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The Bodydonnas were a professional wrestling tag team in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in the mid-1990s, consisting of Chris Candido as Skip, Candido's real-life girlfriend Tammy Lynn Sytch as Sunny, and Tom Prichard as Skip's kayfabe cousin Zip.

The Bodydonnas
Tag team
MembersSkip
Zip
Sunny
Name(s)The Bodydonnas
Billed heightsSkip:
5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Zip:
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Combined
billed weight
455 lb (206 kg)[1]
Debut1995[1]
Disbanded1996[1]
Years active1995-1996

HistoryEdit

The Bodydonnas were formed in 1995 in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) with Skip and Sunny introducing themselves via a series of vignettes. They were fitness fanatics who often made fun of their opponents and the fans.[2] They also demonstrated how fit they were by doing jumping jacks during Skip's matches and performed push ups on fallen opponents.[3]

On the July 9, 1995 episode of WWF Wrestling Challenge, Skip was defeated in a booked loss to longtime jobber Barry Horowitz.[3] He got into a feud with Horowitz and lost several more matches.[3][4] A subsequent storyline saw the Bodydonnas approached by Rad Radford, who wanted to be a Bodydonna.[5] He teamed with Skip until Sunny fired him after The Smoking Gunns defeated the Bodydonnas on the December 23, 1995 episode of Superstars.[3]

Skip soon got another partner who was an official Bodydonna in Zip (originally Flip), his kayfabe cousin. They won the vacant WWF Tag Team Championship on March 31, 1996 on the WrestleMania XII pre-show.[6] They then feuded with The Godwinns until they dropped the title to them on May 19.[7][8] Sunny left the Bodydonnas to follow the gold,[1] becoming the Godwinns' manager until the Godwinns also lost their title, this time to The Smoking Gunns.[2] Sunny then defected to the Gunns' side because she only wanted to manage champions.[2] Meanwhile, the Bodydonnas announced that they were searching for a new manager. They appeared on WWF television programs urging fans to apply for the position.[9] This storyline culminated in the Bodydonnas "hiring" Cloudy (also spelled Kloudi), who was Candido's friend and wrestler Jimmy Shoulders aka James Haney, dressed as a woman.[10]

In September 1996, Skip was injured and the Bodydonnas disbanded. Skip was shortly released while he was injured. He went to ECW and WCW where he met the height of his career and reunited with Sunny. Zip changed gimmicks and became the masked Dr.X as jobber until 1998 when he became a trainer for the WWF. He was released by the company in 2004. The two met each other in ECW on June 28, 1997 when Skip won on ECW Hardcore TV.

On April 28, 2005 Skip (Chris Candido) died due to a blood clot following complications from surgery.

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Shields, Brian; Sullivan, Kevin (2009). WWE Encyclopedia. DK. p. 39. ISBN 978-0-7566-4190-0.
  2. ^ a b c "Women's Wrestler Profiles: Tammy Lynn Sytch". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-02-27.
  3. ^ a b c d "Ring Results: 1995". The History of WWE. Archived from the original on 2007-11-17. Retrieved 2008-02-27.
  4. ^ "SummerSlam 1995". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 2008-02-27.
  5. ^ "Wrestler Profiles: Louie Spicolli". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-02-28.
  6. ^ "WrestleMania XII". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 2008-02-27.
  7. ^ "Ring Results: 1996". The History of WWE. Archived from the original on 2007-12-04. Retrieved 2008-02-27.
  8. ^ a b "WWWF/WWF/WWE World Tag Team Title". Wrestling Titles. Retrieved 2008-02-28.
  9. ^ Cawthon, Graham (2013). the History of Professional Wrestling Vol 2: WWF 1990 - 1999. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ASIN B00RWUNSRS.
  10. ^ "Tag Team Profiles: The BodyDonnas". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-02-27.

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