Induction: Johnny B Badd boxes Johnny Polo — Tutti Frutti Booty and a Glass Jaw

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WCW, 1992

Throughout his career, Marc Mero always seemed to get the short end of the stick. First, he got saddled with the infamous “Johnny B. Badd” gimmick in WCW…

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…then he was completely overshadowed (figuratively?) by his own wife Sable’s breasts throughout his WWF run.

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But despite his misfortune in the wrestling ring, no one could take away his accomplishments in the boxing ring, where he won several titles including the New York Golden Gloves championship. No, no one could take those achievements away, but the wrestling world could still make him look like a total goof as a pugilist.

It seemed that every time Mero got to showcase his skills at fisticuffs, he got embarrassed mightily. Take the Brawl for All tournament: not only did he get absolutely dominated by Steve Blackman in the boxing/wrestling hybrid…

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…but after a twist of fate (and Blackman’s knee) put Mero back into the tournament, he got eliminated again by Bradshaw.

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And when Mero got put into a worked fight? Well, he still ended up all wet.

box05 In 1992, Mero, as Little Richard impersonator Johnny Badd, was feuding with Scotty Flamingo, the Florida surfer dude who in three years’ time would end up as the sullen cult leader of ECW, Raven. For those of you new to professional wrestling, no, nothing in that last sentence seems particularly odd to me.
Despite the two having so much in common…
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(like a love of rouge to bring out those cheek bones)

box06.5 …Scotty had sucker-punched Badd with a roll of nickels, knocking him out and prompting a match between the two at Clash of the Champions XXI.
But this match wouldn’t take place in a wrestling ring. Oh no, this match would…

…okay, it would take place in a wrestling ring. But they’d both be wearing boxing gloves and would box for three 2-minute rounds. And who wouldn’t want to pay to see that?

Just about everybody?

Well, good thing Clash wasn’t an actual pay-per-view, then.

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box08 For this match, Johnny B. recruited his old manager, Teddy Long, to be his cornerman.
Teddy, after all, once donned the gloves to take on Paul Ellering.
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(and sported abs most fab)

box10 Badd came to the ring and blasted his glitter gun into the crowd. Ironically, the Tutti Frutti Johnny B would soon start dazzling Sable in real life by blasting his “glitter gun” in the bedroom (until it became too much of a hassle to vacuum up all that confetti off the floor). Badd got a good reaction from the fans in his hometown of Macon, Georgia. Not that that was his real hometown; instead, it was that of Little Richard.
As a side note, something has always troubled me about the Johnny B. Badd gimmick. No, not the gender-dysphoric overtones of his effeminate ring persona, who was so pretty he wished he had been born a girl. box11
box12 And no, not the fact that, in order for the Caucasian Marc Mero to convincingly play a Little Richard lookalike, he had to tan in a crematorium.
I mean the fact that, despite being a Little Richard lookalike, his name was a nod to “Johnny B. Goode,” a Chuck Berry song. It’s not like Richard Penniman had a shortage of songs named after people; “Lucille” or “Good Golly Miss Molly” would have suited Mero just fine. box13
box14 It’s like if George Ringo, the Wrestling Beatle, had called himself, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” instead.
Perhaps worst of all, we never did get a Chuck Berry-themed pro wrestler, seeing as we never found out who put all those GTV hidden cameras in the bathrooms. box15
box14 Anyway, his opponent Scotty Flamingo was seconded (and thirded) by Diamond Dallas Page and Vinnie Vegas, who looked just like Kevin Nash, but had an authentic New Jersey-ish accent. And boy, was he excited!
Also prepping him for his match was an unnamed manager with spiky hair. We never saw his face, but I’m pretty sure it was Lucius Sweet. box16
box17 Dallas, Scotty, and Vinnie then waddled to the ring together in the conga line-equivalent of a short bus.
After the introductions, it was time for round one.
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Speaking of round ones…

box19 Johnny B boxed circles around Flamingo, until a distraction of the referee let Scotty clothesline Badd and kick him a couple of times.
This was filmed in standard definition, so you can’t tell whether he used The Stinger. box20
box21 The heel continued his cheating with a rabbit punch (or is that what it’s called?).
Still, Badd recovered enough to knock out Flamingo with a few seconds left in the round, but Scotty was saved by the bell.
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box23 Hey, no time for you, kids! I’ve already included too many cutaways in this induction as it is.
After the first round, Dallas spent the whole rest period filling up Scotty’s glove with water. The idea was that he was “loading” it, making it heavier. box24
box25 Jesse Ventura didn’t know what to make of the unusual tactics, probably because it made so little sense for Flamingo and company to use good old H₂0 instead of that solid roll of nickels he knocked out Badd with weeks before.
Now, I know that water is heavier than most people realize, but for Jesse Ventura’s liberal estimate of an extra pound or two of water to be accurate, Scotty’s glove would have to hold between a pint and a quart of the stuff besides his own hand. When you look at the Vegas Connection’s laughable choice of foreign object, suddenly the comparison of their entrance to a “short bus” doesn’t seem so unfair. box26
jcsg02 Remember how we all laughed when R-Truth started using a water bottle as his weapon of choice?
Well, laugh all you want, but Scotty’s squishy boxing glove was the key to victory… box28
box29 …helping him knock out Johnny B for the ten-count shortly into the second round.
I’d say Badd had a jaw of glass, but when’s the last time a glass exploded when you poured water into it? It’s just a good thing he didn’t hit him with a whole water balloon; he could have given Badd brain damage. box30
box31 It’s also a good thing that Jim Ross’s description of the knockout blow as a “mule punch” was just a Freudian slip out of JR’s deviant imagination.

