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Jerry Brisco

Gerald Brisco
Brisco in 2012
Ring name(s) Gerald Brisco
Jerry Brisco
Lord O'Beid
Billed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Billed weight 227 lb (103 kg; 16.2 st)
Born (1946-09-19) September 19, 1946 (age 67)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Resides Tampa, Florida
Trained by Jack Brisco
Debut 1969
Retired 2000

Floyd Gerald "Jerry" Brisco (born September 19, 1946[2][3]) is a former American professional wrestler, and prior to June, 2009, worked as a road agent for WWE on its Raw brand.

In the course of his career, Brisco wrestled for several National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) member promotions and won dozens of championships. However, Brisco, along with his partner Pat Patterson, achieved more fame in the late 1990s and early 2000s as the onscreen "stooge" of WWE Chairman Vince McMahon. He is the younger brother of former professional wrestler Jack Brisco who died in early 2010. In March 2010, Brisco returned to the WWE as a talent scout.[4]

Career

Amateur career

Gerald Brisco grew up with five siblings and an absent father in Oklahoma. He followed his brother, Jack Brisco, into amateur wrestling, and was eventually awarded an athletic scholarship to Oklahoma State after winning two AAU tournaments.

During the spring break of 1968, Brisco was in Missouri with Jack, and was asked to substitute for his brother's injured tag team partner despite his lack of professional training. After Brisco contracted hepatitis and injured his knee, he decided to drop out of college and become a full-time professional wrestler.

Professional career

Brisco was trained by his brother and debuted in 1969 as his tag team partner, using the name Gerald Brisco. The Brisco Brothers were a highly successful team, amassing over twenty tag team championships over the course of thirteen years. They arrived in Florida in 1970 (with Brisco becoming Jerry Brisco) and dominated the singles and tag divisions for several years thereafter. It was also in the late '70s that the Briscos discovered Terry Bollea, the future wrestling legend best known as Hulk Hogan, who they introduced to Hiro Matsuda for training. Jerry Brisco would amass a number of singles championships throughout the 1970s, and on June 20, 1981 he defeated Les Thornton for the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship.

The Briscos acquired minority interests in Georgia Championship Wrestling, and in 1984 they convinced a majority of the shareholders (52%) to sell their shares to Vince McMahon, enabling him to increase his dominance of the professional wrestling world. Gerald retired soon after and began working backstage as a road agent and booker for McMahons's World Wrestling Federation

Following the 1997 Montreal Screwjob, Brisco capitalized on his notoriety by becoming an onscreen "stooge" of Vince McMahon along with Pat Patterson. The duo portrayed a pair of bumbling comic heels and joined The Corporation and the McMahon-Helmsley Faction. They lampooned Hulk Hogan (then working for World Championship Wrestling, the rival of WWF) by mimicking his trademark gestures and using "Real American," his old entrance theme.

On the May 18, 2000 episode of SmackDown! Brisco won his first WWF championship when he pinned a sleeping Crash Holly to win the perpetually contested Hardcore Championship. Crash regained the title on June 12 but Brisco was intent on regaining. He pursued Holly around New York City but ran afoul of John Shaft, who had agreed to protect Holly. Brisco eventually regained the title the following week with the aid of Pat Patterson in the midst of a match between Crash and his cousin, Hardcore Holly. As Patterson and Brisco celebrated the victory, Patterson poured champagne in Brisco's eyes then broke a second bottle over his head. He then pinned the (kayfabe) unconscious Brisco to win the Hardcore Championship. Patterson hid from Brisco in drag in the women's locker room, and, after Brisco pursued him into the locker room, Vince McMahon booked them in a Hardcore Evening Gown Match at the King of the Ring. In the course of the match, Holly interfered and pinned Patterson, regaining the title once again.

On July 15, 2005, Brisco was inducted into the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame. He appeared at WrestleMania 23 in a party scene and also on the July 23, 2007 edition of RAW. On March 29, 2008, Brisco and his brother were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame the night before WrestleMania XXIV in Orlando, Florida.

Temporary departure from WWE

In June, 2009, Brisco suffered three strokes.[5] Four months later, it was announced that Brisco would not be returning to his position as a road agent in WWE.[6] In March 2010, Brisco did return to the WWE as a talent scout and recruiter for NXT.

According to Jim Ross, on October 19, 2011, Jerry Brisco suffered another stroke, although minor.[7]

Personal life

Brisco is married. He and his wife have a son named Wesley (born 1983) who is also a professional wrestler, known as Wes Brisco, a former FCW Tag Team Champion and also a former Cuban Heavyweight Wrestling Champion, currently with TNA wrestling.[8] Brisco also co-owns a body shop with his brother Bill, known as the Brisco Brothers Body Shop. Jack Brisco was also a partner in the business before his death in 2010.

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

1While almost always defended in the Southeastern Championship Wrestling promotion, Brisco won the championship while working on a card hosted by Georgia Championship Wrestling via a working relationship between the two promotions.

References

External links

Professional wrestling portal
  • Internet Movie Database
  • WWE Hall of Fame profile of Gerald Brisco
  • Gerald Brisco at Accelerator3359.com
  • Gerald Brisco at Online World of Wrestling
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