Sabu

Real name: Terry Michael Brunk

Birth date: December 12, 1964

Trained by: Ed Farhat

Ring Names: Sabu, Sabu The Elephant Boy, Samu, Terry Essar, Terry Snuka

Debut: 1985

 
     
     
 

Championships and accomplishments

  • Asylum Championship Wrestling
    • ACW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Billtown Championship Wrestling
    • BCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time, current)
  • Border City Wrestling
    • BCW Can-Am Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Cutting Edge Wrestling
    • CEW Newfoundland Heritage Championship (1 time)
  • Hardcore Championship Wrestling
    • HCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Eastern Championship Wrestling/Extreme Championship Wrestling
    • ECW FTW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • ECW World Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
    • ECW World Television Championship (1 time)
    • ECW World Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Taz (1) and Rob Van Dam (2)
    • Hardcore Hall of Fame (2009)
    • Second ECW Triple Crown Champion
  • Extreme Wrestling Alliance
    • EWA Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • European Wrestling Association
    • EWA Junior Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
  • Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling
    • FMW World Martial Arts Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Horace Boulder
  • Insane Wrestling Federation
    • IWF Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
  • Juggalo Championship Wrestling
    • JCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Main Event Championship Wrestling
    • MECW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Motor City Wrestling
    • MCW Heavyweight Championship (3 time)
  • National Wrestling Alliance
    • NWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • NWA Florida
    • NWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • National Wrestling Conference
    • NWC Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
  • New Japan Pro Wrestling
    • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • UWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Pro Wrestling Holland
    • Pro Wrestling Holland Championship (1 time)
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI ranked him #5 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 1995
    • PWI ranked him #86 of the top 500 singles wrestlers of the PWI Years in 2003
  • Professional Championship Wrestling
    • PCW Television Championship (1 time)
  • Pro-Pain Pro Wrestling
    • 3PW World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Stampede Wrestling
    • Stampede Pacific Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
    • Match of the Year (2005) vs. Abyss, Barbed Wire Massacre on December 11
  • Ultimate Championship Wrestling
    • UCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • UPW Pro Wrestling
    • UPW American Championship (2 times, current)
  • United States Xtreme Wrestling
    • UXW United States Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
  • Universal Wrestling Alliance
    • UWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Wrestling Alliance Revolution
    • WAR World Extreme Championship (2 times, current)
  • World Wrestling Council
    • WWC Hardcore Championship (1 time)
    • WWC Universal Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • World Wrestling League
    • WWL Extreme Championship (1 time)
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter
    • Readers' Favorite Wrestler (1994)
  • Xtreme Intense Championship Wrestling
    • XICW Xtreme Championship (1 time)
  • Xtreme Latin American Wrestling
    • X-LAW International Championship (1 time)
  • Xtreme Pro Wrestling
    • XPW World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves
    • Triple jump moonsault
  • Signature moves
    • Air Sabu (Heel kick to a cornered opponent, with the assistance of a steel chair)
    • Arabian Facebuster (Jumping, diving or a somersault leg drop, driving a steel chair
      into the face of the opponent)
    • Arabian Skullcrusher (Jumping, diving or a somersault leg drop, driving a steel chair
      into the back of the opponent's head, usually through a table)
    • Arabian Clutch (Camel clutch) - parodied from Ed Farhat
    • Diving leg drop
    • Multiple moonsault variations
      • Arabian Press (Slingshot split-legged)
      • Springboard onto an opponent outside the ring
    • Slingshot crossbody
    • Somersault plancha
    • Springboard into either a leg lariat or a tornado DDT
  • With Rob Van Dam
    • Assisted Air Sabu
    • Diving leg drop / Diving splash combination
    • Springboard somersault leg drop (Sabu) / Rolling Thunder (Van Dam) combination
  • Managers
    • Hunter Q. Robbins III
    • The Cuban Assassin
    • Paul E. Dangerously
    • Bill Alfonso
    • The Sheik
    • Tammy Lynn Bytch
    • The Super Genie
  • Nicknames
    • "The Homicidal, Suicidal, Genocidal....Death–Defying Maniac"
    • "ECW's Evel Knievel"
    • "Houdini of Hardcore"
    • "The Arabian Machine of Destruction"
    • "The Crazed Kamikaze"
    • "The Human Highlight Reel"
    • "The Modern Day Kamikaze"
  • Entrance themes
    • "Main Title" by John Williams (from Jaws)
    • "Little Crazy" by Fight
    • "Supagorgonizer" by Iron Monkey
    • "Conception" by Cairo (NJPW)
    • "Parental Advisory: Explicit Acts" by WCW Music Library (WCW)
    • "Huka Blues" by Harry Slash & The Slashtones (ECW/WWE)
    • "Walk" by Kilgore (ECW; used when teaming with Rob Van Dam)
    • "This is Extreme" by Harry Slash & The Slashtones (WWE; 1997)
    • "Hailey's Cry" by Dale Oliver (TNA)
    • "Carpet Ride" by Dale Oliver (TNA)
    • "Carpet Ride (Intro Cut)" by Dale Oliver (TNA)
 
