Shawn Stasiak



Height: 6'4"

Weight: 260 lbs

Real Name: Shawn Stipich

DOB: 1970

Hometown: Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Other Names: Meat (WWF), "PerfectShawn" (WCW), "The Perfect One" (WCW), "The Mecca of Manhood" (WCW)

Wrestler Since: 1996

Finishing Maneuver: Fisherman's Suplex, Inverted DDT

Previous PWI 500 Rankings: #117(2002), #123(2001), #161(2000), #140(1999), #202(1998)

History: Like many others in the wrestling profession, Shawn Stasiak followed the family business. Shawn's father, "The Great One" Stan Stasiak, wrestled in the 1970s, even earning the WWF World Title at one point. Shawn soon began to train like his father while in high school in Oakville, California, where he was a provincial champion in the OSFSA in 1990 (130kg). He also was the Ontario Espoir Champion that same year. He went to college at Boise State, where, while earning a degree in Communications, he finished second in the Pac-10 championships twice in a row, being highly ranked in the NCAA. Soon after graduating, Shawn decided to put his degree to good use, "communicating" with the WWF. He would work on and off with them for a few years, training in various wrestling camps across the United States, from Memphis to Connecticut. He slowly but surely worked himself into a professional wrestler, gaining experience under other stars, like Dory Funk Jr.

In April '99, Meat made his first appearance in the World Wrestling Federation, as the lackey/toy for the ladies of PMS. His gimmick was that he was so tired from keeping the ladies 'happy' that he would not have enough energy to win his wrestling matches, making him a jobber to other WWF stars. This went on for months, as Meat continued to lose match after match, and take the abuse of PMS. In September, he finally broke away, turning on PMS and finally calling himself Shawn Stasiak. For the next month, he worked hard to turn his WWF career around, wrestling with more energy and desire in the ring. In November '99, Stasiak entered his first Pay-Per-View, wrestling against "The Olympian" Kurt Angle at the Survivor Series. With Angle turning quickly heel, telling people not to boo an Olympic champion, Stasiak earned some face heat. It didn't help, though, as Stasiak was beaten by the Angle Slam. This was about it for Stasiak's push, as he would hang around low-midcard status for the rest of the year. In December '99, Stasiak's career hit a wall, when he recorded a heated conversation between Steve Blackman and Davey Boy Smith during a Montreal road trip without their permission. When word got out, Stasiak was harshly disciplined for what he called a joke, first being suspended by the WWF, then fired due to "unprofessional conduct".

During the beginning months of 2000, Stasiak found himself unemployed, working small-time independent shows to keep in shape while he looked to restore his career from the shambles it had become so quickly. He got his big break in April '00, one year after he first appeared in the WWF, when Vince Russo & Eric Bischoff, the new creative team at World Championship Wrestling, signed him up and put him in the WCW Power Plant under Paul Orndorff for a few weeks. At the time, Russo & Bischoff had 'restarted' WCW, creating a heel force, the New Blood, to take on the experienced face, the Millionaire's Club. All of the WCW belts were vacated, including the World Title, which set up a tournament for the gold. While the rest of the Millionaires had to fight among themselves for the open spot, the New Blood's "chosen one", Jeff Jarrett, was given a bye in the first round, then took on Curt Hennig in the semis. During the match, Stasiak made his entrance into WCW, attacking Hennig and helping Jarrett win the match.

Calling himself "PerfectShawn" Stasiak, Shawn began coming out with Hennig's old WWF music (Hennig was Mr. Perfect there). He also copied many of Hennig's maneuvers, including the Hennig-Plex, Hennig's finisher. The two wrestlers feuded for the next few months, going back and forth, as Stasiak firmly sided with the New Blood, being the "Perfect One" as a switch on his father's nickname. At Slamboree '00, Stasiak and Hennig finally got it on, fighting both inside and outside the ring. Hennig had control near the end, pounding on Stasiak in the corner, but Stasiak managed to break out of it, sling-shotting Hennig into the ringpost, then getting the Hennig-Plex for his first-ever PPV victory. This pushed Stasiak up the ladder. It also apparently earned him Hennig's respect, as Hennig began helping Stasiak win his matches. This helped start a feud between Stasiak and the rejects of the New Blood, the Misfits-In-Action (MIA). Stasiak also began teaming up with "The Main Event" Chuck Palumbo, who was impersonating Lex Luger at the time. Calling themselves the Perfect Event, Stasiak & Palumbo shocked everyone by beating Kronik (Bryan Adams & Bryan Clark) to win the WCW World Tag-Team Titles.

