Sports-entertainment's 20 most bizarre hometowns
There was a time when you understood where your professional wrestlers were coming from. They were burly men raised in Kansas City, Mo., Robbinsdale, Minn., or Denton, Texas. And then guys started getting cute. It was Deepest, Darkest Africa, Dreamland, U.S.A., or, God help us, The Environment. These weren’t places you could plug into your GPS and drive to. They were goofs!
Now, admittedly, some of these imagined hometowns were awesome (Wandering along the roads of U.S. Route 190) and a lot of them weren’t (Mt. Trashmore, Fla.), but they were all bizarre. So take a trip with WWEClassics.com as we visit 20 of these bad lands from Nastyville to Dudleyville. Just don't say, "Are we there yet?"
The Bowery — Raven
One stop south of Skid Row on the subway line to The Land of Extreme sits The Bowery, a gritty slum lined with flophouses and trash heaps. When Raven wasn’t banging his head to the wails of grunge at the area’s landmark CBGB rock club, he might have been and inside a dive pub with other gutter punks drowning his sorrows.
But if Joey Ramone was around today to return to his seedy stomping grounds, he might be surprised at what he’d find: a trendy hotel, a Whole Foods Market and an avant-garde art museum. At least CB’s is still around, right? Don’t count on it. We doubt Raven digs the John Varvatos boutique in its place. So much for hardcore. — ZACH LINDER
Shorinji Temple, Fukuoka, Japan — Glacier
Don’t let the southern drawl and the buzzcut of a Georgia state trooper fool ya. Glacier wasn’t a good ol’ boy from the Peach State. He was a ninja from the Shorinji Temple in Fukuoka, Japan. That’s what WCW would’ve had you believe anyway.
Remembered as one of Eric Bischoff’s great creative misfires during WCW’s mid-90s boom period, Glacier received a tepid response upon his ’96 debut despite a high-tech entrance and endless weeks of hype packages. Part of the fail was a misjudgment of the demand for kung fu on a wrestling show. The rest of it could be blamed on trying to pass off a Georgia dude as a karate master with a Wu Tang Clan lyric as his hometown. — RYAN MURPHY
The Other Side of the Tracks — Deuce & Domino
Former WWE Tag Team Champions Deuce & Domino were the type of guys you wouldn’t want to cross at the local diner back in the 1950s. A throwback to “greasers” of yesteryear, the duo were decked out in leather jackets and jeans, slicked back hair and drove a 1950s convertible to the ring as their doo-wop inspired entrance theme played.
Simply put, they were bad apples — the type of lugheads who would set up an appointment by the bike racks after school. To emphasize their tough guy attitudes, the pair was billed from one of the worst neighborhoods in any city or town—The Other Side of the Tracks. — KEVIN POWERS
Outer Space — Max Moon
From Outer Space came Max Moon, a most unusual Superstar. Resplendent in a space-age outfit that was beyond description, Moon hailed from an area where few people have ever ventured.
Living in Outer Space can be difficult at times. You either travel fast or drift aimlessly into nowhere. For Max Moon, his stay in WWE was a brief one. When he returned back to Outer Space, he was not welcomed as a conquering hero, and wound up aimlessly in orbit. — HOWARD FINKEL
Pepperland — The Blue Meanie
Pepperland is best known as the mythical home of John, Paul, George, and Ringo. The mop topped quartet introduced the world to this bizarre land in the 1968 animated adaptation of their landmark album “Yellow Submarine.”
Yet, within the Blue Mountains of Pepperland lived The Blue Meanie — a jolly chap who was every bit as mischievous as his cartoon counterpart. During a memorable stint in ECW — and a somewhat less memorable stint in WWE — The Meanie introduced Pepperland to a new generation who had yet to discover “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” or the girl with kaleidoscope eyes. — H.F.
Nastyville — The Nasty Boys
Far from the reaches of anything puritan and placid, Nastyville was the epitome of all things, well, nasty! The town claimed plenty of dirty denizens, but two unlawful abiding citizens became Nastyville’s pride and joy.
Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags proudly represented their crumbling community as The Nasty Boys throughout their wrestling career. When they weren’t stomping teams like The Hart Foundation and Harlem Heat in the ring, Knobbs and Sags were stomping down Nastyville’s most dangerous streets. It’s not the kind of place you’d want to visit, but we’d love to see the pigeon-covered pair of bronze statues dedicated to the team that put Nastyville on the map! — H.F.
