Steve went to school at Lakewood High School
In Lakewood, CO. He graduated in 1978.
He was one of the star athletes
So much so that he was given an athletic scholarship
to the University of Oklahoma where he
got the name Dr Death because of his tuff reputation.
This is where his famous tackle attack was formed.
No one could tear down a defensive line
like Dr Death using the famous tackle attack.
After four years of college,
He graduated in 1982 with a B.S. in Health and Recreation.
Soon after college he signed a contract with the
USFL New Jersey Generals,
As a Offensive Guard he was cut in 1983 for playing to rough.
It was then that promoter Bill Watts offered
Steve a contract with the UWF (Universal Wrestling Federation)
this lasted from 1982 through 1987.
During this period he held the
World Heavyweight Championship in 1987,
Tag team champion in 1986 and 1988
From there he moved to the NWA (National Wrestling Association)
this one lasted from 1987 through 1988.
From there he moved on to the New NWA, this is when Ted Turner
bought into the wrestling business.
Steve left the NWA in 1990. This is where he left the eyes and ears
of American wrestling fans, it was like he dropped of the earth,
other then a few appearances here and there.
He had signed a contract with the All-Japan Wrestling.
where he has held countless titles and belts
as only Dr Death could do.
Including the International Tag Team Champion in 1990.
He has been there the last seven years.
Now he is on his way back to America.
He has since been put under contract with
the WWF (World Wrestling Federation)
He has appeared two times in the brawl for all, he won the
first one but was injured in the second one.
After recovering he was let go by WWF due to some bad publicity.
He is currently working with WCW and is trying to do some
for All- Japan.
He is hoping that WCW will let him work in the states so his son can watch his dad after all that's why he came back to the states so he could see his son grow up.

Steve is planing to work with Extreme Midsouth Wrestling in the coming year. He is in Japan, and talks are under way for Buddy to do the Shoot tape of the year. Now this would be a good one.

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Dr. Death Steve Williams

Steve was scouted and trained by "Cowboy" Bill Watts when he was a senior in college. He had been wrestling between football seasons. He had his first pro match with Billy Starr in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1982. As a part-time wrestler, he faced Bob Roop in a singles match and teamed with Andre the Giant against Big John Studd & Super Destroyer (Scott Irwin). Then, he became a full time wrestler after the 1983 season. He learned a lot about pro wrestling and professionalism from Ted DiBiase.


Dr. Death we LOVE you!

Steve ‘Dr. Death’ Williams…the bell tolls… December 30, 2009…

By; Bill Watts

Another ‘stud’ has transitioned to be with God in Christ… and one thing ‘I know for sure’… Jesus Christ is Steve’s Hero… so he no longer is having to fight the cancer… Steve right now is in Heaven’s rest…forever… and he was met there by His Savior…Jesus Christ…

He fought that fight against cancer…like Doc fought everything that challenged him… with the heart of a champion… and he thought he had overcome it…when he went back to MD Anderson at the 5 year anniversary for what he felt would be ‘his last check-up’ that would pronounce him cancer-free…but instead was told…’it was back’…

And he set out to ‘beat it again’… he so wanted to live for his son… Scandar Akbar called to tell me he was just with Doc two weeks ago back east… and Ann from WWE also called…and she saw him there too…

There is to be a ‘reunion’ of the wrestlers from the Golden Years at OU…on Jan. 22nd… and Doc would have loved that… he will be missed… At my age… it seems like we are losing so many of our peers… but to hear of one ‘younger transitioning’ is really sad… Yes…knowing Doc is with the Lord… is to know in Christ we have victory over death…but still we mourn his passing…

I remember when he was a freshman at OU…and my good friend…Stan Abel… his wrestling coach there…called me and said…you must get down here and meet Steve…he will be a fabulous ‘professional wrestler’ once he has finished his eligibility here at OU… And …he ‘ALREADY’ has ‘the name’… of ‘Dr. Death’…

He was named by his teammates and classmates in high school in Colorado…when he was wrestling…and had broken his nose…so wore a ‘hockey mask’…and they started calling him Dr. Death… He also played football for Barry Switzer’s OU Sooners…and made the All-Big Eight team as a guard… and later played in the World Football League professionally in NJ. But as an amateur wrestler at OU…he was a 4 time All-American!

