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Big Boss Man -- (born May 2, 1963, as Ray Traylor, in Marietta, GA) was a pro wrestler, best known for his work in the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling (where he worked under a slew of ring names, including Big Bubba Rogers).

Big Boss Man worked in WCW and UWF before entering the WWF in 1988, where he was packaged as corrupt prison guard (he previously worked as a prison guard) and quickly entered their top storyline with Akeem against the Mega Powers, leading into WrestleMania V. Twin Towers challenged Demolition in 1989, before splitting up amidst the feud between Roberts/DiBiase when DiBiase paid Slick (their manager) to retrieve his stolen Million Dollar Championship but he did not tell Boss Man about the payoff, and Boss Man (who was motivated by upholding justice) returned the belt to Jake.

After a program with Rick Rude failed to take off, Big Boss Man feuded with Bobby Heenan and his family members, including the WWF Intercontinental champion Mr. Perfect, which led to a match at WrestleMania VII. Boss Man continued as a reliable fan favorite until January 1993, when he wrestled his last PPV match at the 1993 Royal Rumble against a returning Bam Bam Bigelow (in a twist of irony, Boss Man's first feud upon entering the WWF was with Bigelow, although they barely wrestled, if ever, but their feud was referenced in the pages of WWF Magazine).

Big Boss Man had to leave his ring name in the WWF, which caused an awkward transition upon returning to WCW in 1993 as he wrestled under the names The Boss, Guardian Angel, Big Bubba Rogers, and finally, Ray Traylor. Fittingly, his first match upon returning was against WCW International World champion Rick Rude in December 1993, which he won, leading to a rematch at Starrcade which Rude won. Big Boss Man feuded with Big Van Vader, Sting, and the nWo.

In October 1998, Big Boss Man returned to the WWF where he joined Vince McMahon in The Corporation, through which he won the WWF Tag Team Championship with Ken Shamrock. He faced The Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell match at WrestleMania XV. In his most high profile feud, Big Boss Man feuded with Big Show, including a title match at Armageddon for the WWF World title. Relegated to the lower cards and training new wrestlers, Big Boss Man remained in WWE until 2003.

Unfortunately, Big Boss Man died of a heart attack at his home in Acworth, Georgia on September 22, 2004.

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