Dean Peters

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Dean Peters

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Welcome

Professional Wrestling is fun. It's not just mindless athletes that act out a fight. Its thousands of characters with different motivations, styles, attitudes and gimmicks that are all competing with a common goal. To find a connection with the fans.


In 1990, my love for pro wrestling began. My father had taken me to the Arco Arena to watch the WWF. They had been coming to town around my birthday and he was a big fan of The British Bulldog. I remember a few things like The Ultimate Warrior and Randy Savage, Mr. Perfect getting slapped in the face by the referee, The Rockers facing Power & Glory and a high-flying feline fighter called Battle-Kat!

The Beginning (The 80's)

Before donning the mask and finding his gimmick. Dean Peters had been working in the Mid-Atlantic and Portland region as Brady Boone, the "cousin" of Billy Jack Haynes. He would compete with wrestlers like Tully Blanchard, Ricky Santana and Tom Zenk. Here he had seen moderate tag team success. Albeit short lived as Boone would go onto compete in All Japan Pro Wrestling for the 1987 Power Series.

He would join the World Wrestling Federation during this time as enhancement talent and put guys over like One Man Gang, Sika, Jose Estrada and even Randy Savage. He did this for several years. Crowds noticed his quick feet and high-flying style. These feats would earn him a few nice victories. His first win on WWF television would be on WWF on NESN in November of 1987 against Jose Estrada. The WWF had kept their eyes on Boone. They had seen something special. In 1990 the WWF repackaged Boone. Now donning a black purple cat mask and neon suit Battle-Kat was here and ready for action.

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Brady Boone in the eighties

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Battle Kat (1990)

Brady Boone's Battle Kat's first and only televised victory would be broadcast on WWF Wrestling Challenge on September 19th 1990. He would face off against Bob Bradley. Bradley had been working in the company as enhancement talent. The two would work house shows together.

Blurb from WWF Magazine about Brady Boone's Battle Kat

 

Even though this would be Brady Boone's last televised victory in this gimmick. The Kat would go on. Brady Boone was fired from the company during the first quarter of October in 1990 for undisclosed reasons. His gimmick and moniker were passed onto his opponent Bob Bradley.

Pound for pound, Battle Kat (Boone) is one of the greatest athletes that I've seen thus far in the WWF.
Tito Santana (WWF Magazine - 1990)

Brady Boone was a talented performer that had been stuck with a go nowhere gimmick. It's a shame that Boone in the Battle-Kat character was so short lived. You can't even find anything about the character on the WWE Network.

Bob Bradley's next match as Battle-Kat would be against Paul Diamond. It was horrible. Bradley may have known a few quick moves. But his execution was horrible. He was slow. Bumbling. He appeared to mock the character. Unfortunate.

The Battle-Kat gimmick was losing steam after Bradley took the reigns. They tried to save it by teaming Kat up with the Birdman, Koko B Ware. The duo took on The Orient Express, and it was another blunder. During this time Battle Kat had adopted a dancing gimmick. It went well with Koko.

In November of 1990 Battle Kat would go against Boris Zukoff. This would be the end of our friend Battle Kat. Kat wouldn't fair too well against a brute like this but he got the win. It's a shame that Brady Boone didn't get to continue as Battle Kat. It would have been much more than just back flips.

The Legacy

Battle Kat may have been dead in the WWF. Brady Boone wanted to keep it alive on the road. So, Boone competed as The Firecat in the UWF and AJPW. He would team with different partners like Jim Cooper, Robert Gibson, Johnny Ace and even Dory Funk Jr.

World Championship Wrestling would call in 1993. Brady Boone was quick to answer. In WCW he could have more matches that played to his strengths, much like his late eighties WWF run. He was right. He could focus on more impressive moves and matches.

His first matchup was against WCW International World Heavyweight Champion Rick Rude. From there Boone would continue on as enhancement talent. He would put some of the bigger guys over and work in tag team matches. He even worked a match against Terra Ryzing known better now as Triple H.

Again Brady Boone would bring back a gimmick that called back to Battle Kat. In march of 1994, Fire Cat would challenge Steve Austin to a match for the WCW United States Title. This was a high point in Boone's career.

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Dean Peters would perish in an automobile accident in 1998. His character of Battle Kat may be weird. But that man made wrestling exciting. He is the wrestler that a company like the WWE is lacking today. He was also a good person. Dean would mentor and inspire fellow high-flier Rob Van Dam. Van Dam had written a eulogy for Peters. That can be read on Tom Zenk's website

Battle Kat was fun. While Bob Bradley didn't do the neon spandex any favors. He at least continued in the vein of having a good time. People liked tuning in to look this crazy dude, dressing like a cat and running around doing flippy shit. Even if it was slow flippy shit.

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