler)

Brian Lee Harris (born November 26, 1966) is an American retired professional wrestler. He is best known for his appearances with Extreme Championship Wrestling, Smoky Mountain Wrestling and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling under the ring name Brian Lee and with the World Wrestling Federation as Chainz and an imposter version of The Undertaker.

Brian Lee
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Birth nameBrian Lee Harris
Born (1966-11-26) November 26, 1966 (age 53)
St. Petersburg, Florida, United States
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Brian Lee
Chainz
The Undertaker
Prime Time
Bulldozer[1]
Billed height6 ft 7 in (201 cm)[1]
Billed weight286 lb (130 kg)[1]
Debut1988
RetiredJune 27, 2014[1]

Lee enjoyed most of his success in SMW, becoming the promotion's inaugural Heavyweight Champion in 1992, winning it a total of two times. He also held the Tag Team Championship and the Beat the Champ Television Championship twice each and was a mainstay of the promotion throughout its existence between 1991 and 1995.

Professional wrestling careerEdit

Early career (1988–1991)Edit

Brian Lee made his debut in 1988 for Jerry Jarrett's Continental Wrestling Association in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1989, the CWA merged with World Class Championship Wrestling to form United States Wrestling Association. He would remain with the USWA until 1991.

World Championship Wrestling (1990–1991)Edit

Brian Lee would make an initial appearance at a WCW taping on April 23, 1990 in Marietta, Georgia when he defeated Bob Cook. He made his debut in World Championship Wrestling's Clash of the Champions XIII on November 20, 1990 losing to The Z-Man.[2]

In November 1991 he returned to the promotion, this time teaming with Chris Sullivan. The duo were defeated by the combination of Diamond Dallas Page and The Diamond Studd in a match that would air on the December 7 edition of World Championship Wrestling.[3]

World Wrestling Federation (1991–1992)Edit

Lee made his first appearance at a TV taping for the World Wrestling Federation's Wrestling Challenge show, losing to Kevin Von Erich. The match appeared to be a tryout for both wrestlers. Lee then wrestled in a dark match against Chris Walker the following day at the 1991 special Tuesday pay-per-view event This Tuesday in Texas.[4] On October 28, 1992 Brian Lee received another tryout at a Wrestling Challenge taping in Louisville, Kentucky and was defeated by Jim Powers.[4]

Smoky Mountain WrestlingEdit

Heavyweight Champion and feud with Kevin Sullivan (1992–1994)Edit

He appeared in Smoky Mountain Wrestling (SMW) as the promotion's mainstay from 1992 until 1995 as "Prime Time" Brian Lee. Lee appeared at SMW's first televised show on February 2, 1992, where he defeated Barry Horowitz in his first SMW match and was pushed as the company's top heroic character. He instantly began his first rivalry with Dutch Mantell, which culminated in a match between the two on April 4 episode of SMW TV, which Lee won to advance for the quarter-final round of a tournament to crown the promotion's first Heavyweight Champion. At Volunteer Slam, Lee defeated Buddy Landel, Dirty White Boy and Paul Orndorff to win the tournament and become the inaugural SMW Heavyweight Champion. Lee would retain the title against the likes of Barry Horowitz, Dirty White Boy and Buddy Landel while getting involved in a rivalry with Dirty White Boy and Paul Orndorff. At Summer Blast, Lee and Ron Garvin defeated the team of Orndorff and Dirty White Boy in a tag team match. Lee lost the title to Dirty White Boy after interference by Mongolian Mauler at Fire on the Mountain, ending his reign at 78 days. For the next two months, a mystery assailant named "The Master" sent several wrestlers after Lee and issued a $10,000 bounty over Lee's head until Master was revealed to be Kevin Sullivan on the November 7 episode of SMW TV. Lee had a lengthy rivalry with Sullivan that culminated in a series of matches for the rest of 1992 until summer 1993. Lee defeated Sullivan in a Singapore Spike match at Bluegrass Brawl.

On the May 1 episode of SMW TV, Lee defeated Bobby Eaton to capture his first Beat the Champ Television Championship. Lee made his first successful title defense against Killer Kyle on the May 8 episode of SMW TV. At Volunteer Slam II, Lee defeated Stan Lane and then teamed with Rock 'n' Roll Express, Jimmy Golden and Robert Fuller to defeat the team of Kevin Sullivan, Killer Kyle, The Tazmaniac and The Heavenly Bodies (Stan Lane and Tom Prichard) in a Rage in a Cage match. Lee would then defeat Sullivan in a Singapore Spike match at The Last Tango in Tennessee to end the feud. Lee would then retain the Beat the Champ Television Championship in title defenses against Jimmy Golden, The Dirty White Boy, Paul Lee and finally Robbie Eagle on the June 19 episode of SMW TV, which resulted in Lee vacating the title after having won five consecutive title matches. After the match, Tracy Smothers interrupted an interview of Lee to cut his own promo which infuriated Lee.

