[In Memorium] Dr. Death Steve Williams (1960-2009)
Former UWF Heavyweight Champion, All-Japan Triple Crown Champion, and LCW Television, United States, and International Champion "Dr. Death" Steve Williams passed away last night after a long battle with throat cancer. He was 49 years old. Legends Championship Wrestling would like to extend its deepest condolences and sympathies to the family and friends of Dr. Death Steve Williams.
WWE.com has learned that “Dr. Death,” Steve Williams, passed away at the age of 49 after battling throat cancer for many years.
An All-American football player and wrestler at the University of Oklahoma, Williams went on to wrestle in UWF, NWA, ECW, All Japan and WCW with Terry Gordy before joining WWE in 1998.
In 2007, with his cancer in remission, William penned an inspirational book entitled How Dr. Death became Dr. Life. “I’ve been a fighter all my life,” Williams told WWE.com at the time. “I never gave up.”
His trying journey infused in Williams a gentle perspective and a deeply spiritual commitment. “I kept praying to God, and He opened the door,” said Williams, who devoted his time to working with a ministry group and at-risk kids. “I use the ring as an altar call, and I do my testimony from the ring and ask the kids if they want to give their lives to Christ, and then we pray together.”
During his battle, Williams strengthened his bond with the man who signed him onto Mid South Wrestling when he was still a student at OU, WWE’s own Jim “J.R.” Ross.
“Steve Williams, mentally and physically, is the toughest athlete I’ve ever seen in any walk of life or any sport, including the NFL,” Ross told WWE.com in 2007. “[And] he has a heart of gold."
On this year's LCW Redemption Day 2009 Pay-Per-View:
- LCW Women’s Champion Lock vs. Luna Vachon vs. LCW Joshi Champion Akira Hokuto vs. Madusa in a fatal four way match with the winner becoming the LCW Unified Lady Legends Champion. - LCW World Tag Team Champions The Wild Samoans vs. The Midnight Express. - LCW Heritage Champion Bret Hart vs. Kevin Von Erich. - LCW United States Champion Bill Goldberg vs. Magnum TA. - Macho Man Randy Savage vs. The Dynamite Kid in an I Quit steel cage match. - LCW International Champion Big Van Vader vs. Paul Orndorff. - Dr. Death Steve Williams vs. The Raging Bull Manny Fernandez (with Cowboy Bill Watts) in a last man standing match. - LCW Universal Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Stan Hansen (with Col. Robert Parker and Maw Bass).
With appearances from... Tony Schiavone, Larry Zbyszko, Sean Mooney, LCW General Manager Harley Race, Dr. Death Steve Williams, Cowboy Bill Watts, the Raging Bull Manny Fernandez, LCW United States Champion Bill Goldberg, Magnum TA, and more!
The Wrestling Observer is reporting that Bret Hart has signed a short-term talent contract with WWE that will go into effect on January 1st, 2010, and expire a couple weeks after WrestleMania 26. It is now believed that Hart will indeed be the guest host of WWE Raw when it goes head-to-head with TNA Impact on January 4th.
LCW Chairman of the Board Christian Calaway said, in a telephone statement to LegendsWrestling.com, "We're proud of what we've done with Bret Hart. He's been a major part of the company from our inception and we wish him nothing but the best on his return to WWE."
Hart, the reigning LCW Heritage Champion, is expected to stay with Legends Championship Wrestling through the end of the year, including an appearance at the LCW Endgame pay-per-view on Sunday, December 27th.
Also on this week's show... After being attacked by Cowboy Bill Watts and the Raging Bull Manny Fernandez last week, Dr. Death Steve Williams renewed his contract and sits down with Jesse The Body Ventura for a special one-on-one interview to talk about his future with the company and his plans for Watts and Fernandez.
In other Showdown Championship Draft Series matches: - LCW World Tag Team Champions The Wild Samoans vs. The Rougeau Brothers (with Jimmy Hart). - LCW Heritage Champion Bret Hart vs.Kamala. - LCW International Champion Big Van Vader vs. Ken Patera. - LCW United States Champion Superstar Billy Graham vs. Bill Goldberg.
