Weight: 368 lbs
Real Name: Scott Bigelow
Hometown: Mt. Laurel, New Jersey
Other Names: Crusher Yurkhov (WCCW), "The Beast From The East" (WWF, ECW, WCW)
Wrestler Since: 1985
Finishing Maneuver: Greetings From Ashbury Park, Flying Headbutt
Previous PWI 500 Rankings: #118(2000), #27(1999), #48(1998), #126(1997), #71(1996), #30(1995), #24(1994), #33(1993), #84(1992), #58(1991)
History: (Last Updated: 3/03/2007)
Weight: 368 lbs
Real Name: Scott Bigelow
Hometown: Mt. Laurel, New Jersey
Other Names: Crusher Yurkhov (WCCW), "The Beast From The East" (WWF, ECW, WCW)
Wrestler Since: 1985
Finishing Maneuver: Greetings From Ashbury Park, Flying Headbutt
Previous PWI 500 Rankings: #118(2000), #27(1999), #48(1998), #126(1997), #71(1996), #30(1995), #24(1994), #33(1993), #84(1992), #58(1991)
History: (Last Updated: 3/03/2007)
Scott "Bam-Bam" Bigelow traveled to most of the major wrestling promotions during his 20-year career in professional wrestling, always making an impact whereever he went. Of course, sometimes the impacts were a little more physical than others. Little is known about Bigelow's history before he decided, at the age of 24, to become a professional wrestler.
Bigelow began training in the Sharpe's Monster Factory in New Jersey in the early '80s, using his size & surprising agility for a big man as a stepping stone to greatness. Bigelow's first true exposure to the wrestling business came in Memphis, where he quickly made an impact, along with his manager, the man who had trained him, Larry Sharpe. On July 28, '86, Bigelow took on Jerry Lawler for the CWA International Heavyweight Title, Bigelow lost, but only because of his temper, as he got himself disqualified, beating on the champion. It paid off for Bigelow later that night, as he won a "Battle Royal" to become the AWA Southern Heavyweight Champion.
Bigelow feuded with Lawler over the next few months, teaming with Sharpe against Lawler & the Killer on several occassions. In September '86, Lawler managed to cut down the monster, beating Bigelow to win away the Southern Heavyweight Title. Soon after, Bigelow turned on Sharpe before leaving the promotion for a time.
Bigelow's next destination was World Class Championship Wrestling in Texas, where he was renamed Crusher Yurkoff by Fritz von Erich and became an evil Russian heel (as were most Russians at the time). It didn't take long for Yurkoff to strike, as he won the WCCW Television Title in October '86 from Steve Simpson. Yurkoff defended the belt for the next few months as an almost unbeatable heel. In December '86, though, Yurkoff was disqualified in a match against Tony Atlas. Due to WCCW rules, Yurkoff lost the title to Atlas, ending his reign as the Television Champion.
Bam-Bam Bigelow's wrestling abilities soon got him noticed overseas, and in February '87, Bigelow headed to New Japan Pro Wrestling to face (and lose to) Antonio Inoki in the Sumo Hall. Bigelow headed back to Memphis in March, wrestling several tag-team matches with Jerry Lawler as his partner, but then again headed back to NJPW, staying there for the rest of the spring and summer of '87. Bigelow did well in New Japan, as big men were respected there. It was quite possibly his overseas experience that led to the next part of his career, as Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation came calling.
Bigelow entered the WWF as a heavily regarded free agent, soon recruited by Sir Oliver Humperdink, who managed Bigelow for a short time. Soon, though, Bigelow became an ally of Hulk Hogan and the rest of the faces going against the evil heels in the company. At Saturday Night's Main Event #13 in November '87, Bigelow took on Hercules in a brawl that quickly went to the outside, apparently leading to a Double Countout. However, Bigelow didn't want things to end that way. He got the match restarted, going toe-to-toe once again with Hercules. This time, though, they stayed in the ring, with Bigelow getting a Splash from the top rope to get the victory.
A few weeks later, at the '87 Survivor Series, Bigelow teamed with Hogan, Paul Orndorff, Ken Patera, & Don Muraco to take on Andre the Giant, King Kong Bundy, the One Man Gang, Butch Reed, & Rick Rude in an "Elimination" Match. Things didn't go exactly according to plan for Bigelow's team, as, at the end, it was Bigelow left alone against Andre, Bundy, & the One Man Gang after Hogan got counted out. Not only did Bigelow not give up, though, he made an amazing showing of himself, taking out both Bundy and the Gang. The tank was empty, though, when it came to facing Andre, who Suplexed Bigelow and pinned him to end the match. It was a tough loss, but it was also an impressive performance from Bigelow.
Surprisingly, however, the WWF did not capitalize on Bigelow's new-found fame with the fans, as Bigelow failed to appear at many of the top cards near the beginning of '88. He did get involved in the World Title Tournament at Wrestlemania IV, but he lost in the first round, via Countout, to the One Man Gang, thanks to Slick keeping him distracted outside the ring. Many people have speculated that there was a political battle that Bigelow lost in the back, leading to his major push collapsing. Another story has it that Bigelow injured his knee, keeping him from working at his full potential. However, this is just mere speculation. In any case, Bigelow soon left the WWF behind, opting to get more seasoning by going back to New Japan.
Working around so many other gifted wrestlers in NJPW helped Bigelow develop an even better style of wrestling, as he earned respect from his peers in match after match. He fought men like Salman Hashimikov and Vladimir Berkovich, always showing off his agility in the ring. In early '90, Bigelow returned to the states, joining up for a few months with Tri-State Wrestling, where he met up with guys like Terry Gordy and Tully Blanchard, among others.
In the middle of '90, Bigelow entered into the NWA Mid-Atlantic branch, which would soon break off from the NWA and become World Championship Wrestling. At Capital Combat in May '90, Bigelow teamed with Cactus Jack (Mick Foley) & Kevin Sullivan in a losing effort against Norman (Bastian Booger) & the Road Warriors. A month later, at Clash of the Champions XI, Bigelow wrestled against Tommy Rich, easily outclassing the smaller wrestler. Unfortunately, Bigelow lost control, choking out Rich and earning a disqualification. Bigelow let everyone know that he was coming after each and every wrestler in the organization. Ultimately, though, this wasn't true, as Bigelow would leave Mid-Atlantic just a short time later to head back to NJPW.
