Mike Rotunda


Height: 6'3"

Weight: 255 lbs

Real Name: Lawrence Rotunda

DOB: 3/30/1958

Hometown: Syracuse, New York

Other Names: Irwin R. Schyster or I.R.S. (WWF), Michael Wallstreet (WCW), V.K. Wallstreet (WCW), Mr. Wallstreet (NJPW), Mike Drond (NJPW)

Wrestler Since: 1981

Finishing Maneuver: Stock Market Crash, Write-Off

Previous PWI 500 Rankings: #241(2002), #116(2001), #263(2000), #257(1999), #124(1998), #210(1997), #177(1996), #88(1995), #26(1994), #52(1993), #54(1992), #39(1991)

Other Related Websites:
Money Inc. - Rollercoaster Bio
nWo - Rollercoaster Bio
Mike Rotundo - Online World of Wrestling Bio
Mike Rotunda - Wikipedia Bio

History: (Last Updated: 3/03/06)

Michael Rotundo has earned a lot of gold in various organizations over his long career. In 1983, he made waves in the Toronto NWA branch, where he defeated Magic Dragon, Jacques Goulet, and Don Kernodle in the Canadian Television Title Tournament, earning his first gold. He held it for two months before losing it in a rematch with Kernodle. He was also with the NWA Southern (FL) promotion during that time, and was twice the Heavyweight Champion there. Rotundo then continued to wrestle as himself in the WWF, and teamed with Barry Windham to form the US Express, a tag-team that took the WWF Tag-Team Titles 2 times in 1985. He wrestled in Florida again the next year, and was twice the Florida Heavyweight Champion, before the belt was abandoned. One of the belts that I'm unsure about is the NWA US Tag Belts. In one file, Rotunda is listed as Steve Williams' partner in early '89 as the NWA US Tag Champs. In another, Kevin Sullivan is listed as Williams' teammate. Either way, Williams and Rotunda would team up shortly.

Rotunda's fame began in WCW, as he became a member of the Varsity Club. In April '89, Rotunda and Williams won the NWA Tag-Team Titles from the Road Warriors. They held the belt for a month, until Rotunda opted to attack the special referee, Nikita Koloff, in one of their matches, which caused the titles to be vacated.

After losing the tag-team titles, Rotunda changed his name to Michael Wallstreet, and got himself a manager by the name of Alexandra York (now Marlena in WWF). This did not get him many title shots, however, and he soon left to go to the WWF, where he became I.R.S., and threatened all his opponents with "audits". He soon teamed with the Million Dollar Man (Ted DiBiase) to form Money, Inc. The two defeated The Legion of Doom (Road Warriors) to win the WWF Tag-Team Titles in February 1992. They held the belts for more than 5 months before losing to the Natural Disasters. Three months later, Money Inc. reclaimed their titles from the Natural Disasters, and were the champions for another 8 months before being dethroned by the Steiner Brothers.

Two days after losing to the Steiner Brothers, Money Inc. won the WWF Tag-Team title for a third time. Three days after that, the Steiner Brothers won over them again. Soon after, Ted DiBiase had a career-ending injury, and Money Inc. was no more. I.R.S. soon faded away, and Michael Wallstreet soon returned to WCW. Although DiBiase had joined the nWo, Wallstreet remained outside of their organization for a while. But when DiBiase offered him a contract with nWo, Mr. Wallstreet quickly signed up. When J.J. Dillon declared Wallstreet's contract void, Wallstreet continued to appear in a black shirt. He soon left for the New Japan faction of the nWo, and wrestled overseas for the next few years.

Near the end of '99, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan was feuding with the Revolution (Shane Douglas, Perry Saturn, Dean Malenko, & Asya), who had turned their backs on America. A match was set up between Duggan & the Revolution members, where if Duggan lost, he'd have to turn on America, while if the Revolution lost, they would take over his janitorial services. At the PPV, WCW Starrcade '99, the Revolution came out as a team, ready to win a "handicap" match. But Duggan had his own surprise, bringing out Rotunda, Rick Steiner, & Kevin Sullivan with him, as the reformed Varsity Club, who quickly cleared the ring of the Revolution members. However, the Varsity Club then turned on Duggan, taking him down and leaving, which allowed Shane Douglas to get the easy pinfall victory. The Varsity Club became a heel group for the next month, taking on various other tag-teams in WCW, as Rotunda & Steiner became the main members (with Sullivan as their manager/coach). They performed their old actions, doing push-ups and other workouts in the ring at the coach's orders. They also wore their old letter jackets. Rotunda also competed in the WCW World Tag-Team Title Tournament, being paired up with Buzzkill. They defeated Dean Malenko & Konnan in the first round, then lost to the Harris brothers. Not long after, the Varsity Club broke up again, and Rotunda soon headed back overseas, wrestling in both New Japan Pro Wrestling & All Japan Pro Wrestling for the next few years.

