Sunday, February 15, 2009

In and Out the Wrestling Ring with BigBoyFloyd.

Charles Wright, (born May 16, 1961 in Las Vegas, Nevada) is an American business and retired professional wrestler. He is probably best known for his time spent with the World Wrestling Federation throughout the 1990s and early 2000s under the ring names Papa Shango, Kama, Kama Mustafa, The Godfather and The Goodfather. He also went to college at the University of Nevada where he played football.

Wright started off wrestling in late 1989 but did not hit it big until January 1992, when he started wrestling as Papa Shango in the WWF. The character carried a skull to the ring billowing smoke and could control arena lights, allowing for strange goings on in the ring, and later could "cast spells" to cause opponents pain to and make them vomit from afar. Papa Shango was thrust into the spotlight almost immediately, running in on the Hulk Hogan vs. Sid Justice main event at Wrestlemania 8 to jump start a fued between himself and Ultimate Warrior. Shango actually missed his cue to run in, hitting the ring late. The finish was supposed to be Sid getting disqualified because of Shango breaking up the pinfall attempt by Hogan after Hulk hit the big legdrop. However due to Shango getting to the ring late, Sid was forced to kick out of the legdrop to save face. Sid's manager, Harvey Wippleman then jumped on the apron, and the referee signalled for the disqualification at that point as Shango was just getting to the ring.

At the same time as he was wrestling as Papa Shango in the WWF, the WWF had a working agreement with USWA. As part of the agreement Papa Shango was sent to wrestle in USWA, where he won the Unified World Heavyweight Championship for a second time. Winning the title actually upset him, as he felt it was only done to sell to the predominately black crowd, and after complaining to management he dropped the belt to Owen Hart. He left the company soon after and returned to bar tending.

Wright would return to the WWF a few times over the next few years but did not hit it big again until he transformed his persona into The Godfather in 1988 after leaving the Nation of Domination. The Godfather character was constantly surrounded by "hos" – usually girls from local strip clubs. He got overgained a run with the WWF Intercontinental Championship in April 1999.

As he was working the Godfather gimmick the WWF began airing Smackdown on UPN, drawing the attention of the Parents Television Council (PTC), which claimed the WWF and their programming was inappropriate for prime time television. One of the PTCs complaints was the Godfathers pimp gimmick, and during the ensuing controversies the WWF higher ups began imposing restrictions on what he could say and do, hurting his popularity. Wright would stick around the WWF/WWE until about December when he was released. We retired from wrestling and returned to Las Vegas to manage Cheetah's, a gentleman's club.

He returns every now and then to WWE, with the "hos" not far behind!

Click here to read his wikipedia page where I got most of this info from.

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