For more than thirty years, “The Taskmaster” Kevin Sullivan terrorized opponents all over the world with his methodical, aggressive and hardcore in-ring and outside of the ring tactics.
Sullivan’s career began nearly four decades ago when he made a name for himself competing in Florida. In the years that followed, Sullivan’s career would weave its way all over the country and he would gain fame as the leader of the “Varsity Club” faction which included fellow amateur wrestling specialists Rick Steiner, Mike Rotunda and “Dr. Death” Steve Williams.
While working in Florida in the early ’70s, Kevin crossed paths with a certain golden-haired individual who would later go to be a household name. “I knew Hulk Hogan before he ever thought of becoming a wrestler,” recalled Sullivan. “He was playing bass guitar in a lounge in Tampa, Fla., and we never talked about wrestling.” Sullivan was also there for one of Hogan’s first matches in Mobile, Alabama
Sullivan said about Hogan: “He had a special presence in the ring,” said Sullivan. “I could tell he was going to make it, and that he was going to become a major star.”
More than two decades later Sullivan would become a major player in the NWA and WCW as “The Taskmaster.” He lead his Dungeon of Doom on a bitter quest to end the phenomenon known as Hulkamania. A few years later, perhaps fueled by his inability to conquer Hulkamania, Kevin Sullivan hung up the boots for good. “Wrestling is a young man’s sport,” said Sullivan. “I knew my time had passed, and that it was time to move on…I don’t miss it anymore…I had a lot of great experiences and worked with some great people. It was a wonderful time in my life, and I have nothing but fond memories.”
Sullivan owns and operates “Froggy’s Fitness” in Tavernier, Fla., the largest gym in the Keys.
Sullivan is also is involved with the lobster business. “Me and a friend have 5,000 lobster traps between us, and we sell them commercially. We have a staff that helps us out, but I like to head out there on the boat myself from time to time and pull some lobsters.”
When he’s not in Florida, Sullivan can be found at his home on Whidbey Island, WA, eighty miles northwest of Seattle. The retired Superstar tries to spend time every month at his west coast retreat.