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Wrestling: 2 Cold Scorpio

Charles Scaggs (b. 1965) is an African-American professional wrestler from Denver, CO, best known for his work in ECW and in Japan as 2 Cold Scorpio. He started his career in the mid-1980s in independent promotions before Big Van Vader got him his shot with New Japan Pro Wrestling. He is the innovator of the 450 Splash. He made his surprise WCW debut at WCW Clash of the Champions XXI as Ron Simmons' unnamed tag team partner in the "Ghetto Odds" handicap match against Cactus Jack, Tony Atlas and The Barbarian. He has wrestled for NJPW, WCW, ECW, WWE, All Japan Pro Wrestling, TNA, Juggalo Championship Wrestling, CHIKARA, Pro Wrestling NOAH, AAA, CMLL, Ring of Honor,Dragon Gate USA, and many other promotions. Among his many achievements, he is a former WCW World Tag Team Champion with Marcus Bagwell, a 4x ECW World Television Champion, a former ECW World Tag Team Champion with the Sandman and is a 2x Pro Wrestling NOAH Global Honored Crown Tag Team Champion, the first time as 1/2 of the inaugural champions with Vader and the second time with Doug Williams.

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

The following tropes are 2 Cold:

  • Alliterative Name: Flash Funk.
  • Arch-Enemy: Taz, Dean Malenko, Eddie Guerrero, Shane Douglas, Sabu
  • Bald of Awesome: These days
  • Bash Brothers: With Vader, Ron Simmons, the Sandman, Al Snow
  • Dance Battler/Dancing Is Serious Business: He'd dance on his way to the ring, sometimes during his matches and usually after as well.
  • Demoted to Extra/Jobber: As Flash Funk in WWE. So much so that, when he did win a match, it was almost immediately forgotten as the focus turned to something bigger. Easily the most significant example of this was on the October 11 (taped October 6), 1997 episode of WWF Shotgun Saturday Night. Flash d. Rockabilly (Billy Gunn) after manager the Honky Tonk Man accidentally tripped up Gunn. "Double J" Jesse Jammes walked out and introduced his new name of "The Road Dogg." He made an offer to Rockabilly to leave HTM and team with him instead. Billy smashed HTM over with the head with his guitar and left with Road Dogg. Later that night, the announcers reported that Billy had changed his name to "Billy Badass." This was later corrected to "Badass" Billy Gunn. Thus, the New Age Outlaws, though not named as such yet, were born, and, despite the win, Flash was no better off than he had been before.
  • Face-Heel Turn: In ECW in 1995.
  • Finishing Move: The 450 Splash, which he also called the Diss That Don't Miss and the Scorpio Splash, the Moonsault, the Tumbleweed (Corkscrew somersault leg drop), Drop the Bomb (Moonsault leg drop).
  • I Have Many Names: 2/Too Cold Scorpio, Flying Scorpio, Black Wazma, Black Scorpio, Scorpio, Flash Funk
  • I Have the High Ground: He is VERY celebrated for his aerial offense.
    • On February 2, 2013, he won CHIKARA's Rey de Voladoresnote  Tournament.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: ECW's February 3, 1996 show was Woman (Nancy Sullivan-Benoit)'s last night with the company before she returned to WCW. She challenged any man or woman to remove her from the building. Scorpio carried his former manager out of the Lost Battalion Hall in Queens, NY, put her in the back of a limousine and told the driver, "Take that bitch to Atlanta."
    • Scorpio's last night of his original ECW run was at November To Remember 1996, November 16, 1996, the night before his WWE debut as Flash Funk at Survivor Series. He went heel on the fans, saying, "I'm not gonna miss none of you motherfuckers," and said he would "do a job for the next motherfucker that comes out," adding he would leave for 15 days if he lost his next match. Devon Storm walks out and Scorpio Squashed him in 53 seconds, exiling Storm for 15 days. He raised it to 30 days. JT Smith walked out, Scorpio squashed him in 32 seconds. Scorpio raised it to 60 days. Hack Meyers walked out, Scorpio squashed him in 1:16. Louie Spicolli walked out and pinned Scorpio clean with the Death Valley Driver in 2:12. After the match, Taz walked in and gave Scorpio the choice to either "get while the getting's good" or have Taz kick his ass. Scorpio walked out, with Taz saying, "Bye-bye. Flash. Get the fuck out of my house, bitch".
  • Legacy Character: Brodus Clay's entourage the Funkadactyls, Cameron and Naomi, were originally called the "Funkettes," which was the same name WWE used for Flash Funk's dancers Traci and Nadine before that part of his gimmick was scrapped.
  • Odd Friendship: With Vader.
  • One Steve Limit: He had to use the Black Wazma name in Mexico because another wrestler named Scorpio was already established there.
  • Pimp Duds: As Flash Funk
  • Power Stable:
    • (in WWE): The J.O.B. Squad
    • (in NWA New Jersey): Hot Stuff International
    • (in Pro Wrestling NOAH): Team KAOS
  • Put on a Bus: WWE canned him in early 1999.
  • Real Song Theme Tune:
    • (in New Japan Pro Wrestling): Tone-Loc's "Wild Thing"
    • (in ECW): Tag Team's "Whoomp! There It Is" and Kool and the Gang's "Jungle Boogie"
    • (in Tokyo Pro): Los Del Rio's "Macarena"
    • (in Pro Wrestling NOAH and Ring Of Honor): MC Hammer's "The Funky Headhunter"
  • Salt and Pepper: The Pepper to any white teammate (Sandman, Terry Funk, Vader, etc.)'s Salt.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Was teamed with Marcus Alexander Bagwell in WCW. In real life they couldn't stand each other.
  • The Stoner: In Real Life. In an example of Older Than They Think, back in ECW in September 1995, he cut a promo on Taz where he said, "Your ass is grass, and I'm gonna smoke it," 3 1/2 years before X-Pac said it to Triple H on the March 29, 1999 Raw.
  • Too Many Belts: At ECW's October 28, 1995 show, Scorpio, at the time the ECW World Television Champion, defeated "Flyboy" Rocco Rock of the Public Enemy for the ECW World Tag Team Titles. Scorpio then introduced his new name, "2 GOLD Scorpio." This made Scorpio and the Sandman the ECW World Tag Team Champions. Earlier that night, Mikey Whipwreck had defeated the Sandman in a ladder match for the ECW World Heavyweight Title. If the Scorpio-Rocco match had happened first, Scorpio and Sandman would have held all three titles.
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