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Jonathan Rechner (April 11, 1972 April 12, 2016) was an American professional wrestler from Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey best known for his work in ECW as Balls Mahoney. After spending a few years as a TV Jobber for WWE and working for his trainer "Pretty Boy" Larry Sharpe's WWA promotion, he first made an impression in SMW as Boo Bradley, the Kayfabe childhood friend of Chris Candido. He made a very brief cameo in WWE in December 1995 as Xanta Klaus. At WWF in Your House 5: Season's Beatings, "The Million-Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase introduced him as the newest acquisition of his Million Dollar Corporation, the evil version of Santa Claus. He had one WWE match in this gimmick, a Squash of Scott Taylor on the December 23 (taped December 19) WWF Superstars, before it was abandoned. He alternated between the Boo Bradley and Abbudah Singh names in the independents until he arrived in ECW in late 1996. Over his time there, he would hold the ECW World Tag Team Titles three times, 1x w/Masato Tanaka and 2x w/Spike Dudley. After ECW closed, he spent the next few years in the independents until WWE brought him in for ECW One Night Stand 2005, and a year later for the ECW brand, where he would stay until 2008.

He passed away on April 12, 2016.

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  • Alliterative Name: Boo Bradley
  • Anticlimax: Sometimes ended his fan beloved jab combos not with a final jab, huge cross or anything of that sort but with a thumb to the eye.
  • Arch-Enemy: Chris Candido, The Dudley Boys, The Miz
  • Artifact Title: "Nutcracker Suite" lost its original meaning when the Xanta Claus gimmick was dropped. Although it has taken on a second meaning...
  • Bad Santa: Xanta Klaus
  • Bash Brothers: With Chris Candido, Axl Rotten, Masato Tanaka
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: With Little Spike Dudley.
  • Bowdlerize: His name has lent itself to this a few times. In 1997-1998, Pro Wrestling Illustrated and affiliated magazines would list him as "B. Mahoney" before they decided to just call him "Mahoney." TNA called him "Kahoneys", though that was more a result of WWE having trademarked the Balls Mahoney name.
  • Calling Your Attacks: "Power bomb!"
  • Car Fu: Slammed a car door on W*ING Kanemura hard enough to break the window.
  • Chairman of the Brawl: His Red Baron is "The Hardcore Chair-Swinging Freak." Though his was often customized with wild paint jobs and slogans (frequently, "This is Gonna Hurt") on the part of the chair that usually makes contact with the target's head.

  • Crowd Chant: During his punch combo, ECW crowds would chant "Balls! Balls! Balls! Uhhhhh ahhh Balls!"
  • Dark Is Evil: Xanta Claus wore red and black instead of red and white like Santa, and he also had black hair in a crew cut and a black beard of the same length.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Made a cover of his theme "Big Balls" by AC/DC with the band Boner and even used it for his entrance on occasion.
  • Expy: In FMW he was compared to "Dr. Death" Steve Williams.
  • Garbage Wrestler: Actually weaponized a can filled with garbage in the trope naming promotion, FMW.
  • Finishing Move
    • Nutcracker Suite (Body slam lift into a pile diver, or an over the shoulder pile driver)
    • Ball Breaker (Rydeen Buster)
    • Camel clutch
  • Joisey: Billed from Nutley, which is a real place. And he's a violent metal head whose missing teeth, soo...
  • Juggalo: He appeared on the first Juggalo Championship Wrestling DVD and was acknowledged as a member of the Dead Pool with the Insane Clown Posse and Raven.
  • Kavorka Man: In-Universe, he drew the much much younger Kelly Kelly.
  • Leitmotif: "Big Balls" by AC/DC.
  • Metalhead: Oh yeah. He and Axl challenged Rob Van Dam and Sabu for the ECW World Tag Team Titles at ECW House Party 99, and they sang along with RVD's entrance music. But then, it was "Walk" by Pantera, after all. Heck, just look at the page photo.
  • No-Sell: Chair shots from Kanemura's comedy troupe. (but not from Kanemura himself)
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Of a sort. Joey Styles used to make it a point to comment that although Balls preferred wrestling in street clothes and brawling, he was actually an accomplished amateur wrestler, and how the garbage wrestler veneer caused him to be underestimated.
  • Playing with Fire: Blew a big fireball at Mr. Mustafa during the Balls/Axl/New Jack vs. the Dudley Boys/Mustafa six-man cage match at ECW Cyberslam 1999. He also took part in flaming tables matches.
  • Power Stable:
    • The Million Dollar Corporation (as Xanta Claus)
    • (in FMW): ECW Japan (no affiliation with the actual ECW.)
      • (in WEW, the successor to FMW): Fuyuki's Army
  • Shout-Out: In FMW, he wore a Marilyn Manson shirt reading "American By Birth, Antichrist By Choice."
  • Signature Move: Frog splash, Mahoney Combo (punching thing), New Jersey Jam (leg drop), Superkick
  • Tag Team
    • The Chair Swinging Freaks with Axl Rotten, though they went through much of their ECW run unnamed
    • Deranged Freaks, with Ron Zombie
    • (in USA Pro Wrestling): The Baptized, with Christopher Daniels and Monsta Mack
  • Toothy Issue: And he proudly flashes his teeth problems to the camera men of several promotions
  • Wearing a Flag on Your Head: At the 1999 FMW Judgment Day during his match against W*ING Kanemura, he wore the stars and stripes on his chest.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: On the SmackDown! prior to ECW One Night Stand, John "Bradshaw" Layfield may have been the first person on national television to question the idea of someone being named Balls Mahoney.