When Pillman was 2 years old he developed throat polyps. He spent a lot of his time growing up in hospitals because of this. He had over 40 operations to remove it, and this left him having a raspy voice.
He played football for Miami University in Oxford, Ohio (Miami Redhawks). He joined the Bengals in 1984 as a free agent. Then later played for the Canadian Football League for the Calgary Stampeders in 1986. He also played for the Buffalo Bills in the preseason in 1985, but was the last player to be cut.
At the end of his football career he got into wrestling and stayed in Calgary and was trained by Stu Hart and his sons. He wrestled in Stampede Wrestling and was in a tag team called Bad Company with Bruce Hart. After Stampede Wrestling Pillman came back to the states and started wrestling in WCW in 1989. He was known as Flyin' Brian Pillman. While in WCW he tag teamed with Tom Zenk. Then later he tag teamed with Steve Austin and they were known as the Hollywood Blondes. After Austin and Pillman separated, Ric Flair reformed The Four Horsemen with Arn Anderson, Chris Benoit and Brian Pillman.
In 1995 Pillman developed the "Loose Cannon" gimmick because of his unpredictable behaviour. He started blurring fact and fiction with his worked-shoots. He was fired from WCW in 1996. After WCW he moved onto ECW for a very brief stay there.
Then he went to the WWF (now WWE) and served as a commentator while recovering from a broken ankle he received in a car accident. After WrestleMania 13 he joined the Hart Foundation with members Bret Hart, Owen Hart, Davey Boy Smith and Jim Neidhart. On October the 5Th when Pillman was suppose to wrestler at a wrestling Pay-Per-View he was found dead in his hotel room. He died from a undetected heart condition (arteriosclerotic heart disease), he was 35 years old.
Championships and Accomplishments.....
- NWA World Tag Team Championship (1 time)-with Stunning Steve Austin
- NWA United States Tag Team Championship (1 time)-with Tom Zenk
- Stampede International Tag Team Championship (2 times)-with Bruce Hart
- WCW Light Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- WCW World Tag Team Championship (1 time)-with Stunning Steve Austin
Since today would have been Pillman's Birthday, I wanted to posted a video I made of pictures of him. Brian Pillman Tribute Video (Click Here)