The Blue Meanie

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The Blue Meanie
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The Blue Meanie in June 2007.
Birth name Brian Daniel Heffron
Born (1973-05-18) May 18, 1973 (age 41)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Resides Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Bluedust
Brian Estévez
Brian Rollins
Da Blue Guy
John Blue Lamefield
Meanie Grunge
Meanie Simmons
The Blue Boy
The Blue Meanie
The Zebra Kid
Billed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Billed weight 323 lb (147 kg)[1]
Billed from "Pepperland"
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Trained by Al Snow
Debut 1994

Brian Daniel Heffron (born May 18, 1973),[2] better known by the ring name The Blue Meanie, is an American professional wrestler and actor. He is best known for his appearances with ECW from 1995 to 2000 and WWE from 1998 to 2005. His ring name is a reference to the Blue Meanies, creatures from the 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine.[2]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Heffron started wrestling in the Midwest out of Al Snow's Bodyslammers Pro Wrestling Gym in Lima, Ohio in March 1994. He continued to wrestle in various independent wrestling promotions throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions until 1996.

Extreme Championship Wrestling[edit]

bWo (1995–1998)[edit]

Heffron was noticed by Raven and Stevie Richards at a Steel City Wrestling show in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and was asked by Raven to become Richards' sidekick in ECW. He went on to become The Blue Meanie, taking his name and persona from the villain of the 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine,[2] in 1995 in ECW at the November To Remember event. He was the flunky for Richards, who was the flunky for Raven. Heffron, Richards, and Nova performed several skits but their most famous was the bWo, a parody of WCW's top heel group, the nWo. Meanie played the role of Da Blue Guy in the bWo, lampooning nWo member Scott Hall's nickname "The Bad Guy".

Return (2000)[edit]

Under the name Blue Boy, Heffron returned to ECW in 2000, appearing with his girlfriend Jasmin St. Claire. During this period, Heffron had lost over 100 pounds of weight.[3] His gimmick was that of an arrogant stud who would insult the looks and weight of fans and other wrestlers, in an ironic twist.

World Wrestling Federation[edit]

Bluedust (1998–2000)[edit]

Heffron made his WWF debut on the November 22, 1998 episode of Sunday Night Heat. He spent some time in the WWF as part of Al Snow's J.O.B. Squad.[1] He rose to short prominence as Bluedust, a revival of a 1996 mockery of the Goldust gimmick he used in ECW, this time paired with Goldust himself. Bluedust and Goldust were pitted against one another at WWF's St. Valentine's Day Massacre: In Your House pay-per-view, a match Goldust eventually won.[1] Heffron would later be pulled under Goldust's "spell", calling him "mommy" and serving as a manager, all the while bickering with Goldust's other manager, Ryan Shamrock. After Goldust dumped both Meanie and Shamrock, Heffron made little headway in the WWF and left shortly thereafter.

Return (2005)[edit]

The Blue Meanie (left) and Talia Madison (right) at an independent show in 2005.

The Blue Meanie appeared at WWE's ECW One Night Stand pay-per-view on June 12, 2005. He would make headlines at the event for being bloodied and deliberately (and legitimately) injured by WWE Superstar JBL. A few weeks after the incident, during which time Heffron indicated on his website that he was considering pursuing legal action against JBL, it was announced that he had signed a short-term deal with WWE and reformed the bWo with Stevie Richards and Simon Dean (formerly Nova). On the July 7 episode of SmackDown, the bWo drove to ringside in JBL's limousine, then proceeded to spraypaint "bWo" on the hood. This led to a No Disqualification match between JBL and Meanie later that evening, which Meanie won after interference from Richards and World Heavyweight Champion Batista. The Mexicools later defeated Meanie, Richards, and Batista in a six-man tag match at The Great American Bash.

Independent circuit (2005–present)[edit]

In 2005, Heffron wrestled at Hardcore Homecoming against Tracy Smothers in what commentator Joey Styles called a "comedy match", and also appeared with Raven during Raven's match against Sandman. In April 2006, Heffron announced on his blog that he had been diagnosed with empyema, and had undergone emergency surgery to have part of his lung removed. On June 3, 2007, he defeated Smothers to become the World Champion again, but lost it at the next event on August 5, to Jason Bane in a Street Fight. On September 8, he defeated Troy Justice to become APWF Heavyweight Champion. On December 28, he was managed by Tammy Lynn Sytch and teamed with The Patriot to defeat The Sychadellic Sissies (Ace Darling and Nicky Oceans) at National Wrestling Superstars Holiday Tour.

On January 18, 2008, he defeated Danny Demanto at a National Wrestling Superstars event in Manville, New Jersey. On April 12, he and JD Love defeated Zaquary Springate III and Isys Ephex in a surprise appearance at 2cw's Living on the Edge. On August 8, 2010, Heffron was slated to appear at the TNA PPV Hardcore Justice; however, he could not attend the event and was replaced by a fake Blue Meanie named The Blue Tilly.

Monster Factory (2012–present)[edit]

Heffron, under his Blue Meanie name, currently wrestles and is a trainer at The Monster Factory.

Acting career[edit]

Heffron has appeared in the WB sitcom Nikki, the documentary film Beyond the Mat, the film Communication Breakdown, and the cult horror film Swamp Zombies (with Dan Severn). He also starred in the films Curse of the Wolf, Fist of the Vampire, and Warriors of the Apocalypse.[citation needed] He had a small cameo in the film The Wrestler.

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Allied Powers Wrestling Federation
    • APWF Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Cleveland All-Pro Wrestling
    • CAPW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[4]
  • Steel City Wrestling

References[edit]

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