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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 14 October 1952Tampa, Florida, USA
Birth NameDanny Spivey
Nicknames Golden Boy
Dangerous
Height 6' 7" (2.01 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Retired American professional wrestler known for his work in the U.S. for WWE and WCW and for All Japan Pro Wrestling. Debuted in 1984 in Championship Wrestling from Florida. Jumped to Jim Crockett's National Wrestling Alliance territory in Charlotte, North Carolina and formed the team American Starship with Scott Hall, with Spivey as Starship Eagle and Hall as Starship Coyote. They had a small run there and for Bob Geigel's Central States Wrestling promotion in Kansas City, Missouri. The team split up, with Spivey going to WWE (then the World Wrestling Federation). He teamed with Mike Rotunda as the American Express, replacing Barry Windham. Spivey made his PPV debut in the battle royal during the Chicago stage of "WrestleMania II." He stayed with WWE through 1988 before jumping to All Japan. He returned to the NWA in 1989 and formed the Skyscrapers with Sid Vicious (Sid Eudy). That version of the team ended when Sid suffered a collapsed lung due to a botched fall-away slam by Scott Steiner) during the Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner) and Scott Steiner)-Skyscrapers match at "NWA Clash of the Champions IX" in November 1989. Sid was replaced by Mark Calaway, who was brought in from Memphis and named Mean Mark Callous. That version of the team ended right before "NWA WrestleWar 90," as Spivey quit prior to the show. Mike Enos was made the replacement as "the Masked Skyscraper" for the Chicago Street Fight against the Road Warriors (Hawk (Mike Hegstrand) and Animal (Joe Laurinaitis)), which the Warriors won, of course. Spivey returned at the end of the year for a one-shot Skyscrapers reunion at "NWA Starrcade 90," where they squashed the team of the Motor City Madman (Mike Moore) and Big Cat (Curtis Hughes), which stemmed from Sid's match with the Nightstalker (Bryan E. Clark II), who had been teaming with Madman and Big Cat, at "Clash of the Champions XIII." Spivey went back to Japan where he won the All Japan World Tag Team Titles with Stan Hansen). The team even made some appearances for WCW. That ended when Spivey refused to lose a match to the team of Rick Steiner and Tom Zenk on the grounds that they were World Tag Team Champions. Spivey left WCW again and made a brief return for the "Lethal Lottery" at "WCW Starrcade 92," where he teamed with Van Hammer (Mark Hildreth) in a victory over Cactus Jack (Mick Foley) and Johnny B. Badd (Marc Mero). In the Battlebowl battle royal at the end of the night, the eventual winner the Great Muta (Keiji Mutô) eliminated Spivey. Spivey also made several appearances for Herb Abrams' Universal Wrestling Federation. His last run saw him return to WWE in 1995 as Waylon Mercy, a gimmick based on Robert De Niro's portrayal of Max Cady in Cape Fear (1991). In contrast to the long blond hair he had sported for the past decade, he had dark hair for this role. The gimmick caught on, but Spivey was slowed by injuries and retired in October. Along with the AJPW World Tag Team Titles, he was also an NWA Florida Heavyweight Champion and a UWF Americas Champion.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: JasonIK75

Trade Mark (4)

Power Bomb
Spivey Spike (DDT)
Bulldog
Sleeper Hold (as Waylon Mercy)

Trivia (19)

Professional wrestler.
Notable title wins include: AJPW Tag Team titles w/Stan Hansen; NWA Florida Heavyweight title; UWF America's Heavyweight title
On April 5, 1986 at Wrestlemania II, he took part in the WWF Wrestlers vs NFL Players Battle Royal Invitational.
While in WCW, formed "The Skyscrapers" with Sid Vicious, and was managed by Teddy Long. After Vicious went down to an injury, he was replaced with "Mean" Mark Callous (aka The Undertaker).
Competed in the WWE In 1995 as Waylon Mercy.
In October 1995, Dan Spivey who wrestled as Waylon Mercy, retired after suffering a back injury during a match with Diesel (aka Kevin Nash).
Left wrestling to pursue a career in modeling and acting. Retired because of back injury sustained from match against Diesel (aka Kevin Nash), which he won via countout. [September 1995]
Retired from the sport of wrestling. [2005]
Teamed with Abdullah the Butcher against Bruiser Brody (Frank Goodish) and Carlos Colón in Brody's last match.
Had the distinction of being the partner left behind three times as Scott Hall, Sid Vicious and Mark Calaway/the Undertaker all went on to have more success than he did.
Arguably more of a star in Japan than he ever was in the U.S. In the Japanese video game series "Wrestle Angels," the character Dynamite Rin/Dynamite Lisa was based on him. The character's finishing move was even named the Dynamite Spike, a la Spivey calling his DDT the Spivey Spike.
Billed from Griffin, Georgia as Waylon Mercy.
The Skyscrapers were billed from "Metropolis," as in, Superman's hometown.
Likely received his biggest crowd reaction ever on the August 14, 1995 "WWF Monday Night Raw." Waylon Mercy faced Doink the Clown, a gimmick that had completely run its course. The crowd cheered for the heel Mercy and buried Doink with chants.
The Skyscrapers used Styx's "China White" as entrance music.
Windham Rotunda's WWE gimmick Bray Wyatt was influenced by Waylon Mercy and thus by Max Cady by default.
At one time he was married to Dick "The Destroyer"/"Doctor X" Beyer's daughter. His cousin Andy Leavine had a run in WWE's developmental program "WWE NXT" until he was released in 2012. He went on to find success in the WWC (World Wrestling Council) in Puerto Rico.
The Skyscrapers were, along with Norman the Lunatic (Mike Shaw), the first wrestlers managed by Teddy Long, who had previously been a referee. Long turned heel by doing a fast count in the match where the Varsity Club (Mike Rotunda and "Dr. Death" Steve Williams) had defeated the Road Warriors for the NWA World Tag Team Titles.
Was a member of Kevin Sullivan's Varsity Club heel stable in 1989.

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