Eric Scott Esch (August 3, 1966) commonly referred to by the ring name Butterbean, is an American boxer, kickboxer, mixed martial artist and professional wrestler who competes in the heavyweight division. Known for his rotund physique, punching power and chin, Esch transitioned to professional boxing in 1994 following a successful stint on the Toughman Contest scene and went on to capture the WAA heavyweight and IBA super heavyweight championships. Beginning in 2003, he began fighting regularly as a kickboxer and mixed martial artist, most notably in K-1 and the Pride Fighting Championships.

Wrestling career

Butterbean appeared twice in WWE professional wrestling events, competing in boxing matches both times. On December 7, 1997 at the D-Generation X: In Your House pay-per-view event, he defeated former Golden Gloves champion Marc Mero via disqualification in a worked match. Two years later, Butterbean defeated Bart Gunn in a legitimate shootfight at WrestleMania XV on March 28, 1999, defeating the Brawl For All champion with ease, violently knocking him out in 27 seconds.

Butterbean appeared on CMT's Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling television show, on Team Beefcake.


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