HONKY TONK MAN HISTORY NEWS
Name
Honky Tonk Man
Real Name
Roy Ferris
Date of Birth
January 25, 1953
Place of Birth
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Hometown
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Debut
1977
Eric Bischoff
During a recent interview, Eric Bischoff revealed that Hulk Hogan did not take too well to the idea of the nWo when it was first presented to him by the former president of WCW. Hogan was adamant against turning heel because he felt that it would destroy his brand. Bischoff eventually convinced him to take the chance, and it ended up being one of the best stories in wrestling history.
October 4, 2014
Gail Kim
Jimmy Suzuki is the guy playing a big role on deciding the card for Bound For Glory 2014. He recently made a comment about there possibly not being enough room for a Knockouts match, and that drew the ire of TNA fans. Suzuki explained what he meant and revealed that he has quite a bit of history with booking women. Gail Kim came out and defended Suzuki as well, as he played a part in her career early on.
September 27, 2014
Ric Flair
Since he has a history of partying and the company does not want rumors to run wild with internet fans, WWE has released an official statement in regards to why Ric Flair was recently forced to miss some live events. They stated that he was hospitalized and will be back with the company soon. WWE had issues with the former world heavyweight champion at a public event involving their upcoming WWE 2K15 video game a while back.
September 15, 2014
Jerry Lawler
While he receives a bad rap from a lot of fans due to WWE giving him a heavyweight championship run a couple of years back, Miz is actually very much a student of the game. He has remained motivated despite not being given a push in a while. Miz has also been studying legendary actor Andy Kaufman, who will forever have a place in wrestling history thanks to his memorable story line with Jerry Lawler during the 1980s, so that he can improve his gimmick and character.
July 19, 2014
Rey Mysterio
For those of you wondering about the status of Rey Mysterio in WWE, the masked performer is still taking time off. He was recently spotted on vacation in Mexico after spending time with his family in Hawaii. Despite his long history of injuries, Vince McMahon still wants Mysterio back, and he even activated a clause in his contract that immediately extended the deal. Mysterio, however, has second thoughts about coming back to WWE.
July 5, 2014
Jeff Hardy
Since the company is hoping to generate some buzz, TNA has announced that Matt Hardy will be making his return to Impact Wrestling to team up with his brother, Jeff Hardy. The duo will forever be remembered as one of the most popular tandems in professional wrestling history, and they still have a good amount of people interested in them.
June 16, 2014
Jeff Jarrett
Thus far, the TNA Hall of Fame consists of Sting and Kurt Angle, two of the more prolific performers in the history of the industry. A third member is set to join them. At Slammiversary 2014, Angle will be on hand to announce who the latest inductee will be. No official word on who the third person was going to be, but there are heavy rumors that Jeff Jarrett could be inducted as part of his departure agreement with TNA.
June 11, 2014
Vince McMahon
While a lot of fans are downplaying the amount of money that WWE is losing this year, those within the company, especially Vince McMahon, certainly are not overlooking the current drop. As of right now, WWE is on pace to lose approximately $52 million, most of which is due to the WWE Network. That amount is the second biggest loss by a wrestling company in history. WCW dropped $62 milloin one year.
May 27, 2014
Ricky Steamboat
With WWE needing all of their stars for the tour of Europe, the company decided to send a retired performer to Malaysia on a promotional tour instead. Ricky Steamboat, one of the most beloved stars in the history of WWE, flew overseas and promoted the October tour, which will feature two shows. The company has not been back in the country since 2002.
May 24, 2014
Randy Savage
Today is a sad one for professional wrestling fans. It marks the third year anniversary of the death of Randy Savage, one of the biggest legends in WWE history. The former Intercontinental Champion passed away after suffering a heart attack and crashing into a tree while driving. Much like before his death, fans have been begging WWE to induct him into the hall of fame.