The Penalty Box — The Goon
As a pro hockey hooligan, The Goon racked up enough penalty minutes on the ice that it would have made sense for the enforcer to take up permanent residence in the sin bin. So he did.
While most icemen would be a little claustrophobic being stuck there for more than two minutes, The Goon was at home in The Penalty Box. Since his wrestling and hockey gear were one and the same, he didn’t need a ton of space, and we imagine rent is cheap in a box barely big enough to stretch out in.
Still, we’re dying to know whether The Goon’s pad came with a doorman. — BOBBY MELOK
Badstreet, USA — The Fabulous Freebirds
The Fabulous Freebirds revolutionized sports-entertainment both in and out of the squared circle. Inside the ring, the rule breaking faction instituted the “Freebird Rule” where any two members of the group could defend a tag team championship.
The Freebirds were also the first to use a rock ‘n’ roll entrance theme — even using their own his song “Badstreet, USA.” However, Badstreet was more than a song. The rebels also billed themselves from the location, symbolizing that they were battle-hardened on the mean streets of Atlanta, G.A. — K.P.
The Land of Yin and Yang — The Zodiac
In Chinese philosophy, the yin and yang represent opposite forces being interconnected in the natural world. Life and death, good and evil, hot and cold — these contrary concepts are represented by the yin and yang.
When The Zodiac debuted as a member of WCW’s Dungeon of Doom, he was billed from The Land of the Yin and Yang. WWEClassics.com has no idea where that is — and why he only ever said “yes” or “no” — but it makes sense given that The Zodiac himself was a contradiction. Eventually, it was revealed that the former Brutus Beefcake was actually Hulk Hogan’s mole in The Dungeon of Doom. — K.P.
Who Knows Where — Who
No, Who wasn't from First Base. Who hailed from Who Knows Where, because where else would Who call home? Who Knows Where was no doubt built with a solid foundation, but ould be as dangerous to run into as a falling anvil.
Visitors become lost forever in Who Knows Where and no individual knew how to find them, expect maybe Who, who knew exactly where Who Knows Where was. Although Who briefly departed Who Knows Where to be a resident of WWE, he returned shortly thereafter. Who knew best that Who Knows Where felt like home. Who knows why? — Z.L.
A little town in France — Black Blood
Little was known about the masked, axe-wielding executioner named Black Blood when he arrived on the WCW scene in 1991. Understandably, no one tried to get to know him, for fear of having their head lopped off.
Doing Pulitzer-level investigative journalism, WCW’s announcers surmised that Black Blood was from “A little town in France” and called it a day. Nice work, guys.
We tried to do a little digging, but most French people aren’t eager to talk about a guy in a mask who fancies himself a headsman. Our best guess puts Black Blood’s home in Castelmoron-d’Albret, the smallest French town by land area, or Rouchefourchat, a town which had only one listed resident in 2008. — B.M.
WCW Special Forces — Firebreaker Chip & Todd Champion
Everyone knows that WCW had a penchant for overspending. Hiring tons of wrestlers — some of whom were never used on television — was just one of the many ways the WCW brass tossed money away.
In 1991, the company revealed that it also had its own top secret military unit. Seriously. Todd Champion — a soldier — and Firebreaker Chip — a firefighter — made their way from WCW Special Forces to the squared circle.
We’re not exactly sure where WCW Special Forces was located, or what the ill-fated duo were protecting WCW from, but the company shut down Champion and Chip’s company mere months after their arrival. — B.M.
The Cosmos — Blitzkrieg
Much like Max Moon, WCW’s Blitzkrieg fancied himself an interstellar traveler, but the broad stroke of “Outer Space” wasn’t an appropriate hometown for the highflyer. Instead, Blitzkrieg billed himself from The Cosmos.
Cosmos? Who says Cosmos besides your most pretentious high school science teacher and the most loathsome gaggle of girls in the bar? Yeah, maybe Blitzkrieg spent too much time watching Carl Sagan documentaries, but he was still pretty awesome. — R.M.
