Induction: Barbara “BB” Bush – EMT stood for “Extremely Massive… Technician”

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WWF 1999-2000

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Well, Crappers, it seems that after a rocky start, the Divas Revolution has finally achieved its first major success: namely, getting WWE to stop calling it “The Divas Revolution.” In fact, WWE abruptly dropped the whole “Divas” branding entirely, creating a new Women’s title to replace that ridiculous butterfly belt the ladies had been fighting over for years.

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Can you imagine if WWE designed one of its male title belts to look like some hyper-masculine toy? They’d probably put a skull on it or something.

One thing that bothered me about the unveiling of the new title, however, was that Lita and the WWE announcers implied not only that the Divas Title had always been around, but that the women of WWE had always been called, “Divas.” No, ma’am.

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There was a time before the term, “Divas” became ubiquitous; a time when badass, no-nonsense women like the late Chyna and Hall of Famer Jacqueline ruled the ring; a time when women wrestlers were respected, dammit.

Well, not exactly. The time I’m referring to is 1999, and those badass, no-nonsense women shared precious TV time with this week’s inductee, Ms. Cathy Dingman.

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For months, Dingman would appear as an unnamed, buxom EMT who would occasionally arrive at ringside to tend to wrestlers with kayfabe injuries.
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(Such as Mark Henry’s unfortunate brain eurysm)

bb06 The EMT’s name, we eventually learned, was B.B., as in, “Big Boobs.”
But officially, her name was Barbara Bush, as in the former first lady. bb07.5
bb07  But for now, let’s ignore the unpleasant mental image of George W. and Jeb’s mom dressed up as a sexy nurse; the name, “Barbara Bush” was rather porntastic, as we like to say on Wrestlecrap (Porntastic, for the uninitiated, is a portmanteau of “pornography” and “fantastic”). Still, it was nothing compared to the original name the Russo-led creative team had planned for Cathy Dingman.
No, the original plan was for the character to be named Nurse Connie Lingus. Imagine having to explain to your kids why Jerry Lawler’s voice cracked every time he said her name, or why they should never ever repeat it in public. bb08 
bb09 BB was formally introduced to the WWF Singularity (which is what astrophysicists believe existed before the WWE Universe) after the Thanksgiving 1999 episode of Smackdown… 
…when she performed a life-saving Heimlich Maneuver on the Kat, who was choking on a mushroom. Such are the hazards of the Gravy Bowl match. bb10
bb11 This is going to sound unbelievable to some readers, but our fair BB actually ended up getting her clothing removed. Yes, on a wrestling show, of all things.
So indignant was our favorite volunteer EMT at being exposed on TV that she challenged Ivory to an evening gown match, just like any normal woman would (in a porno). bb12
bb13 Ivory told it to her straight, cutting through the unsolvable riddle of BB’s name like the Gordian knot. Did I ever mention how awesome Ivory was?
And would you believe what happened next to BB? bb14
bb15 That’s a large bra she’s wearing,” noted JR. However, despite his encyclopedic knowledge of boot, ring, and head sizes, her exact measurements eluded him.
In fact, Ivory cut a number of brutally honest promos on BB, who could never muster a comeback. Perhaps she was instructed not to let her personality distract the audience from her gazongas. bb99
bb16 One night, Ivory ran down her lack of intelligence in a promo on the way to the ring. With no response from BB forthcoming, Ivory then broke the awkward silence by remarking with frank astonishment, “Your boobs really are quite enormous.”
Ivory might not have been a fan, but Jerry Lawler sure was, and unlike Ivory, he never once crassly mentioned her “boobs”. “Dairy farms” were his precise words. bb17
bb18 BB never actually wrestled, but she still managed to compete in a variety of contests, all of which involved taking her clothes off in some way. 
There was the Holiday Topless Top-Rope match, where she would take off a piece of clothing every time Val Venis was thrown over the top rope… 
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It was for a good cause, though: not getting fired.

bb20  …the Miss Rumble bikini contest…
…and of course, the four-corners evening gown match for the Women’s title. Now, I said earlier that BB never wrestled in the WWF, and this match was no exception: the fact that it took place in a pool precluded any actual wrestling moves being used, and most of the offense in this title match consisted of splashing. Gee, it’s hard to believe WWE doesn’t want to associate its new Women’s title with the old Women’s Title. bb21 
bb22 The biggest pop of BB’s career came when Ivory tried to pull her bra off after officially eliminating her, much to the delight of what Ivory called the “perverts” in the audience.
But did you really have to be a pervert to want to see Barbara Bush stripped of her evening gown?
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Yes?

