The Blue Meanie

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The Blue Meanie
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The Blue Meanie in June 2007
Birth nameBrian Heffron
Born (1973-05-18) May 18, 1973 (age 47)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
ResidencePhiladelphia, 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 height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Billed weight323 lb (147 kg)[1]
Billed from"Pepperland"
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Atlantic City, New Jersey (as Brian Rollins)[2]
Trained byAl Snow
Debut1994

Brian Heffron (born May 18, 1973),[3] better known by his ring name The Blue Meanie, is an American professional wrestler and occasional 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, the antagonists from the 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine.

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]

The Blue World Order (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 villains of the 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine,[3] 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. During this period, Heffron had lost over 100 pounds of weight.[4] 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/Entertainment[edit]

Bluedust (1998–2000)[edit]

Heffron made his WWE debut on the November 29, 1998 episode of Sunday Night Heat, interfering in a match between Duane Gill and Christian. He then spent some time 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 WWE'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 WWE. He challenged Jeff Jarrett for the Intercontinental Championship on the July 17th 1999 episode of Shotgun Saturday Night, but lost. He left WWE in late 1999.

Brief 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 made headlines at the event for being bloodied and deliberately (and legitimately) injured by WWE wrestler 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, who hit a stiff chair shot to JBL's head. and World Heavyweight Champion Batista. The Mexicools later defeated Meanie, Richards, and Nova 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.

Da Blue Guy (right) with Hollywood Nova at Chikara's King of Trios event in 2015

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.

On September 4, 2015, Da Blue Guy, Big Stevie Cool and Hollywood Nova reunited as the Blue World Order for Chikara's 2015 King of Trios tournament. They were eliminated from the tournament in their first round match by the Devastation Corporation (Blaster McMassive, Flex Rumblecrunch and Max Smashmaster).[5]

Monster Factory (2012–present)[edit]

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

Mind of the Meanie[edit]

In March, 2020, Heffron began a podcast called Mind of the Meanie with co-host Josh Shernoff.[6]

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,[7] Fist of the Vampire,[8] and Warriors of the Apocalypse.[9] He had a small cameo in the film The Wrestler.[10]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Shields, Brian; Sullivan, Kevin (2009). WWE Encyclopedia. DK. p. 34. ISBN 978-0-7566-4190-0.
  2. ^ "SCW 3/19/1995: Tex Monroe vs. Brian Rollins". YouTube. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Loverro, Thom (2007). The Rise and Fall of ECW: Extreme Championship Wrestling. Simon & Schuster. pp. 135–137. ISBN 978-1-4165-1312-4. Retrieved March 9, 2010.
  4. ^ http://www.obsessedwithwrestling.com/profiles/b/blue-meanie.php Obsessed with Wrestling
  5. ^ Namako, Jason (September 5, 2015). "9/4 Chikara Results: Easton, PA (King of Trios Night 1)". Wrestleview. Retrieved September 5, 2015.
  6. ^ "The Blue Meanie Starting Up His Own Podcast; First Episode Drops Next Week". Wrestlezone. March 23, 2020. Retrieved March 31, 2020.
  7. ^ "IMDB entry for Curse of the Wolf". August 21, 2017.
  8. ^ "IMDB entry for Fist of the Vampire". August 21, 2017.
  9. ^ "IMDB entry for Warriors of The Apocalypse". August 21, 2017.
  10. ^ "IMDB entry for The Wrestler". August 21, 2017.
  11. ^ "Cleveland All-Pro Wrestling". onlineworldofwrestling.com. Retrieved July 7, 2008.
  12. ^ http://www.pwinsider.com/article/86238/the-four-new-members-of-the-ecw-arena-hall-of-fame-revealed-more.html?p=1
  13. ^ http://www.cagematch.net/?id=1&nr=157240
  14. ^ http://www.cagematch.de/?id=1&nr=100558

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