In early 1994, Paul Levesque signed with WCW. In his first televised match, Levesque debuted as a villain named Terror Risin’, defeating Keith Cole. His ring name was soon modified to Terra Ryzing, which he used until mid-1994, when he was renamed Jean-Paul Lévesque. More pictures and some video after the jump, including video of a match vs. a future D-Generation X member
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Before his days as Kane, before his days as Isaac Yankem, DDS, even before his days as Fake Diesel, Glenn Jacobs wrestled as Unabomb in Smoky Mountain Wrestling. He formed a tag team with Al Snow called The Dynamic Duo. They even won the SMW Tag Team Championship. More pictures of Unabomb after the jump, plus a video that’s a chilling premonition of things to come.
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In 1989, managed by Dutch Mantel, Mark Calaway debuted as The Master of Pain, a character fresh out of the United States Penitentiary in Atlanta after serving five years in solitary confinement for killing two men in a fight. After his second match the next week, he stayed in the ring and challenged USWA Unified World Heavyweight Champion Jerry Lawler to an impromptu match. The Master of Pain easily dominated Lawler until Mantel entered the ring and called him off. Lawler agreed to a title match, and on April 1, The Master of Pain won his first professional wrestling championship. He held it for just over three weeks before Lawler became the first man to pin him to win it back.
Check out his title win and more pictures of the Master of Pain after the jump.
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