At the Great American Bash '00, Stasiak faced off against G.I. Bro (Booker T) in a Boot Camp match. Since G.I. Bro was the main leader of the M-I-A, he chose the match, meaning that one had to take down his adversary for 10 seconds to win. Stasiak fought hard, brawling with G.I. Bro up and down the aisleway, but was usually on the defensive, until Palumbo came down to help out, leading to a double-team. But even this backfired, as G.I. Bro grabbed Palumbo's weapon, a flex bar, and hit both men with it, knocking Stasiak out for the 10 count. Despite the loss, Stasiak & Palumbo were in good shape, being part of the young enforcers unit, the Natural Born Thrillers, with Mike Sanders, Mark Jindrak, Sean O'Haire, Reno, Johnny the Bull, and others. The Perfect Event continued to defend the Tag-Team Titles, beating down most of the top teams in WCW, while continually staying away from the biggest threat, Kronik. Finally, though, they had to face up again against the powerhouse duo at Bash at the Beach '00, and as hard as they fought, there was nothing they could do to keep Adams & Clark from winning back the belts.

Although hampered by a slight leg injury gained during a match against the Jung Dragons, Stasiak continued to team with Palumbo, looking for ways to get back to the tag-team titles. A series of 'contender' matches soon formed between the Perfect Event, Jindrak & O'Haire, the M-I-A & the Filthy Animals. Finally, a cage match was assigned, with every team that escaped being put into a Four Corners Tag-Team match against Kronik at the PPV. The Perfect Event were one of the teams that escaped, earning the rematch at New Blood Rising, while the Filthy Animals lost, setting up the bout as between the champs, Kronik, the Perfect Event, Jindrak/O'Haire and General Rection/Corporal Cajun of the M-I-A. To make things even crazier, "Commissioner" Ernest Miller placed the Filthy Animals as the enforcers around the ring, with the Disco Inferno as the referee. The match soon broke down into a five-way war, which turned into 6 when Vampiro & the Great Muta charged the ring. In the end, Kronik pulled out of the melee with the belts, leaving the Perfect Event again titleless.

The Thrillers next began feuding with the Filthy Animals, who had been Russo & Bischoff's previous enforcer group before they broke away, leaving the spot open for the Thrillers to move in. The group also turned on their former trainer, "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff, attacking the older wrestler and overpowering him with their numbers. The Filthy Animals made the save, increasing the tension between the two groups and leading to a signed match at Fall Brawl '00, an Elimination match between the Natural Born Thrillers (Stasiak, Palumbo, Jindrak, O'Haire, Sanders, Reno & Johnny the Bull) and the Filthy Animals (Rey Mysterio Jr, Konnan, Juventud Guerrera, Disco Inferno, & Tigress), Orndorff, & Big Vito (who had been turned on by Johnny the Bull). At first, troubles between the Filthy Animals gave the Natural Born Thrillers the advantage, as Disco Inferno accidentally hit his Last Dance finisher on Konnan, allowing O'Haire to get the first pin. Disco then had to stay in the ring, as none of the other Filthy Animals would tag him. Big Vito even went as far as to slug him, allowing Reno to get the pin and take him out. Vito & Reno then fought for a while, with Reno knocking out Vito with a kendo stick and eliminating him. This made it 7-4 odds, but Mysterio & Guerrera brought their team back, double-teaming Reno and eliminating him with Guerrera's Juvi Driver. O'Haire again took control of the match, though, hitting his Seanton Bomb on Juvi and pinning him. Orndorff came into the ring, however, and showed that he knew everything that the Thrillers had learned, taking out Johnny the Bull with a Piledriver. But shortly thereafter, when attempting another piledriver, Orndorff seriously injured himself, and had to be carried to the back, ending the match as a No-Contest.

At the next Nitro, Stasiak, Palumbo, Jindrak, O'Haire, & Sanders faced off against the two Filthy Animal survivors, Rey Mysterio Jr & Tigress. Despite the odds, the two Animals persevered, and eventually came out on top, a humiliating defeat for the Thrillers. Still, things improved for the team in later days, when "Coach" Kevin Nash began helping them towards the top of WCW. This gave many inside the stable a boost, as Nash would help them get the victory when able. But the Perfect Event immediately began to have problems, as Stasiak's attitude towards Nash gradually worsened. Meanwhile, the Thrillers renewed their feud with the M-I-A, battling in various events. At Halloween Havoc, the Perfect Event came out after Reno had defended the Hardcore Title, beating Sgt. A-Wall. The three men beat on A-Wall until back-up in the form of Lt. Loco & Cpl. Cajun arrived. This started an impromptu tag-team match between Loco & Cajun and the Perfect Event, with the size advantage clearly favoring Stasiak & Palumbo. However, growing tensions between the two wrestlers worked against them, and when Palumbo accidentally hit Stasiak with his jungle kick, Loco & Cajun capitalized, getting the victory.

