THE LAW AND ORDER OF THE WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION!!!
Raymond Washington Traylor, Jr., a.k.a. Ray Traylor, is most famous to longtime wrestling fans as the Big Boss Man,
although he is also known by various other pseudonyms
like Big Bubba Rogers, Big Bubba, The Boss, The Boss Man
and the Guardian Angel
He debuted in WCW going by Raymond Traylor, and soon after became the monster Heel
Big Bubba Rogers, feuding with Dusty Rhodes
. However, his run only lasted a couple years before he made the jump to the WWF
, and based a new character off his original job as a prison guard in Cobb County, Georgia, and adopted Slick as his manager.
As the Big Boss Man, his WWF run is his most famous, where he continued his reign of terror as a monster heel, and he even formed a tag team with a fellow super heavyweight, Akeem (formerly The One Man Gang
) called the Twin Towers. After being a top heel for a couple years, challenging the likes of Hulk Hogan
and Randy Savage
, the Big Boss Man turned on his manager on an episode of Superstars
and had a very successful run as a Face
, while displaying some of the best in-ring work of his career.
After a few years, Traylor returned to WCW and underwent a series of name changes, as listed above, due to the WWF's legal team claiming his gimmick was too similar to the Big Boss Man gimmick. He finally settled on Big Bubba once again, meanwhile having rivalries with the likes of Sting
, and even feuding with the nWo
. Traylor did return to the WWF for some time in the late 1990s, but this time, for the more mature Attitude Era
, he modified his Big Boss Man character into more of a bodyguard-like personality complete with a S.W.A.T. team-inspired outfit, and served with Vince McMahon
during this run. During this time, he also had a title feud with The Big Show
, and another feud with Al Snow
, both of which fans would rather forget
Traylor left the WWE in 2002 and worked the independent circuit before passing away of a heart attack in September of 2004, at the age of 41. As always, That Other Wiki
has a more detailed biography of the career of Ray Traylor.
He was a former UWF World Heavyweight Champion
, a former 4x WWE Hardcore Champion
and a former WWE World Tag Team Champion
with Ken Shamrock
THESE TROPES'LL BE SERVIN' HARD TIME!!!
- Acrofatic: At his peak, he could move really well around the ring for a man his size.
- Alliterative Name: Big Boss Man, Big Bubba Rogers.
- Arch-Enemy: Nailz, a.k.a. Kevin Wacholtz, was an obvious candidate for this role when he joined the WWF in 1992 with an ex-convict gimmick. As part of the storyline, Nailz claimed the Big Boss Man abused him while he was an inmate.
- The Mountie (Jacques Rougeau) claimed in 1991 that he was the only legitimate law enforcer in the WWF. You know the rest.
- Bobby Heenan and Rick Rude following Bossman's original face turn.
- (In WCW): Vader, Sting, John Tenta (after Bubba joined the Dungeon of Doom and kicked the Shark out by shaving off half of his hair), the NWO (after getting kicked out of the group.)
- Also, he and "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan seemed to go around the world a time or two.
- And, of course, Al Snow and The Big Show.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Originally as Jim Cornette's bodyguard Big Bubba Rogers.
- Badass Beard
- Bash Brothers: Akeem, the Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott), Prince Albert, Bull Buchanan
- Battle Strip: His shirt always came undone during his more hard-fought matches.
- The Brute: Oh hell yeah.
- Carry a Big Stick: Everybody ditched the ring quickly when he started wielding the nightstick. His theme music once he turned face even said "He carries a big stick".
- Cassandra Truth: During his first WWF run, Nailz basically told everyone Boss Man was bad news based on their history when Nailz was an inmate in Boss Man's jail. Nobody believed the convict. Then Boss Man left, came back as Vince's hired bodyguard, and eventually showed that he's the Worst Person Ever…
- Cool Shades
- Darker and Edgier: In the Attitude Era.
- Downer Ending: Died fairly young.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: See Roaring Rampage of Revenge below.
- Even Evil Has Standards: The catalyst behind him turning on Slick and Ted DiBiase in 1990. Boss Man doesn't take kindly to being bought off.
- Finishing Move: The Boss Man Slam (Scrapbuster slam to pin).
- The Fun in Funeral: Because what could be more fun than dragging Big Show's dead daddy's casket away in a police car?
- Heel Realization: See Even Evil Has Standards.
- Hot-Blooded: And how!
- I Ate What?: In his feud with Al Snow, he actually kidnapped Al's dog, Pepper, cooked her and fed her to Al.
- I Have Many Names
- Jerk Ass: Part of his character during the Attitude Era. Hell, anytime he was a heel, he was a total thug.
- Kick the Dog: As a heel, he'd handcuff Jobbers to the ropes after his win and beat them mercilessly.
- Large Ham
- Lightning Bruiser: Around the time of his face turn he lost some weight and became very quick and agile for a guy his size (which was still over 300lbs).
- Made of Iron: During his time as Big Bubba, he was involved in a feud between Jim Cornette and Dusty Rhodes, which included one spot where Dusty would run in and hit him over the head with a folding chair, which would be rigged to shatter without harming him. The spot seemingly went as planned, but when Cornette went to congratulate the prop guy afterwards, it turned out he had forgotten to rig the chair.
- No Indoor Voice: Every promo he did was shouted. Then again, that's Professional Wrestling in The Eighties for you.
- No Sell: When he was being managed by Jim Cornette, they were riding in a Taxi together and the driver accidentally slammed the door on Big Bubba Rogers' hand, smashing all his fingers. Ray's response was to tell the cabby he needed to open the door. Cornette later asked him why he was not more upset and Bubba said since there were fans watching, he couldn't sell the injury in front of them.
- Only Sane Man: When with Cornette and The Midnight Express
- Paranoia Fuel: Jim Cornette proclaimed that even when you couldn't see Big Bubba Rogers, Rogers could see you.
- Power Stable:
- Real Song Theme Tune: (In SMW): Inner Circle's "Bad Boys"note
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Spent the end of 1990 and early 1991 working his way through Bobby Heenan's entire entourage, after Heenan insulted his mother.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The WWF never could decide between Big Bossman or Big Boss Man.
- Squash Match: Pinned by The Rock at Survivor Series 1998 in - get this - four seconds.
- Tag Team: The Twin Towers, w/Akeem.
- Wrestling Doesn't Pay: One of the more successful examples of this trope - a prison guard might seem a bit hokey on paper, but Traylor was just big and imposing enough to back it up. Not to mention the fact that he really did work as a prison guard prior to becoming a wrestler.
- Writing Around Trademarks: WCW tried calling him "The Boss" and "The Man."