On June 24, Lee defeated Jimmy Golden, Killer Kyle and Tracy Smothers to win the King of Kentucky tournament. On the June 26 episode of SMW TV, Lee turned into a villain for the first time in his SMW career by attacking Tracy Smothers after rescuing him from an assault by Kevin Sullivan and Jimmy Golden. He was joined by the debuting Tammy Fytch as his valet on the July 3 SMW TV. This led to a feud between Lee and Smothers, which led to Lee defeating Smothers to win his second Heavyweight Championship on the July 24 SMW TV. Lee made his first televised title defense against Tim Horner on the August 7 SMW TV, where he retained the title via a disqualification after Smothers attacked Lee. Lee would then retain the title against Smothers after losing via disqualification at Hot Night in Morristown and in a Coal Miner's Glove match at Fire on the Mountain. Lee would then successfully defend the title against Mongolian Stomper at K-Town Showdown and Bobby Blaze on the September 4 episode of SMW TV. He retained the title against the likes of Blaze, Smothers and The Dirty White Boy throughout the rest of the year and early 1994 until he lost the title to Dirty White Boy in a Chain match at Sunday Bloody Sunday on February 13, 1994. Lee would continue his feud with Dirty White Boy as Lee teamed with Fytch to take on Dirty White Boy and Dirty White Girl in a series of mixed tag team matches, which culminated in a street fight at Bluegrass Brawl II, which Lee and Fytch lost.

Beat the Champ Television Champion (1994–1995)Edit

After losing the Heavyweight Championship, Lee formed a tag team with Tammy Fytch's another client Chris Candido and began feuding with the Tag Team Champions Rock 'n' Roll Express, which led to Lee and Candido defeating Rock 'n' Roll Express for the Tag Team Championship at a house show on April 23. Lee and Candido successfully defended the titles against Rock 'n' Roll Express in a no disqualification, no time limit match at Volunteer Slam III. On the July 16 episode of SMW TV, Lee unsuccessfully challenged Tracy Smothers for the Beat the Champ Television Championship. Lee and Candido dropped the titles back to Rock 'n' Roll Express at Night of Legends on August 5. However, the following night, at Fire on the Mountain, Lee and Candido defeated Rock 'n' Roll Express in a hair vs. hair match to win their second SMW Tag Team Championship. They successfully defended the titles against Rock 'n' Roll Express via disqualification at Battle of Beckley, before losing the title again to Rock 'n' Roll Express on the August 20 episode of SMW TV, after Candido accidentally attacked Lee. This led to a post-match confrontation in which Fytch blamed Lee for the loss and Candido turned on Lee by attacking him, which led to Lee turning back into a fan favorite.

Lee formed an alliance with Lance Storm and entered a brief feud with Candido and Boo Bradley and the two teams competed in a series of tag team matches. On the December 10 episode of SMW TV, Lee defeated The Nightmare to win the vacant Beat the Champ Television Championship for the second time. He successfully defended the title against Inferno Brimstone and D-Lo Brown, before losing the belt to Buddy Landel on December 31 episode of SMW TV. Lee then left SMW and began wrestling in the United States Wrestling Association (USWA). He made a one-off return to SMW at Fire on the Mountain on August 12, where he took on Brad Armstrong in a losing effort.

World Wrestling Federation (1994)Edit

In 1994, he briefly joined the World Wrestling Federation to perform as an impostor version of The Undertaker. "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase, who originally introduced The Undertaker into the WWF at Survivor Series 1990, claimed to have found The Undertaker, who disappeared after losing a casket match to Yokozuna at the 1994 Royal Rumble. Shortly after this, Lee began appearing dressed as The Undertaker. DiBiase claimed that he had convinced The Undertaker to come back with his vast amounts of money and made him a member of his Million Dollar Corporation, with his powers now derived from DiBiase's riches instead of the urn that he or his manager, Paul Bearer, toted with him to the ring. For several weeks, Lee wrestled matches as The Undertaker while Bearer "made contact" with the real Undertaker and promised to produce him at SummerSlam in August 1994. At the event, Lee's impostor Undertaker faced off against the actual Undertaker and was defeated. After the match, DiBiase fled from ringside while The Undertaker rolled the impostor into a casket that was taken away. Although the idea was for Lee to continue portraying the impostor Undertaker for some time afterward and to have more matches against the actual Undertaker, the WWF dropped the story after SummerSlam.

After SummerSlam, Lee returned to SMW and also returned to the United States Wrestling Association. It was in the USWA that he first teamed with his real life cousins, Ron and Don Harris, then known as the Bruise Brothers.

Extreme Championship Wrestling (1996–1997)Edit

By early 1996, Lee began competing in Extreme Championship Wrestling. During this period, he went by the nicknames "Prime Time" Brian Lee, "Bulldozer" (or Bulldozer for Hire) and later "Killdozer" and was allied with Raven as a hired bodyguard for his stable.

