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Alfred Poling (born January 22, 1957) is an American Professional Wrestler from New York City best known for his work in ECW from 1994-1996 as 911. He debuted in 1990 after training under "Pretty Boy" Larry Sharpe and competed in the independents before arriving in ECW in 1994. His first role was as the anonymous handler who wheeled Sabu down to the ring, which changed when he was officially named at ECW The Night the Line Was Crossed on February 5th. He left ECW in early 1996, making only a couple of appearances after. He was a Jobber in WCW in 1996-1997 as "Tombstone." He has worked for various independent promotions in the New York-New Jersey area ever since. Among his in-ring achievements, he is a former NWA World (New Jersey) Light Heavyweight Champion, a former JAPW Heavyweight Champion and in 1994 Pro Wrestling Illustrated named him "Rookie of the Year."

"These tropes have been chokeslammed by 911":

  • Arch-Enemy: Shane Douglas, Bill Alfonso, Taz (after his heel turn).
  • Bash Brothers: Taz, Sabu
  • Big Damn Heroes: Made the save for Tod Gordon at ECW Hardcore Heaven 95 when Shane Douglas was beating him up after Gordon had "fired" him, chokeslamming Douglas to send him off to WWE.
  • The Big Guy: 6'8 and over 300 lbs.
  • Emergency Services: That's where his name came from, the idea being that you'd have to call them to help his opponents after his matches.
  • Finishing Move: Chokeslam
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Generally wore a leather jacket
  • Leitmotif: "Frankenstein" by The Edgar Winter Group
  • Mundane Made Awesome: He's a big guy who Chokeslammed people. That's it, and the fans loved him.
  • No-Sell: The Public Enemy defeated the Tazmaniac and Sabu on the January 31 (taped January 16th), 1995 ECW Hardcore TV. 911 went to chokeslam the ref and Rocco Rock hit him with a chair, which 911 no-sold. Rocco tried again, and this time 911 chokeslamming Rocco.
  • Papa Wolf: Toward anyone who threatened Paul E. Dangerously.
  • Power Stable: Hot Stuff International in NWA New Jersey.
  • Squash Match: Of course. The only real move he had was the chokeslam, so his matches would often consist of him just chokeslamming the other guy and pinning him.
  • Win Back the Crowd: Invoked at ECW Hardcore Heaven 95. There was a tag team match with Chad Austin and The Broadstreet Bully (Tony Stetson) vs. Donn E. Allen and Dino Sendoff that featured blown spots, with the crowd turning on it and Joey even saying, "This match isn't very good," and, figuring that the match probably wouldn't make TV, using it to take a shot at WCW Slamboree, a PPV which, from 1993-1995, would feature Ring Oldies along with wrestlers from the regular roster. Then "Frankenstein" hit, bringing out Paul E. and 911. 911 chokeslammed all four guys to the cheers of the crowd.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He chokeslammed Shane Douglas' valet Angel.