Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake -- (born April 21, 1957, as Ed Leslie, in Tampa, FL) is a semi-retired pro wrestler, best known for his work in the World Wrestling Federation and in World Championship Wrestling alongside real-life friend Hulk Hogan.
Brutus Beefcake entered the WWF in late 1984 under the influence of Luscious Johnny Valiant, and he started feuding with Bruno Sammartino's son David Sammartino, leading to a match at the first WrestleMania that ended in a double-disqualification. He also attacked Hulk Hogan's protege Hillbilly Jim, which started a feud with Hogan. After coming up short against Hogan, Beefcake teamed with Greg "The Hammer" Valentine to form The Dream Team, and they won the WWF Tag Team Championship in August 1985. The Dream Team fended off challenges like US Express, British Bulldogs, and Hillbilly Jim & Uncle Elmer, before they lost the titles to the Bulldogs at WrestleMania 2.
The following year, Brutus Beefcake was ousted from The Dream Team when it went under the guidance of Jimmy Hart. To extract revenge, Beefcake cost Jimmy Hart's charge a match against Roddy Piper at WrestleMania III, which was billed as a haircut match and Beefcake took the honors, cutting the hair of Adonis. Afterwards, Beefcake assumed the nickname "The Barber," and he continued feuding with Jimmy Hart's stable of wrestlers, including WWF Intercontinental champion Honky Tonk Man, who he unsuccessfully challenged at WrestleMania IV. Primed for a rematch at the first SummerSlam event, Beefcake taunted Outlaw Ron Bass by cutting up Old Bessie (his whip) with his sheers. But Bass extracted severe revenge, brutalizing Beefcake shortly before the title match, rendering him unable to challenge Honky Tonk. Beefcake and Bass were rivals for several months, before Beefcake beat Bass in a "haircut match" on Saturday Night's Main Event.
Afterwards, Brutus Beefcake came to the aid of Hulk Hogan when Randy "Macho Man" Savage attacked him on The Main Event in February 1989, so Hogan & Beefcake faced Savage & Zeus (Hogan's acrimonious co-star from No Holds Barred) in the main event of SummerSlam '89. Hogan's issues with Mr. Perfect and The Genius later that year transferred over to Beefcake, so Beefcake wrestled The Genius at the 1990 Royal Rumble and Mr. Perfect at WrestleMania VI where Beefcake upset Perfect by pinfall. The victory made Beefcake the odds-on favorite in the Intercontinental Championship tournament the next month, but Mr. Perfect distracted Beefcake to cause a double-countout between him and Dino Bravo. Perfect became the eventual tournament winner, but Beefcake was set to challenge him at SummerSlam '90.
Unfortunately, Brutus Beefcake suffered a serious parasailing accident on July 4, 1990, and he was once again unable to make his title match at SummerSlam. His recovery was lengthy, and the WWF brought him back in a non-wrestling capacity as host of The Barber Shop interview segment. However, shortly after the launch of Monday Night Raw, Beefcake returned to the ring in a match against his WrestleMania V opponent Ted DiBiase. DiBiase and his partner Irwin R. Schyster blasted Beefcake with a briefcase, but their manager Jimmy Hart quickly came to his side. Shortly thereafter, Hulk Hogan returned to the WWF after an 11-month absence to partner with Beefcake and challenge Money Inc. for the WWF Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania IX. Unfortunately, they lost the match by DQ and then Hulk Hogan won the WWF World title later that night, so Beefcake left the WWF.
When Hulk Hogan arrived to World Championship Wrestling, he brought Jimmy Hart and Brutus Beefcake with him. Hogan was unwelcomed in WCW, so it was no surprise when he was attacked by a mystery assailant, at least until it was revealed that Brutus Beefcake, in conjunction with the Dungeon of Doom, was the culprit of the attacks. Hogan wrestled Beefcake (known as The Butcher in WCW due to copyright infringements) at Starrcade in December 1994, the event where Randy Savage promised to confront Hogan and "either shake his hand, or slap his face." It was the latter and Hogan & Savage were united against the Dungeon, which repackaged Beefcake as Zodiac and the Mega Powers trounced all over them, relegating Beefcake to the mid-card or lower.
Beefcake was repackaged again as The Booty Man and he feuded with Dallas Page, gaining possession of the Booty Babe (Kimberly) for a short period. Unfortunately, Beefcake fell off the radar in WCW altogether once the New World Order started its hostile takeover. Beefcake attempted to join the nWo at Hog Wild, but the nWo rejected his offer. He went MIA for a couple years before resurfacing again in WCW, once again repackaged, this time as The Disciple (later, E. Harrison Leslie) and a croonie for Hulk Hogan. When Warrior came to WCW, he made a rare joke while confronting Hogan by pointing out The Disciple and saying "let me guess, this must be your barber." Then, Warrior abducted Beefcake for his One Warrior Nation (aka oWn) and Beefcake was not seen after the Hogan/Warrior rematch.