Wrestling: The Blue Meanie

"Say hello to da Blue Guy!"

Meanie wins! Meanie wins! (Beat) Meanie wins? Well I saw it, I know I called it, I'm pretty sure we taped it, for the record, I don't believe it! Hey if SportsCenter doesn't air this, then ESPN can kiss my ass!
Joey Styles, ECW Ultimate Jeopardy 97

Brian Heffron (b. 1973) is an American professional wrestler from Atlantic City, New Jersey best known for his time in ECW as The Blue Meanie.

He started his career in March 1994 in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic independents under such names as Brian Rollins and The Zebra Kid. He debuted as the Meanie, a name taken from the villains in Yellow Submarine, at ECW November to Remember 95 as a surprise partner to Stevie Richards. The tag team of Stevie and Meanie would specialize as Ditto Fighters, plundering and mocking the gimmicks of wrestlers both past and present.

In late 1998, Meanie would leave ECW for WWE and join Al Snow's group, the ominously-named J.O.B. Squad, before going on to feud with (and later befriend) Goldust after the latter took umbrage at "Bluedust." Whoops. He would return to ECW in late 1999, having lost much of his weight and renamed himself the Blue Boy.

He has since returned to the indies, with infrequent TV appearances on ECW's reunion shows.

Among his in-ring achievements, he was 1/2 of the inaugural MCW (Memphis) Southern Tag Team Champions with Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, a former UPW Internet Champion and a 3x SCW (Steel City) Tag Team Champion, 1x w/Stevie Richards, 1x/Super Nova and 1x w/Cactus Jack.

As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki.

"Say hello to da Blue Guy's tropes!":

