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[Brian Pillman Gallery]

[Pillman: His Final Interviews]

[IV Horsemen History]
Wrestler: Brian Pillman
Real Name: Brian William Pillman
Birthday: May 22, 1962
Date of Death: October 5, 1997
Hometown: Born in Norwood, Ohio
Moved to Cincinatti, Ohio
Lived in Walton, Kentucky
Marital Status: Married to Melanie
with Children
Height & Weight: 6'0" - 235 lbs.
Trained by: Stu Hart
Debut: November 25, 1986
Previous Gimmicks: "Flyin" Brian Pillman
Yellow Dog (masked)
The Loose Cannon
Ticking Time Bomb
Finishing Move: Air Pillman
Favorite Moves: Flying Crossbody
Notable Feuds: Barry Windham
Jushin Thunder Liger
Steve Austin
Ric Flair
Goldust
Interesting Websites: A News Story on Brian's Death
A Brian Pillman Tribute Page

  • Stampede International Tag Team Titles w/Bruce Hart -Bad Company- defeating Ron Starr and Cuban Assassin (April 6, 1987)
  • Stampede International Tag Team Titles w/Bruce Hart -Bad Company- defeating Makham Singh and Jerry Morrow (November 13, 1987)
  • NWA United States Tag Team Title w/Tom Zenk defeating Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin -Freebirds- (February 12, 1990)
  • WCW Light Heavyweight Title defeating Richard Morton finals of tournament (October 27, 1991)
  • WCW Light Heavyweight Title defeating Jushin Thunder Liger (February 29, 1992)
  • WCW World Tag Team Titles w/Steve Austin -Hollywood Blondes- defeating Ricky Steamboat & Shane Douglas (March 2, 1993)


  • In the Beginning
  • Brian Pillman played football for four seasons (1980-81-82-83) with Miami University of Ohio..
  • Brian Pillman played football for the Cincinatti Bengles for the 1984 season..
  • Brian Pillman's wife, Melanie, had a relationship with the Ultimate Warrior before she met Brian..

    Stampede Wrestling
  • Brian Pillman debuted in Calgary with promotor Stu Hart at Stampede Wrestling..
  • Brian Pillman formed a popular tag team with Bruce Hart known as Bad Company..
  • April 6, 1987: Bad Company defeated Ron Starr & Cuban Assassin to win the Stampede International Tag Team titles..
  • October 9, 1987: The titles held up after a match with Makham Singh & Gerry Morrow..
  • November 13, 1987: Bad Company defeats Mukhan Singh & Gerry Morrow in a rematch to win the International Tag Team titles..
  • July 22, 1988: Jerry Morrow & Cuban Assassin defeats Bad Company for the International Tag Team titles..

    NWA & WCW
  • September 12, 1989 - Clash of the Champions VIII: Brian Pillman defeated Norman the Lunatic..
  • February 12, 1990: Brian Pillman & Tom Zenk defeated Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin to win the NWA United States Tag Team titles..
  • ~~~This was the finals of a tourniment to win the vacant NWA United States Tag Team titles..
  • May 19, 1990: The Midnight Express (Eaton/Lane) defeat Brian Pillman & Tom Zenk to win the US Tag Team titles..
  • October 27, 1991: Brian Pillman defeated Richard Morton in a tourniment final to become the Light-Heavyweight title..
  • November 19, 1991: Brian Pillman defeated Johnny B. Badd..
  • December 25, 1991: Jushin 'Thunder' Liger defeats Brian Pillman for the Light-Heavyweight title..
  • 1991: Barry Windham defeated Brian Pillman in a "loser-leaves-WCW" match..
  • Brian Pillman reappears as the masked Yellow Dog..
  • February 29, 1992 - Superbrawl II: Brian Pillman defeated Jushin Liger to recapture the Light Heavyweight title..
  • June 20, 1992 - Beach Blast: Scotty Flamingo defeated Brian Pillman to win the WCW Light Heavyweight title..
  • ~~~After the match, many other wrestlers lined up in the back to praise the quality of the match..
  • Brian Pillman formed a very successful tag team with Steve Austin known as the Hollywood Blondes..
  • February 21, 1993 - Superbrawl III: The Hollywood Blondes (Pillman & Austin) defeated Erik Watts & Marcus Alexander Bagwell..
  • March 2, 1993: Brian Pillman & Steve Austin defeated Ricky Steamboat & Shane Douglas to win the WCW World Tag Team titles..
  • March 17, 1993: Brian Pillman married Melanie..
  • July 18, 1993 - Beach Blast: The Hollywood Blondes defeated Arn Anderson & Paul Roma..
  • August 18, 1993: Arn Anderson & Paul Roma defeated Steve Austin & Steven Regal (sub for Pillman) for the World Tag Team titles..
  • February 20, 1994 - Superbrawl IV: Sting/Pillman/Dustin Rhodes beat Paul Orndorff/Austin/Rick Rude (Thunderdome Cage)..
  • 1995: Brian Pillman became a member of the IV Horsemen and helped Arn Anderson pull Ric Flair back into the group..
  • January 23, 1996 - Clash of the Champions XXXII: Brian Pillman defeated Eddie Guerrero..
  • April 15, 1996: Brian Pillman almost died in a near fatal car accident.....
  • ~~~Pillman was driving in Kentucky and fell asleep behind the wheel causing him to hit a tree trunk and flip his vehicle..

