Shane Douglas

Troy Martin
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Ring name(s)Dean Douglas
Shane Douglas
Troy Orndorff
The Franchise
Billed height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Billed weight249 lb (113 kg)
BornNovember 21 1964 (1964--) (age 44)
New Brighton, Pennsylvania
Billed fromPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Trained byDominic DeNucci [1]
Debut1982
Retired |


Troy Shane Martin (born November 21, 1964) better known by his ring name Shane Douglas, is an American semi-retired professional wrestler. In the course of his career, which has spanned two decades, Douglas has wrestled in Extreme Championship Wrestling, World Championship Wrestling as "The Franchise" Shane Douglas, World Wrestling Federation as Dean Douglas, and now in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.

Career

Early career

Troy Martin was trained by Dominic DeNucci in the Pittsburgh suburb of Freedom, Pennsylvania, alongside Mick Foley in the mid-1980s.[2] However, he had been wrestling professionally to earn money since 1982. When he started, he used the gimmick of Troy Orndorff, the ficitional nephew of Paul Orndorff.[3] In 1986, he began wrestling as a face for the Universal Wrestling Federation using the name Shane Douglas, which was given to him by "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert and Missy Hyatt. Douglas defeated Gilbert for the UWF Television Championship, on August 3 1987 but did not rise above mid-card status. Douglas lost the title on September 2 1987 to Terry Taylor.

National Wrestling Alliance/World Championship Wrestling (early 1990s)

Eventually, he signed with the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA)/World Championship Wrestling (WCW). He began using the name Shane Douglas and was put into a tag team of skateboarders known as The Dynamic Dudes with Johnny Ace.[4] Since neither Ace nor Douglas knew how to skateboard, the fans saw through the gimmick and refused to buy into it.[4] Jim Cornette, who was managing The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane) at the time, decided to manage the duo to help them get over. When Eaton and Lane (kayfabe) did not approve, they forced a match between the two teams with Cornette remaining neutral at ringside. He ended up turning on Douglas and Ace and the teams feuded for a couple of months. The Cornette turn was to have established The Dynamic Dudes as a top babyface tag team, but the turn backfired and made The Midnight Express more popular than they already were.

The Dynamic Dudes broke up in 1990 after Ace began competing progressively more for All Japan Pro Wrestling, which was breaking down its ties to American promotions. Douglas soon left NWA/WCW and wrestled on the American independent circuit. In 1990, he also signed a deal with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). His most memorable WWF performance took place at the 1991 Royal Rumble, where he lasted for 26 minutes 23 seconds. This was the 7th longest time for any wrestler in the Royal Rumble's first 4 years. Shortly after, he left the company to take care of his ailing father.

He returned to WCW in 1992 to team with Ricky Steamboat to win the WCW World Tag Team Championship from Dustin Rhodes and Barry Windham on November 18. The team of Steamboat and Douglas had a long feud with The Hollywood Blondes ("Stunning" Steve Austin and "Flyin'" Brian Pillman), often wearing identical body suits and masks and calling themselves "Dos Hombres". They eventually lost the belts to The Blondes on March 11 1993. Soon after losing the tag titles, Douglas left WCW for Eastern Championship Wrestling (ECW).

Extreme Championship Wrestling

In ECW, he initially supported the faces, but then turned on Tommy Dreamer during a match in which Douglas was defending the ECW tag team belts with him (on behalf of Johnny Gunn, an old WCW comrade) against Kevin Sullivan and The Tasmaniac. Douglas blamed Dreamer for the loss and turned on him, effectively becoming a heel, an attitude that would define him permanently and give him success.

