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46. Kevin Sullivan

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46.  Kevin Sullivan

The first half of Kevin Sullivan’s in ring career was solid, but fairly non-descript.  He was lean and muscular and was often in the mid card or in tag teams of which ever promotion he worked.  In his mid thirties, Sullivan’s career did an about face with the advent of a devil worshiper gimmick that had never been done before.

Kevin Sullivan looked to take the “evil” in wrestling to new depths and sorted by a motley crew he was able to create some of the most diabolic wrestling images in Florida Championship Wrestling.  He would go on to assemble similar stables in the NWA and WCW, and even though he was a relatively small man, wrestling fans did not doubt his bad intentions towards his opponent. Although his later career as a booker was met with issues, Sullivan (who by the way was very underrated as a wrestler) does leave behind a legacy of creating a character with virtually no sympathetic traits.  Only in professional wrestling could this be something to admire.

Should Kevin Sullivan be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 63.9%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 8.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 8.3%
No opinion. - 0.9%
No way! - 18.5%

The Bullet Points

  • Other Aliases: Kevin Caldwell
    Masked Lucifer
    The Gamesmaster
    The Taskmaster
  • Billed From: U.S.A. (Boston, MA) Other times billed from: Singapore, Daytona Beach, FL & “The Conk” Republic
  • Key Championships Held: AWA Southern Tag Team (2) w/Wayne Ferris
    ECW Tag Team (2) w/The Tasmaniac
    NWA Florida Tag Team (2) w/Mike Graham
    NWA Florida Heavyweight
    NWA Georgia Tag Team w/Tony Atlas
    NWA National Television (Georgia) (2)
    NWA Southern Heavyweight (Florida) (4)
    NWA United States Tag Team w/Steve Williams
    NWA World Tag Team (Central States) w/Ken Lucas
    WCW World Tag Team w/Cactus Jack
  • Why they will get in: He created one of the best characters in the business.
  • Why they won't get in: His association with Chris Benoit may make him untouchable.
  • Five Greatest Matches/Moments: 1.  Wins the NWA Florida Heavyweight Title in a tournament (10/6/82)
    2.  Defeats Dusty Rhodes in a loser leaves town match in CWF (83)
    3.  Developes the whole devil worshipping angle (including the stabbing of Rhodes) which could be one of the most controversial storylines in wrestling history (mid 80’s)
    4.  Loses the Tower of Doom ending the feud with Jimmy Garvin over Precious (7/10/88)
    5.  With Cactus Jack defeats the Nasty Boys in a brutal match for the WCW World Tag Belts (5/22/94)

Should Kevin Sullivan be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 63.9%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 8.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 8.3%
No opinion. - 0.9%
No way! - 18.5%

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