After the PPV, it soon became clear that Stasiak was becoming the outcast, while Nash and the rest of the Thrillers were backing Palumbo. When Stasiak betrayed Nash, attacking him during a World Title shot against Booker T, it looked like the Thrillers were about to come after their former ally. This turned out to be a farce, however, as the Thrillers instead turned on their "coach" and went out on their own, starting a brutal feud between them and the 7' tall Nash. Thus back together, the Perfect Event returned to the top of the tag-team division, defeating Alex Wright and Elix Skipper (subbing for the Disco Inferno) to win the belts for the second time. This put them directly in the sights of Nash and his new partner, Diamond Dallas Page. The InSiders soon came after the Perfect Event's belts, pitting experience against numbers. At WCW Mayhem, the two teams met up, with the rest of the Thrillers trying to interfere, dressed up as security. They were stopped, though, by CEO Ric Flair, leaving the Perfect Event on their own. Although Stasiak & Palumbo tried to pull it out, they were unable to overcome the InSiders, and after a Diamond Cutter and a Jackknife Powerbomb, Nash made the pin and took away the belts. The reign was quickly reversed the next night, however, as Commissioner Mike Sanders pointed out that Nash had not pinned the legal man. CEO Flair was forced to agree, giving the belts back to the Perfect Event.

The war between the Thrillers and the InSiders continued for the next month, with numerous brawls between the two groups. A rematch between the Perfect Event and the InSiders was signed for Starrcade '00, with CEO Flair once again trying to ban the rest of the Thrillers, and most especially Sanders, from ringside. It didn't work, but while DDP kept the Thrillers occupied, Palumbo was taken out by Nash's Powerbomb and pinned, causing his team to lose the tag-team titles. This led to a Battle Royale being arranged between the other tag-teams, to decide who would get the shot at the InSiders at WCW Sin. In the end, Stasiak, Palumbo, Jindrak & O'Haire stood in the ring. Instead of the two teams going at it for contendership, however, "Commissioner" Sanders declared them all winners, stating that both teams would have one man going for the belts. This led to a break-up of the Perfect Event, as Palumbo & O'Haire got the shot at Sin, the first PPV of 2001. With some aid from Stasiak & the Thrillers (and a lot from Buff Bagwell & Lex Luger), Palumbo & O'Haire won the gold.

The Thrillers celebrated the victory as a major moment in their group's history. The win, however, caused jealousy to blossom between Stasiak/Mark Jindrak and Palumbo/O'Haire. Tensions flared between the four teammates, and eventually caused the Natural Born Thrillers to splinter into various groups, as Stasiak & Jindrak demanded their shot at the belts. They got it at Superbrawl: Revenge, in a furious battle between the two formerly-allied teams, with Palumbo & O'Haire taking on the role of faces. The match was a pure brawl, showing the animosity that had grown between the men. In the end, O'Haire landed his Seanton Bomb on Stasiak, getting the victory and helping his team to retain the belts. Shortly thereafter, Stasiak & Jindrak stopped teaming together, as Stasiak moved back into the singles bracket, adding on a valet, Miss Hancock, and becoming "the Mecca of Manhood". Hancock's interference eventually led to a feud between Stasiak and Bam-Bam Bigelow, with Stasiak defeating Bigelow at WCW Greed. As the Turner-ran WCW came to an end, Bigelow challenged Stasiak to one last match, putting in the stipulation that, if he won, he could tattoo "that sweet thing in the ring". Stasiak agreed quickly, believing that Bigelow was talking about Miss Hancock. But Bigelow corrected him, saying that Stasiak would be the one getting tattooed. At the Season Finale, the two foes battled it out, and in a quick match, Stasiak got the victory, avoiding having his skin tarnished with a tattoo.