In non-Draft Series matches: - LCW Joshi Champion Madusa (with Jaguar Yokota, Lioness Asuka and Chigusa Nagayo) vs. Akira Hokuto (with Devil Masami, Aja Kong and Dump Matsumoto). - Macho Man Randy Savage vs. Cowboy Bob Orton.
[Feature Story] Former LCW Featured Talent Sheamus Wins WWE Title
WWE Raw superstar, and former LCW featured talent, Sheamus O'Shaunessy won the WWE Title last night from John Cena in a table match at the WWE TLC pay-per-view.
Sheamus started being featured regularly in LCW storylines in October of 2007, as the bodyguard to LCW Chairman of the Board Christian Calaway and later as a bodyguard for Macho Man Randy Savage and The Genius Lanny Poffo.
LCW Founder Christian Calaway said in a telephone interview with LegendsChampionshipWrestling.com, "I'm so incredibly proud of Sheamus right now. I'd say I can't believe it, but that wouldn't be the truth. From the moment we met, I knew he was going to be a star. He had something special about him, that 'it' factor. He told me from day one that he was a legend and I believed it and found a way to incorporate him into our storylines. I'm very proud of Sheamus and wish him all the best as he starts this new chapter of his career as champion."
In this week's main event... LCW Universal Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin defends his title against Greg The Hammer Valentine (with Jimmy Hart) in the LCW Showdown Championship Draft Series. When Stan Hansen tried to attack Austin last week on LCW Showdown he was hit with the Stone Cold Stunner for his effort. While Hansen has put a target on Austin and his LCW Universal Championship, will this come back to haunt him.
But before Stan Hansen decides whether he's going to continue targeting Austin, he'll have his hands full this week with Magnum TA. For the two former LCW Universal Champions, this could be the perfect opportunity to put themselves in position for a title shot.
Also on this week's show... Battling cancer and having lost the final battle in a war with Bill Goldberg, Dr. Death Steve Williams announces his future plans with Legends Championship Wrestling. Will he stay or will he walk away?
In other Showdown Championship Draft Series matches: - LCW World Tag Team Champions The Midnight Express (with Dennis Condrey) vs. The Wild Samoans. - LCW Heritage Champion Bret Hart vs. Superfly Jimmy Snuka. - LCW International Champion Paul Orndorff vs. Big Van Vader. - LCW United States Champion Superstar Billy Graham vs. Gorgeous Jimmy Garvin (with Precious).
In non-Draft Series matches: - Cowboy Bob Orton vs. Dirty Dick Slater in a street fight match. - Sgt. Slaughter vs. Kevin Von Erich. - Madusa and Jaguar Yokota (with Lioness Asuka and Chigusa Nagayo) vs. Akira Hokuto and Devil Masami (with Aja Kong and Dump Matsumoto).
Also on this week's show... In other Showdown Championship Draft Series matches: - LCW World Tag Team Champions The Midnight Express (with Dennis Condrey) vs. The Rock 'n' Roll Express. - LCW Heritage Champion Bret Hart vs. Sgt. Slaughter. - LCW International Champion Paul Orndorff vs. Koko B. Ware. - LCW United States Champion Superstar Billy Graham vs. Col. DeBeers.
Following the explosive LCW Redemption Day 2009 pay-per-view this past Sunday, the Showdown Championship Draft continues and the champions – some old, some new – prepare to defend their titles once again in the LCW Showdown Championship Draft Series!
Universal Ironman: At LCW Redemption Day, Stone Cold Steve Austin retained his LCW Universal Championship against Magnum TA in a pay-per-view classic. Since his reign began, Austin has battled back over 10 title challengers, and most of them in consecutive weeks. This week, Austin hopes to do that once again when he takes on a member of the Desperadoes: Dirty Dutch Mantel. Mantel will be looking to bring the gold home for the dominating group, but he's not the only one. This past Sunday at LCW Redemption Day, Big Van Vader and Goldberg both made their ambitious goals clear; Vader verbally declared his path to the title, and Goldberg interfered in the main event title match, some say costing Magnum TA his opportunity. Can Austin do it again, beat Mantel? And what does the future hold for him. Is time running out? Is LCW about to change their clocks to “Vader Time?”
