Michael "Mike" Bucci
, (b. 1972 in Tom's River, New Jersey
), is a semi-retired American professional wrestler
best known for his work in ECW
from 1996-2001 as Super Nova
and, later, as Nova.
He started out with a Superhero
gimmick, but shed it in late 1998-early 1999 after his tag team partner The Blue Meanie
left for WWE
. He made his PPV in-ring debut at ECW Wrestlepalooza 98,
teaming with the Meanie in a win over the Full-Blooded Italians (Tracy Smothers and Little Guido Maritato
, w/Tommy Rich). After ECW died, he bounced around the indies for a year before arriving in WWE's developmental promotion Ohio Valley Wrestling. On May 15, 2002, he defeated The Prototype (John Cena)
for the OVW Heavyweight Title
. He also held the OVW Southern Tag Team Titles
with Aaron Stevens
. He also had a run as the booker for OVW. He got called up to Raw
in mid-2004 under a new gimmick
of an evil informercial fitness guru
named Simon Dean. He mostly jobbed
a lot in this gimmick, including being the first TV victim for both the Boogeyman
AND for Bobby Lashley
. He later had an offscreen run as the head of WWE's developmental program in OVW, which, he claims, soured him on the business.
Not to be confused with Supernova
or the various possible examples for Nova
As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki
"Nova Invented Tropes!":
- '80s Hair: Wore a mullet early on as Super Nova.
- Affectionate Parody: At ECW The Doctor Is In, August 3, 1996, JT Smith opened the show by introducing "KISS!" "Rock And Roll All Nite" played as Stevie Richards (as "Stevie Stanley"), the Blue Meanie ("Meanie Simmons"), Nova ("Nova Frehley") and Donn E. Allen ("Donn E. Criss") came out to the ring. They played fake guitars, with Meanie spitting red mist instead of fake blood, and did the Fargo Strut until the Sandman, who was feuding with Raven at the time and would be challenging him for the ECW World Heavyweight Title later that night, ran in and caned all four guys, singing "I wanna cane your ass all night, and party every day!"
- Alter Ego Acting: Switched back to Hollywood Nova for a BWO reunion at ECW One Night Stand 2005 and for their subsequent issues with John Bradshaw Layfield and the Mexicools, with WWE, at least, making no effort to acknowledge the two gimmicks as the same person. However, when Balls Mahoney and Axl Rotten hit Nova with double chair shots at One Night Stand, Joey Styles said, "That was more painful than having to be Simon Dean on national TV. (Beat) Yeah, I'm fired, I know. Lasted a night."
- Arch-Enemy: (as a member of Raven's Nest): Tommy Dreamer, the Sandman; the FBI (Smothers/Guido/Tommy Rich, etc.); Danny Doring and Roadkill.
- Ascended Extra: Did some TV jobs under his own name for WWE in 1993.
- Also, his original role in Raven's Nest was as basically a lackey to the Blue Meanie, who was under Stevie Richards who was under Raven.
- Badass Cape: As Super Nova. He was a Superhero, what else would you expect?
- Bash Brothers
- Big Damn Heroes: On the September 9 (taped August 29), 1998 episode of ECW Hardcore TV, Tommy Dreamer was in a gauntlet match against Lance Wright'snote stable of "Dastardly" Danny Doring, Jack Victory, "The Canadian Tiger" Mike Lozansky and the Equalizernote , with the intention of getting revenge for New Jack, who Victory had put out of action with a ripped groin. Dreamer was fighting against all four guys as best he could until it became obvious that he was outnumbered. With Dreamer down, Doring got on the mic and talked about how he's the best looking guy in the locker room, the most hardcore and the best dancer, and decided to prove it by dancing, with his theme, Soul Coughing's "Super Bon Bon" playing. Then "Let Me Clear My Throat" by DJ Kool hit, and Super Nova ran out with a STOP sign followed by the Blue Meanie with a garbage can full of weapons. Joey Styles called them, "Blue Jack and Novastafa!" Meanie and Nova emptied out the weapons, which included a tennis racket, a chair, a Captain America shield and more. Dreamer DDT'd Victory on the shield, and found among the weapons a bowling ball bag. He placed the shield on Victory's groin and dropped the bowling ball bag there for the pin. After the match, Meanie and Nova dragged Wright into the ring and set him up in the corner with his legs spread. Dreamer then debuted the bowling ball to the groin spot that Al Snow would later use in WWE, with Joey saying, "Steerike!" Dreamer's music, Alice in Chains' "Man in the Box" as he, Meanie and Nova did New Jack's "X" sign, before "Let Me Clear My Throat" came back on and Dreamer, after a brief moment of reluctance, danced in the ring alongside Meanie and Nova.
