Wind back the clock. The year was 1996. The Dallas Cowboys were the Super Bowl XXX Champions, Kurt Angle won the gold medal for wrestling at the Atlanta Olympics, Tupac Shakur was gunned down after attending a Mike Tyson boxing match in Las Vegas, and The Sandman and Raven were involved in their famous ECW rivalry.
During the feud, Raven brainwashed The Sandman's son, Tyler, and convinced him to join his cult-like following, turning him against his father in the process.
Raven ordered Tyler to deny his relationship with his father, and told him that his parents' divorce was all Sandman's fault. Tyler was then persuaded to copy all of Raven's mannerisms, most notably using Raven's trademark taunt.
If you don't remember any of this, or if you've never seen it, take a look at this small tribute video.
Yes ladies and gentlemen, that little boy in the video is the man in the picture above. 13 years later, the son of The Sandman, Tyler Fullington, a.k.a. "Twisted Sand," is now a professional wrestler in his own right.
Fullington has competed exclusively for the still relatively unknown wrestling promotion Pro Wrestling Unplugged (PWU) since his debut on Aug. 23 last year. If you want to know more information about PWU, then you can read about it here.
Fullington's debut was unique to say the least. His first ever match was in a Street Fight match against none other than Kevin "Feel No Pain" James.
Yes, you read that correctly. The actor from the show "King Of Queens" was Tyler Fullington's first-ever wrestling opponent.
The match itself was said to be very violent and apparently Kevin James did a stand up job. There was everything from steel chairs to Singapore canes to guard rails used throughout the brutal encounter.
The Sandman was said to be very impressed with his son's first match, and the crowd support was overwhelming.
Fullington's next match was in a battle royal at PWU's fourth anniversary show where the winner was entitled to a match of their choice at the fifth anniversary show.
Fullington went on to win the match and declared "I'm challenging any wrestler, veterans and rookies alike, to take me on at the Fifth Anniversary one-on-one. I don't care who you are, I WILL run over you as I continue to prove myself and make MY mark on Philly and the whole North-East."
Since then, Fullington has remained undefeated.
I'm EXTREMELY excited for his next match at the Fifth Anniversary show on September 26. It has just been announced on the Pro Wrestling Unplugged: Wrestle Reality website that Fullington's open challenge has been answered and here's what his opponent had to say:
"It's no secret that Tyler and I have had bad blood between us for a decade or more. I have made a living beating the hell out of his father in ECW, now it's time to pass this tradition to his punk kid. On Sept. 26 you will feel PAIN...FEAR...DESPERATION...and ultimately RESPECT...Get ready to be humbled."
"Quote the Raven... Nevermore!"
That's right, Raven is going to be wrestling one-on-one with The Sandman's son!
To anyone in the Philadelphia area and is interested in what is sure to be an epic encounter, stay tuned to the PWU: Wrestle Reality website for more details when they are revealed on July 25! You can see the website at this address:
I am now a full-fledged Tyler Fullington mark. This guy has all the potential in the world. One day you will look back and say "I remember when I read an article about him on Bleacher Report!"