Stevie Ray


Height: 6'6"

Weight: 303 lbs

Real Name: Lane Huffman

DOB: 8/22/1958

Hometown: Harlem, New York

Other Names: Kole (WCW)

Wrestler Since: 1989

Finishing Maneuver: Flapjack

Previous PWI 500 Rankings: #153(2000), #117(1999), #203(1998), #93(1997), #67(1996), #119(1995), #260(1994), #202(1993), #220(1992)

Other Related Websites:
Harlem Heat - Rollercoaster Bio
nWo - Rollercoaster Bio
Stevie Ray - Online World of Wrestling Bio
Stevie Ray - Wikipedia Bio

History: Stevie Ray's career, until 1998, almost completely mirrored his brother Booker T's. In the early '90s, the two brothers, as the Ebony Experience, won the GWF Tag-Team Titles 3 times. Stevie Ray also did some singles wrestling, winning the GWF North American Heavyweight Title from Rod Price and holding it for almost 5 months. The two moved on to WCW in 1994, first as The Posse, then becoming the Chi-Town Heat (as Kane and Kole). But, soon after, they came up with Harlem Heat, and the success began again.

In December '94, Stevie Ray and Booker T won their first WCW World Tag-Team Titles, beating Stars 'n' Stripes (Marcus Bagwell and The Patriot). Over the next two years, a pattern emerged. First, someone would manage to beat Harlem Heat. Not that long afterward, Harlem Heat would return to retake their title. Throughout 1995-96, Harlem Heat lost the title to (and subsequently regained it from): the Nasty Boys; Bunkhouse Buck and Dick Slater; the American Males; Lex Luger and Sting; the Steiner Brothers; and Public Enemy. When they regained the titles from Public Enemy in October '96, it marked their 7th WCW Tag-Team Title reign. They lost the belts to the Outsiders a month later, and soon after Stevie Ray was taken out of action with an injury.

Stevie Ray first reappeared on the scene in February '98, during the Booker T - Chris Benoit 7-match series. He gave Booker T encouragement, and ultimately was credited with being the deciding factor that helped Booker T win the WCW Television Title again. Soon afterwards, however, Booker T was felled by a knee injury, and Stevie Ray began appearing with the TV Title, claiming Booker T had signed it over to him. Numerous incidents by Chavo Guerrero Jr. cast doubt on the authenticity of this report. Nonetheless, Stevie Ray defended the belt in Booker T's absense, and lost it to Chris Jericho in August '98, thanks to interference from the Giant. After a small feud with the Giant, however, Stevie Ray joined the nWo Hollywood contingent in August '98, leaving his brother Booker T lying on the backstage floor (although he wasn't the one to attack him).

After joining nWo Hollywood, Stevie Ray became one of the strong men, rarely getting a push, but attacking other wrestlers when necessary. When Hollywood Hogan created the neo nWo Wolfpac, Stevie Ray stayed on the "B" Team, the Black 'n' White. Problems soon arose, as each member was told by Hogan that they were the leader of the group. This caused various feuds to break out between Stevie Ray, Vince, Horace, and Brian Adams. This was finally settled in a Battle Royal match during a Monday Nitro, where Stevie Ray remained the last man in the ring to become the leader of the nWo "B" Team. Stevie Ray then openly led the group into battle, feuding with guys like Diamond Dallas Page and Konnan, still usually coming out on the short end of the stick.

In July '99, Stevie Ray began coming out to the aid of his brother, Booker T. This made some of his nWo teammates angry, but Stevie Ray claimed it was just a matter of blood. Soon after, Booker T came to the ring, calling Stevie Ray out. He asked Stevie Ray to take off his nWo B&W shirt, which after a few seconds, Stevie Ray did. This officially reformed Harlem Heat. Immediately, the two brothers set their sights on the tag-team titles, which were held by the Triad. Although DDP and his two partners tried various tricks, Harlem Heat held firm, and got the victory over Bam-Bam Bigelow and Kanyon at Road Wild '99 to get the Tag-Team Titles for the 8th time, the first "official" belt that Stevie Ray has held around his waist since '96. They only defend it a few times, however, before they're upset by the West Texas Rednecks, namely Barry and Kendall Windham, who use a cowbell to steal the titles.

