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Scott Levy
Ring name(s) Johnny Polo[1]
Raven[1]
Scott Anthony
Scotty the Body[1]
Scotty Flamingo[2]
Billed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Billed weight 267 lb (121 kg)
Born September 8, 1964 (1964-09-08) (age 45)[1]
Short Hills, New Jersey[1]
Resides Atlanta, Georgia
Billed from The Bowery
Palm Beach, Florida
Trained by Larry Sharpe[1]
Charlie Fulton [2]
The Sheik[2]
Jake Roberts[2]
Debut February 20, 1988[2]
Website TheRavenEffect.com
Raven at MySpace

Scott Alan Levy (born September 8, 1964), better known by his ring name Raven, is an American professional wrestler, actor, writer, and producer. He is currently signed to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.

He is recognized as a three time World Champion, having won the ECW World Heavyweight Championship twice and the NWA World Heavyweight Championship once. However, he is also a holder of numerous World Championships and accolades from various independent and international wrestling promotions spanning across the globe. He is a one time holder of the WCW United States Championship. He is also the record holder for most reigns as WWF/E Hardcore Champion. He is the 2005 King of the Mountain winner at Slammiversary in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, being only the second person ever to win the annual event. Raven is the first professional wrestler to hold championships in each of the major American promotions of the last decade; World Wrestling Entertainment, World Championship Wrestling, Extreme Championship Wrestling, and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. He has also wrestled for the Ring of Honor wrestling promotion in 2003, having helped mentor CM Punk, AJ Styles, and various younger generational wrestlers to continuously perfect their craft and ability.

Levy is also the innovator of numerous types of "gimmick" wrestling matches, such as the Clockwork Orange House of Fun match, the Raven's Rules match, and the Hangman's Horror match.

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Professional wrestling career

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Early career (1988–1991)

After graduating college, Levy entered the wrestling business in 1988 as Scotty The Body in Memphis's Continental Wrestling Association, where he was the boy-toy of Missy Hyatt, who used him to her and Eddie Gilbert's advantage.[1] After leaving Memphis, Levy competed in his home state of Florida until he was let go after an argument with part-owners Steve Keirn and Jack Glidden.

Levy next competed briefly with Vancouver's All Star Wrestling; he wrestled as a face there and got over with the fans, but ended up leaving due to promoter Al Tomko's preference to push his sons, Todd ("Rick Davis") and Terry ("The Frog") in All Star's top spots, From there, he went to Pacific Northwest Wrestling (PNW) in Portland. He was one of the main heels for most of his three years there, winning all of the titles and feuding heavily with Steve Doll. His manager in PNW was Taylor Made. After taking a brief break from competing, he returned to PNW as a face and began a feud with top heel The Grappler.

Levy was given national media exposure during his stint with the Dallas, Texas-based Global Wrestling Federation. There, he went by the name of "Palm Beach Heart Throb" Scott Anthony. He was part of the faction known as the Cartel, managed by a "Boss" that was never named. GWF was aired on ESPN and was seen around the country. Levy was part of the announce team for much of the first year, displaying a witty sense of humor and considerable mic skills. His style complemented the "straight wrestling announcers", Scott Hudson and Craig Johnson, who were also in that announce team!

World Championship Wrestling (1992–1993)

He got his first major exposure as a wrestler in 1992 in World Championship Wrestling (WCW). He competed in the light-heavyweight division under the name Scotty Flamingo, playing a surfer from Florida and even bringing a surfboard to the ring with him. He was originally managed by J.T. Southern, and he won the WCW Light Heavyweight Championship (also known as the first incarnation of the WCW Cruiserweight Championship) on June 20, 1992 by defeating Brian Pillman at Beach Blast. After the match, many other wrestlers lined up in the back to praise the quality of the match. On July 5, 1992, Brad Armstrong defeated Levy to win the Light Heavyweight title. He would align himself with Diamond Dallas Page and Vinnie Vegas in the Diamond Exchange stable. He had feuds with Pillman, Armstrong, and Johnny B. Badd. He won a boxing match over Badd at Clash of the Champions XXI on November 18, 1992 via knockout after DDP and Vegas filled his glove with water. He left WCW in February 1993 after disagreements with then-booker Bill Watts.

