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Stephen Paul Keirn (born September 10, 1951) is an American retired
professional wrestler Professional wrestling is a type of athletic exhibition and entertainment involving wrestling matches whose progress and outcome are planned in advance, typically between performers with established character roles. The wrestling matches are base ...
. He is a graduate of Port Tampa's Robinson High School. He is best known for his appearances in multiple
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territories as one-half of the
tag team World Tag Team Championship. Shelton Benjamin (on the mat) from The World's Greatest Tag Team has been isolated in the corner of champions Cade and Murdoch, well away from partner Charlie Haas; either of these teams can tag in the third team, ...
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, as well as his appearances with the
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under the
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Skinner.


Professional wrestling career


Championship Wrestling from Florida (1972–1982)

Much of Keirn's early career was spent wrestling as part of a
tag team World Tag Team Championship. Shelton Benjamin (on the mat) from The World's Greatest Tag Team has been isolated in the corner of champions Cade and Murdoch, well away from partner Charlie Haas; either of these teams can tag in the third team, ...
. While wrestling in
Championship Wrestling from Florida Championship Wrestling from Florida (CWF) was the corporate and brand name of the Tampa, Florida professional wrestling promotion, wrestling office existing from 1961, when Eddie Graham first bought into the promotion, until 1987, when it closed ...
(CWF), he held the NWA Florida Tag Team Championship twelve times; once each with
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, Jimmy Garvin, and
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, and nine times with Mike Graham. In addition, the team of Keirn and Graham won the NWA Florida United States Tag Team Championship three times. In 1980 and 1981, Keirn focused on his career as a singles wrestler. He won many titles in Florida and Georgia, including the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title by defeating Chavo Guerrero Sr.. This title reign was recognized by
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, as well as the Los Angeles and Florida NWA territories, but not by the NWA as a whole, which considered the title vacant and held a tournament to crown a new champion. The title Keirn held was later renamed the NWA International Junior Heavyweight Title. Keirn also won the NWA National Television Championship twice, defeating
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Terry Funk
and Kevin Sullivan (wrestler), Kevin Sullivan.


Various Promotions (1981–1991)

In 1981, Keirn began wrestling with the Tennessee-based Continental Wrestling Association (CWA). He was successful as a singles wrestler, winning a tournament to claim the AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship. He also held the NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Championship on two occasions. As in CWF, Keirn found his greatest success in the tag team division. He held the AWA Southern Tag Team Championship 17 times, including 14 reigns as one half of
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with Stan Lane. Keirn and Lane also teamed to win the CWA World Tag Team Championship twice. The Fabulous Ones competed in various promotions over the next decade. In 1984, the team won the SWCW World Tag Team Championship, Southwest Championship Wrestling World Tag Team Championship while wrestling in Australia. In the United States, they won the NWA Florida United States Tag Team Championship twice. In 1991, the pair wrestled in the United States Wrestling Association, defeating Tony Anthony (wrestler), Tony Anthony and Doug Gilbert to win the USWA Tag Team Championship.


World Wrestling Federation (1991–1993)

In the summer of 1991, Keirn debuted in the WWF as Skinner, an alligator hunting, hunter from the Everglades, Florida Everglades. He was portrayed as a generally nasty individual, always chewing on Chewing tobacco, tobacco and sometimes spitting it on his opponent. He carried an alligator claw to the ring with him, which he would often use as a weapon against his opponents. He competed in the King of the Ring (1991), 1991 King of the Ring tournament, defeating Mike Jones (wrestler), Virgil in the first round but losing to Bret Hart in the second round. While still being billed as undefeated, he challenged Hart for the WWE Intercontinental Championship, WWF Intercontinental Championship at This Tuesday in Texas on December 3, 1991 but lost by Professional wrestling#Submission, submission. Skinner competed in the 1992 Royal Rumble (1992), Royal Rumble, lasting 2:13 before being eliminated by Rick Martel. At WrestleMania VIII, he was defeated in one minute and eleven seconds by Owen Hart. Keirn competed in the 1993 Royal Rumble (1993), Royal Rumble but was eliminated by Curt Hennig, Mr. Perfect at the 3:05 mark. While in the WWF, Keirn also portrayed Doink the Clown on occasion. At WrestleMania IX, Keirn helped the Matt Osborne, original Doink defeat Brian Adams (wrestler), Crush by attacking Crush dressed as Doink during the match.


