By Ryan K. Boman, Editor in Chief
On January 19, 2007, Bam Bam Bigelow was found dead in his home in Hudson, Florida.
Scott Bigelow was born September 1, 1961, in Asbury Park, New Jersey. He entered wrestling after training at Larry Sharpe’s Monster Factory, with an unusual look and background story.
At, 6’4″, 390 pounds, and sporting a flaming tattoo covering his entire, shaved head, Bigelow was said to have worked as a bounty hunter prior to stepping between the ropes. The youngster immediately displayed an uncanny amount of agility for a man with his physique, routinely doing flips and cartwheels.
He ventured to Memphis with the sinister Sharpe, before eventually embracing the rulebook and teaming with the promotion’s biggest hero, Jerry The King Lawler. Later, Bigelow made a quick stop in Texas, winning the World Class Television title while oddly working a Russian gimmick under the name, Crusher Yurkov.
Bigelow was originally signed by the WWF in 1987, and seconded there by longtime Florida manager Sir Oliver Humperdink. While he was popular with the audience and teamed alongside Hulk Hogan, the run never materialized as fans originally envisioned, and Bigelow departed within a year.
He would work in to the 1990’s for the NWA’s Crockett Promotions, and in Japan, where he became a legend with the fans overseas. When he returned to the WWF in 1992, he was initially paired with Luna and would feud with Doink and The Million Dollar Corporation.
His biggest World Wrestling Federation moment came at WrestleMania XI, when he was defeated by former New York Giant Lawrence Taylor in a high-profile bout. With NFL All-Pros at ringside for the gala event, the match gained mainstream attention and made the unique-looking Bigelow a household name at the time.
As he continued to become a huge star in Japan (often teaming with fellow gaijin legend Vader), Bigelow carved out a whole new era of his career in ECW during his time there in the late 90’s. In Extreme Championship Wrestling, Bigelow was a member of the elite faction, The Triple Threat, and would eventually go on to capture the ECW World Heavyweight and Television titles.
His battle with Taz at Living Dangerously 1998 became a favorite among fans, as in the middle of the action, the two smashed through the ring canvas to the floor. In later years, the classic moment would not only be mimicked in other ‘hardcore style’ matches, it was also one of the first heavily shared wrestling clips on YouTube.
Bigelow would return to WCW in late 1998 to face up with World Champion Goldberg, and after his unsuccessful challenge, became part of the Jersey Triad with Kanyon and Diamond Dallas Page. The trio would win the WCW tag team titles twice, and defended them using the ‘freebird rules’. Bam Bam would bounce around the company’s hardcore division until WCW was bought out by the WWF in 2001.
Bigelow continued to make appearances after his Time Warner contract finally expired in 2002, but never re-emerged in WWE.
His cause of death was determined to be from complications due to arterisclerotic cardiovascular disease. An autopsy revealed that he had high levels of cocaine and anti-anxiety medication in his system, which may have contributed to his condition.
He was 45 years old at the time of his passing.
BAM BAM BIGELOW CONFRONTS LAWRENCE TAYLOR – ROYAL RUMBLE 1995