World Wrestling Federation (1993–1994)

After leaving WCW, Levy joined the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) as manager Johnny Polo, a spoiled, rich preppy kid, and was placed with Adam Bomb. He was also manager of The Quebecers tag team, whom he led to three reigns as WWF Tag Team Champions.[1] He occasionally wrestled, worked as a color commentator and cohost of Radio WWF, and, behind the scenes, worked as the associate producer for Monday Night Raw. During this time, Polo briefly starred alongside Roddy Piper, Jim Ross, Richard Kimble, and Wolfman Jack in the short lived "Jim Ross Show". Levy left in 1994.

Extreme Championship Wrestling (1995–1997)

On January 7, 1995, now bulked up to approximately 230 lb (104 kg), Levy debuted in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) under the name Raven (a reference to the poem by Edgar Allan Poe). In a dramatic departure from his former gimmicks, Levy began portraying a depressed, sociopathic, nihilistic misanthrope with a grunge-inspired wardrobe. Raven had a stoic manner, and delivered eloquent, philosophical promos which included many literary allusions and ended with the catchphrase, "Quoth the Raven, 'Nevermore'." He made his debut with Stevie Richards, attacking Tommy Dreamer and claiming Dreamer was his enemy when they were children at summer camp. Richards soon brought Raven a valet, Beulah McGillicutty, a girl from Dreamer and Raven's pasts, who had unrequited feelings for Dreamer as a child, but was now seeking revenge. Raven and Dreamer had a multi-year ongoing feud with a great deal of matches; Dreamer got over as an underdog face showing resilience and tenacity in the spite of Raven coming out victorious every single time.

Another major ECW feud was with Sandman. Raven "brainwashed" Sandman's real-life son to join his cult-like following and turned him against his father. Raven got at Sandman by having his son deny his relationship with his father and perform Raven's taunt to slowly eat away at Sandman's psyche. This led to many bloody matches, culminating in an October 1996 match in which Sandman's son interfered to help his father. After the match, the two embraced, but Raven came from behind with a Kendo Stick, and brutalized Sandman. Raven's lackeys, Steven Richards and the Blue Meanie, pulled out a giant wooden cross from under the ring, tied Sandman down to it, and lifted it up and "crucified" him.[3] At the same event, Kurt Angle was present as a special guest (he was considering changing pro from amateur wrestling). Shocked and appalled by the offensive angle, a furious Angle abruptly left the arena and threatened a lawsuit if his name appeared on the same episode as the "crucifixion".[4] Levy came out and gave a questionable apology for his actions. To this day, Levy claims that the angle was not an insult to Jesus Christ, but an insult to The Sandman, by using religious iconography to convey an artistic standpoint. In a shoot interview for the Forever Hardcore documentary, Levy mentioned that his own religion came into question over the incident, with many ECW wrestlers believing that Levy (who, along with then-ECW owners Paul Heyman and Tod Gordon, is Jewish) deliberately used the crucifixion as an anti-Christian statement. Levy says he was coerced into the apology by Heyman, who feared a backlash, and was angrily confronted by wrestlers who questioned why Raven did not crucify Sandman on a "Jewish Star", to which Raven replied that it would not have any philosophical impact on the crowd whatsoever, and joked that they would then have to roll The Sandman out of the arena.

Raven dominated ECW throughout 1995-1996 and enjoyed two reigns as ECW World Heavyweight Champion.[1] His group of followers became known as the Raven's Nest. During his first stint in ECW, Raven successfully defended the ECW World Heavyweight Title against famous veterans Terry Gordy and "Dr. Death" Steve Williams, among others. He gave Dr. Death his first loss in a singles match in the U.S. in many years. His feud with Tommy Dreamer began at his debut and after a short pause while Raven feuded with Sandman, it lasted for the next two years, before Dreamer finally defeated him at the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 7, 1997 in a "Loser Leaves ECW" match. Raven then moved on to World Championship Wrestling.

Return to WCW (1997–1999)

On June 30, 1997, Raven made his return to WCW as he was seen sitting in the front row at WCW Monday Nitro, and the commentators acknowledged him as a former champion from a "major independent" organization; ECW was never mentioned by name. On August 21, 1997 at Clash of the Champions XXXV, Raven defeated Stevie Richards in an "unsanctioned" match and then took a seat in the front row. The storyline continued that Raven would frequently appear in the front row for the next few months with his lackeys, slowly forming what would be known as The Flock. Raven was an "unsigned free agent", but eventually accepted a contract with WCW Commissioner James J. Dillon which stipulated that he could wrestle only when he wanted and under his own rules. The Flock was a stable of misfits in the same vein as the Raven's Nest group in ECW. With The Flock, however, Raven was more openly abusive and controlling, which eventually led to dissension and rebellion. The group's matches were held under Raven's Rules, which meant no disqualifications—weapon usage, double teaming, and outside interference were rampant.

