For all the CM Punks and Brock Lesnars of the world, no competitor has been more of a “Paul Heyman Guy” than the near-400-pound monster from Asbury Park, N.J., known as Bam Bam Bigelow. Heyman discovered the former bounty hunter at a wrestling school and, as he revealed to WWE Classics, knew that Bigelow “either had to find employment quickly or spend the rest of his adult life in jail.”
Heyman put Bam Bam to work, scheduling his wrestling debut at New York’s famed Studio 54 nightclub in 1985. In the following 10 years, The Beast from the East gained a reputation as one of the ring’s most gifted big men, built like an imposing bruiser but agile as a cruiserweight.
After main-eventing WrestleMania XI against Lawrence Taylor, Bam Bam finally reunited with Heyman in ECW in ’95, where he won both the ECW World Championship and the Television Championship. The tattooed competitor is responsible for creating some of the most iconic moments in the history of the organization, including hurling Spike Dudley from the ring to the crowd and crashing through the canvas with Tazz on his back. — Z.L.