REAL NAME: Scott Levy
BORN: September 8, 1964 in Short Hills, New Jersey
6'1", 244 pounds
ALIASES/NICKNAMES: Scotty the Body, Scott Anthony, Scotty Flamingo, Johnny Polo
The career of Scott Levy, aka Raven, has taken an interesting path, where the young man transformed himself, almost overnight, from a cocky pampered pretty boy to a darkened, sullen loner with a tortured past who took his name from an Edgar Allen Poe poem and told all who listened that rock music lyrics influenced his character.
As anyone who has heard some of his promos can tell, Scott Levy is a very intelligent man. He studied criminal justice at the University of Delaware, wanting to become a lawyer. Instead, he became a professional wrestler and after being trained at the Monster Factory by Larry Sharpe. Levy began his career in 1988, in the Pacific Northwest as Scotty the Body. 1988 also saw Scotty head to Memphis where he battled (and lost) to Jerry "the King" Lawler in a vain attempt to get a date with Missy Hyatt. He also wrestled in Florida and Vancouver, before returning to the Pacific Northwest.
In the summer of 1989, Levy (still as Scotty the Body) rose to the top of Portland's Pacific Northwest area. He won the PNW Tag Team Championship with Top Gun on July 8, 1989, only to split with Top Gun. Scotty would defeat Top Gun to claim full ownership of the tag titles. Scotty would team with the Grappler and feud with the Southern Rockers over the Tag titles. Scotty would go on to capture the PNW Heavyweight Championship on two occasions before the end of the year. He defeated Carl Styles on September 2nd and Rex King on October 14th.
Scotty the Body would also claim the PNW Television Championship in January 1990, and a third PNW Heavyweight Championship on June 2, 1990 by defeating the Grappler. He and the Grappler would spend the summer of 1990 feuding over the PNW Championship. Then, in December 1990, Scotty the Body would win another Tag Team Championship, this time with Steve Doll. The partnership didn't last however, and Scotty got his valet, Ginger, involved in the feud between the two partners.
After a stopover in the Global Wrestling Federation (where, as Scott Anthony, he was part of the Cartel with Cactus Jack, Makhan Singh & Rip Rogers), Levy was signed to WCW on the advice of Diamond Dallas Page, who convinced Eric Bischoff and Dusty Rhodes to give Levy a tryout match.
Levy impressed Bischoff during the match and Levy became "Scotty Flamingo", competing in WCW's Light Heavyweight Division. On June 20, 1992, Scotty Flamingo unseated Brian Pillman to win the WCW Light Heavyweight Championship, only to lose the title to Brad Armstrong on July 5th.
When Bill Watts took over the operations of WCW, many of the light heavyweights, including Scotty Flamingo, found themselves shunted down the card, as the Light Heavyweight title lost importance. By early 1993, Levy had left WCW and was signed by WWE.
Before he debuted in WWE, Levy was sent to the USWA where he teamed with Brian Christopher and, on March 22, 1993, they defeated the Moondogs to win the USWA Tag Team titles.
When he arrived in WWE, Levy was known as Johnny Polo and instead of wrestling, he became a manager. He would have Adam Bomb (Bryan Clarke) under his tutelage but he would have his greatest success with the Quebecers (Jacques Rougeau Jr. & Pierre Carl Ouelett). Polo would lead them to the WWE Tag Team titles on three occasions: defeating the Steiners on September 13, 1994 and regaining the titles from Marty Jannetty and the 123 Kid on January 17, 1994 and Men on a Mission on March 31, 1994.
Behind the scenes, Levy was very involved with the WWE's creative and production side. He also did some commentary work on programs such as All American Wrestling. However, his desire to wrestle was still strong and eventually he left WWE.
After some time on the independent circuit, Levy morphed from Johnny Polo into Raven and joined Extreme Championship Wrestling. He would team with Stevie Richards to win the ECW Tag Team titles on two occasions in the second half of 1995, the latter title reign lasted only a few hours.
One of the first great feuds of Raven's ECW career was against the Sandman. Raven involved the Sandman's ex-wife and young son in the feud, as both sided with Raven. The mind games seemed to work when, on January 27, 1996 Raven defeated the Sandman to win the ECW World Heavyweight Championship.
