Billy Kidman
professional wrestler
Billy Kidman
Peter Alan Gruner, Jr. is an American professional wrestler, trainer, and wrestling producer, better known by his ring name Billy Kidman. Kidman is best known for his work with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and his current workplace of the WWE throughout the late 1990s, early to late 2000s, and now into the early 2010s. He trained the likes of Wade Barrett in Florida Championship Wrestling.
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On This Date in WCW History (Apr.17): Hulk Hogan throws Billy Kidman into a dumpster
Cageside Seats - almost 4 years
Not that I want to remind you any of the Vince Russo era in World Championship Wrestling (WCW), but on this date in history on April 17, 2000, Hulk Hogan threw Billy Kidman into a dumpster after a short brawl in a parking lot on Monday Nitro. And then he drove a Hummer into said dumpster. The commentary in the video is enough to make you want to blow your own brains out, with Tony Schiavone and Mark Madden laughably proclaiming that Kidman could be dead, because Hogan had run the Hummer into the dumpster. How this all came about has to do with just one of the many silly and sad stories of WCW obliterating kayfabe and trying to make us believe everything was a "shoot". Hogan came out on Nitro and challenged anyone to, "Take his spot". He even used his real name, Terry Bollea, just so we knew he was "shooting". Eventually, Kidman, a member of the New Blood faction that was running wild at that time, answered the call via video and told Hogan to come to the parking lot. ...
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WWE: Would They Eventually Welcome Back Matt Hardy? - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Knowing Hardy's love of wrestling, Hardy could eventually become a trainer for WWE's future young talent, such as what other wrestlers of his generation have done (Dean Malenko, Jamie Noble and Billy Kidman, just to name a few)
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Forgotten Stars: The 10 Least Memorable Stars During the Demise of WCW - Bleacher Report
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Horace then refereed Hulk Hogan's attempt at putting young talent over when he faced Billy Kidman and Hulk won cleanly. Hulk really didn't understand what it meant to put young talent over did he? Apart from those two moments in 1998 and 2000
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WWE: Help Save RAW and SmackDown, Bring Back the Cruiserweight Title - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Chris Jericho, Dean Malenko, Rey Mysterio, Justin Liger, Psychosis and Billy Kidman. If the cruiserweight title can back into play and it was successful, then think of how the development of the tag team division could work and be successful
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WWE Summerslam Match Card: The Top 5 Moves You'll Never See in the WWE - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
The WWE has had Billy Kidman's Shooting Star Press, Matt "Evan Bourne" Sydal's Shooting Star Press, and of course, they've had the likes of Paul London, Ultimo Dragon, Juventud Guerrera, Super Crazy and others who were athletic enough to deliver some
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WWE: The 5 Things WWE Is Doing Right and Wrong - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
So could Billy Kidman, so what? He needs a gimmick! How about Justin Gabriel? He's South African, so what? Ezekiel Jackson's Guyanese. That's much more exotic as a lot of people don't even know where it is (South America if you didn't know,
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Todo sobre Hunico… ¿El nuevo “Sin Cara? - Superluchas.net (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
... en la National Wrestling Alliance, en donde luchó en equipo con Sicodélico, Jr., por el NWA World Tag Team Championship, pero fueron derrotados por Joey Ryan y Karl Anderson en la última lucha, la cual también incluía a Billy Kidman y Sean Waltman
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Famous Unification Matches in Pro Wrestling History - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
The first championship unification took place in July on Raw between WWF light heavyweight champion X Pac and WCW cruiserweight champion Billy Kidman. X-Pac would win, but only be a unified champion for one week as he lost the Light Heavyweight Title
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WWE: Power Ranking the Top 50 High Fliers in Wrestling History (video) - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
This time around, it's Billy Kidman. Before Evan Bourne was hitting the Shooting Star Press, it was Kidman wowing the crowd with one of the smoothest moves in wrestling history. Kidman used that maneuver to capture the Cruiserweight Championship a