The two groups feuded over the month inbetween, then met up again at Fall Brawl '99, where, despite the 4-on-1 advantage, Harlem Heat became 9-time Tag-Team Champions. After a few weeks, Harlem Heat lost the tag belts a week before Halloween Havoc, falling to Konnan and Rey Mysterio Jr. Thankfully, the PPV gave the duo one more shot, and they took advantage, winning a triangle match over Konnan & Billy Kidman (subbing for Mysterio) and Brian Knobs & Hugh Morrus. Their 10th reign as a team failed to last, though, as at the following Nitro, they were beaten by Konnan & Kidman. Shorty thereafter, the problems started again within Harlem Heat, which could be traced back to one name: Midnight. Midnight was the black powerhouse lady who appeared when the lights went out, helping to defend Harlem Heat against their foes. But although Booker T showed respect and admiration to her, Stevie Ray only showed resentment and jealousy.

The resentment grew when Harlem Heat had to face Midnight & Lash LeRoux in the first round of the WCW Tag-Team Title Tournament in the late months of '99. Booker T failed to fight her seriously, and Harlem Heat lost the match because of it. Due to this, Stevie Ray yelled at his brother, wanting to know where he stood, with family, or with his lady. The group seemed to pull it together in December '99, when they were scheduled to take on Curt Hennig & Creative Control (Harris Brothers) at Starrcade. However, before the match, Stevie Ray & Booker T once again lashed out at each other, which led to Booker T & Midnight fighting a handicap match against the other three. Stevie Ray did come out during the fight, but did not join in. Booker T was later taken out and pinned, unable to fight against the odds, which won the #1 Contenders spot for Creative Control.

Things came to a head in 2000, when Stevie Ray, having finally had enough, knocked out Midnight with his slapjack. Booker T came to her defense, and the great tag-team of Harlem Heat was once again broken up. This time, though, the animosity between the two brothers was great. Stevie Ray & Booker T feuded for the next month, with the violence between the two growing greater and greater. They met at Souled Out inside the ring to decide who, finally, was the better brother. However, the match ended in a DQ win for Booker T, when "Big T" (Ahmed Johnson) made his first appearance in WCW, attacking him. It soon became apparent that Stevie Ray considered Big T his brother's replacement. He brought in his lawyer, actually getting an order that said Booker could no longer use the "T" in his name, nor enter to the Harlem Heat music, since he, as the older brother, owned the copyright. Booker and Big T fought at Superbrawl X, but Stevie Ray helped to make sure that Big T got the victory. The feud continued into the next month, as the "New Harlem Heat" had to deal with Booker and his newfound partner, Billy Kidman. Kidman & Booker defeated Stevie Ray and Big T at Uncensored. Soon after, the feud lost ground, as the New Blood began.

In April '00, Eric Bischoff & Vince Russo returned to WCW, taking over control. They immediately created the New Blood, a group of the younger, less known wrestlers, who combated against the Millionaire's Club, the veterans of WCW. Stevie Ray & Big T stayed together as a group, working on their own, with little affiliation to either side. At Spring Stampede '00, the New Harlem Heat were entered in the tag-team tournament, but lost in the first round to Shane Douglas & Buff Bagwell. The "New" Harlem Heat then slowly faded out of the WCW picture, getting no semblance of a push, and later disappeared from programming entirely.

Later in 2000, Stevie Ray began appearing again, not as a wrestler but as a broadcaster. Many times, Stevie Ray came to ringside and commentated on the action, calling it right down the middle while giving it his usual "New York" slide. He also became involved with his brother once again, apparently patching things up with him. Stevie Ray helped Booker T during his fights with "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner, once tricking Steiner into leaving himself open. Stevie Ray interviewed Steiner from inside a small cage, to protect himself. He asked Steiner the tough questions, but it was mostly just to make Steiner mad enough to be careless. Booker T then ran in and launched an attack, while Stevie Ray cheered him on from behind the bars. Later on, when Booker T was injured and put out of wrestling for a time by Steiner, Stevie Ray put his announcing career on the line just to get a shot at him. Unfortunately, Steiner won the match, putting Stevie Ray out of the broadcast booth. This was the end of Stevie Ray's career at the Turner-ran WCW.

After various runs on the independent circuit, Stevie Ray joined numerous other former WCW wrestlers in the WWAS, an Australian wrestling organization. He competed at the October PPV's WWAS Title Tournament, wrestling in the first-round Battle Royal. Despite his size and power, however, Stevie Ray found himself tossed over the top rope, losing the match.

