- Name: Buff Bagwell
- Real Name: Marcus Alexander Bagwell
- Date of Birth: January 10, 1970
- Hometown: Marietta, Georgia, United States of America
- Height: 6'1
- Weight: 247 pounds
- WCW Debut: November 25, 1996
- Nickname: "The Stuff"
- Finisher: Buff Blockbuster
- Career Highlights: 1-time WCW World Tag Team Champion (with Shane Douglas), WCW's #28 Superstar In Top 50 Wrestlers List
The muscular bodybuilder Buff Bagwell originally competed in WCW as Marcus Alexander Bagwell but made an impact by breaking up with his American Males partner Scotty Riggs and joining New World Order. He began calling himself Buff Bagwell and started rising high ranks of success. He engaged in main event caliber matches and battled with some of the company's top competitors as part of nWo. Although Bagwell did not win any singles championship, he made huge career highlights by ending the undefeated streak of Glacier as well as getting upset wins against major stars including Lex Luger, Curt Hennig, Roddy Piper, Diamond Dallas Page and Goldberg as well as forcing Goldberg and Curt Hennig to retire.
World Championship Wrestling (1996 - 2001)
After competing for five years in the tag team division of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) under the ring name Marcus Alexander Bagwell, a change came in the career of the mid-carder on November 25, 1996 edition of Monday Nitro, when Eric Bischoff threatened the entire WCW roster to join New World Order (nWo) within thirty days or they would pay for it. American Males responded to the challenge. Bagwell's partner Scotty Riggs tried to convince him not to join nWo but Bagwell turned heel by delivering a Shoulder Neckbreaker to Riggs and joining nWo. As a result, American Males disbanded and Bagwell started a new phase in his career as the newest member of nWo, the dominant group of WCW.
By making such a move, Bagwell turned on the WCW fans as well but he cared for himself. He became a cocky, overconfident and arrogant wrestler. On December 16 edition of Monday Nitro, Bagwell changed his ring name to Buff Bagwell. Entering 1997, Bagwell began a rivalry with his former tag team partner Scotty Riggs, which culminated in a match between the two at nWo's pay-per-view event Souled Out, which Bagwell won. At SuperBrawl VII, Bagwell lost to Diamond Dallas Page by disqualification when several of nWo members interfered in the match.
Bagwell restarted his rivalry with Scotty Riggs. At Uncensored, Bagwell defeated Riggs in a Strap match to end the rivalry. Bagwell formed a tag team with nWo teammate Scott Norton called Vicious and Delicious. They were accompanied by nWo security guard Vincent. Vicious and Delicious also competed in New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) where they competed as members of nWo Japan, the nWo faction in NJPW.
In WCW, Vicious and Delicious began a rivalry with Harlem Heat. At Road Wild, Harlem Heat defeated Vicious and Delicious when Jacqueline held Scott Norton's foot during the cover. On August 18 edition of Monday Nitro, Vicious and Delicious lost to Harlem Heat in a rematch by disqualification to end the rivalry. On September 1 edition of Monday Nitro, Bagwell defeated Glacier to end Glacier's undefeated streak when Vincent interfered in the match.
At Fall Brawl, Bagwell represented Team nWo, consisting of Konnan, Syxx and Kevin Nash, against Ric Flair's Four Horsemen, consisting of Steve McMichael, Chris Benoit and Curt Hennig in a WarGames match. Team nWo won after Hennig turned on Horsemen and joined nWo. At World War 3, Bagwell participated in the World War 3 Battle Royal to determine the #1 contender for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. He was eliminated by The Giant. Scott Hall won the Battle Royal.
Bagwell began a rivalry with Lex Luger. At Starrcade, Bagwell defeated Luger after Randy Savage and Scott Norton interfered and Norton attacked Luger with a foreign object. The following night, on December 29 edition of Monday Nitro, Bagwell lost to Luger in a rematch.
Entering 1998, Konnan and Vicious and Delicious competed against Ray Traylor and Steiner Brothers in a losing effort in a six-man tag team match at Souled Out. Shortly after, Bagwell started teaming with nWo's newest member Scott Steiner and the two began a rivalry with Lex Luger and Rick Steiner, which culminated in a tag team match between the two teams at Spring Stampede, which Luger and Rick won. On April 24 edition of Thunder, Bagwell suffered a spinal shock syndrome during a tag team match between Lex Luger and Rick Steiner and Vicious and Delicious, which put Bagwell out of action.
