Who is Lex Luger?

American retired professional wrestler, American Football player and bodybuilder Lawrence Wendell Pfohl was born in Buffalo, New York State USA, on 2 June 1958, making Gemini his zodiac sign. He’s probably known best for his career as a professional wrestler, under the ring name Lex Luger, and was signed to World Wrestling Federation (WWF), World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP). He won the World Wrestling All-Stars (WWA) World Heavyweight Championship once, WCW World Heavyweight Championship twice, and WCW US Heavyweight Championship five times.

Education and early life

Lex was raised in Buffalo by his mother and father, but rarely speaks about his parents in public, respecting their privacy; he hasn’t mentioned the siblings whom he might have, so many of Lex’s fans believe that he’s an only child.

He studied at a local high school in Orchard Park, New York State, and was mostly into playing football during his four years there; Lex showed talent, and upon matriculating in 1976 was offered a football scholarship to Pennsylvania State University; he moved to the University of Miami after only a year, and there played both football and basketball.

Lex was kicked out of the Miami Hurricanes in 1978, for the incident when he trashed his hotel room, and he thus dropped out of college.

Career as a Football Player

Lex launched his career by playing for the Montreal Alouettes competing in the Canadian Football League, then spent the year 1981 signed to the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL), but didn’t actually play for them in any games.

He then spent some time playing for the Tampa Bay Bandits, Jacksonville Bulls and Memphis Showboats of the US Football League, before retiring from professional football in 1984.

Career as a wrestler

Lex launched his wrestling career in 1985, when he signed with Championship Wrestling Florida (CWF), and chose ‘Lex Luger’ as his ring name, after the supervillain Alexander Joseph ‘Lex’ Luthor.

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Lex won his first match on 31 October 1985, defeating Cocoa Samoa, and the following month saw him beat Wahoo McDaniel to become the Southern Heavyweight Champion. He faced the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair on 1 September 1986, and the match ended in a draw.

Lex signed with JCP in 1987, and became a member of the stable The Four Horsemen; he became the NWA US Heavyweight Champion on 11 July 1987 by defeating Nikita Koloff, but lost it to Dusty Rhodes in November of the same year. Lex quit The Four Horsemen on 2 December, and then teamed up with Barry Windham in their tag team The Twin Towers; the duo won the NWA World Tag Team Championship on 27 March 1988, however, Barry then joined The Four Horsemen and turned against Lex. JCP was sold in November 1988, and renamed to WCW.

Lex became the NWA US Heavyweight Champion by defeating Barry Windham in 1989, and became the WCW World Heavyweight Champion in 1991.

He left WCW and signed a contract with World Bodybuilding Federation (WBF) in 1992, but the organization was soon closed; Lex then signed with WWF in 1993, and chose ‘The Narcissist’ as his persona. His first WWF match was a win against Larry Lunden on 25 January 1993, and he then feuded with Mr. Perfect, defeating him at WrestleMania IX.

He feuded with Ludvig Borga in the second half of 1993, and then with Tatanka in 1994. Lex and Davey Boy Smith formed their tag team The Allied Powers in January 1995, but lost to Owen Hart and Yokozuna in a WWF Tag Team Championship match.

Lex returned to WCW in August 1995, and together with Sting won the World Tag Team Championship on 22 January 1996; he became the WCW World Television Champion on 17 February 1996, but lost the title a day later. He remained with WCW until 2001, when he signed with WWA, while the year 2003 saw him sign with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.

He then steadily ‘began retiring’; Lex quit Total Nonstop in 2004, returning to it briefly in both 2006 and 2012. Since 2011, he’s been working for WWE behind the scenes on their Wellness Policy.

Love life and wife

Lex hasn’t shared many details about his love life, but it’s known that he was a married man.

He and non-celebrity American Peggy Fulbright wed in 1979, split sometime in the mid-‘90s, but their divorce wasn’t finalized until 2003. Peggy gave birth to their son Brian on 1 January 1986, and their daughter Lauren Ashley followed on 24 September 1990.

In 1999, Lex began dating American professional wrestler Elizabeth Ann Hulette – aka Miss Elizabeth; he struck her in their garage on 19 April 2003, and Miss Elizabeth was left with two bruised eyes and a cut lip. Lex was charged with one count of battery, and was arrested for driving under the influence two days later. Lex and Miss Elizabeth’s relationship ended on 1 May 2003, when she died after mixing Alprazolam, hydrocodone and vodka. While investigating her death, the police found Lex in possession of several illegal substances, and he was charged with 13 counts of drug possession.

There are no other women whom Lex has been with, that his fans know about; he seems to be unattached as of April 2023, was married to Peggy Fulbright, and has two children with her.

Interesting facts and health issues

Lex suffered a serious injury on 19 October 2007, when left with temporary paralysis after a spinal stroke; his condition has since deteriorated, and he’s been in a wheelchair since 2021.

He’s a born-again Christian, as he revealed in an episode of the talk-show “Praise the Lord” on 28 September 2006; he’s also appeared in the shows “Superboy”, “Hardcore Pawn” and “Biography: WWE Legends”.

Lex is a playable character in 19 wrestling video games.

More than 10,000 people are following Lex on Instagram today, but he’s posted only 14 pictures and videos onto the social media network, with most of these showing him wrestling.

Lex’s favorite actor is Dwayne Johnson, while some of his favorite movies include “Hercules”, “San Andreas”, and “The Fate of the Furious”.

Height, eyes and wealth

Lex’s age is 64. He has blue eyes and blonde hair, is 6ft 4ins (1.93m) tall and weighs around 265lbs (120kgs).

Lex’s net worth’s been estimated at over $400,000, as of April 2023.

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