Bobby Duncum, Jr.



Height: 6'5"

Weight: 260 lbs

Real Name: Bobby Duncum Jr.

DOB: 8/26/1965

DOD: 1/24/2000

Hometown: Austin, Texas

Other Names: None

Wrestler Since: 1990

Finishing Maneuver: Leg Drop, Full Nelson Slam

Previous PWI 500 Rankings: #202(1999), #260(1998), #292(1997)

Official Website: http://www.bobbyduncumjr.com/

History: Bobby Duncum Jr was another wrestler who followed the family business. His father, Bobby Sr, was a wrestler in the WWF in the '70s and early '80s, wrestling against the Heavyweight Champion, Bruno Sammartino. Duncum Jr first started out as a star football player with the Texas Longhorns, playing there for four years as a linebacker. He was later selected in the 1989 draft by the Houston Oilers, but decided to become a wrestler like his father instead. He did, however, later play some in Arena Football in 1993, along with his brother, Duane, being a player on the Dallas Texans while wrestling in independent Texas organizations.

Duncum began to make an impact in the Global Wrestling Federation, where he teamed with John Hawk (later known as Bradshaw) in 1992. The team, known as the Texas Mustangs, defeated Black Bart & Johnny Mantell for the GWF Tag-Team Titles in November '92. They held the belt for two months before losing them to Bad Breed (Ian & Axl Rotten). Duncum continued to wrestle in Texas organizations for a time, building his reputation as a regional star. Upon advice from his father, Duncum then headed overseas, wrestling many events with All Japan Pro Wrestling. He teamed occassionally with Stan Hansen, including competing in the Real World Tag League in 1997. Growing in experience, Duncum returned to the states to work some dates with Extreme Championship Wrestling, which was just growing in fame at the time. After spending a few months there, Duncum later signed to wrestle with World Championship Wrestling.

In November '98, Duncum began making an impact in WCW. With his cowbell, cowboy hat, and bullrope, Duncum became a major contender for the Television Title, which was around the waist of Chris Jericho. The two wrestlers feuded for a month, which included Duncum, at one point, hog-tying Jericho, who had claimed that he hated cowboys, since that was his first gimmick. The title match was signed for World War III '98. During the match, Duncum dominated, although Jericho did at one point cinch on the Liontamer submission hold. Duncum fought out of it and retook the advantage, but was then distracted by Jericho's 'security guard', Ralphus. This allowed Jericho to get a hold of his TV Title and knock out Duncum with it, getting the victory. Duncum continued to feud with Jericho for a few more weeks, and did manage to hog-tie Ralphus, but the feud eventually fell apart.

For the next few months going into 1999, Duncum wrestled with little success. He competed in the WCW World Tag-Team Title Double-Elimination Tournament in January, teaming up with "Mean" Mike Enos. The duo were beaten by Barry Windham & Curt Hennig, then rebounded to take down Meng & the Barbarian (due to problems between the two Faces of Fear). But Duncum was injured soon after, and was replaced on the team by Scotty Riggs. Enos & Riggs were eliminated from the tournament by Dean Malenko & Chris Benoit, while Duncum recuperated from his injuries. He later moved to Saturday Night shows, where he had a nice feud going with Kenny Kaos (of High Voltage) before Kaos got injured. Duncum then languished in obscurity, wrestling the occassional match, until the West Texas Rednecks came along.

In the summer of '99, Curt Hennig began his tirade against rap music, saying that country music was the way it should be. Hennig then began to feud with Konnan & Rey Mysterio Jr, and was joined by Duncum, who shared Hennig's viewpoints. The two teams faced off at the Great American Bash, which had Barry Windham reappearing to help out Hennig and Duncum. But, due to Master P and his bodyguards, Mysterio Jr and Konnan came out with the victory. This caused the feud to erupt, with the No-Limit Soldiers joining together to fight Duncum, Hennig, and Barry & Kendall Windham. Hennig banded his group together as the West Texas Rednecks, even putting out a "top" single, Rap Is Crap.