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Two Sheds Review: WWF Invasion: 10th Anniversary Review - Bleacher Report
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Then it was on to the battle between WWF Light Heavyweight Champion X-Pac against WCW Cruiserweight Champion Billy Kidman. Oh, and despite what people say, I quite like X-Pac's entrance music. Despite the WWF stars being portrayed as beloved baby faces
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WCW, the Misused Talent: Part 1, Chris Kanyon. - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
The most notable of these was Billy Kidman. One match which really makes Kanyon stand out for me was a match he had at Slamboree 2000 against Mike Awesome. Now Kanyon is more remembered for taking that ever so small bump of being thrown off the triple
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Hulk Hogan/ TNA IMPACT Review: JULY 14TH Edition- a New Way to Review IMPACT - Bleacher Report
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Add to the fact that while Magnus has some personality, Williams has none and their opponents tonight, in Mexican American have the drawing power of Billy Kidman at a flea market (There ya go Hulkster) leaving me disinterested in this match up Angle
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411's Top 25 Wrestlers of the Last 25 Years (#25-#21) - 411mania.com
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Matches with Saturn, Billy Kidman and Rey Mysterio Jr in WCW are matches that I still check out when I feel the need to see good wrestling. Again, whether there is an inability to divide his in ring work from his outside tragedy or not, one cannot deny
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WWE: How a Cruiserweight Title Could Elevate Younger Superstars - Bleacher Report
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At that time World Championship Wrestling was showcasing cruiserweight talent like Chris Jericho, Rey Mysterio, Ultimo Dragon, Dean Malenko, Prince Iaukea, Eddie Guerrero, and Billy Kidman. These competitors lit up the screen with high-flying and
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Memories on Best of Nitro both good and bad - CANOE
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Billy Kidman for the Cruiserweight Championship: I'm not so sure why this match was necessary to include in the set. Neither guy is on the current WWE roster, and it didn't really further any top storyline. It was a good match, but these two have had
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MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Mats and mitts for Dale "The Demon" Torborg - TriCities.com
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He gained his greatest notoriety competing as “The Demon” in WCW and had matches with the likes of Sting, Booker T, Billy Kidman and other stars. Some of his biggest fans happen to be the youngsters in the clubhouses of Chicago's various minor league
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WWE: Review of the Very Best of WCW Monday Nitro DVD - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
... vacated title, vacated title, NWO reformed, everyone angry at everyone, young talent misused, Nash wins/loses the title in a swerve, Billy Kidman becomes relevant because of Torrie Wilson, Nitro is held at the most random venues, McMahon buys WCW,
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WWE: The IZOD Center's Top 10 WWE Moments - Bleacher Report
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Singles matches also saw Big Show defeat Kurt Angle and Billy Kidman defeat Paul London. John Cena would win the United States Championship from Booker T in the fifth match in a best-of-five series. Cena would lose the belt the following week to the
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Billy Kidman
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 41
    On 23 August 2016 episode of Smackdown Live, he appeared along with Jamie Noble to prevent Dolph Ziggler from attacking AJ Styles.
    More Details Hide Details Gruner grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania in the Lehigh Valley region, where he graduated from Parkland High School. Gruner was a banker before he started training to be a professional wrestler, and was good friends with fellow professional wrestler Chris Kanyon, whom he met at the Wild Samoan training center in Pennsylvania. Gruner is Jewish, and is a cousin of fellow professional wrestler Mikey Batts.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2014
    Age 39
    In 2014, Kidman began appearing on The JBL Show, where he attempts to promote his Twitter page, but is always interrupted due to technical difficulties, which later became a running gag.
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    A book detailing Gruner's career, Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star, was released in early 2014.
