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Wrestling: Allen Coage

Allen Coage (1943-2007) was an African American judoka and Professional Wrestler from Harlem, New York City, NY best known for his work in the 1970s and 1980s as Bad News Allen and Bad News Brown. He debuted in 1977 in New Japan Pro Wrestling and made it his home for years, with the exception of an undercard run in WWE in 1980 and some appearances in the National Wrestling Alliance territory in Los Angeles. He also competed in Stampede, in Hawaii and in Florida before he returned to WWE in 1988. He left in 1990 to go back to Japan with some side trips to independent promotions in Canada, the GWF in Dallas, the UWA in Mexico, and, it would seem, anywhere except the continental U.S. He retired in 1998. Among his in-ring achievements, he was a 4x Stampede North American Heavyweight Champion, a 3x NWA Americas (Los Angeles) Tag Team Champion (1x w/Leroy Brown and 2x w/Victor Rivera) and a 1x NWA Southern (Florida) Heavyweight Champion. He died of a heart attack on March 6, 2007.

These tropes are Bad News:

  • Actually Pretty Funny: Why he hated wrestling Hacksaw Jim Duggan. His goofy personality made it hard to keep in character and not laugh.
  • Angry Black Man: Somewhat implied in his interviews, though never expressed outright.
  • Arch-Enemy: The Mongolian Stomper, Bret Hart, Randy Savage, Jake Roberts, Lex Luger. That said, he is the second example in the folder for Pro Wrestling on the page for Hates Everyone Equally.
  • Badass: A real life Olympian.
    • To take it further, he won the bronze in the judo heavyweight division at the '76 games, making him the only American representative to medal in the Olympics at that weight class.
    • A popular story tells that Bad News stood up to André the Giant when Andre apparently cracked a racist joke with Brown in earshot. Andre not only backed down, he never told another joke like that again (at least not with Bad News around).
    • Another story tells that Bad News's friend, the equally badass Dynamite Kid, got jumped by the Rougeau Brothers backstage at a WWF event in the 80's. As soon as Bad News saw what was happening, he went after the Rougeau Brothers. Even at a 2 on 1 advantage and sporting brass knuckles, they were terrified to mix it up with Bad News and ran away. It should be noted that this story is told differently by everyone who had not come from Stampede. According to others, Raymond wasn't there at all, and Dynamite Kid had been using Raymond's absence to relentlessly bully Jacques (Raymond being a noted tough guy who'd been Jacques' protector in the locker room). Dynamite had even broken Jacques' jaw. Jacques finally had enough and beat Dynamite with a roll of quarters (not brass knucks).
    • Badass Beard/Beard of Evil
    • Badass Teacher: One of his trainees is Jinder Mahal.
  • Bald of Evil
  • Bash Brothers: Abdullah the Butcher, Gerry Morrow, SD Jones
  • Brooklyn Rage
  • Catch Phrase: "Lemme tell you beer-bellied share-croppers one thing..."
  • Finishing Move: Ghetto-Blaster (Jumping Enzuigiri)
  • I Know Judo: Tied for the Bronze at the 1976 Olympics.
  • I Work Alone: His whole gimmick in WWE was a misanthropic loner who hated everybody. This was less so everywhere else, as noted above, he was a 3x tag team champion in Los Angeles and he teamed regularly in Japan.
  • It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY: For some reason, he would pronounce the "wrestle" in WrestleMania as "res-la."
  • Jive Turkey
  • Last of His Kind: He was the last NWA Bahamas Heavyweight Champion, since he won it in December 1986 and it was retired in 1987.
  • Legacy Character: He has a lot of similar traits to Stone Cold Steve Austin(black trunks, bald, goatee, a big mouth that could be backed up, not getting along with anybody, heel or face).
  • One Mario Limit: He used the Red Baron "The Ultimate Warrior" prior to coming to WWE as Bad News Brown. However, and Google backs this up, the name "The Ultimate Warrior" conjures up one image, and it's not a Badass black guy from Harlem, NY, or even a 1975 Yul Brynner movie. It's the wrestler whose birth name was Jim Hellwig.
  • Power Stable:
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Earned the nickname Bad News in judo before he started wrestling.
  • Scary Black Man: And how!
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Abandoned his teammates in both of his Survivor Series matches (1988 and 1989), getting himself counted out.
  • Shout-Out: Used the enzuigiri as a finisher in honor of his wrestling mentor Antonio Inoki.
  • Underwear of Power
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl/Break the Cutie: He never struck Miss Elizabeth. However, he did imply that she was providing favors for WWF President Jack Tunney in order to keep him from getting shots at Savage's WWE World Heavyweight Title, which stung just as hard.
  • You Dirty Rat: Carried one around in 1990 to counter Jake Roberts' snake Damien.
Bryan ClarkeThe NinetiesMichael Cole
Don CallisThe EightiesJim Cornette
Haystacks CalhounThe SeventiesThe Crusher
Brodus ClayProfessional WrestlingMichael Cole

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