His first reign as champion would end without the Sandman ever pinning Raven. Raven no-showed an event and Stevie Richard was allowed to defend the title. Richards lost the match and Raven lost the ECW title. By the end of the year, however, Raven would once again unseat the Sandman and, on December 12th, once again win the ECW title.
Raven's next major feud would come against Tommy Dreamer. The story was that Tommy and Raven had been friends at camp long ago, but that friendship came to an end one day at summer camp when a girl named Beulah McGillicutty came between them. Years later, Dreamer surfaced in ECW and he and Raven engaged in a bloody feud. Raven won most of their matches, thanks in no small part to assistance from Raven's Nest.
Even after losing the ECW Championship to Terry Funk at Barely Legal, the war against Dreamer continued. At Wrestlepalooza '97, Dreamer finally got a win over Raven in a "Loser-Leaves-ECW" match, so Raven was off to World Championship Wrestling.
Raven began appearing on WCW telecasts in June 1997, but he wasn't wrestling. Instead, he was simply sitting at ringside and began to put together "Raven's Flock" that would include Stevie Richards, Billy Kidman, Van Hammer, Horace, Lodi and Sick Boy. After Raven "blinded" Scotty Riggs during a match, Riggs recovered and joined the Flock as well. Raven would eventually give in to WCW Commissioner James J. Dillon's demands and sign a contract to wrestle in WCW, but under his own "Raven Rules".
As 1998 began, Raven became part of the United States Championship picture in WCW, which included Chris Benoit and Diamond Dallas Page, finally winning the title from Page on April 19, 1998. His U.S. title reign lasted one day, as Raven lost to Bill Goldberg the next day.
After the loss to Goldberg and a feud with Kanyon, the Flock began to disintegrate, as first Perry Saturn broke away from Raven, later defeating Raven in a match at Fall Brawl where Raven had to set the Flock free.
By the end of 1998, Raven was said to be in a deep depression, leaving WCW to go home and recover. Kanyon, now friends with Raven, went to Raven's house to try and cheer him up. Raven would return with his childhood friend, Hak (formerly the Sandman) and sister Chastity in tow. However, both Hak and Chastity soon turned on Raven.
As 1999 wore on, Raven re-aligned himself with Perry Saturn, and the team won the WCW Tag Team titles in a Triple Threat match at Slamboree. Their reign would end when Raven didn't show for a title defence, leading Saturn to lose the belts to Bam Bam Bigelow and Diamond Dallas Page at the end of May.
Raven would join the Insane Clown Posse and Vampiro as part of the Dead Pool but it would not be long before Raven, dissatisfied with WCW, would take Eric Bischoff up on his offer that anyone who wanted to leave WCW could. Raven walked out of the meeting and out of WCW.
Raven would return to ECW in late August 1999, teaming with long-time enemy Tommy Dreamer to become the ECW Tag Team titles before the team once again disintegrated, with Raven winning the rights to the tag titles, and choosing Mike Awesome as his tag partner.
Soon after Raven arrived in ECW, he began negotiating for a return to WWE. At Unforgiven, Raven appeared during a Tazz/Jerry Lawler bout and attacked the King. Before the year was out, Raven would claim the WWE Hardcore Championship, defeating Hardcore Holly and Steve Blackman in a Triple Threat match.
Raven would remain in the Hardcover division for much of the early part of 2001, facing the Big Show among others. Increasingly he began to rely on a masked female ninja, who was later revealed to be Tori.
With the advent of the Invasion angle, Raven naturally sided with Paul Heyman and the ECW/WCW Alliance. He would also feud, once again, with Perry Saturn, going so far as to steal both Saturn's girlfriend, Terri (Runnels) and his "friend" Moppy.
Raven continued to be active in the Hardcore division, winning no fewer than 20 such championships, sometimes only for a few minutes. In June 2002, Raven lost to Tommy Dreamer in a "Loser Leaves Raw" match, exiling him to Sunday Night Heat, where he would spend the rest of the year.
On January 20, 2003, Raven was released by WWE and reappeared two days later in NWA-TNA. He attacked NWA World Champion Jeff Jarrett and stole the title belt. Jarrett and Raven would continue to feud over the coming months, even challenging Jarrett for the NWA World title. Meanwhile Raven would form another version of Raven's Flock, which included Julio Dinero and Alexis Laree, who would interfere in Raven's matches.
