Hailing from Allentown PA, the duo of Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags took the world tag team wrestling by storm, starting out in the 1980s and quickly climbing ladders. Bringing their "nasty" flair and hardcore brawling expertise with them wherever they went - and usually leaving with some form of tag team gold when all was said and done.
The journey to "Nastyville" was influenced early on by the training of Olympic champion and trainer of Olympic champions, Brad Rheingans. Other early mentors and influences include well known names such as Ray "The Crippler" Stevens, Billy Robinson, Nick Bockwinkel, Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, "Playboy" Buddy Rose, as well as fellow Pennsylvania native "The Living Legend" Larry Zbyszko. Until his untimely death in 2003, a great influence, mentor and friend was "Mr. Perfect", Curt Hennig.
Tougher than nails and graduates of Verne Gange's wrestling school, they made short work of competition and left bodies in their wake as they made their way through the AWA and then the NWA. By the start of the 1990s, they were already decorated competitors with multiple title reigns.
They then turned their attention to a new mission to "Nastisize" the World Wrestling Federation, once again plowing through opponents with their new manager, "Mouth of the South" Jimmy Hart. Their run culminated in an explosive victory over the legendary Hart Foundation on the grandest stage of them all, Wrestlemania VII. They had accomplished their mission and claimed the World Tag Team Championships.
Later returning to World Championship Wrestling, the Nasty Boys brought not only their A-game, but a new kind of game, helping to pioneer a new style of hardcore wrestling that eventually put ECW on the map. Their feud with Cactus Jack has been called "revolutionary" and is one of the defining moments of professional wrestling history.
As innovators of the “Street Fight” along with Cactus Jack (otherwise known as Mick Foley) as well as Kevin Sullivan, they would go down in wrestling history. Their Legendary “Street Fights” were televised to a worldwide audience. Their “Broad Street Bully” match came in second for “Match of the Year” only to be surpassed by Shawn Michael's and Razor Ramon's now famous “Ladder Match” at Wrestlemania 10.
Still Strong, Still Nasty
Saggs was forced out of wrestling in 1998 by the “Outsiders” (Scott Hall and Kevin Nash) due to a neck injury caused by Hall. Saggs got away with minor neck surgery and rehabilitation which lasted till 2000. Meanwhile, Knobbs wrestled as a singles competitor and became the WCW Hardcore Champion.
Then in 2001, both healthy they reunited in Knobbs' newly formed XWF in which they held the XWF Tag Team Championship. After the demise of the XWF, Knobbs had the long overdue knee replacement he had been needing. This took him out of the active wrestling picture for 2 years. It was at this time that Knobbs made a splash in the reality television world with long time friend, Hulk Hogan. Saggs stayed active teaming with Road Warrior Hawk for many notable matches on the independent circuit.
Shortly after Knobbs recovery from his knee replacement, the Nasty Boys reunited to invade Hulk Hogan's house for his VH1 reality series, “Hogan knows Best”.
Most recently the Nasty Boys reunited with legendary manager Jimmy “The Mouth of the South” Hart to meet Reid and David Flair, sons of Hall of Famer, Ric Flair. This epic match would not only feature Ric Flair in the corner of his sons but none other than the Immortal Hulk Hogan as the guest referee.
The Nasty Boys never say die and are still going strong, ready to draw upon decades of wrestling and brawling experience and Nastisize at a moment's notice.
Their wrestling careers have taken them to many places and has become a defining mark on the road map of professional wrestling's lineage. The hard-hitting duo of Sags and Knobbs has reached the top wherever they have set foot and have never failed to live up to their Nasty name.
Tag Team Championship Reigns
American Wrestling Association
AWA Southern Tag Team Championship (2 times)
National Wrestling Alliance
NWA Florida Tag Team Championship (5 times)
World Championship Wrestling
WCW World Tag Team Championship (3 times)
World Wrestling Federation
World Tag Team Championship (1 time)
X Wrestling Federation
XWF World Tag Team Championship (1 time)
Midnight Rockers (Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty) [ watch this match ]
Rock and Roll express live on ESPN. Saggs losses tooth [ watch this match ]
Hector, Mondo, and Chavo Guerrero
Memphis Street Fight:
Badd Company (Paul Diamond & Pat Tonaka)
Jerry Lawler and Bill Dundee
John and Mark Laurinaitis
Mike Graham and Steve Keirn
Tatanka and Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat
Matt Borne and Col. Parker
The British Bulldogs
Stan Hansen and The Great Tenryu
The Great Muta and Hashimoto
Abdullah the Butcher and Tiger Jeet Singh
Terry Gordy and Bill Irwin
Career breakthrough match:
The Nasty Boys vs. The Steiner Brothers at Halloween Havoc [ watch this match ]
Sting and Davey Boy Smith
Ric Flair and Arn Anderson
Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin
Harlem Heat (Booker T & Stevie Ray)
Steve Austin and Brian Pillman
The Blue Bloods (William Regal & Bobby Eaton)
Public Enemy [ watch this match ]
Seven team Battle Royal where the winners would face The Hart Foundation for the tag team titles at WrestleMania 7 [ watch this match ]
Defeated the legendary Hart Foundation for the World Tag Team Championship at Wrestlemania 7 [ watch this match ]
The Wild Samoans
The Road Warriors
Demolition (Crush and Smash)
The Natural Disasters
Power and Glory
Rotundo and Dibiase
High Energy (Owen Hart & Koko B. Ware)
Legion of Doom [ watch this match ]