As first reported by CBSSports.com, the Big Boss Man (real name Ray Traylor) will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2016.
The Big Boss Man’s career started in Jim Crockett Promotions, where he was known as Big Bubba Rogers and was a bodyguard for Jim Cornette. After leaving JCP, he went to the WWF where he was known as the Big Boss Man. He debuted as a heel and was managed by Slick. Boss Man went on to form a tag team with Akeem known as the Twin Towers. The team went on to feud with the Mega Powers (Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage) and played a part in the break-up of the team.
Boss Man went on to become a face in 1990 and feuded with the likes of Ted DiBiase, his former partner Akeem, various members of the Heenan Family, and The Mountie. The Big Boss Man battled The Mountie in the first and only “Jailhouse Match” at SummerSlam 1991, where the loser was forced to spend the night in a New York City jail cell. He feuded with Nailz in 1992 before leaving the WWF in 1993.
Traylor went to WCW in 1993 where after going through various name changes in the first few years, Traylor went back to his old Big Bubba Rogers name and joined the Dungeon of Doom. He later went on to join the nWo. After leaving the group, he started wrestling under his real name, Ray Traylor.
Traylor returned to the WWF in 1998 under the Big Boss Man gimmick. He abandoned his old blue shirt look and went to more of a SWAT team member look, wearing all black. He served as Vince McMahon’s bodyguard in his feud with Steve Austin. He went on to become a member of The Corporation. Boss Man was a key part of the WWF’s Hardcore Division and had a memorable feud with Al Snow. After Boss Man killed Al Snow’s dog Pepper and then fed it to Snow, the two competed in a Kennel From Hell Match with the ring surrounded by pitbulls. Boss Man feuded with Big Show and fought him for the WWF Title in late 1999. He stayed with the promotion until 2003 when he was released.
Ray Traylor died of a heart attack on September 22, 2004. He was 41 years old.
This is an honor long overdue for Traylor. The Big Boss Man character was one of the more memorable characters in the late 80s/early 90s in the WWF. While he never won any major singles Title, he had a more than Hall of Fame worthy career that deserves to be recognized.
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