57 Facts About Barry Windham


On March 31,2012, Windham was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as a member of The Four Horsemen.


Barry Windham was trained by his father Blackjack Mulligan and world champion Harley Race.


Barry Windham debuted on November 27,1979 against JJ Dillon in San Angelo, Texas when he was 19 years old.


Barry Windham was a fan favorite for most of the early and middle periods of his career, having great success in singles and tag action.


Barry Windham had notable feuds with Kevin Sullivan and his army.


Rotunda and Barry Windham were signed by World Wrestling Federation in October 1984.


Barry Windham then shifted back to the tag team division, forming a successful pairing with Ron Garvin.


On June 20,1987, Barry Windham defeated Black Bart in a tournament final to win the short-lived NWA Western States Heritage Championship, becoming first champion.


Barry Windham defended the title against the likes of Rick Steiner, Big Bubba Rogers.


In 1988, Barry Windham began rising in the JCP ranks again.


Barry Windham started off by dropping the Western States Heritage Title to Larry Zbyszko at Bunkhouse Stampede.


In early 1988, Barry Windham reunited with Luger and together they formed a tag team called "The Twin Towers".


Barry Windham turned heel and joined Ric Flair's stable, the Four Horsemen and his heel turn was considered shocking at the time.


Barry Windham went back to singles competition and defeated Nikita Koloff in a tournament final to win the vacant NWA United States Heavyweight Championship after then-champion Dusty Rhodes was suspended.


Barry Windham was a dominant US Champion, who reigned for nine months.


Barry Windham defended the title against the likes of Brad Armstrong, Dusty Rhodes, Sting and Bam Bam Bigelow before dropping it to Lex Luger at Chi-Town Rumble in February 1989.


Barry Windham returned to the WWF in June 1989 as the Widowmaker.


In May 1990, Barry Windham joined World Championship Wrestling and re-united with the Four Horsemen which at that point consisted of Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Sid Vicious, and Ole Anderson.


Barry Windham defeated Doug Furnas on June 13,1990 Clash of the Champions XI: Coastal Crush.


Barry Windham spent most of the time that year in tag team matches with the other Horsemen as partners.


At Halloween Havoc 1990, Barry Windham was involved in a controversial match between Sid Vicious and then NWA World Heavyweight Champion Sting.


Vicious appeared to pin Sting and win the championship, but it was actually Barry Windham who was dressed like Sting.


Barry Windham spent the rest of the year teaming with Arn Anderson in the continuation of a feud between the Four Horsemen and then NWA World Tag Team Champions, Doom.


In 1991, Barry Windham continued teaming with Arn Anderson and Sid Vicious.


Barry Windham feuded with Brian Pillman in the spring of 1991, culminating in a taped fist match at SuperBrawl I: Return of the Rising Sun, which Barry Windham won.


Barry Windham was then elevated to the number 2 contender spot and faced Lex Luger in a steel cage match to declare the new champion.


At The Great American Bash 1991, Barry Windham lost the match to Luger in a double turn as Luger became the top bad guy of WCW and Barry Windham becoming one of the most popular, due to Luger's cheating tactics and his involvement with heel manager Harley Race.


This, and Barry Windham's dogged determination to win the belt after years as a perennial upper-mid carder got Barry Windham over in terms of popularity with the fans again despite still not winning the world championship.


In October 1991, Barry Windham formed a tag team with Dustin Rhodes and feuded with WCW World Tag Team Champions The Enforcers.


At Halloween Havoc 1991: Chamber of Horrors, Anderson and Zbyszko slammed a car door on Barry Windham's hand, breaking it, and putting him out of action for a while.


Barry Windham turned heel on Rhodes after the match when Rhodes refused to pin Steamboat after an accidental low blow.


Barry Windham became a full-time singles wrestler in January 1993 and pursued the NWA World Championship held by The Great Muta.


Barry Windham defeated Muta for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship at SuperBrawl III.


Flair and Anderson tried to recruit Barry Windham to join the Horsemen again, but Barry Windham declined and became the "Lone Wolf," feuding with Flair and Anderson.


Barry Windham successfully defended the title against Anderson at Slamboree 1993: A Legend's Reunion.


Flair won again and Barry Windham reinjured one of the knees that he had surgery on, then dropped out of sight for over two years.


Barry Windham was portrayed as a deranged "Native Stalker" gimmick called "The Stalker".


Barry Windham was to be wearing camouflage face paint, while originally being supposed to feud with Marc Mero, but the angle was dropped due to Mero's request.


In February 1997, Barry Windham turned heel and formed The New Blackjacks with Justin "Hawk" Bradshaw.


That team didn't last long, as Barry Windham turned on Bradshaw to join Jim Cornette's "NWA faction" in January 1998.


Barry Windham's last WWF TV appearance was a loss to Vader on Monday Night Raw May 11 and his last WWF match losing to Bradshaw on May 16,1998 at a house show.


Barry Windham was then loosely associated with Bischoff's nWo Hollywood for a while before forming a tag team with Curt Hennig.


At SuperBrawl IX, Hennig and Barry Windham defeated Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko in the finals of a tag team tournament to win the vacant WCW World Tag Team Championship.


Barry Windham reinjured his knee during this period but would return as part of "The West Texas Rednecks" in mid-1999.


In late 1999, Barry Windham worked for Ted DiBiase's promotion WXO and World Wrestling Council, where he won the latter's World Tag Team Championship in Puerto Rico with brother Kendall.


Barry Windham's last wrestling appearances were at Major League Wrestling's War Games, a US Express reunion with Mike Rotunda in a loss to Larry Zbyszko and "The Outlaw" Ron Bass at WrestleReunion I on January 29,2005 and on the "WrestleMania Rewind" episode of WWE Monday Night Raw on March 10,2008, appearing with Rotunda to reform the US Express one final time against The Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff in a rematch from WrestleMania I, although the match never commenced.


Barry Windham was seen during the 2007 WWE Hall of Fame broadcast, sitting next to former partner John "Bradshaw" Layfield.


Barry Windham wrestled his final match in February 2010 for American Combat Wrestling.


Barry Windham appeared at the 2012 WWE Hall of Fame with Ric Flair, JJ Dillon, Arn Anderson, and Tully Blanchard as The Four Horsemen were inducted.


Barry Windham has a son and a daughter with his ex-wife, Kebra.


Barry Windham has another son from early on in his career.


Barry Windham is the maternal uncle of current WWE wrestler Bray Wyatt and former wrestler Bo Dallas.


Barry Windham was found at his ranch by his brother-in-law Mike Rotunda.


Barry Windham's family confirmed that Windham suffered a heart attack.


Barry Windham was later moved to a facility in Orlando, Florida, for an MRI on his neck due to the fall he took from the heart attack.


On December 2,2022, Barry Windham suffered another heart attack while walking through an Atlanta airport, resulting in him going into cardiac arrest.


Barry Windham was transported to ICU and his family has asked for donations.