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  • 2011
    Age 36
    On September 21, 2011, WWE ran a story on their website about Gruner and his role as a producer. On April 9, 2012, Gruner along with former wrestlers Jamie Noble, and Goldust and other officials and WWE wrestlers broke up the brawl between John Cena and Brock Lesnar.
    More Details Hide Details In November 2013, Gruner appeared on WWE's European tour as Paul Heyman's doctor, under the name of "Dr. Weisenburg".
  • 2007
    Age 32
    After helping train upcoming wrestlers in Florida Championship Wrestling throughout 2007 and 2008, on February 23, 2008, he wrestled his last match, losing to Afa, Jr..
    More Details Hide Details Gruner was rehired by World Wrestling Entertainment in 2010 as a producer/road agent.
    On July 8, 2007, Kidman teamed up with Sean Waltman as part of a triple threat match in McAllen, Texas to crown the new NWA World Tag Team Champions.
    More Details Hide Details The title was previously vacated by Team 3D after Total Nonstop Action Wrestling officially pulled out of the National Wrestling Alliance. However, Kidman and Waltman lost the match to Karl Anderson and Joey Ryan.
    Kidman also took part in the East Coast Australian International Assault II Tour from June 1–3, 2007, where he competed against Australian wrestlers TNT and Mark Hilton before defeating Bryan Danielson to win the WSW World Heavyweight Championship on the third night in Newcastle.
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    In 2007, Kidman made his International Wrestling Association debut in a match for the IWA World Heavyweight Championship against Ray González, which he lost.
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  • 2005
    Age 30
    Gruner was released from his WWE contract on July 6, 2005.
    More Details Hide Details Gruner stated that the release was due to an argument with management over their decision to stop booking wrestlers on first class flights overseas. Following his departure from WWE, Kidman began touring the United Kingdom. During the tour, he competed for the Frontier Wrestling Alliance in a three-way match with Jody Fleisch and Jonny Storm. He also wrestled British wrestling legend Robbie Brookside in a losing effort to determine the inaugural Real Quality Wrestling Heavyweight Champion.
    At the start of 2005, Kidman suffered a broken orbital bone, which sidelined him for three months.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2004
    Age 29
    Their championship run came to an abrupt end after Kidman turned his back on London. The heel turn played off of a legitimate injury which occurred on an August 24, 2004 taping of SmackDown!, when Kidman's shooting star press unintentionally caused Chavo Guerrero to suffer a concussion.
    More Details Hide Details The next week, Kidman was on the top rope ready to hit the shooting star press, but hesitated, climbed down the turnbuckles, and slowly walked backstage overwhelmed with guilt after injuring Guerrero. London was left alone to defend the title against Kenzo Suzuki and René Duprée, and was easily defeated. As a result, London and Kidman faced each other at No Mercy, where Kidman defeated London before performing the shooting star press on London while he was strapped to a stretcher. This completed Kidman's heel turn, as he proceeded to blame the fans for wanting him to be more brutal with his in-ring style. Kidman and Guerrero ended their feud upon Chavo's return, the latter being victorious in the final match. Kidman then competed against London over the Cruiserweight Title in the coming months.
    Following the title loss, Kidman proceeded to spend the next few years as a cornerstone of the cruiserweight division before forming a tag team with newcomer Paul London in early 2004. Together, they slowly worked their way up the tag team ranks before ultimately winning the Tag Team Championship from the Dudley Boyz on the July 8, 2004 episode of SmackDown!
    More Details Hide Details Proving the win was not an upset, they went on to defeat the Dudley Boyz in a rematch for the title.
  • 2003
    Age 28
    After being together for four years, Gruner married former WWE Diva Torrie Wilson on July 11, 2003. They lived together in Tampa, Florida when not traveling. The couple separated in mid-2006, with their divorce finalised in 2008.
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  • 2001
    Age 26
    In July 2001, he won the Cruiserweight Championship from Gregory Helms in the first televised WCW match on SmackDown!
