Tough Tom

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Tough Tom
Birth nameTom Beninghaus
BornWaco, Texas
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Strangler
Texas Hangman #2
Texas Hangman Strangler
Tough Tom
Tornado Juice
Billed height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Billed weight280 lb (130 kg)
Trained byTom Stone
Debut1988
Retired2014

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Tom Beninghaus is a retired American professional wrestler. He is best known for his appearances with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) under the ring name Tough Tom teaming with "Mean" Mike to form a tag team known as "Disorderly Conduct" as well as replacing Frank Vizi who had portrayed Psycho in the team known as The Texas Hangmen, to be known as Strangler whilst "Mean" Mike continued on as Killer.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Tom started his career in 1988, and eventually worked as Tom Bennett as an enhancement talent for the American Wrestling Association and would eventually land himself in the World Wrestling Federation in 1990, again as Tom Bennett, working as an enhancement talent on and off for the next 4 years, working with the likes of Bret Hart, Jake Roberts, Earthquake, The Road Warriors, Big Bossman, Tatanka, and many more.

In the mid 90's, Beninghaus would replace Bull Pain as a member of the infamous The Texas Hangmen, and along with Mike Moran, would go on to see considerable success in Windy City Wrestling and the World Wrestling Council winning both their Tag Team Championships.[1] [2][3][4]

In 1996, Beninghaus spent time in Big Japan Pro Wrestling as Tornado Juice, with Mike Moran who was Greyskull working a lot of Barbed wire matches with most of Big Japan's top talent. [5]

In 1997 Beninghaus teamed with Mike Moran as his partner and began working for World Championship Wrestling (WCW), in WCW he was renamed "Tough Tom" while his partner became "Mean Mike", collectively known as "Disorderly Conduct". [6] On occasion, Beninghaus and Moran would continue to take on the guises of The Texas Hangmen, with Beninghaus playing Strangler while Moran continued on with the role of Killer. [7][8] The duo mainly worked to help other teams look good, especially younger talent, with the highlight of their time in WCW being an unsuccessful challenge for the WCW World Tag Team Championship, losing to champions The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) on an episode of Monday Nitro, as well as Curt Hennig and Barry Windham for the WCW World Tag Team Championship on an episode of WCW Saturday Night in 1999. They also worked with Scott Armstrong and Steve Armstrong, The Armstrong Brothers extensively on WCW Saturday Night, and proving to be very solid hands for the company and the WCW Tag Team Division.[9][10]

After WCW folded, Tough Tom would work in Jimmy Harts Xcitement Wrestling Federation in 2001 [11] before settling down in Wisconsin Organized Wrestling in 2006 as their WOW Heavyweight Champion.[12] Beninghaus would eventually retire in 2006 at a GLCW wrestling Event in Grafton, Wisconsin, but would officially have his last match in 2014.

Since wrestling, Beninghaus now runs the Superior Bar & Grill in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.[13]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • World Wrestling Council
    • WWC World Tag Team Championship (2 times) - with Killer
  • Windy City Wrestling
    • WCW Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Mean Mike

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