May 20, 2014
Bray Wyatt
In his latest blog post, which was written shortly after Monday Night Raw aired, Vince Russo heavily praised Bray Wyatt, stating that the third generation star can become one of the top five best heels and top five best faces in WWE history. Considering that Russo was always a big fan of characters, it should come as no surprise that he is on the Wyatt bandwagon.
May 20, 2014
Alexander Rusev
WWE has a long history of doing things on screen that are designed to capture the interest of the mainstream media. The company succeeded in doing just that at Extreme Rules 2014 with the use of Vladimir Putin on the screen. It was designed to generate heel heat for Alexander Rusev and Lana. The Washington Post actually wrote a brief piece about the segment, so word should be spreading soon.
May 5, 2014
Bray Wyatt
In one of the more interesting opening segments in the history of Monday Night Raw, Bray Wyatt brought out a group of kids to sing to John Cena, who was cutting a promo in the middle of the steel cage. WWE then had the kids putting on the sheep mask and surrounding the ring, which caused Cena to be thoroughly disturbed. Wyatt laughed uncontrollably to end the segment.
April 28, 2014
Dean Ambrose
While he has been the target of criticism from online wrestling fans because his character does not defend the belt that often, Dean Ambrose has now become the longest reigning United States Heavyweight Champion in WWE history. With the Shield engaged in a feud with Evolution, it does not appear like Ambrose will be put in a title program any time soon.
April 28, 2014
Dusty Rhodes
The WWE web team recently put together a list of the best talkers in the history of professional wrestling, and they do not have a fan in Dusty Rhodes. The former world heavyweight champion was upset that he was not ranked in the top spot. Rhodes was listed at #5. He posted a message on Twitter to express how disappointed and disgusted he was with the results.
April 28, 2014
CM Punk
On their official website, WWE produced a list of the greatest talkers in the history of the business. The top five consisted of Ric Flair, Rock, Dusty Rhodes, Roddy Piper and Steve Austin. The more interesting inclusion, though, is CM Punk, who is listed at #16. The company has not made much mention of him since he walked away a couple of months ago.
April 25, 2014
Batista
Even though he is one of the more known performers in the company, WWE is allowing Batista to skip out on the Saudi Arabia tour taking place this week. The belief when the former world heavyweight champion was brought back was that he would help with global marketing due to his history in the company and being a movie star.
April 16, 2014
Ken Shamrock
During a recent interview, Ken Shamrock was asked about the backstage heat between he and Triple H, and the former UFC champion stated that HHH did not want him back in WWE because he had to put over Shamrock several times in the past. Shamrock noted that HHH has a history of being upset when asked by management to put others over.
March 13, 2014
Bobby Roode
An opponent for Bobby Roode at the Wrestle-1 Outbreak pay per view has been chosen. He will be stepping into the ring against veteran wrestler Masakatsu Funaki, who is viewed as one of the greatest MMA fighters in the history of Japan. Funaki has had a couple of legitimate fights with Ken Shamrock over the years.
February 21, 2014
Vince McMahon
While a lot of fans are unaware of this, today is actually a very big day in the history of WWE. Today is the deadline that Vince McMahon has given NBC Universal to accept his television contract offer. If the network executives do not, then WWE will start looking into moving Monday Night Raw and Smackdown to other networks.
February 14, 2014
Honky Tonk Man
Another potential legal battle is heading towards WWE. Honky Tonk Man is threatening to sue the company, and he is taunting them into suing him as well. The dispute between the two sides is over the use of the character and name. The former Intercontinental Champion is claiming that WWE has tried to prevent him from making a living and feeding his family on the independent wrestling circuit.
September 23, 2014
Honky Tonk Man
Through Twitter, the Honky Tonk Man posted a picture of his new house, and the former Intercontinental Champion noted that it was all thanks to WWE stocks being on the rise. The belief is that HTM purchased the stocks personally, as there has not been a lot of performers who have been given shares of the company.
March 1, 2014
Honky Tonk Man
Ricky Steamboat defeated Randy Savage in a classic match at Wrestlemania 3 to capture the WWE Intercontinental Championship, but that reign did not last too long. Just two months later, he has now lost the title to the Honky Tonk Man at a television taping in Buffalo, New York. Steamboat is taking some time off.
