Thursday, October 2, 2008

Justin Credible

There's a saying in Professional Wrestling, which I believe is attributed to Ricky Morton, it goes a little like this - "Be careful of the toes you step on,on the way up... Because they're connected to the ass you'll be kissin' on the way back down". They say it is very easy to fall from the Penthouse, all the way to the outhouse.

Justin Credible... JUSTIN CREDIBLE...
Say it again, and you'll see the cunning pun that the wrestling writers put in there. What? Oh right, you got it the first time. The man christened Peter Polaco, was also known as Aldo Montoya... the Portuguese Man O' War... ( I swear I am not making this up, and no, that's not a jock-strap on his head ).The story goes, that at the ripe old age of 20, WWE hired him, in part because of his talent, and part because of his Portuguese background. You see, WWE was negotiating for a deal on tv there, and what a better way to get the ball rolling, than to have a "local" ( using the term loosely based on the fact he was actually Canadian ) babyface? Of course once the deal fell through, so did the need for a Portuguese superstar. Montoya was relegated to jobbing status, and eventually sent to a developmental territory where he was repackaged, and later at his own request, released ( into the wild I guess, like any good Man O'War ).

By the way, for those not of an environmental mind, here is an artists impression of the self same man o'war ( in the midst of what I could only guess is a mild act of sexual harassment ).So our friend Peter went to ECW, where he was repackaged again, as not just the greatest, not just the best... Justin ( stretch the end of the christian name for dramatic effect ) Credible ( seen here ordering a pizza ).Pushed to the roof, Justin quickly became one of the most marketable and well known stars in ECW, and eventually, also their World Champion. He was on top of the world, and the top of his game, when ECW closed its doors and declared bankruptcy.

So where am I going with all this? Well, in the years that followed, Justin worked for many independent promotions ROH, 3PW, Jersey All Pro... even a stint in TNA... but after all of this, it still surprised many, that when he got the call-up for the returning ECW in 2006, he was actually working as a "sales associate" for a national retail chain ( I'd say Target, but I don't want to get sued ). Justin worked a few months for ECW. Basically losing to all the big stars that WWE decided they wanted to push, but unfortunately for Justin, no new Portuguese tv contract was on the horizon, and he was lost in the shuffle. Eventually he stopped showing up, and honestly I can't blame him.

So where is he now... this one time world champion... this "Impact Playa"... this man whose "nom de grapple" these days, is probably more a cruel joke than it is a justified boast, a glorified catch phrase, or a name inciting the grandeur of a fighting world champion? Ah... actually I have no idea where he is... Sorry, but it's not like my budget stretches to "real" research you know.
It's lucky to cover the booze I consume while writing these things.

Damn, what do you people expect from me?!? BLOOD?!? Now here's todays cartoon... harrumph...still... it was a cool name.

much love,
Justin Toxicated.

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