Mike Rotunda
Professional wrestler
Mike Rotunda
Lawrence Michael "Mike" Rotunda is a former American professional wrestler, perhaps best known under the name Irwin R. Schyster or I.R.S. for short. He is currently signed with WWE working as a road agent and making occasional appearances on WWE shows as Irwin R. Schyster.
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WWE Raw in Ottawa and TNA Impact Wrestling tapings (correspondents needed ... - ProWrestling.net
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On this date in NWA history: Clash of the Champions III presents 'Fall Brawl' - Cageside Seats (blog)
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Dusty Rhodes, Brad Armstrong and Mike Rotunda were also victorious in this televised special back on September 7, 1988. More videos of Clash of the Champions III: "Fall Brawl" after the jump. Any Cagesiders out there with fond memories of this (or any
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Celebrating the labourers of pro wrestling - CANOE
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Before anyone lands themselves in the slammer, they should probably take a closer look at their bills and make sure that everything's paid, before Irwin R. Schyster (Mike Rotunda) of the Internal Revenue Service comes knocking at their door in the
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Greatest wrestling entrances — CM Punk? Nope, not even close - Peoria Journal Star (blog)
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WWE ushered all of this in with The Wrestling Album and “Real American” for Barry Windam and Mike Rotunda, as Jesse Ventura once said. But the song was quickly given to Hulk Hogan and well, the rest is history. The song recently went mainstream
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FCW Champion Backstage At RAW, 'Taker-WWE, More - ifight365.com
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Rotundo is the son of Mike Rotunda (a/k/a Irwin R. Schyster) and brother of Raw Superstar Husky Harris. He has been competing in Florida Championship Wrestling since December 2008. – WWE.com has posted a feature counting down the top 25 moments of The
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50 Most Ridiculous Outfits in Wrestling History - Bleacher Report
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Mike Rotunda has spent his entire career as the character Irwin R. Schyster, and while the character has stood the test of time, the outfit has become more and more ridiculous as the years go by. The tax-collector gimmick was supported by dress pants,
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Shane McMahon & Shawn Michaels' New Gigs, & More - ifight365.com
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Rick Martel Raw 9/27/93 * Abdullah The Butcher, Mike Rotunda & Norman vs. Cactus Jack, Kevin Sullivan & The Punisher NWA Main Event 4/8/90 * Abdullah The Butcher, Terry Funk & JT Smith vs. Jimmy Snuka, Don Muraco & Kevin Sullivan ECW 10/12/93
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School of hard knocks prepares Leavine for WWE Tough Enough finals - MiamiHerald.com
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Also from Brooksville is WWE superstar Huskey Harris, the son of former WWE star IRS/Mike Rotunda, grandson of Blackjack Mulligan and nephew of Barry and Kendall Windham. Leavine played sports for Central and Springstead high schools
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Professional Wrestling: The Best Second Generation Wrestlers of All Time - Bleacher Report
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He teamed with Mike Rotunda in the WWE to claim tag team gold. Stu Hart's prized boy, Brett claimed gold in WWE and in WCW. Hart is a great technical wrestler and gets almost as much praise from fans in Canada as Wayne Gretzky
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Sin Cara Match at Over The Limit?, New FCW Champ Crowned - Wrestlezone
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... to take place even though it hasn't officially been announced. PWInsider.com is reporting that Bo Rotundo (son of Mike Rotunda) defeated Lucky Cannon at last night's FCW taping to become the new Florida Championship Wrestling Heavyweight Champion
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Wrestlings Ten Best Gimmicks in Business of All Time - Bleacher Report
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And when he formed the Varsity Club with Mike Rotunda, Steve Williams and Rob Steiner, he continued his domination of a group of solid wrestlers who could play the role of followers. 7. The Road Warriors: They dined on danger that is for sure
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WWE Power Rankings: Rating the Top 25 WWE Superstars of the 1980's - Bleacher Report
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-March 31, 1985: With Volkoff, defeated Mike Rotunda and Barry Windham to win the WWE Tag Team Championships at WrestleMania. -April 7, 1986: Sheik and Volkoff lose the tag team titles to the British Bulldogs at WrestleMania 2
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mike Rotunda
    FIFTIES
  • 2014
    Age 55
    On the January 6, 2014 "Old School" episode of Raw, Irwin R. Schyster encountered Big E Langston on his way to a match and told him to pay his taxes, to which Langston smiled.