     
     
 

Terry Michael Brunk (born December 12, 1964) is an American professional wrestler, better
known by his ring name Sabu. He is well known for his hardcore wrestling style. Sabu has most
notably competed in Extreme Championship Wrestling, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, World
Championship Wrestling and WWE's ECW brand. Championships held by Sabu include the ECW
World Heavyweight Championship and the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

Professional wrestling career

Early career (1985–1991)

Brunk was trained by his uncle, Ed Farhat (The Sheik), and was initially trained to be a technical
wrestler. He began his wrestling career in 1985 in the Sheik's promotion, Big Time Wrestling, and
was billed as being from Saudi Arabia under the ring name "Sabu the Elephant Boy" (use of "The
Elephant Boy" was dropped in his later days), as well as Terry S.R (the S.R. standing for Sheik's
Revenge). During the 1980s he wrestled for various independent promotions in Memphis, Michigan,
Ohio, Canada and Hawaii. He was not billed as Terry Brunk, since it may have caused people to
confuse him with Terry Funk.

Frontier Martial–Arts Wrestling (1991–1994)

In 1991, Sabu made his first tour of Japan with Frontier Martial–Arts Wrestling (FMW). While
wrestling for FMW, Sabu received many of the scars on his arms and torso for which he became
famous. Brunk cleared rumors that the scars were self-induced in a shoot interview with RF Video,
confirming that they were a result of numerous hardcore matches he was involved in, including
participating in over two dozen no-rope barbed wire death matches. In May 1992, Sabu teamed
with his uncle, the Sheik, in a "Ring of Fire Deathmatch" against Atsushi Onita and Tarzan Goto. The
match was set in a ring where the ropes were replaced with barbed wire with sheets soaked in gas
wrapped around it. As the match started, the ring crew lit the sheets on fire using torches. They were
in the ring for about a minute before all men got out of the ring due to the intense heat. The match
ended with no winner. Sabu said in an interview that the ring burned for 19 hours.

Sabu often competed in Japanese hardcore matches, where he teamed with the Sheik, Tiger Jeet
Singh and Horace Boulder. Sabu feuded with the likes of Tarzan Goto and Atsushi Onita in FMW.

Extreme Championship Wrestling (1993–1995)

Brunk revealed in a shoot promo and in the documentary film Forever Hardcore that in fact it was
not Paul Heyman that brought him into Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) but that he was at
the right place at the right time. He was referred by a friend to Tod Gordon. According to the
storyline, Sabu, who at that time often arrived to the ring by his handler 911, was an uncontrollable
madman strapped to a gurney and with a Hannibal Lecter-style face mask while trying to break free
(he claimed to hate this part of his gimmick as he was normally tired before he started his match).
Sabu could only be released from his bonds to wrestle his matches. Sabu also quickly became
synonymous with table-breaking at this time; if a table was not broken during the match, Sabu would
break a table with his own body after the bell had sounded, sometimes leading to 911 having to
restrain Sabu during backstage interviews if a table was present.

