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William Albert Haynes, Jr. (July 10, 1953) is a retired American professional wrestler better known as Billy Jack Haynes.

Career

Billy Jack Haynes (born William Haynes, Jr.) started wrestling on August 10, 1982 after quitting his janitorial job at the age of 28. He trained in Stu Hart's infamous "Dungeon" and briefly wrestled in Hart's Stampede Wrestling under his given name, initially serving in a non-wrestling capacity as a bodyguard for veteran heel manager JR Foley[1] before breaking away from Foley's Army and forming a tag team with Bruce Hart to battle the heel stable. He started wrestling as Billy Jack in Pacific Northwest Wrestling but had to change his name when Tom Laughlin (who starred in the movie Billy Jack) threatened to sue him. He added his real last name to the gimmick and continued to work as a face.

He feuded heavily with Rip Oliver until 1984, when he had a brief run in Championship Wrestling from Florida and then a run in World Class Championship Wrestling in 1985. He started splitting his time between PNW and FCW and wrestled with partner Wahoo McDaniel in the NWA's Jim Crockett Promotions where they feuded with Ole and Arn Anderson. He had just begun a feud with The Barbarian over who was the strongest man in the territory when he abruptly left the company after a confrontation with Jim Crockett in his office which became physical.

In 1986, Haynes went to the World Wrestling Federation and feuded with "Macho Man" Randy Savage over the Intercontinental Title and then with Hercules Hernandez over who was stronger and more muscular. Their feud in the WWF culminated with what was dubbed "The Battle of the Full Nelsons" at WrestleMania III, where the two men battled to a double count-out. His departure from the WWF has been a subject of controversy considering the dramatic changes in the story every time Haynes tells it. In one version, he says he quit the WWF after refusing to do a job in his hometown of Portland, Oregon [1]. Another account of the same incident reported that he actually wrestled the match with the finish reworked and then fired afterwards [2]. Finally, in a shoot interview, Haynes claims the WWF wanted him to do the job in Portland because he put in his notice to the company some time before and the Portland match was to be his last for the company. So instead of doing the job, he simply walked out.

He went back to Oregon in 1987 and wrestled in their independents until he showed up in World Championship Wrestling with the gimmick of a masked executioner from France named Black Blood in Kevin Sullivan's stable. He soon left WCW after a severe knee injury. After a year and a half of rehabbing, he went back to the PNW territory where he was a heel this time and feuded with top babyface Steve Doll.

He spoke out against Vince McMahon and the WWF in 1992 when McMahon was indicted on steroid charges, and stated that the working conditions were terrible and about how ruthless McMahon was.

He showed up next in the United States Wrestling Association in 1995 and retired in early 1996.

Post career

In 2006, Haynes ended up in a hospital when he was attacked outside a body shop on Southeast Foster Road in Portland. This was due to Haynes' skimming off the top while being a mule in a marijuana smuggling operation some years ago after finding out that he was being underpaid and lied to. Unbeknownst to him, he was transporting cocaine and not marijuana. Haynes himself admitted the motivation behind the attack on his person since the statute of limitations on the laws he broke had run out.

In March 2013, Haynes was hospitalized with an aortic aneurysm, failing kidneys and liver issues.[3]

In October 2014, Haynes filed a lawsuit against WWE in federal court for “egregious mistreatment of its wrestlers for its own benefit, as well as its concealment and denial of medical research and evidence concerning traumatic brain injuries suffered by WWE wrestlers” [4]. Haynes has had at least 15 concussions, suffers from depression and shows signs of dementia as a result of the time he worked for WWE the lawsuit says.[5]


Wrestling facts

  • Finishing and signature moves

Championships and accomplishments

  • OWF Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

Trivia

  • Served in the United States Army in the Vietnam War in the early-1970s[1]
  • Was briefly married to Jeannie Clark aka Lady Blossom in order for her to continue to work in the United States.
  • Haynes often wore a T-shirt on TBS during his time in Jim Crockett Promotions that said "Women Prefer Haynes", a play on his last name and the slogan of Hanes brand panty hose.
  • During his stint in the WWF in the 1980s, Haynes usually wore yellow and green - the school colors of the University of Oregon - and his trunks and boots often sported the outline of the state of Oregon.
  • He wrestled a then unknown Shawn Michaels in 1985 while part of WCCW. The match can be seen on the "The Shawn Michaels Story: Heartbreak & Triumph" DVD
  • Haynes worked with current TNA wrestler Raven, then known as Scotty the Body in Portland. Raven stated in a shoot interview that because of Haynes no one was allowed to do color (wrestling jargon for bleeding) in Oregon because of an unspecified incident involving Haynes.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Bruce Hart & Billy Jack Haynes interview

External links

  • [6] Shoot DVD interview
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