On November 23, 1997 at World War 3, Raven met Scotty Riggs in a match, and Riggs later joined The Flock. With The Flock's help, Raven won the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship as well as the WCW World Tag Team Championship with Perry Saturn. The former reign lasted only a day as Raven defeated Diamond Dallas Page at Spring Stampede and lost the belt the following night to Bill Goldberg on Monday Nitro. He blamed The Flock and Saturn in particular for his loss. This led to a series of matches, culminating in a match at Fall Brawl that if Raven lost, The Flock would be able to disband. Saturn won with the help of Kidman, who also wanted to leave Raven's abuses. Without The Flock, Raven began a series of depressing interviews and walked out on several matches. In October at Halloween Havoc, Raven refused to wrestle Chris Jericho for the WCW Television Championship, but eventually was convinced to return to the ring. He lost the match and was not seen until 1999. On his return, a series of vignettes were shown in which a camera crew followed Raven to his supposed childhood home, where he had led a privileged upper class lifestyle. He was also reunited with his former valet Chastity, who WCW claimed was his sister.

He later joined with Vampiro and the Insane Clown Posse in a short-lived stable called The Dead Pool.[1] In a backstage meeting in August 1999, which involved every contracted WCW wrestler, Eric Bischoff offered anyone their release right then and there. Levy was the only one to stand up and walk out, as he was dissatisfied with WCW's creative direction. Levy left the company. At one of his famed appearances in Johnstown, PA at the War Memorial, Raven was seen sitting in the crowd eating nachos offered to him by John Whistler, Evan Petro, Jeremy Freoni, and Eric Wingard.[1]

Return to Extreme Championship Wrestling (1999–2000)

As a condition to leaving WCW, Levy was not allowed to directly join the World Wrestling Federation upon leaving the promotion as levied by a no compete clause in his contract. Via a loophole in the contract, Levy rejoined ECW and signed a one-year contract on August 25, 1999. Raven made a surprise return on ECW's debut on TNN and won the tag team title from the departing Dudley Boyz along with Tommy Dreamer on August 26, 1999.[5] A reluctant tag team, Raven and Dreamer reigned as ECW World Tag Team Champions for several months.[5] When they lost the belts, they feuded briefly. Raven and Mike Awesome won the tag team title from Tanaka and Dreamer on March 4, 2000 only to lose them a week later to The Impact Players at Living Dangerously.[1][5] CyberSlam 2000 was Raven's last ECW appearance with Francine, as she aligned with Justin Credible that evening. His last televised match was against Scotty Anton, which Raven lost. Shortly thereafter, he departed for the WWF.

Return to the WWF/E (2000–2003)

Raven competing for WWE in September 2002.

Raven returned to the WWF in 2000 at Unforgiven when he interfered in the Strap match between Tazz and Jerry Lawler, by DDT-ing Lawler.[6] He then started teaming with Tazz before they went their separate ways. On December 20, 2000 in Chattanooga, he defeated Steve Blackman for the WWE Hardcore Championship, his first of a record 27 title reigns, though most of Raven's title reigns were short-lived. The Hardcore title at the time was contested under the "24/7" defense rule, leading to segments where one wrestler would win the title only to immediately lose it to another wrestler. At WrestleMania X-Seven, he competed in his only WrestleMania match, losing the Hardcore Championship to Kane in a Triple Threat match that also included The Big Show. At Backlash, he lost to Hardcore Champion Rhyno in a hardcore match. A brief angle had an anonymous Black Ninja, who was later revealed to be his old valet from his Pacific Northwest days, Tori, aiding Raven in retaining the Hardcore Championship.[1]

When the Invasion storyline began, he found himself in the new WCW/ECW Alliance. His most notable storyline during this time, was when he was managed by Terri Runnels and destroyed the love interest of Saturn, his mop called "Moppy." He also started teaming with Justin Credible in late July 2001. By the end of the year, Raven was not seen on WWE programs, as the Alliance lost the "Winner Take All" match at Survivor Series.

