(b. 1965) is a British Professional Wrestler
and trainer best known for his time in WCW
from the late 1990s until the promotion's demise in 2001. He started his career in Florida
in 1985 after training at the Malenko family's school. He made his PPV debut teaming with Chris Adams
as Team United Kingdom in a losing effort against Team Mexico (Konnan
and Rey Misterio Sr.) in the Pat O'Connor Memorial Tag Team Tournament at NWA Starrcade 90.
He first made his name in Mexico as Black Magic.
He made a few appearances for ECW
in 1995, teaming with Mikey Whipwreck
in losing efforts against Chris Benoit
and Dean Malenko
. He spent years Jobbing
in WCW before he finally caught on with the audience competing in the hardcore
division. He would hold the WCW Hardcore Title
twice, with his gimmick being that he really didn't want to do hardcore matches and didn't want the title. After WCW died, he competed in a variety of promotions, including making some on-and-off appearances for TNA
in between 2002 and 2007. He has also competed for AAA
, Juggalo Championship Wrestling
(some dark [non-televised] matches), Dragon Gate
and several others in Mexico, the U.S. and Japan. He had an onscreen role as a lieutenant general manager and liaison to Steve Keirn
in WWE's FCW developmental promotion, and also worked offscreen as a trainer. He now works fulltime as a trainer for WWE's NXT developmental territory.
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- Arch-Enemy: Chavo Guerrero Jr, Bryan Knobbs, Meng
- Ascended Extra: From a low card Jobber to the star of WCW's brief Hardcore Division.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: In FCW.
- Badass Mustache
- Bash Brothers: Negro Casas, Mano Negra, Shark Boy
- Black and Nerdy
- Black Magic: He actually used this as his ring name for a time, and it doubles as a Red Baron.
- Cheap Pop: Would often wear the sports jerseys of whatever town he was in on a given night.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's actually a tough guy in real life with a lot of solid experience, and he once KO'ed Rick Steiner with one punch!
- Dance Battler: Incorporates his "Big Wiggle" dance into some of his moves.
- Dirty Coward: The point of his "Screamin" gimmick, though it again failed to get the WCW audience to turn against him.
- Evil Brit: As a heel.
- Funny foreigner: WCW's attempts to give Normal smiley lasting heel heat never achieved long term success, so he was really a baby face evil Brit most of the time.
- Finishing Move: Rolling kneebar, Norman Conquest (crossface chickenwing)
- Garbage Wrestler: Subverted, he'd dish it out, but he was so afraid of getting hit by weapons and hard items, he'd wear sport-related armor (usually a Football uniform, jersey, pads and all) to the matches.
- It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: Claimed in WCW that his name should be pronounced "Nor-MAN Smi-LAY."
- Lovable Coward/Dirty Coward: Depending if he was Face or Heel.
- Odd Couple: With Shark Boy in TNA. He teamed with Raven in a losing effort against CM Punk and Michael Shane at MLW Rise of the Renegades, July 26, 2003.
- Had Chris Jericho's former "security guard" Ralphus as his manager in WCW in 2000.
- Pec Flex
- Power Stable: (in AAA): La Legion Extranjera (led by Konnan, with Loads and Loads of Characters)
- Real Song Theme Tune: (in MLW): The Notorious BIG's "Hypnotize"
- Reasonable Authority Figure: In FCW.
- Red Baron: "Screamin'". Because he...
- Refuge in Audacity/Combat Pragmatist: During his match with Michael Shane (w/Francine) at MLW Revolutions, May 9, 2003, Francine, of course, got involved and gave him the Bronco Buster in the corner. Norman countered by grabbing the front of Francine's shorts and simulating oral sex. It didn't help, as Norman still lost the match.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Known for a time as Lord Norman.
- Unnecessary Roughness: He ran Chavo's stickhorse "Pepe" through a woodchipper.