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205.  Matt Borne

It may be forgotten that Matt Borne was at the first Wrestlemania in a losing effort to Ricky Steamboat, but his first WWE run was largely forgettable anyway.  Borne had previously competed in Pacific Northwest Wrestling and would later do well in World Class and the USWA but he would later prove his worth on a National scale as Big Josh, a loveable woodsman from Oregon.  The gimmick was silly, but he got it over, though it would be his return to the WWE that would see one of the most unique characters of all time, Doink the Clown.  Borne portrayed the first incarnation; the evil Doink which remains a favorite of wrestling fans.  When Evil Doink gave way to the good version, Borne left the WWE, and though the Doink character remained (and still shows up) in the WWE, it was Borne’s portrayal that stood out.  If they ever induct Doink to the WWE, it has to be the Matt Borne version.

 

Should Matt Borne be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 48.1%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 18.5%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 22.2%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 11.1%

The Bullet Points

  • Other Aliases: Matt Osborne (Real Name)
    “Maniac” Matt Borne
    Big Josh
    Doink the Clown
    Borne Again
  • Billed From: U.S.A. (Portland, Oregon)
  • Key Championships Held: NWA Mid Atlantic Tag Team w/Buzz Sawyer
    NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight
    NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team (4) 2w/Steve Regal, 2w/Rip Oliver
    Mid South Tag Team w/Ted DiBiase
    WCWA Tag Team (2) 1w/Buzz Sawyer, 1w/Jeff Jarrett
    USWA Tag Team (2) w/Jeff Jarrett
    USWA Texas Heavyweight
    WCW Six Man Tag Team w/Dustin Rhodes & The Junkyard Dog
    WCW United States Tag Team w/Ron Simmons
  • Why they will get in: He MADE the Doink character work, and he has a solid body of work
  • Why they won't get in: A solid body of work is not a spectacular body of work
  • Five Greatest Matches/Moments: 1.  Beat Buddy Rose for the NWA Pacific Northwest Title (4/29/81)
    2.  Won the Mid South Tag Team Title with Ted DiBiase (10/27/82)
    3.  Successfully defended the Texas Title against the Iron Sheik at World Class Christmas Star Wars (12/25/87)
    4.  As Doink the Clown, pinned Crush at Wrestlemania (4/4/93)
    5.  Lost to Bret Hart in a very good match at Summer Slam (8/30/93)

Should Matt Borne be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 48.1%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 18.5%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 22.2%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 11.1%

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