(1955-2001) was a British Professional Wrestler
, trainer and promoter from Rugby, Warwickshire
best known for his work in the 1980s as "Gentleman" Chris Adams
in the World Class Championship Wrestling promotion in Dallas. He started his career in 1978 without any formal wrestling training, instead relying on his judo experience. He first came to the U.S. in 1981 when he debuted in the NWA Hollywood Wrestling territory in Los Angeles
. Along with his work in California, he also wrestled for the NWA Pacific Northwest Wrestling territory in Portland
, OR, and did tours in Japan, Europe, Canada and Mexico. He made his biggest impact in Dallas, where he was introduced in 1983 as a Face
and as a "pen pal" of Kevin Von Erich. He turned Heel
in September 1984, siding with manager "Playboy" Gary Hart. He had a very successful Tag Team
run with the late Gino Hernandez as The Dynamic Duo.
He also competed for "Cowboy" Bill Watts' Mid-South/UWF promotion. After World Class was merged with Jerry Lawler
's Continental Wrestling Association in Memphis, Adams stuck around and also worked for the Global Wrestling Federation in Dallas and other Texas promotions. He made his PPV debut at NWA Starrcade 90
in the Pat O'Connor Memorial Tag Team Tournament, teaming with Norman Smiley
as Team United Kingdom in a losing effort against Team Mexico (Konnan
and Rey Misterio Sr.) He had a run in WCW
where he had a small feud with Glacier
over the latter's claim of having "invented" the Superkick. As a trainer, his most famous student was "Stone Cold" Steve Austin
. Outside of wrestling, his life was plagued by drug and alcohol problems and arrests and he was indicted on a manslaughter charge in 2001 due to the death of a woman in his apartment from an overdose of GHB. While awaiting trial, he was shot dead during a drunken brawl on October 7, 2001. Among his in-ring achievements, he was a 1x UWA WWF World Light Heavyweight Champion
, a 4x NWA American (World Class) Heavyweight Champion
and a 1x NWA Americas (Los Angeles) Heavyweight Champion
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- Arch-Enemy: (in England): "Exotic" Adrian Street; (in the U.S.): the Fabulous Freebirds, "Gorgeous" Jimmy Garvin, the Von Erichs, Gino Hernandez (following the team's breakup), "Iceman" King Parsons, "Stunning" Steve Austin, Glacier
- Real Life: Lord Steven Regal did NOT like having to team with him in WCW, since he, Regal, had just cleaned up his act and was planning on a WWE return.
- He was likely his own worst enemy.
- Bash Brothers: The Von Erichs, Gino Hernandez, "Iceman" King Parsons, Terry Taylor.
- Breakup Breakout: Inverted, as Hernandez died on February 4, 1986, two months after their team split, and, outside of Texas or the UWF, Adams was never any kind of star on his own.
- Carry a Big Stick/Wooden Katanas Are Even Better: He was using Singapore Canes as weapons back when they were called Kendo Sticks.
- Documentary: 2008's Gentleman's Choice
- Downer Ending: His death at 46 courtesy of an indie wrestling promoter, who was cleared of all charges.
- Finishing Move: The Superkick, which he is credited with innovating.
- Foreign Wrestling Heel: As a heel.
- Gimmick Matches: The Dynamic Duo faced Kerry and Kevin Von Erich in a NWA American Tag Team Title No Disqualification Hair Vs. Hair Match at WCCW 2nd Cotton Bowl Extravaganza on October 6, 1985, and lost.
- I Know Judo
- Jerkass: As a heel, and, by many people's accounts, in Real Life as well.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor/Nice Character, Mean Actor: Apparently, he had a tendency to go between these two. May sometimes have been Mean Character, Mean Actor.
- The Midlands: Born in Rugby, Warwickshire, generally billed from Stratford-Upon-Avon, which is also in Warwickshire.
- Power Stable: Gary Hart's Army
- Real Song Theme Tune:
- The Dynamic Duo used George Thorogood and the Destroyers' "Bad to the Bone".
- (in the USWA in Dallas): Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down"
- Red Baron: "Blackbelt," "Judo," "Gentleman"
- Romance on the Set: Was married to Jeannie Clark, who was his on-screen valet, before Austin stole her both on-screen and off, with her being renamed Lady Blossom. His other valet, Toni Adams, passed away in 2010.
- Wrestling Family: His daughter Jade is married to British wrestler Adam Windsor, best known for his work in Dory Funk Jr.'s Funking Conservatory promotion in Ocala, FL.
- Tag Team: The Dynamic Duo, with Gino Hernandez.
- Temporary Blindness: The Dynamic Duo split in late 1985, leading to Adams' Heel-Face Turn. On January 27, 1986, they faced each other in a Hair vs. Hair match, which Hernandez won, topped off by his rubbing the infamous "Freebird Hair Cream" into Adams' scalp, "causing" this condition. It was actually a way for Adams to be temporarily Put on a Bus so he could go back home to England to visit his family.