October 23, 2005
Rob Conway

Rob Conway

REAL NAME: Robert Thomas Conway, Jr.
BORN: November 28, 1974 in Pittsburgh, PA
6' 2", 230 pounds
ALIASES/NICKNAMES: The Conman

Rob Conway spent most of his career as part of a tag team, first with Nick Dinsmore (now Eugene) and later with Sylvian Grenier and Rene Dupre as La Resistance. However, in the last few weeks, Rob Conway has hit the singles scene with a new gimmick and catchphrase. If he succeeds in the WWE, he'll be doing it the "Con Way".

Corny catchprhases aside, Rob Conway got his start in Ohio Valley Wrestling, trained by Danny Davis. After his split with former partner, Flash Flanagan, Nick Dinsmore was looking for a new partner and found one in Conway. The two were paired up in MCW for a while as Limited Edition, but when they wrestled in Ohio Valley, they became known as the Lords of the Ring.

In March 1998, Lords of the Ring won a tournament, defeating Rip Rogers and Trailer Park Trash in the finals, to become the new OVW Southern Tag Team Champions. A month later, they began a short reign as MCW Tag Team Champions, a championship vacated in May 1998.

Back in OVW, Lords of the Ring feuded with Rip Rogers and several partners (including Dave the Rave and Juan Hurtado) over the OVW Southern Tag titles, losing and then regaining the belts several times over the spring and summer of 1998. The story was much the same, Conway and Dinsmore would win the titles, lose them within a few weeks and then either regain them or win a tournament for the titles, which had been declared vacant.

As 1999 began, Dave C and Damaja (Danny Basham) took over Rip Rogers' role as the main challengers to the Lords of the Ring and the OVW Southern Tag Team titles. After one defeat, the Lords of the Ring took a break from tag team wrestling and focused on the OVW Heavyweight titles. After Dinsmore won the title in April, Conway received a title shot and on April 28th, defeated his long-time partner for the belt.

Dinsmore won the title in May 1999, but after teaming with Tim Horner for a brief time, Conway regained the title, but from Damaja, only to lose it in November to Rico Constantino.


After some more time in the tag team ranks (most notably with WWE star D-Lo Brown, Conway crossed paths with his former partner, Nick Dinsmore once again, taking down Dinsmore for the OVW Championship in September, but losing it back to the future Eugene in October.

And after months of feuding with Damaja, Conway would team with his former foe, attempting to regain the OVW Southern Tag Team titles in yet another tournament only to lose in the second round to Rico and the Prototype (John Cena). Teaming with Damaja was only temporary, however, and soon Conway would mend his bridges with former Lords of the Ring teammate Nick Dinsmore and the pair would regain the OVW Tag Team titles in December 2001.

After losing the tag titles to Damaja and Doug Basham, the Lords of the Ring headed to the USAW, where after a brief feud with Mark Jindrak and Sean O'Haire, they returned to OVW where they regained the Southern Tag Titles at a May 2002 WWE TV Taping, then feuded with Flash Flanagan and Trailer Park Trash, and later the Dogg Pound (Shelton Benjamin and Redd Dogg - later Rodney Mack).

During the summer of 2002, Rob Conway made several appearances on WWE Velocity, losing to Albert and Randy Orton. Meanwhile, the Lords of the Ring continued to team but eventually the partnership came to a shocking end, as Conway turned on Dinsmore during a match against Damaja and Doug Basham in March 2003, just days after they had teamed against Rene Dupre and Lance Cade in a dark match during a Smackdown taping.

Dinsmore and Conway would team in WWE as the Conquistadors for several matches, with Conway retaining his Conquistador costume for the APA Ballroom Brawl during the Vengeance 2003 pay-per-view. (Dinsmore entered as Doink the Clown and Johnny Jeter was the other Conquistador.)

After a brief run as OVW Champion in August 2003 (he beat Damaja but lost the title to Jeter the same night), Conway left Ohio Valley and headed to the WWE. He would first appear in the audience during a Raw broadcast, masquerading as a U.S. serviceman. La Resistance (Rene Dupre and Sylvain Grenier) initially mocked him, but he shocked everyone when he attacked the Dudley Boys and became the third member of Las Resistance. A week later, Conway got the pinfall on Bubba Ray Dudley to win a six-man match pitting La Resistance against the Dudleys. A week after that, he defeated Spike Dudley and put him through a table and out of action.

Conway and Grenier continued to work as La Resistance, even after Dupre was drafted to Smackdown. After feuding with the Hurricane and Rosey, on May 31, 2004, with Raw being held in Montreal, La Resistance defeated Chris Benoit and Edge to win the World Tag Team titles.

The summer of 2004 saw La Resistance feuding with Tajiri and Rhyno. It seemed that La Resistance had lost the World Tag Team titles to Eugene and William Regal in England, but Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff had the match restarted and La Resistance retained.

They were not so lucky at Taboo Tuesday when Chris Benoit won the titles, even after his partner, Edge, walked out on him. La Resistance would regain the titles the next week on Raw. That latest title reign would last barely two weeks, when Regal and Eugene would once again defeat La Resistance, this time in a triple threat match (that included Rhyno/Tajiri) to once again win the World Tag Team titles, and this time there was no Eric Bischoff to reverse the decision.

With an injury to his former partner, Nick "Eugene" Dinsmore in January 2005, the tag titles were once again in jeopardy. La Resistance would defeat Regal and impromptu partner, Jonathan Coachman during a live event and regain the titles. That reign, the last to date for La Resistance, would end when Regal teamed with Tajiri to take the titles in Japan.

Grenier and Conway tried their best to regain the belts, but to no avail and eventually they began to clash. Instead of trying to regain the tag titles, they became more interested in one-upping the other.

In August, Rob "the Conman" Conway was given a singles push, defeating the likes of Viscera, the Hurricane and Matt Hardy on Raw. To date, Conway's biggest splash came at WWE Homecoming, when he insulted some of the gathered legends and got a beatdown for his troubles.

On October 10th, after defeating Doink the Clown, Conway was attacked by Eugene, who came back for revenge after Conway destroyed his Shawn Michaels teddy bear some weeks before. The Lords of the Ring are be feuding in WWE, that is when Conway is not busy adapting his new "legend killer" gimmick, battling WWE legends like Greg Valentine, Doink the Clown and Koko B. Ware.

At Taboo Tuesday, Conway teamed with Tyson Tomko but lost to Eugene and Jimmy Snuka. And Conway's post-Taboo Tuesday career has not been stellar. He lost to Intercontinental Champion Ric Flair, as well as Val Venis, Chavo Guerrero and (teaming with Gregory Helms and Lance Cade) the Big Show in a Royal Rumble qualifier.

Over the last several months, Conway has been relegated to Heat, losing to Carlito and Chavo Guerrero to name just two. When he has come up to Raw, Conway's luck has fared no better, being defeated in short order by Kane on several occassions. He has teamed with Matt Striker, only to lose to the debuting Highlanders.

On May 11, 2007, he was released from his WWE contract, having spent the previous months in OVW.

---compiled by John M. Milner

ROB CONWAY STORIES

  • Sep. 18, 2013: Rob Conway's memories of WWE and La Résistance
  • Sep. 5, 2013: Rob Conway proud standardbearer for revamped NWA
  • May 11, 2007: Rob Conway released from WWE
  • CANOE.CA SLAM!