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Lex Luger -- (born June 2, 1958, as Lawrence Wendell "Larry" Pfohl, in Buffalo, NY) is former pro wrestler, best known for his work in World Championship Wrestling and the World Wrestling Federation. Luger was the second recognized WCW champion in 1991 (after Ric Flair, who left for the WWF amidst controversy) and he regained the championship in August 1997.

Lex Luger came into the national spotlight in the NWA (WCW) but he left to join Vince McMahon's World Bodybuilding Federation in 1992. Once the WBF folded, Luger started working in the WWF in January 1993 as "The Narcissist" for a few months, before he was repackaged as the mega-patriotic "Made in The USA" Lex Luger. Although the gimmick was totally lame (and a weak reharsh of Hulkamania), it put Luger in the main events until WrestleMania X.

At the launch of WCW Monday Nitro, Lex Luger unexpectedly returned to WCW after working the previous night's WWF house show. According to Eric Bischoff, he gave Luger a low-ball figure out of respect for Sting and he was pleasantly surprised when Luger accepted since it gave Nitro the "pop" it needed to grab the attention of loyal WWF viewers.

Lex Luger was one of the primary opponents of the New World Order throughout its first year of dominance, even defeating Hollywood Hogan on the 100th episode of Monday Nitro for temporary possession of the WCW championship.

Unfortunately, life after WCW has not been a bed of roses for Lex Luger. He was living with Elizabeth Hulette when she died in May 2003, he was imprisoned in late-2005 and early-2006 for violating his probation, and he was temporarily paralyzed after a spinal stroke in October 2007. On the plus side, he became a born-again Christian in 2006 and he was an official downloadable character on SVR'11.

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