Steve "Mongo" McMichael

Height: 6'2"

Weight: 270 lbs

Real Name: Steve McMichael

DOB: 10/17/1957

Hometown: Austin, Texas

Other Names: None

Wrestler Since: 1996

Finishing Maneuver: Spike Piledriver

Previous PWI 500 Rankings: #190(1998), #300(1996)

Other Related Websites:
The Four Horsemen - Rollercoaster Bio
Steve McMichael - Online World of Wrestling Bio
Steve McMichael - Wikipedia Bio

History: McMichael was one of those few non-wrestling sports stars to become, and stay, a wrestler. McMichael's football career lasted approximately 15 years, most of which was with the Chicago Bears. He earned a Super Bowl ring in 1985, and was a two-time Pro Bowler as a Defensive Tackle. After nine knee operations, McMichael was forced to give up football, and in 1996 he appeared in WCW along with Kevin Greene, another football player-turned-wrestler.

When Debra McMichael (Steve's wife at the time) approached Steve with a lot of money, Steve joined the Four Horsemen along with Arn Anderson, Ric Flair, and Chris Benoit, betraying Greene. He soon became embroiled in a major feud with Jeff Jarrett, which culminated in McMichael winning the United States title from Double J in August '97. McMichael also had feuds with his "wife" and with Bill Goldberg. One of the things conveniently forgotten in Goldberg's undefeated streak is that at World War III, McMichael coldcocked him with a steel pipe and retrieved his Super Bowl ring (although officially Goldberg did not get a loss, since he never made it to the ring). McMichael would hold the US Title until the "death" of the Horsemen, losing it to Horsemen-Betrayer Curt Hennig in September.

After the loss to Hennig, McMichael sat out for a couple of months with an arm injury. Upon his return, he had a feud with the British Bulldog, among others. McMichael also became the one trying the hardest to reform the IV Horsemen, pleading with Arn Anderson to bring back one of the greatest stables ever formed. His efforts were soon shown to be successful, as Ric Flair and the IV Horsemen returned during a Monday Nitro in September '98. However, the reformation of the Horsemen did not help McMichael's career. At a Monday Nitro, while defending Flair, McMichael had some unknown liquid thrown in his eyes by Hollywood Hogan. He hasn't been seen in the wrestling ring since then. It was later announced over the Internet that "Mongo" had been released from WCW. McMichael later retired from the wrestling business, leaving it all behind. It has been said that he is now more of a recluse, not even showing up during the 15th anniversary of Chicago's Super Bowl victory. Still, McMichael will always be remembered as one of the toughest Horsemen.

Pay-Per-View Summary: (7 - 14)
- WCW Great American Bash '96 = McMichael and Kevin Greene lost to Ric Flair and Arn Anderson.
- WCW Bash At The Beach '96 = McMichael defeated Joe Gomez.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '96 = McMichael and Chris Benoit won over Meng and the Barbarian.
- WCW World War III '96 = McMichael competed in the "3 Ring Battle Royal", which was won by the Giant.
- WCW Superbrawl VII ('97) = McMichael lost to Jeff Jarrett.
- WCW Uncensored '97 = McMichael teamed with "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, Chris Benoit, and Jeff Jarrett to form Team Piper, who wrestled Team nWo (Hollywood Hogan, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, and "Macho Man" Randy Savage) and Team WCW (Lex Luger, The Giant, and Scott Steiner) in a Triangle Elimination Match. McMichael was the 3rd man eliminated (by Hall, over the top rope).
- WCW Spring Stampede '97 = Mongo and Jeff Jarrett were defeated by Public Enemy.
- WCW Slamboree '97 = McMichael pinned Reggie White.
- WCW Great American Bash '97 = McMichael was beaten by Kevin Greene.
- WCW Bash At The Beach '97 = McMichael lost to then-WCW US Champion Jeff Jarrett.
- WCW Road Wild '97 = McMichael and Chris Benoit won an "Elimination" Match with Jeff Jarrett and Dean Malenko.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXXV (August '97) = McMichael won the WCW United States Title from Jeff Jarrett.
- WCW Fall Brawl '97 = McMichael, with Ric Flair, Chris Benoit, and Curt Hennig, lost a War Games Match to Kevin Nash, Konnan, "Buff" Bagwell, and Syxx.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '97 = McMichael was defeated by Alex Wright.
- WCW World War III '97 = After knocking out Bill Goldberg before the match began, McMichael then defeated Alex Wright. Later in the night, McMichael competed in the "3 Ring Battle Royal", which was won by Scott Hall.
- WCW Starrcade '97 = McMichael was defeated by Bill Goldberg.
- WCW Boston Brawl (January '98) = McMichael defeated Greg "The Hammer" Valentine.
- WCW Superbrawl VIII ('98) = McMichael was TKO'ed by the British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith.
- WCW Road Wild '98 = McMichael defeated Bryan Adams.
- WCW World War III '98 = Mongo competed in the "3 Ring Battle Royal", which was won by Kevin Nash.

Title Summary:
- WCW United States Heavyweight Champion (8/21/97 - 9/15/97)

PWI Achievement Awards: (0 wins, 2 1st RUs, 0 2nd RUs, 0 3rd RUs)
- 1996 Rookie of the Year, 1st Runner-Up
- 1997 Most Improved Wrestler, 1st Runner-Up