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"You're a jive soul bro, a jive soul bro
And you're always lying to your friends
You're a jive soul bro, a jive soul bro
And you never get nothing in the end"

Kenneth Wayne Johnson (born December 8, 1957) is a retired Professional Wrestling manager as "The Doctor of Style" Slick. He started in Texas All-Star Wrestling before moving on to NWA Central States Wrestling in Kansas City, MO. In 1987, he and "Hacksaw" Butch Reed moved to WWE. As part of "Classy" Freddie Blassie's retirement, he sold the debuting Slick the contracts of The Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff and Hercules, though Hercules' was sold to Bobby Heenan. Slick also managed The One Man Gang, Big Bossman, Boris Zhukov, Rick Martel, The Warlord, Power and Glory (Hercules and Paul Roma) and Kamala. He left WWE in 1993.

"Jive Soul Tropes":

  • Arch-Enemy: Tito Santana, Hulk Hogan
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: Inducted into the IHWE Hall of Fame in 2009.
  • The Big Guy: He's 6'4 but was billed as 5'11, meaning that he was as tall as some of the wrestlers he managed.
  • Bullying a Dragon/Too Dumb to Live: The second verse of "Jive Soul Bro":
    "Well you'd think this dude might've learned a lesson but he didn't learn a thing at all
    Cause late last night I was out there messing with a lady who was seven feet tall
    Now that was a big woman
    So I said, 'Hey baby come and spend the night at my house'
    She said, 'No way you jive little mouse'
    I said, 'Hey there baby can't take no more'
    So she threw me on the floor in a Figure-4"
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': "The Natural" Butch Reed defeated "The Birdman" Koko B. Ware at WrestleMania III by pinning Ware with his feet on the ropes. Tito Santana ran out and beat up Slick for this.
  • Catchphrase: When one of his wrestlers won a match, Slick would turn to the floor camera and sing "Turn out the liiiiiiights, the party's oooooverrrrrr."
  • Cool Shades: As seen above.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Sang his entrance theme "Jive Soul Bro'."
  • Heel–Faith Turn: Became "Reverend" Slick after Johnson became a born-again Christian in real life.
  • Honesty Is the Best Policy: Said word for word at the end of "Jive Soul Bro," though followed with an Evil Laugh.
  • Jive Turkey/Soul Brotha: His theme song was titled "Jive Soul Bro," thus combining these tropes.
  • Large Ham: Well, he was a wrestling manager, so it comes with the territory. He dressed well, cut entertaining promos, danced before his wrestlers' matches (and after if they won), sang his own theme song and had a great Evil Laugh.
  • Informed Attribute: He was billed as being smaller than he actually was and one time even claimed to just be 130 pounds which would not be healthy for a male his size. This was notable when he stood next to Bam Bam Bigelow and he vertically dwarfed Bam despite the announcers referring to Bam as colossal.
  • Loser Leaves Town: Bruiser Brody defeated him and "Hacksaw" Butch Reed in one of these matches to send them out of NWA Central States Wrestling.
  • Non-Action Guy: He lost some house show matches to Dusty Rhodes' valet Sapphire, who was not a wrestler at all.
  • Put on a Bus: He disappeared from WWE TV in 1991 after Davey Boy Smith powerslammed him.
  • Red Baron: "The Doctor of Style".
  • Refuge in Audacity: He, Bossman and Akeem once appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show, and he said that Akeem would be the first black WWF Champion. Keep in mind that Akeem was The One Man Gang (a white man) acting like he was a black man ("re-embracing his African roots").
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: From "Jive Soul Bro":
    "That's right, I'm clean and I'm mean, and my pocket's full of green."
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Always wore a suit to the ring, complete with a nice hat.
  • Tag Team:
    • (in Central States): The Success Express (Bobby Jaggers and Ed "Moondog" Morettinote )
    • (in WWE):
      • The Bolsheviks (Nikolai Volkoff and Boris Zhukov)
      • The Twin Towers (The Big Bossman and Akeem [formerly The One Man Gang])
      • Power and Glory
  • Ur-Example: The first African American manager in WWE history, opening the door for Clarence Mason, Mr. Theodore R. Long and Abraham Washington.
  • Wrestling Doesn't Pay: Discussed. In his first interview on WWE TV, he claimed to be a real estate investor. "Mean" Gene Okerlund accused him of "running some girls," implying that he was actually a pimp. This was all abandoned, and he became a regular manager. Then he became a managing reverend as Reverend Slick.

"Turn out the lights, the party's over."