In March 2002, when the WWE Brand Extension was announced, Raven was drafted to Raw. On the final SmackDown! before the split began, he defeated Maven to once again win the Hardcore Championship, thus bringing the title to Raw. He lost the title that Monday to Bubba Ray Dudley. At that time, Levy decided to spend some time announcing, and Raven became the new color commentator for Sunday Night Heat and Excess. This role lasted a couple of months, as he later quit the show to resume his wrestling career on Raw. This did not last long either, as was banished from Raw after losing a match to Tommy Dreamer on June 24, 2002. Raven was forced to spend the rest of the year on Heat. Levy was then given creative control to develop a storyline related to the seven deadly sins, à la the film Se7en, with Raven becoming a sort of "puppet master" using Heat as his playground. It started to play out; however, it was determined by management that it was not over enough, and the angle was aborted. Although Raven did win his way back onto the Raw roster, he only had one match (losing to Jeff Hardy in a Royal Rumble qualifier) before being released from WWE the following week on January 20, 2003.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2003–2008)

Raven in TNA.

Levy's main exposure since his departure from WWE has been for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (then NWA-TNA), and in Europe for the Frontier Wrestling Alliance, where he reverted to his original grunge image (though using looks from all the major companies he had worked at under the name 'Raven'). He also appeared in Ring of Honor that year, battling CM Punk in one of the company's most famous feuds, which was based around Punk's straight-edge lifestyle as opposed to Levy's years of drug and alcohol abuse during the height of his fame in the late nineties.[1]

Raven debuted in TNA Wrestling on January 22, 2003, two days after his release from WWE, attacking Jeff Jarrett and stealing the NWA World Heavyweight Title from him. Raven then embarked upon a long-running storyline in which he claimed it was his "destiny" to win the NWA World Heavyweight Title. Raven began playing mind games with the roster, starting with his former nemesis Sandman, and debuted his trademark Clockwork Orange House of Fun match, which Levy devised himself. On April 30, 2003 Raven got his first shot at Jarrett's NWA World Heavyweight title, yet Jarrett won the match.

The Gathering

On September 17, 2003, Raven lost his trademark long hair after he was defeated by Shane Douglas in a hair versus hair match, thanks to the surprise interference of Vampiro. While in TNA, he formed a stable known as The Gathering, which included ROH rival CM Punk, as well as Julio Dinero and Alexis Laree, though they would later turn on him. He created matches involving old friends and brought in former work colleagues from ECW such as New Jack, Perry Saturn, Mikey Whipwreck, and Justin Credible, all of whom Raven beat in matches. Later in the year these superstars overturned Sports Entertainment Xtreme (SEX). In 2003, Raven feuded with James Mitchell and the Disciples of the New Church. Raven took them all out one by one just like he said, but with interferences from The Gathering and ECW counterparts. Raven ended his feud with James Mitchell in a Last Man Standing match, which was won by Raven. This led to a long undefeated run and the beginning of Raven's attempts to fulfill his destiny. In 2004, Raven teamed up with The Sandman to go against The Gathering. The Gathering won due to interference from James Mitchell, who had aligned himself with The Gathering. Raven then teamed with Terry Funk to defeat the Gathering, even though James Mitchell tried to interfere.

Also in 2004, Raven's old friend Sabu returned to TNA. Raven teamed with Sabu to defeat The Gathering one last time. Raven and Sabu then feuded with Abyss and "The Alpha Male" Monty Brown.[1] Abyss and Brown outnumbered Sabu on many occasions, when Raven failed to watch Sabu's back. Raven waged a campaign against Sabu, disrespecting the memory of his uncle and assaulting Sabu's mouthpiece, Sonjay Dutt, until Sabu finally broke and attacked him on July 23. Raven defeated Sabu in a No Holds Barred match on August 4, and a scheduled return match on August 18 was canceled after Sabu suffered a legitimate back injury. He also competed in the very first Monster's Ball match, with Abyss and Brown.[1]

NWA World Heavyweight Champion

On June 19, 2005, Raven turned face and fulfilled his self-proclaimed destiny when he won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship at Slammiversary (by taking Jeff Jarrett's place after Jarrett attacked a fan from the crowd earlier that night and got arrested), defeating A.J. Styles, Abyss, Sean Waltman, and Monty Brown in a five way King of the Mountain match.[1] He successfully defended the title in two defenses over the following months against Abyss at No Surrender, and Rhino two months later at Unbreakable. Against Rhino he showed his full array of moves and pealed back the years looking like the Raven in ECW and early WCW. He not only defeated Rhino but hit a Raven Effect DDT on Jeff Jarrett, with the assistance of Jeff Hardy running to the ringside. He also had a tag team match with Sabu against Jeff Jarrett and Rhino.