On July 6 edition of Monday Nitro, Bagwell returned to WCW on a wheelchair and helped Scott Steiner in attacking Rick Steiner. Bagwell then joined Hollywood Hogan's nWo Hollywood faction. Bagwell formed an alliance with Scott. At Road Wild, Bagwell prevented a match between Rick and Scott to take place after claiming that Scott was injured and was unable to compete and the match was postponed to Fall Brawl, where if Scott did not compete, he must retire for life. At Fall Brawl, Bagwell pretended to be injured during Scott's match against Rick. Scott and Bagwell were loaded into the ambulance and proceeded to attack Rick, proving that it was a rouse.
At Halloween Havoc, Bagwell ended his animosity towards Rick Steiner and teamed with him to compete against Scott Hall and The Giant for the WCW World Tag Team Championship. However, Hall was scheduled to compete in another match, so he was replaced by Scott Steiner. During the match, Bagwell showed his true colours by abandoning Rick. However, Rick won the championship and earned the right to choose a championship partner instead of Bagwell. Bagwell then tried to interfere in a match between Rick and Scott but Rick managed to defeat Scott.
In 1999, the two nWo factions nWo Wolfpac and nWo Hollywood merged to reunite the single nWo and this version was called nWo Wolfpac. Scott Steiner and Bagwell became a part of nWo Wolfpac and Bagwell became Steiner's manager and would usually assist him in winning matches. At Uncensored, Bagwell accidentally cost Steiner, the WCW World Television Championship against Booker T by attacking Steiner with a steel chair that was intended for Booker. It ended Bagwell's alliance with Steiner as Steiner attacked Bagwell and kicked him out of nWo.
Bagwell turned babyface and began feuding with Scott Steiner. At Slamboree, Bagwell unsuccessfully challenged Steiner for the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship after Rick Steiner attacked Bagwell with a steel chair. Bagwell began complaining to the WCW President Roddy Piper that he was being held back and being put into low card matches.
At The Great American Bash, Bagwell defeated Disco Inferno. Later that night, Bagwell interfered in Roddy Piper's match against Ric Flair with Piper's position as WCW President on the line. Bagwell attacked Flair, which caused Piper to get disqualified and as a result, Flair won the position. After the match, Bagwell was attacked by Flair, Piper and Arn Anderson. As a result, Bagwell began a rivalry with Piper, which culminated in a Boxing match between the two at Bash at the Beach with Mills Lane as the special guest referee. Bagwell won in the third round after Bagwell's mother Judy Bagwell bit Piper in the ear.
At Road Wild, Bagwell defeated Ernest Miller. Bagwell began his next rivalry with Berlyn. At Fall Brawl, Bagwell was scheduled to compete against Berlyn but failed to attend the match and was replaced by Jim Duggan. The following night, on September 13 edition of Monday Nitro, Bagwell received his match against Berlyn, which Berlyn won after Berlyn's bodyguard The Wall interfered.
On November 1 edition of Monday Nitro, Bagwell participated in a tournament for the vacated WCW World Heavyweight Championship. He defeated Stevie Ray by disqualification in a Strap match in the first round. The following week, on November 8 edition of Monday Nitro, Bagwell defeated Vampiro in the second round. On November 15 edition of Monday Nitro, Bagwell lost to Jeff Jarrett in the quarter-final round. Bagwell began a rivalry with Curt Hennig, which culminated in a Retirement match between the two at Mayhem, which Bagwell won. As a result, Hennig was forced to retire.
On December 27 edition of Monday Nitro, Bagwell participated in a tournament for the vacated WCW World Tag Team Championship. He was paired with Kanyon and they defeated Disco Inferno and Big Vito in the first round. Kanyon was replaced by Vampiro as Bagwell's partner in the quarter-final round. The following week, on January 3, 2000 edition of Monday Nitro, Bagwell and Vampiro defeated Norman Smiley and Asya in the quarter-final round. Later that night, Bagwell and Vampiro lost to eventual winners David Flair and Crowbar in the semi-final round.