I saw him compete at the NCAA Championships in Iowa his senior year… (He had injured his sternum in the Nebraska game in football…so was limited in his workouts that wrestling season)… but he beat the reigning and returning Heavyweight Champion…Banack in the semi-finals…and was ‘out-pointed’ by Baumgardner in the finals…

(Baumgardner went on to become an Olympic Champion too…and had a long and illustrious amateur wrestling career)…while Doc went ‘pro’ in both football….and then in wrestling…breaking-in as my protégé in Mid-South Wrestling…

Another amateur wrestling memory…Doc had played with the Sooner football team at a ‘Bowl Game’…and flown right into Baton Rouge for a wrestling match against LSU… Now ‘wrestling shape’ and ‘football shape’ are two completely different things… and being in great wrestling shape is much more demanding…especially in just the constant ‘gripping’ of your opponent…those muscles wear out so fast… plus the aerobics …as there ‘is no time between plays…

I was there that night…and figured ‘Doc’ would just do ‘as good as he could’…for the team…since he was NOT in wrestling shape… But Doc toughed it out against a good Heavyweight…and beat him! And that impressed me… His career in ‘the pro-wrestling business’ is legendary… But…his heart too was as big as he is… and he even saved his friend…Bam-Bam Terry Gordy…once in Japan…when Bam-Bam was overdosing on some substance…and he even got Bam-Bam into the gym…and working out…and helped motivate him to fight his substance abuse problems for a time…

Doc would ‘give of himself’… My last time with him at OU was when we presented him with a plaque on the 50 yard line of an OU-Missouri football game…and Barry Switzer loved it…he was a true friend to his players too…(I’ll try to attach one of the pictures we took that day)…

Now…life is a ‘series of snap-shots’…as ‘we make this journey’… and Doc was ‘brought to the Lord’…and confessed Jesus Christ as His Savior! And he loves Christ… and his faith was strong…and so encouraged so many… And when he first ‘got sick’…he trusted God in that challenge too…

That measures Doc in what is truly the most important way…his faith… He is now in the Hall-of-Faith in Heaven…and already reunited with his dad…and those he loved who preceded him… ***Just got a call from Doc’s brother Jeff…and here are the details… Doc’s ‘opening in his throat’ had increased to where it was about an inch and a half… so Jeff said you could ‘see inside his throat’… and the doctors had told him…that it was so close to major arteries and organs…that ‘it could happen at anytime’… and that if a major artery ruptured…the bleeding could be difficult to control…or get under control in time…

Apparently about 1 AM…he was bleeding…and trying to ‘clear his throat’ so he ‘could breathe’… he was suffocating… He came into his mother’s room…she is now 87 years old… and she called 911 on her neck monitor… and Doc fainted… The emergency medical team resuscitated him three times… but the third time ‘his heart gave out’… (He was such a fighter!) His son…Wyndom Carlton Williams…was spared seeing this…because he was spending the night with a friend…and there was nothing this 17-year-old boy could have done…

He so loves his dad…they were so close… Jeff… is naturally really shook-up…as he and Steve were so close too… and said he would let me know as soon as the arrangements are made for the funeral… He too rejoices that Steve is with the Lord right now… He said Steve wanted to be cremated…and his ashes scattered in the Rocky Mountains where his father’s ashes were scattered… And now my friends…

I too will close this letter… and spend some time with my Lord praising Him for ‘making provision’ for all of us who will but accept Him… that we do NOT die as in some void…but it is a ‘transition’ to be with Jesus… I do NOT fully understand or grasp God’s perfect timing…but this ‘I trust’…that ‘His timing is perfect’… and Heaven is such a ‘better place’… and my dear friend Steve is there now…

Rom 8:1 8 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. NASB

John 3:16-18 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him. "He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. NASB

As the apostle Paul wrote: Phil 1:21-23 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; NASB

Phil 3:20-21 20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; 21 who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself. NASB As our ‘being baptized symbolizes’ our dying to this life and resurrecting with Christ to Heaven’s rest…

Rom 6:8-10 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin, once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. NASB

Matt 6:19-21 "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. "But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. NASB

Ps 118:24 24 This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it. NASB Let each of us now take this time to tell those we love of our heart for them… because we never know when they too will be called…

