Tommy Rich



Height: 6'3"

Weight: 240 lbs

Real Name: Thomas Richardson

DOB: 7/26/56

Hometown: Hendersonville, Tennessee

Other Names: "The Big Don", "Wildfire", Mr. R

Wrestler Since: 1974

Finishing Maneuver: Lou Thesz Press

Previous PWI 500 Rankings: #333(1998), #204(1997), #95(1996), #161(1995), #89(1994), #374(1993), #115(1992)

History: (Under Construction)

Pay-Per-View/Show Summary: (32 - 34, 4 DCOs, 2 NCs, 1 Draw)
- Georgia Tag Team Title Tournament (November 23, '78) = Rich & Rick Martel defeated the Islanders, then fell to the eventual winners, Terry & Dory Funk Jr.
- Georgia Tag Team Title Tournament (May 18, '79) = Rich & Wahoo McDaniel won over the Briscos, Dusty Rhodes & Dick Slater and Ole Anderson & Ivan Koloff.
- Mid-South Superdome Extravaganza (July 4, '81) = Rich lost to the Mid-South Louisiana Champion, the Super Destroyer.
- Mid-South Superdome Extravaganza (July 16, '83) = Rich defeated Kimala.
- Georgia Crockett Cadillac Cup '83 (August 27) = Rich beat Bob Orton Jr, then fell to Buzz Sawyer. Mr Wrestling II won the tournament.
- Georgia The Last Battle of Atlanta (October 23, '83) = Rich won a "Steel Cage" Match over Buzz Sawyer. Paul Ellering was suspended above the ring.
- Georgia National Tag Team Title Tournament (November 18, '84) = Rich & Randy Savage lost in the first round to the eventual winners, Bill & Scott Irwin.
- USWA Southern Tag-Team Title Tournament (November 10, '86) = Rich & Jerry Lawler beat Boy Tony & the Ninja, then fell to Jonathan Boyd & Bigfoot. Jeff Jarrett & Billy Travis won the tournament.
- USWA Southern Tag-Team Title Tournament (June 8, '87) = Rich & Austin Idol defeated Rocky Johnson & Giant Hillbilly, then were beaten by the eventual winners, Mark Starr & Billy Travis.
- AJPW Real World Tag League '88 (November/December) = Rich & Dick Slater competed in the league, which was won by Stan Hansen & Terry Gordy.
- CWA Tag-Team Title Tournament (March 13, '89) = Rich & Buddy Landel fell in the first round to Jimmy Valiant & Jeff Jarrett. Tracey Smothers & John Paul won the tournament.
- NWA Clash of the Champions VIII (September 12, '89) = Rich lost to the NWA United States Champion, Lex Luger.
- NWA Clash of the Champions IX (November 15, '89) = Rich & Eddie Gilbert were beaten by Doom.
- NWA U.S. Tag Team Title Tournament (January/February '90) = Rich & Eddie Gilbert fell in the first round to the Freebirds. Brian Pillman & Tom Zenk won the tournament.
- NWA Capital Combat (May 19, '90) = Rich & Mike Rotunda were beaten by Fatu & Samoan Savage.
- NWA Clash of the Champions XI (June 13, '90) = Rich won, via DQ, over Bam Bam Bigelow.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XII (September 5, '90) = Rich pinned Bill Irwin.
- WCW Starrcade '90 (December 16) = Rich & Ricky Morton defeated the Freebirds.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XIV (January 31, '91) = Rich & Allen Iron Eagle were beaten by the Freebirds.
- WCW The Omni (February 17, '91) = Rich, Ricky Morton & the Junkyard Dog won the WCW 6-Man Tag Titles, beating Buddy Landell, Dutch Mantell & Dr. X.
- WCW WrestleWar '91 (February 24) = Rich, Ricky Morton & the Junkyard Dog defended the WCW 6-Man Tag Championship, winning over Buddy Lee Parker, James Earl Wright & the Big Cat.
- WCW Superbrawl I (May 19, '91) = Rich fell to Nikita Koloff.
- WCW The Omni (May 26, '91) = Rich was pinned by Stan Hansen.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XV (June 14, '91) = Rich fell to the Diamond Stud.
