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Michael John Lockwood (August 25, 1971 – November 6, 2003) was an American Professional Wrestler from Anaheim, California best known for his time in WWE as Crash Holly. He debuted in 1989 as Johnny Pearson in Bay Area Wrestling, and also competed for All Pro Wrestling, Big Time Wrestling, ECW, Ohio Valley Wrestling and Power Pro Wrestling (Memphis), arriving in WWE in 1999, and staying until 2003. Along with his teaming with Hardcore and Molly Holly, he and Shannon Moore were Matt Hardy's followers during Matt's "Mattitude" run on WWE SmackDown. He also wrestled for TNA as Mad Mikey, and for other independents. He died in 2003 of a drug overdose.

As for his in-ring achievements, he was a 22x WWE Hardcore Champion, a former WWE World Tag Team Champion with Hardcore Holly, a 1x WWE European Heavyweight Champion, a 1x WWF World Light Heavyweight Champion, a 1x PPW Tag Team Champion as Erin O'Grady with Vic Grimes, a 1x PPW Young Guns Champion as Erin O'Grady, a 1x APW Junior Heavyweight Champion, a 1x IWA (Puerto Rico) World Junior Heavyweight Champion, a 1x UWA (Mexico) World Junior Heavyweight Champion, a 1x IWA (Puerto Rico) Hardcore Champion, a 1x MEWF (Maryland) Cruiserweight Champion and, as Mad Mikey, a 1x SPW (Supreme) Tag Team Champion.

"Superheavyweight Tropes":

  • Blatant Lies: Considered himself a 400-pound Superheavyweight! Really!
  • Butt-Monkey: While teaming with Hardcore Holly, When they weren’t constantly bickering and beating each other up, Crash almost always took the fall. He also had a knack to be squashed by more competent wrestlers who were on the midcard like Albert, Bradshaw and even Jacqueline.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: Chris Jericho called him "Elroy Jetson", which caught on to the point that even Jim Ross was calling him "Elroy."
  • Finishing Move: Crash Landing
  • I Have Many Names: Johnny Pearson, Erin O'Grady, Crash Holly, Crash, Mad Mikey
  • Iconic Item: The scale he carried around during his "Superheavyweight" gimmick.
  • Leprechaun: As Erin O'Grady in APW.
  • Only One Name: For the remainder of his WWE run, he became simply known as "Crash".
  • Red Baron: "The Houdini of Hardcore," coined by Michael Cole, because of his ability to escape getting pinned when he was Hardcore Champion.
  • The Rival: He had a feud with Jacqueline on Sunday Night Heat.
  • Too Dumb to Live: During his reign as WWF Hardcore Champion, Crash introduced the 24/7 rule, meaning the title could be defended 24 hours a day, seven days a week, anytime, anywhere (as long as the challenger was accompanied by a referee). Unsurprisingly, this led to the Mean Street Posse attacking Crash in his hotel room, followed by The Headbangers chasing him to an indoor playground called "Fun Time U.S.A.", all in pursuit of the Hardcore Championship. Dean Malenko followed Crash to a bouncy castle, while Viscera went after him to The APA's office. Even a WWF referee, a clown, and a masseuse tried defeating Crash to become the new Hardcore Champion, forcing the champion to continually escape a pin and keep running for his life.
  • Unrelated Cousins: With Hardcore Holly and Molly Holly.
  • Ur-Example: He introduced the 24/7 rule for the Hardcore Title.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: "Crash" is not a name. It looks even more ridiculous when you consider that Hardcore Holly had previously had a wrestling race car driver gimmick.