Born Matthew Wad Osborne on June 27, 1957 in Charlotte NC
His father was professional wrestler Tough Tony Borne
Under the ring name Matt Borne, Osborne debuted on December 6, 1978 and wrestled for various National Wrestling Alliance territories, most prominently for Pacific Northwest Wrestling, where he was their heavyweight and four-time tag champion
In Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling on June 6, 1980, he won his first championship, also the first of two tag titles he would hold with Buzz Sawyer.
In Mid-South Wrestling, he allied with Ted DiBiase and Jim Duggan as a member of The Rat Pack, a heel stable, and won their tag title with DiBiase.
Borne debuted in the WWF on March 2, 1985
The highlight of this stint was losing to Ricky Steamboat at WrestleMania 1
Her would leave WWF in April of 1986 to join World Class Championship Wrestling
He would win the World Tag Championship as well as the Texas Heavyweight Championship while there
In 1991, Osborne signed with World Championship Wrestling and debuted as Big Josh,
Osborne won the United States Tag Team Championship with Ron Simmons and the World Six-Man Tag Team Championship with Dustin Rhodes and Tom Zenk.
He would leave the company in the summer of 92
Osborne returned to the World Wrestling Federation on September 21, 1992 in Manitoba, competing as himself, he defeated Bill Jordan.
Shortly thereafter become what most people know him as Doink the Clown
He would feud with Crush leading to a match at WM 9 where a second Doink, played by Steve Keirn
In the spring of 1993, Doink was given the opportunity to enter the King of the Ring tournament, facing Mr. Perfect in the qualifying round. After two time-limit draws, Mr. Perfect defeated Doink in their third match. At the Pay Per View itself, Doink (or rather, two Doinks) distracted Crush causing him to lose to Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels.
Doink was given a present from Santa Claus in the form of a midget in the Doink costume, which he named Dink
Shortly afterward, Osborne was fired for re-occurring drug abuses. His final TV appearance in the WWF for that era was on the December 27th 1993 episode of Raw.
Following his departure from the WWF, Borne appeared in Extreme Championship Wrestling for a handful of matches as Doink.
After Doink lost a match to then-World Heavyweight Champion Shane Douglas, Douglas went on to criticize Vince McMahon for turning a talented wrestler like Borne into a comic relief character, and claimed that he knew how to bring out Borne’s full potential
Borne changed his ring name to Borne Again, and continued wearing the clown suit, without the wig, wearing a minimal amount of face paint, as well as growing out his hair and beard. After beating his opponents, he would make them dress in clown outfits.
He wouldn’t be there long as personal issues once again got in the way.
He would go on to wrestle the indy circuit first as Matt Borne and then later as ReBorne Again, modeled after Heath Ledger’s Joker character.
On December 10, 2007, Osborne reprised the role of Doink at Raw’s 15th Anniversary as he took part in a Legends Battle Royal
Osborne was found dead on June 28, 2013 in Plano Texas.
The cause of death was later determined to be an accidental overdose of morphine and hydrocodone. He also suffered from heart disease, which had been a contributing factor in his death.
The mother of two of Osborne’s children filed a lawsuit against the WWE in 2015 for wrongful death.
The Lawsuit was dismissed after it was ruled that the failed to show that his death was linked to CTE