In Him… saved by His merciful grace…
Bill Watts

Interview With,
Steve "Dr. Death" Williams

12/18/2002 By: Alex Marvez

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With his 20th year in professional wrestling about to come to an end, Steve “Dr. Death” Williams is looking to make a dramatic change in his wrestling career. Williams said he is ready to end his 12-year relationship with All Japan to work for other promotions, including interest in a return to World Wrestling Entertainment. In the following interview, Williams talks about his lot in Japan, what went wrong during his WWE stint in 1998 and 1999, his early days in the Universal Wrestling Federation and his future in the business.
Williams will appear at the South Florida debut of the Major League Wrestling promotion Friday night at the War Memorial Auditorium in Fort Lauderdale, teaming with P.J. Friedman tonight for the first round of the MLW tag-team title tournament. Other matches include Dusty Rhodes vs. Terry Funk vs. Steve Corino, Jerry Lynn vs. Mike Awesome, Sabu vs. La Parka, Super Crazy vs. Fuego Guerrero (a k a The Amazing Red), Christopher Daniels vs. Michael Shane, and Vampiro (who is nursing an injured knee) vs. MLW champion Satoshi Kojima. Tickets are $25, $20 and $15 and available through Tickertmaster. Information, call the arena box office at 954-828-5380 or visit also will hold a fan festival in conjunction with the MLW show at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Ramada Inn, 2275 State Road 84 in Fort Lauderdale. Merchandise will be sold from wrestling promotions around the world, along with appearances by Funk, Kojima and other performers on the MLW show. Admission is free with an MLW ticket stub and $15 without. Information, call 704-364-7818.

Q: How are things going in Japan for you?
Williams: “I’m surviving. I’m gonna put it flat out like that. I’m pulling no punches. There have been so many changes. It’s very interesting. Let’s put this way. I’m looking. I’m looking to be a free agent more in Japan and working for every company one way or the other.”
Q: How different are things with Keiji Mutoh taking over All Japan Pro Wrestling?
Williams: “It has gone in a different direction. I’ve been there for 12 years now. In 12 years, I’ve seen a real big change. I’ve seen 42 guys leave All Japan. A lot of them were (late All Japan promoter Giant) Baba’s boys. All of a sudden, I saw other guys come in and take over and want to get rid of all the guys. I was one of the guys who helped keep the boat floating.”
Q: It seems like NOAH would be a natural fit for you with the style they run. Is that something you’re interested in?
Williams: “Riki Choshu is getting ready to start up a promotion and I have an interest in going to work for him, too. I’m putting my name all the way out there. I’d like to have a change, too. I’ve been a main-eventer in every company I’ve worked for, so I figure I’ve still got a run here. As I put it, and this is straight talk from Doc, just give me the ball and I’ll run with it.”
Q: A lot of U.S. fans have no idea about what a big star you are in Japan and the matches you’ve had. Do you regret not spending more time wrestling in the U.S.?
Williams: “I don’t regret anything. It’s been fantastic. I came back (to the U.S.) for Vince (McMahon in 1998). I’m not throwing that out the door, either. I want to open up all the doors right now. But I wasn’t given the chance I wanted when working for Vince. I wanted a deal that didn’t go the way they planned it. They should have run me and Stone Cold (Steve Austin). What they had promised me didn’t happen. I got hurt and was out for a while. But it was like a guy ordering a car and saying he wants this (particular) one. It takes six months and then when he gets it, it’s not the way he dreamed it. I just use that as an example of what I went through. I hurt my hamstring and was out for six months. When I came back, they didn’t have any idea where to put Doc. So I worked a different deal and it went flat and I was gone. But I don’t regret anything. If I wrote book, I would say that I accomplished everything I want. I’ve been blessed. Last year, I suffered seven broken ribs and punctured a lung and still worked. I didn’t miss a tour. I would tape myself like a mummy. The Americans don’t know the story … It’s gonna be 2003 and maybe the good Lord will bless me and I’ll be back in the states working. I’d like to see that opportunity, too.”
Q: You usually don’t take very many independent bookings. Why did you decide to work Friday for Major League Wrestling?
Williams: “Pay. Money. I’m not in this thing for the ego or glory. I enjoy what I do, but I do it for the money. I’ve got a 10-year-old boy who I put through school and take care of. I’ve got a tanning salon in Hawaii and a smoothie shop, Dr. Smoothie, in Shreveport. I keep myself busy. Having money makes a lot of things a lot easier. If somebody wants me to get out of my house and leave (for a booking), I’ve got to get paid. If he can’t come close, let’s talk about a two-day show where I could work twice instead of once. I’m pretty easy. I’m not hard to get along with. I’m so excited I get to come down to Fort Lauderdale. I’ve got some buddies I’m going to see for Christmas. I’m going to go see Jim Duggan (in Titusville, Fla.). We’re going to have eggnog and cookies. Jim told me to say that when I told him I was gonna do an interview.”
Q: The matches you and Duggan had in the Universal Wrestling Federation (in the mid-1980s) were outstanding. What was it like working there at the time?
Williams: “Wrestling hadn’t gone world-wide yet. We were just a little territory. We had good guy/bad guy, cop/robber, Indian/cowboy, villain and white hat. We would go back to towns every two weeks and the places would be rocking. It was tough being on the road. You made a good living but Bill (Watts) didn’t make you a millionaire. It was good working with Jim. I e-mailed him weeks ago. I want to talk to some promoters about booking us against each other. I asked him if he could still do a run, if he could still slam me and give a couple of football tackles.”
Q: Didn’t you bust your head open on a ringpost while working for the UWF?
Williams: “I got 108 stitches and still worked that night. Bill told me, ‘ Go out there, kid. You’ll be alright.’ I was as green as baby poop and I went out there. I made $50 that night. The kids, not the boys, the kids nowadays when they get paid don’t realize what guys like myself went through for $50.”
Q: Overall, what did you think of your time in WWE?
Williams: “I thought it was great until they didn’t like what I did. They call it a Doctor Bomb, a side suplex. They were all scared. Everybody else (in Japan) could take it. They didn’t want me doing it. Quack. Quack. You’re going to tell me with all the top-dollar producers and writers up there that they could come up with some good angles. They tried to put a swerve or something in there. It was a stupid thing to put me in a mask and a gi. I almost felt like I wanted to call myself a geek. They put a mask on me. I couldn’t believe they did that. I saw (Jim) Ross the next day and he said, ‘They can tell it’s you.’ No kidding. Nobody has a body like mine and they tried to cover it up and put a mask on me. Take it off.
“The best thing I did there was in Pittsburgh. We tore the place up. I worked Bob Holly in a hardcore match in a frat house. It was unreal. Everybody say it was the greatest thing when I went through a fish tank. It was unreal. I think the fire department came because I hit a gas pipe. Jim and (WWE’s production crew) ran out the front door into the limo and went around the block so I could run out the backdoor.”

