Death Steve Williams
Death" Steve Williams (born May 14, 1960 in Lakewood,
Colorado) is a professional wrestler and former collegiate
American football and wrestling star at the University
Death" Steve Williams graduated from the University
of Oklahoma in 1981 after a stellar football career
that saw him named an All-American. He also competed
as an amateur wrestler losing in the finals of an
NCAA tournament to future Olympic medalist Bruce Baumgartner.
interested in professional wrestling, Williams had
a ready-made nickname which dated back to an incident
in Junior High where he had to wrestle in a hockey
goalie's mask and was jokingly labeled "Dr. Death"
by one of his school's coaches with the name apparently
was trained for professional wrestling by Bill Watts
and started wrestling in 1982 in Watt's Mid-South
Wrestling. In 1985, he formed a successful team with
Ted DiBiase and feuded with Eddie Gilbert and The
Nightmare. In 1986, Mid-South was renamed the Universal
Wrestling Federation and Williams went on to win the
UWF Heavyweight Title from Big Bubba Rogers. When
Jim Crockett Promotions bought the UWF in late 1987,
he was one of the few UWF wrestlers to receive an
initial push in the NWA.
helped Jimmy Garvin in his feud with Kevin Sullivan's
Varsity Club and then joined them in late 1988 to
team with Mike Rotunda. They feuded with the Road
Warriors and won the NWA World Tag Team Championship
in the process.
May 1989, they were stripped of the titles and the
Varsity Club disbanded. Williams went to All Japan
Pro Wrestling where he formed a tag team with Terry
Gordy called the "Miracle Violence Connection".
They dominated the tag team scene there through 1993
with a brief stop in WCW where they won the WCW World
Tag Team Titles and feuded with the Steiner brothers.
1998, Williams was signed by the WWF. They were about
to have the "Brawl For All" which was set
up in "shoot fights" to see who the real
tough guys were. Williams was expected to roll through
the competition but after beating Pierre Carl Ouellet
in the first round, he was knocked out in the quarterfinals
by Bart Gunn. Following the event, the WWF did a brief
angle where he was managed by Jim Ross before granting
Williams his release.
1999, Williams appeared briefly in WCW again with
Oklahoma as his manager in a feud with Vampiro. He
went back to All Japan in 2002 and wrestled a couple
of matches for WWE in 2003 against Lance Storm. In
late 2003, he was a major face in Major League Wrestling
and also wrestled for NWA Mid-Atlantic where he won
2004, Williams had surgery on his throat to battle
throat cancer. He was declared cancer free in 2005.
On March 25, 2006, Williams returned to the ring for
a WWE Smackdown house show in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Finishing and signature moves
Backdrop Driver (High angle belly to back suplex)
Doctor Bomb (Gutwrench powerbomb)
Scoop powerslam drop
Release German suplex
Skandor Akbar (Credit:
Williams official website
Dr. Death Became Dr. Life
LA. - January 30, 2007
Death" Steve Williams was given a second chance.
In the prime of his life, Steve was diagnosed with
T-4 throat cancer. With God by his side, Steve overcame
all odds and survived this deadly disease. Now, Steve
is committed to give his testimony to the people from
the wrestling ring.
an athlete, Steve has "done-it-all." In
1978, he graduated from Lakewood High (Colorado).
He was a star athlete and recruited heavily by many
major colleges and eventually accepted an athletic
scholarship to the University of Oklahoma. Steve is
one of the very few legitimate wrestlers to make the
transition from the amateur ranks to the professional
wrestling ring. While at the University of Oklahoma,
he was a two-time, Big Eight free-style wrestling
champion. As a collegiate football player, he was
also a two-time, Big Eight champion. Under legendary
Coach Barry Switzer, he went to three major Orange
Bowls, a Sun Bowl, and the Fiesta Bowl. He also played
professional football as a defensive nose guard for
the New Jersey Generals in the United States Football
the ring, Steve is a "shooter" and because
of his amateur wrestling background, he was generally
regarded as one of the most dangerous "shooters"
in the business. Because of this tough reputation,
he earned the nick-name name "Dr Death"
- which he had since high school. For the past twenty-plus
years, he has worked for all the major wrestling promotions
throughout the world including the World Wrestling
Entertainment (WWE). Steve has held numerous titles
and received a plethora of accolades throughout his
career including: Most Improved Wrestler (1985) and
First Runner-Up, Tag-Team of the Year (w/ Ted Dibiase,
1985); he defeated the One Man Gang at the 21:43 mark
in Houston (TX, 1986), to become the winner of the
$50,000.00 Pro Wrestling Illustrated/UWF Challenge
Cup Tournament; in 1991, with Terry Gordy, they became
the first American tag-team to win All-Japan's Annual
tag team tournament in consecutive years; and, in
2003, he won the NWA Heavyweight title from Terry
Taylor in China. Steve is also an Asian wrestling
icon, as the only American that has ever worked for
two major companies at the same time in Japan - New
Japan and All-Japan.
Steve's faith in God, he continues to be a "champion"
in all aspects of his life. This book will look at
the career of professional wrestler "Dr. Death"
Steve Williams. With an in-depth analysis of his faith,
family, battle with cancer, and the sport of professional
wrestling like never told before, combined with candid
comments about certain wrestlers, steroids and drugs,
and never-seen before wrestling photos from the US
and Japan, "Dr. Life" Steve Williams presents
and inspirational and powerful story that no football,
amateur wrestling, professional wrestling fan, cancer
patient or survivor, Christian, or any person can
afford not to read.
by, Jim Ross
Special Foreword, Barry Switzer
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Interview Contact: Steve Williams