    More Details Hide Details Immediately prior, Langston walked past fellow Million Dollar Corporation members, Nikolai Volkoff and Ted DiBiase. He continued work as a WWE road agent and was occasionally seen on TV. Rotunda is married to Stephanie Rotunda (née Windham), the daughter of wrestler Blackjack Mulligan, and sister of wrestlers Barry and Kendall Windham. They have two sons, Windham and Taylor, who are professional wrestlers working for WWE under the ring names Bray Wyatt and Bo Dallas respectively. The couple also has a daughter named Mika and two granddaughters named Cadyn and Kendyl.
  • 2012
    Age 53
    Rotunda appeared on the April 9, 2012 edition of Raw.
    More Details Hide Details He, along with numerous other WWE officials and superstars, attempted to break up a brawl between Brock Lesnar and John Cena.
  • 2010
    Age 51
    On the May 5, 2010 SmackDown, he helped throw Drew McIntyre out of the arena.
    More Details Hide Details On June 7, 2010, I.R.S appeared on Raw in a comedy segment. He announced he had taken Jerry Lawler's crown, because Lawler had not paid his taxes. On the June 28 Raw, he was one of the four people who entered the ring to celebrate Ricky Steamboat's career, but were attacked by the Nexus.
  • 2009
    Age 50
    Rotunda appeared in the segment "Top Rope Theatre" on WWE.com, on February 19, 2009, talking to Kelly Kelly.
    More Details Hide Details In this exclusively online storyline, he played a heel character once again and his arch enemy was "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan. I.R.S. appeared on the September 7, 2009 edition of "Raw," of which Bob Barker was the guest host. Rotunda was a contestant in a pricing game (similar to the "One Bid" qualifying segment of The Price Is Right) along with Santino Marella, Jillian Hall, and Chris Jericho, bidding on a "Best of SmackDown" DVD. Rotunda overbid $50.00 (including tax); the DVD's actual retail price was $18.99. Chris Jericho won the pricing game with a bid of $1.00 (as erroneously proclaimed by Bob Barker). I.R.S was, later that night, one of the contestants during the second round of the pricing game. A. J. Pierzynski of the Chicago White Sox filled in the vacated spot Chris Jericho held. This time the bid was for a travel package to WrestleMania XXVI in Glendale, Arizona. Rotunda bid $2,000.00 for the package. The actual retail price was $1,247.00, making Santino the winner after a bid of $1,200.00
  • FORTIES
  • 2007
    Age 48
    Rotunda appeared as I.R.S. on the December 10, 2007 15th Anniversary edition of Raw, winning a 15-man Battle Royal, only to be paid by his former tag team partner Ted DiBiase to eliminate himself and give DiBiase the win.
    More Details Hide Details On the March 10, 2008 episode of Raw, The U.S. Express were to have a rematch from WrestleMania I against Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Sheik. However, the match was interrupted before it could begin by diva Jillian Hall, who offered to sing "Born in the U.S.A." for them; she was given an airplane spin by Rotunda.
    One such appearance was on the August 6, 2007 edition of WWE Raw; Mr. McMahon was discussing his IRS troubles with Jonathan Coachman, and when the conversation ended, Rotunda lowered the paper covering his face (Financial Times) and revealed himself.
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  • 2006
    Age 47
    Rotunda was rehired by WWE as a road agent in 2006, and has made guest appearances as Irwin R. Schyster.
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  • 2004
    Age 45
    Rotunda retired from wrestling to run a security company with his wife in 2004.
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  • 2003
    Age 44
    Rotunda left All Japan in early 2003, after wrestling on the New Year's Shining Series Tour.