Bigelow spent the next few years almost exclusively in NJPW, wrestling alongside other powerhousers like Scott Norton and Big Van Vader. In March '92, Bigelow & Vader formed a powerful duo, winning the IWGP Tag-Team Titles from Hiro Hase & Keiji Mutoh. It was Bigelow's first title held in NJPW, and it was well deserved. Bigelow & Vader held the titles for almost four months, a long time in the NJPW, before finally losing to the Steiner Brothers. Not long afterwards, Bigelow's contract with New Japan Pro Wrestling ran out, and instead of getting a new one, Bam-Bam opted to come back to the United States, to give the WWF another try.
Bigelow struck quick upon his return, defeating the Big Boss Man with a Flying Headbutt at the '93 Royal Rumble. Despite the win, though, Bigelow was unable to make Wrestlemania that year, being left off the card. Bigelow next became a force in the '93 King of the Ring Tournament, as he took out big men Typhoon and "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan to reach the finals of the tournament (Bigelow received a bye thanks to Lex Luger and Tatanka fighting to a draw). This put Bigelow against Bret Hart. During the match, Bigelow's manager/valet, Luna Vachon, helped out, giving Hart a chairshot on the outside. Bigelow then got the Flying Headbutt and appeared to win, becoming King of the Ring! However, fates intervened, as the ref was informed about the interference and restarted the match, allowing Hart to come back and get a roll-up on Bigelow to take away the win, and, thus, the crown.
Bigelow next began feuding with Tatanka in a series of match-ups over the summer, leading to a six-man tag-team match at Summerslam '93 pitting Bigelow & the Headshinkers (Fatu & Samu) against Tatanka & the Smoking Gunns. The match nearly had a bad conclusion for Tatanka, as Bigelow's team went for a triple Flying Headbutt. However, Tatanka managed to avoid it, and as all three men were dazed, Tatanka got the roll-up on Samu to take away the victory. Going into the fall, Bigelow found another wrestler to feud with: Doink the Clown. Doink continually mocked Bigelow, infuriating both the big man and his main squeeze, Luna. At the '93 Survivor Series, Bigelow, along with Bastian Booger & the Headshrinkers, expected to get a piece of Doink. However, the actual Doink did not come out. Instead, the Bushwhackers and Men On A Mission appeared, all dressed in clown make-up! It was a crazy, gimmick-filed match, with a ticked-off Bigelow being left in the end against all four "Doinks". Bigelow fought hard, even having a major confrontation with the massive Mabel (now better known as Viscera). But the numbers were too much, as Bigelow was splashed by Mabel and pinned by all four men. To end a bad night even worse, Doink came on the screen after the match and taunted Bigelow, even blowing Luna a kiss. Bigelow would continue to go after both Tatanka and Doink for the rest of the year.
Bigelow took on Tatanka at the '94 Royal Rumble, replacing an injured Ludvig Borga in the match. Bigelow, of course, had no problems going after one of his rivals, and nearly won the match with his Moonsault. However, Tatanka dodged, then got a Flying Bodypress for the victory. Later in the night, Bigelow wrestled in the Rumble Match, coming in at #15. It was a great number for Bigelow, as he got to come in right after Doink the Clown, who had been getting double-teamed by Crush & Diesel. Bigelow took advantage, tossing Doink out of the Rumble, but then had to fight off a double-team himself. Bigelow would later play a part in eliminating Crush, Diesel, Mabel, and his other rival, Tatanka, lasting until near the end of the event. But a missed charge towards Lex Luger sent Bigelow out, ending his night. Luger & Bret Hart co-won the Rumble.
Bigelow & Luna continued to feud with Doink the Clown over the next few months, with Doink finding himself an ally in Dink the Clown, a midget clown wrestler. At Wrestlemania X, Bigelow & Luna faced off against Doink & Dink, with Bigelow's team obviously having the advantage thanks to Luna. It was surprisingly a little more back and forth for a while, but Luna's height advantage later paid off, with Bigelow managing to take out Doink with a Flying Headbutt to get the decisive victory. Bigelow would next compete in the '94 King of the Ring Tournament, beating Sparky Plugg (later known as Hardcore Holly) in the first round. But Bigelow later fell to Razor Ramon, ending another chance at wearing the crown.
In the summer of '94, Bigelow joined forces with, among others, Irwin R. Schyster, King Kong Bundy, Tatanka, & the Heavenly Bodies to form the Million Dollar Corporation, headed by Ted DiBiase. Bigelow & IRS soon formed a team that was going for the WWF World Tag-Team Titles, around the waists of the Headshrinkers. However, just before the two teams were scheduled to meet at Summerslam '94, Shawn Michaels & Diesel defeated the Headshrinkers to take away the titles, making the match more of a #1 Contenders Bout. The Headshrinkers seemed to have control near the end of the match, but things soon broke down thanks to DiBiase's involvement, allowing the Corporation members to sneak out with a DQ victory.
The Corporation continued to grow in might in the following months, leading to a big-time match at the '94 Survivor Series. Bigelow, Tatanka, King Kong Bundy, & the Heavenly Bodies took on Lex Luger, Adam Bomb, Mabel, & the Smoking Gunns in an "Elimination" Match. Bigelow was one of the stronger members of his team, getting Mabel counted out and taking out Adam Bomb with a Moonsault. In the end, it was Bigelow, Bundy, & Tatanka left against only Luger. Not surprisingly, the Corporation dominated, and although Luger was able to take out Tatanka with a roll-up, Bundy was able to Splash and pin Luger, leaving Bigelow & Bundy as the two heavyweight survivors.