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Pay-Per-View/Show Summary: (25 - 28, 1 NC)
- AJPW International Bash (February '89) = Stevie Ray was defeated by WWA Champion Mike George.
- NWA Central States Title Tournament (March '89) = Stevie Ray lost to Mike Enos. Akio Sato won the tournament.
- GWF Tag-Team Title Tournament (July '91) = Stevie Ray and Sonny Beach defeated Chico Torres and El Azteca, but lost to Rip Morgan and Jack Victory.
- WCW Fall Brawl '93 = Kane, teamed with Kole (Booker T), Vader, and Sid Vicious, lost a War Games match to Sting, Davey Smith, Dustin Rhodes, and the Shockmaster.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '93 = Kane, Kole, and the Equalizer lost to Ice Train, Charlie Norris, and the Shockmaster.
- WCW BattleBowl (November '93) = Kane and Charlie Norris lost to Vader and Cactus Jack.
- WCW Superbrawl IV ('94) = Kane and Kole of Harlem Heat defeated Thunder & Lightning in a tag match.
- UWF (Abrams) Blackjack Brawl (September '94) = Stevie Ray lost to Tyler Main, who won the 1st UWF MGM Grand Title.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXIX (November '94) = Stevie Ray and Booker T of Harlem Heat defeated the Nasty Boys.
- WCW Starrcade '94 = Harlem Heat lost via DQ to the Nasty Boys.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXX (January '95) = Harlem Heat retained the WCW Tag Belts, defeating Stars and Stripes.
- WCW Superbrawl V ('95) = Harlem Heat defended their WCW Tag Belts by winning via DQ over the Nasty Boys.
- WCW Uncensored '95 = Harlem Heat lost a "Falls Count Anywhere" Match with the Nasty Boys.
- WCW Slamboree '95 = Harlem Heat lost their Tag-Team Titles to the Nasty Boys.
- WCW Great American Bash '95 = Harlem Heat defeated the Fantastics in a dark match. Later in the night, Harlem Heat beat Bunkhouse Buck and Dick Slater.
- WCW Bash At The Beach '95 = Harlem Heat, the Tag-Team Champions, defeated the Nasty Boys and Steve Regal and Bobby Eaton in a Triangle Tag Match.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXXI (August '95) = Harlem Heat and Sherri Martel defeated Bunkhouse Buck, Dick Slater and Robert Parker.
- WCW Fall Brawl '95 = Harlem Heat defeated Bunkhouse Buck and Dick Slater to reclaim the Tag-Team belts.
- WCW World War III '95 = Stevie Ray competed in the "3 Ring Battle Royal", which was won by "Macho Man" Randy Savage.
- WCW Superbrawl VI ('96) = Harlem Heat failed to earn the WCW Tag belts, losing to Lex Luger and Sting.
- WCW Slamboree '96 = Stevie Ray and Big Bubba lost to Scott Norton and the Ice Train.
- WCW Bash At The Beach '96 = In a dark match, Harlem Heat defended the Tag belts by winning, via DQ, over the Steiner Brothers.
- WCW Hogg Wild '96 = Harlem Heat again retained their Tag-Team Titles by defeating the Steiner Brothers.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXXIII (August '96) = Harlem Heat defended the WCW Tag Belts, fighting to a No-Contest with the Steiner Brothers and Sting and Lex Luger in a "Triangle Tag" Match.
- WCW Fall Brawl '96 = Harlem Heat stayed the Tag-Team Champions by beating the Nasty Boys.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '96 = Harlem Heat lost the WCW Tag-Team Titles to the Outsiders.
- WCW World War III '96 = Harlem Heat defeated Jacques Rougeau and Pierre Oulette. Later in the night, Stevie Ray competed in the "3 Ring Battle Royal", which was won by the Giant.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXXIV (January '97) = Harlem Heat defeated Joe Gomez and the Renegade.
- WCW Superbrawl VII ('97) = Harlem Heat lost to Public Enemy in a Triangle Match, also involving Meng and the Barbarian.
- WCW Uncensored '97 = Harlem Heat defeated Public Enemy.
- WCW Spring Stampede '97 = Stevie Ray was involved in a "Four Corners" Match with Booker T, Lex Luger, and the Giant. Luger won the Match.
- WCW Slamboree '97 = Harlem Heat lost to Public Enemy in a dark match.
- WCW Great American Bash '97 = Harlem Heat, via DQ, won over the Steiner Brothers.
- WCW Road Wild '97 = Harlem Heat defeated Scott Norton and "Buff" Bagwell.
- WCW Fall Brawl '97 = Harlem Heat lost to the Steiner Brothers.
- WCW Bash At The Beach '98 = Stevie Ray easily forced Chavo Guerrero Jr. to submit.
- WCW Road Wild '98 = Stevie Ray again defeated Chavo Guerrero, Jr.
- WCW Fall Brawl '98 = Stevie Ray was involved in the War Games Match, along with Hollywood Hogan, Bret Hart, Diamond Dallas Page, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, the Warrior, Kevin Nash, Sting, and Lex Luger. DDP was the winner.
- WCW World War III '98 = Stevie Ray won, via DQ, over Konnan. Later in the night, Stevie Ray competed in the "3 Ring Battle Royal", which was won by Kevin Nash.
- WCW Uncensored '99 = In a Harlem Street Fight, Stevie Ray defeated Vince with a Slapjack, presumably winning control of the nWo Black 'n' White (later revoked due to other members).
- WCW Slamboree '99 = Stevie Ray, after interference from Rey Misterio Jr, was defeated by Konnan.
- WCW Road Wild '99 = Harlem Heat, reformed, took down Bam-Bam Bigelow and Kanyon of the Triad to win the WCW Tag-Team Titles.
- WCW Fall Brawl '99 = Harlem Heat managed to defeat Barry and Kendall Windham to become the 9-time Tag-Team champs.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '99 = Harlem Heat won the Tag-Team belts in a Triangle match, defeating Billy Kidman & Konnan and Brian Knobs & Hugh Morrus.
- WCW Starrcade '99 = Harlem Heat & Midnight were defeated by Creative Control & Curt Hennig.
- WCW Souled Out '00 = Stevie Ray lost, via DQ, to Booker T.
- WCW Uncensored '00 = The New Harlem Heat (Stevie Ray & Big T) were defeated by Booker & Billy Kidman.
- WCW Spring Stampede '00 = The New Harlem Heat fell to Shane Douglas & Buff Bagwell in the Tag-Team Title Tournament.
- WWAS Sydney Superdome (October 26, '01) = In the WWAS Title Tournament, Stevie Ray competed in the First-Round Battle Royal, which was won by Buff Bagwell.
- WWA "The Eruption" (April 13, '02) = Stevie Ray & Buff Bagwell fell to Brian Christopher & Ernest Miller.