Bagwell began a rivalry with Diamond Dallas Page. At Souled Out, Bagwell defeated DDP in a Last Man Standing match. The following night, on January 17 edition of Monday Nitro, Bagwell lost to DDP with DDP's wife Kimberly serving as the special guest referee.
In April 2000, WCW was re-booted and new storylines were created and all the championships were vacated. The WCW roster was divided into two factions, the babyface group Millionaire's Club, consisting of old and WCW's veteran wrestlers, and the heel group New Blood, consisting of WCW's younger wrestlers. Bagwell turned heel by joining New Blood. At Spring Stampede, Bagwell teamed with New Blood teammate Shane Douglas to participate in a tournament for the vacated WCW World Tag Team Championship. Douglas and Bagwell defeated Harlem Heat 2000 in the semi-final round and Team Package in the final round after KroniK delivered a Double Chokeslam to Total Package. As a result, Douglas and Bagwell won the vacated WCW World Tag Team Championship.
On May 3 edition of Thunder, Bagwell participated in a Battle Royal to determine the #1 contender for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Ric Flair won the Battle Royal. Due to cheating to win the WCW World Tag Team Championship at Spring Stampede, Bagwell began a rivalry with Total Package, which culminated in a match between the two at Slamboree, which Package won. Later that night, Bagwell interfered in his partner Shane Douglas' match against Ric Flair and distracted the referee, allowing Douglas to defeat Flair.
On May 15 edition of Monday Nitro, Shane Douglas and Bagwell were scheduled to defend the WCW World Tag Team Championship against KroniK. However, Bagwell was unable to show up for the match and was replaced by The Wall. Douglas and Wall lost the championship to KroniK. Douglas and Bagwell's reign ended at 29 days. Bagwell turned babyface and began a rivalry with Douglas, which culminated in a match between the two at Bash at the Beach, which Douglas won after Torrie Wilson interfered and turned on Bagwell by delivering him a Low Blow.
On July 18 edition of Monday Nitro, Bagwell participated in a tournament for the vacated WCW United States Heavyweight Championship. He lost to eventual winner Lance Storm in the quarter-final round. Bagwell began his next rivalry with Kanyon, who began harrassing Bagwell's mother Judy Bagwell. At New Blood Rising, Buff defeated Kanyon in Judy Bagwell on a Forklift match.
Shortly after, David Flair's girlfriend Stacy Keibler became pregnant and Flair accused Buff Bagwell of being the father of Keibler's baby. Bagwell began a rivalry with Flair, which culminated in a First Blood DNA match between the two at Halloween Havoc, which Bagwell won. After the match, Lex Luger attacked Bagwell and Flair took a blood sample but it was revealed that Bagwell was not the father and the pregnancy scenario was a drama by Flair.
Bagwell began his next rivalry against Jeff Jarrett, which culminated in a match between the two at Mayhem, which Jarrett won. At Starrcade, Bagwell interfered in Goldberg's match against Lex Luger, where Bagwell seemed to be Goldberg's ally. He accidentally delivered a Buff Blockbuster to Goldberg but then attacked Goldberg's trainer Dewayne Bruce. After the match, Bagwell turned heel by attacking Goldberg and joining Luger. As a result, Bagwell formed a tag team with Luger called Totally Buff and began a rivalry with Goldberg and Dewayne Bruce.
Entering 2001, Bagwell helped Natural Born Thrillers in defeating The Insiders to win the WCW World Tag Team Championship at Sin by attacking Kevin Nash with a monkey wrench. Later that night, Totally Buff defeated Goldberg and Dewayne Bruce in a tag team match that stipulated that if Goldberg and Bruce lost, Goldberg must retire. Totally Buff quickly rose to the top of the tag team division because of retiring Goldberg and began a rivalry with KroniK, which culminated in a match between the two teams at SuperBrawl Revenge, which Totally Buff won to become the #1 contenders for the WCW World Tag Team Championship after Mike Awesome disguised himself as Bryan Clark.
At WCW's final pay-per-view Greed, Totally Buff unsuccessfully challenged Natural Born Thrillers for the WCW World Tag Team Championship. It was Bagwell's final match in WCW. On March 23, WCW was purchased by rival promotion World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and Bagwell joined WWF.
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