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Wrestling: Raven

Raven (legally known as Scott Levy, born in 1964) is a professional wrestler trained by Charlie Fulton, Jake Roberts, Larry Sharpe and The Sheik, who is best known for his time in virtually every mainstream Professional Wrestling promotion (WWE, WCW, ECW, TNA, 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?":

  • Abusive Parents: Raven said his dad was an alcoholic and his mother kicked the crap out of him
  • Arch-Enemy: Tommy Dreamer and The Sandman in ECW, Abyss in TNA, CM Punk in Ring of Honor & MLW, and Diamond Dallas Page in WCW.
  • Atrocious Alias: Raven's opinion on "Thumbtack Jack"...and Scotty Flamingo.
  • Bad Boss
    • The Flock would regularly rebel against him in WCW because he could not help but be a bad boss
    • He interfered in a Clockwork Orange House Of Fun match Jeff Jarrett was having against the member of the gathering and put Jarrett through a table...after Jarret had already set his disciples Julio Dinero and Alexis Laree on top of it, without bothering to move them out of the way. Raven's mistreatment of the rest of the Gathering made it easier for SinisterMinister to take control of them, as they had plenty of motivation to kick Raven out.
  • Because Destiny Says So: Or so says Raven, who believed it was his destiny to win the NWA world heavyweight championship while he was in TNA.
  • Brainwashing
    • He did this to make the Sandman's son his follower.
    • What the TNA commentators accused him of doing to the members of the Gathering
  • Braids of Action: He wore braids in TNA, blonde braids.
  • Catch Phrase
    • "Quote the Raven, nevermore."
    • Another during his WCW and WWF/E run: "What about me? "What about Raven?"
  • Combat Commentator: Johnny Polo served as one in WCW for a time with Jimmy Hart and on WWF with Vince McMahon and Gorilla Monsoon. Raven would later serve as a commentator on WWF B shows Sunday Night Heat and Excess.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Even before WCW decided to Raven have do his matches "like an ECW wrestler", Scotty Flamingo had still used a roll of coins and a "loaded glove" to knock out Johnny B Bad while otherwise wrestling more conventionally. There is one rule of combat Raven would have done well to pay attention to though, don't attack your allies.
  • Continuity Nod: Unlike ECW and WCW, The WWF decided to ignore Raven's stint as Johnny Polo. They did however remember his run as Scotty The Body in Pacific Northwest Wrestling (never mentioned by name and mostly alluded to on Sunday Night Heat, but still)
  • Cool Old Guy: Continued to tour the indies at 49.
  • The Corrupter: Raven was to To Black Reign, as if he needed more help.
  • 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. The gathering had all the terminology of one but was a just a small part of a much larger stable.
  • 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.
  • Enigmatic Minion: Played one of these to Vampiro during his brief run with The Deadpool.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: He did not take Perry Saturn abandoning the Flock too well in WCW. In fact, Raven was surprised by his own feeling, not knowing he could still be hurt that way.
  • Expy: Raven is one to the Zen master of crime from Point Break
  • Evil Minion: Scotty the Body to Missy Hyatt and Eddie Gilbert
  • Facial Markings: Usually black lines running down from his eyes
  • Fireballs: He has thrown them on occasion, such as at Abyss and Mick Foley in TNA.
  • 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.
  • Force Feeding: Drinking, he forced CM Punk to drink his first beer.
  • 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.
    • Scotty Flamingo had a "boxing match" with Johnny B Bad in WCW.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: He hated the solitary confinement that came before his first Monster's Ball match, saying the only reason he did not go crazy was that because he realized he was already insane.
  • Good Is Boring: He says that TNA's interviewer Lauren had a moral superiority over everyone around her and that he liked that because he saw that it made her depressed.
  • Goth: The theme behind the Serotonin group
  • Heel Face Return: Scotty The Body left Pacific Northwest Wrestling booed but came back cheered
  • Hypocritical Humor: Calling Tommy Dreamer fat.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Wanted to have a "Bound For Gory" match with Rhino and Abyss. Abyss gave him his signature "Monster's Ball" match instead and invited Black Reign.
  • I Let You Win: After he returned to ECW following his second WCW run, he said he only allowed Tommy Dreamer to beat him so that he could back away and watch Dreamer's career deteriorate, seeing that fighting Raven gave Dreamer purpose even if Dreamer could not actually beat him. He likened it to the Devil's greatest trick (making you think he doesn't exist).
  • I Was Beaten By A Girl: Tried to invoke the reaction from CM Punk in Ring Of Honor, the plan being for Trinity to jump and beat the stuffing out of him. Punk returned the favor by having his girlfriend Lucy Furr do the same to Raven (though Punk didn't want it to be a sneak attack and told Lucy to stop stooping to Raven's level)
  • 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.
  • Implied Death Threat: To Thumbtack Jack and Steve Douglas in the German Westside Xtreme Wrestling, Raven saying he came to the country to make some corpses and upset some parents.
  • Leitmotif: Dale Oliver did "Scream" and "Offspring" for him, however, his most (in)famous was Jim Johnston's "What About Me?"
  • Let's You and Him Fight: His plan for Kurt Angle, Wrestling/Christian and Samoa Joe in TNA
  • Loser Leaves Town
    • He lost a loser leaves ECW match to Tommy Dreamer, his first loss to Tommy Dreamer, and that lead to his second WCW run. Later he would come back to ECW to help Tommy Dreamer with the Dudley Boys but they would go back to feuding again and Tommy Dreamer went back to losing to Raven.
