Thrasher (wrestler)

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Thrasher
Mosh&thrash.jpg
Mosh (left) and Thrasher (right)
Birth name Glenn Ruth
Born (1969-06-13) June 13, 1969 (age 49)[1]
Camden, New Jersey, United States [2][3]
Residence Florida
Children 4
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Frankie Favorite
Glenn Ruth
Guardian #2
The Royal Spider[2]
Sister Angelica[4]
The Spider
Spider #2
Thrasher[1]
Billed height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)[2]
Billed weight 245 lb (111 kg)[2]
Trained by Larry Sharpe[2][3]
Debut 1990[2]

Glenn Ruth (born June 13, 1969) is an American professional wrestler, better known by the ring name, Thrasher. For much of his career he has teamed with Mosh, most famously as The Headbangers, a pair of metal-heads known for their outrageous costumes such as nose rings and kilts. Thrasher is best known for his stints in the World Wrestling Federation between 1990 and 2000, where he held the WWF World Tag Team Championship and WWF Hardcore Championship.[2][3][1]

Professional wrestling career

Early career (1990–1993)

Ruth grew up in South Jersey.[3] He trained as a wrestler under Larry Sharpe and debuted in 1990 as The Spider. He later became Sharpe's assistant and helped train wrestlers including Big Show and his tag team future partner Mosh at Sharpe's "Monster Factory" professional wrestling school.[3] Ruth made a number of appearances for the World Wrestling Federation in the early 1990s including a losing effort against Marty Jannetty on the second ever episode of Raw, competing under his given name as an enhancement talent.

World Wrestling Federation (1990, 1992–1993, 1995, 1996–2000, 2016)

Ruth debuted in the World Wrestling Federation in August 1990 under his real name. He wrestled several matches for the promotion until leaving in November 1990, making several appearances on WWF Superstars and WWF Wrestling Challenge.[2]

Wrestling as "The Spiders", Thrasher and Mosh returned to the WWF on the September 24, 1996 episode of WWF Superstars, losing to The Smoking Gunns. In November 1996, they resumed wrestling as "The Headbangers". At the outset of 1997, The Headbangers briefly began wearing nun outfits and wrestling as "The Flying Nuns" and "The Sisters of Love", with Thrasher wrestling as "Sister Angelica" and Mosh as "Mother Smucker". They were briefly managed by Brother Love.[2][4]

The Headbangers captured the vacant WWF World Tag Team Championships on September 7, 1997 by defeating three other teams in a four team tag match at Ground Zero. They lost the titles to The Godwinns on October 5 of that same year.

The Headbangers split in 1999 when Ruth suffered a knee injury and Warrington began pursuing a singles career, but reformed in late 1999 on the October 10 edition of Sunday Night Heat when Ruth came to Warrington's aid during a domestic violence angle, which saw him vilified by other wrestlers and officials alike for a number of weeks. Ruth had presented video footage of Warrington's (kayfabe) girlfriend Marianna Komlos putting on makeup to make it seem as if Warrington had been abusing her. The police officers arresting Warrington then uncuffed him and arrested Komlos for her lies. Shortly thereafter the two began appearing regularly as a team again, but were now heels and inexplicably came to the ring wearing cone brassieres which they wore while they wrestled.

In 2000, Ruth took part in the match for the Hardcore Championship at WrestleMania 2000. He held the title for 37 seconds, pinning Joey Abs and then being pinned by Pete Gas. After the Headbangers split for the second time and Warrington went on to team with D'Lo Brown, Ruth continued to wrestle in singles competition mainly on WWF Jakked and was released from the WWF later that year.

Thrasher and Mosh made an unannounced return to the WWF (since renamed WWE) on the 30 August 2016 episode of WWE SmackDown, losing to Heath Slater and Rhyno in the first round of a tournament for the newly-created WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship. They made two further appearances on SmackDown in November 2016.[2]

Independent circuit (2000–2002)

After his release from the WWF, Ruth continued to wrestle until 2002 in independent promotions before retiring from professional wrestling.

Return to the independent circuit (2011–present)

In 2011, The Headbangers reformed and have been wrestling on the independent circuit once again. In June 2012, Thrasher and Mosh debuted in Ring of Honor as The Guardians of Truth, a masked tag team managed by Truth Martini. As of 2014, Thrasher now wrestles for independent promotion Championship Wrestling Entertainment in Port St. Lucie, FL. On November 14, 2014, Thrasher defeated Chico Adams to become the CWE Heavyweight Champion.

Personal life

Ruth is married with four children.[3]

Upon retiring from professional wrestling in 2002, Ruth began working in restaurant management and marketing.[3] Ruth is currently the General Manager of YouFit Health Club in Greenacres, Florida.

Championships and accomplishments

References

  1. ^ a b c Harris M. Lentz III (2003). Biographical Dictionary of Professional Wrestling, 2nd edition. McFarland & Company. pp. 152–153. ISBN 978-0-7864-1754-4.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Philip Kreikenbohm. "Thrasher". Cagematch.net. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Ryan Murphy (June 1, 2010). "Where Are They Now? The Headbangers". WWE.com. WWE. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Phantom of the Ring; Tyler Christian; Dean Cavanaugh (1999). Hardcore Wrestling!. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-0-7821-2691-4.
  5. ^ http://www.cagematch.net/?id=1&nr=162744
  6. ^ https://www.cagematch.net//?id=1&nr=179645
  7. ^ "HWA Tag Team Title History". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved May 18, 2010.
  8. ^ "MCW Tag Team Championship". Maryland Championship Wrestling. Archived from the original on June 7, 2013. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
  9. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
  10. ^ "History of the Hardcore Championship". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved May 18, 2010.
  11. ^ "The Headbangers' first reign". WWE. Retrieved May 18, 2010.

See also

External links

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