Lex Luger
American professional wrestler
Lex Luger
Lawrence Wendell "Larry" Pfohl, better known by his ring name Lex Luger, is an American former professional wrestler and football player currently working with WWE on their wellness policy. He is best known for his work with the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), and the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).
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Royal Rumble Rankings: 11-7
Cageside Seats - about 3 years
There have been 26 Royal Rumble matches in WWE history. Let's rank each one, shall we? Up next: Numbers 11-7. Professional wrestling is all about gimmicks and no gimmick has been as successful, at least as a match type, as the annual Royal Rumble. It takes place in January of every year and features 30 (one time 40) wrestlers competing in an over-the-top-rope battle royal. Initially, it was just a fun match WWE would put on that featured the best of the best. Eventually, it became a showcase match that would see the winner rewarded with a shot at the WWE championship at that year'sWrestleMania event. In anticipation of the 27th Royal Rumble match taking place this Sunday night (Jan. 26, 2014) at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, we're going to rank each of the first 26 from worst to first. Today we tackle numbers 11-7. _________________________________ 11. Royal Rumble 1997 Why it was good: This one benefits greatly from hindsight. Stone Cold St ...
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Waka Flocka Featured On Gucci Mane's Trap God Mixtape
MTV News - over 3 years
By Chelsey Wilkins When he’s not on Twitter offending his peers and destroying the English language, there’s no doubt that Gucci Mane is in the studio cooking up new material for his fans. Just last month, he dropped the third installment in his mixtape trilogy with World War 3 and already he has a new project geared up for his fans (that features his now enemy Waka Flocka). This week the Brick Squad rapper returned with the release of his new mixtape, Diary of A Trap God. The timing for the project comes as a surprise to few. The release of Diary of A Trap God comes right after Gucci’s very public Twitter rant where he went on to bash everyone from Nicki Minaj, Ciara, Tyga, Waka Flocka Flame, and Young Jeezy, to top industry honchos. After he spewed his less than articulate feelings about a few of his ex-friends in the industry, Gucci released “Stealin,"  a diss track off of his latest project. Download Mixtape | Free Mixtapes Powered by DatPiff.com Publicity stunt or n ...
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Hungry Jews In America? Kosher Food Pantries Report Growing Need
Huffington Post - about 4 years
(RNS) As the director of a kosher food pantry outside Detroit, Lea Luger knows that some people have a hard time thinking that Jews anywhere in America could be short on food. "For many years, one of our biggest hurdles was convincing Jews and non-Jews that a need existed," said Luger, executive director of Yad Ezra, which serves 1,400 families a month, up from 250 a month when the pantry was founded in 1990. "It's just like people didn't want to believe that Jews could be alcoholic, or beat their wives." Jews are generally comfortable in the U.S., with incomes, life expectancies and education levels above the national average. America, in the words of historian Howard M. Sachar, gave Jewish immigrants who were persecuted in the Old World the chance to create another "Golden Age" in their history. That idea remains deeply ingrained in American Jewish culture. And that may be why the idea of American Jews struggling to put food on the table so often does not compute ...
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Report: Lex Luger will induct Sting into the TNA Hall of Fame
Cageside Seats - over 4 years
According to a report from the Busted Open radio show (via PW Torch), Lex Luger will induct Sting into the Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling Hall of Fame (HOF) at the Bound for Glory pay-per-view (PPV) on Sun., Oct. 14, 2012, in Phoenix, Arizona. Sting was originally announced as going into the HOF at Slammiversary back in June with the actual induction ceremony to take place at Bound for Glory, which makes sense because it's the company's biggest show of the year. It also makes sense that TNA would want to bring Luger back in to induct him, if that's actually the case. The report isn't confirmed but Luger is a longtime friend of Sting's dating all the way back to the late '80s when the two worked together in World Championship Wrestling (WCW). The Stinger was also instrumental in bringing Luger back to WCW in the late 90s to play a major part with that promotion until it shut down in 2001. Luger made only a couple appearances in TNA, both in support of Sting, and t ...
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WWE's list of the top 50 finishing moves of all time from upcoming DVD release
Cageside Seats - over 4 years
What is the greatest finishing move in pro wrestling history? WWE is answering that question in an upcoming DVD release counting down the top 50 finishers of all time. The video will hit shelves on Aug. 21, 2012. But you know how we're such blithering marks for lists like this, Cagesiders. We couldn't wait to take a gander at the goods and let you fine folks dissect it and tear it to shreds. And after seeing it, believe me, that's exactly what you're going to want to do. Here's your teaser before you take the jump and see the full list for yourself -- I agree with number one and then I absolutely despise the entire rest of the list. Sufficiently excited to see it? Good. Check it out: 50. JBL - Clothesline from Hell 49. Vader - Vader Bomb 48. Dusty Rhodes - Bionic Elbow 47. Ted DiBiase - Million Dollar Dream 46. Kerry Von Erich - Iron Claw 45. Rick Rude - Rude Awakening 44. Lex Luger - Torture Rack 43. Dudley Boyz - 3-D 42. Bam Bam Bigelow - Moonsault 41. Diamon ...