Title Summary:
- GWF Tag-Team Champion w/ Booker T (7/31/92 - 8/7/92)
- GWF Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Booker T (9/92 - 10/23/92)
- GWF North American Heavyweight Champion (2/5/93 - 6/30/93)
- GWF Tag-Team Champion(3) w/ Booker T (2/26/93 - 5/7/93)
- WCW World Tag-Team Champion w/ Booker T (12/8/94 - 5/21/95)
- WCW World Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Booker T (6/24/95 - 7/22/95)
- WCW World Tag-Team Champion(3) w/ Booker T (9/17/95 - 9/18/95)
- WCW World Tag-Team Champion(4) w/ Booker T (9/27/95 - 1/22/96)
- WCW World Tag-Team Champion(5) w/ Booker T (6/24/96 - 7/24/96)
- WCW World Tag-Team Champion(6) w/ Booker T (7/27/96 - 9/23/96)
- WCW World Tag-Team Champion(7) w/ Booker T (10/1/96 - 10/27/96)
- WCW World Television Champion (98 - 8/10/98)
- WCW World Tag-Team Champion(8) w/ Booker T (8/14/99 - 8/23/99)
- WCW World Tag-Team Champion(9) w/ Booker T (9/12/99 - 10/18/99)
- WCW World Tag-Team Champion(10) w/ Booker T (10/24/99 - 10/25/99)

PWI Achievement Awards: (2 wins, 1 1st RUs, 3 2nd RUs, 0 3rd RUs)
- 1995 Most Improved Wrestler, 2nd Runner-Up (Harlem Heat)
- 1995 Feud of the Year, 1st Runner-Up (Harlem Heat vs. Nasty Boys)
- 1995 Match of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up (Harlem Heat vs. Nasty Boys)
- 1995 Tag-Team of the Year (Harlem Heat)
- 1996 Tag-Team of the Year (Harlem Heat)
- 1999 Tag-Team of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up (Harlem Heat)