Going into '95, the WWF World Tag-Team Titles were vacated, leading to a tournament to decide new champions, Bigelow teamed up with Tatanka in the tournament, with the two doing very well, defeating Men On A Mission and the Headshrinkers to reach the finals at the '95 Royal Rumble. It looked like Bigelow & Tatanka could easily dominate the other team of Sparky Plugg & the 1-2-3 Kid, who shockingly were the other team to make it to the finals. Bigelow's size helped him beat down on the two smaller wrestlers, including Bigelow throwing the Kid bodily to the outside. But miscommunication caused Bigelow, in the midst of a Moonsault, to collide with Tatanka (who, for some reason, was going for his own move). With the two Corporation members down, the Kid managed to get the pin on Bigelow, upsetting the favored team to win the titles.
After the match, a furious Bigelow headed out of the ring, where professional football player Lawrence Taylor was watching from his front-row seat. Bigelow, already in a bad mood, got in Taylor's face, shocking everyone by shoving Taylor backwards and nearly starting a brawl! Bigelow and Taylor then engaged in a major-league feud for the next few months, earning headlines around the world as they prepared to meet inside the squared circle. While Taylor got training from various wrestlers, Bigelow prepared to beat down the 'pretender'. The two met at Wrestlemania XI, with Bigelow having his Corporation along with him. Taylor didn't come alone, either, having several football players, including Reggie White and Steve "Mongo" McMichael. LT showed that he was prepared, delivering several wrestling moves, including a clothesline, a bulldog, and a suplex, just to name a few. Near the end, Bigelow got his Flying Headbutt, but Taylor surprisingly kicked out, continuing the match. Taylor then made a comeback and scored a huge Flying Forearm, knocking Bigelow out long enough for the pin! It was a shocking defeat for Bigelow, but it's also probably one of the main matches that he'll be remembered for, as it was better than anyone ever expected.
Soon after the loss, Bigelow turned on the Million Dollar Corporation, renewing his feud with Tatanka and becoming a 'face' again. Bigelow took on Tatanka in a "dark" match at In Your House I, with Bigelow getting the fan-favorite victory. The two continued to feud going into the next month, where Bigelow teamed up with Diesel to take on Tatanka & Psycho Sid at King of the Ring '95. It was a hard-fought match for Bigelow, but the main focus was on the Diesel/Sid feud, as, at the end of the match, Diesel powerbombed Tatanka, then wanted Sid in. Sid walked, instead, which caused Diesel to drop an elbow on Tatanka and pin him, ending the bout. It was a victory for Bigelow, even if it wasn't him getting the final pin on Tatanka.
Bigelow continued his run against the Corporation at In Your House II, where he faced Corporation wannabe Henry Godwinn. Bigelow fought off the large Godwinn in the end, dodging Godwinn's finisher and rolling him up for the win. Bigelow's next opponent was at In Your House III, when he took on the British Bulldog. The two men went back-and-forth, with Bigelow getting a close 2 count after a Flying Headbutt. But in the end, Bigelow missed the Moonsault, allowing the Bulldog to get a massive Powerslam on him to take the victory. Bigelow then faded somewhat, regulated to mid-card status on many shows. At In Your House IV, Bigelow was in the dark match, teaming with Savio Vega in a loss to Owen Hart & Yokozuna. Things were not looking good for Bam-Bam. The writing on the wall became clear at the '95 Survivor Series, as Bigelow was beaten cleanly by Goldust after a Bulldog. Soon afterwards, Bigelow left the WWF, having never once won a title there, despite having several top-level matches.
In '96, Bigelow first struck out around the independent scene, including winning the North East Wrestling Heavyweight Title in March from Jim Neidhart. Bigelow also won the USA Universal Superstars of American title from Tatanka in May '96. But soon Bigelow headed back to his old hunting grounds in Japan, eventually signing on with Wrestle Association-R. Bigelow had some success there, especially in October '96, when, at Crush night In Osaka, he teamed up with Yoji Antoh & Hiromichi Fuyuki to win the WAR Six Man Tag-Team titles from Masahito Kakihara, Yuki Sano, & Nobuhiko Takada. Unfortunately, the reign lasted less than a month.
In October '96, just before winning the WAR Six Man Tag Titles, Bigelow made a stop back in the US, appearing at Extreme Championship Wrestling's Ultimate Jeopardy '96. He pinned Terry Gordy, making a nice showing for himself before heading back overseas. He clearly must have made a good impression, because Bigelow soon became a major part of ECW in '97, joining up with "The Franchise" Shane Douglas and Chris Candido to form one of the most powerful trios in ECW history, the Triple Threat. The group soon was feuding with another strong tag-team in the Pitbulls. Bigelow & Douglas met the Pitbulls at Chapter 11 in May '97, with the Triple Threat pulling out the tricky victory. This led to another match at Orgy of Violence between Bigelow and Pitbull #2. Once again, Bigelow came out victorious, using his power to full effect (as well as his alligiance with the Triple Threat).
At Heat Wave '97, Bigelow & Candido paired up to take out Chris Chetti & Balls Mahoney, another strong victory for the Triple Threat. But things were set to take a massive turn for Bigelow at the next show, Born To Be Wired. Bigelow was scheduled to take on cruiserweight wrestler Spike Dudley, with Bigelow obviously being cocky going into the match. Bigelow spends most of the time tossing Dudley around, bloodying him and slamming him on his head. But Dudley proved that Bigelow was at least vulnerable in one area, scoring a low blow and rolling up the aching Bigelow for a supreme upset victory! Bigelow, furious at what had happened, arranged for a rematch the next month at Hardcore Heaven '97. It was a tremendously bloody match, at least for Dudley, as Bigelow destroyed the self-proclaimed "giant killer". At one point, Bigelow threw Dudley into the crowd, only to have them crowd-surf Dudley around the arena! In the end, it was not even close, as Bigelow landed his Moonsault on Dudley for the easy pin.
Bigelow and Dudley met one more time in the 'rubber' match at As Good As It Gets in September '97. Although more competitive, it ended the way of the second match, with Bigelow getting the victory. Soon afterwards, problems developed in the Triple Threat, as Bigelow wanted a crack at Douglas' ECW World Heavyweight Title. In October '97, the two met in a match, with Bigelow managing to take out Douglas and become the ECW World Heavyweight Champion, one of Bigelow's greatest accomplishments. Bigelow and Douglas feuded over the title for the next month, with Douglas managing to reclaim the belt at November to Remember '97 by putting Bigelow through a table with a Belly-To-Belly Suplex. Bigelow would continue to feud with Douglas & Candido going into the new year.
