On Monday, April 1st, 2019, WWE announced Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake as the final inductee for the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2019.
Beefcake debuted in WWE in late 1984. He was a Superstar who was just as concerned with his looks as he was with winning matches. Aside from worrying about his appearance, Beefcake was no joke as a competitor. Not only did he manage to rack up wins, but he also managed to make an appearance at the first ever Wrestlemania. Although he was no joke as a single’s competitor, Beefcake found his first major success as a tag team wrestler. He and fellow WWE Hall of Famer Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, known as The Dream Team, took down The British Bulldogs in August 1985 to capture the World Tag Team Titles.
At WrestleMania III in 1987, The Dream Team split up, with Valentine and manager Johnny Valiant ditching Beefcake. Just a few minutes later, Brutus re-emerged to help “Rowdy” Roddy Piper even the odds in a Hair vs. Hair Match against Adrian Adonis, who had “The Mouth of The South” Jimmy Hart in his corner. After Piper emerged the victor, he encouraged Beefcake to do the honors of cutting Adonis’ platinum locks off instead of him. As simple as it may seem, that moment changed Beefcake’s career forever.
Relive that legendary moment below:
After a little training in the fine art of cutting hair, he had become known as Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake. With a wild-eyed glare and a massive pair of hedge clippers in hand, “The Barber” became an immediate fan favorite with the WWE Universe, as well as a feared opponent in the ring. Not only was he feared for his trademark sleeper hold but he was also feared for what happened after he put his opponents to sleep.
Leaving his hedge clippers aside in favor of more traditional haircutting tools, Beefcake showed off his unique barbering skills, giving his rivals a haircut that would leave them regretting ever stepping into the ring with “The Barber.”
On his own, Beefcake was always a top contender to the Intercontinental Championship, whether it was held by fellow 2019 Hall of Fame Inductee The Honky Tonk Man or Mr. Perfect. Speaking of Mr. Perfect, it was Beefcake who handed Mr. Perfect his first-ever loss in WWE at WrestleMania VI.
In 1990, a parasailing accident nearly took Beefcake’s life. Not only that, but this injury seemingly cut his in-ring career short, just as he was hitting his stride in WWE. Reconstructive surgery with titanium plates, screws and steel wire put his face back together and allowed him to make a miraculous comeback in 1991. Upon his return, Beefcake opened his own “Barber Shop,” an interview segment where he grilled the biggest Superstars of the era and sometimes ended up giving them a little trim. This is also the show that eventually hosted the unforgettable break up of the infamous tag team known as “The Rockers”. Even with this interview segment, still, Brutus was eager to get back into the ring and compete again.
Against all odds, he did just that in early 1993. “The Barber” wore a protective mask and had backup in the form of Hulk Hogan. Joining forces as The Mega Maniacs, “The Barber” & The Hulkster defeated Money Inc. at WrestleMania IX.
Over time, Brutus Beefcake has remained one of the most enduring characters in WWE history and an all-time fan favorite of the WWE Universe.
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