Jerry Sags
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Birth nameJerome Saganowich
Born (1964-07-05) July 5, 1964 (age 58)[1]
Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Spouse(s)
Laura Rubio
(m. 1982)
Children4
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Jerry Sags[2]
Billed height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)[3]
Billed weight280 lb (127 kg)[3]
Billed fromAllentown, Pennsylvania ("Nastyville")[2]
Trained byVerne Gagne
Brad Rheingans
Debut1986

Jerome Saganowich[2] (born July 5, 1964)[1] is an American professional wrestler best known by his wrestling name Jerry Sags. He is a member of the tag team The Nasty Boys with partner and long-term friend Brian Knobbs.

Early life and education

Sags was born May 7, 1964 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He attended and graduated from Whitehall High School in Whitehall Township, Pennsylvania in the Lehigh Valley region of eastern Pennsylvania. While at Whitehall High School, Sags met Brian Knobbs. The two became friends and went on to establish The Nasty Boys in 1986.

Career

Sags started his American Wrestling Association career as a referee in 1985. In 1986, he and Brian Knobbs formed The Nasty Boys, a tag team that initally wrestled out of Memphis, Tennessee. The team until moved to Championship Wrestling from Florida, where they won the Tag Team Titles five times from 1988 through 1990.[citation needed] In 1990, they went to the NWA's Jim Crockett Promotions, which had been purchased by Ted Turner and would be renamed World Championship Wrestling before The Nasty Boys left a few months later. They feuded with Rick and Scott Steiner over the U.S. Tag Team Titles, but could not defeat them. In late 1990, they moved to the World Wrestling Federation, where they were managed by Jimmy Hart. They won the World Tag Team titles from The Hart Foundation before feuding with and losing the titles to the Legion of Doom. Knobbs and Sags then feuded with all of the WWF's top face tag teams, including The Rockers and The Bushwhackers. They turned face in the fall of 1992 to feud with Jimmy Hart's Money Inc. over the tag team titles, but were unable to recapture the gold.[citation needed]

They left the WWF for WCW in 1993 and were managed by Missy Hyatt, who helped lead them to world tag team titles. Hyatt later resigned as their manager, and they went on to feud with Harlem Heat, The Blue Bloods, and the team of Dick Slater and Bunkhouse Buck. In 1996, they were tricked by the nWo into thinking they were going to become members, but were attacked as soon as they received their shirts. Sags had been injured previously and retired as a result of the injury.[4]

Sags later returned to wrestling in 2001 as a trainer and with Knobbs as The Nasty Boys to wrestle in the short-lived Xcitement Wrestling Federation. He retired again after the promotion folded in 2002. but returned with Knobbs to reform The Nasty Boys on June 16, 2007 at Pro Wrestling Unplugged. On November 20, 2007, The Nasty Boys competed at the SmackDown! tapings from Tampa, Florida, wrestling in their first WWE match in years. The match was disastrous, and the team was accused of being unprofessionally stiff with their opponents, Dave Taylor and Drew McIntyre.[5]

On January 4, 2010, The Nasty Boys made an appearance on Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA)'s TNA Impact!, feuding with Team 3D.[6] On the January 21 edition of Impact!, the Nasty Boys competed in their first match for TNA, defeating the team of Eric Young and Kevin Nash.[7] At Against All Odds, The Nasty Boys defeated Team 3D in a tag team match, when Jimmy Hart made his return to the company and interfered in the match on the Nasty Boys' behalf.[8] On the February 25 edition of Impact!, Team 3D defeated The Nasty Boys in a tables match with Jesse Neal interfering on Team 3D's behalf.[9] The Nasty Boys and Hart continued their feud with Team 3D, defeating them and the returning Brother Runt, a replacement for Jesse Neal who The Nastys attacked prior to a six-man tag team match. After the match, Neal attacked the Nastys and helped Team 3D throw Sags through a table.[10]