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  • 2002
    Age 43
    In autumn, Rotunda and Williams entered the 2002 World's Strongest Tag Determination League, finishing in 4th place with 9 points.
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    On July 20, 2002, Rotunda and Williams entered the Stan Hansen Cup 4-Way, and lost to Mike Barton and Jim Steele, Rotunda being pinned by Barton.
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    He entered the 2002 Champion Carnival, finishing in 5th place with 3 points.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly after, he entered the Giant Baba Six Man Tag Team Tournament, teaming with Steve Williams and Yoji Anjo. The team made it to the semifinals, losing to Genichiro Tenryu, Arashi, and Nobutaka Araya.
  • 2001
    Age 42
    Rotunda finished the year teaming with Williams in the 2001 World's Strongest Tag Determination League, which they finished in 5th place with 6 points. In January 2002, Keiji Mutoh jumped to All Japan and eventually became the owner and president.
    More Details Hide Details With the arrival of Mutoh, a growing roster, and nagging injuries, Rotunda returned to the midcard.
    In late 2001, Rotunda returned to Team 2000 as part of the All Japan branch and returned to New Japan for one match, on October 28, teaming with Chono to defeat Tencozy.
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  • 2000
    Age 41
    Rotunda (as Mike Rotunda) joined All Japan Pro Wrestling in the summer of 2000, shortly after the Pro Wrestling Noah exodus. He reunited the Varsity Club, this time with "Dr. Death" Steve Williams. The team won the 2000 World's Strongest Tag Determination League and also challenged for the World Tag Team Championship, against Taiyō Kea and Johnny Smith on February 24, 2001, but lost.
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    In early 2000, he took part in a "Lethal Lottery" tournament for the vacated WCW World Tag Team Championship, paired with Buzzkill.
    More Details Hide Details The two defeated Dean Malenko and Konnan in the first round, but lost in the quarterfinals to the Harris Brothers. Rotunda left WCW in the spring of 2000. He returned to Japan and also made some appearances for the World Wrestling Council in Puerto Rico.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1998
    Age 39
    In September 1998, he teamed with Scott Norton in a tournament to decide the #1 contenders for the WCW World Tag Team Championship.
    More Details Hide Details They made it to the semifinals, where they lost to eventual tournament winners Kensuke Sasaki and Yuji Nagata. In 1999, Masahiro Chono left nWo Japan and formed a new group: Team 2000. Wallstreet and nWo Sting followed. Wallstreet, along with the rest of Team 2000, feuded with nWo Japan throughout 1999. In December, Rotunda left New Japan when he was called back to WCW.
    In May 1998, he teamed with Big Titan in a tournament for the vacant IWGP Tag Team Championship, losing in the first round to Kensuke Sasaki and Kazuo Yamazaki.
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  • 1997
    Age 38
    Rotunda jumped to New Japan Pro Wrestling in the summer of 1997 (as Michael Wallstreet), where he joined nWo Japan.
    More Details Hide Details He toured full-time with New Japan, and was used in the midcard. Like many gaijin, he wasn't used at Dome Shows and was left off New Japan's top tournaments such as the G1 Climax and the Super Grade Tag League tournaments. Wallstreet did participate in two other tournaments.
    In the summer of 1997, he left for New Japan Pro Wrestling, which had a business relationship with WCW.
    More Details Hide Details He returned (as Mike Rotunda) to WCW at Starrcade 1999, reforming the Varsity Club with Rick Steiner and Kevin Sullivan to team with Jim Duggan against The Revolution (Shane Douglas, Dean Malenko, Perry Saturn, and Asya). His team lost when they abandoned Duggan during the match.
    His highest profile match in this period was a loss to Jeff Jarrett at nWo Souled Out in January 1997.
    More Details Hide Details On the April 21 episode of Nitro, Wallstreet was forced out of the nWo when his nWo contract was declared null and void by James J. Dillon, due to his pre-existing WCW contract. Despite this, he appeared with the nWo weeks later on the May 5 Nitro, before finally accepting Dillon's ruling and leaving the group. Although no longer an nWo member, he openly expressed his contempt for WCW (frequently wearing anti-WCW T-shirts to the ring).
