Shaggy 2 Dope -
Wrestling Career

Real name: Joseph 'Joey' Utsler

Psychopathic Name: Shaggy 2 Dope

Nicknames: Shaggy 2 Dope, Full Clip, 2 Dope, Dopey, Shaggy Dope, Shaggy, Shaggs, Shag, Sweet Candy Nuts, Sugar Bear,Handsome Harley Gwestella, Gweedo, Gweedy, Stanky Twickle Puss, Stretchnuts, Galazto Inspector, Kangol Joe, Guy Gorfey, Ham'd Burglah, Gold D, Full Clip, Mr. Club, Southwest Strangla, Bazooka Joey, etc.

 
     
     
 
Shaggy 2 Dope
Birth name Joseph 'Joey' Utsler
Born October 14, 1974
Ring name(s) Rhino
White Tiger
Sewer Dwella
Shaggy 2 Dope
"Handsome" Harley Guestella
Gweedo
Billed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Billed weight 230 lb (100 kg)
Billed from Detroit, Michigan
Zug Island (as Sewer Dwella)
Trained by Self-Trained
Al Costello
Denny Kass
Debut 1997
Managers Raven
Vampiro

Moves

  • Finishing moves
    • Diving leg drop
  • Signature moves
    • Brainbuster
    • Jumping DDT
    • Driving clothesline
    • Multiple powerbomb variations
      • Corner sitout
      • Crucifix, sometimes from the top rope
      • Running release
      • Sitout double underhook

Entrance themes

  • "Oddities" by Insane Clown Posse (WWF; 1998)
  • "Take It" by Insane Clown Posse (WCW; 1999)
  • "Assassins (Instrumental)" by Insane Clown Posse (WCW; 2000)
  • "Chicken Huntin' (Slaughterhouse Remix)" by Insane Clown Posse (JCW / TNA /
    Independent circuit; 1999–present)

Beginning (1983 – 1986)

Shaggy began wrestling alongside his brother John and his friend Violent J. The three got involved
in backyard wrestling, and created two backyard wrestling rings for their made up promotion Tag
Team Wrestling
, later renamed National All-Star Wrestling. The trio staged National All-Star
Wrestling's first show, NAW Wrestling Extravaganza, in front of friends and family. Among others,
the show featured Bruce wrestling under the moniker Darryl "Dropkick" Daniels, and Joey Utsler
wrestling as both Rhino, and the masked NAW World Champion White Tiger. Utsler stopped
wrestling after becoming involved in gang life and forming Inner City Posse.

Independent circuit (1990, 1996 – 2004)

In 1990, Violent J began a career in professional wrestling. Bruce brought Joey Utlser along with
him backstage. At their first event, Bruce and Utsler met Rob Van Dam and Sabu, two other
first-timers with whom they became very good friends. Bruce wrestled as Corporal Darryl Daniels,
and Utsler occasionally managed him.After a short run in the business, both Bruce and Utsler realized
their dislike for the backstage politics, and decided to take up a career in music, taking the names
of Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope.

Shaggy returned to wrestling in the independent circuit in 1996, under the name Sewer Dwella.
From 1996 to 1998, Utsler was involved in a rivalry with Hector Hatchet in Insane Championship
Wrestling. He continued to compete in several independent promotions for the next two years,
including Future Wrestling Alliance and NWA Mid American Wrestling.

Utsler appeared in Xtreme Pro Wrestling at 2001's XPW Redemption, where he and Vampiro
defeated Damián 666 and Halloween. The following week, after Violent J suffered a real-life injury
from a sloppy clothesline, Utsler and Bruce left the company. On October 5, 2002, he and Bruce
wrestled in Ring of Honor and defeated Oman Tortuga and Diablo Santiago. Utsler was later made
a playable character in both Eidos Interactive's video games Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This
at Home and Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes the Neighborhood as Shaggy 2 Dope. To help
promote the games, he competed in a series of matches for Backyard Wrestling in 2003 and 2004.