In June '01, WCW wrestlers began to invade the WWF, leading to multiple sneak-attacks and wars between the groups. At one of the events, Diamond Dallas Page was chased out of the building by the Undertaker. It turned out to be a WCW trap, though, as Page had a number of WCW wrestlers waiting outside. One of them was Shawn Stasiak, back on his old hunting grounds, where he had been fired once before. Stasiak joined the rest of the WCW boys in beating down the Undertaker, as well as Shane McMahon and Booker T when they tried to interfere. Stasiak also teamed with Kanyon at one point, getting a WCW Tag-Team Title shot against Palumbo & O'Haire. Unfortunately, they were beaten. Still, Stasiak remained one of the "shock troops" for the WCW team, and was part of the WCW contingent that betrayed the WWF and united with the ECW wrestlers, forming a strong force of invaders. He joined in numerous brawls with the WWF, which led to a set-up match being signed at WWF Invasion between a WCW team (Stasiak, Hugh Morrus & Kanyon) and a WWF team (Billy Gunn, Albert & the Big Show). Despite being at a huge disadvantage in size, the WCW team persevered, and managed to get the surprising win when Morrus pinned Gunn. After the match, though, the Big Show took down all three men with chokeslams. Despite this, Stasiak earned his first-ever WWF PPV victory, possibly earning a little retribution for the character known as "Meat".

Pay-Per-View Summary: (3 - 13, 1 NC)
- NWA 50th Anniversary Show (October '98) = Stasiak fought in the WWF Dojo Battle Royal, which was won by Steve Williams.
- WWF Survivor Series '99 = Stasiak was beaten by Kurt Angle.
- WCW Slamboree '00 = Stasiak defeated Curt Hennig.
- WCW Great American Bash '00 = Stasiak lost a "Boot Camp" match to G.I. Bro.
- WCW Bash At The Beach '00 = The Perfect Event (Stasiak & Chuck Palumbo) lost the Tag-Team Titles to Kronik.
- WCW New Blood Rising (August '00) = The Perfect Event lost a "Four Corners" match to the Tag-Team Champions, Kronik. The other participants were Mark Jindrak & Sean O'Haire and General Rection & Cpl. Cajun.
- WCW Fall Brawl '00 = The Perfect Event, Mark Jindrak, Sean O'Haire, Mike Sanders, Reno, & Johnny the Bull fought to a "No Contest" in an Elimination match against Rey Mysterio Jr, Juventud Guerrera, Konnan, Big Vito, Paul Orndorff, Tygress, & the Disco Inferno.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '00 = The Perfect Event were beaten by Lt. Loco & Cpl. Cajun.
- WCW Mayhem '00 = The Perfect Event lost the WCW Tag-Team Titles to the InSiders (Kevin Nash & Diamond Dallas Page). The belts were later returned.
- WCW Starrcade '00 = The Perfect Event again were beaten by the InSiders, dropping the belts.
- WCW Superbrawl: Revenge ('01) = Stasiak & Jindrak fell to the WCW Tag-Team Champions, Chuck Palumbo & Sean O'Haire.
- WCW Greed (March '01) = Stasiak pinned Bam-Bam Bigelow.
- WWF Invasion (July '01) = Stasiak, Hugh Morrus & Kanyon defeated Billy Gunn, Albert & the Big Show.
- WWF Survivor Series '01 = Stasiak competed in an "Immunity Battle Royal", which was won by Test.
- HWA Cincinnati Show (February 5, '02) = Stasiak & Matt Stryker fell to Hugh Morrus & Race Steele.
- HWA Cincinnati Show (February 12, '02) = Stasiak was beaten by Race Steele.
- WWF Insurrextion '02 (May 4) = Stasiak & Brock Lesnar lost to the Hardy Boyz.

Title Summary:
- WCW World Tag-Team Champion w/ Chuck Palumbo (5/30/00 - 7/09/00)
- WCW World Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Chuck Palumbo (11/20/00 - 12/17/00)
- WWF Hardcore Champion (5/02/02)
- WWF Hardcore Champion(2) (5/02/02)
- WWE Hardcore Champion(3) (6/22/02)
- WWE Hardcore Champion(4) (6/28/02)
- WWE Hardcore Champion(5) (6/29/02)
- WWE Hardcore Champion(6) (7/13/02)
- WWE Hardcore Champion(7) (7/14/02)
- WWE Hardcore Champion(8) (7/26/02)
- WWE Hardcore Champion(9) (7/27/02)
- WWE Hardcore Champion(10) (7/28/02)
- WWE Hardcore Champion(11) (8/09/02)
- WWE Hardcore Champion(12) (8/10/02)
- WWE Hardcore Champion(13) (8/11/02)
- WWE Hardcore Champion(14) (8/17/02)
- WWE Hardcore Champion(15) (8/18/02)