At House Party '98, Bigelow took on Rob Van Dam, who had recently become a WWF loyalist (even appearing on Raw with Jerry "The King" Lawler at his side). Bigelow fought hard for ECW in the match, but the odds were soon against him after a ref bump, as he had to fight off Van Dam's manager, Bill Alfonzo, as well as assaults from Douglas & Candido. With so much against him, Bigelow was too distracted to dodge a Van Dam Missile Dropkick. Van Dam followed it up with a Five Star Frog Splash, winning the match. A few weeks later, at Hostile City Showdown '98, Bigelow, apparently desperate to take out his former allies, joined up with Taz to take on Douglas, Candido, & Lance Storm in a "Handicap" Match. It turned out to be a major swerve, though, as Bigelow, Douglas, & Candido all turned on Taz and Storm, reforming the Triple Threat!
Bigelow & Douglas teamed up on the next show, Cyberslam '98, to take on Rob Van Dam & Sabu. It was a brutal brawl, although it did feature a table coming apart before being used (earning the ire of the crowd). In the end, Bigelow got the win for his team, using his finisher, Greetings From Ashbury Park, to take out Sabu. A few weeks later, at Living Dangerously '98, Bigelow got a shot against the man he had screwed at Hostile City Showdown, the ECW Television Champion, Taz. It was a match between two powerhouses, with Taz seemingly wrapping up the victory near the end by getting a version of the Tazmission on Bigelow as both were standing. But Bigelow, in trying to fight off the hold, fell backwards, sending both men through the ring! After a short time of waiting, Bigelow came out of the hole first, dragging the crushed Taz with him. One three count later, Bigelow was the ECW Television Champion.
Unfortunately for Bigelow, the reign would only last a little over a month, as Rob Van Dam managed to defeat Bigelow for the belt at the beginning of April '98. Bigelow continued to wrestle for the company for the next few months, defeating New Jack at Wrestlepalooza '98 after New Jack missed a plunge off the balcony, and taking out Al Snow at A Matter of Respect '98 a few weeks later. Bigelow then renewed his feud with Taz, who had created a new title for himself, the FTW Title. The two fought over the 'belt' at Heat Wave '98, with the two tough guys brawling into the crowd at times. In the end, the Tazmission proved to be too hard to break this time, as Bigelow was forced to tap out.
Bigelow's last match in ECW occured at November To Remember '98, as Bigelow teamed up with his Triple Threat mates Douglas & Candido to take on Van Dam, Sabu, & Taz. The Threat got a small advantage to start with, thanks to the Dudleyz attacking Sabu & Van Dam before the match, but things soon broke down into a massive brawl between the six men. While Bigelow was on the outside, Taz got Douglas in the Tazmission, only to have Sabu come in and smash Douglas with a chair, knocking him out to allow Sabu to get the pin instead on the champion. Bigelow, meanwhile, stayed on the outside, out of the finish. He would also soon be out of ECW.
In November '98, the Beast From the East suddenly appeared at a WCW Monday Nitro show, not under contract (supposedly), and challenged Bill Goldberg, the undefeated phenom of WCW. The two tried to attack each other, but were separated by an army of security guards. Bigelow continued to call out Goldberg, even appearing at World War III '98 to try and go after the WCW World Champion. The two brawled outside of the WWIII #1 Contendership Match, while the participants inside stopped to watch. Security soon broke up that brawl as well, getting both competitors away from the ring. It wasn't long afterwards that Bigelow 'officially' signed a contract with WCW, if only to go after Goldberg. Bigelow got a crack at Goldberg at Starrcade '98, when he ran down during Goldberg's title defense against Kevin Nash. Thanks partially to Bigelow's distraction, Goldberg got tazered by Scott Hall and beaten for the first time, losing the gold.
Bigelow continued to go after Goldberg going into '99, while also dealing with another large wrestler, Wrath (Bryan Clark). The two met at Souled Out '99, with Bigelow's power allowing him to follow-up a Wrath mistake to land the Greetings From Ashbury Park for the win. Later on that night, after Goldberg had won a "Tazer" Match over Scott Hall, Bigelow again appeared, attacking Goldberg and beating him down. Hall also got involved, although it was against both men, tazering Bigelow AND Goldberg and igniting a three-way feud. Bigelow and Hall had a series of ladder matches, which clearly wasn't Bigelow's strong suit.
At Superbrawl IX, Bigelow and Goldberg finally met in the ring, with Bigelow looking to prove that he could hang with Da Man. It was a competitive match, but things ended badly for Bigelow, as Goldberg caught him with a Spear and a huge Jackhammer Suplex to get the win, keeping Bigelow from that decisive victory. In March '99, Bigelow's focus changed, as Hardcore Hak (formerly the Sandman in ECW) came to WCW and started up the Hardcore Division. Bigelow joined several wrestlers in proclaiming himself the most Hardcore in ECW. Tables, chairs, fire extinguishers, and other objects started becoming familiar sights in the wrestling ring. Bigelow, Hak, and Raven fought it out in a "Three Way Hardcore" Match at Uncensored '99, with a lot of different weapons being used. The biggest weapon, though, was a surprise, as Chastity, Raven's sister, turned on him, spraying him with a fire extinguisher and joining with Hak, who got the pin.
Bigelow stayed involved in the new division over the next month, and got a rematch against Hak at Spring Stampede '99. This time, Bigelow came out on top, landing the Greetings From Ashbury Park through a table to take out Hak. This allowed Bam-Bam to start calling himself the "King of Extreme", making him the 'unofficial' champion of the Hardcore division. He later defended the 'title' against Brian Knobbs at Slamboree '99, with Bigelow surviving a Knobbs' elbow from the balcony to come back and suplex Knobbs through a table for the victory. Once again, Bigelow had proven himself the "King of Extreme".