June 2, 1987
Alberto Del Rio
Some further information is being leaked about the situation that caused Alberto Del Rio to be given a release by WWE. Cody Barbierri, the employee that was allegedly slapped by Del Rio, apparently has a history of saying derogatory things towards the wrestlers. Reports are surfacing that he has gotten away with things in the past because he is backed by Stephanie McMahon. This would explain why a good amount of wrestlers backed Del Rio when he left the company.
August 14, 2014
Jim Ross
"It's hard if you're quantifying raw numbers to say anyone was more popular at their zenith than Stone Cold Steve Austin. No one sold more merchandise, tickets or pay per view than Steve. The thing with Junkyard Dog was that he was the first African American number one baby face in a major territory. For black fans especially, he was such a groundbreaking force. There was a unique emotional relationship that JYD had with his audience. He gave a whole race their guy." - Jim Ross describes Junkyard Dog and his place in wrestling history
May 9, 2014
Eric Bischoff
A status update on Twitter from Steve Austin, who revealed that he was visited by Eric Bischoff today. The two had a history of backstage heat towards one another because of how Bischoff treated Austin when the two of them were working in WCW together. It appears that the relationship has been mended.
May 6, 2014
Drew McIntyre
"I was completely in shock. Nobody saw it coming. If anybody happened to miss the finish they would have had unlimited oxygen to breathe because everybody held their breath at the same time! It was just unbelievable. The reaction - just silence. I don't even know how to describe it. I did not see it coming. My dad was at the event, he was frantically calling me! That's how big it was I guess, my dad's trying to phone me saying, 'What's going on, what's going on? The Undertaker lost!' He couldn't comprehend it, I don't think anybody could. I know it's a moment that'll be remembered. Lesnar is going to go down in history as the man who did it." - Drew McIntyre discusses the Undertaker loss at Wrestlemania 30
May 1, 2014
Paul Heyman
"Whether Sabu gets the credit in history he deserves, the answer is no. But who do you blame for that? Do you blame the curator of the industry, WWE, for not acknowledging the contributions that Sabu made? Do you blame Sabu for not staying healthy enough to force history to acknowledge his contributions? Do you blame the audience who only sings the praises of Sabu crashing through tables, and not all the many other ways Sabu was so unique at his height?" - Paul Heyman on his former star in ECW
May 1, 2014
Bray Wyatt
A video of the awesome opening segment from Monday Night Raw, where Bray Wyatt had a choir of children come sing with him as a method to taunt John Cena before their big match at Extreme Rules 2014. This was easily one of the most entertaining WWE segments in history.
April 30, 2014
Pedro Morales
While he does not get featured as much by WWE nowadays, Pedro Morales will forever have a place in company history. The Puerto Rican star was the first guy to have won the WWE title, world tag team championship and the Intercontinental Championship. Morales even held the WWE and tag team championship, which he won with Bob Backlund, at the same time.
April 29, 2014
Rey Mysterio
While he has been taken off of television and has been spending time with his family on a Hawaii vacation, WWE fans have been asking if Rey Mysterio is still wrestling. Despite his lengthy injury history over the years, Mysterio still intends on being an in ring performer. He might sign a new contract with WWE, or he might join another copmany.
April 24, 2014
Rock
A picture of the Rock doing rescue training. The former WWE star is preparing for his role in the upcoming San Andreas movie, which will be about the biggest earthquake in the history of mankind.
April 23, 2014
Eric Young
Rumors have it that another reason why TNA gave the world heavyweight championship to Eric Young was to keep him from joining Jeff Jarrett in Global Force Wrestling. Young and Jarrett have a long history together, and they remain on very good terms. Since he is a very good worker and well liked backstage, TNA would much rather he stay with them long term.
April 18, 2014
Ultimate Warrior
An almost surreal picture of Vince McMahon hugging the Ultimate Warrior during Wrestlemania 30 weekend. The two have a long history of backstage heat, and many within the company felt that a reconciliation was never going to happen.
