- "I can tear a telephone directory in two
Bending iron bars is something else that I can do
I always pick my teeth with the nearest billiard cue
So imagine what I could do to you"—"Exotic" Adrian Street, "Imagine What I Could Do To You"
Adrian Street (b. 1940) is a retired Welsh Professional Wrestler who competed from the 1950s all the way into 2010 primarily as "Exotic" Adrian Street. He started his career as Kid Tarzan Jonathan and also wrestled as Hell's Angel #1. He developed his outrageous image, he claims, sort of by accident since he had been getting such a good reaction from the character. He wrestled for decades all over the world. In the U.S., he competed in Memphis, Florida, the Mid-Atlantic, Los Angeles, Mid-South, the Continental territory in Alabama and for the Global Wrestling Federation in Dallas as well as many independents. Among his in-ring achievements, he held the Mid-South Television Title, the NWA Florida Heavyweight Title and the NWA Americas (Los Angeles) Heavyweight Title. In 1986, he won The Wrestling Observer Newsletter's "Best Gimmick" Award.The Other Wiki has a good writeup on his career, and you can find information on his acting career at IMDB.
"I can take some ugly tropes and beat them till they're beautiful, so imagine what I could do to you"note :
- Abhorrent Admirer
- Ambiguously Gay
- Agent Peacock
- Arch-Enemy: (In England}: Chris Adams; Feuded with Randy Savage and Jimmy Valiant in Memphis.
- As Himself: In 1985's Grunt! The Wrestling Movie.
- Badass: In wrestling and in Real Life.
- Bash Brothers and Sisters: Miss Linda, Bill Dundee, Jimmy Valiant
- Battle Couple: With his valet, Miss Linda. They're married in Real Life.
- Big Eater: From "Imagine What I Could Do To You":"I eat a dozen T-bones for an early morning snack."
- Carpet of Virility
- The Cast Show Off: Wrestled, acted in movies, recorded songs and made music videos for them.
- Documentary: Jeremy Deller's The Life and Times of Adrian Street.
- Expy: "Adorable" Adrian Adonis and Rico.
- Facial Markings
- Fairest of Them All: Mentioned by name in "I'm In Love With Me".
- Finishing Move: Sleeper, splash
- Gay Cowboy: "Something Very Strange About a Cowboy"
- Genre Roulette: Fake Country Music on "Something Very Strange About a Cowboy," Doo Wop on "I'm in Love with Me" and whatever the rest of his songs were.
- Non-Indicative Name: "Street Rap"...isn't rap.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Practically a pioneer of this in pro wrestling. MANY examples could be cited, but "Something Very Strange About a Cowboy" should suffice.
- Gorgeous George: One of the best ever.
- Foreign Wrestling Heel: The first ever wrestling VHS release, 1985's Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents Lords of the Ring: Superstars and Superbouts, featured a brief profile of Street which included a promo where he ran down sloppy burger eating, pickup truck driving American redneck girls.
- "I Am" Song: "I'm In Love With Me"
- Improbable Hairstyle: Just look at the picture. He had Girlish Pigtails.
- It's All About Me/The Fighting Narcissist/Distracted by My Own Sexy: Played for Laughs with "I'm In Love with Me":"I find it very difficult to get me off my mind
But that's the price perfection has to pay."
- Large Ham: How could he not be one?
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: In Real Life.
- Power Stable:
- The Royal Family (led by "King" James Dillon [JJ Dillon] in Florida and also including Terry Funk, Bruiser Brody and The Iron Sheik, among others.)
- Cornette's Dynasty (in Memphis)
- The Commonwealth Army (led by Lord Jonathan Boyd and featuring the Sheepherders and Eric Embry in Southwest Championship Wrestling in San Antonio, TX.)
- Real Men Wear Pink/Hell-Bent for Leather/Chained by Fashion/Handsome In Mink
- Ring Oldies: Started in 1957 and was still competing as of 2010.
- Shout-Out: "Sweet Transvestite with a Broken Nose"
- Start My Own: The Skull Krushers Wrestling School in Gulf Breeze, Florida, until Hurricane Ivan hit and Street had to close down. He also designs and sells wrestling gear.
- Stock Footage: Some scenes from his "Imagine What I Could Do To You" video reappear in "Sweet Transvestite with a Broken Nose."
- Take-That Kiss: Would actually kiss his opponents to break pinfall attempts.
- Talk Show with Fists: "The Street Corner," in Memphis.
- Verbal Tic: "Mmm", "nice."
- Villainous Crossdresser: He'd inflict this on his opponents, putting makeup on them after beating them.
- Would Hit a Girl: Miss Linda, after his Mid-South Television Title defense against Chris Adams ended in a DQ after Terry Taylor, who Street defeated for the title, ran over and kissed her.
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: His song "The Krippler"