In 2004, Mike Rotunda announced his retirement from professional wrestling, leaving the sport behind. He did appear at one more event, reuniting the US Express with Barry Windham at Wrestle Reunion in January '05, but the duo lost to Larry Zbyszko & "The Outlaw" Ron Bass. Since then, Rotunda has not been seen in the wrestling industry.

Pay-Per-View/Show Summary: (45 - 42, 1 Draw)
- NWA (Toronto) Exhibition Stadium #2 (July '83) = Rotunda was pinned by Mid-Atlantic Champion Dory Funk, Jr.
- NWA (Toronto) Canadian Title Tournament (August '83) = Rotunda defeated Magic Dragon, Jacques Goulet, and Don Kernodle to become the Canadian Champion.
- Florida Title Tournament (December '83) = Rotunda beat the One Man Gang and Greg Valentine to win the tournament and the belt.
- Lords of The Ring (Florida) (June '84) = U.S. Express (Mike Rotunda and Barry Windham) retained the United States Titles by winning, via DQ, over the Road Warriors.
- WWF Wrestlemania I ('85) = U.S. Express lost the WWF Tag Titles to Nikolia Volkoff and the Iron Sheik.
- WWF Saturday Night's Main Event #1 (May '85) The U.S. Express and Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat defeated the Iron Sheik, George Steele and Nikolia Volkoff.
- WWF "Ohio State Fair Show" (August '85) = The U.S. Express defeated the Dream Team.
- AWA Wrestlerock (April 20, '86) = The U.S. Express defeated the Fabulous Ones.
- AWA/NWA Rage In A Cage (April 28, '86) = Rotunda won over Doug Sommers.
- Eddie Graham Memorial Show (May '87) = Rotunda retained the NWA Florida Championship by beating Kevin Sullivan.
- WWF King of the Ring Tournament (July 14, '86) = Rotundo was beaten by Pedro Morales. Harley Race won the tournament.
- WCW Clash of the Champions I (March '88) = Rotunda defended the NWA Television Title by defeating Jimmy Garvin in an "Amateur" Match.
- WCW Clash of the Champions II (June '88) = Rotunda and Rick Steiner lost to Jimmy Garvin and "Rugged" Ronnie Garvin.
- WCW Great American Bash '88 = Mike Rotunda, with Kevin Sullivan, Ivan Koloff, the Russian Assassin, and Al Perez lost to Hawk, Animal, Steve Williams, Jim Garvin and Ronnie Garvin in a "Tower of Doom" Match.
- WCW Clash of the Champions III (September '88) = Rotunda retained the NWA TV Title by fighting to a draw with Brad Armstrong.
- WCW Starrcade '88 = Mike Rotunda lost the NWA TV Title to Rick Steiner.
- WCW Clash of the Champions V (February '89) = UNSURE; Rotunda and Steve Williams retained the NWA United States Tag Belts by beating the Fantastics.
- WCW Chi-Town Rumble (February 20, '89) = Rotunda won the NWA TV Title back from Rick Steiner.
- WCW Clash of the Champions VI (April '89) = Rotunda and Williams won the NWA World Tag-Team Belts from the Road Warriors.
- WCW WrestleWar '89 = Rotunda and Williams lost, via DQ, to the Road Warriors. The two retained the NWA Tag Titles. Nikita Koloff was the special referee.
- WCW Clash of the Champions VII (June '89) = Rotunda and Kevin Sullivan defeated the Steiner Brothers.
- WCW Great American Bash '89 = Mike Rotunda was involved in the "Two-Ring King of the Hill Battle Royal" which was eventually won by Dan Spivey and Sid Vicious. Later in the night, Rotunda and Kevin Sullivan lost to the Steiner Brothers in a Texas Tornado Match.
- WCW Clash of the Champions VIII (September '89) = Rotunda lost to Steve Williams.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '89 = Rotunda was pinned by Tom Zenk.
- WCW Capital Combat (May '90) = Rotunda and Tommy Rich lost to Fatu and Samoan Savage.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XI (June '90) = Rotunda and Tom Zenk defeated Fatu and Samoan Savage.
- WCW Great American Bash '90 = Rotunda managed to pin the Iron Sheik.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XII (September '90) = Rotunda pinned Buddy Landell.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XIII (November '90) = Michael Wallstreet defeated the Starblazer (Tim Horner).
- WCW Starrcade '90 = Michael Wallstreet defeated Terry Taylor.
- WWF Summerslam '91 = Irwin R. Schyster(I.R.S.) won over Greg "The Hammer" Valentine.
- WWF King of the Ring Tournament (September 7, '91) = I.R.S. beat the Berserker, Jim Duggan and Jerry Sags, before losing to Bret Hart in the finals.
- WWF Survivor Series '91 = I.R.S. and the Natural Disasters fought in an "Elimination" Match against the Big Boss Man and the Legion of Doom. I.R.S. was eliminated by Animal. The Legion of Doom "survived".
- WWF Royal Rumble '92 = I.R.S. competed in the "Royal Rumble", which was won by Ric Flair.
- WWF Wrestlemania VIII ('92) = Money, Inc. (I.R.S. and Ted DiBiase) lost, via countout, to the Natural Disasters, but retained the WWF Tag Titles.
- WWF Summerslam '92 = Money, Inc. lost to the Legion of Doom.
- WWF Saturday Night's Main Event #31 (October '92) = Money, Inc. lost, via countout, to The Ultimate Warrior and "Macho Man" Randy Savage. Money Inc. retained the WWF Tag Titles.
- WWF Survivor Series '92 = Money, Inc. and the Beverly Brothers fought in a "Tag-Team Elimination" Match against the Nasty Boys and the Natural Disasters. Money, Inc. was eliminated when Sags pinned I.R.S. The Nasty Boys were the "survivors".
