"You know what payback is, McMahon..." --on Monday Night Raw
"Brian Pillman doesn't shoot blanks" --to Goldust on Monday Night Raw
I'll also remember Brian Pillman as one of the most courageous and determined competitors of all time. After the 1996 auto accident, many feared that he would never compete again, but he returned.
I'll remember Pillman as a team player. Not too many other wrestlers would wear a dress in the ring.
I'll remember Pillman as a member of one of the greatest incarnations of the Four Horsemen.
I'll remember Pillman as a sneak attacking, praying, trash-talking member of the Hart Foundation. I had the opportunity to see him on June 22, 1997 at the WWF card in Salt Lake City with other foundation members, I booed him then, but that's only because he was clearly a heel in the days that the line between face and heel wasn't clearly defined.
May Brian Pillman's legacy live forever through the fans and the competitors. As one sign in the crowd on the August 6 Monday Raw put it, "Thanks 4 The Memories, Brian."
Was a fan favorite in the beginning of his WCW career. In 1992, he turned rulebreaker and teamed with Stunning Steve Austin. When Pillman was sidelined because of injury, Austin signed with manager Col. Robert Parker. Austin and Pillman then feuded with Pillman becoming a fan favorite.
Disappeared from WCW in 1996.
He was severely injured in an auto accident in Kentucky on April 15, 1996. He was in a coma for a week and had his ankle fused into one position.
Appeared at an ECW card on June 1, 1996. Signed with the WWF on June 10 in an interesting press conference.
Was a member of the WWF broadcast team until he attacked a fan on Saturday Night Shotgun.
Wanted to participate in the 1996 Intercontinental title tournament, but couldn't get a doctor's release.
Involved in one of the most infamous (and in my opinion probably the funniest) incidents of all time. He was interviewed live from his home on the November 4, 1996, edition of Monday Night Raw (the interview was live and the matches were taped). Steve Austin drove to Pillman's home, beat up Pillman's neighbors, then broke into Pillman's house. Pillman pulled a gun and fired shots. All the while, Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler seemed concerned, but were also intent on covering up the fact that the matches were taped. For example, Vince said, "Maybe it's a good thing the fans don't know what's going on." I don't know what happened at Pillman's house after the show went off the air as the WWF pretty much denied that anything happened, but I suspect it involved milk and cookies.
Joined the Hart Foundation in about June 1997.
Although his injuries forced him to tone down his wrestling style, he was still capable of landing an aerial maneuver if he needed to (here I am thinking about SummerSlam '97 when he executed an Air Pillman.)
Wore a dress on Monday Night Raw for several weeks due to his loss to Goldust at SummerSlam.
Claimed he was the father of Dakota, daughter of Goldust & Brian Pillman.
A member of the Stampede Hall of Fame.
7/23/89: (Great American Bash) one of the last four men remaining in a two-ring battle royal; later defeated Bill Irwin
9/12/89: (Clash of the Champions VIII) defeated Norman the Lunatic
10/28/89: (Halloween Havoc) lost to U.S. champion Lex Luger
11/15/89: (Clash of the Champions IX) lost to Lex Luger
2/6/90: (Clash of the Champions X) with partner Tom Zenk, defeated Mod Squad (Spike & Basher)
2/25/90: (Wrestle War) with partner Tom Zenk, successfully defended their U.S. Tag Team titles against Freebirds Jim Garvin & Michael Hayes when Pillman pinned Garvin
6/13/90: (Clash of the Champions XI) lost to Mark Callous (Callous later competed as Undertaker)
6/17/90: Defeated Bam Bam Bigelow via disqualification
7/7/90: (Great American Bash) defeated Buddy Landell
8/19/90: Defeated Buddy Landell
10/14/90: Lost to Black Scorpion
11/20/90: (Clash of the Champions XIII) defeated Buddy Landell
1/30/91: (Clash of the Champions XIV) defeated Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker
2/24/91: (Wrestle War) with Sting and Steiner Brothers, lost the War Games match to Ric Flair, Sid Vicious, Barry Windham, & Larry Zbyszko when Pillman was knocked out by Vicious' power bomb
5/19/91: (SuperBrawl I) lost a taped-fist match to Barry Windham
5/26/91: Lost a best-of-three-falls match to NWA World Heavyweight champion Ric Flair
6/12/91: (Clash of the Champions XV) With partner El Gigante, lost a loser-leaves-town match to Arn Anderson & Barry Windham
WCW/NWA Matches as Yellow Dog
6/23/91: With partner Rick Steiner, defeated Barry Windham & Stan Hansen
