Raven

Real name: Scott Levy

Birth date: September 08, 1964

Trained by: Larry Sharpe

Ring Names: Johnny Polo, Matman, Raven, Scott Anthony, Scotty The Body, Scotty Flamingo

Debut: February 20, 1988

 
     
     
 

Championships and accomplishments

  • All Action Wrestling
    • AAW Championship (1 time)
  • Australasian Wrestling Federation
    • AWF Australasian Championship (1 time)
  • Extreme Championship Wrestling
    • ECW World Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
    • ECW World Tag Team Championship (4 times) – with Stevie Richards (2),
      Tommy Dreamer (1) and Mike Awesome (1)
  • Great Championship Wrestling
    • GCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Heartland Wrestling Association
    • HWA Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Hugh Morrus
  • High Risk Pro Wrestling
    • HRPW World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Juggalo Championship Wrestling
    • JCW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Sexy Slim Goody
  • Mid-Eastern Wrestling Federation
    • MEWF Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • National Wrestling Alliance
    • NWA Central States Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • National Wrestling Federation
    • NWF Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Pacific Northwest Wrestling
    • NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Championship (3 times)
    • NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Top Gun (1),
      The Grappler (1), and Steve Doll (1)
    • NWA Pacific Northwest Television Championship (1 time)
  • Pro-Pain Pro Wrestling
    • 3PW World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI ranked him #22 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2003
    • PWI ranked him #168 in the "PWI Years" in 2003
  • Ring Around The Northwest Newsletter
    • Wrestler of the Year (1989–1990)
  • Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
    • NWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • King of the Mountain (2005)
  • United States Xtreme Wrestling
    • UXW Heavyweight Championship (4 times)
  • United States Wrestling Association
    • USWA World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Brian Christopher
  • United States Wrestling Organization
    • USWO Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • USA Pro Wrestling
    • USA Pro Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Vanguard Championship Wrestling
    • VCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • World Championship Wrestling
    • WCW Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • WCW United States Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • WCW World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Perry Saturn
  • World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment
    • WWF/E Hardcore Championship (27 times)

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves
    • As Raven
      • Evenflow DDT / Raven Effect DDT (Flowing DDT)
    • As Scotty Flamingo
      • Leaping shoulder block
  • Signature moves
    • Ankle lock
    • Bulldog, often preceded by a corner clothesline
    • Discus clothesline, sometimes preceded by jabs
    • Drop toe-hold onto an opened steel chair
    • Knee lift
    • Russian legsweep, sometimes into a guard rail
  • With Chris Kanyon
    • Double team finishing moves
      • Powerbomb (Kanyon) and neckbreaker (Raven) combination
  • Nicknames
    • "The Palm Beach Heartthrob" (as Scott Anthony)
    • "A/The Martyr for Society's Dysfunction"
  • Managers and valets
    • The Blue Meanie (ECW)
    • Chastity (ECW/WCW)
    • Daffney (TNA)
    • Julio Dinero (TNA)
    • Francine (ECW)
    • Lori Fullington (ECW)
    • Tyler Fullington (ECW)
    • Ginger (PNW)
    • Missy Hyatt (CWA)
    • Alexis Laree (TNA)
    • Lodi (WCW)
    • Lupus (ECW)
    • Beulah McGillicutty (ECW)
    • James Mitchell (TNA)
    • Bruce Prichard (GWF)
    • Diamond Dallas Page (WCW)
    • Stevie Richards (ECW/TNA)
    • Scrumptious (1PW)
    • Taylor Made/Tori (PNW/WWF)
    • Terri (WWF)
    • Veronica (PNW)
    • Kimona Wanalaya (ECW)
    • Isis (MEWF)
  • Wrestlers managed
    • Adam Bomb (WWF)
    • The Quebecers (WWF)
  • Entrance themes
    • Portland Wrestling
      • "I Like It" by Dino (December 25, 1989 – December 1, 1990)
    • Extreme Championship Wrestling
      • "Come Out and Play" by The Offspring (March 17, 1995 – June 6, 1997,
        September 3, 1999 – July 16, 2000)
    • World Championship Wrestling
      • "Short But Thick" by Jimmy Hart (August 21, 1997 – October 27, 1997)
      • "Raven" by Jimmy Hart (March 5, 1998, May 17, 1999)
      • "Take It" by Insane Clown Posse (July 19, 1999 – August 9, 1999; used
        as a member of The Dead Pool)
    • Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
      • "Offspring" by Dale Oliver (February 12, 2003 – February 18, 2004)
      • "Scream" by Dale Oliver (February 25, 2004 – March 7, 2008, June 18,
        2008 – November 12, 2010)
    • Ring of Honor
      • "Sin" by Nine Inch Nails[113] (March 15, 2003 – November 28, 2003)
    • World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment
      • "What About Me?" (Version 1) by Jim Johnston (September 28, 2000 –
        December 22, 2000)
      • "What About Me?" (Version 2) by Jim Johnston[113] (December 25, 2000 –
        May 20, 2002)
      • "This Is Extreme" by Harry Slash & The Slashtones[113] (July 9, 2001 –
        November 18. 2001; used as a member of The Alliance)
      • "End of Everything" by Stereomud[113] (June 2, 2002 – January 13, 2003)