- WWF Royal Rumble '93 = I.R.S. competed in the "Royal Rumble", which was won by Yokozuna.
- WWF Wrestlemania IX ('93) = Money, Inc. won, via DQ, over Hulk Hogan and Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake. They retained the WWF Tag-Team Titles.
- WWF King of the Ring '93 = Money, Inc. and the Headshrinkers lost to the Smoking Gunns and the Steiner Brothers.
- WWF Summerslam '93 = I.R.S. beat the 1-2-3 Kid.
- WWF Survivor Series '93 = I.R.S., Diesel, Adam Bomb and "The Model" Rick Martel fought in an "Elimination" Match against the 1-2-3 Kid, Marty Jennetty, "Macho Man" Randy Savage and Razor Ramon. I.R.S. was eliminated by Ramon. Jannetty and the 1-2-3 Kid "survived".
- SMW Marietta Debut (March '94) = I.R.S. was defeated by Lex Luger.
- WWF King of the Ring '94 = I.R.S. defeated Mabel, but lost to Razor Ramon.
- WWF Summerslam '94 = I.R.S. and Bam Bam Bigelow won, via DQ, over the Headshrinkers.
- WWF Jacques Rougeau Retirement Show (October '94) = I.R.S. defeated Bob Holly.
- WWF Royal Rumble '95 = I.R.S. lost to the Undertaker.
- WWF King of the Ring '95 = I.R.S. lost to Savio Vega in a dark match.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '95 = V.K. Wallstreet was beaten by Craig Pittman in a dark match.
- WCW World War III '95 = V.K. Wallstreet competed in the "3 Ring Battle Royal", which was won by "Macho Man" Randy Savage.
- WCW Superbrawl VI ('96) = V.K. Wallstreet and Big Bubba Rogers defeated Joey Maggs and Craig Pittman in a dark match.
- WCW Slamboree '96 = V.K. Wallstreet and "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan defeated Steven Regal and Dave Taylor. Later in the night, the two lost to Dick Slater and Bobby Eaton.
- WCW Great American Bash '96 = Michael Wallstreet defeated Jim Powers in a Dark Match.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXXIII (August '96) = VK Wallstreet defeated "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan.
- WCW World War III '96 = M. Wallstreet competed in the "3 Ring Battle Royal", which was won by the Giant.
- WCW/nWo Souled Out '97 = Mr. Wallstreet was pinned by Jeff Jarrett.
- WCW Boston Brawl (January '98) = V.K. Wallstreet was pinned by the WCW Television Champ, Booker T.
- NJPW Top of the Super Junior '98 (May 16 - June 3, '98) = Michael Wallstreet and Scott Norton lost in the Semis to Kensuke Sasaki and Yuji Nagata, who won the League.
- NJPW IWGP Tag Title Tournament '98 (June 3-5, '98) = V.K. Wallstreet and Big Titan lost in the first round to Kensuke Sasaki and Kazuo Yamazaki. Masa Chono and Hiroyoshi Tenzan went on to win the Tournament, and the belts.
- NJPW Budokan Hall (June 5, '98) = Wallstreet & Big Titan again were defeated by Kensuke Sasaki & Kazuo Yamazaki.
- WCW Starrcade '99 = Mike Rotunda, Rick Steiner, Kevin Sullivan, & Jim Duggan were beaten by Shane Douglas, Dean Malenko, Perry Saturn, & Asya.
- AJPW Budokan Hall (December '00) = Mike Rotunda & Steve Williams defeated Taiyo Kea & Johnny Smith. Later in the night, Rotunda & Williams beat Toshiaki Kawada & Masa Fuchi to win the Real World Tag League 2000.
- AJPW Tokyo Dome Show (January '01) = Mike Rotunda, Barry Windham, & Curt Hennig lost to George Hines, Johnny Smith, and Jim Steele.
- AJPW Budokan Hall (June '01) = Rotunda & Steve Williams defeated Satoshi Kojima & Hiro Saito.
- AJPW Budokan Hall (October 27, '01) = Rotunda, Steve Williams, Mike Barton & Jim Steele won over Mitsuya Nagai, Shigeo Okumura, Yuto Aijima & Nobutaka Araya.
- NJPW International Center (October 28, '01) = Rotunda & Masa Chono defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima.
- AJPW Champion Carnival 2002 (March/April) = Rotundo competed in the tournament, which was won by Keiji Mutoh.
- AJPW Budokan Hall (April 13, '02) = Rotunda, Steve Williams & Yoji Antoh won over Mike Barton, Jim Steele & the Cedman in the start of the 6-Man Tag-Team Tournament.
- AJPW Giant Baba Memorial Six-Man Tag Tournament (April 13 - May 12, '02) = Rotunda, Steve Williams & Yoji Antoh lost in the second round to Genichiro Tenryu, Nobutaka Araya & Arashi.
- AJPW Prefectural Gym PPV (July 17, '02) = Rotunda, Steve Williams & Yuto Aijima defeated Nobutaka Araya, Nobukazu Hirai & Arashi.
- AJPW Budokan Hall (July 20, '02) = Rotunda & Steve Williams lost a Four Corners Match to Mike Barton & Jim Steele. Johnny Smith & George Hines and Kronik were the other participants.
- AJPW Budokan Hall (August 30, '02) = Rotunda, Steve Williams & Gran Naniwa fell to Johnny Smith, George Hines & Gran Hamada.
- AJPW Budokan Hall (August 31, '02) = Rotunda, Johnny Smith & Gran Naniwa defeated Gran Hamada, Masa Fuchi & Kazushi Miyamoto.
- AJPW Budokan Hall (October 27, '02) = Rotunda, Steve Williams & Johnny Smith won over Yoji Anjoh, Mitsuya Nagai & Ryuji Hijikata.
- AJPW Real World Tag League 2002 (November/December) = Rotunda & Steve Williams competed in the league, which was won by Taiyo Kea & Satoshi Kojima.
- AJPW Budokan Hall (December 6, '02) = Rotunda & Steve Williams beat Yoji Antoh & Kazushi Miyamoto.
- AJPW Osaka PPV (January 13, '03) = Rotundo, Steve Williams & Shigeo Okumura defeated Johnny Smith, George Hines & Hideki Hosaka.
- Wrestle Reunion #1 (January 29, '05) = The US Express (Rotundo & Barry Windham) fell to Larry Zbyszko & Ron Bass.

