Wrestling / Dan Spivey

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Dan Spivey (b. 1952) is a retired American Professional Wrestler from Tampa, Florida who competed in the 1980s and 1990s primarily in Florida, for WWE, the World Wrestling Council in Puerto Rico, WCW and All Japan Pro Wrestling. He made his PPV debut in the battle royal that was part of the Chicago stage of WrestleMania II. He was an opponent in Bruiser Brody's last match, which was Spivey and Abdullah the Butcher vs. Brody and Carlos Colon, at the WWC's July 15, 1988 show. His last run, in 1995 WWE, saw him compete as Waylon Mercy, a character derived from Robert De Niro's portrayal of Max Cady in the 1991 remake of Cape Fear. He is a former All Japan Pro Wrestling World Tag Team Champion with Stan Hansen.

As usual, you can find the basics about his career at The Other Wiki.

"Tropes are gonna be in Waylon Mercy's hands. You know what I mean?"

  • Arch-Enemy: The Road Warriors, both in the ring and in Real Life.
  • Bash Brothers: With Scott Hall, Mike Rotunda, Sid Vicious, Stan Hansen, Johnny Ace (John Laurinaitis)
  • The Big Guy/The Brute
  • Con Man: Commentator Vince McMahon often called Waylon Mercy this for how he would shake everyone's, including the referee's, hands before his matches...and then go and beat the hell out of his opponents.
  • Deep South: Waylon Mercy was billed from Griffin, GA, and emphasized the accent.
  • Demoted to Extra: In his first WWE run.
  • Dented Iron: His run as Waylon Mercy was cut short by accumulated injuries.
  • Evil Laugh: As Waylon Mercy.
  • Face–Heel Turn: His 1987-1988 WWF run. During his 1985-early 1987 run, Spivey was a generally genial individual but was never really over with fans, and he and tag-team partner Mike Rotundo were generally placed no higher than the mid-card. In the fall of 1987, when he began to be paired against such fan favorites as Lanny Poffo, Koko B. Ware and S.D. Jones, there seemed to be an attitude change and he adopted a heelish persona. He was still unsuccessful, floundering in these opening-card matches until he left the WWF in early 1988.
  • Finishing Move: Spivey Spike (DDT); Sleeper (as Waylon Mercy).
  • Hawaiian-Shirted Tourist: Wore a Hawaiian shirt over his white clothes as Waylon Mercy.
  • I Have Many Names: Danny/Dan Spivey, American Starship Eagle, Waylon Mercy
  • The Jannetty: To Scott Hall, Sid Vicious and "Mean" Mark Callous (The Undertaker). That's THREE times on TWO separate teams.
  • Laughing Mad: Waylon Mercy's finisher was a sleeper. He'd put on a genuinely creepy, wild-eyed and laughing facial expression while applying it.
  • Legacy Character: Bray Wyatt, aka Windham "Husky Harris" Rotunda, has definite elements of Waylon Mercy, though amplified as he is the leader of a Cult, The Wyatt Family.
    • Which is an interesting choice because Windham Rotunda is the son of Mike Rotunda/grandson of Blackjack Mulligan/nephew of Barry and Kendall Windham, and Spivey goes back a long time with that whole family, though this is most likely a coincidence.
  • Light Is Not Good: Wrestled in all white as Waylon Mercy despite being a heel.
  • Papa Wolf: In a match against the The Road Warriors, both Hawk and Animal began to stiff and No-Sell his Tag Team partner, who was a relative newcomer. Spivey, the veteran of the four, was having absolutely none of it. He broke kayfabe and proceeded to beat the ever loving shit out of both Animal and Hawk with a chair for taking advantage of his partner. That partner was Mean Mark Callous, who would later go on to become The Undertaker. You can watch the incident here.
  • Parts Unknown: (as a member of the Skyscrapers): "Metropolis"
  • Power Stable: Was a member of Kevin Sullivan's Varsity Club.
  • Punny Name: "Waylon Mercy"
  • Real Song Theme Tune: The Skyscrapers used the Scorpions' "China White."
  • Red Baron: "Golden Boy," "Dangerous" and previously, "Starship Eagle."
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Walked out of WCW prior to the WrestleWar 90 PPV, February 25, 1990, where the Skyscrapers (he and "Mean" Mark Callous were scheduled to face The Road Warriors in a "Chicago Street Fight." Callous instead was teamed with, for one night only, "The Masked Skyscraper" ("Mean" Mike Enos). The Warriors won, of course. Spivey was fired for no-showing the March 18, 1990 show.
    • The Bus Came Back: Returned in September. The original Skyscrapers (Spivey and Sid) reunited just once, to Squash the Motor City Madman (Mike Moore, no connection to those other guys) and the Big Cat (Curtis "Mr." Hughes) at Starrcade 90.note 
      • An earlier "Bus Came Back" moment in his career came in the fall of 1987, when he returned to the WWF ... just months after he and Mike Rotundo split up and both left the promotion. Spivey came back with a heelish attitude, but as was the case with much of his earlier US Express run, he never was really over with fans, seldom appeared on television (and never on WWF Superstars or WWF Wrestling Challenge) and soon disappeared in early 1988. (Unlike Spivey, Rotundo's return to the WWF, which came three years after Spivey's departure ... was far more successful.)
  • Slasher Smile: As Waylon Mercy
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Barry Windham in the American (formerly U.S.) Express
  • Tag Team: American Starship (as Eagle, with Coyote [Scott Hall]); the American Express (with Mike Rotunda); the Skyscrapers (first with Sid Vicious, then with "Mean" Mark Callous).
  • Wrestling Family: He was married to the daughter of the Destroyer (Dick Beyer). His cousin Andy Leavine was signed to WWE until he was released in April 2012. He went to the WWC, where he has become a 1x WWC Universal Heavyweight Champion and a 1x WWC World Tag Team Champion with Samson Walker.
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