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Robert L. Horne
Ring name(s) Bobby Knight
Marley Pryde
Mo Doink
Mo / Sir Mo / Sir Mohammad
Rob Harlem
Billed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Billed weight 285 lb (129 kg)
Born April 13, 1964 (1964-04-13) (age 45)
Harlem, New York, U.S.
Resides Westminster, South Carolina
Billed from Harlem, New York
Trained by Ole Anderson
Gene Anderson
Ivan Koloff
Debut 1991

Robert Larwrence Horne (born April 13, 1964) is a professional wrestler who is most famous for his time in the World Wrestling Federation as Mo, part of the tag-team Men on a Mission with partner Mabel.

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Career

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Harlem Knights

Robert Horne made his debut in 1991 and soon found himself teaming with Nelson Frazier in the Carolinas-based “Pro Wrestling Federation”. The two were kayfabe brothers in a team known as "The Harlem Knights" with Horne performing as "Bobby Knight" and Frazier performing as Nelson Knight. The heel team was managed by George South, who led the young team to two PWF Tag-Team titles over the years.[1]

In 1993, The Harlem Knights moved on to the United States Wrestling Association based out of Memphis without their manager George South. While in the USWA, the team was pushed as the “Monster threat” due to their size and feuded with Jerry Lawler, Jeff Jarrett, and other faces.[2] Their work in the PWF and the USWA got them noticed by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and they were signed to a contract in mid-1993.

Men on a Mission

When Horne and Frazier made their WWF debut, the vicious heel duo had been repackaged as faces with a rap gimmick. They wore bright clothes and had positive attitudes. They were teamed up with a rapping manager “Oscar” and had their names changed to "Mo" (Horne) and "Mabel" (Frazier) while the team name was changed to “Men On a Mission” (or M.O.M., the initials of the three men).[3] The team met with moderate success in the ring but got over mainly due to Mabel’s unusual size, their fun loving personas, and Oscar’s crowd pleasing raps. Their fun loving personalities were prominently displayed when they appeared at Survivor Series 1993 dressed up as Doinks (referred to by color commentator Bobby Heenan as “Doinks on a Mission”) and teamed up with the The Bushwhackers (also dressed as Doink) in a comedy match.[4]

Their next feud was against the WWF Tag Team Champions The Quebecers and they even won the titles during a United Kingdom tour. The near 500 pound Mabel accidentally fell on Pierre and forced an unscheduled title change.[1] Two days later, the Quebecers regained the titles in a rematch.[1] While the title change was reported on WWF television, the fact that Men on a Mission were former champions wasn’t something that was mentioned in the future. In the summer of 1994, Mabel started to wrestle more singles matches; he was seen as the spectacle of Men on a Mission due to his size, the “special attraction” that got used to make rising stars look good. It wasn't until the early parts of 1995, that Men on a Mission started to team again on a regular basis.

King Mabel and Sir Mo

After their initial splash, the fans eventually tired of the wrestlers (and their manager) who would rap their way down the entrance aisle (usually Oscar, but sometimes Mabel and Mo also) while clad in shiny purple suits and tights. One night after another loss, Mabel and Mo attacked the Smokin' Gunns in a fit of anger,[5] then apologized for it later on. When they asked the Gunns to come to the ring to let them apologize, Men on a Mission attacked them once again and then beat up Oscar, turning the duo heel and dropping their rapping manager.[6]

After a short feud with the Smokin’ Gunns, Mabel won the 1995 King of the Ring[7] tournament. He became King Mabel with his trusty sidekick being dubbed "Sir Mo", wrestling royalty. When Mabel became king, the focus shifted from the team to Mabel once more with Sir Mo acting more as a manager and less like an active competitor as Mabel challenged for the World Title. One of the last notable appearances for Men on a Mission was at In Your House 2 where they beat Razor Ramon and Savio Vega.[8] They were also the opponents in the match where the British Bulldog turned on partner Diesel.[9] Once Diesel moved on from feuding with Mabel to feuding with the British Bulldog, Mo left the WWF while Mabel became a singles competitor.

