Ian Rotten
Ian Rotten in 2008.
Birth nameJohn Benson Williams
Born (1970-06-01) June 1, 1970 (age 53)[1]
Baltimore, Maryland[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Ian Rotten
Johnny Lawler[1]
Zach Blades[1]
Billed height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)[2]
Billed weight279 lb (127 kg)[2]
Billed fromLouisville, Kentucky
The Fifth Ward, Houston, Texas
Newcastle, England[3]
Trained byAxl Rotten[1]
DebutAugust 10, 1990

John Benson Williams (born June 1, 1970) is an American professional wrestler and promoter better known by his ring name Ian Rotten. He has wrestled in the Global Wrestling Federation (GWF), Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), the United States Wrestling Association (USWA), and his own wrestling promotion IWA: Mid-South.

Professional wrestling career

Early career

After becoming a fan of Dusty Rhodes and "Superstar" Billy Graham while growing up in Florida and Baltimore, Maryland, John Williams, began his career under the name Johnny Lawler, the storyline illegitimate son of Jerry "The King" Lawler. After a short stint as hockey gimmick Zach Blades, Williams went to wrestle in the Global Wrestling Federation.

The Bad Breed

Main article: The Bad Breed

In GWF, Williams formed The Bad Breed, a tag team with Brian Knighton as brothers Ian and Axl Rotten, respectively. They defeated the Texas Mustangs (Bobby Duncum, Jr. & Johnny Hawk) for the GWF Tag Team Championship in January 1993, losing the titles shortly thereafter. In June 1994 in Extreme Championship Wrestling, the Bad Breed started a feud with The Public Enemy over the ECW Tag Team Championship, but never won the title.

Later career

The Rotten brothers briefly feuded with each other prior to Williams' termination from ECW in late 1995. He moved to Kentucky, where he started a wrestling hotline followed by the IWA Mid-South promotion in early 1996. IWA was controversial for its use of violent and bloody hardcore wrestling. In 2008, IWA and Williams were investigated by Indiana State Police over the violence in their shows.[4] In 2011, IWA shut down and was restarted by a third party, with Williams making occasional appearances.

Personal life

Williams is the father of John Calvin Glenn, known also by the ring name of J.C. Rotten.[5]

Championships and accomplishments


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  3. ^ Heyman, Paul (Executive Producer) (July 1, 1995). Hardcore Heaven 1995 (Videotape). Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Extreme Championship Wrestling.
  4. ^ Thacker, Matt (August 5, 2008). "No charges from Sellersburg wrestling video". The Evening News and The Tribune. Indiana. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  5. ^ "JC ROTTEN INTERVIEW THE DEATH HOUR". www.youtube.com. Archived from the original on 2021-12-15. Retrieved December 30, 2019.
  6. ^ "ACW Tag Team Championship « Titles Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database".
  7. ^ "King Of The Death Matches 1997". www.cagematch.net. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  8. ^ "King Of The Death Matches 2001". www.cagematch.net. Retrieved September 30, 2018.