The Basham Brothers, Doug (Doug Basham) and Danny (Daniel Hollie), are a heel professional wrestling tag team formerly of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
Before they went to work in 2003 with the WWE, they wrestled for the All World Wrestling League/Big Time Wrestling in Michigan. They were part of the talent signed by Ed & Tom Farhat, sons of the 'original' Sheik, who died in January 2003, to bring back the 'original' BTW that was requested by the fans.
World Wrestling Entertainment (2003-2007)
The Basham Brothers made their official WWE debut on the May 29
edition of SmackDown!
and Brian Kendrick
. Shortly after this Shaniqua
became their valet
. Their gimmick
was originally that of two S&M
fans, with Shaniqua as their trash-talking dominatrix
. The Bashams, who were kayfabe twins
(despite obviously having no resemblance to each other), often switched places mid-match, so the "fresher" wrestler was always in the ring.
The Bashams won their first WWE Tag Team Championship from Los Guerreros on the October 23, 2003 edition of SmackDown!. The team would go on to lose the titles in February 2004 to Rikishi and Scotty 2 Hotty. The Basham Brothers and Shaniqua faced Scotty 2 Hotty and Rikishi at No Way Out 2004 in a handicap match for the tag team titles but lost the match when Shaniqua was pinned. Right after this match The Basham Brothers would lose their manger Shaniqua as she was sent to OVW for training. For the next few months the Basham Brothers were regulars on Velocity despite a few occasions On SmackDown! generally losing in the outcome.
The Basham Brothers would go on to join John Bradshaw Layfield's cabinet stable on the November 25, 2004 SmackDown!, where they were known as JBL's Co-Secretaries of Defense. Their role was often to sacrifice themselves to prevent Layfield from getting harmed after he had provoked an opponent. The Bashams would once again win Tag Team gold defeating the teams of Rey Mysterio and Rob Van Dam, Luther Reigns and Mark Jindrak, and Eddie Guerrero and Booker T in a four-way elimination match in January 2005. The Basham Brothers lost the titles to Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero at No Way Out 2005 on February 20. From here on The Bashams would either be jobbing on SmackDown! or defeating any team that came in their path on Velocity. The Basham Brothers quit Layfield's Cabinet on the June 16, 2005 episode of SmackDown!, claiming that they were tired of being "JBL's crash test dummies" and not getting enough respect.
On June 30
, Danny Basham became one of the last minute trades in the 2005 WWE Draft
lottery, which saw him jump from SmackDown!
over to Raw
. This left both men in singles competition in WWE on different brands. Doug would portray an egotistical poser nicknamed The Bash Man
, while Danny reverted to his dark, Raven
-like character The Damaja
(albeit under the Danny Basham moniker). Both had short-lived and unsuccessful singles runs before completely disappearing from WWE programming in late 2005.
Both would reunite in WWE's revived ECW brand
in July 2006 as masked enforcers
for ECW leader Paul Heyman
. Primarily known as Paul Heyman's Personal Enforcers
, they would wrestle with no identity, although they were often referred to as "Basham Security" by fans. In September, Danny suffered a triceps injury, and he was replaced by Derrick Neikirk. The team disappeared again shortly after Heyman was removed from WWE television in December.
On January 18, 2007, both Basham Brothers along with several other superstars were released by WWE. However, they did return to OVW on March 7, when they defeated Wyatt Young and Mike Tolar in a dark match.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2007)
Doug and Danny made their first appearance in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
at a live event on April 202007
as a surprise replacement for the injured Abyss
The two then made their Impact! debut on May 102007 as Basham and Damaja, attacking the Voodoo Kin Mafia, as Christy Hemme's newest mystery team. At Sacrifice they defeated Kip James.
On May 24th's episode of Impact, Basham & Damaja would defeat Kip James and Lance Hoyt (who replaced B.G. James, whom they'd injured prior to their match at Sacrifice).
At Slammiversary, B.G. and Kip James defeated Basham & Damaja, but as they were about to attack Christy Hemme post-match, they were betrayed - and Basham & Damaja apparently joined under Christy's management - by Lance Hoyt, who attack VKM and kissed Christy.
At Victory Road, Basham & Damaja was defeated by Voodoo Kin Mafia after B.G James hit Damaja with a steel chair and Kip James took the pin.
In August, the team was released from TNA.
American Wrestling Association (2008-)
Later they signed with the AWA of Superstars.
- Finishing and signture tag team moves
- Doug Basham's finishing and signature moves
- Danny Basham's finishing and signature moves
- Entrance Theme
- "Toe Jam" by Jim Johnston (WWE)
- "Ball & Gag" by Jim Johnston (WWE)
- "Whips & Chains" by Jim Johnston (WWE)
- "Society Box" by Christy Hemme (TNA)
Championships and accomplishments