The idea behind the character is to channel Sid during interviews and have him bumble through them and then slowly progress him to where his interviews make sense.
Character Name: John Henry Austin
Weight: 251 lbs.
Hometown: Cleveland, Tennessee
Physical Description: John Henry has brown hair that's in a mullet. He has brown eyes. John Henry is cut, not Mr. Olympia style cut. He's cut like someone who works out as a hobby and keeps himself in great shape. Austin's upper body isn't overly massive, but the definition is there. His abdomen slopes down into a perfect "V" where it meets his waist. Austin's lower body is just as taken care of as his upper body.
His ring attire consists of standard trunks, which can vary in color (black, blue, red, white, green). His boots match the color of his trunks. His kneepads and elbowpads are usually a different color but one that compliments the primary color
(trunks and boots are black, kneepads and elbowpads may be blue).
Manager [if applicable]: N/A
Theme Music: "Rock You Like a Hurricane" by Scorpions
Ring Entrance [please write in cut/paste form]:
[Scorpions' "Rock You Like a Hurricane" comes over the PA system. The crowd lets out with a moderate cheer.]
RA: Hailing from Cleveland, Tennessee and weighing in at two-hundred and fifty-one pounds. Here is... JOHN HENRY AUSTIN!
[John Henry Austin appears in the aisle. His wrestling attire is standard trunks with matching color boots. Austin sports matching color elbowpads and kneepads to compliment his trunks and boots. Completing his attire is his brown mullet. The fans continue to cheer. John Henry Austin walks part way down the aisle and stops, soaking in the cheers. He zigzags to each side, slapping hands with the fans.
John Henry Austin gets to the ring and climbs up onto the ring apron. He raises a fist into the air and lets out a "Yah!" He climbs into the ring and repeats the previous motion from the second turnbuckle. He hops off the turnbuckle and turns, getting ready for his match.]
Wrestler Type [brawler/high flyer/etc]: Straight Power Wrestler/Brawler
What real-life wrestler is your character similar to in the ring?: Billy Jack Haynes/Hercules Hernandez
Finisher [normal finisher; the move your guy uses in the standard match to wrap things up]:
Full Nelson - It doesn't need a special name. On smaller opponents, Austin will pick the opponent up and shake him around before putting him down only to repeat again. On bigger opponents, he'll swing the opponent back and forth to add more
Signature Moves [no more than 5 please]:
1: Austin Backbreaker - Argentine backbreaker drop
2: running powerslam - usually hit when a smaller wrestlers tries a leapfrog over a charging Austin in the turnbuckle and Austin catches the opponent on his shoulder
3: Display of Strength - succession of three backbreakers, followed by shoving the opponent off of his knee, and then standing up and striking a biscep flex - this move can come into play catching a wrestler performing a high cross body or a flying cross body press
4: Blackjack Bomb - standard power bomb
5: American Backbreaker - Canadian backbreaker/Body Breaker
6: delayed suplex - standard hold the guy up there for as long as possible, will do this on bigger opponents as a display of power (as much as the laws of physics will allow)
7: bearhug - he grabs and lifts smaller opponents up (think opponent's knees on Austin's thighs) and shakes them around - on bigger opponents, he'll hold and bury his head into the opponent's chest or underarm to try to block any elbow counter
8: double chop to the opponent's neck - no special name, but Austin will scream and chop down with his right and left hand onto the opponent's neck
Other moves [10-25]:
1: vertical suplex
2: belly-to-belly suplex - gets ahold of the opponent and then picks up, takes two steps to turn, and drops them down
3: back suplex - waistlock, up, and over
4: powerslam - catches the opponet on a rebound and instead of a fluid spin, he turns and takes a step or two and then pivots and slams
5: bodyslam - loves using this on bigger/fat opponents to show off his strength
6: slow-spin neckbreaker - think swinging neckbreaker, but the swing is executed slowly
7: gutwrench suplex - picks the opponent up in a gutwrench and tosses him... opponents can land back first or stomach first, so not exactly pretty
8: running clothesline - NOT a lariat... Austin just kinda throws his arm out there when running
9: shoulder tackle/running shoulder tackle - same move, different variation
10: spear tackle - usually oversold by smaller opponents and takes bigger opponents off their feet
12: armdrag - there's no crisp execution to this move, he just kinda hooks the arm and rolls over like it's a headlock takedown
13: sit-out choke bomb - Austin holds the chokelift portion as long as he can to show off his strength and then drops into a sit-out power bomb - when used against larger opponents, the move can be hit or miss
14: atomic drop
15: bionic elbow
16: elbowdrop to opponent's back
17: kneedrop to opponent's back
18: forearm shot to opponent's back
19: punches - hook, rabbit, uppercut
20: side suplex - ala Dino Bravo's finisher - often delayed to show off his strength before he drops down
21: abdominal stretch - most time he stands to the side of the opponent and doesn't drape his leg over the opponent's thigh
22: seated chinlock with knee planted firmly in the opponent's back
23: straddle chinlock with knee planted firmly in opponent's back
24: head vice - think of crush's head squeeze move
25: grinding his knuckle into opponent's temple - Sgt. Slaughter's finisher for a time while he was an Iraqi sympathizer in
1: Strength: Austin is decpetively powerful, able to suplex, slam, and powerhouse with some of the biggest people in the wrestling industry even though he may be half their size. Austin could lay claim to being the strongest man in the wrestling and quite possibly not be lying.
