The Boogeyman (wrestler)
The Boogeyman in 2008
|Birth name||Martin Wright|
|Born||July 15, 1964|
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||The Boogeyman|
|Billed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Billed weight||260 lb (120 kg)|
|Billed from||The Bottomless Pit|
|Trained by||Ohio Valley Wrestling|
|Debut||October 15, 2004|
- 1 Professional wrestling career
- 2 Other media
- 3 Championships and accomplishments
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Professional wrestling career
World Wrestling Entertainment
Tough Enough and Ohio Valley Wrestling (2004–2005)
Wright first entered the world of professional wrestling to take part in the fourth season of the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) produced reality television competition Tough Enough. On October 15, 2004, he attended the two-day event in Venice Beach, California, where he was among eight finalists chosen. After surviving the first day of eliminations he admitted that he was actually 40 years old — five years over the competition's cut off point — and not 30 as he'd claimed. As a result, he was cut from the competition.
Though he had been cut from Tough Enough, WWE officials invited him to come to their developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) for possible training. He trained between January and June 2005, making his OVW debut on June 25, 2005. During a dark match pitting the team of Seth Skyfire and Robert Fury against Robbie Dawber and his partner, Wright entered the ring and squashed all three men, no-selling the offense of Skyfire in the process. He then announced that he was "The Boogeyman" before leaving the building. The Boogeyman gimmick further evolved into a "monster" face who would appear when another wrestler said his name and attack him, while not selling any offense he received.
On the July 11, 2005 episode of WWE Raw, horror movie style vignettes began airing to promote the debut of Wright in his "Boogeyman" personality. After a few weeks the vignettes were moved from Raw to SmackDown!, but his planned debut was delayed when he hyperextended both knees and needed time to recover. The Boogeyman made his first appearance on the October 14, 2005 SmackDown!. He was brought in by UPN Network Executive Palmer Cannon, who claimed he was going to be a part of another (unspecified) UPN show that never came to be due to an on-set "accident" involving The Boogeyman; it was implied he had "done something" to another member of the cast, but this was never elaborated on. Cannon said he brought him to the SmackDown! brand as part of a "new talent initiative". The Boogeyman then proceeded to recite a version of the child's chant One, two, Freddy's coming for you from the movie A Nightmare on Elm Street before smashing an oversized alarm clock on his own head. The Boogeyman continued to "terrorize" other Superstars for the next couple of months. For the next few weeks The Boogeyman (who was then a tweener) appeared in unexpected places backstage (closets, vans, et cetera), reciting different nursery rhymes and holding up clocks before screaming his catchphrase "I'm The Boogeyman and I'm comin' to get'cha!" and laughing maniacally. This would leave the performer(s) that had discovered him both confused and creeped out, usually ending with them backing out of the room slowly while the commentators remarked on how strange the whole situation was.
At the 2005 Survivor Series, The Boogeyman helped SmackDown! General Manager Theodore Long defeat his Raw counterpart, Eric Bischoff. He made his official in-ring SmackDown! debut on December 2, defeating Simon Dean in a squash that saw him repeatedly scream, "I'm the Boogeyman!" at a confused and terrified Dean. During this match, he took a handful of live worms from his pocket and stuffed them into his mouth as commentators Michael Cole and Tazz screamed in disgust. For the next few weeks, The Boogeyman won numerous squash matches that focused on the antics of The Boogeyman. Opponents were generally "flattened" in the ring, left with worms in their mouths and/or spit on their faces. His official pay-per-view debut was at December's Armageddon when he came to the ring to confront Vito and Nunzio who were dressed as Santa Claus and an elf. He then went on to have feuds with JBL , Booker T , Sharmell , The Miz , Kristal Marshall and Finlay.
Boogeyman's first major feud occurred with JBL and his "fixer" Jillian Hall, began when he stalked the duo throughout a number of shows. During an episode of SmackDown! he caught a fleeing Hall and shoved worms down the back of her skirt. On another, during a Piper's Pit segment, he not only sniffed the "growth" on Jillian's face, but licked it and bit it off. Layfield and The Boogeyman eventually met in a one-on-one contest at the 2006 Royal Rumble, with Boogeyman picking up the win in under two minutes.
A subsequent feud with Booker T, which saw him again stalking a wrestler and his female companion (this time Booker's wife Sharmell) culminated at WrestleMania 22, when Boogeyman pinned Booker T after kissing Sharmell while holding a mouthful of worms. The match was exceptionally short because shortly before WrestleMania Boogeyman tore his left biceps at a house show. To explain his absence to rehab his injury, Booker T and Sharmell obtained a restraining order against The Boogeyman, who actually had surgery on April 4, to repair his biceps tear.
