Lodi (wrestler)

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Lodi
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Lodi in January 2011.
Birth name Bradley Cain
Born (1970-09-08) September 8, 1970 (age 44)[1]
Asheboro, North Carolina, US[2]
Resides Greenville, North Carolina, US[3]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Brad Cain[4]
Brad Kane[4]
Idol[4]
Lodi[4]
Lodi Lane[4]
Rave[4]
Rage[4]
Razen Cain[4]
Billed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[4]
Billed weight 224 lb (102 kg)[4]
Billed from Pennsylvania[3]
West Hollywood, California[2]
Asheboro, North Carolina[2]
Trained by C.W. Anderson[5]
George Weingroff[5]
WCW Power Plant[5]
Debut 1997[1]

Bradley "Brad" Cain[4] (born September 8, 1970) is an American professional wrestler, author and personal trainer, better known by his ring name, Lodi. Cain is best known for his appearances with World Championship Wrestling between 1997 to 2000, where he was a member of the stable The Flock and the tag team The West Hollywood Blondes.[4]

Early life[edit]

After graduating from Eastern Randolph High School,[3] Cain attended East Carolina University in 1988, and graduated with a degree in political science in 1993.[2] During his time in college, Cain was both a member of the United States Army Reserve, serving as an operating room specialist, and a bodybuilder.[5][unreliable source]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Early career (1997)[edit]

In 1997, Cain trained as a wrestler under Extreme Championship Wrestling alumnus C.W. Anderson. He debuted later that year, and began wrestling on the independent circuit either as a singles competitor or with his roommate Curtis White, who competed under the ring name Toad, as the tag team Dangerous Minds.[3]

World Championship Wrestling (1997–2000)[edit]

After being signed by World Championship Wrestling, Cain began training in their Power Plant wrestling school.[3] Prior to debuting on television, he was forced to adopt a new ring name due to his Razen Cain ring name being seen as too similar to the name of another wrestler from the World Wrestling Federation, then WCW's main rival.[3] The name was also turned down due to it being used by an independent wrestler, despite the fact that Cain wrestled under it prior to the wrestler who adopted it began using it.[3] Another proposed ring name, Skank, was also turned down due to an independent wrestler having used it for two years.[3]

At World War 3 on November 23, 1997, Cain debuted under the ring name Lodi ("Idol" spelled backwards, which came about due to his perceived resemblance to Billy Idol).[3][6] Lodi was introduced as a member of Raven's Flock in order to replace the injured Stevie Richards.[4] He accompanied his fellow Flock members to ringside carrying a variety of signs,[4] which he displayed to the audience at intervals (a gimmick borrowed from ECW's Sign Guy Dudley).[7] The signs were generally intended to be humorous and variously furthered storylines, antagonized the audience, promoted the Flock and made inside jokes aimed at other wrestlers. Cain's in-ring debut was on the December 8 episode of Nitro against Chris Benoit, to whom he lost.[4][8] Lodi disappeared from WCW television several months later after suffering a fractured ankle while wrestling Psicosis. Upon his return, Lodi would become involved in the feud between Saturn and Raven. Lodi defeated Saturn in a match on WCW Thunder thanks to Kanyon, which then meant Saturn had to be Lodi's personal assistant till the PPV. After weeks of making a mockery of Saturn, The Flock eventually disbanded at the September 13, 1998 Fall Brawl when Perry Saturn defeated Raven to win the freedom of the Flock.[1]

Lodi in 2011 holding one of his signature signs.

In June 1999, WCW enhancement talent Lenny Lane persuaded Lodi to team with him as the West Hollywood Blondes, a gay Californian duo with pink trunks and flamboyant haircuts who were later revealed to be brothers.[1][7] The name was a reference to the Hollywood Blonds, a popular tag team of the early 1990s consisting of Steve Austin and Brian Pillman. The Blondes were highly controversial, and their depiction of homosexuals was protested by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). Entertainment Media Director Scott Seomin wrote in a letter sent to Turner Network Television president Brad Siegel, stating "The character of Lenny is presented with the intention to incite the crowd to the most base homophobic behavior." Seomen later stated "the audience's reaction [to Lenny and Lodi being physically attacked by other wrestlers] gives permission to viewers to do harm to gay people in a very literal way – it's appalling." TNT quickly acceded to the demands of GLAAD, removing Lenny and Lodi from the active roster for six months.[9] It is rumored that the bad press caused by the incident was a determining factor in the firing of Eric Bischoff as Vice President of WCW by Ted Turner.[10]

After the hiatus, Lane and Lodi returned under the team name Standards and Practices with Miss Hancock as their manager. The name was intended to lampoon the censorship of TNT.[4] The Standards and Practices gimmick soon dropped on an edition of Nitro when both Lane and Lodi stripped off their suits. In the following weeks, they competed under the tag team name XS with the gimmick of two hard rock partygoers. However, this gimmick was also short-lived as they failed to get over, and both were released from WCW in 2000. Cain believes that his addiction to painkillers and drinking habit at this time was responsible for the loss of his job.[7]

Independent circuit (2000–present)[edit]

Lodi (right) wrestling Andrew Everett in January 2013.