Douglas was instrumental in the development of "extreme" wrestling when he won a tournament to become the NWA World Heavyweight Champion on August 27 1994. In an angle which only he, Tod Gordon, and Paul Heyman knew about, Douglas threw down the NWA belt stating that he did not want to be champion of a "dead promotion." He then raised the Eastern Championship Wrestling Heavyweight Title and declared it to be a World Heavyweight Championship -- calling it the only real World Title. According to the Forever Hardcore DVD, Douglas only agreed to throw down the NWA belt[5] after NWA president Dennis Coraluzzo[6] buried Douglas on Mike Tenay’s radio show. Shortly afterward, Eastern Championship Wrestling changed its name to Extreme Championship Wrestling. Capitalizing on the controversy that surrounded his literally "throwing down" the NWA belt and the promo following it, Douglas was encouraged to express his true feelings in interviews by the ECW bookers and began calling himself The Franchise. This helped raise ECW prominence in the eyes of wrestling fans and journalists and allowed it to become an alternative to WCW and the WWF.

It was during this time that he formed the first incarnation of the Triple Threat stable, aligning himself with Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko.

World Wrestling Federation

In 1995, Douglas debuted in the WWF, with a college dean gimmick as Dean Douglas. To establish himself, he filmed several vignettes with a chalkboard, "teaching" wrestlers and fans. He would also be shown "taking notes" of his opponents at ringside during some bouts, and frequently carried a paddle (dubbed the "Board of Education") with him to the ring. Upon his WWF debut, he became the first former ECW Heavyweight Champion ever on the active roster, and the only one until 1998, when Terry Funk debuted as Chainsaw Charlie.

He was awarded the Intercontinental Title on October 22 1995 by forfeit when Shawn Michaels was unable to wrestle after being attacked and severely beaten by a group of Marines in Syracuse, New York. His reign was short lived, however, as he was defeated by Razor Ramon later .

His last appearance on WWF TV was at in December 1995, when he was booked to wrestle Ahmed Johnson. According to the storyline, his back wasn't in wrestling condition and so he introduced Buddy Landel as his substitute for the night.

Return to ECW

In late 1995, Douglas returned to ECW and targeted ECW World Heavyweight Champion, Raven. During this time he also had a memorable feud with Cactus Jack. Cactus was getting ready to leave for WWF and was cutting promos encouraging Tommy Dreamer to come with him, deriding ECW hardcore style and promoting "clean" wrestling. During several matches, he refused to wrestle hardcore. Douglas eventually pinned Cactus Jack in a match after a memorable drop toe hold onto a chair. After finding himself unsuccessful in his title shots, he began a feud with 2 Cold Scorpio, based on Douglas' lack of respect for the ECW Television Championship. Douglas held the TV title briefly, but lost it to Pitbull #2.

Douglas eventually won the TV title back (from Chris Jericho) in a 4-way dance that also inluded 2 Cold Scorpio and Pitbull #2 (who had lost the title to Jericho) when The Pitbulls' manager, Francine, turned on them and aided Douglas. When The Pitbulls went on to superbomb her through a table as part of the postmatch altercation, Pitbull #1 suffered a (legit) broken neck.

Douglas, with Francine, went on to feud with Pitbull #2 for the rest of 1996 and, by year's end, reformed the Triple Threat with Chris Candido and "Primetime" Brian Lee, later adding Bam Bam Bigelow when Lee left ECW. He held the TV title for a year before losing it to Taz at Wrestlepalooza. He then turned his sights on ECW World Heavyweight Champion, Terry Funk and, at Hardcore Heaven 1997, in a rematch from The Night the Line Was Crossed, Shane Douglas defeated Sabu (who had beaten Funk a week earlier for the title in a barbed wire deathmatch) and Terry Funk in a three way dance to regain the ECW World Heavyweight Title. In October 1997, he briefly lost it to Bam Bam Bigelow, but regained it 15 days later at November to Remember 1997, held in his hometown of Pittsburgh. With the exception of these two weeks, he would reign as champion until January 1999, finally losing the title to Taz at Guilty as Charged, whom he had feuded with throughout 1998. It was also during this time that Pro Wrestling Illustrated officially declared the ECW title a "World Title."