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On this date in WCW history: The formation of the NWO at Bash at the Beach
Cageside Seats - over 4 years
When Scott Hall showed up on the May 27, 1996, episode of World Championship Wrestling's (WCW) flagship show, Monday Nitro, it signaled the beginning of an invasion. Indeed, "The Bad Guy" said he was bringing a buddy with him from the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) -- even though he didn't use those exact words -- and they were declaring war on WCW. So when Kevin Nash showed up on Nitro on June 10, 1996, we knew they meant business. The two came to be called "The Outsiders" and set about systematically taking over the company (and a commanding lead in the ratings war with WWF every Monday night). Their first match would take place on this date in WCW history (July 7, 1996) at the Bash at the Beach pay-per-view (PPV) at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. The set up was simple: Hall and Nash told Eric Bischoff, whom they had been pestering for weeks, to find three of his best employees to go up against them and a mystery partner they would name later. So that's ...
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Lil Twist Headed 'Exactly Where Lil Wayne Is'
MTV News - over 4 years
Justin Bieber's buddy and Young Money signee exudes charm beyond his years during his First Date with MTV News. By Rya Backer <P>When I learned that "New Money" rapper <a href="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/lil_twist/artist.jhtml">Lil Twist</a> was interested in going on a First Date, my first thought was, "Isn't he a bit young for me?" Turns out, the Young Money signee, <a href="/news/articles/1667017/lil-wayne-lil-twist-sorry-for-the-wait.jhtml">Lil Wayne protégé</a> and <a href="/news/articles/1670055/justin-bieber-lil-twist-single.jhtml">Justin Bieber BFF</a> is definitely of (voting) age, and he's definitely versed in turning on the charm for ladies of all ages.</P><P></p><div class="player-placeholder right" title="First Date With Lil Twist" id="vid:811305.id:1627684" width= ...
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MP3 ROUNDUP: Holograms, Purity Ring, Physical Therapy, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Nas feat. Rick Ross
Chart Attack - over 4 years
Holograms – “Monolith” While the last Holograms track “Chasing My Mind” was peppy-scrappy post-punk with an endearing synth lead, the lead in to their self-titled debut “Monolith” is decidedly more rough and caustic. Feeling like getting dropped in a pit of angry shirtless teens all fighting their way to the refreshment’s table, “Monolith” is catchy and claustrophobic, ending with a thick bass line wrestling against a floor tom.   Purity Ring – “Fineshrine” The latest from Purity Ring, “Fineshrine”’s expansive mushroom cloud melodies fall comfortably in step with their “trap beats for pixies” sound. Unlikely contemporary Lex Luger keeps his shimmering beats firmly grounded in reality, but Purity Ring takes to the stars for their fantastical songs that play through the high courts of castles built on top of billowing clouds.   Physical Therapy – “Drone On” Grab your water bottle and get ready to start rubbing your thighs like they’re made of silk: “Drone On” is the ...
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MIXTAPE: Chevy Woods [BGA] – “Gangland”
All Hip Hop - over 4 years
AllHipHop.com Breeding Ground artist Chevy Woods recently released a new mixtape, Gangland, which is the follow-up to his last project The Cookout. The 23-track Taylor Gang presented mixtape features appearances from the likes of Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, Tuki Carter, Lola Monroe, Soulja Boy, Trae the Truth, and Young Jerz. Production on Gangland was handled by Track Sounds, Lex Luger, I.D. Labs, Cardo, Sonny Digital, Harry Fraud, and more. Download Chevy Woods’ Gangland Now Follow Chevy Woods on Twitter (@ChevyWoods) Filed under: Breeding Ground, Headlines, MOBILE Tagged: Cardo, CHEVY Woods, Gangland, Harry Fraud, I.D. Labs, Juicy J, Lex Luger, lola monroe, Sonny Digital, Soulja Boy, Taylor Gang, Track Sounds, Trae The Truth, Tuki Carter, Wiz Khalifa
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On this date in WCW history: Lex Luger joins the NWO Wolfpac on Nitro
Cageside Seats - over 4 years
When Hollywood Hulk Hogan lost the World Championship Wrestling (WCW) heavyweight title to Sting at Starrcade 1997, it marked a turning point for the world's leading pro wrestling company (at that time, at least). The New World Order that had dominated the landscape of the promotion for more than a year and a half started seeing cracks in its armor. Indeed, while Hogan was embroiled in an ongoing feud with Sting over the world title, he was also fending off Randy Savage, who ultimately decided he no longer needed the NWO and splintered off on his own. He was soon joined by Kevin Nash and the two formed a second faction of the supergroup that would wear red and black and was known as the NWO Wolfpac. Hogan would head up the rival black and white version of the group that came to be known as NWO Hollywood. Because WCW didn't know how to get away from its cash cow, every major storyline was booked around the NWO. And because there were now two groups to service, that meant ...
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Historical Wrestler Wrankings - WCW 1998, Part 1: 'Souled Out'
Cageside Seats - almost 5 years
You wanted it, so you got it! Welcome to Historical Wrestler Wrankings, the semi-regular column where we rank and score the purest form of sport yet devised by man ... professional wrestling. We're headed down south to "Where the Big Boys Play" for what should have been the most stacked and fantastic season of wrestling in the history of the sport: World Championship Wrestling (WCW) 1998. Why did we choose 1998? Well for one it's an interesting and memorable year in wrestling, but it also brought the advent of WCW Thunder. A second show, which compares directly with Smackdown, should give us a more accurate and interesting comparison to the current Wrankings season. We'll start with Nitro the day after historic Starrcade '97 and culminate with the much less historic Starrcade '98. Yes, we're tackling the season that brought you the fallout from Sting vs. Hulk Hogan, the Wolfpac, the breakup of the Steiner Brothers, President Ric Flair, and the total waste of the mos ...
