->''"Ray Traylor was destined, it seems, to be Ray Traylor. He was a god-fearing, tax-paying citizen of the world -- he was unremarkable, and that was his indelible appeal."''
-->-- '''''[[http://deadspin.com/5485825/dead-wrestler-of-the-week-the-big-boss-man-ray-traylor Deadspin]]'''''

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 [[IHaveManyNames 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 Wrestling/DustyRhodes. However, his run only lasted a couple years before he made the jump to the [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} 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 Wrestling/TheOneManGang) called the Twin Towers. After being a top heel for a couple years, challenging the likes of Wrestling/HulkHogan and Wrestling/RandySavage, 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 Wrestling/{{Sting}} and Wrestling/{{Vader}}, and even feuding with the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]]. Traylor did return to the WWF for some time in the late 1990s, but this time, for the more mature Wrestling/AttitudeEra, 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 [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]]'s [[Wrestling/TheCorporation Corporation]] during this run. During this time, he also had a title feud with Wrestling/TheBigShow, and another feud with Wrestling/AlSnow, both of which [[Website/{{WrestleCrap}} 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, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Boss_Man_%28wrestler%29 That Other Wiki]] has a more detailed biography of the career of Ray Traylor.

He was a former [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/midsouth/uwf/uwf-h.html UWF World Heavyweight Champion]], a former 4x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-hc.html WWE Hardcore Champion]] and a former [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-world-t.html WWE World Tag Team Champion]] with Wrestling/KenShamrock.

In 2016 The Big Boss Man was inducted posthumously into the WWE Hall of Fame [[CallBack by his former manager, Slick]].
* {{Acrofatic}}: At his peak, he could move ''really'' well around the ring for a man his size.
* AlliterativeName: '''B'''ig '''B'''oss Man, '''B'''ig '''B'''ubba Rogers.
* ArchEnemy: 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.
** Wrestling/BobbyHeenan and Wrestling/RickRude following Bossman's original face turn.
** (In WCW): Wrestling/{{Vader}}, Wrestling/{{Sting}}, Wrestling/JohnTenta (after Bubba joined the Wrestling/DungeonOfDoom and kicked the Shark out by shaving off half of his hair), the NWO (after getting kicked out of the group.)
** Also, he and Wrestling/HacksawJimDuggan seemed to go around the world a time or two.
** And, of course, Al Snow and Wrestling/TheBigShow.
* AwesomeMccoolName: His real name was so damn cool that one must wonder why he didn't stick with it.
* BadassInANiceSuit: Originally as Wrestling/JimCornette's bodyguard Big Bubba Rogers.
* BadassBeard
** BeardOfEvil
* BashBrothers: Akeem, the Steiner Brothers (Rick and [[Wrestling/ScottSteiner Scott]]), [[Wrestling/MattBloom Prince Albert]], Bull Buchanan.
* BattleStrip: His shirt always came undone during his more hard-fought matches.
* TheBrute: For Midnight Express while acting as Cornette's bodyguard, since he managed the team.
* CarryABigStick: ''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".
* CassandraTruth: 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 [[FanNickname Worst Person Ever]]
* CoolShades
* DarkerAndEdgier: In the Wrestling/AttitudeEra.
* DownerEnding: Died fairly young.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: See RoaringRampageOfRevenge below.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: The catalyst behind him turning on Slick and Wrestling/TedDiBiase in 1990. Boss Man [[BerserkButton doesn't take kindly]] to [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules being bought off.]]
* FinishingMove: The Boss Man Slam (Scrapbuster slam to pin).
* TheFunInFuneral: Because what could be more fun than dragging Big Show's dead daddy's casket away in a police car?
** Oh, wait! How about Big Show [[CrossingTheLineTwice riding the casket]]?
* HeelRealization: See EvenEvilHasStandards.
* HonorBeforeReason: For his face turn in 1990, Bossman refused to give Wrestling/TedDiBiase his Million-Dollar Belt because Ted had paid Slick to have him get it from Wrestling/JakeRoberts, who had ''stolen it in the first place'', and gave it ''back'' to Jake.
* HotBlooded: And ''how!''
* IAteWhat: In his feud with Al Snow, he actually kidnapped Al's dog, Pepper, ''cooked her and fed her to Al.'' This was the match that actually made [[Wrestling/JimRoss J.R.]] apologize, bah gawd.
* IHaveManyNames: He wrestled as Ray Traylor, Big Bubba Rogers, The Big Bossman, and the Guardian Angel.
* JerkAss: Part of his character during the Wrestling/AttitudeEra. Hell, anytime he was a heel, he was a total thug.
* KickTheDog: As a heel, he'd handcuff {{Jobber}}s to the ropes after his win and beat them mercilessly.
* LargeHam
* LightningBruiser: 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).
* MadeOfIron: During his time as Big Bubba, he was involved in a feud between Wrestling/JimCornette and Wrestling/DustyRhodes, 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, and by random luck Bubba's hat didn't even fall off, but when Cornette went to congratulate the prop guy afterwards, it turned out he had forgotten to rig the chair.
* NoIndoorVoice: ''Every'' promo he did was shouted. Then again, that's ProfessionalWrestling in TheEighties for you.
* NoSell: When he was being managed by Wrestling/JimCornette, they were riding in a taxi together and the driver accidentally slammed the door on Big Bubba Rogers's 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.
* OnlySaneMan: When with Cornette and Wrestling/TheMidnightExpress
* PowerStable:
** (as Big Bubba Rogers in "Cowboy" Bill Watts's Mid-South/UWF): [[Wrestling/GeneralSkandorAkbar Devastation Inc.]]
** (as Big Bubba in WCW): The Wrestling/DungeonOfDoom and [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder the NWO]].
** (as Big Bossman in WWE): Wrestling/TheCorporation -> the Corporate Ministry.
* RealSongThemeTune: (In Wrestling/{{SMW}}): Inner Circle's "Bad Boys"[[note]]The theme from ''Series/{{COPS}}''[[/note]]
*** Used a SuspiciouslySimilarSong briefly as the Boss in WCW.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Spent the end of 1990 and early 1991 working his way through the Heenan Family after Wrestling/BobbyHeenan [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas insulted his mother]].
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: The [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] couldn't settle on spelling it Big Bossman or Big Boss Man.
* SquashMatch: Pinned by [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] at ''Survivor Series 1998'' in - get this - four seconds.
** [[FridgeBrilliance Well it did help that they were on the same team all along]].
* TagTeam: The Twin Towers, w/Akeem.
** BashBrothers
* VerbalTic: He can talk any he wants to, punk! So don't you forget that, boy!
* WrestlingDoesntPay: 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 [[RealLifeWritesThePlot prior to becoming a wrestler]].
* WritingAroundTrademarks: WCW tried calling him "The Boss" and "The Man."