In late May '99, Bigelow began teaming with Diamond Dallas Page, as the two apparently knew each other early in their lives (back in New Jersey). The two men formed a partnership and began fighting their way towards the WCW World Tag-Team Titles, which were held by Raven & Saturn. However, when the two teams were supposed to meet, Raven was injured, causing Kanyon to step in for him. Bigelow & DDP double-teamed Saturn for a while, then Saturn made the hot tag to Kanyon, who promptly fell to the mat after one punch! It was soon revealed that Kanyon had also joined Bigelow & DDP, forming the Triad (potentially a new version of the Triple Threat). This made Bigelow & Page the WCW World Tag-Team Champions (with Kanyon as a substitute defender).
A few weeks later, Bigelow & Page were beaten by Chris Benoit & Saturn, losing the tag-team titles. However, the Triad got a re-match soon after at the '99 Great American Bash, with Page & Kanyon doing the wrestling. Bigelow got involved as well, though, sneaking into the ring while the ref was distracted with Dean Malenko (who was feuding with Benoit at the time) and helping Page take out Benoit to allow the pin. This allowed Bigelow to lay claim to a second WCW World Tag-Team Title run, along with his two allies in the Triad.
The Triad continued to defend the tag belts into the next month, defeating Benoit & Saturn again at Bash at the Beach '99 with a Diamond Cutter-Greetings From Ashbury Park combination. This was a big victory, but it also foreshadowed a new problem for the Triad: the reformation of Harlem Heat. Although Bigelow, DDP, & Kanyon tried many tricks, they were finally overcome, as Bigelow & Kanyon lost the tag-team titles to Harlem Heat at Road Wild '99. Soon after, friction broke the Triad apart, as Bigelow, Kanyon, and DDP all fought one another over the next few months, without the fights making it to pay-per-view. Bigelow's role in the company was reduced, with his only major appearance left in the year coming in the WCW World Heavyweight Title Tournament in October '99, when Bigelow was shockingly beat by Norman Smiley in the first round. The rest of the year saw Bigelow stay in the background of WCW.
Bam-Bam emerged back into the PPV spotlight in February, when the official Hardcore Title was created for WCW. Bigelow claimed that he was still the King of Extreme, and that he deserved the belt. Opposing him, however, was former Nasty Boy Brian Knobbs, who had won the belt from Norman Smiley. At a regular show, Bam-Bam managed to take Knobbs down, winning his first WCW singles title. Knobbs wasn't through, though, and at Superbrawl X, the two Hardcore rivals met up, with Knobbs ending Bigelow's Hardcore Title run after only a few weeks. Bigelow's next step came when he opposed the new monster in WCW, the Wall. The Wall had apparently been brought to WCW by Bigelow, who was then shocked to see him slamming competitor after competitor through tables. Bigelow came to the defense of guys like David Flair and Crowbar, fighting the Wall at Uncensored '00. Bigelow won via DQ, but the Wall had the last laugh, taking Bigelow down, then tossing Crowbar off the top of the stage.
Soon after the battle against the Wall, Vince Russo and Eric Bischoff came back to WCW, creating the New Blood, a faction of youthful wrestlers who opposed the Millionaire's Club, the more experienced fighters. It seemed, though, that Bam-Bam didn't fit with either group. Instead, he tried to make his own waves at Spring Stampede '00, during the vacated WCW United States Heavyweight Title Tournament. First, he interrupted a Mike Awesome interview, who had just been announced as the mystery participant in the tournament. Awesome and Bigelow then brawled on the interview set. Later on, Awesome came out to face his first opponent in the tournament, Ernest "The Cat" Miller. However, Bigelow took out Miller in the back and took his place, fighting legally in the tournament. This lasted for about 5 minutes, before Miller came down from the back and took out Bigelow. In doing so, though, Miller left himself open, and Awesome won the match, moving on in the tournament.
Bigelow briefly feuded with Awesome for the next week or two, then headed down another path, one that came available due to two other individuals coming to WCW. Bigelow began joining Chris Candido and Shane Douglas when they came to the ring, eventually reforming the Triple Threat that had been so powerful in ECW. They made a tough force, but several events conspired to keep the group from their full potential. First, Candido was injured, taking him out of the ring and ruining the strength of the Triple Threat combination. The second event, though, had nothing to do with wrestling, and everything to do with how great a person Bam-Bam Bigelow truly was.
In July '00, Bigelow proved that wrestlers can be heroes without the benefit of storylines. Bigelow suffered second-degree burns over 40% of his body while saving children from a brush fire in New Jersey, heroically pulling them out despite his injuries. This earned Bigelow more respect than any wrestling match had ever given him. But it also put Bigelow on the shelf for a long time, as he recovered from the devastating burns. Bigelow returned to WCW television in November '00, throwing Crowbar, a man Bigelow had once stood up for, through a wall during a Crowbar interview. He then told Mean Gene Okerlund to let everyone know that the Beast from the East was back in WCW. Bigelow and Crowbar fought later in the show, with Bigelow winning via Greetings From Ashbury Park.
Bigelow soon renewed his feud with the Wall, who had joined the Misfits In Action and changed his name to AWOL. They fought at Mayhem '00, with AWOL taking the advantage due to his superior size. But when he tried to chokeslam Bigelow through a table, Bigelow reversed it into the Greetings From Ashbury Park and got the victory, ending the feud. It seemed, though, that Bigelow had been injured during the match, and was helped out on a stretcher. This proved to be a ruse, though, as Bigelow rose back up off the stretcher and attacked General Rection, who was coming out for the next match.
Bigelow then concentrated on the other man that had gotten away from him, "That 70s Guy" Mike Awesome. The two fought on and off for a few weeks, before deciding to have an Ambulance Match at Starrcade '00. It was a very heated match, which saw many hardcore aspects as the two battled around the ambulance. At one point, Bam-Bam missed a punch of Awesome, instead punching through one of the ambulance windows. This allowed Awesome to take control, but when he tried to clothesline Bigelow onto a table, Bigelow got a Back Body Drop instead. They eventually fought to the top of the ambulance, where Awesome hit Bigelow with a piece from the emergency vehicle, smashing him backwards. Bigelow then went through the roof of the ambulance, giving Awesome the win.