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[Singles] Chief Keef - "Russian Roulette [Prod. Lex Luger]"
HipHop DX - almost 5 years
After this week's G.O.O.D. remix of his "I Don't Like" single, Chief Keef is back with some new money, power, respect (bang-bang) music.
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ZelooperZ – “CartiAIDS”
Chart Attack - almost 5 years
Anyone who’s hasn’t yet fostered a bitter resentment for the rap game’s sudden influx of talented teen rappers, take note: Detroit native ZelooperZ may just be next in line with his new video for “CartiAIDS.” Talk about your guilty pleasures: this entire thing sounds like something written by Death Grips’ hyperactive nephew after beating up a minor member of Odd Future. ZelooperZ may not yet have the technical prowess of Hodgy, Tyler, or Domo, but his persona is a fresh new spin on the whole belligerent teen vagrant shtick that I thought OF had run into the ground. Someone get this guy on a Lex Luger-style beat fast, ‘cause this is ignorance you can dance to. Download ZelooperZ’s mixtape title of the year worthy Coon N The Room: Eating Ramen Noodles While Watching Roots on Bootleg over on Bandcamp. ZelooperZ – CartiAIDS from REASpectTheShooter on Vimeo.
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Former WWE and WCW star Marcus "Buff" Bagwell involved in serious car accident
Cageside Seats - almost 5 years
Word came out today from Universal Championship Wrestling's (UCW) official Twitter account Marcus Alexander Bagwell -- better known as Buff Bagwell -- was involved in a serious automobile accident which put him in intensive care. Details are scarce and the only information available is what UCW tweeted earlier today. The following tweet was sent early this (April 24) afternoon: Former WCW colleague Scott Norton tweeted the following several hours ago: Update on Marcus. He's going to be ok but keep him in your prayers for fast recovery Bagwell came into prominence in World Championship Wrestling (WCW), winning the tag team straps several times with the likes of 2 Cold Scorpio, The Patriot and Shane Douglas among others. He started off a fan favorite before changing his moniker from his birth name to Buff and turning rulebreaker. He finished his career with WCW in a tag team with Lex Luger dubbed Totally Buff before the company was sold. Except for a few a ...
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Getting To Know: Chicago Rapper Chief Keef
MTV News - almost 5 years
By Carter Maness Chief Keef, a buzzing rapper from Chicago, is set to boil over into the mainstream hip-hop world very soon. Thanks to a gigantic co-sign from Kanye West, who last week announced he would follow-up the G.O.O.D. Music salvo "Mercy" with a remix to Keef's "I Don't Like" featuring Lil Reese, everybody wants to know the deal with this gun-obsessed, one-time house arrested, Lex Luger beat-riding teenager. Here's a cheat sheet to get you caught-up. Age: 16 Twitter: @CampaignSosa300 From: Chicago – Chief Keef has rapidly become a local legend due to his gritty videos, operatic Lex Luger beats, relentless promotion throughout local high schools and arrest for unlawful use of a weapon after a shot (not his!) was fired at a police officer in Chi-town's Washington Park neighborhood. Hits:  "I Don't Like," which is getting an official G.O.O.D. Music remix featuring Kanye West, Pusha T, Jadakiss and Big Sean, has been watched 1,711,000 times on YouTube. "Bang," with its ...
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Lex Luger Working on Autobiography, Rima Fakih
Wrestling News Source - almost 5 years
Wrestling legend Lex Luger has been working on an autobiography along with John Hollis from The Atlanta JournalConstitution. One of the topics of the book is how Luger managed to pass drug tests in wrestling throughout his career even though he wasn't clean. Former WWE Tough Enough contestant Rima Fakih is still expected to join WWE some time down the line, possibly on the WWE Network or as a character on television at some point. She recently plead guilty to drunk driving.
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Hodgy Beats & Domo Genesis (MellowHigh) – “Timbs” (prod. Lex Luger)
Chart Attack - almost 5 years
Hodgy Beats and Domo Genesis have teamed up to form “MellowHigh,” and even if this will be the sum total of the group’s output, there’s no better producer to help you announce your arrival than Lex Luger, who handles the boards on “Timbs.” Luger forgoes his Fruity Loops-dominating trap for a less abrasive but no less commanding orchestra-sampling joint. It’s not a soulful 180 like his work on “Grooveline Pt. 1,” but each of Luger’s new directions seem to be just as promising as the last one. And both Domo and Hodgy have come a long way since their respective debuts: their flows are tighter and more complex, and their braggadocio is (thankfully) more mature, and even believable. Tracks like this should help keep the hype machine burning till their next albums drop. Listen below:
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Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: 4/13
Heave Media - almost 5 years
Today sees the debut of a new weekly feature on Heave, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, in which Michael Alexander runs down the top five hip-hop tracks of the past week, as well as an essential mixtape or album. This week, he looks at Kendrick Lamar, The Game, Kanye West and more. 5) Jay Electronica – “Dear Moleskine” (prod. Just Blaze) I don’t give a damn if it’s one verse and the actual lyrics come in at 1:30 into the track; the soulful production of Just Blaze and lyrics laid down by Jay Electronica were too much for me to overlook. Initially created in 2009, Jay put the project on hold. The fact that Jay Electronica releases music over long gaps in time may subtly add value to the tracks, or perhaps he has to get the green light from the music execs. Whatever the case may be, I find myself saying this time and time again: I need more new Jay Electronica. Hopefully he drops his anticipated project Act II: The Patients of Nobility soon. Like, real soon. Pros: Lyrical flow, production by ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lex Luger
  • 2013
    Age 54
    On August 13, 2013, Luger published his memoir, Wrestling with the Devil: The True Story of a World Champion Professional Wrestler – His Reign, Ruin, and Redemption, with the foreword written by Sting.