World Championship Wrestling (1994)

Along with Bobby Eaton, Keirn wrestled in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1994 in a tag team known as "Bad Attitude". Despite the tag team success both Keirn and Eaton enjoyed in the past (with The Fabulous Ones and the Midnight Express respectively), the team made little impact, losing Glossary of professional wrestling terms#Dark match, dark matches to Brian Gerard James, Brian and Brad Armstrong (wrestler), Brad Armstrong at Bash at the Beach (1994), Bash at the Beach 1994 and Fall Brawl (1994), Fall Brawl 1994. While in WCW, Keirn was also involved in an Glossary of professional wrestling terms#Angle, angle in which masked men attacked Hulk Hogan. Several times in October 1994, Keirn wore a black mask to attack Hogan during and after Hogan's matches.


Retirement and post-career (2001–present)

Since the late 1980s, Keirn has run a school to train wrestlers. Originally located in Tampa, Florida, Keirn's "Professional Wrestling School of Hard Knocks" is now located in Brandon, Florida. Keirn helped train many wrestlers, including Mike Awesome, Dennis Knight, Diamond Dallas Page, Dustin Rhodes and Tracy Smothers. The school was incorporated into the WWE's developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling, which opened on June 26, 2007, and Keirn was named President of the FCW and made regular appearances on FCW television. His last match was on December 10, 2007 at the 15th Anniversary Raw participating in a Battle Royal where he was eliminated from the match by Sgt. Slaughter. On August 14, 2012, FCW was discontinued and the WWE Performance Center opened on July 11, 2013.


Championships and accomplishments

*Century Wrestling Alliance **Century Wrestling Alliance Television Championship, CWA Television Championship (Century Wrestling Alliance Television Championship#Title history, 1 time) *
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**NWA Brass Knuckles Championship (Florida version), NWA Brass Knuckles Championship ''(Florida version)'' (NWA Brass Knuckles Championship (Florida version)#Title history, 1 time) **NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship (NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship#Title history, 5 times) ** NWA Florida Tag Team Championship (NWA Florida Tag Team Championship#Title history, 12 times) – with Mike Graham (9), Jimmy Garvin (1),
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(1), and
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(1) **NWA Florida Television Championship (NWA Florida Television Championship#Title history, 1 time) **NWA North American Tag Team Championship (Florida version), NWA North America Tag Team Championship ''(Florida version)'' (1 time) – with Mike Graham **NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship (Florida version), NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship ''(Florida version)'' (NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship (Florida version)#Title history, 2 times) **NWA United States Tag Team Championship (Florida version), NWA United States Tag Team Championship ''(Florida version)'' (NWA United States Tag Team Championship (Florida version)#Title history, 5 times) – with Mike Graham (3) and Stan Lane (2) *Georgia Championship Wrestling **NWA Georgia Heavyweight Championship (NWA Georgia Heavyweight Championship#Title history, 1 time) **NWA Georgia Tag Team Championship (NWA Georgia Tag Team Championship#Title history, 1 time) – with Tim Woods, Mr. Wrestling ** NWA National Television Championship (NWA National Television Championship#Title history, 2 times) * Continental Championship Wrestling, Gulf Coast Championship Wrestling **NWA United States Tag Team Championship (Gulf Coast version), NWA United States Tag Team Championship ''(Gulf Coast version)'' (1 time) – with Ricky Gibson *NWA Hollywood Wrestling **NWA International Junior Heavyweight Championship (NWA International Junior Heavyweight Championship#Title history, 1 time) *Continental Wrestling Association, NWA Mid-America / Continental Wrestling Association **AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship (AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship#National Wrestling Alliance / American Wrestling Association, 1 time) **AWA Southern Tag Team Championship (AWA Southern Tag Team Championship#Title history, 17 times) – with Stan Lane (14), Bill Dundee (2), and Terry Taylor (1) **CWA/AWA International Tag Team Championship, CWA International Tag Team Championship (CWA/AWA International Tag Team Championship#Title history, 1 time) – with Mark Starr **CWA World Tag Team Championship (CWA World Tag Team Championship#Title history, 2 times) – with Stan Lane **NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Championship (NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Championship#Title history, 2 times) *''Pro Wrestling Illustrated'' **PWI ranked him #132 of the top 500 singles wrestlers of the "PWI Years" in 2003 *Southwest Championship Wrestling **SCW World Tag Team Championship (SCW World Tag Team Championship#Title History, 1 time) – with Stan Lane *United States Wrestling Association **USWA World Tag Team Championship (USWA World Tag Team Championship#Title history, 1 time) – with Stan Lane


See also

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