Wrestling / Steve Blackman


Steve Blackman (b. 1963) is a retired American Professional Wrestler, martial artist and MMA trainer from Annville, PA who competed for WWE first as a Jobber in 1988 (see Badass/Determinator below) and then full-time from 1997-2002. He debuted in 1986 and first worked for Stampede Wrestling in Calgary. He made a surprise return/debut on the November 3, 1997 Raw, coming out of the crowd to rescue Vader from the Hart Foundation. His first match was as the replacement for the Patriot on Team USA (Vader/Goldust/"Marvelous" Marc Mero) against Team Canada (Davey Boy Smith/Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart/Doug Furnas/Phil LaFon) at Survivor Series 1997. Over the course of his WWE run, he would hold the WWE Hardcore Title six times. He retired in 2002 after his contract ran out.

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Not to be confused with Scary Black Man.

"The Lethal Tropes":

  • Awesome, but Impractical: He used to twirl glowing sticks as part of his ring entrance but stopped in the WWF, where they turned out to troublesome for the technical crew.
  • Badass/Determinator: In Real Life, he almost died after contracting malaria and dysentery while wrestling in South Africa. He not only recovered, but the martial arts that would help cement his gimmick in the WWE, helped him with his physical therapy.
  • Badass Beard/Badass Mustache
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: With Al Snow.
  • Bullying a Dragon: A story in Bob Holly's book tells how a drunken John Bradshaw Layfield decided to play the jerk on Blackman in an airport, only for Steve to brutally beat him up before being restrained by other wrestlers. Steve was supposedly charging a finishing crescent kick before they grabbed him, and Holly assured that had his leg not got caught in a bag handle, Layfield would have had to go to the hospital.
  • The Bus Came Back: For the "Raw 15th Anniversary Battle Royal," on the December 10, 2007 episode. Flash Funk eliminated Blackman, and himself in the process.
    • He also appeared on an episode of the JBL and Cole Show.
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: One memorable Blackman bit involved Al Snow trying to bring out Blackman's personality by having him do stand-up comedy at a nursing home. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Combat Pragmatist: According to the aforementioned Holly book, WWF bookers were forced to forbid kicks to the knee in the Brawl for All tournament, as they learned that Blackman was planning to use them in plenty and they feared he crippled up all the other guys.
  • The Comically Serious: He loosened up when he entered the hardcore division. "It's party time!" doubled as a Catch Phrase and a Pre Ass Kicking One Liner, as it would set up him beating the hell out of his opponents with weapons en route to his winning the match.
  • Cool Shades: While teaming with Grandmaster Sexay.
  • Cut Short: His WWF run by Brian Christopher getting in trouble and by a pinched nerve in his neck. Then The Brawl For All came and nearly broke his leg.
  • Finishing Move: Bicycle Kick, Dragon Sleeper, Cross-armbreaker, Guillotine Choke
  • Hired Gun: For Vince McMahon briefly in 1999 against former Corporation member Ken Shamrock.
  • I Know Shotokan Karate: and escrima and taekwondo.
  • Ignore the Fan Service: Defended the WWE Hardcore Title against Albert (w/Trish Stratus) on the October 5 (taped October 3), 2000 WWE SmackDown!. Trish started taking off her coat to distract Blackman, who proceeded to drown her in fire extinguisher spray, and then did the same to Albert, en route to winning the match after a flying kendo stick shot.
  • One Steve Limit: Pun aside. Averted, since "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and, later, Stevie Richards were both there during his run.
  • Only Sane Man: At Survivor Series 99, he was on a team with wrestling porn star Val Venis, "Sexual Chocolate" Mark Henry and wrestling vampire Gangrel.
  • Red Baron: "The Lethal Weapon".
  • Red Herring Shirt: His return/debut, after a nine-year absence, and actually getting a push when he had only ever been a jobber before.
  • Start My Own: His training school, BlackmanMMA, and his Blackman Fighting Systems promotion.
  • The Stoic: He didn't talk much. But when he did and said his Catch Phrase, chances are that someone was get beaten up badly.
  • Straight Man: To everyone, but especially Grand Master Sexay and Al Snow.
  • Tag Team: Head Cheese, with Al Snow.
  • Weapon of Choice: So many choices… he mainly used a pair of kama for his ring entrances, but he's also used kendo sticks and esckrima sticks. He even whipped out nunchucks on Kurt Angle.