Virgil


Height: 6'2"

Weight: 250 lbs

Real Name: Michael Jones

DOB: 6/13/1960

Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee

Other Names: "Mr. USA", "Soul Train" Jones (AWA), Virgil (WWF), Vincent (WCW), Vince (WCW), Curly Bill (WCW), Shane (WCW)

Wrestler Since: 1987

Finishing Maneuver: Million Dollar Dream

Previous PWI 500 Rankings: #236(1999), #240(1998), #209(1997), #214(1996), #171(1995), #162(1994), #166(1993), #74(1992), #246(1991)

Other Related Websites:
nWo - Rollercoaster Bio
Vincent - Cagematch Bio
Vincent - Online World of Wrestling Bio
Vincent - Wikipedia Bio

History: Vincent is one of those guys who went through hell and back, just to be involved in the wrestling business. The first thing I found about his career was in the AWA, where, as "Soul Train" Jones, he became one of their better wrestlers. In '87, he won the International Heavyweight Title from Big Bubba, and held it for four months before losing to Chick Donovan. He also won the Southern Tag-Team Titles with Rocky Johnson. He truly became known in the WWF, as Virgil, bodyguard of the Million Dollar Man (Ted DiBiase). A fact well-known among the wrestling world is that "Virgil" was named after Virgil Runnels (aka Dusty Rhodes), who was a major factor in WCW politics at the time. Virgil was badly treated by DiBiase, and eventually turned on him. The two had a minor feud, with Virgil usually coming up on the short end. Still, fans loved rooting for the underdog, and Virgil frequently got cheers from the audience. This was about the extent of Virgil's career in the WWF.

When Virgil came to WCW, he wrestled briefly as a jobber, then became Vincent (as in Vincent McMahon, president of the WWF) and joined the nWo as their Head of Security. Vincent had a few brief feuds with the Steiner Brothers, DiBiase, and others. Vincent again did not have much of an impact, as he was usually considered the weakest member of Hogan's nWo crew. He wrestled mainly as a jobber for the face wrestlers. When Hollywood Hogan built up the new nWo Wolfpac, Vince (shortening his name the way McMahon has) stayed with the nWo "B" Team, and tried to become the leader of the group. He feuded some with Stevie Ray and other members of the Black 'n' White. The feud was settled in a Battle Royal during a Monday Nitro, where Stevie Ray won, taking control. Vince then became a supporter of Stevie Ray, mainly staying in the background of the nWo "B" Team until the angle collapsed, sending Vince back into obscurity.

Vincent would return to the WCW scene for a brief time alongside Curt Hennig and the West Texas Rednecks, becoming "Curly Bill", then changing it to "Shane". He helped out the Rednecks until they dispersed into obscurity, then again faded from WCW, eventually being released. "Virgil" later appeared on the independent scene for a time, then faded away from the wrestling scene, going into retirement. Michael Jones still appears occassionally at legends shows, sometimes as Virgil, sometimes as Vincent. Either way, he always shows up in the fans' memories.

Pay-Per-View/Show Summary: (11 - 18, 1 DDQ)
- AWA Southern Title Tournament (February '87) = "Soul Train" Jones beat Tommy Rich and Hunter, before losing to Goliath.
- WWF King of the Ring Tournament (October 16, '88) = Virgil fell in the first round to Randy Savage. Ted DiBiase won the tournament.
- WWF Saturday Night's Main Event #18 (November '88) = Virgil was defeated by Hercules.
- WWF Royal Rumble '91 = Virgil and Ted DiBiase defeated Dusty and Dustin Rhodes.
- WWF Wrestlemania VII ('91) = Virgil won over Ted DiBiase, when DiBiase was counted out.
- WWF Summerslam '91 = Virgil won the Million Dollar Belt from Ted DiBiase.
- WWF King of the Ring Tournament (September 7, '91) = Virgil fell in the first round to Skinner. Bret Hart won the tournament.
- WWF Survivor Series '91 = Virgil, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, Davey Boy Smith and Bret Hart fought in an "Elimination" Match against Ric Flair, the Warlord, Ted DiBiase and the Mountie. Virgil was counted out. Flair was the "survivor".
- WWF Tuesday In Texas (December '91) = Virgil and Tito Santana lost to Ted DiBiase and the Repo Man.
- WWF Royal Rumble '92 = Virgil competed in the "Royal Rumble", which was won by Ric Flair.
- WWF Wrestlemania VIII ('92) = Virgil, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, Sergeant Slaughter, and the Big Boss Man defeated the Nasty Boys, the Mountie and the Repo Man.
- WWF Summerslam '92 = Virgil was defeated by Nailz.
- WWF Survivor Series '92 = Virgil was easily beaten by Yokozuna.
- WWF Royal Rumble '93 = Virgil competed in the "Royal Rumble", which was won by Yokozuna.
- WWF Royal Rumble '94 = Virgil competed in the "Royal Rumble", which was won by Bret Hart and Lex Luger.
- WCW World War III '97 = Vincent competed in the "3 Ring Battle Royal", which was won by Scott Hall.
- WCW Starrcade '97 = Vincent, "Macho Man" Randy Savage, and Scott Norton defeated Ray Traylor and the Steiner Brothers.
- WCW World War III '98 = Vincent competed in the "3 Ring Battle Royal", which was won by Kevin Nash.
- WCW Uncensored '99 = Vince was defeated by Stevie Ray in a Harlem Street fight, after Stevie Ray his his slapjack.
- WWA Quincy Show (June 15, '02) = Virgil, Tre & K-Kwik won over the Brooklyn Bomber, Purty Kitty & Hilarious.
- WWA New Bedford Show (August 4, '02) = Vincent beat Purty Kitty.
- WPW Lincoln City Show (April 26, '03) = Vincent fought to a Double Disqualification with the Honky Tonk Man.
- IWC Night of Legends I (April 3, '04) = Virgil won, via Countout, over Demolition Ax.
- Wrestle Reunion #1 (January 29, '05) = Vincent competed in the "IWA Heavyweight Title Battle Royal", which was won by Greg Valentine.
- World Wrestling Legends PPV (March 5, '06) = Virgil was taken down by Rick Steiner.
- IWC Night of Legends '08 (April 12) = Virgil lost to Marty Jannetty.
- IWC Night of Legends '09 (March 28) = Virgil was beaten by The Patriot.
- IWC Night of Legends '10 (April 10) = The Million Dollar Muscle Machine (Virgil, Jimmy DeMarco, Lumberjack Leroux, & Doink The Clown) defeated The Billion Dollar Bone Breakers (Shane Taylor, Lord Zoltan, & Irish Airborne).

Title Summary:
- AWA/CWA International Heavyweight Champion (1/05/1987 - 4/20/1987)
- AWA Southern Tag-Team Champion w/ Rocky Johnson (4/06/1987 - 5/04/1987)
- NJCW Champion (??/??/??)

PWI Achievement Awards: (0 wins, 0 1st RUs, 2 2nd RUs, 0 3rd RUs)
- 1992 Most Improved Wrestler, 2nd Runner-Up
- 1992 Match of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up (Royal Rumble)