One of the most notable aspects of Sabu's early career was his refusal to speak, a gimmick that he
inherited from The Sheik (who never spoke English in public to protect kayfabe). In his early career,
Sabu was billed as being from Saudi Arabia, or Bombay, India (in real life he is a second generation
Lebanese American from Michigan). In ECW, however, he was clearly heard speaking in the ring on
several occasions and it was fairly common knowledge that Brunk was an American citizen from birth.
This led to a joke at kayfabe's expense when Sabu began to be billed as hailing from "Bombay,
Michigan".

The most significant matches during the early part of Sabu's career in ECW by defeating Terry Funk
to win the ECW World Heavyweight Championship and the ECW World Television Championship
in a title versus title dream partner tag team match. Also, he was a part in the three way dance for the
ECW World Heavyweight Championship at The Night the Line Was Crossed, against Terry Funk
and Shane Douglas, which went to a one-hour time limit draw and his tag team feud with The Public
Enemy in which Sabu and his partner The Tazmaniac captured the ECW World Tag Team
Championship in a double tables match. Another notable event occurred in April 1995 when, after
being scheduled for a three-way dance for the ECW World Tag Team title, Sabu no–showed the
event to accept a booking in Japan for New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), which led Paul Heyman
to publicly and legitimately fire Sabu at the event. Sabu stated in the Forever Hardcore documentary
that he had a career wrestling in Japan yet only wrestled once every so often for ECW; thus, he chose
Japan over ECW.

New Japan Pro-Wrestling (1995)

Sabu wrestled for New Japan Pro-Wrestling throughout 1995, making a total of 64 appearances.
He made his debut on January 4 in the Tokyo Dome, teaming with Masahiro Chono to defeat Junji
Hirata and Tatsumi Fujinami. Sabu and Chono teamed together on several more occasions to face
Heisei Ishingun.

On May 3, 1995, Sabu defeated Koji Kanemoto in the Fukuoka Dome to win the IWGP Junior
Heavyweight Championship. He lost the title to Kanemoto on June 14, 1995 in Tokyo's Nippon
Budokan in a bout where Kanemoto's UWA World Welterweight Championship was also on the line.
He went on to face Gran Hamada in a series of matches, culminating in Sabu defeating Gran Hamada
to win the UWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship on November 23, 1995 in the
Todoroki Arena in Kawasaki. He held the champpionship for just over a week, losing to El Samurai
on December 1, 1995 in Niigata.

Sabu made his final appearance with NJPW on December 11, 1995 in Osaka, teaming with Hiro
Saito to defeat Dean Malenko and Wild Pegasus.

World Championship Wrestling (1995)

Sabu made his WCW debut on the September 11, 1995 episode of WCW Monday Nitro against
Alex Wright. Sabu won the match, but the decision was reversed when, after the match, he put
Wright through a table. Sabu continued to wrestle some of the cruiserweights in WCW in the early
days of the division, including a match against Mr. J.L. at Halloween Havoc. Sabu came out victorious
against Mr. J.L. and following the match Sabu's uncle Sheik shot J.L. in the face with his trademark
fireball. His last match in WCW was against Disco Inferno, which Sabu won.

Extreme Championship Wrestling (1995–2000)

Sabu returned to ECW on November 18, 1995 at November to Remember, and eventually engaged
in matches and feuds with the likes of Rod Destiny, with whom he later teamed up with and won the
ECW World Tag Team Championship twice. In the meantime, former tag team partner Tazmaniac
(who had shortened his name to "Taz") began to publicly challenge Sabu at every given opportunity,
but got no response. After a year of call-outs and insults from Taz, Heyman revealed that he had
asked Sabu, as a friend, to ignore Taz's challenge. This standoff culminated in a grudge match at
ECW's first pay-per-view, Barely Legal, which Taz won. Following the match, Taz's manager Bill
Alfonso turned on him and sided with Sabu and Rob Van Dam, who then formed a tag team. Sabu
and Taz continued to feud on and off for the remainder of Taz's ECW career.