bb24 It turns out that Kelly Kelly wasn’t the first woman in company history with an impossible-to-remove brassiere (or to have a really dumb name).
The pool evening gown match wasn’t BB’s last chance at Women’s gold, either. She was very close to earning a one-on-one match against the new Women’s champion, but Jacqueline ended up drawing the short straw. bb25
bb26 Yes, in the Attitude Era, one could earn a Women’s title shot by lot. Harvey Wippleman was the reigning champion, by the way. And somehow Chyna didn’t want anything to do with the Women’s division.
Before she could rock-paper-scissors her way to her next title shot, however, BB’s career in the WWF was cut short when allegations surfaced. No, not Ivory’s vicious allegations of a breast enlargement surgery… bb27 
bb28 …but rather, that BB and a still-married Bob Holly had a relationship unbecoming of a woman hired solely for her breasts, resulting in pink slips for both guilty parties (except Bob).
It looked like the WWF would send BB out in sickening fashion when the Dudley Boyz tried to put her through a table the following Raw, but Edge, Christian, and the Hardys made the save. bb29
bb30 Then the Dudleys did it again for real on Smackdown, and BB was never seen again in the WWF.

So why didn’t her biggest fan, Jerry Lawler, get up out of his announcer’s chair and save her?

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Because BB was, after all, a “WWF Superstar.” Not a “Diva,” but a Superstar, the same as him or Bubba Ray or D-Von.

Gee, do you hear that, WWE? Lawler had this whole equality thing figured out 16 years before you did.

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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 also runs the "How Much Does This Guy Weigh?" blog, where he reviews New Generation-Era Monday Night Raws. Follow him on Twitter @Art0Donnell. Email at: art@wrestlecrap.com
27 Responses to "Induction: Barbara “BB” Bush – EMT stood for “Extremely Massive… Technician”"
  1. C.F. says:

    “Barbara Bush stripped of her evening gown” — am I the only one who’s ever seen _Naked Gun 2&1/2: The Smell Of Fear_? >;)

  2. Mister Forth says:

    This whole thing really did not work at all. Even other stupidity made strange sense.

  3. Iron Mark Tyson says:

    I liked BB. I remember he did a vignette with a lot of writing on her while in a bra and panties. Not bad.

  4. Guest says:

    To people still whining about the WWE’s usage of the term “Diva” know that the word has more than one meaning and doesn’t mean a bitchy, temperamental performer. Such as the below example.

    Italian, literally, goddess, from Latin, feminine of divus divine, god

    • Si says:

      And I’m sure that’s exactly the definition WWE had in mind when they first coined it for Sable, debuting it onscreen in the same month as she appeared in Playboy.

      By the way, ‘goddess’ in Italian is ‘dea’.

    • Adam says:

      Yeah, I’m confident WWE meant the operatic definition of the word.

      Especially with the Steph and Jillian singing segments.

  5. Brownie_the_3rd says:

    I have no memory of this woman whatsoever. Seriously, none. I was watching back then, and I was certainly the right age to noticed a big titted blonde but she completely bypassed my memory of this time period.

  6. OPC says:

    For some weird reason, I thought she had died years ago. You know it’s bad when so many wrestlers have passed away that you just think it happened to someone who is alive and (assumedly) well.

  7. Gerard says:

    Pretend your a man Hunter, induct chyna into the 2017 hof. Add Kelly Kelly add Torrie and dawn together as the first rivals induction hell go ahead and induct Pam Anderson or Maria Menounses but don’t you dare ignore chyna!! Sure sure you have an uncomfortable past with her but you cannot deny she deserves to be in the hof. Chyna wasn’t the first female wrestler to fight guys but she was the first to make it her thing to fight and beat guys, she was the first lady to win the intercontinental belt in case you forgot Hunter!!! So would you just induct her next year please!!! It’s what the people want!!!

    • Doc 902714 says:

      And she was also the first woman in DX, there would be Tori and Stephanie McMahon (to a degree) later. Also she was the first female to compete in the Royal Rumble match [back to back in 99 and ’00.] And she was also the first woman to compete in the King of the Ring Tournament [in ’99] but not win. No doubt she’s worthy of a HOF Induction and both Triple H and Shawn, as the original DX, would be great to do that induction.