- California: Billed from the Silicon Valley in ECW.
- Chest Insignia: Check the page photo.
- Church of Happyology: The trio of Simon Dean and the Gymini were referred to at times as the "Church of Simonology."
- Simon Dean was billed from Clearwater, Florida, where the real organization has its headquarters.
- Expy: The Simon Dean gimmick drew comparisons to the Bodydonnas', (Skip [Chris Candido] and Sunny), evil fitness trainer gimmick.
- Facial Markings: As Super Nova
- Finishing Move: Novacaine (Reverse STO, aka Kanyon's "Flatliner" or Edge's "The Downward Spiral"), the Kryptonite Krunch, and the Simonizer (Masato Yoshino's "Lightning Spiral"). As Simon Dean in OVW, he used the Curb Stomp, which was pulling back on his opponent's arms in a surfboard position followed by stomping on his opponent's head.
- Gondor Calls for Aid: With The One Man Gang beating up on partner Chris Chetti during their match with the FBI (Tracy Smothers and Little Guido Maritato, w/Tommy Rich) on the December 10 (taped December 5), 1998 ECW Hardcore TV, Nova ran to the back and returned with "The Innovator of Violence" Tommy Dreamer! Dreamer actually managed to slam the One Man Gang on his first try. The FBI still won the match, but the thought was there.
- Groin Attack: His Sledge-O-Matic, a release powerbomb followed by an elbow to his opponent's groin.
- Hoist by His Own Petard
- During his match with Eugene on the "Eddie Guerrero Tribute" episode of Raw, November 14, 2005, he was pulling on his power bands in the corner when they backfired and catapulted him face-first into the turnbuckles, leading to Eugene hitting a Rock Bottom for the pin.
- He gave Batista a sample of his Simon system products to show how well they worked. Unfortunately, Batista was his opponent for the night.
- Hypocrite: Joey Styles suggested that Dean was this for riding his "Dean Machine" scooter to the ring for the above match.
"It's disgusting, he's a fitness guru. Walk the 25 feet to the ring."
- Jerkass: The original Simon Dean vignettes had him insulting people because they were fat, and recommending that they use his "Simon System" products.
- Loser Leaves Town: Defeated the heel-turned Chris Chetti in one of these.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: The Simon Dean gimmick was based partly on Real Life fitness guru Jack LaLanne.
- One-Hit Kill: As Joey Styles said during the Meanie/Nova-FBI match at WrestlePalooza 98:
"Novacaine, one hit, you feel nothing."
- Power Stable: Raven's Nest.
- Product Placement: In-Universe, as Simon Dean was introduced as one of Raw's new sponsors.
- Real Men Wear Pink: He wore purple and, who was supposedly using his Simon system, Maven wore pink
- Real Song Theme Tune: Several.
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Was a booker for OVW.
- Superhero: His original gimmick
- Tag Team: with the Blue Meanie
- Take That: Was "Hollywood" Nova as a member of the Blue World Order, with Meanie as "Da Blue Guy" and Richards as "Big Stevie Cool".
- Tom Hanks Syndrome: In-Universe: After Meanie left for WWE, cut a promo where he was in a bathroom standing over a sink wiping off his facepaint while looking into a mirror and saying, "I think it's time that I start taking myself a little more seriously."
- Tournament Arc: Came into the finals and won the 2002 Russ Haas memorial cup held by Phoenix Championship Wrestling, with Charlie Haas as his partner, fittingly enough. Jamal was the one who did most of the work with Charlie prior though.
- Tuckerization: The name "Simon Dean" was based on Dean Malenko, whose real name is Dean Simon.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Simon Dean may not like you, but he believes in you!
- Wrestling Doesn't Pay: As Simon Dean, the wrestling Infomercial fitness guru. He later teamed up with Maven, who is a wrestling infomercial salesmen in real life.
- Wrestling Family: His twin brother Don competed in New Jersey as "Big 80's" Donnie B.