IN MEMORY OF RAY TRAYLOR - "The Big Boss Man"
(Photo: Ray Traylor, middle, with R to L Cole Fincham, Megan Traylor, Parker Cole, Chelsea Aiello, Lacy Traylor, Danielle Fincham and MacKenzie Cole taken on December 20th, 2002)
You did a lot for our children, our city, our county, our country & you will be deeply missed! We all loved you & will continue to pray for Angela, Lacy & Megan during this difficult time.
Ray "Big Boss Man" Traylor passed away of a massive heartattack on September 22nd, 2004 around 9:00pm at his home in Paulding County. Ray Traylor, who was most famous as The Big Boss Man in the WWF / WWE, will be missed personally & professionally. He was only 42 years old. Local authorities were called to his home Wednesday evening and were unable to revive him. His Mother had passed away a little over a month ago too.
Ray had been living in Paulding County, GA in the Bentwater Subdivision near Acworth. Recently, Ray had ran for political office as Commision Chairman for Paulding County in July 2004 and had organized/attended a public memorial ceremony on September 11th, 2001 & 2004 for the victims of 9/11. Even as recently as yesterday, he was filming a commercial for a hunting business & life seemed very normal.
Ray's wrestling career began after actually working as a correctional officer at the Cobb County Correctional Institute. He began wrestling for the NWA under the names The War Machine and Big Bubba Rogers back in 1986. However, in 1988 he moved on to the WWF. And it was at that time where Traylor made famous the character The Big Boss Man. He wrestled mostly as a singles wrestler, but was part of the infamous tag team as 1/2 of the Twin Towers with his partner Akeem, and their manager "The Doctor Of Style" Slick.
He left the WWF around 1995 and wrestled for All Japan Pro Wrestling for a short stint before wrestling for WCW. He wrestled under different names in WCW; as Big Bubba, The Boss, The Man, The Guardian Angel before wrestling under his real name Ray Traylor. He returned to the WWF / WWE in the late 90's. He wrestled for a few more years, then was a trainer for Ohio Valley Wrestling before leaving in 2002/2003.
If you would like to help out the Traylor Family, Ray owned RWT Enterprises in Dallas and their office can be reached by calling 770-445-9029. Anthony DeBlasi who is the Wrestling-News.com Webmaster contributed to this article.