    More Details Hide Details As the WCW Cruiserweight Champion, Kidman proceeded to defeat the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion X-Pac at Invasion. After this, Kidman was later sidelined with an injury during the Invasion angle and thus did not have as big of an impact as other WCW wrestlers. On the October 11 episode of SmackDown! Kidman won his record-tying fifth Cruiserweight Title after defeating X-Pac. Following the end of The Alliance, Kidman turned face and was subsequently drafted to SmackDown! as part of the brand extension. In his return match, Kidman defeated Tajiri to win his record-breaking sixth Cruiserweight Championship. However, Tajiri reclaimed the title at Backlash. At Rebellion, Kidman and his real-life girlfriend Torrie Wilson defeated John Cena and Dawn Marie in an intergender tag team match. After this, he went on to win his record-breaking seventh Cruiserweight Championship after defeating Jamie Noble at Survivor Series. He later lost the title three months later to Matt Hardy at No Way Out.
  • 2000
    Age 25
    Kidman was legitimately injured in a match at New Blood Rising in August 2000, when in a strap match, Douglas hung Kidman from the neck using the strap, and was forced to take several weeks off to recover.
    More Details Hide Details Following the Douglas feud, Kidman began teaming with Mysterio Jr. again. They entered the Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship tournament, but lost in the finals to Elix Skipper and Kid Romeo. On the final episode of Nitro, Kidman and Mysterio, Jr. won the title from Skipper and Romeo. That night, the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) purchased WCW and Kidman's contract was picked up by the WWF. When the WWF purchased WCW, the contract of Gruner (who was still wrestling as Billy Kidman) was one of twenty-five involved in the purchase. When The Invasion commenced, Gruner appeared on WWF television under his Billy Kidman ring name as a tweener for The Alliance.
  • 1997
    Age 22
    In 1997, Kidman was added to Raven's Flock and to fit in with the Flock's gimmick of being outcasts, Kidman was given the gimmick of a heroin addict, where he constantly scratched his arms and named his shooting star press the Seven Year Itch.
    More Details Hide Details Kidman found little personal success with the group and aided Perry Saturn in defeating Raven in a match, thus disbanding the group. Following the Flock's disbanding, Kidman shed his grungy attire and heroin gimmick and began performing as a clean-cut face before eventually defeating Juventud Guerrera to win his first Cruiserweight Championship. Although Guerrera won the title back a few weeks later, Kidman would regain it at World War 3. Kidman eventually lost the title on an episode of Nitro to Rey Mysterio Jr. Following this, Mysterio Jr. asked Kidman to be his tag team partner in a match for the World Tag Team Championship. Kidman at first declined, as a previous attempt at a tag team between the two did not reach any level of success. The two, however, faced Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko for the titles and succeeded with unwanted aid from Raven and Saturn. Kidman then faced off against Mysterio Jr. in an attempt to win back the Cruiserweight Championship at Spring Stampede, however, Mysterio Jr. retained his title. The three teams feuded for several weeks, which ended in a three-way tag team match for the titles. Chris Kanyon's interference led to the victory for Raven and Saturn. Kidman spent the next several months in assorted feuds. He won the Cruiserweight Championship one more time from Prince Iaukea at a house show, but lost it to Iaukea one day later.
  • 1996
    Age 21
    Gruner first started wrestling as Billy Kidman, or simply Kidman, for World Championship Wrestling in mid-1996, where he spent over a year as a jobber with no gimmick.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1994
    Age 19
    Gruner was trained by Afa Anoaʻi, one half of The Wild Samoans, and wrestled his first match on September 11, 1994 in Hellertown, Pennsylvania against "Wild Thing" Dan Kallis on the independent circuit as Kid Flash.
    More Details Hide Details He formed a tag team with Ace Darling known as The Shooting Stars, and they would find success by winning the ECWA Tag Team Championship and USWA World Tag Team Championship.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1974
    Born
    Born on May 11, 1974.
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