Marcus Alexander Bagwell (born January 10, 1970) is an American professional wrestler, and actor. He is best known under the ring name Buff Bagwell and for his tenure in World Championship Wrestling between 1991 and 2001, where he was a six-time World Tag Team Champion. Bagwell is recognized as the only wrestler to compete for a world title in his televised World Wrestling Federation (WWF) debut, when he challenged Booker T for the WCW Championship in the main event of the July 2, 2001 edition of Monday Night Raw.
Growing up, Bagwell was a standout baseball player during his tenure in Sprayberry High School, and worked for his family’s lumber company. Upon graduating from high school, he started an amateur boxing career. Bagwell later became a certified massage therapist before deciding to become a wrestler. He trained under Steve Lawler and debuted in 1990.
In 1991, Bagwell was hired by World Championship Wrestling, where he wrestled under his full name. Over the next five years he would form tag teams with Tom Zenk, 2 Cold Scorpio, The Patriot (as Stars and Stripes), and Scotty Riggs (as The American Males), and won the World Tag Team Championship four times over that span of time.
On November 25, 1996, Bagwell joined the New World Order after turning on his partner Riggs. He soon renamed himself to Buff Bagwell and formed a tag team with Scott Norton called Vicious and Delicious. While with the nWo, he also competed for New Japan Pro Wrestling as a part of nWo Japan, the NJPW version of the nWo. When he returned to America, he began a feud with Lex Luger, which later saw Bagwell defeat him at Starrcade.
Shortly after WCW was purchased by the World Wrestling Federation in March 2001, Bagwell was one of the first AOL Time Warner contracted wrestlers to accept the offered buy-out on his contract and sign with the WWF. On July 1, 2001, Bagwell faced Booker T at a house show and he made his WWF televised debut on the July 2 episode of Raw is War, facing Booker T for the WCW Championship. The match went to a no-contest after interference from Stone Cold Steve Austin and Kurt Angle.When Bagwell arrived to the Raw tapings on July 9 in Atlanta, Georgia, he was informed he was being released from his contract.
After making several appearances with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling in 2002 and 2003, Bagwell returned to TNA on the April 27, 2006 episode of Impact! as the first of Sting’s possible tag team partners for Sacrifice on May 14. Bagwell also appeared on the September 28 episode of Impact! in several segments, including a press conference, a video package, and a live segment where he briefly brawled with Jeff Jarrett. At a 2008 live event in Florida, Bagwell expressed that he would have liked to work a deal with TNA because it reminded him of his days in WCW.
Since his final appearance in TNA, Bagwell has resumed wrestling on the independent circuit, most prominently for the National Wrestling Alliance territory Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling and Universal Championship Wrestling.