Flamingo soon jumped to the WWF, where he managed the Quebecers as “Johnny Polo.” Badd would years later sign with the Federation and set out to prove once and for all that

1) he was straight…

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…and 2) he could box…

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…both of which blew up in his face.

Suffice it to say, while Sable couldn’t wrestle, the fans hated to see her husband box.

Uh, yeah.

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A wrestling fan ever since the days of Wrestlemania IX, Art graduated from college in the same building where Art Donovan called King of the Ring 1994. He currently runs the "How Much Does This Guy Weigh?" blog, where he reviews New Generation-Era Monday Night Raws and Hasbro WWF figures. Email at: art@wrestlecrap.com
24 Responses to "Induction: Johnny B Badd boxes Johnny Polo — Tutti Frutti Booty and a Glass Jaw"
  1. Lee W. says:

    That last line is brilliant isn’t it? I mean Sable couldn’t wrestle and people hated to see her husband box but when it came to seeing her box it resulted in the biggest selling issue of Playboy magazine in 15 years

    • Adam says:

      Yeah I got beat to it but a better last line would have been “while fans may have hated to see Sable wrestle, they sure enjoyed watching her box. ”

      That means two things.

      • Lee W. says:

        I nearly typed “her husband’s box” but I thought that was just a tad too weird

      • Mike Hunt says:

        The line is, “Sable can’t wrestle, but I’d like to see her box,”

        0:38 seconds in – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBeynVT6iEc#t=39

  2. ChrisV says:

    John Morrison was a Jim Morrison gimmick, yet he came out to a Jimi Hendrix knock-off entrance theme. It’s a wrestling tradition, I suppose.

  3. Hulk6785 says:

    George Ringo, the Wrestling Beatle? Sounds like we have next week’s induction.

    • Anonymous says:

      There should be more pre-80s stuff on WrestleCrap.com. There’s TONS of goofiness that most modern fans have never heard of, all ripe for the crapping.

  4. Scrooge McSuck says:

    This wouldn’t be the first time WCW had Johnny B. Badd box… Uncensored ’95… and sadly, that was the BEST thing on the PPV. Think about that for a second: Badd vs. Arn Anderson in a comedy boxing match with a comedy finish, and it’s the positive highlight of the show.

  5. theJawas says:

    The “round one” joke made me lol, nice work. I was just thinking of that Simpsons episode while watching UFC earlier, though I can’t remember why.

  6. Brad says:

    I wonder if they could get away with a character like Johnny B Badd in this day and age. Not only was he way too camp(seriously he made the real Little Richard look like Chuck Norris), but he more or less performed in blackface! Someone would be bound to have a problem or two with it in today’s easily offended society

    • Tom Gibbon says:

      I have no problem at all with it, it’s just cosmetics after all and the alternative would be for him to wrestle as a white Little Richard, which would look stupid. The counter-argument though is that there was probably a black wrestler on the roster who could have done the job just as well as Mero did, but it’s doubtful. As stupid as the gimmick was, he really made it his own and I don’t think anyone else could have made it work as well as he did.

  7. Down With OPC says:

    Semi off topic, but why wasn’t Mario Lopez involved in that Maria Menounos match at WrestleMania that time? He actually has wrestling background.

  8. Cpt SuckerPunch says:

    man mountain ross at the end is all sorts of awesome…

  9. "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

    Another great induction!

  10. John C says:

    They could have at least done the slipping an “international object” into the boxing glove for the finish. But the water soaking gimmick, weak. At least all of the Clashes are on the Network so we can watch this beauty over and over again.

  11. Mike says:

    Marc Mero is a white dude? It’s finally settled…I thought with his skin color, he might have been Hispanic or African American. I had no idea that he, as Art said, “tanned in a crematorium.”

  12. Mike says:

    Art-something you missed…Page, Levy and Nash weren’t doing a conga line…it was their spoof of a Gracie Train, and a pretty funny one at that!

  13. Peter says:

    That still of Badd down for the count has dirty jokes waiting to be mentioned, which would be par for the course.

  14. Mister Forth says:

    That man tanned so much, I’m surprised he doesn’t need weekly cancer screenings.

  15. AK says:

    I always considered Mero underrated. He was a great athlete no doubt about it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azBbOGhTlgU

    This theme is still one of my all time favourites.

  16. Thomas Moffatt says:

    I think once a month Wrestlecrap should have a theme day of craptacular inductions with the same theme (hence the theme day) – you could have faeces, weddings, video games, Stephanie McMahon and you could have a load of boxing related inductions such as Wrestlemania 2, the Brawl for All, this induction and a load of others I have forgotten… usually boxing in wrestling = crap.

  17. TerrierChad says:

    Lol, good stuff!

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