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Crash Holly


ABOUT

Finishing Moves

  1. Crash Course (Springboard bulldog)
  2. Crash Landing


Crash Holly Manager

  1. Molly Holly (WWF) (2000-01)


Theme Song

  1. “Slow Death” by Zack Tempest


Win/Loss Ratio

  1. 173(w)/19(d)/247(l) out of 439 matches


Crash Holly History


Michael John Lockwood made his debut in 1989, as Johnny Pearson in Bay Area Wrestling. He continued to wrestle there up until 1994. Multiple injuries forced him to take time off to recover for 18 months, as he dislocated his shoulder an incredulous five times. Coming back from his injury, he adopted the gimmick of Erin O’Grady and soon after signed with All Pro Wrestling (APW), where he performed as “The Leprechaun”.


On January 20, 1998, O'Grady wrestled Vic Grimes in a try-out match for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). Both were signed to contracts and sent to the developmental promotion, Power Pro Wrestling to train. The two together won the PPW Tag Team Championship, while O'Grady won the Power Pro Wrestling Young Guns Championship. Lockwood was then sent to Mexico by WWF Talent Coordinator Bruce Prichard to train him in the style of the WWF's lucha libre show, WWF Super Astros. He wrestled in Monterrey for three months, under a mask, as The Green Ghost (a play on the word "gringo").


Lockwood debuted in the main roster as Crash Holly, the kayfabe cousin of Bob "Hardcore" Holly, on the August 16, 1999 episode of Raw is War. The duo came to be known as the Holly Cousins and they took the gimmick of claiming to be "super heavyweights", over 400 lb each, Crash would carry a scale to ringside to "weigh in" before matches. While he and Bob often argued, they proved to be a formidable team when they could agree on the target of a famous Holly beatdown. They won the Tag Team Championship after defeating The Rock 'n' Sock Connection in Raw is War. They held the title for around a month, as they lost it to Mankind and his new partner, Al Snow.


The following year, he moved to the hardcore division. He defeated Test to get his first of 22 title reigns. He decreed that he must defend the championship twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, which later became known as the "24/7 Rule". This meant that the title was permanently contested, not just in sanctioned matches, and could change hands anywhere, anytime anyone pinned the champion, so long as a WWF referee counted the fall. Holly was frequently attacked by other wrestlers in unlikely locations, including an airport, a funhouse, a circus, and his hotel room. Although he was often pinned, he usually immediately regained the title. His most common tactic was to sneak a pin, often after the champion had been beaten down by someone else, and quickly run backstage, away from possible challengers. This turned him into a crowd favorite and earned him the nickname "The Houdini of Hardcore". He frequently defended the championship against non-wrestlers, including referees and road agents, like Gerald Brisco and Pat Patterson.


He then also went on to become the European Champion and Light Heavyweight Champion in the following years.


Crash Holly Championships and Accomplishments


All Pro Wrestling

  1. APW Junior Heavyweight Champion (1 time)


IWA Puerto Rico

  1. IWA Puerto Rico Hardcore Champion (1 time)
  2. IWA Puerto Rico Junior Heavyweight Champion (1 time)


World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment

  1. WWF World Tag Team Champion (1 time) - with Hardcore Holly
  2. WWE European Champion (1 time)
  3. WWF/E Hardcore Champion (22 time)
  4. WWF Light Heavyweight Champion (1 time)



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