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Sean Waltman

X-Pac works over Spike Dudley in September 2001. - file photo

REAL NAME:Sean Waltman
6', 212 pounds
BORN: July 13, 1972 in Minneapolis, MN
NICKNAMES: The Lightning Kid, the Kid, the 123 Kid, Syxx, X-Pac, SyxxPac

He has gone by many names, been mired in controversy, been adorned with championship gold. He is one of the few performers to have been part of DeGeneration X and the New World Order. He has drawn heat like few others have ever been able to boast. Call him Syxx, call him X-Pac, he is Sean Waltman.

Trained by Ed Sharkey and Boris Malenko, Waltman began his career as the Lightning Kid, working his way through various independent organizations such as Pro Wrestling America and the Global Wrestling Federation, winning the PWA Light Heavyweight title and the GWF Junior Heavyweight Championship. Throughout the early part of his career, Waltman worked with future ECW star Jerry Lynn on a regular basis, both in North America and in Japan in 1992. Ironically, Lynn and Waltman teamed to win two PWA Tag Team titles together in the spring of 1993.

Shortly after, Waltman signed with WWE, losing his debut match to Rad Radford (Louie Spicolli). After several weeks as a jobber to other WWE stars, he pulled off an upset by defeating Razor Ramon (Scott Hall) on the May 17, 1993 edition of Raw. Now known as the 1-2-3 Kid, Waltman ended up teaming with Ramon against I.R.S. (Mike Rotunda) and Ted Dibiase.

Waltman and former Rocker Marty Jannetty were the sole survivors from their team at the 1993 Survivor Series and the pair teamed up again, this time to defeat the Quebecers for the WWE Tag Team Championship on January 10, 1994. The pair quickly dropped the titles back to the Quebecers. Waltman would also team with Sparky Plugg (aka Bob Holly) to win a tournament that culminated at the 1995 Royal Rumble to fill the then-vacant WWE Tag Team titles, defeating Bam Bam Bigelow and Tatanka.

After the loss of the tag team titles, Waltman began to team with Ramon again, but the friendship soon soured, and Waltman turned on Ramon, taking on Ted Dibiase as his manager, even going so far as to cost Ramon the Intercontinental title to Goldust ( Dustin Rhodes) at the 1996 Royal Rumble.

A few months later, Waltman became one of many who would jump to WCW, adapting the name Syxx and joining Hall and Kevin Nash as part of the New World Order. In addition to feuding with Ric Flair and Chris Jericho, Waltman won the WCW Cruiserweight Championship, defeating Dean Malenko at Super Brawl VII.

Waltman's run in WCW came to an end after an October 1997 injury put him on the shelf for many months. At the same time, WCW Vice-President Eric Bischoff was having problems with Waltman's friends, Hall and Nash and decided to take it out on Waltman. Taking advantage of Waltman's stint on the disabled list, Bischoff terminated his contract on March 9, 1998.

Waltman headed back to the WWE, showing up on Monday Night Raw the night after Wrestlemania XIV (See Waltman rips Bischoff, Hogan on Raw). Debuting as a member of DeGeneration X, Waltman cut a shoot promo on WCW, Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff, going so far as to claim that Hall and Nash were being held hostage in WCW. Later that night, Waltman, or X-Pac as he was known, helped the New Age Outlaws regain the WWE Tag Team titles from Cactus Jack and Terry Funk.

As part of DX, Waltman became the European Champion on several occassions, trading the belt with D-Lo Brown and feuding with Shane McMahon over the title. McMahon's defeat of X-Pac for the European title came due to the betrayal of former DX leader, Triple H.

With the temporary demise of DX, Waltman became a face and teamed with Kane to win the WWE Tag Team titles on March 30, 1999, defeating Jeff Jarrett and Owen Hart. As the summer of 1999 progressed, X-Pac would also team with former DX running buddy the Road Dogg to claim the DX name from Billy Gunn and Chyna.

With DX reforming, however, as a heel faction, X-Pac would turn his back on his former partner, Kane, going so far as to steal Kane's girlfriend, Tori, away from him. X-Pac would defeat Kane at No Way Out 2000, but Kane teamed with Rikishi to defeat X-Pac and Road Dogg at Wrestlemania 2000.

X-Pac and the Road Dogg would continue to team through the summer of 2000, making an unsuccessful run at the WWE Tag Team titles. By SummerSlam 2000, X-Pac and the Road Dogg would be fueding, with X-Pac getting the win on that night.

Waltman would miss several months of action in the fall of 2000, undergoing neck surgery. He would return as the head of his own faction: X-Factor, that included Albert and Justin Credible. In addition to tag team action, X-Pac would challenge and defeat Jeff Hardy for the WWE Light Heavyweight title, a championship he would unify with the WCW Cruiserweight Championship, defeating Billy Kidman on July 30, 2001.

After exchanging the title with Tajiri over the summer of 2001, X-Pac took several months off to let some injuries heel. He would return in March 2002, joining Hall and Nash as part of the WWE's version of the New World Order. He would help the NWO in their battles against Kane, with X-Pac even managing to steal Kane's mask. His time in the WWE was coming to an end, however and on August 25, 2002, Jim Ross announced that the WWE and Sean Waltman had parted company.

After some time on the indy scene, Waltman, using the ring-name "SyxxPac" debuted for NWA-TNA on September 18, 2002. For the first few weeks, he was aligned with some old friends, Scott Hall and BG James (the former Road Dogg) but on October 9th, SyxxPac won a ladder match to become X-Division Champion.

Waltman dropped the title to A.J. Styles on October 23, 2002 and a month later, NWA-TNA announced that Waltman had been released. Waltman would appear on some independent shows, as well as teaming with Styles to face Jeff Jarrett and Sting at the NWA-TNA anniversary show.

His time in NWA-TNA wasn't quite finished, however, as he return on February 13, 2005 to appear in the corner of Kevin Nash during the latter's Against All Odds match against Jeff Jarrett. Waltman would remain aligned with Nash, BG James and Diamond Dallas Page against Jarrett and his allies, including the Outlaw (Billy Gunn) and the Alpha Male Monty Brown.

He would tangle with Raven at Hard Justice, then watch as Raven bested him (as well as A.J. Styles, Monty Brown and Abyss) to win the NWA World Championship at Slammiversary. More recently, he has teamed with, then feuded with Styles.

Although his life outside the ring with former fiancee Joanie "Chyna" Laurer has made just as many headlines as his in-ring performances, Sean Waltman continues to impress when he does hit the ring.

--- compiled by John M. Milner

SEAN WALTMAN STORIES

  • July 25, 2013: Waltman's look at WWE in 1994 is insightful
  • March 25, 2013: X-Pac tore a new one on himself
  • July 21, 2011: X-Pac still marks the spot in the wrestling world
  • May 10, 2011: Waltman wary of promoters, but still loves to perform
  • March 31, 1998: Waltman rips Bischoff, Hogan on Raw