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Wrestling / Marc Mero

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Marc Mero (born July 9, 1963) is an American retired amateur boxer and professional wrestler who competed in WCW from 1991-1996 as Johnny B. Badd and for WWE from 1996-1998. His original gimmick as Johnny B. Badd was a very over-the-top Gorgeous George whose Catchphrase was "I'm so pretty, I should have been born a little girl!" He would eventually outgrow the gimmick. He made his PPV debut in a DQ loss to The Yellow Dog (Brian Pillman in a mask) at WCW The Great American Bash 1991. He would feud with Maxx Payne, Steve Austin and Diamond Dallas Page before leaving for WWE. He made his WWE PPV in-ring debut with a DQ win over The 1-2-3 Kid on the "Free For All" before WWF In Your House: Good Friends Better Enemies. On the September 23, 1996 WWE RAW, he defeated Faarooq in a tournament final for the Intercontinental Heavyweight Titlenote  He lost the belt to HHH a month later (see The Farmer and the Viper below). He suffered an injury in February 1997 that put him on the shelf for months. He came back in September and turned heel on his valet (and then-Real Life wife) Sable. After sending Sable out of the company at WWF Over the Edge 98, he introduced Jacqueline as his new valet. This led to a feud that ultimately became more about the women than it was about him, and he was gone in December 1998. (See Tempting Fate below.) He returned to the Johnny B. Badd persona for some tapings for Hulk Hogan and Jimmy Hart's failed XWF promotion in 2001, and then for TNA in 2004.

As Badd, he was a 3x WCW World Television Champion and as himself he was a 1x WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion. He also won the The Wrestling Observer Newsletter "Rookie of the Year" Award for 1991, and its "Most Improved Award" in 1995. He also won the Pro Wrestling Illustrated "Rookie of the Year" Award.

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