Today: Brian "Crush" Adams, who died in 2007 after accidentally ingesting a lethal mixture of prescription drugs. He was joined by Brian Lee, formerly the Underfaker, and the Harris brothers, who both sported shaved heads. On June 1990, Brian Adams debuted on WWF screens as Crush, the third member of then tag team champions Demolition. If it's not clear by now that this was an era of unbearably Philistine wrestling personas in the WWE, let it be known that Doink wasn't just a wacky creation of the WWF think tank that was bestowed upon some unknown schlub; it was a character given to "Maniac" Matt Bourne, a borderline legend of the '80s indie scene. Oddly, this prompted Crush to align himself with Yokozuna and Mr. Fuji. After his time in jail, Adams was afforded another chance with the WWF and returned with a new biker look with Clarence Mason as a lawyer/manager for his character. Military service: US Army (stationed in Japan) Also known as "Kona Crush". Unfortunately, the feud crumbled under the weight of its own hype. It was only through the willful negligence of the referees that such shenanigans were possible, though it goes without saying that such negligence is at the core of a high percentage of bad guy in-ring machinations.). ( Log Out /  During this time, he won the PNW Tag Team Titles as well as the PNW Championship. After leaving the WWE in 2001, Adams trained as a boxer, but injured his shoulder before fighting a single match. After falling victim to a sternum-crushing attack at the hands of Yokozuna, Crush disappeared for several months. Adams gained fame in the 1990s while performing for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) under the name Crush and for World Championship Wrestling (WCW) under his given name. But the gang-warfare era petered out, and so did Crush's renaissance. We know this story by heart even if we didn't know the man, and there's something both pathetic and heartbreaking in that. Crush feuded with Savage through WrestleMania X and then faded from the main event scene until late 1995, when he was arrested in Hawaii for carrying an illegal firearm and purchasing steroids, landing him briefly in jail. Demolition would drop the tag titles to The Hart Foundation at SummerSlam of that year in a 2 out of 3 falls match. Trained in Japan by Antonio Inoki, Adams was a two time WCW World Tag Team Champion as well as a one time holder of both the WWF World Tag Team Championship and the All Japan Pro Wrestling World Tag Team Champi… Today we…. Vega and Crush were kicked out and formed their own stables: Los Boricuas and Disciples of Apocalypse (DOA) respectively. And while either faction could cut growling, fear-inducing promos with the best of them, there was something unimpressive and not at all fear-inducing about hearing them growl so monotonously at each other. Brian "Crush" Adams. He was a man without a history, unstuck in time. Demolition were themselves a semi-sanitized, cartoon version of the Road Warriors — smaller spikes, less anabolically grotesque physiques — and the connection was perhaps even stronger than that. (Adams worked as Savage's bodyguard at times as well, though one has to chuckle at the image, however legitimate, of a fake fighter being protected by another fake fighter.) He would battle his former Demolition teammate Smash, now wrestling as Repo Man, at SummerSlam 1992 in a victorious outing. After leaving the WWE in 2001, Adams trained as a boxer, but injured his shoulder before fighting a single match. (One imagines Vince McMahon seeing Bourne's psychopathic cackle and saying, "Has anybody seen that Stephen King movie with the clown?") The storyline was edging toward the meta; Crush was changing clothes and speech patterns with every chapter while the background remained stubbornly immutable. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. I thought he was an interesting wrestler who had a lot of power but was given a bunch of bad gimmicks until he became a biker where he was quite legit. Were we supposed to recognize this new character as Crush from Demolition? Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. And, as if that weren't enough, they proceeded to flout even those tenuously legal rules by occasionally switching the non-active member into the match in dire situations. Crush fashioned himself an anti-American Japan sympathizer, now with darkened hair, a goatee, black and purple tights, and a return to facepaint (naturally). 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