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Wrestling: Brutus Beefcake

Ed Leslie (b. 1957) is an American Professional Wrestler from San Francisco, California best known for his work in WWE in the 1980s as Brutus Beefcake. He debuted in 1977 as "Dizzy" Ed Boulder and teamed with Hulk Hogan (then Terry Boulder) in Florida and Alabama. He also worked for "Cowboy" Bill Watts' Mid-South Wrestling, the AWA, and made some early appearances in WWE. He officially debuted in WWE as Brutus Beefcake in 1984. He and Greg "The Hammer" Valentine defeated the U.S. Express (Barry Windham and Mike Rotunda) for the WWE World Tag Team Titles on August 24, 1985, and lost them to the British Bulldogs (Dynamite Kid and Davey Boy Smith) in the main event of the Chicago stage of WrestleMania II. Beefcake turned face by cutting "Adorable" Adrian Adonis' hair at WrestleMania III, launching his "Barber" gimmick. In 1990, he was originally scheduled to defeat Mr. Perfect for the WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Title at SummerSlam, but he suffered a near-fatal facial injury in a parasailing accident, destroying all the momentum he had. He didn't return to the ring until 1993, making his last televised appearance in the MegaManiacs (Hogan/Beefcake)-Money Inc. ("The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase/Irwin R. Schyster [Rotunda]) match at WrestleMania IX. He followed Hogan to WCW in 1994, where he became known more for going through a LOT of different names and gimmicks, lasting until 1999. In the years since, he has worked for a variety of independent promotions, often teaming with Valentine.

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"These tropes are going to do a little cuttin' and a struttin'":