    More Details Hide Details Luger is included as a downloadable character in WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 and WWE 2K15 and a playable character in WWE 2K16 and WWE 2K17. 1 Luger and Bret Hart are recognized as co-winners after both simultaneously eliminated each other.
  • 2012
    Age 53
    On November 20, 2012, Luger appeared on season 6, episode 15 of Hardcore Pawn, selling his ring robe for $3500 to Les Gold with the cash going to a charity.
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    On October 13, 2012, Luger inducted Sting to the TNA Hall of Fame at a ceremony held in Phoenix, Arizona prior to the Bound for Glory pay-per-view.
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  • 2010
    Age 51
    In 2010, Luger stated in an interview that he was able to walk more comfortably, and was now able to drive.
    More Details Hide Details On September 28, 2006, Luger appeared on Praise the Lord, the flagship talk program of the Trinity Broadcasting Network, and declared himself a born again Christian. In an interview conducted by guest host, one-time wrestling tag-team partner and longtime friend Steve "Sting" Borden, Luger emotionally discussed the downward turn of his career and personal life—including the events surrounding Elizabeth Hulette's death—and how it led to his Christian conversion. Luger credits Steve Baskin, the pastor of Western Hills Baptist Church in Kennesaw, Georgia, with pulling him from a terminal tailspin. The jail chaplain met Luger in early 2006.
  • 2008
    Age 49
    In June 2008, Luger was said to be able to stand on his own for short periods of time and walk using a walker.
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  • 2007
    Age 48
    On October 19, 2007, Luger suffered a nerve impingement in his neck that led to temporary paralysis.
    More Details Hide Details He underwent intravenous antibiotic treatment and was expected to make a full recovery. Nearly a month after his spinal stroke, Luger was still in a quadriplegic state, having no movement in either his arms or legs.
  • 2005
    Age 46
    In December 2005, Luger and fellow wrestler Marcus Bagwell were removed from a flight to Winnipeg, Manitoba.
    More Details Hide Details Luger was charged with violating his probation by failing to obtain permission to leave the country. Luger was initially detained in the Hennepin County jail. He was tried in Georgia and sentenced to four months in Cobb County Jail, with one month credit for time served.
  • 2003
    Age 44
    Luger was also driving with a suspended license for not appearing in court on March 5, 2003 for a hearing on a previous offense of driving with expired tags and having no proof of insurance.
    More Details Hide Details On May 1, 2003, Hulette died in the townhouse they shared in Marietta, after mixing pills of hydrocodone, and Alprazolam (Xanax) with vodka. Luger was arrested after a search of the residence revealed a number of illicit controlled substances, including anabolic steroids, OxyContin, synthetic growth hormone, testosterone, and Alprazolam. He was charged with 13 felony counts of drug possession. He was released the following day on $27,500 bail. Hulette's death was eventually ruled accidental. Luger pleaded guilty to the charges and fined $1,000, sentenced to five years probation, and ordered to undergo periodic drug tests.
    On April 19, 2003, Luger was involved in a domestic dispute with Elizabeth Hulette, then his live-in girlfriend, in the garage of their townhouse in Marietta, Georgia, during which Luger allegedly struck her.
    More Details Hide Details Cobb County police found Elizabeth with two bruised eyes, a bump on her head, and a cut lip. Luger was charged with a misdemeanor count of battery and released on $2,500 bond. Two days later on April 21, Luger was arrested for driving under the influence after rear-ending another car. According to the police report, Luger had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes, and could not locate his driver's license. Luger had a 9mm handgun in the car (which was legal in Georgia). Hulette was a passenger in the vehicle and was sent home in a taxi.
  • 2002
    Age 43
    In late 2002, Luger joined the European tour of WWA.
    More Details Hide Details He debuted in November at Dublin, Ireland, teaming with Sting to defeat Buff Bagwell and Malice. At Retribution, Luger defeated Sting to win the vacant WWA World Heavyweight Championship after Jeff Jarrett interfered on his behalf. In Manchester, England on December 7, Luger and Sting faced Bagwell and Jarrett in a match in which both Luger's WWA World Heavyweight Championship and Jarrett's NWA World Heavyweight Championship were on the line, though neither title changed hands, as Sting pinned Bagwell. Luger made his final appearance with WWA on December 13, in Zürich, Switzerland, when he lost the WWA World Heavyweight Championship to Sting in a three way dance that also featured Malice. Throughout 2004 and 2005, Luger made sporadic appearances on the independent circuit. On September 22, 2007, Luger was inducted into the XWF (later Legend's Pro Wrestling)'s Hall of Fame.
  • 2001
    Age 42
    Luger stayed in the team until the WWF purchased WCW in March 2001.
