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"Dr. Death" Steve Williams (1960-2009)


Real Name - Steven Williams
Lifespan - 5/14/1960 - 12/29/2009
6'1" 265 lbs. - Norman, OK

Athletic Background - Football (USFL, University of Oklahoma), Wrestling (NCAA Championship Runner-Up `81)

Teacher(s) - Billy Starr?, Bill Watts, Buddy Landel

Professional Background - Mid-South/UWF(`82-`87), New Japan(`86-`89), NWA(`87-`90), All Japan(`90-), UWF(`91), WCW(`92), UWF(`94), ECW(`96-`97), WWF(`98), WCW(`99), All Japan(`02), Indies(`03-`09)

Aliases - none

Groups - Varsity Club, Triangle of Power, Team 2000, Black-Ship

Peak Years - `86-`94

Finisher(s) - 
Dangerous Back Suplex
Doctor Bomb
Oklahoma Stampede

Favorites - 
Press Slam
Shoulder Tackle

Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set
 Power 10 

Intangibles Rating - 


Place in History - Steve Williams has accomplished so much in professional wrestling it is a surprise that he was still grinding along in the twenty-first century. Williams was a top flight heavyweight wrestler at the University of Oklahoma as a four-time All-American from 1979 to 1982. In his first two years he placed sixth and fifth. In 1981, he took third and became the only man to pin Dan Severn in college. In his final year, "Dr. Death" (as he was already known as) took second, losing to Bruce Baumgartner, one of the greatest American heavyweights. From there he went pro and was a top star from day one. Once he gained a little seasoning, Williams was a very good worker for his size. Just when Williams seemed to be peaking, he headed to Japan and improved remarkably. Jumping to All Japan in 1990, "Dr. Death" became one of the top gaijins in the country and was perhaps one of the best talents of his size in the world. As a single, Williams had great success, but he found even more as a tag partner. Teaming with former Mid-South star and fellow top-notch big man, Terry Gordy, the two became the 1990s version of Stan Hansen & Bruiser Brody. Dubbed the "Miracle Violence Combo," Doc and Gordy were perpetually the Double Tag Team title holders and Tag League winners. After Gordy's medical problems, Williams struggled and never quite regained his footing. Forgettable visits to ECW, WWF and WCW soured recent American fans to Dr. Death's once highly regarded abilities. Infrequent visits to All Japan saw seen a broken down Steve Williams unable to deal with the physical style that made him an international star. After a battles over alamony, battles with throat cancer and the years of wear and tear Steve Williams was a shell of his once mighty self.  Cancer eventually returned and took his life in 2009.  Steve Williams probably best remembered for his incredible near-decade in Japan where he was dominant, but also his tenure in Mid-South/UWF where he established himself as the preeminent model star in that legendary company.