  • Alliterative Name: One of his WCW names, Brother Bruti, qualifies as well.
  • Arch-Enemy: The British Bulldogs, Adrian Adonis, the Honky Tonk Man, Jimmy Hart (until Hart's 1993 face turn), Hogan on and off, Diamond Dallas Page (during his run as the Booty Man in WCW).
  • Bash Brothers: Hulk Hogan, Greg Valentine
  • Battle Butler: To Hogan as the Disciple in the NWO.
  • Beard of Evil: As the Disciple
  • Big "YES!"/Big "NO!": The Zodiac shouting "YES! NO! YES! NO!"
  • Breakup Breakout: His original tag team partner was Hulk Hogan. Only Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty can compare to such a discrepancy in success, and this trope used to be named after Jannetty.
  • The Butcher: Well, duh. It was only one of his names, after all.
  • Cool Shades: As the Disciple
  • Dream Team: Well, duh. It was only the name of his team with Greg Valentine, after all.
  • Duality Motif: The Zodiac had a zebra striped face and gear. In the vignette where he debuted, the Master said that he "knows neither pain nor pleasure. Has walked in darkness, has walked in light."
  • Facial Markings: As the Zodiac
  • Finishing Move: (as Beefcake): Jumping Knee, Sleeper
    • (as the Zodiac): Top-rope knee to the back of the head.
    • (as the Booty Man): "The High-Knee"
    • (as the Disciple): The Apocalypse (Stunner)
  • Heel-Face Brainwashing: Done by the Warrior to Disciple and he became the only other member of Warrior's "One Warrior Nation".
  • I Have Many Names: It's a Long List: "Dizzy" Ed Boulder, "Dizzy" Ed Hogan, Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, The Marinernote , Brother Bruti, the Butcher, the Man with No Face, the Man with No Name, the Zodiac, the Booty Man, the Clipmaster, the Disciple, Brute Forcenote 
  • Letters 2 Numbers: After leaving the NWO, and after Warrior left, he changed the "4 Life" on his tights to read "4 Me."
  • The Mole: After the Zodiac left the Dungeon of Doom in February 1996, he was repackaged as The Booty Man (sort of like Billy Gunn's "Mr. Ass" gimmick), now a Face and a Friend of Hogan. Hulk explained that he had sent him into the Dungeon as a "mole." However, it actually DOES make sense when you consider the finish of the War Games match between the Hulkamaniacs (Hogan/Savage/Sting/Luger) and the Dungeon of Doom (Kamala/Shark (John Tenta)/Zodiac/Meng) at WCW Fall Brawl 95, September 17, 1995. The Hulkamaniacs won when Hogan forced Zodiac to submit. Hulk had to have Zodiac be the one to submit, since he was the weakest guy on the team, (also because Kamala didn't speak, Meng was/is a legitimate Badass Monster and the Shark was too big) and because it would have looked suspicious if Hulk had fought with the other three guys but left Zodiac alone. The two might have planned for Hogan to not actually apply any pressure when he locked on the submission (so as not to hurt his friend any more than he had to), but for Zodiac to submit anyway (to give his friend Hogan the win against the DOD team). Kind of like a less stupid version of the Fingerpoke Of Doom.
  • Mook: As the Disciple
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: He's been a barber, a guy whose whole gimmick centered around his butt, a knockoff of a WWE biker gang, a butcher, a whatever the hell the Zodiac was supposed to be...
  • Not in the Face!: A stipulation added to all his matches after his parasailing accident. Averted in an infamous match against Irwin R. Shyster when after Ted DiBiase interfered to give the beaten Shyster an unfair advantage he was struck in the face with a metal briefcase.
  • Parts Unknown: Was originally billed from there.
    • (as the Zodiac): "The Land of Yin and Yang"
  • Power Stable: Was the Zodiac of the Dungeon Of Doom from July 15, 1995 through WCW SuperBrawl VI on February 11, 1996.
    • The Disciple as a member of the NWO.
  • The Quiet One: As the Disciple
  • Red Baron: "The Barber"
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Because he was Hulk Hogan's close friend, this is allegedly why he found work in the 1980's and why he had a talk show segment after his parasailing accident in the summer of 1990. This is also likely the reason why Beefcake kept getting brought back in WCW with different gimmicks. The connection has faded in the years since. Beefcake was part of Hogan's "Hulkamania" tour of Australia in 2009, but WWE did not bring him back for the NWO reunion in 2002, nor did TNA bring him in with Hogan.
    • Double Standard: It is far more acceptable, including on this very site, to bash Beefcake for his connection to Hogan than to bash Triple H for his connections to Shawn Michaels and Stephanie McMahon. This is mainly because Hunter came into his initial success mostly on his own, and because, no matter how disputed it is, he does have some talent.
  • Tag Team:
    • The Boulder Brothers -> The MegaManiacs
    • The Three Faces of Fear (as the Butcher) with Kevin Sullivan and Avalanche (John Tenta)
  • Talk Show with Fists: "The Barber Shop", which debuted on the April 14 (taped March 27), 1991 WWF Wrestling Challenge and lasted until Sid Justice destroyed the set on the February 16 (taped January 27), 1992 episode. Virtually all of the segments were unremarkable, save for one ... and it is that solitary moment that would herald the WWF's direction during the 1990s. It was a simple superkick by Shawn Michaels, delivered to his unsuspecting tag team partner Marty Jannetty, that jumpstarted Michaels' stagnant career and sent it soaring.
  • Traumatic Haircut: After being given one by Adrian Adonis, he returned the favor.
  • Tuckerization: The name "The Disciple" and his finisher being named "the Apocalypse" was a reference to the Disciples of Apocalypse, Crush (Brian Adams)' biker gang that was part of the "Gang Wars" feud in 1997 WWE also involving Faarooq's Nation of Domination, Savio Vega's Los Boricuas and the Truth Commission (The Jackyl, Kurrgan, Recon and Sniper.) What made this illogical was that Leslie redebuted in this gimmick at the end of the March 2, 1998 WCW Monday Nitro, only two weeks after Adams had made his WCW debut and joined the NWO.
  • Unrelated Brothers: With Terry Boulder/Hulk Hogan as Ed Boulder/Ed Hogan.
  • Weapon of Choice: Hedgeclippers
  • Wrestling Doesn't Pay: A wrestling barber. Unlike most examples of the trope, he didn't start out as one. He got the nickname after he cut Adrian Adonis's hair (see Traumatic Haircut).
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