    • Don Townsend says:

      you know what? I don’t even want to see Chyna inducted now because it would be fake. It would just be a way to get heat off of them for not doing it while she was alive and knowing WWE they are going to capitalize on it with a Chyna DVD set and talk about how ground breaking she was.

      too little too late. Chyna was responsible for her actions but the crap with WWE played a big part in pushing her down that path. They could have squashed this years ago and maybe just maybe it could have been enough to help turn her life around.

      there have been former talents die before due to various reasons but this was different. for the same people to come out now “honoring” her after they ruined her career and shunned her after they got caught screwing around is pretty sickening. They’re going to have to live with that…whether they feel any guilt or remorse is anybody’s guess.

      • Buzz Line says:

        This I would agree on, except the WWE Hall Of Fame is a marketing gimmick anyway. Everything they do is for “entertainment” before authenticity is considered(funny attendances are low and ratings steadily fall despite their transparent attempts to make it all about money)

        And if Chyna is to be “properly” recognized, the WWE Hall Of Fame is the only place I can really think of, as I’m not sure what of note she’s done for any other company. She was on the indies, Moolah’s promotion, Kowalski’s promotion, Penny Banner’s promotion, but no one seems to remember the details and PGWA seems to be the only one still around. She was in NJPW, but no one besides die hard Chyna or Chono fans seem to talk about it. Chyna could be put into another Hall Of Fame, a better Hall Of Fame, but anywhere but WWE’s would seem fake to me.

  8. "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

    This is one of those things in wrestling that I completely forgot about. Nice induction, Art!

  9. Mav says:

    Very well-written. Lots of great little subtle lines in there.

  10. Channel-F says:

    I just watched her promo where she challenges Ivory to a match yesterday, having no idea this was to be inducted. Eva Marie gives a much better promo. Yeah, B.B. was that bad. Nice boobs, though.

  11. Gotchism For Life says:

    Not to sound juvenile, but I’m surprised they didn’t call her “DD” because of her bust size.

    Also, when I saw her first on Raw is War, I actually didn’t believe she was a real paramedic, I figured she was just another silicone doll Vince rolled out for his sleaze show.

    I had neither like nor dislike for her.

    • Scrooge McSuck says:

      They could’ve called her Dirty Diana until someone sued Vince, who clearly hasn’t reached 1980’s pop culture yet to know that it’s a trademarked song title.

  12. Mister S says:

    “No, the original plan was for the character to be named Nurse Connie Lingus.”

    No one does subtlety like Vince Russo.

  13. Jimbolian says:

    Egads, that image of BB wearing that black bra and panties looks like what would’ve happened if Melissa Joan Hart twilighted as a porno star after Sabrina the Teenage Witch was over.

  14. GeneMean says:

    I’ll always remember her as Papaya, kayfabe wife of Kwee-Wee (for two whole matches).

  15. Doc75 says:

    do you think she will be featured on Where Are They Now on wwe.com?

  16. AK says:

    I got the Val Venis match confused with this one

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6t5E37tNkoE

    Ah, the Over the Top, Off with your Top match between Dean Malenko and Jerry Lawler. I’m somewhat amazed they had this match the one and only time. I wonder if RD will ever consider inducting this? (Or has it already been inducted)? One would think there’s not much to say about it but if anyone could make it into a 10,000 word masterpiece of literary commentary, it’s Real Deal.

    Over the Top, Off with your Top sounds awful coming from the mouth of good ol J. R.

    Also Dean Malenko deserved so much better during his WWF run.

  17. That Lucha Guy says:

    “It turns out that Kelly Kelly wasn’t the first woman in company history with an impossible-to-remove brassiere (or to have a really dumb name)”. Absolute gold, you guys kill me everytime!

  18. King Of Kings says:

    Ahhh I remember her. BB was certainly two of a kind. (There’s my obligatory sexist joke for the day) This did get me to thinking about all of the other characters from the attitude era, specifically the blink and you missed them ones. I can’t remember if RD or Art has ever done a piece on this yet but if not, here’s you an idea.

    A few names that come to mind for me.

    Muffy – Stephanie aka Nipple H’s personal trainer, didn’t she last for like two weeks and then vanish?

    Just Joe – The keeper of the rumor mill.

    Abu and later on Babu – Tiger Ali Sing’s personal servant

    Tom Brandi aka Salvatore Sincere

    That’s all I can think of at the moment. Anyone else?

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