    • Raven lost a loser leaves TNA match to X Pac, which prevented him from getting his revenge on Larry Zbyszko...for a little while.
    • Raven lost a loser leaves JCW Ladder match to Corporal Robinson
    • Extreme Rising put him in loser leaves town match against Stevie Richard but it was a no contest
  • 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: Started with his depression in ECW an continued until his return to fight the Dudley Boys
  • Opposites Attract: His flirtation with Molly Holly in 2001 had shades of this.
  • Perky Female Minion: At various times Taylor Made (Aka Tori), Beulah McGillicutty, Terri Runnels, Trinity, Alexis Laree and Daffney Unger
  • Perpetual Frowner: In ECW, because he was depressed
  • Power Stable
    • Scotty was part of Cartel with Cactus Jack, Makhan Singh and Rip Rogers
    • Scotty Flamingo was in Diamond Dallas Page's Diamond Mine with The Diamond Studd and Vinnie Vegas
    • Raven's Nest in ECW Stevie Richards, Beulah, Brian Lee, Cactus Jack, Chastity, Don Bruise, Johnny Hot Body, Kimona Wanalaya, Lupus, both Pitbulls, Ron Harris, Don Harris, Super Nova, The Blue Meanie, Tony Stetson. Whew!
    • 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.
    • Also in WCW, The Dead Pool with Vampiro and the Insane Clown Posse
    • Court near the end of ECW with Mike Awesome, Sid Vicious and Judge Jeff Jones
    • The Alliance in the WWF
    • The Gathering in TNA with Julio Dinero, Alexis Laree and CM Punk. The gathering itself was part of the larger Sports Entertainment Xtreme stable.
    • Serotonin in TNA with Kazarian, Johnny Devine, and Matt Bentley
    • EV 2.0 in TNA, lead by Mick Foley with Tommy Dreamer, Stevie Richards, Rob Van Dam, Sabu, Rhino, Brother Devon, Pat Kenney and Al Snow. A group doomed to failure because it relied on Raven and Dreamer coexisting.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Scotty Flamingo wore pink and black hot pink v neck.
  • Real Song Theme Tune
    • "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana in ECW
    • "Sin" by Nine Inch Nails in Ring Of Honor
    • "Come Out and Play (Keep 'Em Seperated)" by The Offspring in ECW, Ring Of Honor, the International Wrestling Cartel and TNA
    • "End Of Everything" by Stereomud elsewhere
  • Rich Bastard: Johnny Polo, who incidentally was a rich spoiled prep turned manager. Even as Raven, WCW kept up the idea that he came from money.
  • Ring Oldies: He's been at it since 1988.
  • Sanity Slippage: How ECW explained the transition from Johnny Polo to Raven, if pressed on the issue. In later promotions, fans would drive Raven more insane by chanting "Johnny Polo!" at him.
  • 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
  • Standard Female Grab Area: He used this in TNA to drag Alexis Laree off to the "Sports Entertainment Extreme" office. To be fair, she had taken a shooting star press after a long match with Trinity and had no clue what was going on.
  • Surfer Dude: As Scotty Flamingo
  • Tag Team: Hardcore Dream Team with Sabu
  • Tautological Templar: All tributes to ECW are worthless and show that the losers who do them can't let go, except for those done by Raven. All promos go to long and take away from the wrestling everyone paid to see, except promos cut by Raven. All garbage wrestling sucks, except for when Raven does it.
  • The Mad Hatter: In TNA, Raven decided he was mentally unbalanced, it couldn't ever be fixed, and that he had grown to like it that way. He tried to pull a Not So Different on Abyss by suggesting he would end up just like Raven.
  • The Rival
    • Vampiro was a friendly one in WCW, not so friendly in TNA.
    • Raven's most prominent TNA rival was Jeff Jarrett though
    • James Mitchell in TNA, especially after he took the Gathering away from Raven. Raven did eventually join in on Mitchell's efforts to kill Abyss but then later took Abyss's side.
    • Sabu, who Raven first teamed with in TNA but then feuded with after Raven attacked his friend Sonjay Dutt and failed to help him against Monty Brown and Abyss. Since they were mentioned, Monty Brown and Abyss also count during this period. Rhino would eventually find his way into the mess too.
    • The Vampire Warrior In Europe. He's chased after Larry Zbyszko in TNA and around Europe.
  • 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.
  • The Stoic: Raven usually, especially during his early ECW days alongside Stevie Richards or the Blue Meanie
  • Traumatic Hair Cut
    • From Shane Douglas after Vampiro interfered in their hair vs hair match.
    • Raven gave one to Larry Zbyszko following his return to TNA
    • Shaved Corporal Robinson's afro in JCW but only finished half of it
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Trinity and Alexis Laree, during their match in the wake of the TNA feud between Kid Kash and Amazing Red, the wrestlers they managed, almost completely ignored Raven as he entered the ring and planted his ass in the corner. This came back to bite both of them, as he attacked Trinity after she hit a finishing move on Alexis and dragged a bewildered Alexis off to be made a part of his gathering.
  • Unrelated Brothers: An unrelated sister in his WCW manager, Chastity
  • 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.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Seems to be this with The Sandman in real life. Their interviews together in which they banter like an old married couple are hilarious.
  • Weapon of Choice: A Singapore cane in Serotonin, which he mainly used to beat his own stable mates, even when they won.
  • You Have to Have Jews: In ECW, it was suggested that he crucify The Sandman on a Jewish Star rather than a cross but he turned it down, because that wouldn't impact the mutants enough.

"Quote the Raven: Nevermore!"
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