(real name Scott Levy, born in 1964) is a professional wrestler who is best known for his time in virtually every mainstream Professional Wrestling
, and Ring of Honor
). His career started in 1988.
After brief runs in WCW and WWF as "Scotty Flamingo" and "Johnny Polo", Levy rose to fame in ECW as Raven, a brooding sociopath with a penchant for manipulating the weak-willed into doing his bidding. Raven's ECW run was marked by two long, brutal, and sometimes controversial feuds — with Tommy Dreamer
and The Sandman
— and two ECW World Championship reigns. He's credited with popularizing the wearing of street clothes during matches (his typical outfit being a pair of cut-off jeans, a flannel shirt, and a leather jacket — the popular grunge
look). His promos were dark and nihilistic, and he was followed by a stable of wrestlers known as "Raven's Nest", which at different points included such wrestlers as the Pitbulls, members of the Dudley family, longtime lackey Stevie Richards
, and even Cactus Jack
In 1997, Raven left ECW and returned to WCW, where he formed "The Flock", a variant of his ECW group which was filled with numerous misfits — including Perry Saturn
, Billy Kidman, and (once again) Stevie Richards — who also adopted a grunge look
. While still popular, The Flock wasn't as successful in the ring as Raven's ECW stable, and dissent within the ranks eventually caused its dissolution. During his time in WCW, Raven often competed in the Raven's Rules Match — which basically meant any match Raven participated in was a hardcore match — and brought some of ECW's signature hardcore violence into the product.
Raven returned to ECW in 1999, then joined the WWF in 2000. He would win the WWE Hardcore Championship 27 times, but never achieve anything approaching the success he found in ECW — and due to a lawsuit over WWE's classification of wrestlers as "independent contractors", Raven (and the other wrestlers involved in the lawsuit) became persona non grata
in WWE. Following his departure from WWE, Raven spent the next seven years performing on-and-off in TNA and ROH — and even managed to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship in this time period.
"What about me? What about my tropes?":
- Arch-Enemy: Tommy Dreamer and The Sandman in ECW, Abyss in TNA, CM Punk in Ring of Honor, and Diamond Dallas Page in WCW.
- Catch Phrase: "Quote the Raven, nevermore."
- Another during his WCW and WWF/E run: "What about me? "What about Raven?"
- Combat Pragmatist
- Cool Old Guy
- Crucified Hero Shot: Raven did this to The Sandman in ECW — and it was this crucifixion which caused Kurt Angle (who had attended the event to begin a program involving Taz) to put off entering professional wrestling for years and threaten ECW with a lawsuit if it ever showed footage of him at the event.
- Cult: Raven's Nest and Flock groups, as well as TNA's Serotonin, all had this vibe.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu??: Gave Dr. Death Steve Williams his first loss in a decade.
- Do Not Call Me Paul: I dare you to call him "Scott" or "Scotty".
- Drugs Are Bad: Raven's battle with drugs over the years are well known, and were one of the factors in his misuse in WCW and WWE. There's even a persistent rumour that he once accidentally snorted sheet rock after mistaking it for a rock he found in a dealers house. Luckily he has by all accounts since cleaned himself up.
- Five Moves of Doom: One of Raven's pieces of advice in his "Secrets of The Ring" interview falls along these lines — all wrestlers should have five moves they can do perfectly, instead of five hundred moves they can only do half-assed.
- Garbage Wrestler: An interesting case. Raven actually does have some actual wrestling skill, but works best as a brawler.
- Genius Bruiser: Raven has an IQ of 143 and is a registered member of Mensa.
- Gimmick Matches: The "Clockwork Orange House of Fun" match involves a chain-link fence erected on one side of the ring with weapons chained to it; the victor was the one who drove their opponent through two tables and threw them off a small scaffold. (It later became a standard hardcore match with a fancy name, though the chain link fence remained part of the setup.) The match's creator was Raven, by the way.
- Hypocritical Humor: Calling Tommy Dreamer fat.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Raven originally wrestled as pretty-boy babyface "Scotty the Body" — but time and drug use have really roughed him up.
- Kick The Mop: Raven feeding Perry Saturn's mop girlfriend, Moppy, to a woodchipper.
- Man in a Kilt: Dressed this way at times.
- Manipulative Bastard: Raven loved to use psychological warfare against both his enemies and allies. He even turned The Sandman's ex-wife and son into devoted followers during the famous feud between the two.
- Nietzsche Wannabe
- Opposites Attract: His flirtation with Molly Holly in 2001 had shades of this.
- Power Stable
- Raven's Flock WCW
- The Centerpiece: Raven himself, naturally.
- The Enforcer: Sick Boy originally served this role, but when Kidman got popular, he was promoted to this spot.
- The Muscle: Van Hammer and Reese.
- The Point Man: Scotty Riggs.
- The Hanger On: Stevie Richards and Lodi.
- The Heir Apparent: Perry Saturn was originally in this spot, but when he turned on the stable, Horace was given the spot. Towards the end of the stable's run, Horace was demoted and Chris Kanyon got the spot.
- Ring Oldies: He's been at it since 1988.
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: For a time in WCW, all of his matches were conducted under "Raven's Rules," meaning no-DQ and no-countout. This allowed him to bring his hardcore style to the more traditional WCW.
- Shout-Out: To Edgar Allan Poe
- The Slacker: Always had elements of this in his gimmick, but he played it up a lot more on the rare occasions he worked as a face.
- Theme Song: "Come Out and Play (Keep 'Em Seperated)" by The Offspring (ECW/TNA)
- Villainous Rescue: Made his return to ECW from WCW on the September 3 (taped August 26), 1999 ECW on TNN, helping longtime nemesis Tommy Dreamer defeat ECW World Tag Team Champions The Dudley Boys for the titles on the Dudleys' last night with the company.
"Quote the Raven: Nevermore!"