- Ken Johnson (wrestling)
Ken Johnson Ring name(s) Slick
Billed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Billed weight 180 lb (82 kg) Born December 8, 1957
Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Resides Longview, Texas, United States Trained by Texas All-Star Wrestling Debut 1986 Retired 1993
Kenneth "Ken" Johnson (born December 8, 1957) better known to wrestling fans as "Slick - The Doctor of Style", is a former American professional wrestling manager with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). Johnson made history in 1986 by becoming the first African American manager in WWF history.
At the start of his career, Johnson did a stint in Texas All-Star Wrestling, managing Madd Maxx and Lord Humongous. He left TASW for Kansas City's Central States Wrestling to become "The Doctor of Style", Slick, characterized by his smooth attitude, confident speech, and dancing as he accompanied his wrestlers to the ring; among the wrestlers he managed in Central States were Art Crews, Timothy Flowers, Bobby Jaggers, "Bulldog" Bob Brown, and Butch Reed. Slick and his stable feuded with Kansas City mainstay Rufus R. Jones and other fan favorites before he and Reed were forced out of the territory after dropping a "Loser Leaves Town" match to Bruiser Brody.
World Wrestling Federation
Slick debuted in the WWF in September 1986 after he purchased a "half interest" in "Classy" Freddie Blassie's heel stable. Blassie was not in the best of health, and was being slowly phased out of storylines. Slick eventually took over all managerial duties from Blassie, initially managing Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Sheik.
Slick's biggest success as a manager came when he took Akeem (previously known as the One Man Gang) and the Big Boss Man, the Twin Towers, to main event matches against Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage, The Mega Powers. The theme song "Jive Soul Bro" (written by David Wolff, Vernie "Butch" Taylor, and Jeff Batter) was the subject of a music video featuring him. Slick would also manage Butch Reed, Nikolai Volkoff, Rick Martel, Power and Glory, and The Warlord. While Slick's billed height was only 5'11, he was actually 6'4. In later shoot interviews, Slick mentioned that he was often as tall as (or, in the case of Power and Glory, taller than) the wrestlers he managed, which created some tension.
In November 1991, Slick went on an extended leave of absence after being powerslammed by Davey Boy Smith. He returned a month later as the face "Reverend Slick", denouncing his shady past and striving to become a better man. This gimmick was a take on his real life, as Johnson was a born-again Christian. He sometimes appeared on WWF programming to give a "sermon" that was usually a simple, uplifting message; he rarely (if ever) mentioned Jesus Christ or God. His main storyline under this gimmick was to take Kamala from the hands of Harvey Wippleman and Kim Chee to convince him that he was not just a Ugandan monster who deserved constant berating, but a man, and he tried to instill Kamala with self-respect (including a memorable segment where Slick and Kamala went bowling).
Post wrestling career
After retiring from wrestling, Johnson graduated from Trinity Valley Bible College. He received a bachelor's and master's degree and is now an ordained minister in Longview, Texas. On April 1, 2007, Johnson, reprising his role as Slick, appeared at WrestleMania 23, dancing with various WWE superstars and legends.
Johnson also made several appearances for IHWE, an independent promotion in Fort Worth Tx in 2009, Johnson defeated Wrestler David Fuller on January 17, 2009 in Dallas, Tx. Johnson also was inducted into the IHWE Hall of Fame on October 30, 2009 in Fort Worth. Johnson also appeared in June 2010 at the promotion's June Supercard also in Fort Worth. Johnson still appears from time to time on IHWE Cards to sign autographs.
Johnson reprised the Slick character on the "Old School" edition of WWE Raw on November 15, 2010, joining legends the Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff in the ring.
- Wrestlers managed
- Akeem (a.k.a. The One Man Gang)
- Art Crews
- Big Boss Man
- Big Man Steel
- Bobby Jaggers
- Boris Zukhov
- Bulldog Bob Brown
- Butch Reed
- Earthquake Evans
- Flyin' Brian Lee
- Hacksaw Higgins
- Hercules Hernandez
- Iron Sheik
- J.R Hogg
- Lord Humongous
- Madd Maxx
- Moondog Moretti
- Nick Maniwa
- Nikolai Volkoff
- Paul Roma
- Rick Martel
- Shotgun Yan
- Timothy Flowers
- The Warlord
Championships and accomplishments
- World Wrestling Federation
- Slammy Award for Best Personal Hygiene (1987) with Nikolai Volkoff and Boris Zhukov
- IHW Entertainment Hall of Fame
- 2009 Inductee
- ^ a b c d e f g h i "Slick's WWE alumni profile". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/superstars/wwealumni/slick. Retrieved 2011-07-19.
- ^ a b c Shields, Brian (2006). Main Event: WWE in the Raging 80s. Pocket Books. p. 132–133. ISBN 978-1-4165-3257-6.
- ^ a b c Hoffman, Brett (2007-04-18). "Catching up with Slick". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/superstars/wherearetheynow/slick. Retrieved 2011-03-22.
- Wrestlers managed
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Ken Johnson — or Kenneth Johnson is a name shared by the following individuals:ports personalities*Ken Johnson (left handed pitcher) (1923 ndash;2004), American baseball player *Ken Johnson (NASCAR racer), American stock car driver who competed between 1956… … Wikipedia
Wrestling — is the act of physical engagement between two people in which each wrestler strives to get an advantage over, or control of, the opponent. Physical techniques which embody the style of wrestling are clinching, holding, locking, and leverage.… … Wikipedia
Ken Anderson (wrestler) — Mr. Kennedy redirects here. For other uses, see Kennedy (surname). For other uses, see Anderson (surname). Ken Anderson Anderson as Mr. Kennedy on WWE SmackDown. Ring name(s) Two Rivers Jack … Wikipedia
Ken Shamrock — Kenneth Wayne Shamrock Daten Ringname(n) Ken Shamrock Körpergröße 180 cm Kampfgewicht … Deutsch Wikipedia
Wrestling-Kampftechnik — Dieser Artikel oder Abschnitt wurde wegen inhaltlicher Mängel auf der Qualitätssicherungsseite des Wrestling Portals eingetragen. Dies geschieht, um die Qualität der Artikel aus dem Themengebiet Wrestling auf ein akzeptables Niveau zu bringen.… … Deutsch Wikipedia
Wrestling-Kampftechniken — Dieser Artikel oder Abschnitt wurde wegen inhaltlicher Mängel auf der Qualitätssicherungsseite des Wrestling Portals eingetragen. Dies geschieht, um die Qualität der Artikel aus dem Themengebiet Wrestling auf ein akzeptables Niveau zu bringen.… … Deutsch Wikipedia
Ken Shamrock — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Shamrock. Ken Shamrock dans un camp de Marines en 2005. Ken Shamrock, né Kenneth Wayne Kilpatrick le 11 février … Wikipédia en Français
Ken Doane — Kenny Dykstra Kenny Dykstra Nom(s) de ring El Diablo Ken Doane Kenn Phoenix Kenny Kenny Dykstra Taille 1,88 m Poids 106 kg Naissance … Wikipédia en Français
Dwayne Johnson — Johnson at the Tribeca Film Festival, April 25, 2009. Ring name(s) Flex Kavana Rocky Maivia … Wikipedia
Dwayne Johnson — Nacimiento 2 de mayo de 1972 (39 años) Hayward, California … Wikipedia Español