Sabu was later included in the WWF invasion angle, in which ECW wrestlers invaded WWF's
Monday Night Raw program and held ECW-style matches and angles on the show. One memorable
moment occurred at this show when Sabu appeared during a match and prepared for an aerial move
off the "R" in the "RAW" lettered entryway onto Team Taz members, but accidentally fell off the "R".
This was not planned which led to Sabu landing on top of Team Taz members and becoming an inside
joke between him and Taz backstage. This invasion angle also led to a heel turn for Sabu in ECW,
along with Van Dam and Alfonso, who began promoting the virtues of the WWF product over
ECW's. Sabu feuded with ECW loyalists Tommy Dreamer and The Sandman during this period.

One of Sabu's most infamous matches was the No-Rope Barbed-Wire match with Terry Funk at Born
to be Wired, a match which was promoted as being "too extreme even for ECW". In one of the most
memorable moments in ECW history, Sabu attempted the "Air Sabu" corner splash on Funk, Terry
moved and Sabu ended up colliding violently into the wire which tore open his biceps. He then asked
his manager Bill Alfonso for some tape and after Alfonso went to get some Sabu began to tape the
approximately 10 inch gash up. Funk has stated that, to this day, he has never seen anything like what
Sabu did that night. The match ended with both men so badly tangled up together in the barbed wire
that it took several ring technicians armed with wire cutters to free them from the predicament (on the
DVD Bloodsport – ECW's Most Violent Matches released by World Wrestling Entertainment, Paul
Heyman said that the match was "so gruesome, I never ever dared to schedule another one like it", and
that they never had another Barbed-Wire match in ECW because "no one could top that one – and in
good conscience, I never wanted anyone to try").

Brunk racked up an astounding catalog of injuries during his ECW tenure, including broken ribs, a
broken jaw, and breaking his neck twice. The first time he broke his neck was during his match with
Chris Benoit at the 1994 November to Remember. Benoit threw Sabu with the intention that he would
take a flapjack bump but Brunk attempted to turn mid-air and take a back body drop bump instead,
which he was not able to do and landed on his head causing the injury. The other was during a match
against Taz in December 1998, when Brunk took a Taz–Plex through a table and landed incorrectly.
Brunk was able to recover from the neck injuries and return to wrestling, and he even wore a neck
brace in his return match in the United States a month following the injury at Taz's hands; by Brunk's
account, however, he started actively wrestling in Japan with his partner on a short tour a little over
two weeks after that injury. Brunk departed from ECW for the final time in early 2000.

World Wrestling All-Stars (2002, 2003)

Sabu competed for the World Wrestling All-Stars (WWA) in a number of events during 2002 and
2003. This included four appearances on PPV and a number of memorable matches. His first
appearance was at Revolution PPV in Las Vegas in February 2002. He faced Devon Storm in a
hardcore match. He was defeated in this match after his manager Bill Alfonso accidentally hit him with
a chair after Storm moved out the way. After the match Sabu and Storm continued to fight onto the
ring entrance way. Sabu placed Storm on a table and leaped from the entrance way through Storm and
the table. This feud continued on the next PPV, the Eruption, in Australia in April. Sabu fought Storm in
a steel cage match. The action spilled out of the ring and the cage with Sabu gaining the victory after
leaping from the top of the cage through Storm, who was placed on top of two tables on top of each
other.

