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-->''I'm the BOOGEYMAN!...And I'm coming to GET YOU!''

'''Martin "Marty" Wright''' (b. 1964) is an American actor and {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er best known for his time in Wrestling/{{WWE}} from 2005-2009 as '''The Boogeyman'''. Wright had tried out for ''Wrestling/WWEToughEnough'' but was rejected after he admitted that he had lied about his age. Despite this, he got a developmental deal and was assigned to [=WWE=]'s farm league Ohio Valley Wrestling. In July of 2005, vignettes started airing on ''[[Wrestling/WWESmackDown WWE [=SmackDown!=]]]'' promoting "The Boogeyman," all of which ended with [[{{CatchPhrase}} "I'm the Boogeyman, and I'm coming to get you!"]].

On the October 18th episode, Palmer Cannon (real name Brian Mailhot, aka New England indy wrestler Brian Black), in his [[{{Kayfabe}} role]] as [[Creator/{{UPN}} UPN Network]] [[CorruptCorporateExecutive representative]], told ''WWE [=SmackDown=]'' General Manager Mr. Theodore R. Long that ''The Boogeyman'' was going to be a new show on the network, then [[{{Kayfabe}} explained]] that something had "happened on the set," but that they had a multi-year holding deal with the guy who was supposed to be the star and that in his opinion "the Boogeyman" would be a great addition for Smackdown, then introducing Long to the Boogeyman himself. Boogeyman recited a shortened version of the "NeverSleepAgain" chant from ''Film/{{A Nightmare On Elm Street|1984}}'', substituting himself for Freddy Krueger, before smashing a clock over his own head and saying, "I'm the Boogeyman, and I'm coming to get you!" Boogeyman would compete on ''[=SmackDown!=]'' and [=ECW=] TV from December 2005 to March 2009.

[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marty_Wright The Other Wiki]] has a good writeup on him and you can find out about his movie career at [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0942630 IMDB]].