Lenny and Lodi teamed up again on the independent circuit, wrestling for the World Wrestling All-Stars.[4] They were scheduled to appear with Jeff Jarrett's Total Nonstop Action Wrestling promotion, but Cain was injured. He was sidelined from wrestling for nineteen months while recovering from neck surgery, resulting in Lenny forming a new tag team named the Rainbow Express with Bruce serving as a substitute partner.[6][7] After recovering, Cain took a hiatus from wrestling before returning on September 18, 2004 under his Lodi ring name, where he defeated Mike G in a match for NWA Wildside.[11] Cain then continued to wrestle sporadically through the next few years before joining NWA Charlotte in 2009.[11]

Upon NWA Charlotte's debut in early 2009, Cain joined the territory as a color commentator alongside Tim Dixon.[12] In addition to commentating, Cain also began wrestling for the territory under his Lodi ring name, most notably against Raven while also competing in title matches for the territory's United States and Heavyweight Championships.[11][13] Cain remained with the territory until its closing on July 3.[14]

Following NWA Charlotte's closure, Cain took another hiatus from wrestling before returning on July 6, 2012 under his Lodi ring name, where he defeated Reid Flair in a match for Premier Wrestling Xperience.[11] Cain then competed in several more matches for both PWX and the Renegade Wrestling Alliance through the next few months.[11] On 7 December 2013 Lodi beat Ryan Edmonds to capture the RWA Heavyweight Championship, but then lost it to Edmonds on 17 May 2014.[15]

On November 2, 2014, Lodi and Sick Boy reunited to win the WrestleForce Tag Team Championship from The Bravado Brothers.

Personal life[edit]

Despite portraying homosexuals on television, Cain describes himself and his former tag team partner Lenny as "pretty much straight as nails." He refers to his fans as "Lodettes" and "Lodites".[7][16]

Cain is a former drug addict, and was addicted to GHB and painkillers for seven years. He went into rehab in 2000 and overcame his addictions.[7][16]

In addition to wrestling, Cain is a personal fitness trainer, and operates a studio named Your FLEX Appeal in Charlotte, North Carolina.[5][6] On May 17, 2004 Cain lost a number of personal possessions when his apartment building burned down.[6][17]

In November 2005, Cain's first novel, Perfect, was published by Dog Ear Publishing.[6][18]

In wrestling[edit]

Lodi vertical suplexing Andrew Everett in January 2013.
Lodi atomic dropping Andrew Everett in January 2013.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Renegade Wrestling Alliance
    • RWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Tarheel Wrestling Entertainment
    • TWE Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[1]

1This Mid-Atlantic promotion, while currently operating out of the same region of the United States and having revised some of the championships used by the original Mid-Atlantic promotion, isn't the same promotion that was once owned by Jim Crockett, Jr. and was sold to Ted Turner in 1988. It is just another NWA affiliated promotion.

  • WrestleForce
    • WrestleForce Tag Team Championship (1 time, current) - with Sick Boy.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Perfect (2005)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d "Official MySpace". 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "The DDT Digest Online Guide to Lodi and Lodi Signs". 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "Lodi". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-08-14. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Cagematch profile". 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Brad "Lodi" Cain Interview". NinjaPimp Men's Magazine. Retrieved 2007-06-01. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Interview Stories". Retrieved 2007-06-01. 
  8. ^ "WCW Monday Nitro Results: 1997". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-08-04. 
  9. ^ "WCW Bars Gay Wrestlers". IMDB.com. October 12, 1999. Retrieved 2007-08-04. 
  10. ^ Lisa de Moraes (October 12, 1999). "TNT Tosses Gay-Bashing Spectacle Out of the Ring". Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-08-04. 
  11. ^ a b c d e "Cagematch match listings, page 1". 
  12. ^ "NWA Homecoming". http://www.georgiawrestlinghistory.com. January 24, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  13. ^ "Zero Tolerance". http://www.georgiawrestlinghistory.com. February 14, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-26. 
  14. ^ "NWA Charlotte closes down". 
  15. ^ http://www.cagematch.net/?id=5&nr=1221 Retrieved 29 May 2014
  16. ^ a b Edler, D. (November 13, 2003). "Lodi Names Somebody From WCW in Drug Scandal". Retrieved 2007-06-01. 
  17. ^ Mooneyham, M. (May 23, 2004). "Benoit Champ, But Triple H Headliner". MikeMooneyham.com. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-01. Former WCW performer Lodi (Brad Cain) lost his apartment in a fire Sunday night. Among the lost possessions were his many wrestling mementos. 
  18. ^ Meltzer, D. (November 23, 2005). "Wednesday news update...". Wrestling Observer. Retrieved 2007-06-01. Brad Cain, formerly Lodi in WCW, has finished a book called "Perfect" a fiction book about the inner world of bodybuilding. Cain competed as a high level amateur bodybuilder before getting into pro wrestling. 
  19. ^ a b c "Nitro report on September 6, 1999". 
  20. ^ "Thunder report on September 2, 1999". 
  21. ^ "Thunder report on February 9, 2000". 
  22. ^ "Saturday Night report on September 5, 1998". 
  23. ^ "Saturday Night report on July 10, 1999". 
  24. ^ a b c d "Thunder report on September 23, 1999". 
  25. ^ a b c d "Nitro report on August 30, 1999". 
  26. ^ "Thunder report on March 22, 2000". 
  27. ^ "WorldWide report on August 21, 1999". 
  28. ^ "Nitro report on February 28, 2000". 
  29. ^ "WorldWide report on September 4, 1999". 
  30. ^ "WorldWide report on February 13, 2000". 
  31. ^ "Stacy Keibler Biography". Netglimse.com. Retrieved 2007-06-28. 
  32. ^ Reynolds, R.D. and Randy Baer. WrestleCrap: The Very Worst of Pro Wrestling (p.237)
  33. ^ "NWA Mid-Atlantic Hardcore Championship history". 
  34. ^ Palma, R. (2001). "TCW Hardcore Championship history". Solie.org. Retrieved 2007-06-01. 

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