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Members Pete Gas[1]
Rodney[1]
Joey Abs[1]
Name(s) Mean Street Posse[1]
Debut 1999[1]
Disbanded 2000[1]
Promotions WWF[1]

The Mean Street Posse was a villainous professional wrestling faction that formerly wrestled in the World Wrestling Federation. The faction consisted of Pete Gas, Rodney, and Joey Abs. The Posse's gimmick was that they were from an upper class background, which was emphasized by their attire of sweater vests and dress pants.

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History

Gas and Rodney were legitimate school friends of Shane McMahon, whereas Joey Abs was already a professional wrestler who was brought in to be 'worker' of the group.[2] The Posse was closely allied with Shane McMahon, often helping him defend the European Championship throughout early 1999. They also attempted to help Shane defeat Test at SummerSlam, but were unsuccessful. After their alliance with Shane was minimized, the Posse were relegated to being enhancement talents, losing to teams such as the Dudley Boyz, The Holly Cousins and Too Cool.[3] Despite this, Gas would manage to briefly hold the Hardcore Championship. At WrestleMania 2000, all three members of the Posse would briefly win the Hardcore Title.[2] They then began a short-lived program with Edge and Christian, in which the Posse was hired to steal the Tag Team Championship from the Hardy Boyz. On the March 10, 2000 episode of Sunday Night Heat, Gas and Rodney faced the Hardy Boyz for the title, but were unable to win.[3] although they were unsuccessful. Abs was then involved in a short-lived storyline with Stephanie McMahon, where it was revealed that they were ex-lovers. He would then become the first person in the company's history to be slapped by her.[2]

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Split and aftermath

In 2000, the entire Posse was moved to Memphis Championship Wrestling, a developmental territory of the WWF.[2] While in MCW, the Posse managed to win several titles before being released from their contracts in June 2001.[2] On December 10, 2007, Raw held its 15th-anniversary special and Gas represented the Posse in a 15th Anniversary Battle Royal, where he was subsequently eliminated by Bart Gunn.

In 2005, a quartet of Rochester, New York, wrestlers began doing a spoof on the group called the Upper Class Posse, which consisted of A.I. Carruthers (Andy Boccacino), Delver Wilmington XVIII (Del Rivers), Mikey Pecks (Kevin Pittinaro), and Mike Jaworski (Noah Lushington), and several one time characters (Bill Franklin, Heather Hansmann, Bill Winch, Marc Arena). The group wore sweater vests and wrestled for the Rochester, New York based Rochester Wrestling Association. Like their WWE counterparts, each member of the Upper Class Posse held the RWA RX title, which is RWA's equivalent of the hardcore title. The group was also featured in Next Era Wrestling and XEI Entertainment. On September 20, 2009 at Boulder Coffee Sunday showcase, Carruthers announced to the crowd that he and Jaworski were running for United States president and Vice President in the 2012 election.

In 2009, WWE.com interviewed the Posse for as a part of the website's "Where are They Now?" feature.[2] All three members have since retired from wrestling, as Gas now works for W.B. Mason, an office supply company, Rodney owns his own landscape management company in Glen Ridge, New Jersey and Abs works in his family's car repair shop.[2]

Championships and accomplishments

1Due to inconsistent reports from WWE, Gas' additional reign and both Abs' and Rodney's during WrestleMania 2000 are considered unofficial as they are not featured in their online history for the title, but are listed in the title's history in the "WWE Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to World Wrestling Entertainment" published in 2009.

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