At Bash at the Beach, the four Rednecks fought in an Elimination match against Konnan, Mysterio, Swoll (one of the bodyguards) and "BA" Brad Armstrong. Duncum, unfortunately, was the first one to go, being taken out by Swoll. After a long bout, Swoll & Mysterio were the survivors, taking out Hennig. The Rednecks stayed united, however, despite the loss. They next started feuding with the Revolution members, especially Hennig, who was one of the more experienced in WCW. The groups met on more than one occasion (including a confrontation between Hennig and country music star Chad Brock). The Rednecks continued down their line, with music videos and the like, while the Revolution just looked tough. At Road Wild '99, Duncum Jr, Hennig, and Barry Windham faced Saturn, Shane Douglas, and Dean Malenko. Saturn got the win for his team, taking out Duncum with the DVD.

The West Texas Rednecks began spreading apart after that, as Duncum came down with a shoulder injury that eventually required surgery. This turned out to be the last time Duncum wrestled in the WCW ring. On January 24th, 2000, it was announced that Bobby Duncum Jr had passed away due to complications with his painkilling medication, given to him to help with the healing shoulder. Duncum was 34.

Pay-Per-View/Show Summary: (5 - 13)
- AJPW Budokan Hall (June '95) = Duncum Jr & Doug Furnas were defeated by Johnny Ace & the Patriot.
- AJPW Budokan Hall (September '95) = Duncum Jr won over Kentaro Shiga.
- AJPW Budokan Hall (July '96) = Duncum Jr & Brian Dyette took down Chris & Mark Youngblood.
- AJPW Budokan Hall (October '96) = Duncum Jr, Johnny Ace, & Mauneukea Mossman beat Masao Inoue, Tamon Honda, & Takao Omori.
- AJPW Budokan Hall (June '97) = Duncum Jr & Giant Kimala II fell to Akira Taue & Tamon Honda.
- AJPW Budokan Hall (October '97) = Duncum Jr, Rex King, & Johnny Smith lost to Steve Williams, Gary Albright, & The Lacrosse.
- AJPW Real World Tag League '97 (November) = Duncum Jr & Stan Hansen competed in the league, which was won by Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue.
- AJPW Budokan Hall (December '97) = Duncum Jr, Stan Hansen & Takao Omori were beaten by Steve Williams, Gary Albright, & Barry Windham.
- AJPW Budokan Hall (February '98) = Duncum Jr & Stan Hansen defeated Takao Omori & Jun Izumida.
- ECW Arena (March '98) = Duncum Jr was defeated by Doug Furnas.
- AJPW Budokan Hall (June 12, '98) = Duncum Jr was beaten by Akira Taue.
- ECW Arena (June '98) = Duncum Jr won over Kronus.
- ECW Arena (July '98) = Duncum Jr was beaten by Mikey Whipwreck.
- AJPW Budokan Hall (September '98) = Duncum Jr & Stan Hansen fell to Gary Albright & Yoshihiro Takayama.
- WCW World War III '98 = Duncum Jr lost to the WCW Television Champion, Chris Jericho.
- WCW Great American Bash '99 = Duncum Jr & Curt Hennig were beaten by Rey Mysterio Jr & Konnan.
- WCW Bash at the Beach '99 = Duncum Jr, Curt Hennig, Barry & Kendall Windham fought Rey Mysterio Jr, Konnan, Brad Armstrong & Swoll in an "Elimination Match". Duncum Jr was eliminated by Swoll, who 'survived' along with Mysterio.
- WCW Road Wild '99 = Duncum Jr, Curt Hennig, & Barry Windham were defeated by Shane Douglas, Perry Saturn, & Dean Malenko.

Title Summary:
- GWF Tag-Team Champion w/ John Hawk (11/27/92)