Born in 1960 he is the son of Betty and Rusty Bassarab. He has two sisters named. Whitney and Wendy. Betty died of cancer in the early 80s.
He grew up in Elbow Park, Calgary.
Bassarab played hockey and football with the Glencoe Club. He also rode in some rodeos.
Around 1981 Bassarab was encouraged by his future brother-in-law Davey Boy Smith to pursue pro wrestling.
Bassarab was trained by Stu Hart and debuted in Hart's Calgary, Alberta based Stampede Wrestling promotion under his own name in 1983. Bassarab formed a tag team with Phil Lafleur. They faced Danny Davis and Hubert Gallant for the Stampede International Tag Team Championship in early 1984, but the match was ruled a no-contest and the title was vacated.
The acquisition of Stampede by Vince McMahon (owner of the World Wrestling Federation, WWF) in 1985 led to many Stampede wrestlers being signed by the WWF. The British Bulldogs, Jim Neidhart, Owen Hart, and Bret Hart were all hired, but Bassarab was not, though he did face WWF wrestler Brutus Beefcake at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto on July 28, 1985. Bassarab substituted for the absent Tony Garea and lost to Beefcake.
Bassarab began pursuing the International Tag Team Championship once more and began teaming with Chris Benoit. On March 1, 1986 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Bassarab and Benoit defeated Honky Tonk Man, Wayne Farris, and Rotten Ron Starr for the International Tag Team Championship. They lost the title to Farris and his new partner, The Cuban Assassin, on March 21 in Calgary.
Bassarab then formed a new team with his brother-in-law, Owen Hart. On August 9 in Edmonton, Alberta they defeated Duke Myers and Kerry Brown for the International Tag Team Championship. They held the title until October 3, when they lost to The Viet Cong Express (Hiroshi Hase and Fumihiro Niikura) in Calgary. Bassarab and Owen feuded with the Express throughout Western Canada, on one occasion fighting to a forty-five-minute draw, but were unable to regain the International Tag Team Championship.
Bassarab remained with Stampede for the remainder of his career. During the 80s Bassarab took short tours in Japan, working for Japan Pro-Wrestling, and All Japan Pro Wrestling. In 1987 Bassarab worked for the North American Wrestling Association. He also worked for the WWF when they toured Alberta in the 80s, and retired in 1992.
He married Stu Hart's daughter Alison Hart in May 1983. They were married briefly, before leaving Alison when she was pregnant with their second daughter. They have two children, Lindsay and Brooke, both children are close to Davey Boy Smith's children.
Brooke is Married to wrestler Peter Minnema, better known under his ring name, Pete Wilson.
Bassarab regularly visited B.J's Gym in Calgary, which was owned by his brother-in-law B.J. Annis. He also worked in the juice bar at the gym for some time before becoming a wrestler.
In 1988 Bassarab was stabbed in a barfight, the incident damaged his liver severely.
After divorcing Hart he remarried at some point. He and his new wife attended one of the two funeral services for former brother-in-law Davey Boy Smith held by Smith's girlfriend Andrea Redding, the other was held by former sister-in-law Diana Hart-Smith.
Bassarab later became a truck driver and, later, a warehouse foreman before retiring to run a vending machine and landscaping business.Finishing moves
Pro Wrestling This Week
Wrestler of the Week (December 1–6, 1986)
Stampede International Tag Team Championship (2 times) - with Chris Benoit (1), Owen Hart (1)
Canadian Wrestling Hall of Fame
With the Hart family