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Brian Pillman

Brian Pillman

Nationality :American
Date Of Birth :May 22, 1962
Height :1.78 m
Weight :103 kg

Brian Pillmanwas an American professional wrestler and professional football player best known for his appearances in Stampede Wrestling in the 1980s and World Championship Wrestling (WCW), Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), and World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in the 1990s.

QUICK FACTS

Born
Brian William Pillman

May 22, 1962

Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Died

October 5, 1997 (aged 35)

Bloomington, Minnesota, U.S.
Spouse
Melanie Pillman
Children6, including Brian Pillman Jr.
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)
  • Brian Pillman 
  • Flyin’ Brian 
  • Yellow Dog
  • Loose Cannon
Billed height6 ft 0 in (183 cm) 
Billed weight227 lb (103 kg) 

Brian Pillman Biography, EarlyLife

Pillman was born on May 22, 1962, to a Welsh mother named Mary; he had three sisters named Angie, Linda, and Susan, as well as a brother Phil. His father died of a heart attack when Pillman was three months old in August 1962.

As a child, Pillman developed multiple throat polyps and underwent between 31 and 36 operations to tend to them, many before the age of three. Due to his medical issues, Pillman spent a large part of his early childhood in a hospital, only going home for Christmas. Because of this Pillman’s mother chose to send him to a public school so that he could spend more time with his friends, which led him to become the only Presbyterian in his otherwise Catholic family. As a child, Pillman played many sports, including basketball and hockey, but was rather fragile and was often made fun of by other children because of his raspy voice, which had been damaged by the many operations, this according to his mother prompted him to learn how to box. 

Brian Pillman Education

We have no information on the names of the educational institutions he attended.

Brian Pillman’s Height, And Weight

Brian Pillman has an athletic body standing at the perfect height of 6 feet 0 inches and weighs around 103 kg.

Career

World Wrestling Federation (1996–1997)

Pillman signed a contract with the World Wrestling Federation on June 10, 1996, with the signing announced in a press conference. He was the first wrestler to sign a guaranteed contract with the WWF, indicative of the period in which Vince McMahon began to protect the company from abruptly losing talent to WCW, with Lex Luger, Kevin Nash, and Scott Hall all previously doing so. Pillman acted as a commentator while recovering from his broken ankle, transitioning to a wrestling role after attacking a fan during an episode of WWF Shotgun Saturday Night.

On the November 4, 1996, episode of Raw, Pillman took part in the infamous “Pillman’s Got a Gun” angle with Steve Austin. When Pillman initially arrived at the WWF, he aligned himself immediately with his longtime friend and former tag team partner Austin, serving as his lackey while he recovered. However, when Pillman began noticeably favoring Austin’s nemesis, Bret Hart, Austin had enough and brutally attacked him in the ring during an interview on an episode of WWF Superstars in October 1996.

Austin and Pillman had been feuding for several weeks, and Austin had finally decided to take matters into his own hands and visit Pillman, whom he had already injured, at his home in Walton, Kentucky. WWF interviewer Kevin Kelly sat in Pillman’s house with a camera crew and the Pillman family, while Pillman’s friends surrounded the house to protect him. Austin was attacked by Pillman’s friends as soon as he arrived but quickly subdued them. He then proceeded to break into Pillman’s home and advance on his nemesis. Pillman responded by producing the same 9 mm pistol that he had displayed earlier and pointing it at a hesitant Austin, while Kelly and Pillman’s wife Melanie screamed for help.

The camera feed was then disrupted, with the scene fading to black. The on-scene director contacted commentator Vince McMahon and reported that he had heard “a couple of explosions.” The transmission was restored shortly before the end of Raw, and viewers witnessed Pillman’s friends dragging Austin from the house while Pillman aimed the gun at him and announced his intention to “kill that son of a bitch!” Pillman also slipped up by making the mistake of saying f**k on live television, which meant that it could not be edited out. The WWF (and Pillman personally) eventually apologized profusely for the entire angle, with Pillman claiming that the profanity “just slipped out”.

Following WrestleMania 13, Pillman aligned himself with his close friends Bret Hart, Owen Hart, Davey Boy Smith, and Jim Neidhart as part of the anti-American Hart Foundation, all of whom he was familiar with from his Stampede Wrestling roots. He began feuding with his former partner, Steve Austin. In the course of the feud, Austin was given on-screen credit for damaging Pillman’s ankle in October 1996 after placing it in between the seat and backrest of a folded chair and then jumping on the chair (this particular style of attack has since been dubbed “The Pillmanizer,” in honor of this incident, despite Shane Douglas performing the same maneuver to Raven in ECW nearly a full year earlier). After he feuded with Austin, he feuded with Goldust over Marlena until his death.

Brian Pillman’s Net Worth

According to sources, Brian Pillman’s net worth is between $1 and $5 million.

Brian Pillman’s Wife, Marriage, Children

Before her marriage to Dustin Rhodes, Terri Runnels, and Pillman were World Championship Wrestling teammates. In the future, on March 17, 1993, he wed Melanie. Alexis and Jesse were already two of her children at the time. He also had two kids at the time, Brittany and Danielle. Brian and Skylar were born to Brian and Melanie together. Seven months after Pillman’s passing in October 1997, Skylar was born on May 5, 1998, and Pillman was unaware that Melanie was expecting. Brian started playing football like his father and attended Dixie Heights High School before graduating in 2011. He played at the high school level while there.

Pillman’s stepdaughter, Alexis Reed, debuted in professional wrestling as “Sexy” Lexi Pillman in the early months of 2008. Reed passed away on November 26, 2009, as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident.

Brian Pillman Awards

  • World Championship Wrestling
    • NWA United States Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Tom Zenk
    • NWA World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with “Stunning” Steve Austin
    • WCW Light Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
    • WCW World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with “Stunning” Steve Austin
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI ranked him #84 of the top 500 singles wrestlers of the “PWI Years” in 2003
  • Stampede Wrestling
    • Stampede Wrestling International Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Bruce Hart
    • Stampede Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
    • 5 Star Match (1991) with Sting, Rick Steiner, and Scott Steiner vs. Ric Flair, Larry Zbyszko, Barry Windham, and Sid Vicious (February 24, WarGames match, WrestleWar)
    • Feud of the Year (1997) with Bret Hart, Owen Hart, Jim Neidhart, and Davey Boy Smith vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin
    • Most Underrated (1994)
    • Rookie of the Year (1987)
    • Tag Team of the Year (1993)

FAQ

What is the net worth of Brian Pillman?

His net worth is 1 to 5 million dollars.

What is the height of Brian Pillman?

His height is 6 feet 0 inches.

What is the age of Brian Pillman?

His age is 35 years as of 2023.

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