    More Details Hide Details In late 2003, Luger began working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA); he teamed with TNA co-founder Jeff Jarrett on November 12 in a loss to A.J. Styles and Sting. Luger returned to TNA in 2006, first appearing during the April 27 TNA Impact! as the second of Sting's potential tag team partners for Sacrifice. Throughout September and October, he appeared on Impact! as one of the people (along with Buff Bagwell) helping Sting to "prepare" for his upcoming match against Jarrett at Bound for Glory.
  • 2000
    Age 41
    He faced Booker T on the November 20, 2000 episode of Nitro for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship and Goldberg at Mayhem and again at Starrcade 2000 with Goldberg’s career on the line.
    More Details Hide Details He also formed a tag team with Buff Bagwell named "Totally Buffed". They defeated Goldberg and DeWayne Bruce in a tag team match at Sin in January 2001.
    The team feuded with Sting and Hogan until April 2000 when Vince Russo formed the New Blood causing Luger to join the Millionaires Club.
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    In February 2000, he formed an alliance with Ric Flair to take out Hulk Hogan.
    More Details Hide Details They later formed a tag team under the name Team Package.
    Luger continued his Total Package angle with Elizabeth through January 2000.
    More Details Hide Details He began a storyline where he would break the arms of his opponents by placing the arm inside a closed steel chair and stomping on it.
  • 1999
    Age 40
    He debuted this gimmick on the September 27, 1999 episode of Nitro with a Terminator-style entrance symbolizing his "rebirth" and by bringing back Elizabeth as his manager.
    More Details Hide Details During late November and into December 1999, The Total Package began to have some disagreements with Sting. He also began treating Elizabeth badly that prompted Sting to intervene. At Starrcade in December 1999, Sting and The Total Package had a match with Elizabeth eventually turning on Sting.
    He eventually helped Sting win the World Title at Fall Brawl in September 1999.
    More Details Hide Details After Fall Brawl, Luger claimed that Lex Luger was now "dead" and he was going by the name "The Total Package".
    In August 1999, Luger returned to Nitro during a Sting/Hogan angle for the World Heavyweight Championship.
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    He also took part in the incident in which both nWo factions united against the dominant Bill Goldberg in early 1999.
    More Details Hide Details He remained a member of the new nWo until he was sidelined with a (legitimate) biceps injury.
  • 1998
    Age 39
    On the August 10, 1998 episode of Nitro, he defeated Bret Hart to win his record-tying fifth, and final, United States Heavyweight Championship in an impromptu title match, before dropping the title back to Hart just one day later on Thunder.
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    After a long war with the nWo, Luger joined nWo Wolfpac on May 25, 1998.
    More Details Hide Details Luger played a central role in the group's war with Hogan's nWo Hollywood, and even convinced the long-standing anti-nWo Sting to join.
    In the first half of 1998, Luger feuded with Savage and defeated him at Souled Out and SuperBrawl VIII.
    More Details Hide Details His final feud with the nWo was against Scott Steiner, whom Luger defeated at Uncensored. At Spring Stampede, he teamed with Scott's brother and former tag team partner Rick to defeat Scott and Bagwell.
  • 1997
    Age 38
    He had a short feud with Buff Bagwell in the fall of 1997, culminating in a match at Starrcade, which Bagwell won.
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    On the August 4, 1997 episode of Nitro, Luger defeated Hogan to win his second World Heavyweight Championship in an impromptu match, before dropping the title back to Hogan just five days later at Road Wild.
    More Details Hide Details His victory, however, marked the first time in a year that WCW had "won their world title back" from the nWo. Luger began a program with Hall after both men pinned each other in tag team matches (Luger's partner was Diamond Dallas Page and Hall's partner was Randy Savage) before facing each other in a 1-on-1 match at Halloween Havoc which Luger won.
  • 1996
    Age 37
    The two men teamed up to defeat Harlem Heat for their first World Tag Team Championship on the January 22, 1996 episode of Nitro, with Luger constantly threatening dissent due to his allegiance to the Dungeon of Doom, but always seeming to stay on the same path as his friend.
    More Details Hide Details Luger also defeated Johnny B. Badd for the WCW World Television Championship on February 17, losing it back to him the next night. He regained the television title from Badd by beating him on March 6. The Dungeon of Doom aligned with the Four Horsemen to form the Alliance to End Hulkamania, which feuded with Hulk Hogan and Luger's former WWF ally, Randy Savage. At Uncensored, nine members from the Alliance participated in a "Tower of Doom Steel Cage match", but were unsuccessful in defeating the team of Hogan and Savage. Luger was blamed for the loss because he accidentally punched teammate Ric Flair and was kicked out of the stable. During the summer, Luger began a feud with The Giant for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, unsuccessfully challenging him at The Great American Bash. During this time, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash, both former WWF superstars, began appearing on WCW television and claimed they were "taking over" the company. Randy Savage spearheaded the WCW wrestlers against them, with Luger and Sting by his side. Luger, along with Savage and Sting, took on Nash and Hall (who called themselves The Outsiders) and a third, mystery, partner that they claimed was an "insider" at Bash at the Beach. In the first few minutes of the match Luger went down to a kayfabe injury, leaving Sting and Savage on their own when the mystery partner revealed himself to be Hulk Hogan.
  • 1995
    Age 36
    He merely claimed that he wanted to stake his claim at Hogan's WCW World Heavyweight Title, facing him on the September 11, 1995 episode of Nitro, which Hogan won by disqualification.
