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Sean Christopher Haire (February 25, 1971 – September 8, 2014) was an American mixed martial artist and former professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Sean O'Haire.

Professional wrestling career

World Championship Wrestling

O'Haire began his career in WCW in June 2000, in Des Moines, Iowa, where he formed a tag team with fellow WCW Power Plant graduate Mark Jindrak. In August, O'Haire and Jindrak helped form the Natural Born Thrillers with Mike Sanders, Shawn Stasiak, Chuck Palumbo, Johnny "The Bull" Stamboli, and Reno. They were briefly "coached" by Kevin Nash. In September, O'Haire and Jindrak won the WCW World Tag Team Championship for the first time.

O'Haire and Jindrak won the title once more before splitting when O'Haire and Jindrak participated in a tag team battle royal with the Natural Born Thrillers teammates Stasiak and Palumbo. After the conclusion of the match, Sanders declared both teams victorious and said that the teams should trade partners. As a result, O'Haire formed a new tag team with Palumbo, while the second team consisted of Jindrak and Stasiak.

Palumbo and O'Haire defeated The Insiders (Diamond Dallas Page and Nash) in January 2001. A short time later, The Natural Born Thrillers broke up when Stasiak and Jindrak became jealous of the new tag team champs. The teams met at SuperBrawl Revenge on February 18 for the tag team gold. Palumbo and O'Haire retained their titles. O'Haire and Palumbo next feuded with Totally Buff (Buff Bagwell and Lex Luger) and defeated them at WCW Greed on March 18 to retain their tag team championship. For the next two weeks, O'Haire and Palumbo feuded with Team Canada (Lance Storm and Mike Awesome), defeating them on the final Nitro on March 26. WCW was purchased by the WWF, and both O'Haire and Palumbo's contracts were picked up.

World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment

O'Haire and Palumbo made their WWF debuts on the June 28, 2001, episode of SmackDown! as part of The Alliance, attacking the Hardy Boyz. O'Haire and Palumbo started feuding with the A.P.A. in the following weeks, which ended at WWF Invasion on July 22 when the APA defeated them. Subsequently, O'Haire and Palumbo defeated the Hardy Boyz on the August 2, 2001 edition of SmackDown!.

O'Haire and Palumbo next dropped the WCW Tag Team titles to the Brothers of Destruction (The Undertaker and Kane) on the August 9 edition of SmackDown! and lost their rematch for the tag-team gold in a steel cage match the following week on Raw. O'Haire and Palumbo's last televised match together was on the August 26 edition of Heat defeating The Holly Cousins, Hardcore and Crash.

Palumbo was thrown out of The Alliance in late October and joined the WWF in November. Also in September, O'Haire was sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) for seasoning where he joined Kenny Bolin's "Bolin Services". O'Haire returned to WWE on the June 30, 2002 edition of Heat, defeating Justin Credible. He made a few more appearances on Heat, in dark matches and at house shows throughout the rest of 2002, facing off against and teaming with the likes of Shawn Stasiak, Doug Basham, Damaja, Crash Holly, D'Lo Brown, Johnny Stamboli, Shelton Benjamin, Charlie Haas, Christopher Nowinski, Raven, and Credible. During this time, he still worked in OVW, as well.

In January 2003 vignettes started to appear on WWE programming showing O'Haire in his new gimmick—a Devil's advocate character. He urged people to commit adultery, break the law, not pay taxes, and not go to church, among other things. He ended each vignette with the line "I'm not telling you anything you don't already know". In 2003, O'Haire returned to the main SmackDown! roster, telling various superstars to perform indecent acts which included persuading Spanky to streak through the arena and Dawn Marie to flash the audience. O'Haire's dark persona included a long black trench coat he wore to the ring and his obsession with spiders, including fairly new tattoos with black flames on each wrist and a red spider web shooting out from the flames on his left wrist and a blue spider web on his right wrist. Also on the inside of his left forearm was a blue spider and on the inside of his right forearm was a red spider. His titantron video was also inside the body of a spider with a spiderweb in the background.

O'Haire quickly came under the tutelage of wrestling legend, 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper in April 2003. O'Haire's new persona was abandoned but he held victories over Rikishi, Funaki, Mr. America (Hulk Hogan), Chris Benoit, and Eddie Guerrero. WWE officially released Piper from his contract on June 26, 2003, right after O'Haire and Piper made their last appearance together on SmackDown!. O'Haire was left to fend for himself and spent the majority of the rest of 2003 in matches on Velocity, dominating anyone in his path until late November.

At that time, O'Haire was involved in a motorcycle accident which required stitches and kept him out of action for the next month or so. When he recovered in February 2004, he was sent back to OVW and released on April 3, 2004.

Independent circuit

O'Haire went to work for New Japan Pro Wrestling in May 2004. On July 17, 2004, O'Haire and Piper re-united at a Ballpark Brawl show where O'Haire was Piper's hand picked wrestler to face Jimmy Hart's wrestler Abyss. O'Haire defeated Abyss by disqualification. O'Haire then went on to work for Ultimate Pro Wrestling.

O'Haire reunited with Chuck Palumbo on February 23, 2005 at UPW's Homecoming Havoc in which they were defeated by Tom Howard and Predator. O'Haire's last wrestling match was a dark match before SmackDown!, on March 28, 2006 where he was defeated by Scotty 2 Hotty. O'Haire retired from professional wrestling after this to focus on mixed martial arts.

Kickboxing

Sean entered K-1 on December 31, 2004 with a second round knockout loss to Musashi and then went on to compete in two WGP rounds held in Las Vegas (05,06) where he racked up losses to both Gary Goodridge (1st round 0:55 tko) & Chalid Arrab (1st round 0:23 ko) to round off his K-1 record to 0/3. Not long after his first K-1 bout he was allegedly slated for a fight against Rick Cheek but his record was brought into question; K-1 reportedly claimed his record was 10/1 in kickboxing & 8/0 in MMA where only his K-1 bout vs Musashi & his MMA bout against Shungo Oyama could be found.

Personal life

O'Haire married Joy Elizabeth in Maui, Hawaii on May 15, 2005. Approximately a year and a half later he announced their divorce during a radio interview with SquaredCircleRadio. O'Haire now works as a bodyguard. He was spotted backstage at a Keyshia Cole concert (standing behind Christina Milian) in Atlanta in May 2009.

In 1992, O'Haire was arrested for assault. In 2006, O'Haire was found guilty of assaulting a woman at "Club Hypnotic" in June 2004. He was also involved in a fight in Hilton Head on March 30, 2007, in which he sustained fractures to his face and skull, including his orbital bone. As the result of the fight, the vision in his left eye was impaired. Although O'Haire claimed that he was going to the aid of a friend, witnesses asserted that O'Haire tried to instigate a fight with his alleged assailant, Juan Brantley. Brantley had filed a complaint with police on March 17, in which he stated that O'Haire had attempted to start a fight with him at another bar. On Labor Day Weekend 2009, O'Haire was arrested for allegedly choking his girlfriend.

Death

On September 9, 2014, O'Haire's body was found by his father, hanged from a bedpost in his Spartanburg, South Carolina, home. He had apparently committed suicide the day prior. O'Haire had been reportedly suffering from depression and alcohol addiction prior to his death. It had been reported that O'Haire had been to WWE sponsored rehab multiple times.

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

  • Rookie Of The Year (2000)

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