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Forgotten Legends29: Kevin Sullivan
Also known as the devil worshiping Task Master from WCW and one of its controversial bookers and the guy who lost his wife to Chris Benoit when Kayfabe became reality, he also had a career that spanned over 27 years with over 32 titles across 13 wrestling organizations pioneering the darkness gimmick much before the Taker and the ministry gimmick through Dungeon of Doom.
Starting out as Johnny West in 1970 becoming the tag champ in NWA and leaving it to join WWWF for three years as a mid carder, he took the devil worshiping heel gimmick in FCW where he met his future wife who was first known as Fallen Angel and later Woman and found maximum success in ICW and FCW in parallel feuding with the likes of Superstar Billy Graham, Austin Idol and Black Jack Mulligan.
He then moved to WCW in 1987 forming the Varsity Club feuding with Steiners, Rhodes, Jimmy Garvin, Eddie Gilbert before forming Slaughterhouse where he made Cactus Jack and Buzz Sawyer also briefly managing Oz (Kevin Nash) as Wizard of Merlin. After having brief runs in SMW and ECW where he had tag title runs he went back to WCW.
It was in SMW where he became known only as the Master in a hooded gimmick controlling a couple wrestlers to feud with the face Brian Lee. It was later revealed after Lee had managed to defeat both that the Master controlling them was none other than Sullivan. The whole angle was reused in Corporate Ministry by McMahon in a much bigger way.
He came back to WCW and had a 7 year run their both as a Booker and a wrestler for which he was most known. He had various feuds, most notably with Hulk Hogan, Savage, Sting before becoming the TaskMaster, someone who took orders from who was only known as The Master and formed the Dungeon of Doom which had a wide variety of talents like Bubba Rogers, Kamala, Barbarian, Meng, Yeti, The Giant, Vader and many more. He helped the Giant win the title from Hogan in 1995. Then after a brief feud with Four Horseman, they two aligned to become The Alliance to end Hulkamania. This was when he came into contact with Benoit who went on to Kayfabe steal his wife which real life soon followed Suit.
Though he personally did not like Benoit, Benoit often credited him for treating his professional life as a booker and personal life separately. He officially retired in a match to Benoit going on to become a full time booker from 1997.
Having a illustrious career across so many organizations pioneering so many angles and gimmicks that were later reused by many like Taker, Raven he truly was a forgotten legend.