On September 15, Raven lost the NWA Title to Jeff Jarrett in Oldcastle, Ontario, Canada, at a special event of Border City Wrestling.[1] America's Most Wanted ("Wildcat" Chris Harris and "Cowboy" James Storm) came out and interfered on Jarrett's behalf. BCW officials immediately contacted TNA Director of Authority Larry Zbyszko, who declared the title change official[7] (TNA had briefly gone dark on its national television timeslot prior to jumping to Spike TV, prompting a title change in another NWA based promotion). This led to Raven feuding with Larry Zbyszko, who brought in wrestlers like PJ Palaco and Chris K to wrestle Raven.[1] This culminated in a match at Final Resolution where Raven wrestled Sean Waltman with the stipulation that if Raven lost he would have to leave TNA. Raven lost the match and went on hiatus as a result.

Serotonin

Raven returned to TNA on April 23, 2006 at the Lockdown pay-per-view, and reignited his feud with Zbyszko. They would end their feud at Victory Road in a Hair vs. Hair match which Raven won. He has since continued to wrestle sporadically due to the thyroid condition that he has been dealing with.[8] His last major angle involved a feud between Abyss and Brother Runt and lost to Abyss in a Hangman's Horror match on impact after Hyson turned on him. Subsequent to this, his coverage in major televised angles has dropped considerably. While he was off-air, an alliance was teased between Kazarian, Johnny Devine, and Matt Bentley. On the TNA Primetime Special before Genesis 2006, the three came out in goth, addressing a new movement in TNA. After a loss at the pay-per-view, sporting a new look (often with a mask), Raven revealed himself as their leader, caning the loser of the match. This stable became known as Serotonin. The direction of this stable was very hard to place, although they lost the majority of their televised matches. Regardless of the outcome, Raven would hit the Serotonin competitor with a cane. After a long hiatus, Raven returned to the ring, losing to Christopher Daniels in a First Blood Invitational then losing to Chris Harris after interference from Kaz. On one edition of Impact, Raven came out after Kaz's win over Havok and Martyr and hit Kaz in the back with a Kendo Stick, breaking it over Kaz's back. Raven, Havok, and Martyr then attacked Kaz with kendo sticks. On the July 19 edition of Impact!, Raven and the rest of Serotonin took on the reuniting Triple X. Raven had very little time in the match and Serotonin lost after Skipper hit a diving leg drop, Daniels hit a Best Moonsault Ever, and Senshi hit a Warrior's Way on Havok.[1]

Raven won a House of Fun match, on the August 9 edition of Impact!. He teamed with Robert Roode and James Storm against the team of Chris Harris, Rhino, and Kazarian. Raven lost to Kaz, who had rebelled against him, at Hard Justice despite having the remaining members of Serotonin involve themselves in the match. Raven has become more involved in the ring in recent months and is said to be getting back into shape. He then issued a challenge to Abyss and Rhino at Bound for Glory. Abyss later had Black Reign added to the match and made it a Monsters Ball. Recently, Raven formed a brief alliance with Havok, Black Reign, Judas Mesias, and James Mitchell with the purpose of defeating Abyss[1]. On the November 15 edition of Impact, Havok was revealed to be Team 3D's X Division traitor, effectively ending Serotonin. At Turning Point, Raven substituted for Rhino in the "Match of 10,000 Thumbtacks" and teamed with Abyss to defeat Black Reign and Rellik. Raven was officially released from TNA, and his profile was removed from the roster on March 7, 2008.

