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Bob Holly

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NameBob Holly
Ring nameBob Holly
Bob Howard
Hardcore Holly
Bob "Spark Plug" Holly
Thurman "Sparky" Plugg
Billed height1.83 m (6 ft in)
Billed weight235 lb (106.6 kg)
Birth dateJanuary 29, 1963(age 53)
Billed fromMobile, Alabama
Trained byStan Frazier
Eddie Sullivan
Rip Tyler
Debut1990

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Robert "Bob" Howard (born January 29, 1963) better known by his ring name Bob "Hardcore" Holly, is a retired American professional wrestler. He is best known for his 15-year stint with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

After debuting in 1990, Holly worked for Smoky Mountain Wrestling and other independent promotions, before joining WWE full-time in 1994. Initially portraying the character of a NASCAR driver, Thurman "Sparky" Plugg, his name was soon changed to Bob "Spark Plug" Holly, before forming a team with "Bodacious Bart", known as The New Midnight Express in 1998. After becoming known simply as "Hardcore Holly" in 1999, he was joined by on-screen cousins, Crash and Molly. In 2002, he suffered a broken neck, which sidelined him for over a year. Upon his return, after a major feud with Brock Lesnar, he engaged in minor feuds with wrestlers such as Mr. Kennedy and Rob Van Dam, before forming a tag team with Cody Rhodes in 2007. Holly was released from WWE in 2009.

During his career, Holly has held the WWF/E Hardcore Championship seven times, the WWF/E Tag Team Championship three times (with 1-2-3 Kid, Crash Holly and Cody Rhodes), and the NWA World Tag Team Championship once with Bart Gunn.


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