2: Lethal Finisher: What would a fed be without the unbreakable Full Nelson? Austin applies the move quite well, considering his general lack of wrestling know-how. Once he has it on and his fingers interlaced, the move is hardly ever
broken due to Austin's strength. Now, those opponents who are just too large to put the move on, they a whole new problem. Move can't be lethal if it's not applied. Even applied, a quick shove off the ropes or corner can put Austin on his back for a three count. It'll take Austin some time to figure he needs to roll over.
3: Feeds off the Crowd: Austin's zeal can not be denied. His enthusiam can pump up just about any crowd. When the crowd rallies behind him, Austin's adrenaline kicks in and he can work past the pain (see Hulk Up, but in a Sting fashion or Warrior fashion where he no-sells some punches and then unloads a flurry of offense). The more excited Austin gets, the more excited a crowd gets.
1: Dumb: To put it bluntly, Austin isn't the sharpest tool in the shed. This is a combination of naieve and intelligence. He's easily taken advantage of and can't really formulate wrestling strategies other than "hurt his back and neck to make the full nelson hurt more!" Paired with the right parnter or manager, this weakness will subside a bit.
2: Wrestling Expertise: He'll never been in a five-star classic unless he's carried to the match. He's not a counter-wrestler. Hell, he probably doesn't know the difference between a wristlock and a wristwatch, to quote Gorilla
Monsoon. Austin relies on one strategy, which is an explosive power-based offense. He hits hard when he hits. He relies on his strength to counter opponents.
3: Hit and Run Offense: Austin is slow in the ring. Anyone who uses a hit and run offense is sure to dominate a match against him. The opponent may not necessarily win, keep in mind Austin hits hard, but they stand a better chance of someone coming straight at him.
Profile(History of your character):
John Henry Austin was born and grew up in Cleveland, Tennessee. Austin was born to blue-collar parents. While growing up, Austin, like damn near every other professional wrestler, excelled at sports. He was great at baseball, soccer, and
basketball. Austin showed a special affection for playing football.
Austin spent all of his summers in football camps and played in peewee football leagues. When he started attending Cleveland Middle School, Austin stuck with football in the fall and winter and was on the track and field team in the spring.
Austin started playing varsity ball his freshmen year at Cleveland High School. Austin was a great defensive tackle, easily able to bring down guys bigger than him. He had four tremendous years with impressive stats his four years at Cleveland High School. Football was his sole focus sports while attending high school.
Austin's grades weren't so good. He wasn't really that smart. His hopes of being picked up by Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, or other SEC teams were dashed due to his grades. Upon talking to him, recruits realized his grades weren't going to come up during his tenure at a higher education facility. Austin's football career came to a close upon graudation from high school, barely getting decent enough grades to pass. While the youngster showed a lot of heart, desire, and dedication towards football, he didn't display these same attitude towards his scholastic pursuits.
A few months after graudation, Austin got a job at the local Magic Chef manufacturing facility in Cleveland. In August, when a lot of his friends were going off to college, even Cleveland Community College (good ol' Cougar High!), Austin had joined the work force.
Austin grew up a fan of wrestling. His father use to take him to shows in Chattanooga when promotions came through town.
Austin followed the promotions of the mid 90's, having his favorite wrestlers of the time. Austin even traveled with his father to Knoxville and Chattanooga to catch local shows put on by Knoxville Championship Wrestling in the early 2000's.
With nowhere to go, Austin caught a local wrestling show in the fall of 2008 and decided that was the way to go. If he couldn't play football, he would become a wrestler. Austin searched online using a computer at his local library and came
across Barry Gordon's Wrestling School. Austin contacted Gordon and set up a meeting.
Gordon took one look at Austin and saw his meal ticket.
Gordon was a down-on-his-luck wrestler, usually going under the ring name "Flashy" Barry Riverside. Gordon had never achieved the success in wrestling he felt, in his own mind at least, he deserved. Being a talentless hack who couldn't carry a paper bag in a wrestling match, had nothing to do it. Gordon was in great shape thanks to his diet of Coors Light, McDonalds double cheeseburgers (the bastards stopped the $0.29 hamburger Wendesdays!), fast women, and a bottle of Wild Turkey after an especially good payday.
Gordon refused to see past Austin's lack of personality and inability to articulate well, thanks to a bad meth habit (check his teeth!) and an untreated case of syphillis. Gordon crash-coursed Austin through training in two-weeks and immediately took the youngster out on the road with him in September 2008.