  • 1996
    Age 37
    Eventually his name returned to Michael Wallstreet and Mr. Wallstreet and, in December 1996, he joined the nWo after being offered a membership by former tag team partner Ted Dibiase.
    More Details Hide Details While in the nWo, Wallstreet remained in the low midcard.
    The highlight of this run came at the 1996 Battlebowl, where he teamed with Jim Duggan and made it to the semifinals, losing to Dick Slater and Earl Robert Eaton.
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  • 1995
    Age 36
    On the debut of WCW Monday Nitro, which aired on September 4, 1995, he was introduced as Michael Wallstreet, but by the next episode he was known as V.K. Wallstreet (the "V.K." an allusion to Vincent Kennedy McMahon) with announcer Eric Bischoff asking Bobby Heenan on-air why his name had suddenly changed.
    More Details Hide Details Rotunda used the name for nearly a year, stuck in a lower midcard position.
    Rotunda returned to WCW in September 1995.
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    When the two eventually squared off at the 1995 Royal Rumble, the Undertaker was victorious following a chokeslam, but Schyster stole his urn after the match. I.R.S. then competed less frequently on WWF TV, his final two appearances being a loss to Savio Vega in a King of the Ring qualifying match in June 1995, and as a lumberjack the following month at In Your House 2: The Lumberjacks.
    More Details Hide Details Rotunda then left the WWF.
  • 1994
    Age 35
    In mid-1994 he joined his former partner DiBiase's Million Dollar Corporation, often teaming with fellow member Bam Bam Bigelow, in an unsuccessful effort to regain tag team gold.
    More Details Hide Details Schyster later refocused on singles wrestling. His feud with The Undertaker included Schyster repossessing the headstone of a child, and interfering in a Casket Match between The Undertaker and Yokozuna.
    He feuded with Razor Ramon, challenging him for the Intercontinental Championship at the 1994 Royal Rumble.
    More Details Hide Details Though Schyster had seemingly won the title after interference by Shawn Michaels, a second referee restarted the match, which Ramon won. Schyster then feuded with Tatanka, whom he accused of failing to pay a gift tax on a "sacred headdress" he received from Chief Jay Strongbow.
  • 1992
    Age 33
    In January 1992, he competed in the Royal Rumble match entering at number 18 and lasted 28 minutes, giving him the third longest run behind Roddy Piper and winner Ric Flair. In February 1992, Schyster formed the tag team Money Inc. with Ted DiBiase; the two won the WWF World Tag Team Championship together three times.
    More Details Hide Details Money Inc.'s first title reign was at the expense of The Legion of Doom, making Rotunda the only wrestler to twice defeat them for a tag team title. They then feuded with the Natural Disasters, losing the titles to them and then regaining them a few months later. Finally, Money Inc. lost the tag team title to The Steiner Brothers twice. After Ted DiBiase retired from wrestling to become a commentator in the summer of 1993, Schyster went back to singles competition.
  • 1991
    Age 32
    He then had a short-lived feud with Big Bossman in the fall of 1991.
    More Details Hide Details This culminated in a 6-man elimination tag team match at Survivor Series, where he teamed with The Natural Disasters in a losing effort against Bossman and The Legion of Doom (the former Road Warriors).
    He made his pay-per-view debut at SummerSlam 1991, defeating Greg "The Hammer" Valentine.
    More Details Hide Details Schyster also made it to the finals of the 1991 King of the Ring tournament, defeating The Berzerker, Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Jerry Sags before losing to Bret Hart in the final match.
    Rotunda returned to the WWF in April 1991, becoming Irwin R. Schyster, abbreviated to I.R.S..
    More Details Hide Details Schyster had a heel gimmick as a former IRS tax collector from Washington, D.C., harassing wrestlers and fans as "tax cheats" and scolding them to "pay their fair share".
    The partnership ended when Rotunda left the NWA for a new role in the WWF, in early 1991.