- WCW The Omni (June 23, '91) = Rich, Tracey Smothers & Steve Armstrong lost to the Fabulous Freebirds.
- WCW The Omni (February 9, '92) = Rich pinned Joey Maggs.
- USWA Memphis Memories (March 7, '94) = Rich won, via DQ, over Jimmy Valiant. Later on, Rich competed in a "Four Corners" Match, which was won by Jerry Lawler.
- USWA Memphis Memories II (June 10, '94) = Rich & Doug Gilbert defeated Brian Christopher & Bill Dundee and Jerry Lawler & Jimmy Valiant, then fell in the finals of the Best of Memphis Tag Tournament to the Fabulous Ones.
- USWA Heavyweight Title Tournament (October 3, '94) = Rich fought to a Draw with Jerry Lawler, then won, via DQ, over Brian Christopher. Finally, Rich defeated Moondog Rex and Buddy Landell to win the vacated title.
- SMW SuperBowl of Wrestling (August 4, '95) = Rich & Terry Gordy beat Boo Radley & the Mongolian Stomper.
- SMW Fire on the Mountain '95 (August 12) = Rich lost a "Blindfold" Match to Buddy Landell. Later on, Rich competed in a Battle Royal, which ended in a No-Contest. Next, Rich & the Punisher won a "Falls Count Anywhere" Match over Boo Bradley & Brian Armstrong.
- SMW Harriman Show (October 5, '95) = Rich fought to a Double Countout with Buddy Landel.
- SMW Paintsville Show (October 6, '95) = Rich fought to a Double Countout with Buddy Landel.
- SMW Barbourville Show (October 7, '95) = Rich fought to a Double Countout with Buddy Landel.
- SMW Harlan Show (October 9, '95) = Rich was pinned by Flash Flanagan. Later on, Rich lost, via countout, to Flash Flanagan. Finally, Rich lost, via DQ, to Buddy Landell.
- SMW Oncida Show (October 13, '95) = Rich fought to a Double Countout with Buddy Landell.
- SMW Defiance Show (October 14, '95) = Rich fell to Buddy Landell.
- SMW Halloween Scream (October 20, '95) = Rich won a "Chain" Match over Buddy Landell.
- SMW Halloween Scream (October 21, '95) = Rich won a "Falls Count Anywhere" Match over Buddy Landell.
- SMW Halloween Scream (October 26, '95) = Rich lost, via countout, to Buddy Landell.
- SMW Halloween Scream (October 27, '95) = Rich won a "First Blood" Match over Buddy Landell.
- SMW Halloween Scream (October 28, '95) = Rich lost a "Barbed Wire" Match to Buddy Landell.
- SMW Cumberland Show (November 6, '95) = Rich & the Punisher lost, via DQ, to Buddy Landell & Bobby Blaze. Later on, Rich beat the Carolina Kid.
- SMW Lenoir Show (November 9, '95) = Rich lost a "Steel Cage" Match to Buddy Landell.
- SMW Oakridge Show (November 10, '95) = Rich beat Tracey Smothers.
- SMW Morristown Show (November 11, '95) = Rich lost a "Steel Cage" Match to Buddy Landell.
- SMW Thanksgiving Thunder '95 (November 23) = Rich & the Punisher were beaten by Buddy Landell & the Bullet.
- SMW Thanksgiving Thunder '95 (November 25) = Rich won the SMW Heavyweight Title from Brad Armstrong. Later on, Rich & the Punisher fell to Buddy Landell & the Bullet.
- NWA 1st Annual Eddie Gilbert Memorial Brawl (February 3, '96) = Rich lost to Johnny Gunn.
- ECW House Party '97 (January 11) = Rich & Ricky Morton were beaten by the Gangstas. Later on, Rich defeated Ricky Morton.
- ECW Crossing the Line Again (February 1, '97) = Rich was taken down by Terry Funk.
- ECW Hostile City Showdown '97 (March 15) = Rich & Little Guido won over Chris Chetti & Tracey Smothers.
- ECW Barely Legal '97 (April 30) = In a dark match, Rich & Little Guido fell to Chris Chetti & JT Smith.
- IWC Night of Legends '08 (April 12) = Rich fought to a No-Contest with Abdullah the Butcher.

