Friday, March 1, 2024
Teddy Long

Teddy Long

Birmingham, Alabama
Theodore Robert Rufus Long
Height & Weight:
173 Ib

Titles Won:

  • WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2017)
  • NWA Hall of Fame (Class of 2012)
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated Manager of the Year (1990)
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter award: Worst Worked Match of the Year (2005) vs. Eric Bischoff at Survivor Series

Teddy has served as a manager, referee and authority figure, best known for his long tenure with WWE. Long began his career in the National Wrestling Alliance where he became a manager. In 1998, he debuted in the WWE (then named World Wrestling Federation) as a referee but returned to managing in 2003. He later served as General Manager of SmackDown for two tenures lasting a combined six years as well as one reign as ECW General Manager.

When Long became SmackDown General Manager, he revived old and made new match types: At No Mercy 2004, he put JBL and The Undertaker in a Last Ride Match. The rules are similar to a Casket Match and an Ambulance Match where one opponent must put the other into the back of the hearse and drive out the arena. JBL won the first Last Ride Match due to interference by Heidenreich. At Armageddon 2006, The Undertaker defeated Mr. Kennedy in the second Last Ride Match.

At No Way Out 2005, JBL had to defend his title against The Big Show in the first ever Barbed Wire Steel Cage Match. The rules were the same as a normal steel cage match, but the top of the cage had barbed wire around it so nobody could escape (despite the fact that a victory could still be declared if a competitor managed to escape). This was done by Long to make sure there was no interference from any superstars, primarily JBL’s stable, The Cabinet. JBL won the match when Big Show chokeslammed him through the ring, allowing him to escape underneath.

Long also brought back the King of the Ring tournament in 2006 as a SmackDown!-exclusive event. At Armageddon 2006, Long brought back the Inferno match, where Kane defeated MVP. On April 10, 2009 episode of Smackdown! he announced that Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy would face each other in the first stretcher match in Smackdown! history. Long, throughout his career, was also known for his frequency to book a classic tag team match by featuring it in many SmackDown! main events.

Notable Matches: vs. Eric Bischoff at Survivor Series 2005

Notable Feuds: vs. Eric Bischoff, vs. John Laurinaitis, vs. Vickie Guerrero, vs. Drew McIntyre

Wrestlers Managed: D’Lo Brown, Johnny B. Badd, Rodney Mack, Norman The Lunatic, Mark Callous, One Man Gang, Mark Henry, Jazz, Eddie Guerrero, Joey Maggs, Craig Pittman, Chris Jericho, Jim Powers, Bobby Walker, Ice Train, Rosey, Mark Jindrak, Ezekiel Jackson, The Great Khali.

Teams/Stables Managed: Doom, The Skyscrapers, Marcus Bagwell and 2 Cold Scorpio, Thuggin’ and Buggin’ Enterprises, Team Teddy, Team Teddy 2