(b. 1970) is a retired American Professional Wrestler
from San Jose, California
best known for his work in WCW
from 1995-1998 as The Yeti
He was trained by Big John Studd
and debuted in 1994 in the New England independent scene. He was introduced to WCW audiences at the end of the October 23, 1995 WCW Monday Nitro.
The episode had started with the Master
of the Dungeon of Doom
making a dramatic announcement about how the Sherpa guides had dug out a "thirteen-ton of ice" that contained the Dungeon's "insurance policy." This was followed by "Mean" Gene Okerlund interviewing "The Taskmaster" Kevin Sullivan
and the Giant
, with Sullivan explaining how his "fatha" had gone with the Sherpa guides to get the Yeti, which would be the insurance policy for the Giant's match with WCW World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan
that Sunday at WCW Halloween Havoc.
As Hogan brawled with the Dungeon after the main event, the floor began shaking and the last image on the screen was of the Yeti breaking out of the ice. At Halloween Havoc
, Hogan's manager Jimmy Hart turned heel
on him. Randy Savage
and Lex Luger
ran down to the ring ostensibly to help Hogan, who was trapped in the Giant's Bear Hug
, only for Luger to turn on Savage. Then the Yeti lumbered down to the ring and he and the Giant did the infamous double-bearhug spot. The Yeti gimmick was abandoned immediately after this. For the 60-man 3-ring battle royal at WCW World War III
in November, Reis was repackaged as the Super Giant Ninja. (See Commuting on a Bus
below.) He left WCW altogether in June 1998 for New Japan Pro Wrestling
. He returned to the U.S. in 2003 to compete for Dusty Rhodes
' Turnbuckle Championship Wrestling in Georgia. His last in-ring appearance was as "Evil" in Vince Russo
's Christian-themed Ring of Glory promotion in 2005. He is a 1x TCW Tag Team Champion
As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki
"Double Trope Smash":
- Advertised Extra: In World War III, one of the advertisements for the match was that there would be "a giant in each ring" - The Yeti in Ring 1, The Giant in Ring 2, and Hulk Hogan in Ring 3. Although Hogan and the Giant made it through most of the match, the Yeti was eliminated about halfway through the event - the elimination wasn't even caught on camera.
- Beard of Evil: As Reese.
- Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: The Yeti. Of course, he was actually a Mummy.
- The Brute: As Reese, for The Flock
- Choke Holds/Neck Lift: His Finishing Move as Reese was an elevated two-handed chokebomb.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Reese lost a match to Saturn and disappeared from WCW.
- Commuting on a Bus: He made two appearances as the Yeti (the October 23, 1995 WCW Monday Nitro and on October 29th at Halloween Havoc.) Then he got turned into the Super Giant Ninja for the World War III battle royal and only made one more appearance after that. He made a handful of appearances as Studd in 1996, and was completely absent for the entirety of 1997. He debuted as Reese on the March 2, 1998 Nitro and was gone by the end of June.
- David Vs Goliath: Juventud Guerrera defeated Reese at The Great American Bash 98 with a huracanrana after ex-Flock member Van Hammer hit Reese with a chairshot to the back.
- Inverted when, as Ron Studd, he defeated Chavo Guerrero Jr. on the October 19, 1996 WCW Saturday Night.
- The Giant: 7'3 and over 400 lbs.
- Homage: The name "Big Ron Studd" was one to Big John Studd.
- I Have Many Names: Besides the ones listed above, he worked for New Japan as BB (Big Bomb) Jones.
- It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: Announcer Tony Schiavone pronounced the Yeti's name as "the Yeh-TAY," so that has become the official pronunciation.
- Jobber: As Studd, he was probably one of the tallest guys to regularly be used as enhancement talent.
- Mighty Glacier: Huge, strong, not very mobile.
- Nepal: In the Master's promo, he said that the Sherpa guides had dug out the "thirteen-ton of ice" "from north of Kathmandu, from the Himalayas and the north face of Mount Everest!"
- Ninja: A Super Giant one, in fact.
- Power Stable: The Dungeon Of Doom and Raven's Flock
- The Voiceless: He got one speaking opportunity as Reese, which he used to name his finisher "The Double Choke Smash," although the announcers never called it that.
- Wrestling Monster