For the next few months after the defeat, Bigelow again disappeared from the main event scene, only wrestling occassionally during Nitros and Thunders. He finally started to come back in late February '01, when he began a feud with Sean Stasiak and his valet, Miss Hancock. They finally met at WCW Greed in March '01, in a match that was basically dominated by the Beast From The East. Bigelow hit his top-rope headbutt, then signaled for the Greetings From Ashbury Park. But before he could do it, the ref was distracted by Miss Hancock, who let down her hair. Miss Hancock also tossed Stasiak something behind the ref's back, which he sprayed into Bigelow's eyes. Blinded, Bigelow was easy pickings for a neckbreaker followed by the pin. Bigelow wasn't done, though, showing up at the next show and continuing to harrass Stasiak. The week before the Season Finale, Bigelow interrupted a Stasiak segment and said he wanted another shot at him, with the stipulation that "that sweet thing in the ring gets tattooed" if Stasiak loses. Stasiak quickly agreed, saying that Miss Hancock was fine with that. But Bigelow then said that he wasn't talking about her, and that Stasiak had just agreed to get tattooed if he fell to Bigelow.
At the Season Finale, which was to be the last night of WCW, Bigelow and Stasiak had another tough match. Bigelow brought a tatoo kit to the ring, just in case. Bam-Bam again dominated the match, but once again Miss Hancock proved to be the deciding factor, as she pulled Stasiak down out of the Greetings From Ashbury Park, allowing Stasiak to get his neckbreaker followed by the pinfall victory. Bigelow ended his run in WCW in defeat, but at least got a chance to say goodbye to the fans.
Bigelow wrestled various independent bookings after the fall of WCW, while contemplating retirement several times. Bigelow did a lot of wrestling with the USA Pro Wrestling organization, even winning the USA Pro Heavyweight Title in August '02 by defeating Balls Mahoney. The reign was a short one, as Mahoney regained the title a few weeks later. Bigelow would continue to wrestle in the USPW, as well as multiple other independent organizations, until he officially retired from pro wrestling in '04, opening up a restaurant in Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania called "Bam Bam Bigelow's Hamburger Joint".
In October '05, Bigelow made news again, but for tragic reasons. He and his girlfriend were in a bad motorcycle accident, with both having to be rushed to the hospital. There were definite concerns that, if the girlfriend passed away, Bigelow, who had lost control of the motorcycle, would be facing criminal charges. Both recovered from their injuries, though, and seemed to be continuing on in their lives. However, the shocking news came out on January 19th, 2007, that Scott "Bam Bam" Bigelow had been found dead in his apartment in Hudson, Florida. It was later announced that his death was due to multiple drugs in his system, including cocaine and benzodiazetine (which he had been taking for anxiety). He was also suffering from heart disease.
It seems pretty clear that the Beast From The East's legacy will always be part of pro wrestling. He is one of only a few wrestlers who can claim to have had a major effect on all three major wrestling organizations, winning titles in two of them. Scott Bigelow will always be remembered for his amazing agility for such a large man, as well as his heroic courage that was proven outside of the wrestling ring. He was 45.
Pay-Per-View/Show Summary: (54 - 44, 2 NCs, 1 DCO, 1 Draw)
- Memphis Mid-South Coliseum (June 28, '86) = Bigelow lost, via DQ, to the CWA International Heavyweight Champion, Jerry Lawler. Later that night, Bigelow won a "Battle Royal" to become the AWA Southern Heavyweight Champion.
- WCCW 3rd Cotton Bowl Extravaganza (October 12, '86) = Crusher Yurkoff pinned Brian Adias.
- WCCW Thanksgiving Star Wars '86 (November 27) = Yurkoff retained the WCCW Television Title, fighting to a Draw with Steve Simpson.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (February '87) = Bigelow lost, via DQ, to Antonio Inoki.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (April '87) = Bigelow lost, via countout, to Tatsumi Fujinami.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August '87) = Bigelow was pinned by the IWGP Champion, Antonio Inoki.
- WWF Saturday Night's Main Event #13 (November 11, '87) = Bigelow defeated Hercules.
- WWF Survivor Series '87 (November 26) = Bigelow, Hulk Hogan, Paul Orndorff, Ken Patera, & Don Muraco fought in an Elimination Match against Andre the Giant, King Kong Bundy, the One Man Gang, Butch Reed, & Rick Rude. Bigelow was eliminated by Andre the Giant, who was the sole "survivor".
- WWF Wrestlemania IV (March 27, '88) = Bigelow lost, via Countout, to the One Man Gang.
- NJPW Tokyo Dome '89 (Egg Dome '89) = Bigelow was defeated by Salman Hashimikov.
- NJPW "New Japan in U.S.S.R." (December '89) = Bigelow pinned Vladimir Berkovich.
- Tri-State (Philly) Winter Challenge (January '90) = Bigelow and Terry Gordy battled to a Double Countout.
- Tri-State (Philly) Spring Spectacular (March '90) = Bigelow was defeated by Tully Blanchard in a Steel Cage match.
- NJPW Tokyo Dome '90 (Super Fight) = Bigelow was beaten by Koji Kitao.
- NWA Capital Combat (May 19, '90) = Bigelow, Cactus Jack, & Kevin Sullivan fell to Norman & the Road Warriors.
- NWA Clash of the Champions XI (June 13, '90) = Bigelow lost, via DQ, to Tommy Rich.
- NJPW Budokan Hall (June '90) = Bigelow took out Toshiaki Kawada.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (June 26, '90) = Bigelow fought to a No-Contest with Steve Williams.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August '90) = Bigelow & the Soultaker were beaten by Shinya Hashimoto & Masa Saito.
- NJPW "Inoki's 30th Wrestling Anniversary" (September '90) = Bigelow lost, via Countout, to Shinya Hashimoto.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (December '90) = Bigelow & Bad News Allen fell to Keiji Mutoh & Masa Chono.
