Hardcore Holly pro
Robert William "Bob" Howard
BornJanuary 29, 1963
FromGlendale, California, United States

Professional wrestling career

Ring NameSparky Plug
Hardcore Holly
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight235 lb (107 kg)

Robert William Howard (January 29, 1963) better known by his ring names Thurman "Sparky" Plugg, Bob "Spark Plug" Holly, Bombastic Bob and Hardcore Holly, a American professional wrestler and actor who best known for his 16-year career with the World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment.

After debuting in 1990, Holly worked for Smoky Mountain Wrestling and other independent promotions, before joining WWE full-time in 1994. Initially portraying the character of a NASCAR driver, Thurman "Sparky" Plugg, his name was soon changed to Bob "Spark Plug" Holly. In 1998, he formed a team with Bart Gunn, known as The New Midnight Express. After becoming known simply as "Hardcore Holly" in 1999, he was joined by on-screen cousins, Crash and Molly. In 2002, he suffered a broken neck, which sidelined him for over a year. Upon his return, he engaged in a major feud with Brock Lesnar and minor feuds with wrestlers such as Mr. Kennedy and Rob Van Dam, before forming a tag team with Cody Rhodes in 2007.

Championships held by Holly over the course of his career include the WWF/E World Tag Team Championship, NWA World Tag Team Championship, and WWF Hardcore Championship.