Kenneth Rinehurst (born July 3, 1965) is an American professional wrestler and manager, better known by his ring name, Jack Victory. He is perhaps best known for his appearances with the Universal Wrestling Federation and the World Class Wrestling Association in the mid-1980s, with World Championship Wrestling between 1988 and 1991 and with Extreme Championship Wrestling between 1998 and 2001.
Rinehurst as Russian Assassin #2 in 2013
|Birth name||Kenneth Rinehurst|
|Born||July 3, 1965|
Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||The Blackmailer|
Russian Assassin #2
|Billed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Billed weight||245 lb (111 kg)|
|Billed from||New Zealand|
(as Jacko Victory)
Atlantic City, New Jersey
"The pages of wrestling history"
(as Russian Assassin #2)
Professional wrestling careerEdit
Universal Wrestling Federation (1984–1987)Edit
Rinehurst debuted in 1984 in the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma-based Universal Wrestling Federation under the ring name Jack Victory. He went on to wrestle throughout the Southeastern United States. Early in his career, Victory accompanied The Sheepherders to ringside while carrying the New Zealand flag.
Victory formed a tag team with John Tatum. Managed by Tatum's girlfriend, Missy Hyatt, Victory and Tatum won the UWF Tag Team Championship in 1986. Victory, Tatum and Hyatt joined "Hot Stuff International", a stable headed by "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert.
World Class Championship Wrestling (1985–1988)Edit
In 1985, Victory began appearing with the Texas-based World Class Championship Wrestling promotion. He won the WCCW Television Championship from David Peterson in December 1985, losing the title to Mark Youngblood less than a month later.
Victory and Tatum won the WCWA Texas Tag Team Championship on three occasions in 1988, trading the titles with Shaun and Steve Simpson. On the 30th of November 1987, Victory and Tatum also teamed together in the Fort Worth, Texas-based Wild West Wrestling (where they won the WWW Tag Team Championship in 1987). Victory and John Tatum defeated Missing Link and Jeff Raitz in a tournament final to become the first champions of the Wild west tag team championships. These titles would unify with the WCCW tag team championships on the 12th of October 1988.
Jim Crockett Promotions (1988–1991)Edit
At the 1989 NWA pay-per-view Chi-Town Rumble, Victory replaced Dennis Condrey as Randy Rose and Paul E. Dangerously's tag team partner. The three men were defeated by the Midnight Express and Jim Cornette in a losing team leaves the NWA match. Victory wrestled at four Clash of the Champions events in 1989, appearing as the masked heel jobbers Russian Assassin #2, The Blackmailer, The Terrorist and The Super Destroyer. In the same year, Victory and Morgan were repackaged as The Royal Family and a given a manager, Lord Littlebrook. They wrestled for Jim Crockett Promotions, by then renamed World Championship Wrestling, until their contracts expired and they were released in the early 1990s. In 1990, Victory briefly wrestled for WCW as Jacko Victory. In 1991 Victory and Morgan made their way to the Global Wrestling Federation in Dallas Texas this time as The Maulers. Wrestling as the Maulers, Victory and Morgan also wrestled a dark match at a WWF Superstars taping in Mobile, Alabama on March 9, 1992, defeating Jim Cooper and John Allen.
Independent circuit (1991–1998)Edit
From 1991 to 1998, Victory wrestled on the independent circuit.
Extreme Championship Wrestling (1998–2001)Edit
In 1998, Victory debuted in Extreme Championship Wrestling as a mercenary hired to assault New Jack. His wrestling ended for ECW when he broke his leg at 1998's November to Remember in a tag team match pitting himself and Justin Credible against Tommy Dreamer and Jake "The Snake" Roberts when he was backdropped over the top rope by Dreamer. While using a wheelchair for rehabilitation, Victory became the manager of Steve Corino. When his leg healed, Victory began interfering in Corino's matches on behalf of his client. Along with Corino, Victory was a member of the stable known as The Network. He remained in ECW until the promotion declared bankruptcy in April 2001, defeating C.W. Anderson on the promotion's last ever show in January.
Independent circuit (2001–present)Edit
Following the closure of ECW, Victory began wrestling on the independent circuit. Along with several other ECW alumni, he made several appearances with the Premier Wrestling Federation, winning the PWF Tag Team Championship in February 2002 and the PWF Xtreme Championship in August 2002. In 2004, Victory appeared regularly with Pro-Pain Pro Wrestling.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- Premier Wrestling Federation
- PWF Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Guillotine LeGrande
- PWF Xtreme Championship (1 time)
- Universal Wrestling Federation
- Western Ohio Wrestling
- Wild West Wrestling
- WWW Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with John Tatum
- World Class Championship Wrestling/World Class Wrestling Association
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
- Rookie of the Year (1985)
- Johannes Meyer (2013). Join the Revolution: Der inoffizielle ECW Almanach. Books on Demand. pp. 100, 264–267. ISBN 978-3-8482-3782-1.
- Scott E. Williams (13 December 2013). Hardcore History: The Extremely Unauthorized Story of ECW. Skyhorse Publishing Company, Incorporated. p. 237. ISBN 978-1-61321-582-1.
- Dave Meltzer (July 2003). Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Wrestling Observer Newsletter. p. 17.
- Nix, Marc (2000). "Jack Victory". ECW Hardcore Revolution Guide. IGN. Retrieved March 21, 2016.
- Kristian Pope (14 August 2005). Tuff Stuff Professional Wrestling Field Guide: Legend and Lore. Krause Publications. p. 478. ISBN 1-4402-2810-8.
- Missy Hyatt; Mark Goldblatt; Charles Salzberg (2001). Missy Hyatt: First Lady of Wrestling. ECW Press. p. 42. ISBN 978-1-55022-498-6.
- George Napolitano (1 October 2011). Hot Shots and High Spots: George Napolitano's Amazing Pictorial History of Wrestling's Greatest Stars. ECW Press. p. 249. ISBN 978-1-77090-064-6.
- Harris M. Lentz III (1 January 2003). Biographical Dictionary of Professional Wrestling, 2d ed. McFarland. p. 348. ISBN 978-0-7864-1754-4.
- Cawthon, Graham (2014). The History of Professional Wrestling Vol 4: World Championship Wrestling 1989-1994. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 1499656343.
- Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
- Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "Texas: WCWA Television Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 396. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
- "World Class Television Title". Wrestling-titles.com. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
- Will, Gary; Duncan, Royal (2000). "Texas: WCWA Texas Tag Team Title [Von Erich]". Wrestling Title Histories: professional wrestling champions around the world from the 19th century to the present. Pennsylvania: Archeus Communications. p. 277. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
- "World Class Wrestling Association Texas Tag Team Championship". Wrestling-Titles. Retrieved December 26, 2019.