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Kevin Sullivan

        
    

Real Name - Kevin Francis Sullivan

Birthdate - 10/26/49

5'11" 230 lbs. - Boston, MA


Athletic Background - Wrestling, Powerlifting, Bodybuilding [Semi-Pro]

Teacher(s) - Len Rossi, Ken Lucas; Eddie Graham

Professional Background - Montreal(`67), Georgia, GCCW, Nashville, Montreal(`70), WWWF(`70), GCCW(`71), Nashville(`72), Memphis(`77), Central States(`78), Knoxville(`79), Georgia(`80-`81), Memphis(`81), Knoxville(`81), Knoxville[Crockett](`81-`82), Florida(`82-`84), SWCW(`84), SECW[Alabama](`85), Florida(`85-`87), Cont'l(`86), WCW(`88-`90), SMW(`92-`94), WCW(`94-`00), Indies(`00-), XWF(`01)

Aliases - Johnny West, Masked Lucifer, Kevin Caldwell, The Great Wizard, The Master, The Taskmaster

Groups - First Family, Army of Darkness, Varsity Club, Sullivan's Slaughterhouse/House of Animals, Dungeon of Doom

Peak Years - `80-`86


Finisher(s) - 
- Double Stomp
- Tree of Woe
- Golden Spike

Favorites - 
- Foreign Object
- Turnbuckle Smash
- Throat Thrust
- Punch


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set4
 Science2
 Aerial1
 Power6
 Strikes5


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment7
 Selling3
 Bumping3
 Carrying3
 Heat7
 Legacy6


Place in History - When you look at his in-ring career and contributions, Kevin Sullivan had some excellent runs on top in Florida, East Tennessee and Alabama.  His demonic persona was revolutionary, but largely because of his genius.  It is that genius that is Kevin Sullivan’s true legacy.  In his early years, Sullivan was a plucky Irish kid from Boston.  Although short, he had an exceptional physique and spent over ten years as a journeyman.  Kevin Sullivan probably never would have made it big had he not been taken in Eddie Graham in Florida.  Graham mentored Sullivan, as he did so many, and was willing to give him that big push.  The Sheik had greatly influenced Sullivan with his aura of chaotic violence and foreign evil.  Sullivan developed a Satanic gimmick that he played to the hilt and made him one of the most hated and feared men of his era.  His Army of Darkness and their war on Dusty Rhodes was perhaps the last great territorial storyline before the WWF went national.  He continued to work around the small companies before returning to WCW and getting involved with the booking committee.  The combination of Kevin Sullivan’s wrestling vision and Eric Bischoff’s brand vision turned WCW around in a major way.  The rebuild and eventual turn of Hulk Hogan, the creation of the nWo and the development of an athletic and dynamic undercard all have Sullivan’s fingerprints on them.  WCW became the biggest pro-wrestling company that had ever been before its rapid decline.  Sullivan played a role in those days as talent left for the WWF under his tenure and the company was never righted.  It is difficult to gauge the career of Kevin Sullivan as his successes are so significant, but his limitations are so obvious.  He was an architect in some major angles in pro-wrestling history, yet his over-the-top approach led to dramatic declines when his angles played out.
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