The UK Pitbulls were a professional wrestling tag team that consisted of brothers Bulk (Mike Waters, born 1978) and Big Dave (Dave Waters, born 1971). Their motto was "if we don't beat you, we eat you!". They held a number of titles in the United Kingdom, notably in their own promotion and in some minor United States promotions. Their career as a tag team ended when Dave Waters sustained a crippling injury in a strongman contest which left him in a wheelchair. They are 20 time Tag team champions.
Individual professional wrestling careers
Bulk (Mike Waters) is part of the Rock band "Spot", which formed in 1996, playing the drums as Big Mike with Chris (guitar), Ollie (bass), and Bub (guitar and vocals). Bulk left the band for a short time to feature in another band "OVER–BORED".
Most of 2007 has been taken up recording with his band SPOT, who have signed to HellCat records and recorded songs for a successful movie franchise.
SPOT have now disbanded and Mike is busy with his other band projects and is due to be married to Sheena on Halloween 2009.
Mike has formed a new band called The Pocket Godzillas and they can be found on Myspace.
Big Dave competed heavily in strongman competitions from 1990 to 2000 and has reached the UK finals three years running, gaining second place in 1995. In 1996, he was ranked #1 in the UK and Europe, he competed in the universally recognized competitions, such as the "Britain's Strongest Man" and "UK's Strongest Man" events, that were shown regularly on mainstream British television as well as SKY TV and shown in the USA and Europe. However as of August 2003, Dave retired from strongman competition to pursue a full–time career in professional wrestling. However, Dave occasionally returns to run strongman competitions, and has spent most of 2007 coaching Richard "Bomber" Hudson for the Worlds Strongest man events. It was at a recent strongman event that he suffered his career ending injury.
Dave used to own and run the "Pitbull Powerhouse Gym" in Cromer, Norfolk, which was open to the public and also has a pro-wrestling training facility as part of the setup. Dave and Mike were directly involved in the wrestling training as well as having regular guest trainers. The gym is now closed due to Dave's career ending injury in the Britains most powerful man comp on the 29th June 2008 in Kent. Dave dislocated his left knee, fully ruptured the left patella tendon, fully ruptured his right quad tendon and ruptured his right quad muscle. He was in hospital for 3 weeks, in double leg casts - groin to foot - for 8 weeks, he then suffered a deep vein thrombosis and was on warfarin for 4 months. The right leg is now ok but his left knee op failed, he recently had an MRI (feb 12th 2009) scan and is waiting for a date for another op - he is currently on crutches and has to use a wheelchair quite a bit.
Dave was trained originally by Andre Baker at NWA UK Hammerlock. However, Dave and Mike completed their training in late 1997 at WAW of Norwich under Sweet Saraya.
The UK Pitbulls name is actually a play on the World Wrestling Federation's British Bulldogs tag team name; Bulk and Big Dave were asked to wrestle as the British Bulldogs on a holiday camp but declined and suggested the name UK Pitbulls instead. The UK Pitbulls gimmick is not similar to that of the Extreme Championship Wrestling tag team The Pitbulls.
In 2000, they held 7 different tag team titles in minor UK promotions such as WAW as well as overseas.
The UK Pitbulls opened a wrestling and powerlifting gym "Pitbull Powerhouse" in Cromer, Norfolk. Here they ran a wrestling training school and concentrated on the heavier side of weightlifting, strongman training, fitness weight loss, and any routine to personal requirements. They also ran their own promotion, DAM Promotions (Dave and Mike Promotions), holding several shows in Holt, Norfolk. They were known for constantly getting over as firm fan favourites despite being hated in other parts of the country. The shows raised over £8000 for various charities. The UK Pitbulls also helped out at other charity events all over the country.
In 2007, the pair were working mainly abroad and with each other on non-wrestling projects, but maintained a busy schedule nonetheless.
Mid 2008 The UK Pitbulls are no more due to Dave's career ending injuries. Mike is still wrestling occasionally for some UK companies.
The UK Pitbulls have appeared on local TV, Trisha, Documentaries on Five and ITV2, in an independent film called "Slumber Party" and the BBC 6 o'clock news. The UK Pitbulls would also appeared on Channel 4's The Big Breakfast, and in 2003 they filmed several segments for MTV's "Dirty Sanchez" and ITV's Celebrity Wrestling.
Mike recently filmed a speaking part in Danny Dyers forthcoming film "Malice in Wonderland"
- Finishing and signature moves
- Big Dave's finishing moves
- Pitbull Pitfall (Full nelson slam)
- Big Dave's signature moves
- Bulk's finishing moves
- Bulk Driver (Reverse piledriver)
- Bulk's signature moves
Championships and accomplishments
- DAM Promotions
- DAM Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- International Catch Wrestling Association
- ICWA World Tag Team Championship (2 times)
- K-Star Wrestling
- K-Star Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- Premier Promotions
- PWF Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- Real Deal Wrestling
- RDW Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- WAW British Heavyweight Championship (1 time) – Bulk
- WAW Open Championship (1 time) – Big Dave
- WAW Tag Team Championship (4 times)
- WAW Youth Championship (1 time) – Bulk
- King of the Ring (1998) – Bulk
- Wrestler of the Year (2001) – Big Dave
- Other titles
- AIWF-GB Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- AIWF World Hardcore Tag Team Championship (3 times)
- BRAWL Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- British Wrestling Website's British Tag Team of the Year (2004, 2005)
- EWC Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- SCW Commonwealth Championship (1 time) – Bulk
- UCW Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- UKWW's UK Tag Team of the Year (2005)
- UWA Tag Team Championship (1 time)