Extreme Championship Wrestling (1997)

In August 1997, Bruce received a telephone call from friends Rob Van Dam and Sabu. They
asked if he and Utsler could appear on Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW)'s second
pay-per-view (PPV) program, Hardcore Heaven. The duo went to Florida to discuss the ECW
program's content with Van Dam, Sabu, and Paul Heyman. Heyman was pleased that Bruce and
Utsler were former wrestlers, which meant that they could surprise the crowd by taking bumps.
Heyman also favored the idea of using Insane Clown Posse, because it was unlikely that anyone
knew of the relationship the group had with Van Dam and Sabu. Heyman presented his idea to
Bruce and Utsler, who agreed to participate. Insane Clown Posse opened the ECW program by
performing songs and exciting the crowd. Then Van Dam and Sabu, the main villains at the time,
attacked Bruce and Utsler. The top fan favorite, The Sandman, came in and saved them by chasing
away Van Dam and Sabu with his signature Singapore cane.

ICP's Strangle-Mania Live (1997)

Being avid wrestling fans, Bruce and Utsler owned, and were fascinated by, the death match
wrestling collection Outrageously Violent Wrestling from Japan. The duo decided to create a
compilation of their favorite matches, recording their own sports announcing under the personas
named "Handsome" Harley Guestella a.k.a. "Gweedo" (Utsler) and Diamond Donovan
Douglas a.k.a. "3D" (Bruce). The compilation video was released nationwide under the title ICP's
Strangle-Mania
. The video's success allowed Bruce and Utsler to host their own wrestling show,
ICP's Strangle-Mania Live, to a sold-out performance at St. Andrew's Hall. The main event
featured Insane Clown Posse versus The Chicken Boys, who were played by two friends of Bruce
and Utsler. With local wrestling booker Dan Curtis, other wrestlers such as Mad Man Pondo,
2 Tuff Tony, Corporal Robinson, King Kong Bundy, and Abdullah the Butcher were also booked
on the show to wrestle in the same death match style as shown in ICP Strangle-Mania.

World Wrestling Federation (1998)

In 1998, Insane Clown Posse were asked by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) to perform
the entrance theme for the wrestling group The Oddities. The WWF also wanted Bruce and Utsler
to appear on their SummerSlam pay-per-view (PPV) program in August 1998 and rap live while
The Oddities entered the ring. Once the duo arrived at the arena, they realized their wrestling dreams
had come true; they had been contacted by wrestling's top company and were now set to appear on
their PPV program at the company's most historic venue, Madison Square Garden. Bruce and Utsler
were assigned to the locker room with Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Undertaker, who were
to wrestle during the main event that night. The duo immediately felt the animosity of the locker room
that had previously driven them away from wrestling. Insane Clown Posse performed and was
asked to return for the live broadcast of Monday Night Raw the following night. At the broadcast,
Bruce and Utsler requested for more than just a rapping role; they wanted to wrestle. McMahon
favored the idea and allowed them to participate.

Insane Clown Posse was put in a feud with The Headbangers. In the first wrestling match, The
Headbangers were stiff, throwing real punches and kicks. In the rematch, a move was planned where
The Headbangers would be flipped over by Bruce and Utsler. When the time came to flip over,
however, The Headbangers refused to move, forcing Insane Clown Posse to genuinely flip them over
and begin throwing punches. Realizing that the match was getting too heated, McMahon ended the
feud after that match. Bruce and Utsler were put into other matches along with The Oddities. Vince
Russo told Bruce and Utsler to "make it seem like you don't know anything about wrestling, and you
guys keep choking and digging into their eyes".

During this time, Bruce and Utsler had no contract with WWF. They, however, did have an
agreement that the WWF would occasionally play Insane Clown Posse commercials, and in return,
Bruce and Utsler would wrestle for free. Bruce and Utsler knew that airtime cost significantly more
than any monetary compensation they would receive and were thus satisfied with the agreement. The
duo were told they were to suddenly turn on The Oddities in their match against The Headbangers,
then join them in beating up the group. They were also informed that their commercial would air the
very next week, which had still not aired after three months of being involved with the WWF. The
next week Insane Clown Posse and The Headbangers had a match with Steve Austin. After the
match, Bruce and Utsler contacted Abbiss to inquire about the commercial and were informed that
it was not aired. Given that McMahon failed to uphold his promise to air Insane Clown Posse's
commercial, Abbiss recommended that Bruce and Utsler terminate their agreement with the WWF.