April 9, 2014
Dean Ambrose
"You know what, I tell him this and we joke about it, but the smartest thing WWE did was put him with me and Dean Ambrose. Because when we met him, he started from scratch. Granted he's got a whole family history in the wrestling business, but he's a football player. He's an athlete and he's coachable, but like he gets it. Like he got it quick and he understood right away what we were doing. I think putting him with myself and Ambrose, who had the wealth of experience and the all the knowledge and traveling the road. We're in a car all the time, we're on the planes together, we're having the matches together. He was just able to soak up that information we were giving out like a sponge and you can see the difference. He was great when we came in, but look at him now and he's a completely different performer. It was the smartest thing they ever did, putting him with us." - Seth Rollins discussing the backstage reason why Roman Reigns was placed with the Shield
April 6, 2014
Christian
There are rumors that Wrestlemania 30 is being viewed as the last one for Christian. Aside from being on the other side of 40, there are still lingering concerns about his concussion history within WWE. The belief over the last couple of months is that management really tried hard to make sure that there was a spot for the veteran on the pay per view.
April 5, 2014
Andre the Giant
A video of the greatest moments in Wrestlemania history as portrayed in the WWE 2K14 video game. One of the featured spots, as expected, is when Hulk Hogan body slams Andre the Giant at Wrestlemania 3.
April 3, 2014
Andre the Giant
"The first day he came in that I met him. He came up to me, I said 'Hello sir, I'm Daniel Bryan' and he says, 'Yeah I know who you are. The 'Yes!' thing is awesome.' The little kid in you is saying 'Holy cow! Hulk Hogan just said I'm awesome!' So that's pretty cool. But I haven't talked to him much beyond that. I would actually be interested to just listen to his stories. He has been around for some of the biggest moments in wrestling history. I'd love to ask him about WrestleMania III. That is an iconic moment, not just in wrestling, but in all entertainment Hulk Hogan slamming Andre the Giant. I'd love to ask about Rocky III! All the kind of stuff. Little things that you always wanted to know." - Daniel Bryan on meeting Hulk Hogan backstage
April 2, 2014
Linda McMahon
In her efforts to boost her public profile, Linda McMahon gave out several grants to female entrepreneurs at the Ladies Making History event in Stamford. The belief is that she still wants to run for office again in the near future, so the former WWE CEO is doing a lot of things to gain favor with female voters.
March 22, 2014
Bobby Eaton
Since he was the only professional wrestler in the history of the industry to have been trained by Ric Flair, Stan Lane paid homage to mentor very early on in his career. At one point in time, he used the name Stan Flair. He also went by Nature Boy Stan Lane, while making a name for himself in Florida. He became Sweet Stan Lane while teaming with Bobby Eaton in the Midnight Express.
March 21, 2014
Bobby Eaton
Despite being one of the best performers in the history of professional wrestling, Ric Flair has opted against training others in the art of the game. In fact, the former NWA champion has only formally trained one person in his career. That man is Stan Lane, who formed the legendary Midnight Express tag team with Bobby Eaton during the 1980s.
March 20, 2014
Mick Foley
Despite having a pretty memorable on screen history with Paul Bearer, Mick Foley is not high on the list of candidates to induct the legendary manager into the hall of fame during Wrestlemania 30. WWE does not have any official plans for Foley whatsoever at the event. He will still be in New Orleans that weekend on his own accord, though.
March 15, 2014
Daniel Bryan

Long known backstage as someone with a short fuse, Randy Orton was said to be irate with the fans at Royal Rumble 2014 because he feels that they interrupted his performance against John Cena by openly rooting for Daniel Bryan. Orton does have a history of being upset with audiences.

February 1, 2014
Bruno Sammartino
A very rare video of a match where the Honky Tonk Man defended the WWE Intercontinental Championship against Bruno Sammartino, the former world heavyweight champion, back in 1987.
