Death is not the end. If you contribute to making something remarkable while alive, you’ll not vanish with your physical expiration.
Big Boss Man left this world 16 years ago but is still loved, cherished, and remembered by the wrestling sector and the wrestling fans worldwide.
Ray W. Traylor Jr., popularly known as Big Boss Man, is usually known for his World Wrestling Federation (WWF) appearance. He was associated with various other wrestling tournaments as well.
He had a successful career, indeed. But money and fame could not stop his death. Today, we will be discussing everything from his early life and career to death and legacy.
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Big Boss Man’s Quick Facts
|Full name||Raymond Washington Traylor Jr.|
|Ring names||Big Boss Man, The Boss, The Man, The Guardian Angel, Big Bubba Rogers, Ray Traylor, and War machine.|
|Birthdate||May 2, 1963|
|Birthplace||Marietta, Georgia, United States of America|
|Death||September 22, 2004 (at the age of 41)|
|Place of death||Dallas, Georgia, United States of America|
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
|Father’s name||Not known|
|Mother’s name||Not known|
|Wife’s name||Angela Traylor|
|Children||2 daughters (Megan Chyanne Traylor and Lacy Abilene Traylor)|
|Height||6 feet 6 inches (1.98m)|
|Weight||305 lbs. (149 kgs)|
|Trained by||Ted Allen|
|Signature outfit||Cop uniform|
|Finishing moves||Boss Man slam, also known as Bubba Slam, Traylor Trash, and Side Slam (while spinning).Water-Wheel or Double leg Slam|
|Signature moves||Bearhug, Backbreaker, Enzuigiri, Powerbomb, Spinebuster, Bolo Punch, etc.|
|Managers||Slick, Jimmy Hart, Skandor Akbar, Baby Doll, etc.|
|Affiliations||WWF/WWE, World Championship Wrestling, International Wrestling Association of Japan, etc.|
|Life before wrestling||Prison guard|
|Net worth||$2.5 million|
|Merch||Action Figure, Wrestling Cards|
|Last Update||May, 2022|
Big Boss Man – Early life
Ray W. Traylor was born on May 2, 1963, in Georgia, United States. Traylor did not disclose much information relating to his parents. Likewise, much information associated with his childhood and education is not known.
Life Before Wrestling
The Boss Man worked as a prison guard before entering the world of wrestling. Precisely, he was a corrections/correctional officer for Cobb’s County Sheriff’s Office. He finally left his job as a prison guard in 1988 after 3 years of wrestling debut.
Moreover, he used to dress like a cop in the tournaments. His early profession must have influenced his signature dress.
Big Boss Man – Debut and World Heavy Weight Championship
The Georgia native had his debut in 1985.
He first worked for Jim Crockett Promotions under the name Raymond Traylor. The same institution hired Ray W. Traylor as a silent bodyguard under the name Big Bubba Rogers for wrestling personality Jim Cornette.
He received significant visibility within the wrestling environment in less than a year. Consequently, the producers offered Boss Man to wrestle with top wrestling fame, Rhodes, in a series of Bunkhouse Stampede tournaments in 1986. Traylor didn’t win the final match but created a tie with Rhodes initially.
Traylor joined the Universal Wrestling Federation (UWF) in 1987. That is where he won the title of World Heavy Weight Champion from One Man Gang. He then dropped the title and chose the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) over UWF.
People of today recognize World Wrestling Federation (WWF) by its new name, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). In 2002, they renamed the institution.
Big Boss Man – World Wrestling Federation (WWF)
Boss Man got associated with WWF in 1998. The Big Boss Man, his most profoundly used ring name, was used to introduce him.
He portrayed himself as a heel, also known as the antagonist or the bad guy in the wrestling world. Boss Man’s ritual of handcuffing the defeated opponent to the ring rope and then battering them made him distinct.
He had a hit WWF debut where he defeated Koko B. Ware. His attack on Hulk Hogan on Brother’s Love interview segment made his bold mark on WWF.
The Twin Towers (with Akeem)
The collaboration with Akeem helped Boss Man flourish in his WWF career. The duo, usually known as The Twin Towers, had several feuds with other wrestlers. Their win over The Rockers (Shawn Michaels and Marty Janetty) at WrestleMania V is a classic.
After 1990, the duo wrestled with each other. Big Bubba Rogers defeated Akeem in less than two minutes at WrestleMania VI.
Important WWF Incidents
In early 1990, Ted DiBiase had paid Slick, who managed Big Bubba, to make Big Bubba take away and grasp Jake, The Snake Robert‘s belt from his bag. The bag also had Jake’s python.
In contrary to the offer, Big Bubba returned the bag along with python to Jake Roberts. He further refused to give Ted DiBiase his Million Dollar Championship belt back.
This incident established Ray Traylor as the fan’s favorite. Therefore, Big Bubba Rogers was undoubtedly a man of morals.
After 1990, Traylor brought an end to his handcuffs and battering ritual.
In 1992, Big Boss Man and Naliz got indulged in a feud. Kevin Wachloz (Naliz) and Boss Man had an old rivalry. Wachloz claimed that Boss Man abused him during his imprisonment days.
He expressed vindictive emotions. Wachloz, ready in orange prison uniform, attacked Boss Man. He then handcuffed Boss Man and battered him with a nightstick.
However, the situation flipped when Boss Man defeated Naliz in a Nightstick on a Pole Match at Survivor Series.
Boss Man’s Ties with Hogan
Boss Man was superplexed (a wrestling move) by Hogan off the cage’s top, which eventually ended their grudges. It took place in the series of steel cage matches, which happened at Saturday Night’s Main Event.
Boss Man got on the same team with his long-run opponent Hogan, Jim Duggan, and Tugboat at the 1990 Survivor Series. The gang defeated John Tenta’s team.