Hellfire Wrestling (1998)

While involved with the WWF, Insane Clown Posse brought Dan Curtis with them. After leaving
the WWF, Curtis suggested that Insane Clown Posse start its own promotion while continuing with
its music. He convinced the duo to coordinate another Strangle-Mania Live show, to be followed
by an eighty-city "Hellfire Wrestling" tour. Curtis booked the talent and wrote the scripts.
Strangle-Mania Live sold out the Majestic Theater in Detroit. Two days after the show, Curtis was
found dead in his apartment, due to a sudden diabetic problem. The "Hellfire Wrestling" tour was
subsequently canceled.

World Championship Wrestling (1999 – 2000)

Utsler then went on to wrestle a long stint in World Championship Wrestling with Violent J. The
duo formed two stables. The first stable, The Dead Pool, consisted of Insane Clown Posse,
Vampiro, and Raven; the second consisted of Insane Clown Posse, Vampiro, Great Muta, and
Kiss Demon, known as The Dark Carnival.

On August 9, 1999, Insane Clown Posse made their WCW debut on Monday Nitro in a six-man
tag team match. Insane Clown Posse and Vampiro defeated Lash LeRoux, Norman Smiley, and
Prince Iaukea. At Road Wild 1999, Rey Mysterio, Jr., Billy Kidman, and Eddie Guerrero defeated
Vampiro and Insane Clown Posse. Insane Clown Posse continued to wrestle on Monday Nitro,
defeating Public Enemy one week, and losing to Konnan and Rey Mysterio, Jr. another. At Fall
Brawl 1999, the tag team of Rey Mysterio, Eddie Guerrero, and Billy Kidman again defeated
Vampiro and Insane Clown Posse. On September 13, Insane Clown Posse defeated Lenny Lane
and Lodi.

On the August 23, 2000 episode of WCW Thunder, Great Muta, Vampiro, and Insane Clown
Posse beat Tank Abbott and 3 Count. Five days later, on Monday Nitro, Insane Clown Posse and
Vampiro defeated 3 Count, and the following week, Rey Mysterio, Jr. and Juventud Guerrera beat
Insane Clown Posse. On September 25, Mike Awesome defeated Insane Clown Posse in a
Handicap Hardcore match. The ending showed Awesome performing his signature Awesome Bomb
on 2 Dope on top a bus. Shaggy was stunned and accidentally fell off the top of the bus.

Juggalo Championship Wrestling (1999 – 2006)

On December 19, 1999, Bruce and Utsler created their own wrestling promotion, Juggalo
Championshit Wrestling
(now known as Juggalo Championship Wrestling). That night, the duo
defeated the team of two Doink the Clowns to become the first ever JCW Tag Team Champions.
The event was taped and released as JCW, Volume 1. Commentary was provided by Bruce and
Utsler under their '3D' and 'Gweedo' announcing personas. In 2000, Insane Clown Posse was
involved in a rivalry with The Rainbow Coalition (Big Flam, Bob, and Neil). That April, the duo
teamed with Vampiro to defeat The Rainbow Coalition. Insane Clown Posse defeated the Coalition
again when they teamed with Evil Dead, and the match that was featured on JCW, Volume 2.

Later that April, Utsler fell off the top of a Steel Cage and broke his nose and cheekbone, as well
as injuring his neck. As a result, his wrestling appearances were limited, and he received neck
surgery four years later. In 2003, Insane Clown Posse defended, and retained, their JCW Tag
Team Championships against Kid Cock (a parody of Kid Rock) and Feminem (a parody of
Eminem). The match was featured on JCW, Volume 3. Utsler continued to wrestle for JCW, which
could only be seen at live events until the 2007 start of JCW SlamTV!.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2004, 2006)