Next up Sabu took part in WWA European tour of November–December 2002. This included
the Retribution PPV in Glasgow, which was broadcast two months later in February 2003. On this
tour and PPV he fought former fellow ECW stars Perry Saturn and Simon Diamond in a three-way
hardcore match. Sabu took the victory in each of these matches, usually gaining the pinfall over
Diamond after Saturn left the match to defend his companion. His final appearance for the WWA
came in their last PPV, The Reckoning, in New Zealand. During this tour he first fought Shane Douglas
but due to injury he did not face him at the PPV. Instead Douglas came to the ring and eventually
allowed Joe E Legend to face Sabu instead. Sabu won this match, his second and last WWA match
ever. When the All World Wrestling League began in April 2003 (a spin-off of Big Time Wrestling),
which was run by Eddie & Tom Farhat, Sabu joined them for a while, before he left for another
territory.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2002, 2004, 2005–2006)

Sabu debuted in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) on July 17, 2002, defeating Malice in a
ladder match. The next week he faced Ken Shamrock in a ladder match which was declared a No
Contest when Malice interfered.

In 2004, Sabu teamed with Raven to defeat Raven's former "Gathering" protégés, CM Punk and
Julio Dinero. In March he began feuding with Monty Brown and Abyss, who outnumbered him on
several occasions after Raven failed to "watch his back". Eventually Raven challenged Sabu to an
empty arena match to be held on June 9, but Sabu refused to wrestle him, claiming that he had
promised his uncle, The Sheik, that he would never fight Raven. Raven then waged a campaign
against Sabu, disrespecting the memory of his uncle and assaulting Sabu's friend Sonjay Dutt, until
Sabu finally broke and attacked him on July 23. Raven defeated Sabu on August 4, and a scheduled
return match on August 18 was canceled after Sabu legitimately suffered a serious back injury.

While injured, Brunk contracted a virus and was hospitalized, sidelining him for ten months. On
December 12 a benefit show, A Night of Appreciation for Sabu, was held by the AWWL to raise
funds for him. The show was considered a success, raising enough money for Brunk to cover the
costs of his medical care and he was able to make a full recovery. In his first match back from the
injury in the AWWL/BTW, he defeated N8 Mattson. Sabu then appeared at Hardcore
Homecoming, where he defeated Terry Funk and Shane Douglas in a three-way no-ropes barbed
wire match, and at ECW One Night Stand two days later, where he defeated Rhyno.

Sabu returned to TNA on July 29, 2005. At Sacrifice Sabu teamed with his old enemy, and then
NWA World Heavyweight Champion, Raven to face Jeff Jarrett and Rhino. Rhino and Jarrett won
the match after Rhino gored Raven through a table and pinned him. The match saw Abyss interfering
and attacking Sabu, starting a feud between the two of them. They went on to have a match at
Unbreakable in September which Abyss won after performing his Black Hole Slam finisher on to a
pile of tacks in the ring. Sabu once again found himself squaring off against Rhino and Abyss, as well
as Jeff Hardy, during Bound for Glory in the Monster's Ball 2 match. Rhino won the match. On the
same night, Sabu competed in a 10-Man Gauntlet Match to decide a number one contender, which
he also lost, once again to Rhino.

Sabu continued his feud with Abyss, once again losing to him at Genesis after taking a Black Hole
Slam onto a barbed wire steel chair. They met up again, in the promotion's first ever Barbed Wire
Massacre at Turning Point. Sabu finally beat Abyss, but following the match was not seen on TNA
TV for several months. He made his return at Lockdown on April 23, 2006 in a match against Samoa
Joe for Joe's TNA X Division Championship, despite Sabu having a broken forearm. Sabu was
defeated in what would turn out to be his final TNA match. Sabu was released soon afterwards from
TNA.

