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The championship title links will bring you to the appropriate pages in The Great Hisa's Puroresu Dojo, while links for various supercards come from Professional Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments. I highly recommend an extensive exploration of both of those sites. Just in case you forget to do so, there are some reminders at the bottom of the page.

And now, on with the show ...

Not long after Wrestlemania V, WWF television introduced its fans to a "newcomer" named The Widowmaker. In some of his initial performances, it was actually mentioned that this was, in fact, WWF veteran Barry Windham. Soon after, however, his new nickname was all that remained.

Not much can really be said about The Widowmaker's WWF tenure. All of his interviews centered around his intentions to dethrone WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan. In spite of these lofty goals, no one can recall any Widowmaker matches involving the World Champ, nor any other titleholder either.

As a matter of fact, The Widowmaker left the WWF in the summer of 1989, only to return a month or so later. Hardly anyone even noticed.

In addition to easily beating dozens of preliminary wrestlers, The Widowmaker put away the skillful Tim Horner on Wrestling Challenge. He also held WWF mainstay Tito Santana to a time limit draw. Beyond that ... nothing.

In his defense, there are no recorded losses for The Widowmaker. He was scheduled to participate at the 1989 Survivor Series in Chicago, as a team mate of Randy Savage, Dino Bravo, and Greg Valentine. In team interviews, The Widowmaker expressed a distinct interest in getting his hands on Bret Hart, one of the opposing team's members. By the time Thanksgiving arrived, however, The Widowmaker was mysteriously replaced by The Canadian Earthquake, John Tenta.

The Royal Rumble was held in the following January, and The Widowmaker was scheduled to be one of the thirty particpants. Again, he did not appear. Looking back at the advertised list of names, it would appear that The Widowmaker had been replaced by The Red Rooster (Terry Taylor), again, without any explanation.

Well, if no one seemed to notice him while he was in the WWF, he must have figured that no one would notice when he silently left the organization either. He did just that, sometime in the early months of 1990.

To this very day, most wrestling fans respond to "The Widowmaker" with the answer "Who?" Fortunately for Barry Windham, there was another place where (as in the theme song to "Cheers") "everybody knew his name."


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