On January 21, 2004, Utsler appeared alongside Bruce on an episode of the weekly NWA Total
Nonstop Action PPV. The duo were shown partying in the crowd alongside the Juggalos in
attendance. In the main event of the night, which featured Jeff Jarrett going against El Leon, Jarrett
and El Leon were fighting in the crowd when Insane Clown Posse sprayed Faygo in Jarrett's eyes.
The following week, Insane Clown Posse were interviewed in the ring by Mike Tenay. The duo
explained that they were fans of TNA, and that they wanted to be a part of the promotion
themselves. As they started making kayfabe negative remarks toward Jeff Jarrett, Glenn Gilberti
and David Young interrupted. When Gilberti tried to convince the duo to apologize to Jarrett,
Insane Clown Posse chased Gilbertti and Young out of the ring before challenging the team to a
match for the next week.

On February 4, Insane Clown Posse defeated Glen Gilbertti and David Young. Later that night,
Scott Hudson interviewed Insane Clown Posse, and the duo announced that they would face
whoever Jeff Jarrett threw at them next in a "Juggalo Street Fight". Insane Clown Posse won
against the team of Glen Gilbertti and Kid Kash on February 18. Two weeks later, Insane Clown
Posse announced that they would take part in a "Dark Carnival Match" the next week against
Glen Gilbertti and any partner he chooses. The following week, Insane Clown Posse and 2 Tuff
Tony took on Glen Gilbertti, Kid Kash, and David Young. "The Alpha Male" Monty Brown made
his TNA return, and cost Insane Clown Posse and 2 Tuff Tony the match. During their stint in
TNA, Insane Clown Posse brought the company its largest paying crowds in history. After the
duo left, they remained close with the company.

On March 17, 2006, Insane Clown Posse hosted and booked TNA's first ever house show,
which took place in Detroit, Michigan. The duo defeated Team Canada members Eric Young
and Petey Williams.

Return to the independent circuit (2004 – present)

On December 12, 2004, Utsler and Bruce competed in the event A Night of Appreciation for
Sabu, teaming with the Rude Boy to defeat the team of Corporal Robinson, Zach Gowen, and
Breyer Wellington. Utsler received surgery on his neck the following year, leaving him unable to
wrestle for two years. At Pro Wrestling Unplugged's 2006 event "Cuffed & Caged: Last Man
Standing," Utsler managed Team JCW (Nosawa, 2 Tuff Tony, Violent J, Mad Man Pondo, and
Raven) in a War Games match against Team PWU (Trent Acid, Corporal Robinson, Johnny
Kashmere, Pete Hunter, and Gary Wolfe) with manager Tod Gordon.

Since fully recovering from his neck surgery in 2007, Utsler has continued to appear as Shaggy 2
Dope at various promotions in the independent circuit.

Return to JCW (2007 – present)

In 2007, JCW launched SlamTV!. With it came the first broadcast of JCW since the three
initial DVDs. Utsler returned as "Handsome" Harley Guestella, and Bruce returned to commentary
as Diamond Donovan Douglas. 3D and Gweedo announced in an episode of SlamTV! that
Insane Clown Posse had been stripped of the JCW Tag Team Championships because they had
not defended the title due to 2 Dope's injuries. Utsler made his in ring return at the first annual
Bloodymania, JCW's premier wrestling event, where Insane Clown Posse teamed with Sabu
to defeat Trent Acid and The Young Alter Boys w/ Annie Social the Nun.

At the 2008 Hallowicked After-Party, Utsler joined the group Juggalo World Order. On
November 9, the Juggalo World Order (Scott Hall, Shaggy 2 Dope, Violent J, 2 Tuff Tony, and
Corporal Robinson) "invaded" Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's Turning Point PPV by purchasing
front row tickets to the event. They proceeded to promote their faction by flashing their JWO
jerseys, which each member had on, before being removed from the building.

At Bloodymania III, Juggalo World Order (Corporal Robinson, Scott Hall, Shaggy 2 Dope,
Violent J, and Sid Vicious) defeated Trent Acid and the Alter Boys (Tim, Tom, Terry, and Todd).
In 2010, Utsler (as Shaggy 2 Dope) became the full-time color commentator of Juggalo
Championship Wrestling with his broadcast partner Kevin Gill.

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