|No. 94, 58|
|Date of birth:December 23, 1964|
|Place of birth: New Orleans, Louisiana, US|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* Denver Broncos (1988–1990)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Randall Thornton (born December 23, 1964) is an American former football player and professional wrestler. He is also known for his stint in World Championship Wrestling under the ring name Swoll.
Football career[edit | edit source]
From 1988 to 1990, he played for the Denver Broncos as a linebacker. In 1990, he was sidelined with a knee injury. In 1990, he was courted by the New York Giants. He left the Broncos in the same year.
Professional wrestling career[edit | edit source]
|Birth name||Randy Thornton|
|Billed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Billed weight||325 lb (147 kg; 23.2 st)|
|Born||December 23, 1964|
|Resides||New Orleans, Louisiana, US|
|Billed from||New Orleans, Louisiana, US|
|Trained by||Brad Rheingans|
|Debut||May 3, 1991|
Early career[edit | edit source]
Thornton trained as a wrestler under Brad Rheingans.
On May 3, 1991, he debuted in the American Wrestling Association, where he lost to Frank Andersson. That same month, he toured New Japan Pro Wrestling and fought in a "Different Style Fight" against Shinya Hashimoto, which he lost in the second round. He would lose another Different Style Fight to Masashi Aoyagi in October 1991.
World Championship Wrestling (1999)[edit | edit source]
In 1999, Thornton, under the ring name Swoll, debuted in World Championship Wrestling as a member of Master P's No Limit Soldiers. The Soldiers immediately began a feud with The West Texas Rednecks due to the Rednecks' hatred of rap music. On June 13, 1999 at The Great American Bash, Swoll assisted fellow Soldiers Konnan and Rey Misterio, Jr. in defeating the Rednecks' Curt Hennig and Bobby Duncum, Jr.. On the June 24 episode of Thunder, Swoll made his in-ring debut as he and B.A. defeated Disorderly Conduct (Mean Mike and Tough Tom). At Bash at the Beach, the Soldiers (Swoll, Konnan, B.A. and Misterio, Jr.) defeated the Rednecks (Hennig, Duncum, Jr. Barry Windham and Kendall Windham) in an elimination tag team match. After defeating a few other teams over the next few weeks, Swoll and B.A. lost to the Windhams on the August 3 episode of Saturday Night, thus ending both Swoll's undefeated streak and the feud between the Soldiers and the Rednecks. On the August 17 episode of Saturday Night, Swoll competed in his final match for WCW as he and B.A. defeated Hugh Morrus and Jerry Flynn via disqualification. Thornton retired from professional wrestling immediately afterwards.
Retirement[edit | edit source]
After retiring from wrestling, Thornton began working for the American Center For Character and Cultural Education. He is a born again Christian and also speaks for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
References[edit | edit source]
- "Cagematch profile". http://www.cagematch.de/?id=2&nr=3719.
- "Accelerator profile". http://www.accelerator3359.com/Wrestling/bios/swoll.html.
- "Randy Thornton's Football Database Profile". http://www.footballdb.com/players/randy-thornton-thornra01.
- "WrestlingData profile". http://www.wrestlingdata.com/index.php?befehl=bios&wrestler=1410.
- "WrestlingData match history of 1991". http://www.wrestlingdata.com/index.php?befehl=bilanzen&wrestler=1410&jahr=1991&monat=5.
- "Randy Thornton". https://www.wrestlingdata.com/index.php?befehl=bios&wrestler=1410&bild=0&details=7&liga=121&jahr=1991. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
- "The Great American Bash report on June 13, 1999". http://www.ddtdigest.com/updates/1999062p.htm.
- "Cagematch match listings". http://www.cagematch.de/?id=2&nr=3719&view=matches#matches.
- "Bash at the Beach report on July 11, 1999". http://www.ddtdigest.com/updates/1999072p.htm.
[edit | edit source]
- Randy Thornton at the Internet Movie Database