 

 
     
     
 

Scott Levy (born September 8, 1964) is an American professional wrestler actor and podcaster
better known by his ring name, Raven. A journeyman, he is known for his appearances with
professional wrestling promotions including Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), World
Championship Wrestling (WCW), World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment (WWF/E) and
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). Widely recognized as "one of the best talkers in wrestling",
Raven is known for his "psychological heel tactics" and grunge-inspired gimmick. His feud with
The Sandman in the mid-1990s has been described as "one of the most emotional rivalries in
sports-entertainment's history".

Championships held by Raven over the course of his career include the ECW World Heavyweight
Championship, ECW World Tag Team Championship, NWA World Heavyweight Championship,
WCW Light Heavyweight Championship, WCW United States Heavyweight Championship, WCW
World Tag Team Championship and WWF/E Hardcore Championship. He is recognized as the
most decorated wrestler in the history of WWE with 32 separate title reigns under the WWE,
WCW and ECW banners, including a record 27 reigns as WWF/E Hardcore Champion.

Professional wrestling career

Early career (1988–1992)

After graduating from the University of Delaware with a degree in criminal justice, Levy trained
as a professional wrestler under Larry Sharpe at the Monster Factory in New Jersey, making his
debut on February 20, 1988 against Jimmy Jack Funk.

Early in his career, Levy competed for the World Wrestling Council in Puerto Rico as well as
the Memphis, Tennessee-based promotion Continental Wrestling Association under the ring name
"Scotty the Body", where he was given the gimmick of being the "boy toy" of Missy Hyatt, who
used him to her and Eddie Gilbert's advantage. After leaving Memphis, Levy wrestled in Florida.

Levy next traveled to Canada, where he competed briefly for the Vancouver, British
Columbia-based promotion All Star Wrestling before leaving due to differences with owner Al
Tomko. From there, he returned to the United States, joining Pacific Northwest Wrestling in
Portland, Oregon. Over the next three years, he was positioned as one of the main heels, winning
all of the titles and feuding heavily with Steve Doll. His manager in PNW was Taylor Made. After
taking a brief break from competing, he returned to PNW as a face and began a feud with The
Grappler. In the summer of 1989, Levy made a number of appearances under a mask as
"Matman", a Batman-inspired character who teamed with Beetlejuice.

Wrestling as Scotty the Body, Levy made a one-off appearance on WWF Prime Time Wrestling
in a losing effort against Koko B. Ware in October 1990.

After leaving PNW, Levy joined the Dallas, Texas-based Global Wrestling Federation, where he
adopted the ring name "Scott Anthony". Levy was part of the stable known as "The Cartel", along
with Cactus Jack, Makhan Singh, Rip Rogers and Max Andrews. Levy also served as a colo
r commentator for GWF's televised broadcasts on ESPN alongside play-by-play commentators
Craig Johnson and Scott Hudson.

World Championship Wrestling (1992–1993)

In 1992, Levy joined World Championship Wrestling (WCW). He was given the ring name
"Scotty Flamingo" and the gimmick of a surfer from Florida, even carrying a surfboard to the ring.
He was originally managed by J.T. Southern. Levy competed in the WCW light heavyweight
division, winning the WCW Light Heavyweight Championship from Brian Pillman on June 20,
1992 at Beach Blast. He held the title until July 5, 1992, when he was defeated by Brad
Armstrong.