As SummerSlam approached, The Boogeyman began appearing in TV spots to promote the event. Vignettes also began airing advertising his return to SmackDown!. On September 20, WWE.com reported that Wright had been released from the company, however, a couple weeks later, on October 6, WWE.com announced that Wright had re-signed with the company and would be sent to be trained at Booker T and Stevie Ray's wrestling school in Houston, Texas. Wright returned on the October 27 SmackDown!; while teaming with Layla, he started a feud with The Miz and Kristal Marshall. During the feud he again terrorized and stalked his opponents, spitting worms at them and scaring them at every opportunity, and eventually ended The Miz's undefeated streak at the Armageddon pay-per-view.
Wright then feuded with Finlay, who ended The Boogeyman's undefeated streak when Hornswoggle interfered. On the February 2 edition of SmackDown! during a match against Chris Benoit for the WWE United States Championship, Boogeyman abducted Hornswoggle, distracting Finlay and giving Benoit a chance to win the match with a roll-up. On the February 16 edition of SmackDown! The Boogeyman appeared with a little person of his own, Little Boogeyman, who was portrayed by an actor named Chris Hollyfield. Chris also previously had played Lil Booker T. His purpose was to counteract Hornswoggle, who was proving a problem in one-on-one matches with Finlay. The Boogeyman and the Little Boogeyman lost to Finlay and Hornswoggle in a mixed tag team match at No Way Out. The team lost a rematch the following week on SmackDown!; Little Boogeyman was pinned by Finlay, after Wright had chased away Hornswoggle.
On OVW's 400th anniversary show, The Boogeyman made an appearance, losing to Ryan Wilson in a tables match. The Boogeyman returned to in ring action when teamed with Kane during his feud with William Regal and Dave Taylor. This also marked the return of Little Boogeyman. The feud would be short lived as Boogeyman and Little Boogeyman would then start another feud with Finlay and Hornswoggle. Boogeyman and Little Boogeyman were defeated in a mixed tag match by Finlay and Hornswoggle at Saturday Night's Main Event.
The Boogeyman ended his tenure on SmackDown with a loss to Mark Henry in a squash match, as part of Henry's new "Path of Destruction" gimmick. After that match, Mark Henry then beat up Little Boogeyman who was at ringside, and Henry gave him a body splash, (kayfabe) severely injuring him. This turned out to be the last time Little Boogeyman appeared on WWE TV.
ECW and release (2007–2009)
On the June 11 edition of Raw, The Boogeyman was moved from the SmackDown brand to ECW in the annual WWE draft. The next day he debuted for the brand and defeated Matt Striker, beginning a feud with him. On July 10 in New Orleans, The Boogeyman was a guest during a Striker's Classroom segment, ostensibly to be educated on worms, only to be attacked by Striker's debuting enforcer, Big Daddy V. The Boogeyman was not seen for the next three weeks, finally re-emerging on the July 31 episode — with a new face paint design and black contact lenses — to scare Big Daddy V off after he finished a match. Boogeyman was taken out by Big Daddy V from behind after a distraction from Striker a week later.
On the August 14 episode of ECW, Boogeyman scored a disqualification victory over ECW Champion John Morrison after Morrison shoved the referee. Boogeyman went on to successfully team with CM Punk at Saturday Night's Main Event against Morrison and Big Daddy V. On the August 28 episode of ECW, Boogeyman was one of the participants in the Fatal Four Way match for a shot at Morrison's title; however, CM Punk was the victor. On September 4, on ECW, Boogeyman defeated Matt Striker by disqualification when Big Daddy V interfered, and went on to hit Boogeyman with a ghetto drop on the outside of the ring. On the September 18 episode of ECW, Boogeyman and Big Daddy V finally faced off in their first one-on-one match, which Boogeyman lost.
Boogeyman's return to wrestling action was initially delayed due to a torn calf muscle, but it had also been reported that he was having dental surgery done to replace missing teeth. On the October 7 episode of ECW a vignette was aired promoting The Boogeyman's return. Additional vignettes aired for a few weeks after that. On the October 13, 2008 edition of Raw, The Boogeyman made his return, appearing during a segment with Jackass's Johnny Knoxville, Chris Pontius, and Big Dick Johnson ending with The Boogeyman bringing live worms out of a bag and after putting them in his own mouth spat them into the mouth of Pontius.
The Boogeyman made his ECW return on the November 25 episode, in a segment with John Morrison and The Miz. He made his return to in ring competition on December 9 against Scott Reed, a local talent, who he defeated with ease. On the December 30 episode of ECW, he lost to John Morrison and The Miz in a No DQ match with Finlay as his partner. On the January 20, 2009 edition of ECW, he defeated Paul Burchill by disqualification, his first victory over a non-enhancement talent since returning to the brand. His last appearance on WWE programming was on March 3, 2009 where he lost in a match against Kane. The next day on March 4, 2009, WWE announced that they had released Wright from his WWE contract.