Every Girl's Dream & Every Man's Nightmare — "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert & Sting
“Hot Stuff” Eddie Gilbert and Sting were quite the formidable duo in Mid-South Wrestling. The two over-the-top personalities fit together perfectly, capturing the promotion’s tag titles twice. Not only did the duo gel in the ring, but the two hailed from towns that went together like peanut butter and jelly. The pretty boy Gilbert was announced as being from “Every Girl’s Dream,” while the muscled-up bruiser claimed to hail from “Every Man’s Nightmare.”
After ditching Gilbert upon his arrival in Jim Crockett Promotions, Sting moved from the bad dreams of men to a more relaxing locale. Though we hear Every Man’s Nightmare is lovely this time of year, we can’t blame the Stinger for heading out west to Venice Beach, Calif. — B.M.
Dudleyville — The Dudleys
Today, we think of D-Von, Bubba Ray and even Little Spike as the defining members of the Dudley clan. But let’s not forget about Snot, Sign Guy and the rest of the tie-dyed terrors who shared a father, a stigmatism and a hometown that even Rand McNally would struggle to discover — Dudleyville.
First emerging as a fractured family in Paul Heyman’s ECW in 1996, the Dudleys were an oddball collective of guys like Dudley Dudley and Dances with Dudley who all crawled out of an unseen “Big Daddy” Dudley’s gene pool down in Dudleyville. Eventually, Bubba Ray, D-Von and Spike branched off the family tree and emerged as stars in their own right. But, as the saying goes, you can take the man out of Dudleyville, but you can’t take Dudleyville out of the man. — R.M.
The Bottomless Pit — The Boogeyman
The Boogeyman had plenty of weird things about him: the strange face paint, the eerie gyrations, the clock smashing. Oh yeah, there was the whole worm eating thing, too.
But the one thing that had us extra perplexed about Boogeyman is his hometown, The Bottomless Pit. We’re not accusing The Boogeyman of being a liar — we just need to know how the hell he got out of there.
If the pit was indeed bottomless, The Boogeyman must be a ridiculously good rock climber to scale the never-ending ditch. That alone makes him even scarier than before. — B.M.
The State of Euphoria — Maxx Payne
WCW had no idea what to make of Maxx Payne when he stepped into the squared circle. The psychedelic rocker operated on a higher plane than most grapplers.
Payne claimed to hail from a state that probably won’t be admitted to the union any time soon: Euphoria. We’re not quite sure how to get there, but Payne seemed to find his special place when he was shredding on his custom guitar, Norma Jean. And he always looked like he was at home when he inflicted pain on whatever poor sap he faced. Seems like laws in the State of Euphoria were pretty lax. — B.M.
The Iron Gates of Fate — “The Taskmaster” Kevin Sullivan
The Beantown accent of Boston tough guy Kevin Sullivan was so apparent that he’d have little trouble landing a role in Ben Affleck’s next movie. But the dependably bizarre Sullivan never let his Massachusetts roots stop him from billing himself from Singapore, The Conch Republic and, in his most inspired turn of phrase, The Iron Gates of Fate.
Unless The Iron Gates of Fate were situated in some uncharted area of Southie, it’s hard to believe that Sullivan ever passed through them. Still, with all the leprechauns, man sharks and unfrozen mummies that surrounded the man in his most manic WCW days, his hometown was the least bizarre part of his presentation. — R.M.
The Outer Reaches of Your Mind — Damien Demento
Had Damien Demento billed himself from The Outer Reaches of His Own Mind, he would’ve come off like any other nutjob you might find arguing with the rats behind a KFC. But the fact that he came from The Outer Reaches of Your Mind felt like such a disturbing personal invasion that you had to think Demento was a special kind of crazy. This creep was coming from inside your head? Most folks don’t even like strangers using their toilet. Let’s just hope Demento cleaned up after himself. — R.M.
Anywhere he darn well pleases — Sid Vicious
Former WWE Champion Sid Vicious always did things one way — his way.
Although he was once a member of The Four Horsemen, Sid’s allegiances were always short-lived and he often left his opponents questioning their line of work. Where does someone like the incomparable Sid come from? Well, anywhere he darn well pleases. Seriously, Sid was focused less on his mailing address and more on accomplishing his goals inside the squared circle — it didn’t matter where he was from. — K.P.