World Wrestling Entertainment (2006–2007)

Shortly after his TNA release, on April 24, 2006, Sabu's official website reported that he had
signed a one-year contract with World Wrestling Entertainment. At the One Night Stand
pay-per-view, Sabu faced Rey Mysterio for the World Heavyweight Championship. At the end of
the match, Mysterio found himself standing on a ringside table with Sabu flying at him. Sabu caught
the champ in a front facelock and nailed him with a DDT which caused both men to crash through the
table. At this point, the WWE medical staff rushed to the injured men and declared neither man could
continue and ordered the match stopped, resulting in a No Contest in which Mysterio kept his title.

On the June 13 premiere of ECW on Sci Fi, Sabu won a 10-man Extreme Battle Royal with the
stipulation that the winner face John Cena at Vengeance. Sabu further fueled the feud during the
next week's Raw, when he interfered in a Cena match and performed a Triple Jump Leg Drop on
him, diving onto Cena and putting him through the announcers' table. Cena defeated Sabu in their
"Extreme Lumberjack match" at Vengeance. On July 2, Sabu, traveling with fellow ECW wrestler
Rob Van Dam, was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, and nine Vicodin
tablets following a traffic stop in Hanging Rock, Ohio following a house show in Huntington, WV.
Brunk was fined $1,000 based on the guidelines of WWE's Wellness Policy. He pleaded guilty to
possession of a controlled substance and the charge of possession of drug paraphernalia was dropped.
He was given a suspended sentence of 10 days in jail and a $500 fine. Meanwhile, he defeated
Stevie Richards in an Extreme Rules match at Saturday Night's Main Event.

Towards the end of July, Sabu began to talk on camera for himself – instead of using a go between –
and demanded a shot at The Big Show's ECW World Championship which Paul Heyman refused to
grant him in order to "protect" his champion. Instead he forced him into a match against the returning
Kurt Angle to determine a number one contender. When that match was interrupted by the returning
Rob Van Dam another match was signed, Angle versus Van Dam versus Sabu, for the number one
contendership (Angle then became too injured to compete and was pulled from the match). Sabu beat
Rob Van Dam in their ladder match to win a shot at Big Show at SummerSlam, a match which he
ended up losing. After SummerSlam, he became a main eventer at ECW, with the majority of the
matches being Extreme Rules. He also started to form tag teams with the likes of Rob Van Dam and
The Sandman to face Test, The Big Show, Paul Heyman and his ally Matt Striker.

At Survivor Series, Sabu teamed up with John Cena, Bobby Lashley, Rob Van Dam and Kane to
face the team of The Big Show, Test, Montel Vontavious Porter, Finlay and Umaga. Sabu eliminated
Test following a Tornado DDT, but he was later eliminated by Big Show via pinfall after receiving a
chokeslam. In the end, Team Cena gained victory. At December to Dismember Sabu was originally
set to appear in the main event, an extreme elimination chamber match against The Big Show, Test,
Rob Van Dam, CM Punk and Bobby Lashley, but was "taken out" and replaced by Hardcore Holly.
The following episode on ECW, CM Punk and Rob Van Dam got on the mic before their match with
Test and Hardcore Holly and dedicated the match to Sabu. When Punk and Van Dam won the
match, Paul Heyman and his security team came out and had beaten down on the two. Sabu later
made his return with a heavily wrapped arm to make the save. Sabu made his Royal Rumble debut
in the 2007 Royal Rumble where he was eliminated by Kane after receiving a chokeslam over the top
rope and through a table.

Sabu joined the ECW Originals along with Rob Van Dam, Tommy Dreamer and The Sandman. The
ECW Originals began a feud with the New Breed (Elijah Burke, Kevin Thorn, Marcus Cor Von and
Matt Striker). The two teams faced off in a match at WrestleMania 23 in which the ECW Originals
won. The ECW after that, there was an ECW Extreme Rules match between the New Breed and
the ECW Originals, which the New Breed won after Elijah Burke performed the Elijah Express on
Sabu through a table. On May 16, 2007 Sabu was released from his WWE contract.

