Doug Basham

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Doug Basham
Basham in 2007
Birth nameLyle Douglas Basham Jr.
Born (1971-05-12) May 12, 1971 (age 53)[1]
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.[2]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Basham
Doug Basham[2]
The Machine[2]
Paul Heyman's Personal Enforcer
Billed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[2]
Billed weight245 lb (111 kg)[2]
Billed fromColumbus, Ohio
Trained byNightmare Danny Davis[2]
RetiredDecember 3, 2023

Lyle Douglas Basham Jr. (born May 12, 1971) is an American retired professional wrestler. He is best known for his appearances with World Wrestling Entertainment between 2002 and 2007, and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling under the ring name Basham in 2007.

Professional wrestling career


Early career (1993–1996)


Basham made his debut in 1993, wrestling in Indiana and for independent promotions in Kentucky. In 1994 he wrestled for the United States Wrestling Association located in Tennessee. He stayed there until 1996.

Ohio Valley Wrestling (1996–2003, 2005, 2007)


Before being called up to WWE's main roster Basham competed in its developmental territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling. Basham is the nephew of OVW founder Nightmare Danny Davis. Basham was a top fan favorite in the company winning the OVW Heavyweight Championship on a number of occasions.[2]

Basham turned villainous and was involved in a unique storyline that saw him compete under a mask as Machine (A character inspired by the film 8mm). The story was that Basham and his real-life uncle and trainer Danny Davis had a falling out which led to Basham quitting the wrestling business. However, as his uncle's other OVW-trained superstars like Nick Dinsmore, Rob Conway and Damaja began getting opportunities to wrestle on WWE television and become contracted talents, Basham grew resentful and resurfaced as the masked Machine to spoil the opportunities for the other men Davis had trained. Dinsmore would go on to defeat The Machine in a Retirement versus Mask match at the Last Dance on June 27, 2001, and unmask Machine as Doug Basham.

Basham went on to create the Revolution faction and feuded with OVW's top stars. Basham signed a WWE development contract in April 2002 and was soon signed to SmackDown! in May 2003. In OVW Doug took credit for The Basham Brothers gimmick as his way of getting back at Danny a.k.a. Damaja. The two took part in an epic final encounter which saw Revolution members (including Johnny Spade, Mark Magnus, and Rob Conway) handcuffed to Damaja's allies (including Nick Dinsmore and Johnny Jeter) with Matt Morgan on the entrance ramp to prevent any more run-ins. Damaja was victorious leading to Doug being forced out of OVW. After the match, Doug disbanded Revolution causing the members to attack him and Damaja running back into the ring armed with a Louisville Slugger to make the save. Doug then embraced former partner Damaja and his uncle OVW owner Danny Davis, before going to the back shaking hands with the OVW fans thus making him a face.

After disappearing from WWE TV in September 2005, Doug would return to OVW under a new gimmick; "The Superstar of Superstars." At this time, he came out to the ring using the Superman theme before signing a new deal with WWE in April 2006.

On March 7, 2007, The Basham Brothers returned to OVW and defeated Wyatt Young and Mike Tolar in a dark match.

World Wrestling Entertainment (2002–2007)


With WWE impressed by his in-ring ability,[citation needed] Doug received numerous try-out matches in late 2002 and early 2003 against opponents such as Mark Jindrak, Charlie Haas, Lenny Lane, Val Venis, Nathan Jones, Redd Dogg, Nova, Johnny Jeter, Horshu, Shannon Moore, and Billy Kidman. He also teamed with the likes of Damaja, Sean O'Haire, and Bull Buchanan.

The Basham Brothers in 2005

Basham made his official debut on the May 29, 2003 episode of SmackDown! as one-half of the tag team, The Basham Brothers with his tag partner Danny Basham. The Basham Brothers debuted as a team on May 29 and defeated the team of Rikishi and Brian Kendrick. The Basham Brothers were later joined by Shaniqua. They were given a bondage-based S&M gimmick and won their first WWE Tag Team Championship from Los Guerreros on the October 23 edition of SmackDown!. The team would go on to lose the titles on the February 5, 2004 episode of SmackDown! to Rikishi and Scotty 2 Hotty. On February 15 at No Way Out, The Basham Brothers and Shaniqua faced Scotty 2 Hotty and Rikishi in a handicap match and lost when Shaniqua was pinned by Rikishi. The Basham Brothers would go on to lose their manager Shaniqua when she was sent to OVW for training not long after No Way Out. For the next few months The Basham Brothers were regulars on Velocity and appeared on a few occasions on SmackDown! generally losing.[3]