    Extreme Championship Wrestling
  • Brian Pillman had a brief stint in ECW making several appearances to cut promos and perfect his "Loose Cannon" gimmick..

    World Wrestling Federation
  • 1996: Brian Pillman signed a contract with the WWF, where they really pushed his "Loose Cannaon" gimmick..
  • ~~~Supposedly he had convinced WCW to release him to make an angle seem more real just so he could go to WWF..
  • Brian Pillman debuted as an on-air personality, in crutches, still recovering from his injuries sustained in the accident..
  • November 4, 1996 - RAW: Steve Austin broke into Brian Pillmans house, resulting in Pillman pulling a gun and firing on Austin!
  • Brian Pillman eventually became a member of the hated new formation of the Hart Foundation..
  • July 6, 1997 - Canadian Stampede: The Hart Foundation beat Steve Austin & Ken Shamrock & Goldust & Legion of Doom..
  • August 3, 1997 - Summerslam: Goldust defeated Brian Pillman in a match with special stipulations..
  • ~~~as a result, Brian Pillman was forced to wear one of Marlena's gold dresses the next night on RAW..
  • September 7, 1997 - Ground Zero: Brian Pillman defeated Goldust to win the services of Marlena for 30 days..
  • ~~~Pillman repackaged Marlena, putting her in degrating outfits and darker make-up, and imply that he slept with her..

    The Death of Brian Pillman
  • October 5, 1997: Brian Pillman dies in his hotel room at the age of 35..
  • ~~~The tragic news is announced by Vince McMahon during WWF's pay per view in which Pillman was to wrestle..
  • October 6, 1997 - RAW: The WWF gives a moment of silence for Brian Pillman and a 10 Bell Salute..
  • ~~~In a touching tribute and scene of solidarity, all WWF wrestlers gather together for a video tribute..


    Dory Funk Jr. wrote (Funk's Corner): Brian Pillman played collegiate football at the University of Miami. In 1984, he made his pro debut with the Cincinnati Bengal Tigers of the NFL. Following that, he went on to play briefly in the Canadian Football League with the Calgary Stampede. Brian didn't like taking orders and the strict discipline associated with playing football. Brian had always been interested in professional wrestling. He told his friend Bruce Hart (of the famous wrestling Hart family) that he had watched Terry and I while growing up and would like to give professional wrestling a try.

    Brian learned to wrestle training in the Dungeon, The Basement of Stu Harts home in Calgary Alberta with Stu and the Hart family. This is a place that the weak and faint of heart dare not tread. He began his wrestling career in Calgary Stampede Wrestling, Stu Hart's promotion. Brian went on to World Championship Wrestling and finished his career wrestling for Vince McMahon in the WWF. He was often called Flyin' Brian Pillman. The name was appropriate for his style in the ring, flying skills in airplanes and daredevil escapades including skydiving. Brian was a great performer in the wrestling business. We will all miss him. He was 36 years old.

    With the passing of Brian, we all lose many years of wrestling entertainment yet to come, wrestling skills unknown and interviews un-given. We also lose a good man who cared about family and friends. Brian was one hell of a wrestler who gave the fans his best, even more than their money's worth.