Independent circuit (2007–2010)

On July 13, 2007, it was announced that Sabu would be working in Mexico's AAA promotion in
Mexico for their Triplemanía XV event. Sabu came out during the main event and put La Parka
through a table, joining forces with the heels X-Pack, Ron "The Truth" Killings, and Konnan. Since
then, he has made appearances on their major televised programs on Galavision as a minor part of
Konnan's heel stable, La Legión Extranjera.[citation needed]

Sabu has been noted as a member of the Australasian Wrestling Federation roster, where he has
so far wrestled three matches during the Wrestlefest 2007 Tour in October 2007. Sabu Defeated
Il Cognito at Fairy Meadow, New South Wales on October 5, Steve Ravenous at Cardiff, New
South Wales on the October 6 and finally wrestling then for the AWF Australasian Championship
against TNT to a no contest due to interference from The Platinum Players at Blacktown, New
South Wales on the October 7.

On February 8, 2008, Sabu debuted as "The Crazed Kamikaze" for a brief period in CWA Pro
Wrestling in Columbia, South Carolina before going back to his Sabu ring name. Teaming with
then-CWA Heavyweight Champion Timber, Sabu won the match for his team after he dove off the
staging area onto his opponent Phil Shatter, putting him through a table. On May 10, he was
scheduled to face the new CWA Heavyweight Champion Raven in Fayetteville, North Carolina
but Sabu did not show up due to injuries.

In November 2009, Sabu completed a tour of the United Kingdom representing the AWWL/BTW.
On November 29, 2009 Sabu faced RVD for his AWR heavyweight championship belt in an
extreme rules match in Oberhausen Germany.

On October 30, 2010, Sabu defeated Damián 666 to win Xtreme Latin American Wrestling's
International Championship.

In 2007, Sabu teamed with Insane Clown Posse to defeat Trent Acid and the Young Alter Boys at
Juggalo Championship Wrestling's Bloodymania. During the second season of the company's
internet wrestling show SlamTV!, Raven was involved in a feud with JCW Heavyweight
Champion Corporal Robinson. In the third episode, Sabu appeared from out of the crowd and
saved Robinson from an attack by Raven and his lackey Sexy Slim Goody. Raven and Goody
teamed up against Robinson and Sabu in the following episode, but Raven fled from the match.
At Bloodymania III, Sabu defeated Raven in a Raven's Rules match. He returned as a full-time
member of the roster at Oddball Wrestling 2010, where he defeated Officer Colt Cabana in an "I
Quit" match. Following two victories, Sabu teamed with The Weedman to defeat Bull Pain and
Isabella Smothers at Hardcore Hell. After the match, per storyline, he aligned himself with villainous
manager Charlie Brown. Sabu defeated hero 2 Tuff Tony at the next event, and continued to attack
him after the match ended. He and Tony wrestled again at Up in Smoke in a match where Rob
Conway was hired by Brown to attack Tony. After Rhino scared off Sabu and Conway, a tag team
match was scheduled between the two and Rhino and Tony at St. Andrew's Brawl.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2010)

On August 2, 2010, it was confirmed that Sabu would be taking part in TNA's ECW reunion show
against TNA World Heavyweight Champion Rob Van Dam in the main event Hardcore Justice on
August 8. At the event he was defeated by former tag team partner and rival Rob Van Dam in a
Hardcore Rules match. On the following edition of Impact!, the ECW alumni, known collectively as
Extreme, Version 2.0 (EV 2.0), were assaulted by A.J. Styles, Kazarian, Robert Roode, James
Storm, Douglas Williams and Matt Morgan of Ric Flair's Fourtune stable, who thought they didn't
deserve to be in TNA. The following week TNA president Dixie Carter gave each member of EV
2.0 TNA contracts in order for them to settle their score with Fourtune. At No Surrender Sabu
unsuccessfully challenged Douglas Williams for the TNA X Division Championship. At Bound for
Glory Sabu, Dreamer, Raven, Rhino and Richards defeated Fortune members Styles, Kazarian,
Morgan, Roode and Storm in a Lethal Lockdown match. On the October 21 edition of Impact! Sabu
and Rob Van Dam were defeated in a tag team match by James Storm and Robert Roode, after
Sabu accidentally hit his own partner with a chair. After the match Van Dam and Sabu began shoving
each other, before being broken up by the rest of EV 2.0. At Turning Point EV 2.0 faced Fortune in
a ten-man tag team match, where each member of EV 2.0 put their TNA careers on the line. A.J.
Styles won the match for his team by pinning Sabu, who as a result was fired from TNA. It had
been reported earlier that Brunk's release from TNA was legitimate.

