(b. 1969 in Ste-Marie-de-Kent, New Brunswick, Canada
) is a retired Professional Wrestler
and actor best known for his time in WWE
from 1997 to 1999 as Kurrgan.
He started his career in 1989 as The Acadian Giant
in the Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling promotion in the Maritimes, and also competed for the hardcore
W*ING promotion in Japan as Goliath El Gigante.
He entered WWE in 1997 as The Interrogator
as a member of the tag team the Truth Commission, whose gimmick
was of a paramilitary organization from South Africa
. He redebuted under the Kurrgan name on the December 8, 1997 Raw
. He has also competed for the CMLL
and UWA promotions in Mexico, in South Korea
and for various independent promotions around Canada. He also played the "Über-Immortal
" in 300
" in the 2009 Sherlock Holmes
film, and "Alexis Kaidanovsky
" in Pacific Rim
. Among his achievements, he is a former 3x USWA World Tag Team Champion
and a former WWA (South Korea) World Heavyweight Champion
As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki
"The Trope Commission":
- Amoral Afrikaner: Back when he was with the Truth Commission, whose gimmick was that they were essentially an entire stable of these guys.
- Arch-Enemy: (in AGPW): Leo Burke; (in WWE): The Disciples of Apocalypse (Crush, Chainz [Brian Lee], 8-Ball and Skull [Ron and Don Harris]), the Headbangers, the Insane Clown Posse (after they turned heel on the Oddities), Too Much (Brian Christopher and Scott Taylor.)
- B Show: The Oddities' wins were pretty much relegated to these (Jakked/Metal and Sunday Night Heat.)
- Badass Mustache
- Big Damn Heroes: This was his original role in AGPW, which is understandable, given that he's seven feet tall and 350 lbs.
- Breakup Breakout: The Truth Commission was scrapped for his singles push as the renamed Kurrgan.
- Circus of Fear: The Oddities' original heel carnival sideshow gimmick.
- Cult: What the Truth Commission seemingly became after the Commandant was replaced by the Jackyl.
- The Dragon: To the Jackyl after the Truth Commission broke up and in the early heel stage for the Oddities. While he'd normally fall into the role of The Brute, he made such an impression and so completely overshadowed Recon and Sniper that he easily rose to this role.
- Expy: The Truth Commission were one of Col. DeBeers' South African militant racist gimmick from the 1980s, although not as blunt about it.
- Finishing Move: The Paralyzer (see below), the Sidewalk Slam (this move was apparently called the Kurrgan Shuffle, although the name was not used on TV.)
- Foreign Wrestling Heel: As a member of the Truth Commission, a South African white nationalist.
- The Giant: He's 6 feet 11 inches tall.
- I Have Many Names: The Acadian Giant, Goliath El Gigante, the Interrogator, Kurrgan.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: After accidentally punching Robert Downey, Jr. and bloodying his face during the filming of Sherlock Holmes, was reportedly much more upset about it than Downey was.
- Mighty Glacier: At his worst. He picked up some mobility once the Insane Clown Posse joined the Oddities and the group started dancing before their matches and again after they won.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: The Interrogator, The Acadian Giant, Goliath El Gigante
- Nice Hat: Wore a colorful one for a time in the Oddities.
- No Sell
- The Paralyzer: After he was renamed Kurrgan, was given as a Finishing Move a clawhold that was named the Paralyzer.
- Power Stable: The Kardinal Sinners, in the RAW (Real Action Wrestling) promotion in Nova Scotia, Canada.
- Redemption Demotion: Entered the 1998 Royal Rumble at #12 while WWE was still trying to build him up as a monster heel. He eliminated Headbanger Mosh and Steve Blackman, and it took five guys, 8-Ball, Bradshaw, Ken Shamrock, Phineas I. Godwinn and the Rock, to eliminate him. By the time of the 1999 Rumble, Kurrgan had become a face, but not one with any kind of significant push. That year, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin was assigned #1 and Vince McMahon got #2. However, thanks to professional moron Vince Russo, everyone from #3 (Golga) through the Godfather (#17), were guys who weren't getting any kind of push. Kurrgan came in at #14 and all it took was Kane (#18) to eliminate him. His last WWE match was the heel-turned Undertaker basically squashing him with a chokeslam on the February 28, 1999 Sunday Night Heat. See the entry for Badass Decay on John Tenta's YMMV page for more on how this affected the Oddities as a whole.
- Shout-Out: The name "Kurrgan" was taken from Highlander.
- Video Full Of Film Clips: The Oddities' entrance video mixed footage of the team with clips from the 1932 horror classic Freaks, even starting with the lines, "We wouldn't lie to you folks, we told you we had living breathing monstrosity."
- Wrestling Monster