- Axl Rotten
height=6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
weight=285 lb (129 kg)
birth_date =Birth date and age|1971|4|21
Newcastle upon Tyne
After watching a professional wrestling match on television, Knighton decided to become a wrestler. He trained under retired professional wrestler Jim Leon in a
boxing gymin his hometown of Baltimore, receiving supplementary training from former World Championship Wrestling(WCW) jobber Joey Maggs. Knighton debuted in 1986, shortly after Leon was murdered, and adopted the ring name "'Axl Rotten".
In the early 1990s, Rotten trained
Ian Rotten, who formed a tag teamwith Axl, masquerading as his brother. The duo, known as the Bad Breed, wrestled primarily in the Mid-Eastern Wrestling Federation. Rotten later opened his own professional wrestling promotionin Maryland called "Universal Independent Wrestling". The promotion featured wrestlers such as the Bad Breed, Bam Bam Bigelowand Scotty The Body, and had a television series that aired on Saturday nights on the local ABC channel. The promotion closed in the mid 1990s.
WCW & GWF
In 1991, Rotten had a short stint with WCW, where he feuded with wrestler/rapper PN News.After leaving WCW, Axl and his trainee Ian Rotten had a run with the
Global Wrestling Federationin Texas, being featured on their daily ESPNshow. While in GWF Axl succeeded in winning both the GWF Commonwealth title and the GWF Tag Team Championship, with Ian Rotten.
In 1993, the Bad Breed were hired by
Paul Heyman, the then-booker of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based Extreme Championship Wrestling(ECW) promotion. They competed in the ECW tag team division until November 5, 1994from the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, when they lost a tag team match to The Pit Bulls with the stipulation that the losing team would be forced to separate. Both Rotten brothers blamed one another for the loss, leading to a feud between the two. The former partners wrestled their first match against one another in ECW at "Double Tables" on February 4, 1995, with Ian pinning Axl. They faced one another in a variety of hardcore matches over the subsequent seventeen months, fighting in "hair versus hair" matches and "barbed wire baseball bat, barbed wire chair" matches. Their feud finally ended at "Hardcore Heaven 1995" on July 1, 1995when Axl defeated Ian in a " Taipei Death Match" (a match that saw each man coat their taped fists with shards of broken glass) which turned out to be one of ECW's bloodier matches. The Bad Breed eventually reconciled, and teamed together once again in early 1996.
Rotten competed in the ECW heavyweight division as a singles wrestler throughout the remainder of 1996. In 1997, he formed a tag team with Balls Mahoney known as
The Hardcore Chair Swingin' Freaks. Mahoney and Rotten teamed together until 1999, occasionally wrestling one another. Rotten eventually left ECW in 1999, and appeared with Xtreme Pro Wrestlingand the Japanese Frontier Martial Arts Wrestlingpromotion. Rotten then wrestled on the independent circuitthroughout the early 2000s.
June 6, 2005episode of "RAW", Rotten debuted in WWE, storming the ring with several other ECW alumni. Rotten went on to appear at the two ECW reunion shows taking place that month. At " Hardcore Homecoming" on June 10, 2005, the Bad Breed reunited, losing to The Gangstanators. At "ECW One Night Stand 2005" on June 12, 2005, Rotten, Mahoney and Kid Kashattacked the bWoafter they interfered in the main event tag team match. Following the events, Rotten and Mahoney wrestled several dark matches for WWE, but were not signed to contracts. At the second "Hardcore Homecoming" event on November 4, 2005, Axl defeated Ian Rotten in another bloody "Taipei deathmatch" (Each man had his hands dipped in superglue, then glass).
Axl Rotten was listed as an ECW wrestler on the official ECW.com website, however events put his future with in the new ECW Brand in jeopardy. Rotten failed to show for the
June 5edition of "Raw" in an angle involving several other ECW wrestlers. WWE management was not happy with Rotten no showing at "Raw". Furthermore, it was confirmed that Rotten was not backstage at the "WWE vs. ECW Head to Head" special that aired on USA Networkon June 7. Rotten also did not appear at the "ECW One Night Stand 2006" pay per view event that was held on June 11. He was then removed from the roster on the ECW.com website.
Brian "Axl Rotten" Knighton was released before he could even compete in the new ECW. His release was not announced on WWE.com.He has made a few appearances in
IWA Mid Southin tag team matches.
*Finishing and signature moves:*"S.S.T. – Severe Skull Trauma" (Inverted brainbuster):*"This Is Gonna Hurt" (Chair shot):*
Chokeslam:*Sitout suplex slam:*Death Valley driver:*Inverted front powerslam:*Exploder suplex:*Spinning lifting DDT:*Over the shoulder belly to back piledriver:*Sitout double arm powerbomb
Championships and accomplishments
*Eastern Wrestling Alliance:*EWA Hardcore Championship (1 time)
Global Wrestling Federation:* GWF Commomwealth Championship(1 time) :*GWF Tag Team Champion (1 time) with Ian Rotten
Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South:* IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Championship(2 times):* IWA Mid-South Tag Team Championship(2 times) with Ian Rotten
*Mid-America Wrestling:*MAW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
Mid-Eastern Wrestling Federation:* MEWF Heavyweight Championship(2 time) :* MEWF Tag Team Championship(1 time) with Corporal Punishment
National Wrestling Alliance:*Regional :* NWA Jersey Heavyweight Championship(1 time):*NWA Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
*National Wrestling League:*NWL Hardcore Champion (1 time):*NWL Tag Team Champion (1 time) with
Morgus the Maniac
*SCW:SCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time):SCW Tag Team Championship (1 time)
*Universal Independent Wrestling:*UIW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
*"'Other titles" :*AAWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
Pro Wrestling Illustrated:*PWI ranked him # 437 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the PWI Years in 2003:*1995 Feud of the Year – vs. Ian Rotten
* [http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/a/axl-rotten.html Profile at Online World of Wrestling]
* [http://www.myspace.com/AXLROTTEN Axl Rotten On Myspace]
* [http://www.angelfire.com/wrestling3/johnnymik/Axl Axl Rotten interview with Insane Wrestling]
* [http://www.pwmania.com/interviews.php?page=axlrotten Axl Rotten Speaks Exclusively With PWMania.com!]
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