Sunday, May 10, 2009

Koko B. Ware and Johngy Be There

James 'Koko B.' Ware started wrestling professionally in 1979 and was named Rookie of the Year by Pro Wrestling Illustrated. Over the next several years, Ware wrestled in singles and tag-teams, as a heel and as a fan favorite, but never captured any major titles.
In 1986, Ware entered the WWF (now WWE) as the Birdman Koko B. Ware. Appropriately, he was accompanied to the ring by his pet Macaw Frankie. Ware never won any title in the WWF, but was one of the most popular wrestlers, especially with the younger fans.
The WWE inducted Ware into the WWE Hall of Fame at Wrestlemania 25 a couple weeks ago. This was a bit of a surprising move. Although a nice guy and a popular wrestler, Ware never achieved major success anywhere. Most fans would be hard-pressed to even name any major angles that involved Ware. One bit of trivia is that he was the first person in the WWF to get tombstoned by the Undertaker.
Koko B. Ware and me in Kokomo, IN-October 2007.

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