Not to be confused with the 1980 horror film ''Film/TheBoogeyMan''. For the imaginary being used to frighten children, see ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight.
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!!! "THE BOOGEYMAN is coming to get you if you don't read these tropes!":
* AbhorrentAdmirer: Seemed to be this towards [[Characters/WWEDivas Jillian Hall]] and Sharmell, with the expected results.
* ArchEnemy: Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield, Wrestling/BookerT, Fit Finlay, Wrestling/MarkHenry, [[Characters/WWECommentators Matt Striker]], Big Daddy V
** Creator/DonaldTrump, who Wright has since claimed "didn't want to sell the gimmick."
** Wrestling/TheUndertaker in ''[[VideoGame/WWEVideoGames [=SmackDown=] vs. RAW 2009]]''
* CarryABigStick: He did, with [[OminousFog orange smoke coming out of it]], along with the orange smoke that was part of his entrance.
* CatchPhrase: "I'm the Boogeyman, and I'm coming to get you!"
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: He was a bodybuilder before he got into wrestling, and Wrestling/MichaelCole and Wrestling/{{Tazz}} both acknowledged his strength during the replay of the finish of his match against Simon Dean on the December 2, 2005 ''[=SmackDown!=]''.
* CompanionCube: The various clocks he carried with him and smashed over his own head.
* ConfusionFu: To the point that it really took some time before any of his opponents were able to put together any kind of offensive strategy against him, since he had such a psychological advantage before the match even started.
* DarkIsNotEvil: In [=WWE=].
* {{Determinator}}: Wrestled his match with Booker T and his wife Sharmell at ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} XXII'' with torn left biceps. The match was kept particularly short for that reason. However, since Boogeyman's matches tended to be pretty short already, it's doubtful anyone noticed a difference.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: In his PPV debut, at ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble 2006'', defeated John "Bradshaw" Layfield in a mere '''1:56'''. [=JBL=] ''acknowledged'' this after, talking about how he had been so dominant as [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-h.html WWE World Heavyweight Champion]], and Boogeyman just beat him with ease.
* EvilLaugh[=/=]LaughingMad
* EvilSmellsBad: The orange smoke that came out of his wooden staff.
* ExecutiveMeddling: An InUniverse example: Palmer Cannon adding Boogeyman to ''[=SmackDown!=]'' as part of his "New Talent Initiative."
* {{Expy}}: The Boogeyman's gimmick/character was often compared to [[Characters/WWENewGeneration Papa Shango]].
* FacialMarkings
* FinishingMove: Goodnight (pumphandle powerslam), Supernatural Driver (reverse body slam), chokebomb.
* {{Flanderization}}: The worm-eating schtick became more and more of a focus until it was all Michael Cole would talk about on commentary during Boogeyman segments.
* FolkMusic: Sang "Oh My Darling, Clementine", with worms crawling around his head, to [[Wrestling/MikeBucci Simon Dean]] before their match, Boogeyman's TV in-ring debut, on the December 2, 2005 episode of ''[=SmackDown!=]''.
* FreakyIsCool
* FunPersonified: Very entertaining, but he was never pushed as a threat to any of the champions of the time. See No Hit Wonder on the Trivia page.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: Very much booked this way and his character certainly lent itself to it. Aside from the vague backstory about his being switched from the fictitious TV show to ''[=SmackDown!=]'', no other background was given for him and his motivations were never explained, beyond threatening to make people face their fears. As part of the build to his proper TV in-ring debut, he'd often just show up or be found in some unlikely place (see PlaygroundSong and ShoutOut below), [[WaxingLyrical recite lyrics]] or just scare/confuse people. It was absolutely ''necessary'', though, since, unlike Wrestling/{{Kane}} or the original heel Wrestling/DoinkTheClown, who would randomly attack people and explain it later, the ''last'' thing that Boogey should have been made to do is explain himself.
* HardHead: He smashed clocks over his own head to freak out other wrestlers, often wrestling with the glass ''still in his head''.
* HesBack: He left wrestling in February 2012, but [[TenMinuteRetirement came back in July]].
** On November 1, 2013, WWE posted [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Gf4Utid_B0 this video]] on their Website/YouTube channel.
* HornedHumanoid: He originally had antlers in OVW but they kept falling off.
* ImprobableHairstyle
* LampshadeHanging: The backstory about his being switched from the (fictitious) abandoned TV show to ''[=SmackDown=]''. Eventually, all of that was abandoned too.
* LightningBruiser: He was surprisingly agile. In 2007, he unveiled as an occasional finisher a ''very'' long range diving splash.
* MiniMook: Little Boogeyman, brought in to torment Wrestling/{{Hornswoggle}} during [=Boogeyman=]'s feud with Finlay. Little Boogeyman was not as effective as the big guy though.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast
* NoSell: Often would simply gyrate with a bemused expression on his face when struck rather than show pain. Finlay needed a shillelagh to hurt him.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Debuted in OVW at the age of '''40'''.
* OddFriendship: With [=Kane=].
* PartsUnknown: "The Bottomless Pit"
* PlaygroundSong: Sang "London Bridge Is Falling Down" to Wrestling/JohnCena on the November 21, 2005 ''[[Wrestling/WWERaw Raw]]''[[note]]The show was in Sheffield, England that week[[/note]] when Cena randomly opened a closet door while looking for other wrestlers, so he could ask them their opinions about Wrestling/KurtAngle. The Boogeyman then smashed the clock over his own head.
* PopularityPower: Was ''supposed'' to be a heel, but was so funny and charismatic that the fans loved him.
* PutOnABus: Released in September 2006.
** TheBusCameBack: Returned less than a month later.
*** And again in the 2012 Slammys, if only for a brief cameo.
* RealSongThemeTune: (in OVW): Creator/JohnCarpenter's "''Film/{{Halloween|1978}}'' Theme".
** In the independents, he uses Music/MarilynManson's CoverVersion of [[Music/{{Eurythmics}} the Eurythmics]]' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This").
* RefugeInAudacity: Eating worms, wrestling a match, and then forcing his fallen opponent to eat the worms by regurgitating them straight from his mouth into theirs. How about eating a giant mole off of Jillian Hall's face?
* ScareChord
* ShoutOut: Sang [[Film/MaryPoppins "A Spoonful of Sugar"]] to John "Bradshaw" Layfield on the November 25, 2005 ''[[Wrestling/WWESmackDown WWE SmackDown]]'', while eating something from a bowl, when [=JBL=] found him in a van in the garage while looking for "''[=Raw=]'' guys trying to invade my show," during the build to the Team ''[=Raw=]''[[note]]Wrestling/ShawnMichaels[=/=][=Kane=][=/=]Wrestling/TheBigShow[=/=]Carlito[=/=]Chris Masters[[/note]]-Team ''[=SmackDown=]''[[note]]John "Bradshaw" Layfield[=/=]Wrestling/RandyOrton[=/=]Wrestling/{{Batista}}[=/=]Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr[=/=]Wrestling/BobbyLashley[[/note]] match at ''Wrestling/SurvivorSeries'' that Sunday. Boogeyman said his catchphrase, smashed the clock (which had gone off) over his head, took another spoonful of whatever was in the bowl, did his evil laugh and called JBL a "noob."
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Oh, was he ever.
* SpeakOfTheDevil: In OVW he would appear, and usually squash, who ever spoke his name.
* SquashMatch: Many of his matches fell into this category.
* SummonBiggerFish: He was the reason Matt Striker brought in Big Daddy V.
* ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight
* ToothyIssue: A couple of his front teeth got knocked out during training but he decided that the new look fit the gimmick better so he kept it that way. During his late run, he got dentures.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: He eats '''''worms'''''.
* WrestlingMonster: The rare babyface variety.
* WrestlingPsychology: A master at scaring his opponents before he even got into the ring.