Levy went on to align himself with Diamond Dallas Page and Vinnie Vegas as a member of "The
Diamond Mine". Levy would continue to feud with Pillman and Armstrong, before feuding with
Johnny B. Badd. At Clash of the Champions XXI on November 18, 1992, Levy defeated Badd
in a boxing match via knockout after Jeremy and Vegas surreptitiously weighted his boxing glove
by soaking it in water.

Levy left WCW in February 1993 after disagreements with booker Bill Watts.

World Wrestling Federation (1993–1994)

After leaving WCW, Levy briefly wrestled for the United States Wrestling Association (USWA)
before joining the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) as manager "Johnny Polo", a spoiled, rich
preppy kid. He was initially placed with Adam Bomb, appearing for the first time on May 29
episode of WWF Mania. He managed Bomb for four months until he was replaced by Harvey
Wippleman. He then became the manager of The Quebecers in September, whom he led to three
reigns as WWF Tag Team Champions. In addition to managing, Polo also occasionally appeared
in tag-team and singles competition, facing Jim Powers, Virgil, Rick Steiner, Marty Jannetty, Doink
the Clown, 1-2-3 Kid, Owen Hart, and Pierre Oullette. Polo also worked as a color commentator
and co-host of Radio WWF, and behind the scenes worked as the associate producer for Monday
Night Raw. Levy left the company in October 1994, his final match coming against Adam Bomb on
October 2 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. His last appearance was at a house show in Montreal,
Quebec on October 21 when he managed Pierre Oullette in a match against Jacques Rougeau.

Extreme Championship Wrestling (1994 - 1997)

Feud with Tommy Dreamer (1994–1996)

After leaving the WWF, Levy began developing a new character, "Raven". Inspired by the poem
by Edgar Allan Poe and by Patrick Swayze's manipulative Zen master of crime in the film Point
Break, the Raven character was a depressed, sociopathic, stoical, nihilistic misanthrope who would
deliver eloquent, philosophical promos peppered with literary allusions and ending with the
catchphrase, "Quoth the Raven 'Nevermore'". Levy dramatically altered his appearance, bulking-up
to approximately 235 lbs (107 kg), adding nose and eyebrow piercings and began wrestling in
ragged jean shorts, a leather jacket, grunge t-shirts, combat boots and a flannel tied around his waist.
After unsuccessfully pitching the character to Jim Cornette, the owner of Smoky Mountain
Wrestling (SMW), Raven approached Paul Heyman, the booker of the Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania-based promotion Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), who agreed to bring in
Raven as a foil for Tommy Dreamer.

I want elimination by any means necessary. Quoth the Raven 'Nevermore'.
— Raven, January 1995

Raven was introduced to ECW by Stevie Richards. In late 1994, Richards had developed an
"identity crisis", performing under the ring names "Stevie Flamingo", "Stevie the Body", and "Stevie
Polo" — all references to former ring names used by Levy. After sustaining another loss to
Tommy Dreamer, Richards became irate and claimed he would present "the real Johnny Polo".
Raven made his first appearance on the January 10, 1995 episode of ECW Hardcore TV, with
Richards revealing that he had a vendetta against Tommy Dreamer.

Raven formed a stable of lackeys known as "Raven's Nest", with Richards the first member. In
February, Johnny Hotbody and Tony Stetson joined the stable, calling Raven the "voice of
[their] generation". On the March 24, 1995 episode of ECW Hardcore TV, Dreamer lost to the
four members of Raven's Nest in a gauntlet match.

On April 8, 1995 at "Three Way Dance", Raven fired Hotbody and Stetson, replacing them with
The Pitbulls. Later that evening, Raven expounded on his history with Dreamer, revealed that
they had attended summer camp together as children, where Raven became the boyfriend of
Beulah McGillicutty, an overweight girl with acne, after she was spurned by Dreamer. Richards
then revealed that he had tracked down McGillicutty, who was now a Penthouse model, who
also harbored a grudge against Dreamer. Later that night, Raven faced Dreamer in a singles match
for the first time, defeating him following interference from both Richards and McGillicutty.
McGillicutty went on to become Raven's valet and onscreen girlfriend, repeatedly interfering in his
bouts with Dreamer and receiving numerous piledrivers as a result. McGillicutty was brought into
ECW by Raven, who had been introduced to her by Ron Gant in Florida earlier that year and
thought she would add a new dimension to his feud with Dreamer. The feud between Raven and
Dreamer escalated on the June 20, 1995 episode of ECW Hardcore TV, with Raven's Nest beating
down Dreamer's ally, Luna Vachon, before breaking several of Dreamer's fingers. On June 30,
1995, Raven and Richards defeated The Public Enemy to win the ECW World Tag Team
Championship.

