Lawrence Michael Rotunda
(b. 1958) is a retired American Professional Wrestler
from Syracuse, NY
best known for his work in the 1980s and 1990s as Mike Rotunda
and as Irwin R. Schyster.
He debuted in 1981 in Florida teaming with brother-in-law Barry Windham
. They went up to WWE
in 1984 as the U.S. Express. They had two runs with the WWE World Tag Team Titles
before they went back to Florida. After National Wrestling Alliance
promoter Jim Crockett shut down Florida in 1987, Rotunda was brought up to the Carolinas. He turned heel
and joined Kevin Sullivan
's Jerk Jock Power Stable
the Varsity Club. After that ran its course, he was briefly known as "Captain" Mike Rotunda, a sailor gimmick. At Clash of the Champions XIII,
he announced that he had inherited a large amount of money and that his new name was Michael Wallstreet. He introduced his new manager Alexandra York (Terri Runnels)
, launching the York Foundation gimmick. He left WCW
in 1991 to go back to WWE to become Irwin R. Schyster. He and "The Million-Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase
would team up as Money Inc. and have three runs with the WWE World Tag Team Titles. Rotunda eventually sank into the midcard before going back to WCW in September 1995. He was first renamed V.K. Wallstreet
(see Take That
below) before going back to the Michael Wallstreet name. He joined the NWO
during a big brawl at the end of the December 16, 1996 WCW Monday Nitro
. Due to some issue with his NWO contract
, he was shipped off
to New Japan Pro Wrestling
in December 1999
, when the Varsity Club (Sullivan, Rotunda and Rick Steiner) were reunited
to team with "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan
in a losing effort against the Revolution (Shane Douglas
, Dean Malenko
, Perry Saturn
and Asya). After that run ended in early 2000, Rotunda went to All Japan Pro Wrestling
, where he finished out his career, retiring in 2004. He is currently employed by WWE as a backstage official.
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"Read these tropes, you tax cheats!":
- All American Face: During his original run in the WWF along with Barry Windham as the U.S Express.
- Arch-Enemy: The Road Warriors/The Legion of Doom, the Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott), as he feuded with them in both WWE AND NWA/WCW.
- Badass Family/Wrestling Family: His father-in-law is Blackjack Mulligan, his brothers-in-law are Barry and Kendall Windham, and his sons are Windham "Husky Harris"/"Bray Wyatt" Rotunda and Taylor "Bo Dallas" Rotunda.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: As Michael Wallstreet and as IRS.
- Bash Brothers: with Barry Windham, Kevin Sullivan, Dr. Death Steve Williams, Ted DiBiase
- The Bus Came Back: For the "Raw 15th Anniversary Battle Royal" on the December 12, 2007 Raw. IRS had originally won the match, but DiBiase walked down to the ring with a briefcase. He handed it to IRS, who accepted it and eliminated himself, giving DiBiase the win.
- The Dragon: In the Varsity Club and in the York Foundation.
- Finishing Move: (As Rotunda): The Airplane Spin; (as IRS): The Write-Off, the Penalty; (as Michael Wallstreet) Stock Market Crash
- Foreign Wrestling Heel: As a member of nWo Japan.
- Fun with Acronyms: Wow, if you take the three initials in his name, it spells IRS.
- Lampshaded in his ring introduction: "Irwin R. Schyster, otherwise known as IRS"
- I Have Many Names: He also used the name Mike Drond in Japan.
- I Know Collegiate Wrestling: At Syracuse University.
- Improbable Weapon User: A briefcase.
- Intimidating Revenue Service: His whole damn gimmick.
- Jerk Jock: As a member of the Varsity Club.
- Legacy Character: Arguably, the Florida indy team the Market Crashers (NA$DAQ and Dow Jones) were one for his Michael Wallstreet persona.
- Leotard of Power: Wore a singlet in his Varsity Club run.
- Light Is Not Good: Wore white shirts as IRS despite being a heel.
- Meaningful Name: As IRS.
- Mook/Jobber: In the nWo.
- Mysterious Middle Initial: The "R" in "IRS."
- Not Cheating Unless You Get Caught: As a heel, he'd regularly grab the ropes out of the view of the referee.
- Power Stable:
- Punny Name
- Real Song Theme Tune: The U.S. Express used Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A."
- Red Baron: 'Captain' as his sailor gimmick and in the Varsity Club.
- Spell My Name with an "S": For some odd reason, before the IRS gimmick he went by Mike Rotundo instead of Mike Rotunda, his real last name.
- Steven Ulysses Perhero: As IRS.
- Tag Team:
- The U.S. Express
- Money Inc.
- Take That: As V.K. Wallstreet as in "Vincent Kennedy" McMahon. Interestingly, he debuted this name in 1995, four years before WWE's IPO.
- Washington, DC: Billed from there as IRS.
- Wrestling Doesn't Pay: A wrestling IRS agent, a wrestling sailor as Captain Mike Rotunda and a stock market analyst as Wallstreet.
- Wrestling Family: Among others, father of Bray Wyatt and Bo Dallas.