Steve Lombardi

Wrestler | Athlete

Lombardi began his WWF career in late 1983, competing under his real name and being used primarily as an enhancement talent until early 1989, when he was repackaged as The Brooklyn Brawler. The Brawler character was that of a street fighter, wearing battered jeans and torn New York Yankees T-shirts. Under the tutelage of Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, the Brawler entered a feud with The Red Rooster. When The Rooster left Heenan's villain group and became a fan favorite, Heenan stated that he had made The Rooster a star and could do the same with anyone in the Federation. The Rooster defeated The Brawler on Saturday Night's Main Event and then Heenan at WrestleMania V. The Brawler's alliance with Heenan was then phased out and he returned to his former enhancement talent status (retaining the Brawler gimmick), a role he would remain in throughout the early 1990s.

Lombardi was used in a number of gimmicks, often masked. In late 1993 early 1994, he briefly replaced Matt Borne as Doink the Clown until Ray Apollo was hired.

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Lombardi began his WWF career in late 1983, competing under his real name and being used primarily as an enhancement talent until early 1989, when he was repackaged as The Brooklyn Brawler. The Brawler character was that of a street fighter, wearing battered jeans and torn New York Yankees T-shirts. Under the tutelage of Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, the Brawler entered a feud with The Red Rooster. When The Rooster left Heenan's villain group and became a fan favorite, Heenan stated that he had made The Rooster a star and could do the same with anyone in the Federation. The Rooster defeated The Brawler on Saturday Night's Main Event and then Heenan at WrestleMania V. The Brawler's alliance with Heenan was then phased out and he returned to his former enhancement talent status (retaining the Brawler gimmick), a role he would remain in throughout the early 1990s.

Lombardi was used in a number of gimmicks, often masked. In late 1993 early 1994, he briefly replaced Matt Borne as Doink the Clown until Ray Apollo was hired.

He also regularly portrayed Kim Chee (Kamala's handler) during his 1986-87 and 1992 stints with the WWF and briefly in 1993 as a singles wrestler after Kamala left him for the newly ordained Reverend Slick. He still regularly used the Brooklyn Brawler gimmick during this period.

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