    More Details Hide Details At Halloween Havoc, Luger attacked Hogan after his match with The Giant and joined Kevin Sullivan's Dungeon of Doom stable. At Starrcade, Luger participated in a WCW vs NJPW World Cup of Wrestling where he represented WCW in a winning effort against NJPW representative Masa Chono. Later that night, he participated in a triangle match with Sting and Ric Flair; Flair won after both Sting and Luger were counted out, making Flair the new WCW World champion.
    In late August 1995, after expressing to Sting that he wanted to leave the WWF, Luger got a call from WCW Vice-President Eric Bischoff to set up a meeting about a contract and Luger possibly "jumping ship".
    More Details Hide Details Bischoff was initially reluctant to make the offer, as he did not care for Luger personally or professionally, but relented due to both Sting's urging, and the idea that his appearance would make a big splash. Bischoff offered Luger only 20% of what he was making when he left WCW three years earlier in a deliberate attempt to have him turn down the offer (and, according to Bischoff, "at least tell Sting that I tried"), only to be surprised to see that Luger accepted the offer. Eight days after his appearance at SummerSlam and only one night after competing at a WWF house show in Saint John, New Brunswick, Luger made his return to WCW on the premiere of Nitro, coming out during the main event for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship between champion Hulk Hogan and Big Bubba Rogers. After Luger's return, he did not make his allegiances known acting as a tweener, except for that he still did have a long-time friendship with Sting.
    In the beginning of 1995, Luger formed a tag team with Davey Boy Smith, dubbed The Allied Powers. They made their pay-per-view debut as a tag team at WrestleMania XI, defeating the Blu Brothers. They defeated jobbers on Raw and, after a victory over Men on a Mission (King Mabel and Sir Mo) in June 1995, earned a shot at the WWF Tag Team Championship against Owen Hart and Yokozuna at In Your House 2: The Lumberjacks but failed to win the titles.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly after Summerslam, Luger, whose contract had expired, left the WWF without letting McMahon know firsthand.
  • 1994
    Age 35
    Although he never won a championship in the WWF, he challenged for every title in the organization (including WWF World Heavyweight Championship matches at SummerSlam 1993 and WrestleMania X) and was the 1994 Royal Rumble co-winner with Bret Hart.
    More Details Hide Details Pro Wrestling Illustrated readers voted Luger the Most Popular Wrestler of the Year for 1993, while he was contracted to the WWF. Luger attended high school and played football in Orchard Park, New York. He then attended Pennsylvania State University on a football scholarship, but transferred to the University of Miami after his freshman year when the Penn State coaches thought he should move to linebacker or defensive end. A talented soccer player and lifelong fan of English soccer team Manchester United, Luger considered changing sports for some time but eventually decided his skills would be better suited to football.
  • 1993
    Age 34
    At Survivor Series 1993, Luger captained a team dubbed "All-Americans" (Luger, The Undertaker, and The Steiner Brothers) against Yokozuna's team "Foreign Fanatics" (Crush, Yokozuna, Ludvig Borga, and Quebecer Jacques) in a 4-on-4 Survivor Series match.
    More Details Hide Details Luger's team won the match after he pinned Borga. At the Royal Rumble, Luger participated in the Royal Rumble match where he and Bret Hart were declared "co-winners" after both men went over the top rope and had their feet hit the ground simultaneously. As such, both received shots at the WWF World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania X. Luger was disqualified in his title match against Yokozuna, and later that night Hart won the title from Yokozuna. After WrestleMania X, Luger was to start another feud with Mr. Perfect, but Hennig was injured, so Luger instead feuded with Crush. Luger then began feuding with his friend Tatanka due to a lack of trust between them, and a match between the two took place at SummerSlam. At the event, Tatanka defeated Luger and joined Ted DiBiase's Million Dollar Corporation. At Survivor Series, he was in a Survivor Series team "Guts & Glory" (himself, Mabel, Adam Bomb, and The Smoking Gunns) losing to the Corporate team of Tatanka, King Kong Bundy, Bam Bam Bigelow, and The Heavenly Bodies – with only King Kong Bundy and Bam Bam Bigelow surviving.
    In late 1993, Luger began a feud with Ludvig Borga, another anti-American foreigner.
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    Following this, he began the "Lex Express" tour, traveling the country in a red, white, and blue painted bus to greet fans in preparation for his shot at the WWF World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam 1993.
    More Details Hide Details The match had the stipulation that this would be Luger's only shot at the title. Luger, with the use of the metal plate in his forearm, eventually won the match, but the countout victory meant that Yokozuna retained the title.
    In mid-1993, after Hulk Hogan's departure from the company, Luger was transformed into a fan-favorite character with the nicknames "Made in the USA" and "The All-American".
    More Details Hide Details On July 4, he took part in an event where he arrived by helicopter on the deck of the USS Intrepid and body slammed the near 600 pound (270 kg) WWF World Heavyweight Champion Yokozuna after a number of other athletes, both inside the WWF and out, attempted and failed.
  • 1991
    Age 32
    Luger's contract only required him to work a specific number of dates, and having fulfilled them he "sat out" the end of 1991 and beginning of 1992.
