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Danny Basham

Danny Basham

REAL NAME: Danny Hollie
6' 3", 250 pounds
BORN: Seymour, Indiana
NICKNAMES: Damaja, Danny Basham

He's probably best known to WWE fans as one-half of the Basham Brothers, and a member of JBL's cabinet, but when Danny Basham first signed on with WWE, and was assigned to Ohio Valley Wrestling, he was known as Damaja.

As Damaja, he found success early in his run in Ohio Valley as on January 6, 1999, he teamed with Danny C. and the team won the OVW Southern Tag Team titles, when Nick Dinsmore (now Eugene) no-showed and Rob Conway was counted out during the match.

By June 1999, he had shown he was ready to (at least temporarily) leave the tag team scene behind and compete for Ohio Valley's top title and on June 8th, he defeated Dinsmore for the OVW Heavyweight Championship. He would hold the OVW Championship on two more occassions, defeating Flash Flanagan for the belt on April 4th, 2000 and Nova on October 30,2002.

In the meantime, Damaja did return to the tag ranks on occassion. Damaja teamed with his former foe Nick Dinsmore, and the pair competed in the July/August 2001 tournament for the vacant OVW Southern Tag Team titles, only to lose in the second round to Rico Constantino and the Prototype (John Cena) who won the tournament.

In January 2002, Damaja would align with Victoria and Doug Basham as part of the Revolution. A year earlier, Revolution had placed a bounty on his head, and now he joined with them in trying to take over OVW, only to lose a "Control of OVW" match to Dinsmore, Conway and Danny Davis on April 5, 2002.

The defeat of Nova not only netted him the OVW Championship, it was also supposed to earn him a place in the 2003 Royal Rumble. On January 15, 2003, just days from the Royal Rumble, Damaja beat up Rocky Johnston, an act which cost him his shot at competing in the Rumble. Damaja, upset at the punishment, quit OVW.

Two weeks later, Damaja was back in Ohio Valley, still with the Heavyweight Championship in his grasp, at least until he lost a Triple Threat match to Dinsmore and Doug Basham on February 19th. For the rest of the early spring of 2003, Damaja and Doug Basham continued to team in OVW, but on May 29, 2003 they would appear on WWE Smackdown, defeating Rikishi and Spanky.

But Damaja was now Danny Basham, and he was no longer simply billed as Doug's tag team partner, but his brother as well. A couple of weeks later, the Basham Brothers introduced a new valet, Shaniqua and defeated Chris Benoit and Rhyno. After defeating the APA at No Mercy, the Bashams defeated Los Guerreros to win the WWE Tag Team titles.

The Bashams would retain the titles until February 5, 2004 when they dropped the titles to Rikishi and Scotty Too Hotty. Although they would remain in the hunt for those belts for the rest of the year (even competing in a Four Corners match for the WWE Tag Titles at Wrestlemania XX, they could not regain the titles.

In November 2004, the Bashams took on a new role in WWE, that of the "Secretaries of Defence" for JBL's Cabinet. The Bashams would continue to compete in tag team action, as well as provide backup for JBL. Then, on January 13th, they won a Four Corners bout on Smackdown to regain the WWE Tag Team titles. Less than a month later, however, the Bashams lost the titles to Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio, Jr.

The Bashams remained as the Secretaries of Defence for JBL until June, when the two "brothers" decided that they were sick and tired of JBL's treatment of them and quit his cabinet. The Bashams had little time to contemplate their post-cabinet careers as a team. On June 30th, just days after leaving JBL, Danny Basham was traded to Raw.

Danny Basham soon faded from the WWE scene. He made several appearances in dark matches as Damaja, but recently he appeared in ECW, reteaming with Doug Basham.

--- compiled by John M. Milner