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Wrestling: Honky Tonk Man
"I got long sideburns and my hair slicked back
I'm coming to your town in my pink Cadillac
I'm just a Honky Tonk Man (He's just a Honky Tonk Man)
I'm just a Honky Tonk Man (He's just a Honky Tonk Man)
I'm just a Honky Tonk Man I'm cool I'm cocky I'm bad"

Roy Wayne Ferris, better known by his stage name The Honky Tonk Man, is an American pro wrestler, best known for his run in the then-WWF playing the character of a cocky Elvis Impersonator.

Having wrestled in various independent leagues since 1978, The Honky Tonk Man made his debut in the WWF in 1986. Originally planned to be a fan-favorite face, the initial negative reaction to the character caused a reinvention of the character as a smarmy heel, managed by Jimmy "Mouth of the South" Hart. His first major feud would be against Jake "The Snake" Roberts. Of note, during this feud, according to Roberts, Honky Tonk Man was supposed to hit him with a gimmicked balsa wood guitar. Roberts believes Farris accidentally grabbed a real, non-gimmicked guitar and smashed it across Roberts' back, injuring him, and starting him on his dependence of prescription pain medication. Farris disputes this.

In 1987, Honky Tonk Man would defeat Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat for the WWF Intercontinental title (by shadily using the bottom ropes for extra leverage on his pin). He would remain Intercontinental Champ for the next year and three months, fending off challenges from wrestlers such as Randy "Macho Man" Savage George "The Animal" Steele, and Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake (often by forcing a loss by disqualification or count-out whereupon the belt would not switch hands).

Honky Tonk Man was originally scheduled to take on Beefcake at the 1988 Summerslam Pay-Per-View event. However, right before the event, Beefcake was written into a feud against "Outlaw" Ron Bass, and was to be replaced in the match by a mystery opponent. That mystery opponent would end up being the then-red-hot Ultimate Warrior, who defeated Honky Tonk Man for the belt in a Squash Match that only lasted 31 seconds.

Throughout 1989 and 1990, Honky Tonk Man would make appearances as a mid-card wrestler and teaming up with Greg Valentine as the "Rhythm and Blues" tag team. He would also on occasion serve as a heel color-commentator, until leaving the company in January 1991. Ferris would bounce around various other promotions, including a short stint in WCW, before returning to WWF as a color commentator and manager in 1997. From that point on, Ferris would make sporadic appearance on WWF programmings, including at the 1998 and 2001 Royal Rumble as a Joke Character entry, as well as numerous appearances at independent promotions (including one Ultimate Champion Wrestling event where an accident at a photo-op nearly severed Ferris' right index finger).

As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki.

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