L-R: "Flyboy" Rocco Rock and Johnny Grunge
"...the first generation of American children that is more afraid of living than dying."note
—"Flyboy" Rocco Rock, introducing the Public Enemy to ECW.
(Michael Durham 1966-2006) and "Flyboy" Rocco Rock
(Theodore James "Ted" Petty 1953-2002) were an American Professional Wrestling Tag Team
best known for their work in ECW
as The Public Enemy.
After having spent years in various promotions under different names, and after increasingly facing each other on international tours, including a dark (non-televised) match at the very first episode of WWF Monday Night Raw
, they debuted as the Public Enemy at ECW UltraClash '93
, September 18, 1993. They would go on to be 5x NWA ECW/ECW World Tag Team Champions
before going to WCW
in 1996. They would hold the WCW World Tag Team Titles
for 8 days, beating Harlem Heat (Booker T
and Stevie Ray) on September 23, 1996 and losing them back on October 1, in preparation for the Outsiders (Scott Hall
and Kevin Nash
) winning the belts and basically killing them off. They would flounder for some two more years in WCW before returning to ECW at ECW House Party 99,
January 16, 1999, in response to a challenge made six days earlier at ECW Guilty As Charged
by Buh Buh Ray Dudley
. The Dudleys ran TPE out in February and they would be in and out of WWE
and WCW by the middle of August. In between leaving WWE and returning to WCW in July, they were NWA World Tag Team Champions
for 2 days in June 1999. They would bounce around various independent promotions for the next three years, until Rocco, wrestling as a single, died of a heart attack during a match in September 2002.
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Not to be confused with Public Enemy
or The Public Enemy
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