Independent circuit (2010–present)

On January 14, 2012, Sabu returned to the former ECW Arena, when he defeated Justin Credible
at an Evolve event in the venue's final professional wrestling event. In 2013 Sabu completed a UK
tour, wrestling for a number of the UK's top promotions. Sabu entered the Extreme Rising World
Championship tournament but was eliminated in the first round by Devon Storm.

On March 30, 2013, Sabu made his Newfoundland wrestling debut when he wrestled in the
Newfoundland and Labrador based company's CEW "King Of The Rock" tournament. This was a
two show event which saw Sabu defeat multiple CEW mainstays such as CEW headliners Psycho
Mitch and Krys Krysmon. Sabu ultimately lost the tournament after a brutal match with Scott Gotch
in which Sabu lost intentionally at the request of CEW owner Dennis Guthrie. As a reward, CEW
owner enshrined Sabu as the new CEW Newfoundland Heritage Champion. He defended his title in
a Fatal Four-Way elimination match on April 1, 2013 for CEW in St. Lawrence, NL against Justin
Lock, Tony King and Brandon Flip. In Scotland, Sabu challenged Jack Jester for the ICW
Heavyweight Championship but was defeated.

Sabu has also worked for Pro Wrestling Holland, where he has held the PWH Championship. On
October 18, 2014, at Insurrection, Sabu defeated Balls Mahoney to win the WWL Extreme
Championship. He lost the title against Monster Pain. He also currently wrestles for Big Time
Wrestling independent circuit.

On November 15, 2014, Melissa Coates began accompanying Sabu to the ring as the "Super
Genie".

On June 5, 2015 he lost a bloody chair match to his former partner Rob Van Dam at the
Lackawanna College Gym (formerly the Catholic Youth Center or CYC) in Scranton Pennsylvania.
At the end of the match, after pinning Sabu, RVD helped him up off the mat and both raised
hands together.

Other media

He appeared in the video game ECW Hardcore Revolution, Legends of Wrestling, Legends of
Wrestling II, Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This At Home, Showdown: Legends of Wrestling,
and WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008. Sabu's likeness also appears, albeit unofficially, in several
games within the Fire Pro Wrestling franchise including Fire Pro Wrestling, Fire Pro Wrestling 2,
and Fire Pro Wrestling Returns.

Personal life

Brunk's father is half Irish and half German, and his mother is Lebanese. Brunk was married to a
Japanese woman Hitomi on June 22, 1997 in Michigan, and had a separate Japanese ceremony
on December 12, 1998, in Tokyo. In Forever Hardcore, Brunk reveals he took his name "Sabu"
from actor Sabu Dastagir, of whom his uncle was a fan.

In July 2016, Brunk was named part of a class action lawsuit filed against WWE which alleged
that wrestlers incurred "long term neurological injuries" and that the company "routinely failed to care"
for them and "fraudulently misrepresented and concealed" the nature and extent of those injuries. The
suit is litigated by attorney Konstantine Kyros, who has been involved in a number of other lawsuits
against WWE.

On September 8, 2016, Brunk guest starred on an episode of the Viceland television program,
Traveling the Stars: Action Bronson and Friends Watch 'Ancient Aliens': Alien Devastation with his
former tag team partner, Rob Van Dam and current manager The Super Genie.

 

 
   
   

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