Wrestling: The One Man Gang
(b. 1960) is a semi-retired American Professional Wrestler
from Spartanburg, SC best known for his work in the 1980s as The One Man Gang
and as Akeem the African Dream.
He started at the age of 17 in the independent scene and worked in a variety of territories primarily around the South under such names as Crusher Grey
, Crusher Broomfield
and Panama Gang.
He started using the name the One Man Gang in the early 1980s in Mid-South, and also worked for World Class Championship Wrestling and various National Wrestling Alliance
territories. He arrived in WWE
in 1987 as a member of Slick
's stable and made his PPV debut in the Team Andre vs. Team Hulk match at Survivor Series
. In late 1988, he was reintroduced as "Akeem the African Dream," having supposedly rediscovered his "African" roots. This lasted until he left the company in 1990. He also had a couple of runs with WCW
and also competed briefly for ECW
as well as for many independents, including teaming with Demolition
as Team WWF in CHIKARA
's 2008 King of Trios
Tournament in a losing effort against the Fabulous Three ("Sweet N Sour" Larry Sweeney
, Buck Hawke and Mitch Ryder). Among his in-ring achievements, he is a former 1x WCW United States Heavyweight Champion
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"One Trope Gang":
- Actually Pretty Funny: Wrestled on an indy show as One Man Gang, and had this reaction to a fan who was fully dressed as Akeem.
- '80s Hair: His Mohawk as the One Man Gang
- Affably Evil: As Akeem.
- Arch-Enemy: Randy Savage, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, Hulk Hogan, El Gigante, Little Spike Dudley.
- Bash Brothers: The Big Bossman, Kevin Sullivan, Butch Reed.
- Beard of Evil: At times during his career.
- The Brute: Of Cornette's Dynasty
- Catch Phrase: "MOOOOON!", which originated in World Class with manager "Playboy" Gary Hart, who would call Gang "Moon" and Gang would call him "Slick," since the idea was to make it seem like they ran with the same gang in Chicago.
- Chain Pain/Chained by Fashion: His Weapon of Choice.
- Chicago: Billed from there as the Gang.
- Cool Shades: At times as the Gang.
- Dem Bones: Skulls and crossbones on his shirts as the Gang, as seen above.
- Fat Bastard: As a heel.
- He suffered a heart attack in 2000 and lost a lot of weight as a result. In fact, he lost so much that he couldn't fit into the Akeem costume for the Gimmick Battle Royal at WrestleMania X-7 in 2001 and had to compete as the Gang instead.
- Fingerless Gloves: As One Man Gang
- Finishing Move: 747/Air Africa (Splash), Face-first suplex.
- Fun with Acronyms: One Man Gang has OMG, albeit completely by coincidence given the time period.
- The Giant: There are not many who can lift a 450 pound man
- Gimmick Matches: While working in Mid-Atlantic as part of the House of Humperdink, he had a $5000 body slam challenge. The first guy to answer was Dizzy Hogan (Brutus Beefcake), who was unsuccessful. Then Jimmy Valiant tried, and failed. Valiant demanded to have his music, the Manhattan Transfer's "Boy From New York City," played so he could try again. The music started and Valiant got the Gang off of his feet...only for Humperdink to push the Gang, causing Valiant to fall back with the Gang landing on top of him. The Gang then splashed Valiant and he and Humperdink left.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: At times in the territories. He worked both heel and face in Florida.
- Hired Guns: One of the many gringos Ray González brought into WWC to take out Carly. One man gang managed to draw the wrath of padre Carlos for it.
- I Have Many Names: Crusher Grey, Crusher Broomfield, Panama Gang, the One Man Gang, Akeem.
- Just a Stupid Accent: As Akeem
- Kick Them While They Are Down: Literally, on the December 2, 1995 WCW Saturday Night. He had squashed Scott Turner and continued stomping him while his DOD managers "The Taskmaster" Kevin Sullivan and Jimmy Hart distracted the referee.
- Nice Hat: As Akeem
- Parts Unknown (as Akeem): "Deepest Darkest Africa"
- Power Stable
- Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Became Akeem to re-embrace his "African" roots.
- Produce Pelting: Actually, the WWC crowds were nicer, throwing plastic garbage at him, but the same message.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Was awarded the UWF World Heavyweight Title after the then-Champion Terry Gordy had been injured in a car accident.
- Real Song Theme Tune: Used John Williams' "Imperial March" in ECW.
- Ring Oldies: He's 53 and still gets in the ring from time to time.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Walked away from WCW after dropping the WCW United States Heavyweight Title to Konnan at WCW SuperBrawl VI in February 1996.
- Tag Team: The Twin Towers, with the Big Bossman.
- Take That: The Akeem gimmick was a shot at "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes.
- Tuckerization: "The One Man Gang" was originally a Red Baron for Ron Garvin, and they had been opponents in Randy Savage's family's International Championship Wrestling promotion in Kentucky in the 1970s.
- Wrench Whack: To El Gigante, during their match at WCW The Great American Bash '91.