On March 29, 2010, The Nasty Boys were released by TNA following an incident at a TNA function attended by Spike TV executives.[11]

Personal life

Sags and his wife Laura have four children, daughters Chloe and Madison, and sons Seve and Jax.[12] They reside in Treasure Island, Florida near Brian Knobbs and Hulk Hogan.[13] Sags' sister-in-law was married to the late pro wrestler Dusty Rhodes.[12][14]

In 2011, Sags appeared in an episode of Man v. Food Nation in the show's Tampa, Florida episode, where he won his challenge.[15]

Championships and accomplishments

References

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  2. ^ a b c "Jerry Sags Profile". Online World Of Wrestling. Archived from the original on November 14, 2011. Retrieved March 27, 2008.
  3. ^ a b "Nasty Boys". TNAWrestling.com. Archived from the original on March 9, 2010. Retrieved September 7, 2020.
  4. ^ Jerry Sags recalls a shoot incident with Scott Hall and Kevin Nash
  5. ^ "Nasty Boys Getting Major Heat For Horrible Smackdown Dark Match". 411mania.com. Retrieved July 20, 2008.
  6. ^ Keller, Wade (January 4, 2009). "KELLER'S TNA IMPACT LIVE REPORT 1/4: Jeff Hardy, NWO reunion, Hulk Hogan, TNA Knockout Title match, more surprises - ongoing coverage". PWTorch. Retrieved January 5, 2010.
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  8. ^ Caldwell, James (February 14, 2010). "CALDWELL'S TNA AGAINST ALL ODDS PPV REPORT 2/14: Ongoing "virtual time" coverage of A.J. Styles vs. Samoa Joe, Nastys vs. 3D". PWTorch. Retrieved February 14, 2010.
  9. ^ Wilkenfeld, Daniel (February 25, 2010). "WILKENFELD'S TNA IMPACT REPORT 2/25: Ongoing "virtual time" coverage of Spike TV broadcast". PWTorch. Retrieved February 26, 2010.
  10. ^ Caldwell, James (March 15, 2010). "CALDWELL'S TNA IMPACT REPORT 3/15: Ongoing "virtual time" coverage of Spike TV show - A.J. Styles vs. Jeff Hardy". PWTorch. Retrieved March 16, 2010.
  11. ^ Caldwell, James (March 29, 2010). "TNA News: Nasty Boys reportedly released by TNA". PWTorch. Retrieved March 30, 2010.
  12. ^ a b "Chloe Saganowich, daughter of Jerry Sags, makes a name for herself playing shortstop for the Fighting Irish". KOCOSPORTS.com. April 2, 2010. Archived from the original on July 13, 2011. Retrieved September 12, 2010.
  13. ^ "Rays' '10th Man' is a Nasty Boy from Whitehall". October 24, 2008. Archived from the original on February 26, 2009. Retrieved October 25, 2008.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 11, 2013. Retrieved November 2, 2013.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ "TRAVEL CHANNEL'S MAN V. FOOD NATION DEBUTS TAMPA EPISODE WITH SKIPPERS SMOKEHOUSE AND RAPSCALLIONS". Tampa Bay Times. May 31, 2011. Retrieved March 25, 2022.
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  17. ^ "Southern Tag Team Title". Wrestling-Titles. Retrieved January 19, 2020.
  18. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated Award Winners - Tag Team of the Year". Wrestling Information Archive. Archived from the original on May 22, 2011. Retrieved May 8, 2008.
  19. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Top 500 Wrestlers of the PWI Years". Wrestling Information Archive. Archived from the original on July 7, 2011. Retrieved May 8, 2008.
  20. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Top 100 Tag Teams of the PWI Years". Wrestling Information Archive. Archived from the original on June 16, 2008. Retrieved May 8, 2008.
  21. ^ "Xtreme Wrestling Federation Title Histories". titlehistories.com. Archived from the original on July 20, 2008. Retrieved July 15, 2008.