April 21, 2014
Honky Tonk Man
Through Twitter, Honky Tonk Man posted this rather interesting message about having to buy his own ticket to New Orleans during Wrestlemania 30 weekend. He mentioned something about WWE screwing him over. The former Intercontinental Champion is in town for WrestleCon, and it does not appear that he was invited to the big event on Sunday night.
April 6, 2014
Honky Tonk Man
Here is a picture of the new house that the Honky Tonk Man purchased thanks to the increase in value of the WWE stocks.
March 3, 2014
Honky Tonk Man
Prior to become a professional wrestler, the Honky Tonk Man had another career in mind. After graduating from college with an education degree, he became a high school football coach. The former WWE Intercontinental Champion only did that job for two years before deciding that he wanted to try something different.
March 2, 2014
Honky Tonk Man
Through this Twitter post, Honky Tonk Man bashed TNA, where he posted a picture of a stage wagon. He called it the TNA tour bus. No word yet on whether the former WWE Intercontinental Champion is just being playful or if he has some backstage heat towards Dixie Carter and her company.
February 20, 2014
Aksana
During a recent interview, Maxine revealed something very interesting that took place backstage in WWE. She stated that while she was working in the developmental program, she pitched an idea to management about her character and story line. About a day later, Maxine noticed that Aksana had been given that very gimmick that she had pitched to company officials.
October 31, 2014
Kevin Nash
A lot of wrestling fans were pleasantly surprised to see Kevin Nash making an appearance in the first Magic Mike movie, which surpassed a lot of expectations by becoming a worldwide hit. They're going to be even more surprised when they see Ric Flair in the movie. During a recent podcast interview with Steve Austin, the former WWE champion revealed that he just completed some scenes for the film.
October 31, 2014
Vince McMahon
While a lot of fans are under the assumption that there will be a huge number of international subscribers for the WWE Network, the latest financial reports tell an entirely different story. Over the last three months, the online service has picked up 31,000 more subscribers. Since 3,000 of those are domestic, that means that only 28,000 subscribers signed on from 170 different countries. It's a positive, but not nearly what was needed to get to the 1 million subscribers mark that Vince McMahon desperately wants.
October 31, 2014
Vince McMahon
In response to the lower than expected subscribers count, Vince McMahon has decided to give away the WWE Network for free to new subscribers. There will be no charge during the month of November. The move is being done to entice people to sign up on a more permanent basis, as the company knows that they really need to get to at least a million subscribers, in order to win back the trust of investors.
October 30, 2014
Kevin Nash
Apparently, when Hollywood needs a Russian enforcer, Kevin Nash is the guy to call. The former WWE star has a small role in the John Wick movie, which stars Keanu Reeves. In it, Nash plays a Russian bouncer. A couple of years back, the former world heavyweight champion was cast in the Punisher movie, where he played a Russian hit man for the mob.
October 30, 2014
Sin Cara
Depending on your name value, the pay outside of WWE is usually a lot less than within the company. For Sin Cara, who is viewed as a legend in Mexico, he is doing quite alright for himself. Reports have surfaced that the masked performer is generating approximately $5000 for every match that he works. Sin Cara is said to be working two to three matches a week. That is a significant amount of money, and he probably does not miss WWE much.
October 30, 2014
Vince McMahon
A good amount of investors have bailed on WWE after their much anticipated announcement today. Vince McMahon and company revealed that they only have 731,000 subscribers for the WWE Network, a number which falls way short of what they were aiming for. Since they were not able to break the 1 million mark, expect some changes to be made to the product. The project has been deemed a failure by many, and all eyes will now be on McMahon to see what he does to rectify the situation.
October 30, 2014
Bray Wyatt
A lot of changes have taken place on the upcoming WWE tour of Europe. Initially, Randy Orton was scheduled for the entire trip. Then, after he expressed frustration with his role in the company, management allowed him to leave during the second half of the tour. Now, the former world heavyweight champion has been removed from the overseas shows altogether. He is being replaced by Bray Wyatt, who will work matches against Chris Jericho.