Q: What do you remember about your Brawl for All match with Mike Burton (a k a Bart Gunn)?
Williams: “I talk to him all the time. I remember tearing my hamstring and having my hands down. I was punch-drunk and out on my feet. I had never been knocked out. I don’t remember where I got knocked out. I did see the video. All I could think about was my leg. All of a sudden, I walked into a punch and boom. I didn’t know what happened until I got back to the hotel and heard I swallowed my tongue and my eyes rolled in the back of my head.
“Folks, I’m not the bionic man. First of all, I’m a wrestler not a boxer. You don’t put a wrestler in boxing gloves. It took away my hands. That’s what I use to take a guy down. I could cup Bart but I couldn’t use my hands to pull him all the way in. But hey, Bart was fantastic until he got knocked out by Butterbean. Quack, Quack. That shows what I’m talking about with the difference from a wrestler to a street fighter to a pro boxer. Bart is more of a street, tough-guy boxer. He went and trained, but they put a turtle out against him. The guy didn’t have a neck. He looked like a turtle.”

Q: Overall, how did you feel about the Brawl for All concept?
Williams: “It got people hurt and they had to pay them while they were at home. Quack, Quack. They didn’t like doing that either. It was all bad, all bad. I’m just glad it’s over. I hope they’d be interested in me again because I would love to go over (to Japan) and do their shows in January. Who would I like to run against? I put a challenge out to Rock and Kurt Angle. I want to go in and wrestle both those guys. I wrestled Angle when he came into (a WWE developmental) camp. I had to go to that camp to slap people around a couple of times and show them the ropes.”
Q: After leaving WWE, you resurfaced in WCW doing a spoof of Jim Ross. I understand you guys have mended fences since then, but why did you do that?
Williams: “I was hot. What they did to me and he did to me made me hot. He understands it’s all business. They cut me out of money. I had a chance to make some money in WCW and I grabbed it. Then they wanted me to put guys over and I said no. That’s why I went back to Japan full-time again.”
Q: What are your career goals at this point?
Williams: “I would love to have one more great run. If you give me the ball, I can still run with it. I have been really concentrating on All Japan floating the last two years, but they haven’t really given me a chance to perform for the Triple Crown. Give me a chance. Give me the ball. I can run with it.”
Alex Marvez's weekly pro wrestling column can be found in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Denver Rocky Mountain News, Biloxi Sun-Herald, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Bakersfield Californian and a host of other newspapers that subscribe to the Scripps-Howard News Service.


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