(b. 1957) is a retired American Professional Wrestler
from Union City, TN who competed from the 1970s through the start of the 21st century as Koko B. Ware
. He started in the territories, working in Georgia, Mid-South, Memphis and elsewhere. He was primarily a midcarder, though he held several regional titles. He arrived in WWE
in 1986, where, despite being very popular, he was pretty much stuck forever in midcard Jobber
mode, including being the first-ever televised victim for The Undertaker
, at Survivor Series 90
. He stuck around until 1994, though WWE's interpromotional relationship with Jerry Lawler
's USWA led to him defeating Kamala
for the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title
, and then winning it a second time from Lawler himself. He went into semi-retirement in 1995, and eventually retired for good in 2009.
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"Tropes B. Ware":
- Animal Motif: Birds, of course.
- Arch-Enemy: His biggest feuds, all in Memphis, were with Jimmy Valiant, Bobby Eaton and The Fabulous Ones.
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009.
- Bash Brothers: With Owen Hart as High Energy
- Breakup Breakout: From the Pretty Young Things/P.Y.T. Express, which barely scratches the surface, as Norvell Austin never made it out of the territories.
- Charlie Brown from Outta Town: As Stagger Lee in Memphis.
- Cool Pet: Frankie, the Macaw
- Cool Shades
- Demoted to Extra/Jobber: The bulk of his WWE run was this. Along with the Undertaker example, Yokozuna Squashed him in the opening match of the debut episode of Raw.
- Dyeing for Your Art: Occasionally dyed the sides of his hair to look like an exotic bird.
- Face-Heel Turn: When he joined Jimmy Hart's stable the First Family and renamed himself Sweet Brown Sugar
- Finishing Move: Ghost Buster (Brain Buster); Missile Dropkick
- Fun Personified: Kids loved him.
- Identity Impersonator: Did this twice, once while teaming with the Killer Bees and once when he was trying to help prove his former Tag Team partner, wasn't the Blue Blazer (he was). Neither time worked because he was an African American replacing Caucasian males.
- Mysterious Middle Initial
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His Tag Team with Norvell Austin, the Pretty Young Things, later named the P.Y.T. Express, based their image on Michael Jackson, as part of their Pretty Boy image.
- Power Stable:
- The Pringle Dynasty
- The First Family
- Neidhart's Raiders (a breakaway group led by Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart)
- Real Song Theme Tune:
- (as a member of the Pretty Young Things/P.Y.T. Express in Memphis): Michael Jackson's "P.Y.T.", of course
- (in WWE): The Time's "The Bird"
- Red Baron: "The Birdman"
- Salt and Pepper:
- as Sweet Brown Sugar with Bobby Eaton in Memphis
- With Owen Hart as High Energy in 1992-1993.