  • Acrofatic: His primary finisher is the Meaniesault.
  • Affectionate Parody: Raven cooked up the gimmick purely to amuse himself, and to pay tribute to wrestlers from his youth. In addition to the aforementioned "Bluedust" (w/ Miss Patricia puffing cigars beside him), we were treated to:
  • Arch-Enemy: Tommy Dreamer and the Sandman; the FBI; the Brood (as a member of the J.O.B. Squad), Goldust, Ken Shamrock, and (in real life as well as kayfabe) John Bradshaw Layfield.
  • Bash Brothers: Stevie Richards, Cactus Jack, Super Nova, Al Snow, Roadkill (in 3PW)
  • Beware the Silly Ones: After Justin Credible d. Chris Chetti at ECW Ultimate Jeopardy 97, November 8, 1997 (televised on the November 15th show), his manager Jason "The Sexiest Man on Earth" got on the mic and talked about how, out of 30 or so guys in the locker room, he was one of the few who could actually wrestle and was being wasted in a managerial position. So, since he was in his "street clothes," he issued an open challenge for a "street fight." Cue "Let Me Clear My Throat" by DJ Kool, and out comes...Meanie and Nova? Jason dismisses Meanie at first, but finally agrees. While it's not much of a match, and even less of a "street fight" (referee John Finnegan blocks Meanie from attacking when Jason ducks his head through the ropes), it qualifies because Jason basically treats Meanie as a joke the whole time...until Meanie comes up with a testicular claw into a schoolboy rollup for the pin!
    • For an example of how much worse this could have turned out for Jason, see the wrestling section of Too Dumb To Live.
    • invoked During their run-in on Dreamer's and Wright's Gantlet, Meanie and Nova emptied out a garbage can full weapons, which included a tennis racket, a chair, a Captain America shield, and a bag of bowling balls. After the match, Meanie and Nova dragged Wright into the ring and set him up in the corner with his legs spread. Dreamer then debuted the "bowling ball to the groin spot" ("Steeeeeeeerike!" — Joey) which Al Snow would later re-use in WWE.
  • Big Fun Personified: Which made him a favorite among the mutants, and continues into his appearances at Tommy Dreamer's House Of Hardcore.
  • Butt Monkey: Meanie took the worst of it during the WWE's failed "Invasion" angle. In a major black eye for JBL's public image, he stiffed (as in legitimately struck) Meanie during the big ECW-WWE brawl, beating him to a bloody pulp. This formed the basis for an in-storyline feud. (JBL also terrorized Joey Styles for a time; see Joey's article for how that worked out for him.)
  • Clucking Funny: As part of his parody of Scott Hall during the BWO's debut at the start of November to Remember 96, he had a chicken bone in his mouth taking the place of Hall/Razor Ramon's toothpick.
  • Dance Battler/Dancing Is Serious Business: The Meanie/Nova-FBI feud was centered in part on "dance-offs" between Meanie and Tracy Smothers.
    • On the September 9 (taped August 29), 1998 episode of ECW Hardcore TV, Tommy Dreamer was in a gauntlet match against Lance Wright'snote  stable of "Dastardly" Danny Doring, Jack Victory, "The Canadian Tiger" Mike Lozansky and the Equalizernote , with the intention of getting revenge for New Jack, whom Victory had put out of action with a ripped groin. Dreamer was fighting against all four guys as best he could until it became obvious that he was outnumbered. With Dreamer down, Doring got on the mic and talked about how he's the best looking guy in the locker room, the most hardcore and the best dancer, and decided to prove it by dancing to his theme, Soul Coughing's "Super Bon Bon" playing. Then "Let Me Clear My Throat" by DJ Kool hit, and Super Nova ran out with a STOP sign followed by the Blue Meanie with a garbage can full of weapons. (Joey Styles called them "Blue Jack and Novastafa!")
    • Dance Party Ending: After they cleaned house—and a brief moment of reluctance from Dreamer—he danced in the ring alongside Meanie and Nova.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: On the March 22, 1999, Raw, he walked to the ring with a chair and called out Ken Shamrock. Shamrock's kayfabe "sister", Ryan, walked out and taunted Meanie to her later regret. Meanie put Ryan over his lap to spank her, which automatically summoned Shamrock and Goldust. Ken put Goldust in the ankle-lock, and Meanie took out Shamrock with a chair shot! Meanie, Goldust and Ryan all left together.
  • Facial Markings: Blue ones, and occasionally a painted-on Domino Mask like the Beatles character.
  • Fan Disservice: The "Daisy Dukes of Pride".
    • The bWo always wrestled in midriffs, with Nova's ponderous gut slowly growing to rival even Meanie's.
      • This doubled as a Take That to Hulk Hogan and his broken-down stable.
  • Formerly Fat: Hang on, why is Zack Ryder in the Impact Zone, and who dipped him in food colouring? Oh, it's just Brian — which you would never know, if not for Mike Tenay excitedly shouting IDZBLOOMEANEE!
  • It Will Never Catch On: According to Raven, this was ECW founder Tod Gordon's attitude when Raven pitched the idea for the Meanie to him, with Gordon writing it off as a "drunken Raven idea." He felt that way about Super Nova also.
  • Parts Unknown: "Pepperland", of course.
    • However, on the July 7, 2005 SmackDown!, he was billed from Philadelphia for his match with JBL.
  • Power Stable
  • Real Song Theme Tune:
    • As the Blue Meanie: Tha Dogg Pound's "What Would U Do?", Hanson's "MMMBop", and The Offspring's "Come Out and Play (Keep 'Em Separated)"
    • As "Bluedust": Wagner's "Flight of the Valkeries".
      Joey Styles: That's enough. STOP THE MUSIC! If I wanted to work in a circus, I'd stay home in Stamford!
    • w/ Super Nova: DJ Kool's "Let Me Clear My Throat"
    • As the Blue Boy: The Revolting Cocks' version of "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy"
  • Supervillain: According to Raven, was supposed to have been this.
  • Tag Team:
    • With Super Nova
    • The New Foundation, with Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, in WWE's Memphis Championship Wrestling developmental promotion in 2000.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: He did when serving Raven
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: What, you thought the name had no additional meaning?