In July 1995 at Hardcore Heaven after Raven and Richards successfully defended the ECW Tag
Team Championship against Dreamer and Vachon, The Pitbulls left Raven's Nest, with The
Dudley Brothers replacing them shortly thereafter. At Heat Wave on July 15, 1995, Dreamer and
The Pitbulls defeated Raven and The Dudley Brothers. Later that evening, Dreamer handcuffed
Raven and delivered a chair shot later dubbed "the chair shot heard 'round the world." The footage
of the chair shot was incorporated into the title sequence of ECW Hardcore TV. At Wrestlepalooza
on August 5, 1995, during an 8-man tag team match, Raven, Richards and the Dudley Brothers
defeated Tommy Dreamer, Cactus Jack and the Pitbulls after Cactus Jack, Dreamer's long-time
ally, turned on him, joining Raven's Nest. On September 16, 1995 at Gangstas Paradise, Raven
and Richards lost the ECW World Tag Team Championship to The Pitbulls following interference
from Dreamer. Raven and Richards regained the titles from The Pitbulls on October 7, 1995, only
to lose them to The Public Enemy later that evening. At November to Remember on November 18,
1995, Dreamer and Terry Funk defeated Raven and Cactus Jack in the main event. At the same
event, Raven's Nest received a new member, The Blue Meanie, who became a lackey to Stevie
Richards.

At December to Dismember on December 9, 1995, Raven once more defeated Dreamer, although
later that night Dreamer, The Pitbulls and The Public Enemy defeated Raven, Richards, The
Eliminators and The Heavenly Bodies in a "Ultimate Jeopardy" cage match when Dreamer pinned
Richards. At Holiday Hell on December 30, 1995, Raven defeated Dreamer to become number
one contender for the ECW World Heavyweight Championship, unsuccessfully challenging
incumbent champion The Sandman later that evening. At the same event, The Dudley Brothers left
Raven's Nest following a confrontation with Richards. During the build-up to the match, Raven
further expounded on his grudge against Dreamer, accusing Dreamer of not having been there for
him during his parents' divorce, an accusation that Dreamer hotly denied. At House Party on
January 5, 1996, Richards attempted to kiss McGillicutty, who refused, eventually announcing that
she was pregnant. After Raven angrily confronted McGillicutty, she informed him that he was not the
father, causing Raven to attack Richards. McGillicutty then revealed that Tommy Dreamer was the
father, with Dreamer storming the ring and beating down Raven, Richards and The Blue Meanie
before embracing Beulah.

ECW World Heavyweight Champion (1996–1997)

On January 27, 1996, Raven introduced his new girlfriend, Kimona Wanalaya. Later that evening,
Raven defeated The Sandman to win his first ECW World Heavyweight Championship following
extensive interference from Raven's Nest. Over the following months, Raven successfully defended
the ECW World Heavyweight Championship in bouts with opponents including Shane Douglas,
Pitbull #2, Chris Jericho, Damián 666, 2 Cold Scorpio and Terry Gordy.

At Hardcore Heaven on June 22, 1996, Raven began playing mind games with The Sandman,
brainwashing his ex-wife, Lori and his son, Tyler to join Raven's Nest. Lori and Tyler subsequently
began accompanying Raven to ringside for his matches, with Raven using him to wage
psychological warfare against The Sandman over the following months.

At the High Incident event on October 26, 1996, Richards was involved in one of ECW's most
controversial angles, with Raven's Nest "crucifying" The Sandman by tying him to a cross and
placing a crown made of barbed wire on his head. The angle, which was widely criticised as being
in poor taste, led to Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle severing his links with ECW and delayed
the promotion's debut on pay-per-view. At the instruction of Paul Heyman, Raven came to the ring
and offered a somewhat insincere apology for his actions.