Return to WCW

Differences with Paul Heyman culminated with The Franchise's departing ECW for WCW in early 1999. Upon arriving in WCW, he pledged to "cut the cancer out" of WCW, the cancer being Ric Flair (with whom he also has legit heat). He reunited with former Triple Threat members Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko, along with fellow former ECW wrestler Perry Saturn, to form The Revolution. Asya was the group's valet.

Douglas had an onscreen feud with Ric Flair, who was a favorite target of his during his ECW interviews, where Douglas had claimed "Dick Flair"-- as he referred to him-- held down his career. However, the group was rarely featured prominently and never really challenged the dominant wrestlers of WCW. This led to them never really getting over as an idea, though both Benoit and Malenko were over individually. He was part of The New Blood group run by Vince Russo and Eric Bischoff which feuded with the older established Millionaire's Club. He won the Tag Team Championships (with Buff Bagwell), the Hardcore Championship and the United States Championship during this run which also saw Torrie Wilson become his valet.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling

Following the closure of XPW, Douglas had a short stint with World Wrestling All-Stars before signing with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) in June 2003. When he debuted in TNA, he immediately re-ignited his feud with Raven. The two ended up joining separate factions (The New Church for Douglas, The Gathering for Raven) and clashed throughout the summer of 2003.

When this feud ran down, Douglas broke away from The New Church and began a quest, alongside his new valet Tracy, to find "The NEW Franchise". He decided on up and comer Michael Shane and took him under his wing throughout the end of 2003 and beginning of 2004. However, when the grouping of Shane and Douglas broke up, Douglas went into a semi-in-ring-retirement. He became an onscreen commentator and interviewer for TNA's weekly television show, iMPACT!, and their monthly pay-per-views. In addition to this on screen role, he worked backstage as a road agent and took a few independent bookings.

In 2005, Douglas booked (while still working for TNA) an ECW reunion show called Hardcore Homecoming. At the inaugural event on June 10, he lost a no-rope barbed wire Three-Way dance to Sabu, which also included Terry Funk. The show would carry on in the form of "The Reunion Tour" in the month of September, putting on two shows. At those shows, he would pick up a victory in a Three-Way dance against Jerry Lynn and Sabu in Cleveland, as well as a victory over Pitbull #1 in Pittsburgh. Hardcore Homecoming would hold one last event (billed as November Reign) on November 5, where Douglas lost a Dog-Collar match against Pitbull #1.

In 2006, Shane Douglas took time off to undergo rehab for an addiction to painkillers (see below).

He returned to television on the May 18 episode of iMPACT!, appearing on the entrance ramp as Andy Douglas (no relation) made the save for his tag team partner Chase Stevens after a brutal squash by Samoa Joe. A few weeks later, on June 15, Shane confronted them on their recent losing streak and their squandered talent, referring to their former manager and Douglas's ex-Triple Threat teammate, Chris Candido in the process. He offered to become their manager, which they accepted. During the promo when he offered his services he shot on the revival of ECW by WWE, admonishing Vince McMahon for "exploiting the memory" of the company he helped build nearly 15 years earlier. Since taking him up, vignettes showing Douglas training The Naturals have been shown on TNA programming, though he doesn't stand at ringside during their matches like most other managers. Once they were deemed ready for competition, Douglas billed them as "The Newly Franchised Naturals".

On the December 21 episode of iMPACT!, after The Naturals lost to Team 3D in a Tables Match, Douglas turned his back on them, saying, "This experiment is over." However on February 8 2007, he, along with Andy Douglas, came to the aid of Chase Stevens after he was attacked by Abyss, who took out both The Naturals and their manager that night.

Despite the failed "experiment", prior to the departure of The Naturals from TNA, Chase Stevens was featured in a (unsuccessful) singles match, wearing the gold-and-black "Franchised" Naturals attire. Douglas came out after his match to heatedly confront Stevens about wearing his colors, leading to an in-ring confrontation between the two.