- NJPW Starrcade '91 in Egg Dome (March) = Bigelow & Big Van Vader defeated Doom.
- UWF Beach Brawl (June '91) = Bigelow was pinned by Steve Williams, who won the 1st UWF TV Title.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August 9, '91) = Bigelow defeated Riki Choshu.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August 10, '91) = Bigelow was beaten by Masa Chono, eliminating him from the G-1 Climax '91 Tournament.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August 11, '91) = Bigelow, Big Van Vader & Scott Norton defeated Kensuke Sasaki, Hiroshi Hase & Tatsumi Fujinami.
- NJPW Super Grade Tag League '91 (October 5-17, '91) = Bigelow & Masa Chono competed in the League. They lost to Tatsumi Fujinami and Big Van Vader in the Semi-Finals. Fujinami and Vader went on to win the League.
- NJPW "20th Aniversary Show" (March '92) = Bigelow & Big Van Vader won the IWGP Tag-Team Belts from Hiro Hase & Keiji Mutoh.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (April '92) = Bigelow & Big Van Vader defeated Keiji Mutoh & Masa Chono.
- NJPW Budokan Hall (June '92) = Bigelow & Big Van Vader were beaten by the Steiner brothers.
- NJPW G1 Climax '92 (August 6-12, '92) = Bigelow lost in the first round to Scott Norton.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August 10, '92) = Bigelow & Tony Halme defeated Jim Neidhart & the Barbarian.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August 11, '92) = Bigelow & Scott Norton beat Barry Windham & Tony Halme.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August 12, '92) = Bigelow, Scott Norton & Tony Halme won over Jim Neidhart, Barry Windham & the Barbarian.
- NJPW Super Grade Tag League II (October 8-21, '92) = Bigelow & Keiji Mutoh competed in the League, which was won by Riki Choshu & Shinya Hashimoto.
- WWF Royal Rumble '93 (January 24) = Bigelow defeated the Big Boss Man.
- WWF King of the Ring '93 (June 13) = Bigelow beat Typhoon and "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan and was given a pass in the Semis, but lost to Bret Hart in the Finals of the KOTR tournament.
- WWF Summerslam '93 (August 30) = Bigelow & the Headshrinkers were defeated by Tatanka & the Smoking Gunns.
- WWF Survivor Series '93 (November 24) = Bigelow, Bastion Booger, & the Headshrinkers fought in an Elimination Match against the Bushwhackers & Men On A Mission (Team Doink). Bigelow was pinned by all 4 members of Team Doink. The entire team "survived".
- WWF Royal Rumble '94 (January 22) = Bigelow was beaten by Tatanka. Later that night, Bigelow competed in the Royal Rumble, which was won by Lex Luger and Bret Hart.
- WWF Wrestlemania X (March 20, '94) = Bigelow & Luna Vachon defeated Doink & Dink.
- WWF King of the Ring '94 (June 16) = Bigelow defeated Sparky Plug but was beaten by Razor Ramon. Owen Hart won the KOTR Tournament.
- WAR Sumo Hall (July '94) = Bigelow, Genichiro Tenryu, & Atsushi Onita defeated Vampiro, Lionheart, & the Warlord and Kendo Nagasaki, Arashi & Masashi Aoyagi, then beat Ashura Hara, Ginsei Shinzaki, and John Tenta in the finals to win the 6-Man Tag Tournament.
- WWF Summerslam '94 (August 29) = Bigelow & IRS won, via DQ, over the Headshrinkers.
- WWF Survivor Series '94 (November 24) = Bigelow, King Kong Bundy, Tatanka, & the Heavenly Bodies fought in an Elimination Match against Lex Luger, Adam Bomb, Mabel, & the Smoking Gunns. Bigelow & Bundy "survived".
- WAR Sumo Hall (December '94) = Bigelow beat Koki Kitihara and Vampiro in two back-to-back matches.
- WWF World Tag-Team Title Tournament (January '95) = Bigelow & Tatanka defeated Men On A Mission and the Headshrinkers to get to the Finals of the Tournament.
- WWF Royal Rumble '95 (January 22) = Bigelow & Tatanka lost to Bob Holly & the 1-2-3 Kid in the Finals for the vacant Tag-Team Titles match.
- WWF Wrestlemania XI (April 2, '95) = Bigelow was pinned by Lawrence Taylor.
- WWF In Your House I (May 14, '95) = Bigelow defeated Tatanka in a Dark Match.
- WWF King of the Ring '95 (June 25) = Bigelow & Diesel beat Psycho Sid & Tatanka.
- WWF In Your House II (July 23, '95) = Bigelow beat Henry Godwinn.
- WWF In Your House III (September 24, '95) = Bigelow was pinned by the British Bulldog.
- WWF In Your House IV (October 22, '95) = Bigelow & Savio Vega lost to Yokozuna & Owen Hart in a Dark Match.
- WWF Survivor Series '95 (November 19) = Bigelow was beaten by Goldust.
- ECW Ultimate Jeopardy '96 (October 5) = Bigelow pinned Terry Gordy.
- WAR Crush Night in Osaka (October '96) = Bigelow, Yoji Anjoh, & Hiromichi Fuyuki defeated Nobuhiko Takada, Yuki Sano, & Masahito Kakihara to win the WAR Six Man Tag-Team Titles.
- U-Japan (November '96) = Bigelow submitted to Kimo.
- WAR at Sumo Hall (December '96) = Bigelow & Nobukazu Hirai beat Arashi & Osamu Tachihikari.
- ECW Chapter 11 (May 10, '97) = The Triple Threat (Bigelow & Shane Douglas) won over the Pitbulls.
- ECW Orgy of Violence (June 28, '97) = Bigelow took down Pitbull #2.
- ECW Heat Wave '97 (July 17) = The Triple Threat (Bigelow & Chris Candido) beat Chris Chetti & Balls Mahoney.
- ECW Born To Be Wired (August 9, '97) = Bigelow fell to Spike Dudley.
- ECW Hardcore Heaven '97 (August 17) = Bigelow defeated Spike Dudley.
