Way before Hell Rell or Webstar came “Straight Outta Harlem,” professional wrestling had its very own in Bad News Brown. Also known as Bad News Allen, “Buffalo” Allen Coage was a staple of the New Japan Pro Wrestling and Stampede Wrestling circuits. Bad News Brown brought his devastating finisher, The Ghetto Blaster (double leg standing enziguri), to the WWE in 1988, battling faces and heels alike.
Bad News Brown feuded with Bret Hart, “Macho Man” Randy Savage and Roddy Piper, among others. On the 03-11-89 edition of Saturday Night’s Main Event, Bad News gave Hulk Hogan a run for his money. But most memorable was his feud with Jake “The Snake” Roberts.
The feud between Bad News Brown and Jake Roberts began when Roberts sent Brown a birthday present on the April 22 episode of Wrestling Challenge. Upon opening the package, Brown found a rubber snake; it was revealed that Brown was afraid of snakes. On the May 5 episode of WWF Superstars, the two men agreed to a match. Brown later claimed that his fear of snakes was cured, although he was quickly proven wrong. On the July 28 episode of WWF Superstars, it was announced that Brown and Roberts face each other at SummerSlam with the Big Bossman as a special referee. Brown also announced that he would bring 200 pounds of Harlem sewer rats to counteract Roberts’s boa constrictor, Damien.
Interesting Facts: Allen held an Olympic Bronze Medal (Montreal, 1976) and two Pan-American Games Gold Medals (1967 & 1975) in Judo. He is also a multi-title holder in NWA and Stampede Wrestling. Early in his career, Allen referred to himself as “The Ultimate Warrior, ” not to be confused with that other guy.
Allen Coage passed in March 2007.