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  • 1990
    Age 31
    In mid-1990, Rotunda turned heel again and became Michael Wallstreet, with Alexandra York (and her computer) as his manager.
    More Details Hide Details They founded The York Foundation. The two claimed to know (via computer analysis) how to win each match and how long it would take for Wallstreet to become victorious. In this brief run he was undefeated and often a timer was present onscreen to further the duo's claim.
    He returned in 1990 as a face, using the maritime gimmick Captain Mike Rotunda.
    More Details Hide Details He formed a "crew" (consisting of Abdullah the Butcher and Norman the Lunatic) and feuded with Kevin Sullivan's new stable, "Sullivan's Slaughterhouse" (Cactus Jack, Buzz Sawyer, and Bam Bam Bigelow).
  • 1989
    Age 30
    In May 1989, Williams and Rotunda were stripped of the title and, shortly after Sullivan and Rotunda concluded a feud with the Steiner Brothers, Rotunda briefly left the NWA.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1988
    Age 29
    "Dr. Death" Steve Williams and Dan Spivey joined the Varsity Club in late 1988, and Rotunda teamed with Williams to win the NWA World Tag Team Championship from The Road Warriors.
    More Details Hide Details Referee Theodore Long turned heel during the match and administered a fast three count, enabling Rotunda and Williams to overcome the champions. Long went on to become a manager following the controversial officiating.
    Rotunda won the NWA World Television Championship from Nikita Koloff in January 1988, and subsequently gave his Florida Heavyweight title to Steiner.
    More Details Hide Details He then began a feud with Jimmy Garvin, because Sullivan wanted Garvin's wife Precious. Steiner left the group and began feuding with Rotunda, the enemies trading the Television Championship before Rotunda lost it to Sting.
  • 1987
    Age 28
    Rotunda left the WWF in early 1987 and returned to Florida, where he won the NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship in March.
    More Details Hide Details There, he feuded with Sir Oliver Humperdink's "Shock Troops" stable. Later in the year, Rotunda joined the National Wrestling Alliance affiliate Jim Crockett Promotions, where he lingered at mid-card level as a face before turning heel and joining Kevin Sullivan's Varsity Club, a group of wrestlers with amateur wrestling credentials. Rotunda began bickering with fellow Varsity Club member Rick Steiner, a graduate of the University of Michigan, over which of the two had a superior alma mater. This in turn led to the two arguing over which of them was the superior wrestler.
  • 1986
    Age 27
    He briefly returned to the WWF in the fall of 1986 to team with "Golden Boy" Dan Spivey as a new version of "The U.S. Express", but they were more or less used as a jobber team against up and coming teams such as Demolition in house shows.
    More Details Hide Details They were not considered top contenders.
    Rotunda continued to wrestle in singles matches until he left the WWF himself, in early 1986.
    More Details Hide Details The U.S. Express reunited in the AWA to wrestle at Wrestlerock 86 on April 20, 1986, defeating The Fabulous Ones. The team did not stay long as Windham left the AWA very shortly after debuting. Rotunda stayed around for a few more months with little success.
  • 1984
    Age 25
    Rotunda and Windham joined the World Wrestling Federation as The U.S. Express in 1984. They won the WWF World Tag Team Championship twice, first from Dick Murdoch and Adrian Adonis in January 1985.
    More Details Hide Details The US Express' most notable feud was with The Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff, to whom they lost the title at the first WrestleMania. The US Express regained the belts in June 1985, but lost them two months later to Brutus Beefcake and Greg Valentine. Windham left the WWF soon after.
  • 1981
    Age 22
    After graduating from Syracuse, Rotunda began wrestling in 1981 as a face in Florida Championship Wrestling.
    More Details Hide Details He often teamed with his real life brother-in-law, Barry Windham.
    Rotunda was a varsity wrestler at Syracuse University in New York. While he was never an All American, he did win the EIWA Championships in 1981 as a Heavyweight.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1976
    Age 17
    Newark Valley, NY 1976 Sectional Champion in 215 lb class
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1958
    Born
    Born on March 30, 1958.
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