    More Details Hide Details Aside from one title defense against Masahiro Chono at WCW/New Japan Supershow II (Starrcade in Tokyo Dome), Luger did not wrestle a match until SuperBrawl II, where he lost his WCW title to Sting. After losing to Sting at SuperBrawl, Luger negotiated a departure from WCW and joined Vince McMahon's World Bodybuilding Federation (WBF), appearing regularly as a co-host on its Saturday morning program, WBF BodyStars. He also made an appearance at WrestleMania VIII, taking part in an on air interview with Bobby "The Brain" Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon. Heenan & Luger formed an alliance in the WBF (similar to Heenan's alliance with Ric Flair in the WWF). He was slated to guest pose at a WBF pay-per-view event, but was injured in a motorcycle accident. By the time he recovered, the WBF was out of business.
    Luger again began to challenge Ric Flair for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship after becoming No.1 contender by defeating The Great Muta on the June 14, 1991 edition of Clash of the Champions.
    More Details Hide Details Luger's title match against Flair was set to be contested at The Great American Bash in a steel cage match with the added stipulation that, should Flair get disqualified he would lose the title. The match never occurred, however, as Flair began to have disagreements with Jim Herd, the head of WCW, over his future and salary. He eventually quit the company (being "stripped" of the title in the process) and took the World Title belt with him. With the WCW World Heavyweight Championship now vacant, Barry Windham was declared the No. 2 contender and was set to face Luger in the cage match at The Great American Bash. During the match, Harley Race and Mr. Hughes came to ringside and "ordered" Luger to perform a piledriver on Windham. Luger won the match, thereby winning his first WCW World Heavyweight Championship. As Flair still had the original belt and the new belt wasn't ready in time, Luger wore the NWA Western States Heritage Championship which had been altered to resemble the world title.
  • 1990
    Age 31
    Luger eventually dropped the title to Stan Hansen at Halloween Havoc, though he won it back at Starrcade 1990: Collision Course beginning his fourth NWA United States Heavyweight Championship reign.
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  • 1989
    Age 30
    Flyin' Brian Pillman challenged Luger at Halloween Havoc 1989: Settling the Score for the US Title, which Luger won.
    More Details Hide Details He also defeated Pillman in a rematch on the November 15 edition of Clash of the Champions to retain the title and end the feud. After the main event of the card, which saw Ric Flair and Terry Funk in an "I Quit" match, Luger made a surprise run in, attacking both Flair and Sting, who had come out to save Flair from a post match attack by The Great Muta. December's Starrcade featured an "Ironman" tournament between Flair, Sting, Luger, and Muta. Though Sting eventually won the tournament, Luger was the only participant to go undefeated (Sting got pinfall victories over Muta and Flair, giving him the most points to win the tournament). This elevated Sting to the status of No.1 contender for Flair's world title. With Sting and Flair set to square off at WrestleWar in February, Luger was booked to defend the U.S. Title against "Dr. Death" Steve Williams on the card. A legitimate injury to Sting, however, caused the entire booking of the card to get changed. Luger was elevated to face Flair for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. An injured Sting appeared in Luger's corner during the match, eventually being attacked by Ole and Arn Anderson. When Luger left the ring to help Sting he was counted out, giving the match to Flair. The idea here was to build Luger up as a "changed man" that had "gained self-respect" by saving Sting.
    Hayes defeated Luger for the US title at WrestleWar 1989: Music City Showdown when a surprise appearance by Hayes's ex-Freebird teammate Terry Gordy helped cost Luger the match.
    More Details Hide Details Luger regained the U.S. Title from Hayes in a rematch a couple of weeks later when he broke the rules by pulling Hayes's tights while pinning Hayes to win the match. On the June 14 edition of Clash of the Champions, Luger attacked the popular Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat after Steamboat had defeated Terry Funk by disqualification. Luger and Steamboat faced each other at The Great American Bash in July with Luger winning by disqualification after Luger refused to wrestle Steamboat until the match's no-disqualification clause had been waived.
    He was then matched up against old foe Barry Windham at Chi-Town Rumble winning his second NWA United States Heavyweight Championship from him. He teamed up with Michael P.S. Hayes against Barry and Kendall Windham in a match, televised on March 18, 1989, which saw Hayes turn on Luger, setting himself as a contender to the U.S. Title.
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  • 1988
    Age 29
    The feud with Flair came to an end after December's Starrcade 1988: True Gritt where Flair pinned Luger in a rematch main event for the NWA title by illegally using the ropes.
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    In November 1988, Jim Crockett Jr. sold JCP to Turner Broadcasting System, ultimately the promotion was renamed to World Championship Wrestling (WCW).
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    Luger left the Four Horsemen in 1988 after he and his stablemates (Tully Blanchard, Arn Anderson, and Dillon) were the sole wrestlers left in a Bunkhouse Stampede battle royal and Dillon asked the other wrestlers to eliminate themselves so he could win. Although Blanchard and Anderson complied, Luger refused and eliminated Dillon, leaving the Horsemen in the process. Luger then befriended Barry Windham, his former Florida ally. They formed a tag team, dubbed "The Twin Towers". "The Twin Towers" first teamed on March 27, 1988 at Clash of the Champions to defeat Tully Blanchard and Arn Anderson for the NWA World Tag Team Championship.