The Bashams were given a one-off television appearance on SmackDown! as part of the Tough Enough IV qualifiers. The remaining contestants received 30 seconds each to retrieve a flag from the far corner of the ring. Anyone who succeeded within the time limit would be immune from elimination until the next round. However, the Bashams were the obstacles that were put in place to prevent the challengers from reaching the flag. The Bashams managed to resist all seven finalists consecutively. They also teased hot favorite Daniel Puder by letting him get within 1 inch of the flag in his final seconds of his turn. (Puder had become the hot favorite one week earlier when he almost defeated a fresh Kurt Angle in a real wrestling match in seconds immediately after 3 hours of circuit training specifically designed to wear the contestants out.) Impressed by their performance, the tag team were given a push. The Basham Brothers would go on to join John "Bradshaw" Layfield (JBL)'s Cabinet faction on November 25 and became known as JBL's Co-Secretaries of Defense. Their role was often to sacrifice themselves to prevent JBL from getting harmed after he had provoked an opponent. The Bashams would once again win the WWE Tag Team Championship defeating the teams of Rey Mysterio and Rob Van Dam, Luther Reigns and Mark Jindrak, and Eddie Guerrero and Booker T in a four-way elimination match in January 2005. The Basham Brothers lost the titles to Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero at No Way Out on February 20. The Bashams would then win sporadically on SmackDown! or defeat any teams that they faced on Velocity. The Basham Brothers quit JBL's Cabinet on the June 16, 2005 episode of SmackDown!, claiming that they were tired of being "JBL's crash test dummies" and not getting enough respect.[3]

On June 30, Danny became one of the last minute trades in the 2005 WWE Draft Lottery, which saw him jump from SmackDown! over to Raw. This left both men in singles competition in WWE on different brands. Basham would return to television on the August 27 edition of Velocity under "The Bash Man" Doug Basham gimmick. The Bash Man came out to the ring wearing sunglasses, a shiny leather vest, and shiny wool pants. Basham continued to work squash matches under this unexplained gimmick sporadically over several months.

While disappearing off WWE television, Basham would return to OVW for several stints before signing a new deal with WWE in April 2006. Both Basham and Danny would reunite in WWE's revived ECW brand during July 2006 at several house shows before becoming on-screen unnamed masked "Security Enforcers" for ECW leader Paul Heyman. When Danny was injured with a torn biceps, he was replaced by Derek Neikirk, who continued Danny's role as the second masked enforcer.

The Security Team's existence came into question after Heyman was removed from WWE television. The team stayed to compete in one handicap match against Bobby Lashley before disappearing from television themselves.

On January 19, 2007, Basham was released by WWE along with a number of other wrestlers.[4]

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2007)


Doug Basham or simply Basham and Danny Basham (now known as Damaja) debuted in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling on the May 10 episode of TNA Impact!.[5] They were subsequently revealed to be allies of the villainous Christy Hemme, and at Sacrifice, Basham and Damaja defeated Hemme's rivals Kip James and Lance Hoyt in a tag team match.[6] On August 15, Basham along with Damaja left TNA wrestling.

Europe, Return to OVW, and retirement (2008–2009)


In April 2008, the Bashams wrestled as a team one last time on a weekend tournament for Juggalo Championship Wrestling's Slam TV Tour.

In June 2008 Basham went to Ireland working for Irish Whip Wrestling. Later that year he went to England to work for various promotions. Basham returned to OVW for a one night appearance on October 10, 2008, and defeated JD Michaels with Al Barone by disqualification, due to Barone getting involved.[7] He left Europe in March 2009. He returned to North America for his last match on September 5, 2009, for Pro Wrestling Fusion, defeating Francisco Ciatso in Temple Terrance, Florida.

In the fall of 2020, Doug Basham became the Advanced Wrestling Instructor for the Al Snow Wrestling Academy in Louisville, KY.[8]

Return to wrestling (2022)


Basham came out of retirement on August 27, 2022, teaming with Al Snow as they defeated Adam Revolver and Joe Mack at OVW's The Big One pay-per-view. He retired once again on December 3, 2023.[9]

Other media


Basham appeared in WWE Day of Reckoning and WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2006.

Championships and accomplishments



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