Independent circuit (2008–2009)

In 2008, Raven appeared in Juggalo Championship Wrestling for Season 2 of SlamTV!. In the main event of the second episode, JCW Heavyweight Champion Coporal Robinson put his title on the line against Sexy Slim Goody. When Robinson attempted to hit the Boot Camp, the lights shut off in the arena. When they turned back on, Raven appeared in the ring and hit Robinson with his Evenflow DDT, before stealing the JCW Heavyweight Championship belt.[9] In the third episode, Raven introduced Sexy Slim Goody as his newest lackey. When Robinson ran out to the ring to take his title back, Sexy Slim Goody (kayfabe) knocked him out with a steel chair shot, and Raven began to shave Robinson's afro. Sabu appeared from out of the crowd and scared Raven off, leaving Robinson with a half shaved afro.[10] The tag team of Raven and Sexy Slim Goody had a match against Corporal Robinson and Sabu in the following episode. Raven walked out on the match with the stolen championship belt, fleeing from Sabu.[11] At Bloodymania II, Raven lost to Corporal Robinson in a "Loser leaves JCW" Ladder match to retain his championship. Though he lost in the "Loser leaves JCW" match, Raven is scheduled to appear at Bloodymania III. He will be accompanied by Sexy Slim Goody in his match against Sabu, who has Evil Dead on his side.[12]

Levy was the heavyweight champion of CWA Pro Wrestling, an independent professional wrestling promotion based out of Orangeburg, South Carolina, from March 15 through August 8, 2008. He won the championship when he defeated Timber in Charlotte, North Carolina on March 15. He was stripped of the title after missing several shows, therefore not being able to defend the championship. Levy was also featured doing shows overseas at Russia's Independent Wrestling Federation, battling Joe Legend. Between April 11 and 18, 2008, Raven performed at four AWF Events in Australia and New Zealand. He also hosted wrestling seminars in Minto, New South Wales, Blakeview, South Australia, and Wellington, New Zealand. On April 11, Levy took part in the AWF Explosion tour, which saw TNT put his Australian Heavyweight Championship on the line; Raven went on to win the match and the title. He lost this title back to TNT on April 18, in Palmerston North, New Zealand. On August 2, 2009, Raven defeated reigning champion Preston Quinn to win the Vanguard Championship Wrestling World Heavyweight Title in Norfolk, Virginia at the NorVa. Post match, Larry Zbyszko and Raven had a war of words, where Raven challenged Zbyszko to find an opponent to face him for the VCW World Title, a match which he consequently won.

Return to TNA (2009–present)

After an absence of more than a year, Raven surprised fans by returning to TNA on May 28, 2009. He returned as a heel by attacking Abyss with a Kendo stick with Dr. Stevie assisting him. He then aligned himself with Dr. Stevie and Daffney. On the June 18 edition of Impact! he won a Clockwork Orange House of Fun match against Jethro Holliday. At Slammiversary, Abyss and Taylor Wilde defeated Raven and Daffney in the first-ever mixed tag team Monster's Ball match. After the pay-per-view, Raven's name was taken down from the TNA website.

On the November 12, 2009, edition of Impact!, Raven returned again to TNA attacking Abyss and throwing a fireball at Mick Foley's face, aligning himself again with Dr. Stevie and Daffney.[13] At Final Resolution Abyss and Foley defeated Stevie and Raven in a "Foley's Funhouse" tag team match.[14] Raven appeared on TNA January 4th, their first live iMPACT!, and was on the losing end of a tag team match with Dr. Stevie against Matt Morgan and Hernandez. He appeared on the February 18th edition of iMPACT!, helping Eric Bischoff take out Abyss, along with Rhino, Homicide, Tomko, and Desmond Wolfe.

Other media

Raven will be starring in a low budget Australian film called Sleeper, which is releasing in 2010. He also stars alongside the Insane Clown Posse in the movie Death Racers.[15] Along with Diamond Dallas Page and Billy Kidman, he appears in the music video to the song "Rising" by Stuck Mojo.

Raven was a commentator alongside Kid Rock and Jimmy Hart on MTV's Spring Break "Cancún Beach Brawl", which featured various World Championship Wrestling wrestlers competing in a battle royal; and industrial metal band Fear Factory performing. Raven has appeared on the game show, Win Ben Stein's Money. Raven has also appeared on the talk show Donny & Marie alongside Konnan, promoting a WCW event, and demonstrating wrestling maneuvers on host Donny Osmond.

Personal life

Levy has a wife named Selina, whom he married in January 2007.[16] He is Jewish, and a member of Mensa and Theta Chi Fraternity.[17][18]

He is a lifelong fan of comic books. In Wizard Magazine's May 1999 issue Levy is quoted as saying "I love the Marvel Knights line. I'm a big Kevin Smith fan, and his work on Daredevil is the best on that book since Frank Miller's stuff. Inhumans is also great. It could be the break-out book of the year because they're finally treating them as real characters instead of just freaks and monsters with no personality." The article goes on to say that he is a big fan of Watchmen, Swamp Thing, and especially Sandman and that he has a tattoo of Neil Gaiman's Sandman character (Dream) on his back. Levy, along with Brian Azzarello, wrote Issue #14 of Spider-Man's Tangled Web, entitled "The Last Shoot". The comic was based around the professional wrestler (named Crusher Hogan) who Peter Parker defeated in the character's first appearance in Amazing Fantasy. He also provided a cover quote for a trade paperback edition of 100 Bullets.