Independent circuit (2009–2017)
After WWE, Wright returned to the Pro Wrestling Alliance using his Boogeyman gimmick. Later, using a new gimmick called Slither, he wrestled at Northeast Wrestling as The Nightcrawler, defeating Jake Manning. Wright made his debut for The Millennium Wrestling Federation (MWF) at Soul Survivor VI on April 24, 2010. He defeated "Executioner" Brian Milonas. During late December 2011 Wright made an appearance on UWD (United Wrestling Destruction) where he defeated newcomer Harry Janes at the special event "Win Or Lose." He returned using his old The Boogeyman gimmick at Cyberstarz event of Millennium Wrestling Federation on February 2012, where he defeated Lukas Sharp. After that, he left the wrestling business for quite some time, before decided to return on July 9, 2012 where he was available on independent scene bookings. On August 11, 2013, Wright using The Boogeyman gimmick made an appearance for Juggalo Championship Wrestling's Bloodymania 7 teaming with Kongo Kong to face 2 Tuff Tony and a returning Vampiro in a losing effort. On September 3, 2017, as The Boogeyman, he defeated The Horror for All Out Mayhem wrestling.
Return to WWE
Sporadic appearances (2012–present)
Boogeyman appeared in Halloween themed videos on the WWE YouTube channel in both November 2013 and October 2014. On the December 22, 2014 episode of Raw, Boogeyman appeared in a segment on the WWE App.
On January 25, 2015 at Royal Rumble, Boogeyman entered the Royal Rumble match as a surprise entrant at number 7 marking his first WWE in–ring performance in almost six years, but was quickly eliminated by Bray Wyatt. On November 6, 2015, it was announced that Wright has signed a legends contract (a long-term deal to make infrequent, non-wrestling appearances) with WWE. On January 22, 2018, the Boogeyman made an appearance on Raw 25 Years.
Championships and accomplishments
- Alabama Wrestling Federation
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
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- "Boogeyman's WWE Alumni Profile". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2011-10-17.
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- "Armageddon 2005 results". WWE. Archived from the original on 31 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-22.
- "Breaking News: WWE releases Marty "The Boogeyman" Wright & more". WrestleView. 2006-09-20. Retrieved 2008-11-12.
- Bryan Robinson (June 12, 2007). "Extreme tribute". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-11-22.
- Corey Clayton (July 10, 2007). "Nitro and Punk continue to roll toward The Bash". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-11-22.
- Andrew Rote (July 31, 2007). "A chance for fame". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-11-20.
- CM Punk breaks on through (August 7, 2007). "CM Punk breaks on through". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-11-22.
- "Manhandling the Extreme". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-11-22.
- "Saturday night's alright for fighting". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-11-22.
- "Storming the palace". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-11-22.
- "Golden grin". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-11-22.
- "Fatal road to No Mercy". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-11-22.
- "WWE News: Live Backlash Coverage, Torrie's Future, Boogeyman Update,". 411mania.com. Retrieved 2008-04-27.
- Mitch Passero (2008-12-09). "Bridgeport Brawl". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2009-02-04.
- Mitch Passero (2008-12-23). "Slamming shut 2008". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2009-02-04.
- Michael Burdick (2009-01-20). "Ready to Rumble". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2009-02-04.
- "Boogeyman released". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2009-03-04. Retrieved 2010-05-09.
- "February 2012 MWF Cyberstarz - The Boogeyman; Scott Reed & Julian Starr -vs Bad Penny". bostonwrestling.com. Retrieved May 28, 2012.
- Pena, Daniel. "Boogeyman Returning To Wrestling, SummerSlam Axxess Pre-Sale Code, Vickie Guerrero". Wrestling Inc. Retrieved May 28, 2013.
- Holmes, Matt. "WWE Raw 17/12/12 Results - Ric Flair, Tommy Dreamer & The Boogeyman Return!". What Culture. Retrieved May 28, 2013.
- Caldwell, James (January 25, 2015). "CALDWELL'S ROYAL RUMBLE PPV REPORT 1/25: Ongoing "virtual-time" coverage of Cena vs. Cena vs. Rollins for WWE Title, annual Royal Rumble match, more". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
- "THE LATEST WRESTLER TO SIGN A WWE LEGENDS CONTRACT IS..."
- "Bobby Lashley and Boogeyman.mov". Bobby Lashley. Retrieved May 28, 2013.
- "Bobby Deol vs Boogeyman Ep.2". YouTube. Retrieved May 28, 2013.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-04-02.
- "PWI Awards". Pro Wrestling Illustrated. Kappa Publishing Group. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
- "Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2007". Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
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