The relationship between Raven and Richards began to deteriorate in late 1996. At Ultimate
Jeopardy on October 5, 1996, Raven was scheduled to team with Brian Lee against Dreamer and
The Sandman in a match with Raven's ECW World Heavyweight Championship on the line. After
Raven was announced as being unable to compete, Richards substituted for him, with Raven losing
his title after The Sandman pinned Richards. Upon his return, Raven blamed Richards for the loss.
At Holiday Hell on December 7, 1996, Raven defeated The Sandman in a barbed wire match to
regain the ECW World Heavyweight Championship. Despite this, the tension between Raven and
Richards continued to build until, on December 28, 1996, Richards turned on Raven by superkicking
him during a match with The Sandman. Richards, The Blue Meanie and Super Nova subsequently
broke away from Raven.

At the Crossing the Line Again event on February 1, 1997, Raven successfully defended the ECW
World Heavyweight Championship against "Dr. Death" Steve Williams – inflicting Williams' first
loss in the United States in a decade – after interference from Richards backfired. As part of an
agreement between ECW and the World Wrestling Federation, Raven and several other ECW
wrestlers appeared on the February 24, 1997 episode of Raw Is War, with Raven confronting
Richards.

Over the following months, Raven successfully defended the ECW World Heavyweight
Championship against opponents including Dreamer, Richards, Rob Van Dam and Super Nova.
His reign lasted until April 13, 1997, when he was defeated by Terry Funk in the main event of
Barely Legal, ECW's first pay-per-view.

On the May 1, 1997 episode of ECW Hardcore TV, a controversial angle took place in which a
morose Raven, despondent at the loss of his title and other setbacks, confronted Richards, telling
him he had one final "mission" for him. Raven then attacked Richards before begging him to "end
my pain". At The Buffalo Invasion event on May 11, 1997, Raven and Richards reformed their tag
team to face Dreamer and Funk, with Richards pinning Funk despite bickering with Raven throughout
the match. In the main event, Raven, Richards, Funk and The Sandman men faced one another in
a four-way elimination match for Funk's ECW World Heavyweight Championship. During the
match, Raven DDT'ed both Funk and The Sandman and then demanded that Richards pin them
and then lay down for him. Richards refused, instead superkicking Raven and enabling Funk and
The Sandman to pin him.

At Wrestlepalooza on June 6, 1997, Raven faced Dreamer in a "Loser Leaves ECW" match.
During the bout, Raven abandoned his new valet, Chastity, and unsuccessfully begged Beulah to
take him back. Dreamer ultimately won the match by pinning Raven for the first time, marking the
end of their lengthy feud and the end of Raven's ECW career. Raven subsequently left ECW and
rejoined World Championship Wrestling.

Return to WCW (1997 - 1999)

The Flock (1997–1998)

On June 30, 1997, Levy made his return to WCW as Raven. He was seen sitting in the front row
at Monday Nitro where the commentators acknowledged him as "a man who has been a champion
with other organizations". On August 21, 1997 at Clash of the Champions XXXV, Raven defeated
Stevie Richards in an "unsanctioned" match and then took a seat in the front row. The storyline
continued that Raven would frequently appear in the front row for the next few months with his
lackeys, slowly forming what would be known as The Flock. Raven was an "unsigned free agent",
but eventually accepted a contract with WCW Commissioner James J. Dillon which stipulated that he
could wrestle only when he wanted and under his own rules. The Flock was a stable of misfits in the
same vein as the Raven's Nest group in ECW. With The Flock, however, Raven was more openly
abusive and controlling, which eventually led to dissension and rebellion. The group's matches were
held under Raven's Rules, which meant no disqualifications — weapon usage, double teaming, and
outside interference were rampant.

Raven made his in-ring Nitro debut on October 27 defeating Scotty Riggs, he would first offer Riggs
to become a member of The Flock which Riggs would refuse. On November 23 at World War 3,
Raven met Riggs again in a match, and later joined The Flock. With The Flock's help, Raven won
the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship as well as the WCW World Tag Team
Championship with Perry Saturn. The former reign lasted only a day as Raven defeated Diamond
Dallas Page at Spring Stampede and lost the belt the following night to Bill Goldberg on Nitro. He
blamed The Flock and Saturn in particular for his loss. This led to a series of matches, culminating in
a match at Fall Brawl that if Raven lost, The Flock would be able to disband. Saturn won with the
help of Kidman, who also wanted to leave Raven's abuses.