October 30, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
Since he had spent many years utilizing the stiffer style of wrestling in Japan, there were concerns in WWE about Kenta Kobayashi being able to adapt to their more moderate style. Reports have surfaced that the newly named Hideo Itami is indeed having some trouble making the adjustments. A match he did was recently filmed again because officials felt that his kicks were too light and off the mark. It is a sign that he is trying to hold back on the realism.
October 29, 2014
Curtis Axel
With Ryback making his return on Monday Night Raw, many are wondering about the fate of his former tag team partner, Curtis Axel. It looks like management will utilize him as a role player in the singles division. The former Intercontinental Champion worked a match this week against Kofi Kingston on WWE Main Event. The company really likes having a veteran performer like Axel around, so job security should not be an issue anytime soon.
October 29, 2014
Christian
Management does not want Christian back in the wrestling ring, but since he is still on the payroll, the company is finding various ways to put him to good use. The latest task has the former world heavyweight champion flying over to France to do some promotional work for the recently released WWE 2K15 video game. Christian will make various media appearances and encourage consumers to make the purchase.
October 29, 2014
Ryback
Since he was no longer a topic of discussion, Ryback managed to have his return to Monday Night Raw fly under the radar. That, in part, helped to generate a much better reception for the former main event performer than expected. WWE fans in the arena chanted his catchphrase and cheered for him, while online fans helped his name become a trend on various social media websites.
October 28, 2014
Michelle McCool
Monday Night Raw was held in San Antonio last night. Since the event was so close to their home, Michelle McCool and Undertaker decided to pay a visit backstage to some of their friends in WWE. There were never any plans for either of them to make an appearance on television, especially since Undertaker is still on vacation mode physically. The two of them still maintain a close relationship with management.
October 28, 2014
Randy Orton
As many already know, Randy Orton is being given time off by WWE to prevent him from being burnt out on the road. The former world heavyweight champion isn't just going to sit around idly during that time, however. Orton has been cast as the lead role in the upcoming Condemned 2 movie, which is a sequel to the film that starred Steve Austin.
October 27, 2014
CM Punk
There is some development in the bitter feud between WWE and CM Punk, it seems. When the former world heavyweight champion had his lawyers send a 22 page letter to the company about royalties, management responded by removing most of his products from their online store. Something might have changed backstage, as WWE is selling Punk merchandise again.
October 27, 2014
John Cena
Rumors have long been floating around that there is some professional resentment from Randy Orton towards John Cena because he feels that WWE shows preferential treatment towards Cena. His recent comments on Twitter appear to confirm the speculations. Orton told fans that management only produces new merchandise for him after they make room for the Cena stuff.
October 26, 2014
Bobby Lashley
Karl Etherington was undefeated and the British heavyweight champion when he walked into Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane last night. By the time that Bellator 130 had ended, however, his unblemished record was no more. About 90 seconds into the fight, Etherington slipped on a judo throw, so Bobby Lashley was able to capitalize and land enough punches to get the referee to stop the match.
October 25, 2014
Undertaker
Good news for wrestling fans who hope that the Undertaker remains in the industry in some sort of capacity after retirement. The legendary performer has agreed to work as an adviser for the WWE developmental program. He will make the occasional trip to the WWE Performance Center and provide evaluations and advice to the performers and the trainers.
October 24, 2014
Alberto Del Rio
WWE is looking for a new social media manager. While that normally would not generate much interest, it does so here in this case because the previous guy that held the spot was Cody Barbierri, the allegedly racist employee that played a huge part in the controversial Alberto Del Rio release earlier in the year. No word yet on whether or not the release is related to the incident, but more on the story should be revealed in the upcoming days and weeks.
October 24, 2014
Christian
There is going to be another Edge and Christian reunion in the near future, but unfortunately for WWE fans, it will not be taking place inside of a wrestling ring. On the November 28 episode of Haven, Christian will be making a guest appearance on the show. His character will be a close friend of Dwight, the character portrayed by Edge.
October 23, 2014