Wrestling facts

  • Finishing and signature moves
*Pittsburgh Plunge (Fisherman brainbuster)
*Franchiser (Shoulder jawbreaker)
*Belly to belly suplex
*Snap suplex
*Neck snap
*Cobra clutch
*Backhand chop
*Cloverleaf
*Single arm DDT
*Stiff kicks
  • Signature illegal weapon
*Steel chain
  • Managers and valets
*Angel
*Lizzy Borden
*Traci Brooks
*Jade Chung
*Jim Cornette
*Francine
*Paul Heyman
*Sherri Martel
*Jim Mitchell
*Kimona Wanalaya
*Torrie Wilson
*Jessica Kresa (ODB)

Entrance themes

In ECW, Shane Douglas (and associated Triple Threat members) used the song "Perfect Strangers" by Deep Purple.

In WCW, Douglas used an instrumental remix of "Perfect Strangers", courtesy of Jimmy Hart.

In TNA, Douglas used another instrumental remix of "Perfect Strangers". This song was titled "Deep", by Dale Oliver.

Championships and accomplishments

*UWF Television Championship (1 time)
1Douglas has one additional reign which WWE does not recognize.
²Douglas wins the championship in a tournament while the promotion is named Eastern Championship Wrestling and is still a member of the National Wrestling Alliance.
³After Ted Turner's purchase of Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling from Jim Crockett in 1988, he renames the promotion World Championship Wrestling and it remains an NWA affiliated promotion until late 1993. In 1992, the NWA and WCW World Tag Team Championships are unified until WCW's withdrawal from the NWA, upon which they were separated into two different championships once more.


Personal life

Douglas graduated cum laude from Bethany College in 1986 with a bachelor's degree in history and political science. He went on to receive teacher certification from Geneva College. Douglas taught at Beaver High School and Western Beaver Jr/Sr High School throughout the early 1990s, teaching emotional support classes, economics, and the history of the United States.

His first son, Connor, was born in April 2001, and his second son, Caden Andrew, was born on December 6 2005.

Douglas entered drug rehabilitation in February 2006 after becoming addicted to the analgesic Oxycontin. He left rehabilitation in April 2006, having taken no Oxycontin tablets since January 2006.

Douglas is now currently working at Target in New Brighton, PA where he is in the manager training program.[7]

Notes

1. ^ Foley, Mick. Have A Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks (p.68)
2. ^ Foley, Mick. Have A Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks (p.68)
3. ^ Foley, Mick. Have A Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks (p.92)
4. ^ Foley, Mick. Have A Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks (p.156, 187)
5. ^ -- The idea of throwing down the NWA World Title was planned and only two other people were in on it: Todd Gordon and Paul Heyman. Paul told Shane the negative would be that many he grew up loving would peg him as a “backstabber” if he did it. What made the decision easy is Dennis Carluzzo's commentary about Shane at the time. Carluzzo went on the radio and behind his back and told everyone not to book Shane as he would no show and was a "bad risk." Shane can't recall ever no showing an event. Carluzzo, a high-ranking NWA official, apparently was talking about a show Shane no showed because he was worried about pay. The promoter kept backing out of parts of the agreement and in the end wanted Shane to drive instead of fly as was planned in the arrangement. So, Shane told the promoter to take his name off the show and not to book him again. Shane credits Mike Tenay for telling him the story as Shane didn't even remember it. -- The day of the event Shane was to throw down the NWA belt, he was still undecided. It wasn't until Carluzzo showed up and was stuck to Shane's side "like a dingleberry" and wanted him to sign a contract which Shane couldn't sign. When he saw how disingenuous Carluzzo was being, he decided to do it using his father's theory of doing right by the people that do right by you. -- Shane feels there is some left over anger from the NWA about the tossing of the belt. When he went to TNA, he feels they could have had him do the typical heel "nobody beat me for the belt" angle but opted not to.
6. ^ 2006 Hall Of Fame Inductees
7. ^ October 10, 2007- Update on Shane Douglas. Franchisefansite.net. Retrieved on 2007-10-11.

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