Title Summary:
- NWA (Mid-America) Southern Heavyweight Champion(2) (74)
- NWA (Mid-America) World Six-Man Tag-Team Champion w/ Tojo Yamamoto & George Gulas (10/75 - 10/31/75)
- NWA (Mid-America) World Six-Man Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Tojo Yamamoto & George Gulas (11/75 - ??)
- NWA (Mid-America) Southern Heavyweight Champion(2) (76)
- NWA (Mid-America) Southern Tag-Team Champion w/ Bill Dundee (6/76 - 7/76)
- NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Champion (11/76 - 1/77)
- NWA Southeastern Tag-Team Champion w/ Bill Dundee (4/18/77 - 77)
- NWA Georgia Tag-Team Champion w/ Tony Atlas (11/77 - 77)
- NWA Georgia Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Stan Hansen (77 - 12/13/77)
- NWA Georgia Tag-Team Champion(3) w/ Thunderbolt Patterson (3/31/78 - 6/78)
- NWA Georgia Tag-Team Champion(4) w/ Rick Martel (10/13/78 - 10/27/78)
- NWA Georgia Tag-Team Champion(5) w/ Wahoo McDaniel (5/18/79 - 6/08/79)
- NWA Georgia Tag-Team Champion(6) w/ Stan Hansen (7/02/79 - 8/31/79)
- NWA Georgia Tag-Team Champion(7) w/ Crusher Lisowski (9/21/79 - 10/05/79)
- NWA Georgia Heavyweight Champion (10/26/79 - 12/07/79)
- NWA Georgia Television Champion (2/23/80 - 5/80)
- AWA Southern Heavyweight Champion(3) (9/80 - 1/81)
- AWA Southern Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Bill Dundee (12/22/80 - 2/02/81)
- AWA Southern Tag-Team Champion(3) w/ Bill Dundee (2/15/81 - 81)
- CWA World Tag-Team Champion w/ Bill Dundee (81)
- NWA World Heavyweight Champion (4/27/81 - 5/01/81)
- NWA Georgia Heavyweight Champion(2) (5/17/81 - 6/12/81)
- NWA Georgia Heavyweight Champion(3) (8/09/81 - 8/29/81)
- NWA Georgia National Heavyweight Champion (9/28/81 - 11/25/81)
- NWA Georgia National Heavyweight Champion(2) (1/17/82 - 3/82)
- NWA Georgia National Heavyweight Champion(3) (4/82 - 5/02/82)
- AWA Southern Tag-Team Champion(4) w/ Eddie Gilbert (3/26/84 - 6/18/84)
- AWA International Heavyweight Champion (7/09/84 - 8/27/84)
- AWA Southern Heavyweight Champion(4) (7/16/84 - 7/30/84)
- AWA Southern Tag-Team Champion(5) w/ Dutch Mantel (9/15/84 - 10/01/84)
- NWA Continental Heavyweight Champion (8/02/85 - 9/23/85)
- NWA Southeastern Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Johnny Rich (2/17/86 - 3/16/86)
- NWA Southeastern Tag-Team Champion(3) w/ Steve Armstrong (6/09/86 - 6/23/86)
- WCW World Six-Man Tag-Team Champion w/ Ricky Morton & the Junkyard Dog (2/17/91 - 6/03/91)
- WCW World Six-Man Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Ricky Morton & Terry Taylor (10/08/91 - 11/91)
- USWA Heavyweight Champion (9/13/93 - 9/25/93)
- USWA Heavyweight Champion(2) (10/03/94 - 12/05/94)
- USWA Heavyweight Champion(3) (12/19/94 - 12/31/94)
- USWA World Tag-Team Champion w/ Doug Gilbert (1/09/95)
- USWA World Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Doug Gilbert (1/14/95 - 3/13/95)
- SMW Heavyweight Champion (11/25/95 - 12/26/95)
- USWA World Tag-Team Champion(3) w/ Doug Gilbert (1/03/96 - 1/13/96)
- USWA Heavyweight Champion(4) (1/13/96 - 2/14/96)
- USWA World Tag-Team Champion(4) w/ Doug Gilbert (2/28/96 - 3/25/96)
- AWF Tag-Team Champion w/ Greg Valentine (??/??/??)

PWI Achievement Awards: (3 wins, 1 1st RU, 2 2nd RUs, 1 3rd RU)
- 1978 Rookie of the Year
- 1979 Most Improved Wrestler
- 1981 Wrestler of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up
- 1981 Most Popular Wrestler
- 1982 Most Popular Wrestler, 1st Runner-Up
- 1983 Match of the Year, 3rd Runner-Up (Rich vs. Buzz Sawyer)
- 1987 Feud of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up (Rich & Austin Idol vs. Jerry Lawler)