Icons of Wrestling #10 – Skinner


Jamie Lithgow

(Image courtesy of www.wwe.com)

(Image courtesy of http://www.wwe.com)

Height: 6’0″
Weight: 215lbs
Hometown: The Everglades
Years Active: 1991-1992
Fun Fact: Steve ‘Skinner’ Keirn really is an accomplished alligator hunter. Vince McMahon’s vision for the character was a combination of Keirn’s real life interests and the hillbillies from the movie Deliverance.

What do you get if you combine a veteran wrestler from the old Florida territories, an old Burt Reynolds film and the Principle of Springfield Elementary? Skinner, The Alligator Man, emerged from the Everglades in mid-1991 to hunt down WWE superstars, instead of gators for some reason. This swamp dwelling villain managed to build a nice little run of results for himself, before having his undefeated streak halted by Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart. Away from his Gatorbreaker finisher (inverted DDT), Skinner had quite the arsenal of moves to defeat his opponents. There were instances of him using a Pedigree-like manoeuvre, but more common was his use of an alligator claw and the tobacco on which he perpetually chewed. That’s right, if you escaped an encounter with Skinner without getting spat on you were doing well! As it transpired rather a lot of superstars were doing well around this time because away from televised losses to Bret Hart and Macho Man Randy Savage, Skinner’s most high profile appearances were as brief as they were forgettable. He lasted just over two minutes in the 1992 Royal Rumble and was pinned in even less time by Owen Hart at Wrestlemania 8. Having proved to be a more accomplished alligator hunter than a pro wrestler, Skinner quietly disappeared in 1992. Since then a man matching his description has been spotted portraying the second Doink at Wrestlemania 9 before quietly finishing his career in WCW. These days The Alligator Man is president of WWE’s developmental league, NXT, and fashion consultant for The Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels.

All previous ‘Icons of Wrestling’ can be read here.


One thought on “Icons of Wrestling #10 – Skinner

  1. I never liked the Skinner character, I was just so used to seeing Keirn in Florida teaming with Bob Backlund before he won the WWWF belt and with the Fabs….

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