Lee and Tommy Dreamer then got involved in a very violent and personal feud, which began through Dreamer's feud with Raven. At the ECW event Fight The Power on June 1, during a six-man tag match, Brian Lee chokeslammed Dreamer from the ECW balcony through three stacked tables, then pinned Dreamer for the win. The footage was frequently used during ECW's opening video montage.

On June 22, at Hardcore Heaven, after losing a singles match to Dreamer after Dreamer's valet Beulah McGillicutty got involved, Lee again chokeslammed Dreamer off a balcony through three tables. At Heat Wave, during a three on three "Rage in the Cage" tag team cage match, Lee again chokeslammed Dreamer, this time from the top of the cage through three tables set up on the outside by Raven's henchmen. On October 5 at Ultimate Jeopardy during a tag match also involving Sandman and Stevie Richards, Lee once again chokeslammed Dreamer from the ECW balcony, this time through four tables set up below.

At several house shows released on ECW Fan Cam, Lee and Dreamer had Falls Count Anywhere matches which resulted in the two men brawling in moving traffic outside the building. The feud culminated at ECW's High Incident event, in the match Lee is most remembered for from his ECW tenure. During his Scaffold Match with Dreamer, Lee took a major bump from the scaffolding high above the ring through a series of tables stacked up inside the ring.

At November to Remember, the main event was a tag match pitting Dreamer with Terry Funk against Shane Douglas and Lee. From here, Lee began a feud with Funk, which lasted until 1997. Lee also became a part of the revived Triple Threat stable with Douglas and Chris Candido, while a masked man who was hinted at to be Rick Rude began stalking Douglas. At ECW's ECW Barely Legal, it was revealed that the masked man was Lee himself. He attacked Shane Douglas and kissed Francine before leaving the ring with Rick Rude. Lee left ECW soon after. His spot was subsequently taken by Bam Bam Bigelow.

World Wrestling Federation (1997–1998)Edit

In 1997, Lee returned to the WWF as Chainz, a member of the biker faction Disciples of Apocalypse (or DOA) along with leader Crush and his cousins, the Harris Brothers, who were renamed Skull and 8-Ball. The foursome feuded with Los Boricuas, the Nation of Domination, and the Truth Commission during the WWF's "Gang Warz" storyline. Lee remained in the WWF until the summer of 1998. His last match in the company was on June 15, 1998, which was a loss to Val Venis. After this match he was released from the company once again.

Pro Wrestling International (1999)Edit

On May 2, 1999, Brian Lee entered Pro Wrestling International as Chainz, where he had a match against Tatanka which he lost by disqualification.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2002–2003)Edit

After several years out of the spotlight, Lee debuted in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling in 2002, teaming with Slash as the Disciples of The New Church under the leadership of manager Father James Mitchell. On November 13, Lee and Slash won the NWA World Tag Team Championship when they defeated America's Most Wanted ("Cowboy" James Storm and "Wildcat" Chris Harris), thereby ending their undefeated streak. They later lost the titles back to AMW on January 8, 2003.

Independent circuit (2003-2006, 2012, 2014)Edit

Lee left the company soon after the title loss and only appeared from time to time on smaller independent events. He was a regular for NWA Southern All-Star Wrestling till 2006. Lee appeared in a United States Wrestling Organization (USWO) match in August 17, 2012, tag teaming with Wolfie D defeating Damien Payne and Jocephus.[5]. He returned to NWA on March 7, 2014 for six matches. In his first match he teamed with Lee Condry in a losing effort to NWA Southern Tag Team Champions Nick Iggy and Kerry Awful. In his fifth match on May 30, 2014, he teamed with Lee Condry again, to defeat Nick Iggy and Kerry Awful for the NWA Southern Tag Team Titles. His last match was on June 27, 2014, where he and Lee Condry lost the NWA Southern Tag Team Titles to Kevin Weatherby and Cody Weatherby. Afterwards, Brian Lee retired from wrestling.[6].

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

FilmographyEdit

Lee appeared in the Bollywood film Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi under "The Undertaker" name in 1996.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Brian Lee - Cagematch Bio". cagematch.net. Retrieved November 22, 2018.
  2. ^ "WCW 90". The History of WWE. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  3. ^ "WCW 91". The History of WWE. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "WWF 91". The History of WWE. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  5. ^ "Matches « Brian Lee « Wrestlers Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database". www.cagematch.net. Retrieved November 28, 2019.
  6. ^ "Matches << Brian Lee << Wrestlers Database << Wrestlingdata". wrestlingdata.com. Retrieved November 28, 2019.
  7. ^ "Pro Wrestling History".
  8. ^ Ghosh, Devarsi (April 3, 2017). "Remember Undertaker from Akshay Kumar's Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi? This is his story". India Today. Retrieved May 29, 2019.

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