The Dead Pool (1998–1999)

Without The Flock, Raven began a series of depressing interviews and walked out on several
matches. In October at Halloween Havoc, Raven refused to wrestle Chris Jericho for the WCW
Television Championship, but eventually was convinced to return to the ring. He lost the match and
was not seen until 1999. On his return, a series of vignettes were shown in which a camera crew
followed Raven to his supposed childhood home, where he had led a privileged upper class lifestyle.
He was also reunited with his former valet Chastity, who WCW claimed was his sister.

He later joined with Vampiro and the Insane Clown Posse in a short-lived stable called The Dead
Pool. In a backstage meeting in August 1999, which involved every contracted WCW wrestler,
Eric Bischoff offered anyone their release right then and there. Levy was the only one to stand up
and walk out, as he was dissatisfied with WCW's creative direction. Levy was granted his release
and left the company.

Return to ECW (1999–2000)

As a condition to leaving WCW, Levy was not allowed to directly join the WWF upon leaving
the promotion as levied by a no compete clause in his contract. Via a loophole in the contract,
Levy rejoined ECW and signed a one-year contract on August 25, 1999. His in-ring appearances
were initially limited by a recent surgery to repair a rotator cuff tear.

Raven made a surprise return on ECW's debut on TNN and won the tag team title from the
departing The Dudley Boyz along with Tommy Dreamer on August 26, 1999. A reluctant tag team,
Raven and Dreamer reigned as ECW World Tag Team Champions for several months. When they
lost the belts, they feuded briefly. Raven and Mike Awesome won the tag team title from Tanaka
and Dreamer on March 4, 2000, only to lose them a week later to The Impact Players at Living
Dangerously. CyberSlam 2000 was Raven's last ECW appearance with Francine, as she aligned
with Justin Credible that evening. His last televised match was against Scotty Anton, which Raven
lost. Shortly thereafter, he departed for the WWF.

Return to WWF/E (2000–2003)

Levy returned to the WWF, as Raven, in 2000 at Unforgiven when he interfered in the Strap
match between Tazz and Jerry Lawler, by hitting Lawler with a DDT. His previous run in the WWF
as Johnny Polo was ignored by the company. He then started teaming with Tazz before they went
their separate ways. He then moved on to the Hardcore division, where he would often bring out
a shopping cart full of trash cans and other potential weapons during his entrances. On December
22, 2000 in Chattanooga, he defeated Steve Blackman for the Hardcore Championship, his first of
a record 27 title reigns, though most of Raven's title reigns were short-lived. The Hardcore title at
the time was contested under the "24/7" defense rule, leading to segments where one wrestler would
win the title only to immediately lose it to another wrestler. At WrestleMania X-Seven, he competed
in his only WrestleMania match, losing the Hardcore Championship to Kane in a triple threat match
that also included Big Show. At Backlash, he lost to Hardcore Champion Rhyno in a hardcore match.
A brief angle had an anonymous Black Ninja, who was later revealed to be his old valet from his
Pacific Northwest days, Tori, aiding Raven in retaining the Hardcore Championship.

When the Invasion storyline began, he found himself in the new WCW/ECW Alliance. His most
notable storyline during this time was when he was managed by Terri Runnels and destroyed the
love interest of Saturn, his mop called "Moppy." He also started teaming with Justin Credible in late
July 2001. By the end of the year, Raven was not seen on WWE programs, as the Alliance lost
the "Winner Take All" match at Survivor Series.

In March 2002, when the WWE brand extension was announced, Raven was drafted to Raw. On
the final SmackDown! before the split began, he defeated Maven to once again win the Hardcore
Championship, thus bringing the title to Raw. He lost the title that Monday to Bubba Ray Dudley.
At that time, Levy decided to spend some time announcing, and Raven became the new color
commentator for Sunday Night Heat and Excess. This role lasted a couple of months, as he later
quit the show to resume his wrestling career on Raw. This did not last long either, as he was
banished from Raw after losing a match to former Extreme Championship Wrestling alumni
Tommy Dreamer on June 24, 2002. Raven was forced to spend the rest of the year on Heat.
Levy was then given creative control to develop a storyline related to the seven deadly sins, à la
the film Se7en, with Raven becoming a sort of "puppet master" using Heat as his playground. It
started to play out; however, it was determined by management that it was not over enough, and
the angle was aborted. Although he won his way back onto the Raw roster, he lost to Jeff Hardy
in a Royal Rumble qualifier match in what would be his final match in the WWE. He was released
from the promotion the following week on January 20, 2003.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2003 - 2008, 2009-2010)

The Gathering (2003–2004)

Levy's main exposure since his departure from WWE has been for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
(then NWA-TNA), and in Europe for the Frontier Wrestling Alliance, where he reverted to his
original grunge image (though using looks from all the major companies he had worked at under the
name 'Raven'). He also appeared in Ring of Honor that year, battling CM Punk in one of the
company's most famous feuds, which was based around Punk's straight-edge lifestyle as opposed to
Levy's years of drug and alcohol abuse during the height of his fame in the late nineties.

