He's coming to get you!Martin "Marty" Wright
(b. 1964) is an American actor and Professional Wrestler
best known for his time in WWE
from 2005-2009 as The Boogeyman
. Wright had tried out for WWE Tough Enough
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 WWE SmackDown!
promoting "The Boogeyman," all of which ended with "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 role
as UPN Network representative
, told WWE SmackDown
General Manager Mr. Theodore R. Long that The Boogeyman
was going to be a new show on the network, then 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 "Never Sleep Again
" chant from A Nightmare On Elm Street
, 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.The Other Wiki
has a good writeup on him and you can find out about his movie career at IMDB
Not to be confused with the 1980 horror film The Boogey Man
. For the imaginary being used to frighten children, see Things That Go Bump in the Night
"THE BOOGEYMAN is coming to get you if you don't read these tropes!":
- Abhorrent Admirer: Seemed to be this towards Jillian Hall and Sharmell, with the expected results.
- Arch-Enemy: John Bradshaw Layfield, Booker T, Fit Finlay, Mark Henry, Matt Striker, Big Daddy V
- Carry a Big Stick: He did, with orange smoke coming out of it, along with the orange smoke that was part of his entrance.
- Catch Phrase: "I'm the Boogeyman, and I'm coming to get you!"
- Charles Atlas Superpower: He was a bodybuilder before he got into wrestling, and Michael Cole and Tazz both acknowledged his strength during the replay of the finish of his match against Simon Dean on the December 2, 2005 SmackDown!.
- Companion Cube: The various clocks he carried with him and smashed over his own head.
- Confusion Fu: 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.
- Dark Is Not Evil: In WWE.
- Determinator: Wrestled his match with Booker T and his wife Sharmell at 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.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: In his PPV debut, at Royal Rumble 2006, defeated John "Bradshaw" Layfield in a mere 1:56. JBL acknowledged this after, talking about how he had been so dominant as WWE World Heavyweight Champion, and Boogeyman just beat him with ease.
- Evil Laugh/Laughing Mad
- Evil Smells Bad: The orange smoke that came out of his wooden staff.
- Executive Meddling: An In-Universe example: Palmer Cannon adding Boogeyman to SmackDown! as part of his "New Talent Initiative."
- Expy: The Boogeyman's gimmick/character was often compared to Papa Shango.
- Facial Markings
- Finishing Move: 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.
- Folk Music: Sang "Oh My Darling, Clementine", with worms crawling around his head, to Simon Dean before their match, Boogeyman's TV in-ring debut, on the December 2, 2005 episode of SmackDown!.
- Freaky Is Cool
- Fun Personified: 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.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: 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 Playground Song and Shout-Out below), recite lyrics or just scare/confuse people. It was absolutely necessary, though, since, unlike Kane or the original heel Doink the Clown, who would randomly attack people and explain it later, the last thing that Boogey should have been made to do is explain himself.
- Hard Head: He smashed clocks over his own head to freak out other wrestlers, often wrestling with the glass still in his head.
- He's Back: He left wrestling in February 2012, but came back in July.
- Horned Humanoid: He originally had antlers in OVW but they kept falling off.
- Improbable Hairstyle
- Lampshade Hanging: The backstory about his being switched from the (fictitious) abandoned TV show to SmackDown. Eventually, all of that was abandoned too.
- Lightning Bruiser: He was surprisingly agile. In 2007, he unveiled as an occasional finisher a very long range diving splash.
- Mini Mook: Little Boogeyman, brought in to torment Hornswoggle during Boogeyman's feud with Finlay. Little Boogeyman was not as effective as the big guy though.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast
- No Sell: Often would simply gyrate with a bemused expression on his face when struck rather than show pain. Finlay needed a shillelagh to hurt him.
- Older than They Look: Debuted in OVW at the age of 40.
- Odd Friendship: With Kane.
- Parts Unknown: "The Bottomless Pit"
- Playground Song: Sang "London Bridge Is Falling Down" to John Cena on the November 21, 2005 Rawnote when Cena randomly opened a closet door while looking for other wrestlers, so he could ask them their opinions about Kurt Angle. The Boogeyman then smashed the clock over his own head.
- Popularity Power: Was supposed to be a heel, but was so funny and charismatic that the fans loved him.
- Put on a Bus: Released in September 2006.
- The Bus Came Back: Returned less than a month later.
- And again in the 2012 Slammys, if only for a brief cameo.
- Real Song Theme Tune: (in OVW): John Carpenter's "Halloween Theme".
- Refuge in Audacity: 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?
- Scare Chord
- Shout-Out: Sang "A Spoonful of Sugar" to John "Bradshaw" Layfield on the November 25, 2005 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 Rawnote -Team SmackDownnote match at Survivor Series 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."
- Something Completely Different: Oh, was he ever.
- Speak of the Devil: In OVW he would appear, and usually squash, who ever spoke his name.
- Squash Match: Many of his matches fell into this category.
- Summon Bigger Fish: He was the reason Matt Striker brought in Big Daddy V.
- Things That Go Bump in the Night
- Toothy Issue: 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.
- Trademark Favorite Food: He eats worms.
- Wrestling Monster: The rare babyface variety.
- Wrestling Psychology: A master at scaring his opponents before he even got into the ring.