Midnight(mare) Express Calls at Showdown: New LCW World Tag Team Champions The Midnight Express made their trip to Nastyville a memorable and a successful one when they overcame the Nasty Boys this past Sunday. In a match with history dating back to Mid-South Wrestling, the Midnight Express take on the Rock 'n' Roll Express in title competition this week on Showdown. The Midnight Express were once beaten by the Rock 'n' Roll Express in May 1984 for the then-Mid-South Tag Team titles. Could this be the ultimate Midnight(mare) for the Midnight Express?
Early Bird(man) gets the gold? Fresh off winning the LCW International Championship this past Sunday night, Paul Orndorff is forced to defend it against the resident birdman of Legends Championship Wrestling – Koko B. Ware – in title action. Orndorff beat Barry Windham for the title this past Sunday, but can his luck continue heading into LCW Showdown this week? Or will this be a short-lived reign on the part of Orndorff?!
Atten-Hart! The LCW Heritage Championship has become piggy in the middle, so-to-speak, as it pertains to the LCW Showdown Championship Draft as it has switched hands no less than 4 times as part of the Draft Series, and a further time this past Sunday when Bret Hart beat then-champion Kevin Von Erich. However, as Hart is set to defend his title against former WWF Champion Sgt. Slaughter, his condition is in question. This past Sunday, after beating Von Erich, Hart was locked in the Claw and the hold wasn't released for several minutes. Hart was checked over by LCW medics, but his condition is still unknown. If we know Bret, he'll defend it come hell or high water, but will that be a mistake?!
Also, Watch Out For: - LCW United States Champion Billy Graham defends the belt against Col. DeBeers in title competition. After beating Stan Hansen in a lumberjack match on Sunday, can Graham retain his title again? - A feud appears to be brewing between the LCW Women's Champion and the LCW Joshi Champion. Lock won the Women's Title on Sunday, and Akira Hokuto is getting a shot at the Joshi Champion, but after remarks made by former Women's Champion Luna Vachon, many fans are sensing an impending war. Is this so?
The Nasty Boys faced LCW World Tag Team Champions The Midnight Express last night at the LCW Redemption Day Pay-Per-View which saw the Midnight Express retain the titles. The team were informed of their release this afternoon. This comes only weeks after the release of Brutus The Barber Beefcake was announced. More releases are expected.
Knobbs and Sags are a record-setting four time LCW World Tag Team Champions and former LCW United States Tag Team Champions and have been with the company since its inception in 2005. They actually won their first LCW World Tag Team Championships from the Road Warriors at LCW's inagural event, the very first LCW SuperClash in 2005.
It is believed that these releases are a result of Hulk Hogan's signing with TNA. The release of the Nasty Boys was not unexpected and rumors were swirling a few weeks ago that the Nasty Boys were going to be released after the Showdown at the Chase VI Television Special in which the Nasty Boys lost a triple threat match to the Bass Brothers and Cowboy Bob Orton and Dirty Dick Slater, a match won by Slater and Orton who walked away with the tag team titles.
On this year's LCW Redemption Day 2009 Pay-Per-View:
- Team Hokuto (Akira Hokuto, Devil Masami, Dump Matsumoto and Aja Kong) vs. Team Madusa (LCW Joshi Champion Madusa, Lioness Asuka, Chigusa Nagayo and Jaguar Yokota). - LCW International Champion Barry Windham (with J.J. Dillon) vs. Paul Orndorff. - Macho Man Randy Savage vs. The Dynamite Kid. - LCW United States Champion Superstar Billy Graham vs. Stan Hansen (with Col. Robert Parker and Maw Bass). - LCW World Tag Team Champions The Midnight Express (with Dennis Condrey) vs. The Nasty Boys. - LCW Heritage Champion Kevin Von Erich vs. Bret Hart. - LCW Women's Champion Luna Vachon vs. Ivory vs. Lock. - Dr. Death Steve Williams vs. Bill Goldberg. - Cowboy Bob Orton and Dirty Dick Slater vs. The Bass Brothers (with Col. Robert Parker and Maw Bass). - Wildfire Tommy Rich vs. Big Van Vader. - LCW Universal Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Magnum TA.
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