Return to the USWA

After leaving the WWF Mo returned to Memphis and the USWA where he became a part of the original Nation of Domination, the stable that was a forerunner to the more famous stable in the WWF. Mo became "Sir Mohammad", using a black supremacist gimmick. The USWA version of the N.O.D. was led by PG-13 (J.C. Ice and Wolfie D) and also included Kareem Olajuwon (Reggie B. Fine), Akeem Muhamad (Big Black Dog), Elijah (the Spellbinder), Shaquille Ali (Tracy Smothers), Randy X (Randy Hales), and Queen Moishe (Jacqueline). When Faarooq started the Nation of Domination in the WWF, the USWA version of the group was disbanded.

Horne would remain in the Memphis region wrestling mainly as Rob Harlem, competing under that name in the USWA, it’s successor “Memphis Pro Wrestling”, and Randy Hales’ “Power Pro Wrestling”. While in PPW, Horne teamed up with “Deon Harlem” to form the tag team “The Regulators”. The team beat Derrick King in a Handicap match to win the PPW Tag Team Title, which they held when the promotion closed down in April 2001.[10]

In 1997, Horne would start his own promotion “Southern Extreme Wrestling” which he both booked and wrestled for. Horne’s “Southern Extreme Wrestling” is not affiliated with the "Southern Extreme Wrestling Promotions" organization that operates today.

In 2003, Bobby Horne added yet another gimmick to his long list of gimmicks. On December 30, Mabel was at ringside commentating when manager Paul Wylde came out and introduced the “Bahamian Heavyweight Champion” "Marly Pride". Wylde started making comments that Mabel was the fattest whale which Mabel took exception to. When the big man entered the ring, Marley Pride was revealed as his former tag-team partner Mo who attacked him and the two brawled until they were separated by officials.[11] Mo and Mabel had a short, violent feud in Memphis Wrestling.

When Horne wrestled on a C-Pro Entertainment card in October 2006, he was reportedly almost as big physically as the 500 pound Viscera. Horne is no longer active but does work as a booker from time to time, in addition to working as a truck driver. He now resides in Westminster, South Carolina.

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

  • Power Pro Wrestling
  • PPW Tag Team Championship (1 time with Deon Harlem)
  • Pro Wrestling Federation

References

  1. ^ a b c Royal Duncan & Gary Will (4th Edition 2006). Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.  
  2. ^ prowrestlinghistory.com. "Memphis Wrestling 1993". http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/memphis/jarrett/1993.html#031593. Retrieved April 18, 2007.  
  3. ^ R.D. Reynolds and Randy Baer (2003). Wrestlecrap – the very worst of pro wrestling. ECW Press. ISBN 1-55022-584-7.  
  4. ^ prowrestlinghistory.com. "WWF Survivor Series Results (1993)". http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wwf/survivor.html#93. Retrieved April 18, 2007.  
  5. ^ Graham Cawthon. "WWF Show Results 1995". http://www.thehistoryofwwe.com/95.htm. Retrieved April 18, 2007. "(February 22, 1995) WWF Tag Team Champions the Smoking Gunns defeated Men on a Mission (w/ Oscar); after the match, the challengers brutally attacked the Gunns"  
  6. ^ Graham Cawthon. "WWF Show Results 1995". http://www.thehistoryofwwe.com/95.htm. Retrieved April 18, 2007. "(February 22, 1995) after the match, MOM apologized for their earlier attack on the Smoking Gunns and invited the tag team champions out to shake their hands; instead, MOM once again attacked the Gunns as well as their own manager Oscar, with Mabel hitting a legdrop on Oscar"  
  7. ^ Prowrestlinghistory.com. "WWF King of the Ring Results (1995)". http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wwf/kingring.html#95. Retrieved April 18, 2007.  
  8. ^ prowrestlinghistory.com. "WWF In Your House Results (2)". http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wwf/iyh.html#2. Retrieved April 18, 2007.  
  9. ^ Graham Cawthon. "WWF Show Results 1995". http://www.thehistoryofwwe.com/95.htm. Retrieved April 18, 2007. "(August 14, 1995) Diesel & Davey Boy Smith fought Men on a Mission to a no contest when Smith attacked Diesel from behind and helped in triple teaming him"  
  10. ^ wrestling-titles.com. "PPW Tag Team Title History". http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/tn/memphis/ppw/ppw-t.html. Retrieved April 18, 2007.  
  11. ^ Greg White. "Memphis Championship Wrestling TV Report". http://www.wrestlingobserver.com/wo/news/headlines/default.asp?aID=9204. Retrieved April 18, 2007.  

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