7/4/91: (Great American Bash) defeated Johnny B. Badd (Marc Mero in WWF) via disqualification when Teddy Long interfered
WCW/NWA Matches as Brian Pillman
9/5/91: (Clash of the Champions XVI) defeated Badstreet in a semifinal match during the Light Heavyweight tournament
10/27/91: (Halloween Havoc) pinned Rick Morton in the WCW Light Heavyweight final tournament
11/19/91: (Clash of the Champions XVII) successfully defended the WCW Light Heavyweight title against Johnny B. Badd
12/29/91: (Battlebowl) with partner Bobby Eaton, lost a lethal lottery match to Sting & Abdullah the Butcher
1/21/92: (Clash of the Champions XVIII) with partner Marcus Alexander Bagwell, defeated Terry Taylor & Tracey Smothers
3/8/92: Successfully defended his WCW Light Heavyweight title against Johnny B. Badd
5/17/92: Successfully defended his WCW Light Heavyweight title against Tom Zenk via pinfall
6/22/92: (Clash of the Champions XIX) with partner Jushin Liger, won a first round World Tag Team Title Tournament match against Beef Wellington & Chris Benoit
7/12/92: (Great American Bash) with partner Jushin Liger, lost a quarterfinal World Tag Team Title Tournament match to Rick Steamboat & Nikita Koloff
9/20/92: With partner Scotty Flamingo, lost to Brad Armstrong & Marcus Alexander Bagwell
10/25/92: (Halloween Havoc) lost to Rick Steamboat
11/18/92: (Clash of the Champions XXI) defeated Brad Armstrong
12/28/92: (Starrcade) with partner Barry Windham, lost to NWA/WCW World
Tag Team champions Rick Steamboat & Shane Douglas
On the same card, with partner 2 Cold Scorpio, lost a lethal lottery match to Barry Windham & Great Muta
1/13/93: (Clash of the Champions XXII) with partner Steve Austin, lost to NWA/WCW World Tag Team champions Rick Steamboat & Shane Douglas via disqualification
2/7/93: With partners Steve Austin & Barry Windham, lost an elimination match to Shane Douglas, Rick Steamboat, & Dustin Rhodes
2/21/93: (SuperBrawl III) with partner Steve Austin, defeated Erik Watts & Marcus Alexander Bagwell
3/28/93: With partner Steve Austin, successfully defended the WCW World Tag Team titles against Shane Douglas & Rick Steamboat in a draw
5/23/93: (Slamboree) with partner Steve Austin, successfully defended the WCW World Tag Team titles against Dos Hombres (Shane Douglas & Rick Steamboat under masks)
6/17/93: (Clash of the Champions XXIII) with partner Steve Austin, lost to Ric Flair & Arn Anderson
7/18/93: (Beach Blast) with partner Steve Austin, successfully defended the WCW World Tag Team titles against Horsemen Arn Anderson & Shane Douglas
11/10/93: (Clash of the Champions XXV) defeated Steve Austin
1/27/94: (Clash of the Champions XXVI) pinned Col. Robert Parker
2/20/94: (SuperBrawl IV) with partners Sting & Dustin Rhodes, defeated Paul Orndorff, Steve Austin, & Rick Rude in a cage match
4/17/94: (Spring Stampede) battled to a 15-minute time limit draw with WCW Television champion Lord Steven Regal
ECW Match as Brian Pillman
11/19/94: With partner Shane Douglas, lost to Ron Simmons & 2 Cold Scorpio
WCW Matches as Brian Pillman
5/21/95: (Main Event before Slamboree) lost to Meng
6/18/95: (Great American Bash) lost to Alex Wright
9/17/95: (Fall Brawl) lost to Johnny B. Badd. Interfered in Ric Flair's match against Brian Pillman causing Flair to be pinned.
10/29/95: (Halloween Havoc) with partner Arn Anderson, lost to Ric Flair & Sting via disqualification when all other participants beat up on Sting
1/23/96: (Clash of the Champions XXXII) pinned Eddie Guerrero
2/11/96: (SuperBrawl VI) battled to a no-contest with Kevin Sullivan in a strap match
WWF Matches as Brian Pillman5/16/97: With partners Owen Hart & Davey Boy Smith, lost to Steve Austin & Legion of Doom (Hawk & Animal)
5/17/97: With partners Owen Hart & Davey Boy Smith, lost to Steve Austin & Legion of Doom (Hawk & Animal)
7/6/97: (Canadian Stampede) with partners Bret & Owen Hart, Davey Boy Smith, & Jim Neidhart, defeated Steve Austin, Ken Shamrock, Legion of Doom (Hawk & Animal), & Goldust
8/3/97: (SummerSlam) lost to Goldust. As a result, Pillman was forced to wear a dress on Raw
8/8/97: With Owen Hart, lost to Los Boricuas (Savio Vega & Miguel Perez Jr.)
8/15/97: Pinned by Goldust
8/16/97: Lost to Goldust
8/17/97: With Bret Hart & Davey Boy Smith, lost to Undertaker, Goldust, & Dude Love
8/21/97: Lost to Goldust
8/22/97: With Owen Hart & Henry Godwinn, lost to Legion of Doom & Goldust
8/28/97: Lost to Goldust
8/29/97: Lost to Goldust
9/1/97: Lost to Goldust
9/7/97: (Ground Zero) pinned Goldust. As a result, Pillman won the services of Marlena for 30 days (the 30 days were to have expired two days after Pillman's death)
9/22/97: (Monday Night Raw) Lost an Intercontinental tournament match to Owen Hart