Billed from Nutley, N.J., Balls Mahoney wasn’t a traditional mat grappler, but few competitors entertained ECW fans as much as the toothless 310-pounder who would lead crowds in AC/DC sing-alongs. Each time Balls landed a punch on an opponent, fans would chant his name with glee. Clad in torn denim shorts and a sleeveless tee, Balls was never seen without his trusty steel chair in hand, ready to crush the skulls of opponents at any moment.
As popular as Balls was on his own, he found true success alongside a myriad of unique tag partners, including Spike Dudley, Masato Tanaka and New Jack. His most well-known pairing was with Axl Rotten, however. Although they never won the ECW Tag Team Titles, The Hardcore Chair Swingin’ Freaks were as extreme as any, and satiated the rabid fanbase’s appetite for mindless destruction. — ZACH LINDER