Levy, along with colleagues Chris Kanyon and Michael Sanders, attempted to sue World Wrestling Entertainment for "cheating them out of health care and other benefits" but a federal judge in Stamford, Connecticut dismissed the case.[19]

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

  • National Wrestling Federation
    • NWF Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[32]
  • United States Xtreme Wrestling
    • UXW Heavyweight Championship (4 times, current)[39]
  • USA Pro Wrestling
    • USA Pro Championship (1 time)[41]

See also

Footnotes

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "Raven profile". SLAM! Wrestling. Canadian Online Explorer. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/Bios/raven.html. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Raven bio". Online World of Wrestling. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/r/raven.html. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  3. ^ Loverro, Thom. The Rise & Fall of ECW: Extreme Championship Wrestling (p.172)
  4. ^ Loverro, Thom. The Rise & Fall of ECW: Extreme Championship Wrestling (p.173)
  5. ^ a b c d "ECW Tag History". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/shows/ecw/history/ecwtaghistory/. Retrieved 2010-02-11. 
  6. ^ Powell, John (September 25, 2000). "Austin culprit unrevealed at Unforgiven". SLAM! Wrestling. http://slam.canoe.ca/SlamWrestlingPPV/sep25_unforgiven-can.html. Retrieved 2010-02-11. 
  7. ^ Total Nonstop Action Wrestling On Spike TV! - NEWS
  8. ^ "NEWSBOARD - Raven Talks ECW Return & TNA". Wrestling-News.com. http://www.wrestling-news.com/cgi-bin/artman/exec/view.cgi/1/2350. Retrieved 2008-05-10. 
  9. ^ "Slam TV Season 2 - Episode 2". Creator and Producer: Insane Clown Posse. SlamTV!. 2008-07-17.
  10. ^ "Slam TV Season 2 - Episode 3". Creator and Producer: Insane Clown Posse. SlamTV!. 2008-07-25.
  11. ^ "Slam TV Season 2 - Episode 4". Creator and Producer: Insane Clown Posse. SlamTV!. 2008-07-31.
  12. ^ "Get Schooled With This News, Right From Violent J!". Psychopathic Records. 2008-05-22. http://www.juggalogathering.com/home.php?page_id=news&month=6&year=2009#a7. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  13. ^ Wilkenfeld, Daniel (2009-11-12). "WILKENFELD'S TNA IMPACT REPORT 11/12: Ongoing "virtual time" coverage of Spike TV broadcast". PWTorch. http://pwtorch.com/artman2/publish/TV_Reports_9/article_36725.shtml. Retrieved 2009-11-13. 
  14. ^ Caldwell, James (2009-12-20). "CALDWELL'S TNA FINAL RESOLUTION PPV REPORT 12/20: Ongoing "virtual time" coverage of A.J. Styles vs. Daniels, Angle vs. Wolfe". PWTorch. http://pwtorch.com/artman2/publish/PPV_Reports_5/article_37540.shtml. Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  15. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1261046/
  16. ^ theraveneffect.com | the official raven website
  17. ^ "Cygy Wrestling Biography of Raven". CygyWrestling. http://www.cygywrestling.com/biographies/raven.html. Retrieved 2007-10-11. 
  18. ^ "Alumni - Theta Chi Fraternity" (PHP). Rengland.net. http://www.rengland.net/site/alumni.php. Retrieved 2008-05-10. 
  19. ^ Potts, Monica (2009-02-26). "Judge dismisses suit against WWE". The Advocate (Hearst Corporation). http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/localnews/ci_11793293t. Retrieved 2009-02-27. 
  20. ^ "Raven vs Goldberg". World Championship Wrestling. WCW Monday Nitro. 1998-04-20.
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References

  • Loverro, Thom (2006). The Rise & Fall of ECW: Extreme Championship Wrestling. WWE Books. ISBN 1416510583. 

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Simple English

Raven is an wrestler known best for Raven's Flock in the WWF/WWE Days


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