As the summer of 2003 wore on, however, Raven would form the Gathering with Dinero and C.M. Punk to battle The New Church of Shane Douglas, Slash and Sinn, not to mention Vampiro, Glen Gilbertti, Brian Lee and even NWA World Champion A.J. Styles, all in the hopes of getting to Father James Mitchell.
Raven also made several appearances on the independent circuit, winning the USA Pro Wrestling Heavyweight title from Balls Mahoney in May 2003 and then on November 22, defeating the Sandman and Sabu to win the 3PW Championship, as well as being named the commissioner of the organization.
Back in NWA-TNA, however, Raven spent much of the fall of 2003 feuding with Red Shirt Security. Abyss would entere the fray on the side of the Security while Raven was backed up by Dinero and C.M. Punk. But Raven wasn't completely finished with the New Church, teaming with Sabu and Terry Funk.
As March began, Raven decided that he wanted to become part of the NWA World Championship picture, and even went so far as to interfere in several matches so that Vince Russo would take him seriously as a contender. Raven would eventually be named the number one contender, but lost to A.J. Styles when Chris Harris interfered in the bout. Raven would also be part of several multi-man title matches, including the June 2nd King of the Mountain Ladder Match that saw Jarrett regain the championship.
In the summer of 2004, Sabu and Raven began having their problems but Sabu refused to fight Raven because of a promise he had made to the Sheik. Finally on August 4th, Raven and Sabu met in a one-time only, No Holds Barred Match, with Raven getting the victory.
With the feud with Sabu over with, Diamond Dallas Page would be the next person to cross Raven, with Erik Watts becoming involved in battles that would involve a lot of brawling and use of foreign objects. Another second generation wrestler, Dustin Rhodes, would also clash with Raven, both at Against All Odds and Destination X.
In April, Raven would team with Abyss against Jeff Hardy and A.J. Styles that seemed to be leading towards a bout against Hardy at Hard Justice. With Hardy no-showing, Raven instead met Sean Waltman in a Clockwork Orange House of Fun Match.
On June 19th, 2005, Raven was a last minute addition to the King of the Mountain match at NWA-TNA's Slammiversary pay-per-view. Instead of sitting on the sidelines watching the event, Raven won the match and became the NWA World Heavyweight Champion, outlasting Styles, Monty Brown, Waltman and Abyss.
Raven's first title defence came against Abyss at No Surrender. Raven walked out still champion, despite interference from Father James Mitchell, only to be gored by Rhino and taunted by former champion, Jarrett.
Raven's reign would end at the hands of Jarrett on a Border City Wrestling show in Windsor, Ontario, thanks to the interference of America's Most Wanted. An angry Raven turned that anger towards Larry Zbyszko who offered Raven a choice: be released from TNA or be put through hell.
Raven chose to stay and had to battle PJ Palaco (Justin Credible), Chris K (Kanyon) before losing to Sean Waltman at Final Resolution and being forced out of TNA.
But his expulsion proved temporary as Raven returned to TNA in late April to reignite his grudge against Zbyszko, whom he would defeat in a hair-versus-hair match at Victory Road.
His next major gimmick would be in forming Serotonin. The program was marked by the group’s members getting nifty new names but losing matches and afterwards getting caned by their leader Raven.
One member, Kaz (Frankie Kazarian), apparently sick of the beatings, would rebel and manage to defeat Raven at Hard Justice. Raven offered Kaz his forgiveness but Kaz instead smacked his “boss” with a kendo stick, leaving just Martyr ("Maverick" Matt Bentley) and Havok (Johnny Devine) under Raven’s influence.
Martyr, though, has since left TNA and Raven and Havok have joined Judas Mesias and Black Reign to form a stable managed by Father James Mitchell.
Nevertheless, Abyss would manage defeat Raven, Black Reign and Rhino in a Monster's Ball match at Bound For Glory.
--- compiled by John M. Milner with files from Chris Gramlich, John Powell and Richard Kamchen
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Sep. 26, 2004: Raven takes his lumps
June 30, 2003: Raven still soaring
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Dec. 21, 2000: Raven: Forever connected with ECW (Part 3 of 3)
Dec. 20, 2000: Raven: At peace with himself (Part 2 of 3)
Dec. 19, 2000: Raven: The Second Coming (Part 1 of 3)
Aug. 24, 1999: Raven back in ECW?
Nov. 19, 1998: Column - Raven's Lament
Dec. 1997: Raven Q&A