- ECW As Good As It Gets (September 20, '97) = Bigelow pinned Spike Dudley.
- ECW Fright Fight (October 31, '97) = Bigelow retained the ECW Heavyweight Title, taking down Spike Dudley.
- ECW Ultimate Jeopardy '97 (November 8) = Bigelow kept the ECW Heavyweight Championship, defeating Shane Douglas.
- ECW November to Remember '97 (November 30) = Bigelow lost the ECW Heavyweight Title to Shane Douglas.
- ECW House Party '98 (January 10) = Bigelow fell to Rob Van Dam.
- ECW Hostile City Showdown '98 (January 31, '98) = Bigelow & Taz fought to a No-Contest with Shane Douglas, Chris Candido, & Lance Storm.
- ECW Cyberslam '98 (February 21) = The Triple Threat (Bigelow & Shane Douglas) beat Rob Van Dam & Sabu.
- ECW Living Dangerously (March 1, '98) = Bigelow won the ECW Television Title from Taz.
- FMW Entertainment Wrestling Live (April '98) = Bigelow defeated Masato Tanaka.
- ECW Wrestlepalooza '98 (May 3) = Bigelow defeated New Jack.
- ECW A Matter of Respect '98 (May 16) = Bigelow pinned Al Snow.
- ECW Heat Wave (August 2, '98) = Bigelow was forced to submit to the FTW Champ Taz in a "Falls Count Anywhere" Match.
- ECW November to Remember '98 (November 1) = The Triple Threat (Bigelow, Shane Douglas, & Chris Candido) were beaten by Rob Van Dam, Sabu, & Taz.
- WCW Souled Out '99 (January 17) = Bigelow defeated Wrath.
- WCW Superbrawl IX (February 21, '99) = Bigelow was pinned by Bill Goldberg.
- WCW Uncensored '99 (March 14) = Bigelow lost a "Three-Way Hardcore" Match to Hardcore Hak. Raven was the other participant.
- WCW Spring Stampede '99 (April 11) = Bigelow won a "Hardcore" Match over Hardcore Hak.
- WCW Slamboree '99 (May 9) = Bigelow won a "Hardcore" Match over Brian Knobbs.
- WCW Bash at the Beach '99 (July 11) = The Triad (Bigelow, Diamond Dallas Page, & Kanyon) retained the WCW World Tag-Team Titles, beating Chris Benoit & Perry Saturn.
- WCW Road Wild '99 (August 14) = The Triad (Bigelow & Kanyon) lost the WCW World Tag-Team Titles to Harlem Heat.
- WCW Superbrawl X (February 20, '00) = Bigelow fell to Brian Knobbs, who got the new Hardcore Title.
- WCW Uncensored '00 (March 19) = Bigelow won, via DQ, over the Wall.
- WCW Mayhem '00 (November 26) = Bigelow defeated AWOL.
- WCW Starrcade '00 (December 17) = Bigelow lost an "Ambulance" Match to Mike Awesome.
- WCW Greed (March 18, '01) = Bigelow was beaten by Sean Stasiak.
- PCW Toms River Show (June 29, '02) = Bigelow defeated Julio Dinero.
- USPW Deer Park Destruction IV (August 17, '02) = Bigelow won the USA Pro Heavyweight Title, beating Balls Mahoney.
- USPW Invasion of North Shore Day Camp (August 19, '02) = Bigelow retained the USA Pro Heavyweight Title, winning a "Three Way" Match over Norman Smiley and the Wall.
- 3PW Babes, Belts, & Blood (August 24, '02) = Bigelow lost a "Triple Threat" Match to Kevin Sullivan. Dusty Rhodes was the other participant.
- USPW Guilty Until Proven Innocent (August 30, '02) = Bigelow lost the USA Pro Heavyweight Title to Balls Mahoney.
- Superstars & Legends Jersey City Show (September 21, '02) = Bigelow beat the Wall.
- USPW Halloween Heat 2 (October 19, '02) = Bigelow won a "Three Falls" Match over Balls Mahoney.
- 3PW Year-End Mayhem (December 28, '02) = Bigelow fell to Abdullah the Butcher.
- USPW Now or Never (June 27, '03) = Bigelow, Crowbar, & the Masked Maniac defeated Danny Yams, Psycho, & Rayze.
- USPW Fan Fest (July 20, '03) = Bigelow & the Masked Maniac beat Lizard Slong & Wang.
- USPW End Of An Era (November 29, '03) = Bigelow & Chris Candido took down Simon Diamond & Matt Striker.
- USPW Deadly Sins (May 14, '04) = Bigelow competed in the Big Dick Dudley Memorial Gauntlet Match, which was won by EC Negro & KC Blade.
- AWA Southern Heavyweight Champion (7/28/86 - 9/08/86)
- WCCW Television Champion (10/20/86 - 12/01/86)
- IWGP Tag-Team Champion w/ Big Van Vader (3/1/92 - 6/26/92)
- N.E.W. (Northeast Wrestling) Heavyweight Champion (3/16/96 - 10/98)
- USA Universal Superstars of American Champion (5/18/96 - ??)
- WAR World 6-Man Tag-Team Champions w/ Hiromichi Fuyuki and Youji Anjoh (10/11/96 - 10/28/96)
- ECW World Heavyweight Champion (10/16/97 - 11/30/97)
- ECW World Television Champion (3/1/98 - 4/4/98)
- WCW World Tag-Team Champions w/ Diamond Dallas Page (5/31/99 - 6/10/99)
- WCW World Tag-Team Champions(2) w/ Diamond Dallas Page & Kanyon (Triad) (6/13/99 - 8/14/99)
- WCW Hardcore Champion (2/07/00 - 2/20/00)
- USPW Heavyweight Champion (8/17/02 - 8/30/02)
PWI Achievement Awards: (0 wins, 1 1st RU, 0 2nd RUs, 1 3rd RU)
- 1986 Rookie of the Year, 1st Runner-Up
- 1998 Match of the Year, 3rd Runner-Up (Bigelow vs. Taz)