Hardcore Holly Bio, Facts, Career, WWF/E, Personal Life, Net Worth, Age

Robert William Howard Jr. is an American professional wrestler whom we best know for his time on WWF/E under the ring name “Hardcore Holly.”

Howard is a multi-talented superstar who is a former auto-racer, actor, and professional wrestler who is currently active on Under the Light promotion holding the UTL Lights Out Championship title.

Hardcore Holly
Robert William Howard Jr

Hardcore Holly, during his professional wrestling career, traveled to several different promotions under many ring names like Bob Holly, Thurman “Sparky” Plugg, Bombastic Bob, etc.

Hardcore Holly: Quick Facts

Full Name  Robert William Howard
Net Worth  $1 Million – $5 Million
Date of Birth  January 29, 1963
Marital Status  Married to Linda Kievet
Birthplace  Glendale, California, United States
Ethnicity  White
Professions  Professional Wrestler
Nationality  American
Eye Color  Greenish
Hair Color  Blonde
Build  Athletic
Height  6 Feet (183 cm)
Weight  107 Kg (235 pounds)
Body Measurement

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Online Presence

Twitter:  62.1 K Followers

Horoscope  Aquarius

Early Life of Hardcore Holly

Robert William Howard Jr. was born on January 29, 1963, in Glendale, California, United States. He was raised by his mother, along with his older brother. Robert, after completing his graduation from Grants Pass High School, worked in a beer warehouse.

Before becoming a professional wrestler, he worked for several years as a mechanic and welder.

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How old is Hardcore Holly? – Age, Height, and Measurements

Robert William Howard Jr. is living his 57th year of age and still working on Under the Lights promotion, where he is a current champion. Holly has an average body height of 6 feet, i.e., 1.83 meters and a total body weight of 107 kg, i.e., 235 pounds. Hardcore Holly is a blonde with greenish eye color.

Hardcore Holly Professional Wrestling Career

Hardcore vs Brock
Holly vs Brock

To achieve his dream career, he soon began his training under the guidance of Bob Sweetan and Rip Tyler. He had his first debut match in 1987 in the World Wrestling Organization promotion, where he won WWO Tag Team Championship with his partner Ron Starr.

World Championship Wrestling

Holly began to appear on television after signing with World Championship Wrestling in 1990. He lost his first match against the United States Heavyweight Championship Lex Luger.

Holly then faced Ric Flair in a singles match on August 13, with a losing effort on World Championship Wrestling. Harcore Holly soon left WCW promotion after several months of absence and went to World Wrestling Federation.

World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment

Robert made his debut in WWF/E in 1991, which doesn’t last long, which made him leave sooner in the same year for Smoky Mountain Wrestling. He then returned to back to WWF/E on January 11, 1994.


He teamed up with 1-2-3 Kid at the Royal Rumble and became the new WWF Tag Team Champions defeating Bam Bam Bigelow and Tatanka. Sadly they were only able to hold the title for a single day and lost on next day to The Smoking Gunns.

Holly then teamed up with Bart Gunn and started to call themselves The New Midnight Express in February 1998. The New Midnight Express became the new NWA World Tag Team Champions defeating The Headbangers on March 30, 1998.

Bob Holly was renamed as Hardcore Holly after becoming the new WWF Hardcore Championship in 1999. He won the WWF Hardcore Championship title six times that made him the successful Hardcore champion.

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The Hardcore Truth: The Bob Holly Story

Robert William Howard Jr. released his autobiography, “The Hardcore Truth” on April 1, 2013. The biography was published by ECW Press that was Co-authored by former British wrestler Ross Owen Williams.

This autobiography describes the life of a man who is purely dedicated to the sport of professional wrestling. Readers gave positive reviews after reading the autobiography of Hardcore Holly. Bruce Mitchell rated this book as one of the most influential professional wrestling books.

Achievements and Championship of Hardcore Holly

Hardcore Championship
Hardcore Championship

Kamikaze Pro

  1. KP Championship

Pro Wrestling Illustrated

  1. Ranked No. 41 in the PWI 500 in 2000
  2. Ranked No. 391 in the PWI 500 in 2003

Under the Lights

  1. UTL Lights Out Championship

World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment

  1. NWA World Tag Team Championship with Bodacious Bart
  2. Six times the WWF Hardcore Championship
  3. Three times the WWF/WWE World Tag Team Championship
  4. WWF World Tag Team Championship Tournament in 1995 with The 1-2-3 Kid

World Wrestling Organization

  1. WWO Tag Team Championship with Ron Starr
  2. WWO United States Heavyweight Championship

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Personal Life of Hardcore Holly

Howard Jr. was happily married to Linda Kievet in 2010. This beautiful couple has a daughter named Stephanie and currently resides in Dubuque, Iowa, United States.

Howard's Cousin
Howard’s Cousin

Hardcore Holly Net Worth

After having a fantastic career as a professional wrestler and still earning with his fighting skills. The total estimated net worth of Hardcore Holly is about $1 Million – $5 Million since his exact one worth is not revealed.

Social Media Presence

Twitter: 62.1 K Followers



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