    More Details Hide Details Only a few weeks after the title win, Windham suddenly turned on Luger during a title defense (against Blanchard and Anderson) and joining Luger's former stable, The Four Horsemen. Days later, the Jim Crockett, Sr. Memorial Cup Tag Team Tournament was held with its first night in Greenville, South Carolina. A partner-less Luger was teamed with Sting (whose partner Ronnie Garvin had been kayfabe injured) and the impromptu team won the entire tournament, defeating Blanchard and Anderson in the finals. Luger continued his feud with the Four Horsemen and Windham. At the June 8 edition of Clash of the Champions, it was announced that Luger would challenge Horsemen leader Ric Flair for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship at The Great American Bash on July 10 in Baltimore. As Luger arrived at The Clash in a limousine he was attacked by The Four Horsemen, leaving him (kayfabe) injured and bleeding in the parking lot on live television. While Luger had Flair in the "Torture Rack" and Flair was about to submit, the match was abruptly stopped by the referee who cited (kayfabe) "Maryland State Athletic Commission" rules about a cut that had opened up on Luger's forehead "bleeding excessively".
  • 1987
    Age 28
    Following their match, Nikita Koloff was due to present a new championship belt to Luger, but during the ceremony he suddenly attacked the champion, reigniting their feud from 1987.
    More Details Hide Details It did not last long, however, as Koloff found himself being pushed into an angle with Sting instead of Luger, which began at SuperBrawl I: Return of the Rising Sun when Sting and Luger challenged The Steiner Brothers for the WCW World Tag Team Championship. During the match, Koloff interfered and hit Sting with a chain, which was intended for Luger.
    His first big feud was with Nikita Koloff, whom he defeated for the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship on July 11, 1987.
    More Details Hide Details Manager James J. Dillon threw a chair over the top of the cage while the referee, Earl Hebner, was down. Luger knocked Koloff unconscious with it and then lifted up Koloff in the Torture Rack. A revived Hebner then dropped Koloff's arm three times with no response and awarded Luger a submission victory. He held the title until JCP's first pay-per-view event Starrcade in November, when he dropped it to Dusty Rhodes in a steel cage. This loss set the stage for Luger leaving the Four Horsemen, as manager Dillon's interference cost Luger the match. A steel chair thrown in by Dillon was dropped by Luger and Rhodes DDT'd Luger on it prior to pinning him for the win.
    In 1987, Luger went to work for Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP), which was under the NWA banner, with the nickname "The Total Package" and began using "The Human Torture Rack", an Argentine backbreaker, as his finisher.
    More Details Hide Details He was first booked as an associate to Ric Flair's "Four Horsemen" stable until Ole Anderson was kicked out and he became an official member of the group.
  • 1986
    Age 27
    On September 1, 1986, he fought NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair for the title at a show Battle of the Belts III, which resulted in a 60-minute draw.
    More Details Hide Details As a result, Flair retained the title. Towards the end of his run in Florida, Luger was involved in angles with Kevin Sullivan and Bad News Allen. He was also in a steel cage match with Bruiser Brody, where Brody stopped cooperating, leading to Luger climbing over the cage leaving the match.
  • 1985
    Age 26
    Luger began wrestling in the Championship Wrestling from Florida (CWF) territory of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). He got his first victory on October 31, 1985, against Cocoa Samoa and won the Southern Heavyweight Championship from Wahoo McDaniel the next month.
    More Details Hide Details For a short time, he feuded with Barry Windham before they began teaming up against Sir Oliver Humperdink and his team of Ed "The Bull" Gantner, Kareem Muhammed, and The White Ninja.
    Luger adopted the ring name "Lex Luger", being a fan of the comic book villain Lex Luthor, and made his in-ring debut in September 1985.
    More Details Hide Details He was featured alongside Percy Pringle and Rick Rude.
    In 1985, Luger met Bob Roop at a celebrity golfing event in Florida and was given the chance to get into professional wrestling as Roop was greatly impressed with Luger's powerful bodybuilder physique.
    More Details Hide Details Roop arranged for Luger to be trained by Hiro Matsuda, who had previously trained Hulk Hogan and "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff.
  • 1984
    Age 25
    In 1984, Luger finished his football career playing in the United States Football League for the Tampa Bay Bandits, Memphis Showboats and Jacksonville Bulls.
    More Details Hide Details He was a teammate with future WCW rival Ron Simmons while playing for the Tampa Bay Bandits.
  • 1983
    Age 24
    He returned to the Packers training camp in 1983, but he was released before the regular season began.
    More Details Hide Details Luger wore number 66 for the Packers; the last player to do so before it was retired for Ray Nitschke.
  • 1982
    Age 23
    He then signed with the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League, but never played in a game and thus is not listed on their all-time roster, though he did spend the entire 1982 season on the team's injured reserve list with a groin problem incurred during training camp.
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  • 1979
    Age 20
    In 1979, Luger played for the Miami Hurricanes, which featured future NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, Jim Burt, Mitch Guittar, Fred Marion and Mark Richt.
    More Details Hide Details He was booted off the team for what Luger referred to as "off-the-field incidents," specifically on the team’s road trip to Atlanta to play Georgia Tech, Luger, suffering from cabin-fever and disappointed at not being named a starter by coach Howard Schnellenberger by that 5th game into the season, snapped and trashed his hotel room. Upon leaving Miami, he played professional football for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League where he played in the 67th Grey Cup against the Edmonton Eskimos.
  • 1978
    Age 19
    He sat out the 1978 season as a redshirt transfer student in Coral Gables.
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  • 1958
    Born on June 2, 1958.
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