The two took tag team bookings around the Carolinas, which meant any promoter worth his weight in morals wouldn't hire these two. Austin and Gordon found themselves booked in backyard wrestling matches, matches performed in run-down shanties which should've been condemned, and against opponents with as much skill, less sometimes and this includes training, than young Austin had.
Gordon kept promising Austin it would take three months for them both to land contracts with the UWF. From there, the sky was the limit because the UWF had been asking Gordon to join their roster for quite some time, according to one of many outlandish tales Gordon would have Austin believe. The three months flashed by, Austin saving his money for the eventual (Gordon was a very convincing man, with Austin's best interests at heart!) trip to Canada. of course, Gordon was cutting side deals to get the lionshare of the earnings for the team.
Gordon asked Austin to pay for his travel to Canada. Gordon, the good Christian man he was, had sent all his money home to his mother who needed it due to her glocoma. There's no way a God fearing, bible reading individual wouldn't not use protection during an intimate encounter with a ring rat. But... Gordon was always a firm believer the Spray & Pray worked much, much better than the Pull & Pray.
In short, Austin paid for Gordon to head to Canada to work out the final details with UWF Management about their UWF contracts. Austin forked over the money, and Gordon headed to Southern California to look for work, finally coming to the realization (during a heroin induced high) Austin wasn't the total package Gordon believed him to be.
Austin stayed stranded in Oklahoma City, and finally figured out Gordon may not be such an upstanding person after Gordon failed to return after a month of being gone. Austin used the rest of the money he had and moved to Jacksonville, Florida. He got a job at the local Walmart for some money. After making himself value to the company by learning every available position, read that as he sucked at every position but one, before learning he really excelled at being a Walmart Greeter and Shopping Cart Collector.
In December 2008, Austin watched his first OSCW show. Realizing the OSCW was based out of Jacksonville, Austin did what he should've done the first time he decided on a career as a wrestler. He did his research. He went back and watched old OSCW shows he could find online or through tape trading online. From there, Austin found AWA programming and became a huge fan of Ron Houston.
Austin finally gathered up enough money after saving for five months and headed for the OSCW training sessions. The trainers at the OSCW's Den were impressed with Austin's look. They were frightened by his inability to work a match, to say the least.
Austin didn't realize an old tradition in wrestling that some still held onto in the present.
The wrestling industry is a family and fraternity. The older guys want to protect this business which is why there are a select group who gets to train the next generation. This isn't always the case with the "wrestling training schools" opening and closing every single day so some hack can scam a buck for his next swig of Natty Ice.
Austin took to the training, being treated like a complete newbie. What took some guys a few weeks to learn, took Austin longer. He spent all of 2009 training to be a wrestler. The trainers, while frustrated with Austin as a slow learner, couldn't deny his heart and dedication. They saw in Austin a love and passion for the business so many young guys pay lip service to. Austin never griped or complained. If he had trouble learning something, he kept working at it until he was able to get it down.
Starting in early 2010, Austin worked for OSCW as a security man to take bumps and as part of the ring crew. He continued to work at Walmart as a greeter and would go to the OSCW which were local or close by and hang around out back. A lot of the veterans liked Austin because he asked them a lot of questions about the business and would repay them by running errands for them, covering for them when need be, and other things better left unmentioned. While dumb, Austin wasn't putting out sexual favors.
As we near the middle of 2010, Austin has sent out a few tapes with some matches he's worked against other trainees in hopes of being able to land a deal with a promotion.
[John Henry Austin is standing backstage in his wrestling attire. He's wearing green trunks, green boots with black trim, black elbowpads, and black kneepads. Austin rubs his hands together and points at the camera.]
JHA: I want all the fans to know, John Henry Austin is ready to come out and entertain you.
[He lowers his hand.]
JHA: I may not be the biggest man in wrestling, but you can bet I'm one of the strongest!
[He strikes a biscep flex.]
JHA: That doesn't mean I ain't a dummy like some of these other called strong men. I may be half their size, but I've only got half their brains!
[Austin smiles and nods.]
JHA: I want the fans to know, they're going to get one-hundred and ten percent from me every time I step into that ring on a nightly basis. That's going to be fifty percent strength, fourty percent attitude, and one-hundred percent heart. The fans paid their good, hard-earned money to watch some rasslin. That's exactly what I'm going to give them!
[He points at the camera again.]
JHA: So stay tuned wrestling fans! I am is the one who will bring... shall bring you a new hero to rally behind and cheer!
[Cut back to ringside.]
This character would have fit in very well with BSW.
Yeah, something like that, John.
HOLY POO~! That was gibberish! That'd be great for a jobber flash but, uh, if it was that bad I don't think the handler would ever win a match. Not unless there was some really creative stuff in between the [brackets].
Big dude's a beast though. Both of 'em are huge for the era. Steroids, I imagine.
|QUOTE (Guest @ Jul 16 2010, 12:56 AM)|
| This character would have fit in very well with BSW. |
Hey, he still could! I mean, who says there won't be a second "season" of BSW?