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Bob Holly

Bob Holly

Nationality :American
Date Of Birth :January 29, 1963
Height :6 feet and 0 inches
Weight :107 kg

Bob Holly is an American professional wrestler, actor, and former auto racer and wrestling trainer/host, better known by the ring name Hardcore Holly or Bob Holly. He is best known for his 16-year career with the World Wrestling Federation/World Wrestling Entertainment (WWF/E) where he also worked under the ring names Thurman “Sparky” PluggBob “Spark Plug” HollyBombastic Bob, and “the Big Shot”.


Full NameRobert William Howard, Jr.
Birth DateJanuary 29, 1963
Birth PlaceGlendale, California, United States
NicknameHardcore Holly, Bombastic Bob
FatherRobert William Howard
EducationGrants Pass High School
SiblingsOne brother
Age60 Years Old
Height6 feet (183 cm)
Weight107 kg (235 lbs)

Bob Holly Biography, EarlyLife

On January 29, 1963, Howard was born in Glendale, California. There, his mother raised him and his older brother. Later, the family had to move to Ventura after his mother’s remarriage.

Robert went to Grants Pass High School after moving to Grant Pass in Oregon. Soon after being graduated from high school, he began working in a beer warehouse. Howard worked as a mechanic for Meineke Car Care Center in Alabama.

During those times, he also added to his earnings by boxing in bars. After that, Howard served at Taylor Wharton as a pipe cutter.

Bob Holly Education

Regarding his official education, he received his diploma from his hometown’s Grant Pass High School. He also completed his graduate studies at the university.

Bob Holly’s Height, And Weight

As of November 2021, Holly is 58 years of age. As the blonde still fights occasionally, he has maintained his athletic build. His body measures 6 feet or 183 centimeters in height and weighs 107 kilograms or 235 pounds.


Holly trained under Bob Sweetan, Marcelle Pringle, and Rip Tyler, and debuted in 1987 in the Mobile area in the World Organization Of Wrestling promotion where he held titles on and off, including the WOW Tag Team Championship with Ron Starr when they defeated the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express.

From there, he wrestled in Memphis and then in the NWA (National Wrestling Alliance) with moderate success.

World Championship Wrestling (1990–1991)

In 1990 Holly began making television appearances in World Championship Wrestling under the name “Bob Holly”, being utilized primarily as a jobber. His first match came on July 30 in Gainesville, Georgia, when he was defeated via submission by United States Heavyweight Champion Lex Luger. Holly then wrestled in a six-man match in Marietta, Georgia on August 6, teaming with Tim “Powerhouse” Parker and Brad Bratton against Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, and Barry Windham. On August 13 Holly faced Flair in a singles match that aired on World Championship Wrestling, losing via submission. After an absence of several months, he made a final appearance at a World Championship Wrestling taping on January 21 teaming with Dave Johnson in an unsuccessful effort against The Freebirds in a match that aired February 9, 1991.[citation needed]

World Wrestling Federation (1991)

Two months later Holly made his initial appearance in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). Again, he was portrayed as a jobber using the name “Bob Holly”. His sole match was teaming with Mike Sample in a loss to The Bushwhackers on the March 30 edition of WWF Superstars (the match was taped on March 11 in Pensacola, Florida).

Smoky Mountain Wrestling (1991–1992)

Holly joined Jim Cornette’s new Smoky Mountain Wrestling promotion and made his debut at the company’s very first television taping on October 30 in Greenville, South Carolina, defeating Tim Frye. Billed as “Hollywood” Bob Holly, he received a televised push and portrayed a snobbish-street thug, a West Coast character. Afterward, he worked for Buck Robley & The NWF out of Louisiana. He teamed with Robert Gibson there as the Rock N Roll Express. 

World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment (1994–2009)

Holly returned to the WWF on January 11, 1994. His initial gimmick was that of a NASCAR driver turned wrestler called Thurman “Sparky” Plugg, which was quietly changed to Bob “Spark Plug” Holly by the fall of 1994. He competed in the 1994 Royal Rumble match, lasting over 21 minutes.

At the Royal Rumble in January 1995, Holly and the 1–2–3 Kid defeated Bam Bam Bigelow and Tatanka in the finals of a tournament to crown new WWF Tag Team Champions. Their title reign lasted only one day, however, the next day, on WWF Monday Night Raw, Holly and the Kid lost the tag team title to The Smoking Gunns.

On the May 7, 1995 (taped April 26, 1995) episode of WWF Action Zone, Holly pinned WWF Intercontinental Champion Jeff Jarrett in a title match, but as Jarrett had his foot on the ropes, the decision was overturned and the title vacated. Later on in the show, Jarrett defeated Holly in a rematch for the vacant title after pinning Holly with a roll-up. Holly’s title win is not recognized by WWE. Holly then competed in the 1995 King of the Ring tournament, defeating Mantaur to qualify before losing to The Roadie in the quarterfinals. He was then the first WWF pay-per-view opponent of Hunter Hearst Helmsley, losing to him at SummerSlam.

At Survivor Series, Holly was a part of the Underdogs team along with Marty Jannetty, Hakushi, and Barry Horowitz. They were defeated by the Body Donnas team of Skip, Doctor of Desire Tom Prichard, Rad Radford, and the 1–2–3 Kid.

Despite lasting nearly 40 minutes in the Royal Rumble, Holly made very few television appearances in the WWF throughout 1996 and 1997.

Bob Holly’s Net Worth

Holly has spent 16 years of his career in WWE and has appeared in other nation’s competitions too.

Hardcore Holly’s net worth is estimated to be approximately $5 million as of 2023.

He has accumulated some fortune from the sale of his book too. At present, he occasionally appears in the ring for independent wrestling shows. Reports suggest he earns around $500,000 in a year at present.

Bob Holly’s Wife, Marriage, Children

Holly was married to Cathy Dingman in 2000. The couple gave birth to their daughter Stephanie before they divorced in 2003.

Since 2010, he is married to his high school sweetheart Linda Kievet. They reside in Dubuque, Iowa, US.

Bob Holly Awards

  • Kamikaze Pro
    • Kamikaze Pro Championship (1 time)
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI ranked him #41 of the top 500 best singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2000
    • PWI ranked him #391 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the PWI Years in 2003
  • Under the Lights
    • UTL Lights Out Championship (1 time)
  • World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment
    • NWA World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Bodacious Bart
    • WWF Hardcore Championship (6 times)
    • WWF/E World Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with The 1–2–3 Kid (1), Crash Holly (1) and Cody Rhodes (1)
    • WWF World Tag Team Championship Tournament (1995) – with The 1-2-3 Kid
  • World Wrestling Organization
    • WWO Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Ron Starr
    • WWO United States Heavyweight Championship (1 time)


What is the net worth of Bob Holly?

His net worth is 5 million dollars.

What is the height of Bob Holly?

His height is 6 feet.

What is the age of Bob Holly?

His age is 60 years as of 2023.

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