Saturday, April 20, 2024
Hardcore Holly

Hardcore Holly

Glendale, California
Robert William Howard
Height & Weight:
235 Ibs

Titles Won:

  • NWA World Tag Team Championship – with Bodacious Bart
  • WWF Hardcore Championship (6 times)
  • WWF/WWE World Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with The 1–2–3 Kid (1), Crash Holly (1) and Cody Rhodes (1)
  • WWF World Tag Team Championship Tournament (1995) – with The 1-2-3 Kid
  • Survivor Series – 4-on-4 Survivor Series elimination match – Sole Survivor

He is best known for his 16-year career with the World Wrestling Federation/World Wrestling Entertainment (WWF/E) under the ring names Thurman “Sparky” Plugg, Bob “Spark Plug” Holly, Bombastic Bob and Hardcore Holly. After debuting in 1990, Holly worked for Smoky Mountain Wrestling and other independent promotions, before joining WWE full-time in 1994. Initially portraying the character of a NASCAR driver, Thurman “Sparky” Plugg, his name was soon changed to Bob “Spark Plug” Holly.

In 1998, he formed a team with Bart Gunn, known as The New Midnight Express. After becoming known simply as “Hardcore Holly” in 1999, he was joined by on-screen cousins, Crash and Molly. In 2002, he suffered a broken neck, which sidelined him for over a year. Upon his return, he engaged in a major feud with Brock Lesnar and minor feuds with wrestlers such as Mr. Kennedy and Rob Van Dam, before forming a tag team with Cody Rhodes in 2007.

Holly departed WWE in 2009, wrestling intermittently on the independent circuit. He published his autobiography, The Hardcore Truth: The Bob Holly Story, in 2013. Championships held by Holly over the course of his career include the WWF/E World Tag Team Championship, NWA World Tag Team Championship, and WWF Hardcore Championship.

Notable Feuds: vs. Brock Lesnar, vs. Chris Jericho, vs. Crash Holly, vs. Randy Orton, vs. Mr. Kennedy, vs. Test, vs. CM Punk, vs. Cody Rhodes

Other Notable Achievements: KP Championship, WWO Tag Team Championship – with Ron Starr, WWO United States Heavyweight Championship