Title Summary:
- NWA Mid-Atlantic Television Champion (12/25/82 - 2/22/83)
- NWA Canadian Television Champion(2) (8/07/83 - 10/16/83)
- NWA Southern Heavyweight Champion (9/24/83 - 11/23/83)
- Florida Heavyweight Champion (12/16/83 - 1/22/84)
- NWA Southern Heavyweight Champion(2) (5/84 - 5/30/84)
- NWA (Florida) United States Tag-Team Champion w/ Mike Davis (1/11/84 - 2/6/84)
- NWA (Florida) United States Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Barry Windham (3/14/84 - 3/84)
- NWA (Florida) United States Tag-Team Champion(3) w/ Barry Windham (4/84 - 4/25/84)
- NWA (Florida) United States Tag-Team Champion(4) w/ Barry Windham (5/26/84 - 7/14/84)
- WWF World Tag-Team Champion w/ Barry Windham (1/21/85 - 3/31/85)
- WWF World Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Barry Windham (6/17/85 - 8/24/85)
- Florida Heavyweight Champion(2) (3/15/87 - 5/31/87)
- Florida Heavyweight Champion(3) (6/7/87 - 12/88)
- NWA World Television Champion (1/26/88 - 12/26/88)
- UNSURE; NWA United States Tag-Team Champion w/ Steve Williams (12/26/88 - 2/28/89)
- NWA World Television Champion(2) (2/20/89 - 3/31/89)
- NWA World Tag-Team Champion w/ Steve Williams (4/2/89 - 5/7/89)
- WWF World Tag-Team Champion(3) w/ Ted DiBiase (2/7/92 - 7/20/92)
- WWF World Tag-Team Champion(4) w/ Ted DiBiase (10/13/92 - 6/14/93)
- WWF World Tag-Team Champion(5) w/ Ted DiBiase (6/16/93 - 6/19/93)

PWI Achievement Awards: (0 wins, 1 1st RU, 3 2nd RUs, 0 3rd RUs)
- 1982 Rookie of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up
- 1983 Most Improved Wrestler, 1st Runner-Up
- 1992 Match of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up (Royal Rumble)
- 1993 Tag-Team of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up (Money Inc)