Raven debuted in TNA Wrestling on January 22, 2003, two days after his release from WWE,
attacking and hitting his finisher on Jeff Jarrett and stealing the NWA World Heavyweight Title
from him. Raven then embarked upon a long-running storyline in which he claimed it was his
"destiny" to win the NWA World Heavyweight Title. Raven began playing mind games with the
roster, starting with his former nemesis Sandman, and debuted his trademark Clockwork Orange
House of Fun match, which Levy devised himself. On April 30, 2003 Raven got his first shot at
Jarrett's NWA World Heavyweight title, yet Jarrett won the match.

On September 17, 2003, Raven lost his trademark long hair after he was defeated by Shane
Douglas in a hair versus hair match, thanks to the surprise interference of Vampiro. Vampiro and
Raven would grow to be bitter rivals which resulted in a backstage brawl which Vampiro ended
up with a torn "ACL." While in TNA, he formed a stable known as The Gathering, which included
ROH rival CM Punk, as well as Julio Dinero and Alexis Laree, though they would later turn on him.
He created matches involving old friends and brought in former colleagues from ECW such as New
Jack, Perry Saturn, Mikey Whipwreck, and Justin Credible, all of whom Raven beat in matches.
Later in the year these superstars overturned Sports Entertainment Xtreme (SEX). In 2003, Raven
feuded with James Mitchell and the Disciples of the New Church. Raven took them all out one by
one just like he said, but with interferences from The Gathering and ECW counterparts. Raven
ended his feud with James Mitchell in a Last Man Standing match, which was won by Raven. This
led to a long undefeated run and the beginning of Raven's attempts to fulfill his destiny. In 2004,
Raven teamed up with The Sandman to go against The Gathering. The Gathering won due to
interference from James Mitchell, who had aligned himself with The Gathering. Raven then teamed
with Terry Funk to defeat the Gathering, even though James Mitchell tried to interfere.

Also in 2004, Raven's old friend Sabu returned to TNA. Raven teamed with Sabu to defeat The
Gathering one last time. Raven and Sabu then feuded with Abyss and "The Alpha Male" Monty
Brown. Abyss and Brown outnumbered Sabu on many occasions, when Raven failed to watch
Sabu's back. Raven waged a campaign against Sabu, disrespecting the memory of his uncle and
assaulting Sabu's mouthpiece, Sonjay Dutt, until Sabu finally broke and attacked him on July 23.
Raven defeated Sabu in a No Holds Barred match on August 4, and a scheduled return match on
August 18 was canceled after Sabu suffered a legitimate back injury. He also competed in the very
first Monster's Ball match, with Abyss and Brown.

NWA World Heavyweight Champion (2005–2006)

On June 19, 2005, Raven turned face and fulfilled his self-proclaimed destiny when he won the
NWA World Heavyweight Championship at Slammiversary (by taking Jeff Jarrett's place after
Jarrett attacked a fan from the crowd earlier that night and got arrested), defeating A.J. Styles,
Abyss, Sean Waltman and Monty Brown in a five way King of the Mountain match. He
successfully defended the title in two defenses over the following months against Abyss at No
Surrender, and Rhino two months later at Unbreakable. Against Rhino he showed his full array of
moves and peeled back the years looking like the Raven in ECW and early WCW. He not only
defeated Rhino but hit a Raven Effect DDT on Jeff Jarrett, with the assistance of Jeff Hardy running
to the ringside. He also had a tag team match with Sabu against Jeff Jarrett and Rhino.

On September 15, Raven lost the NWA Title to Jeff Jarrett in Oldcastle, Ontario, Canada, at a
special event of Border City Wrestling. America's Most Wanted ("Wildcat" Chris Harris and
"Cowboy" James Storm) came out and interfered on Jarrett's behalf. BCW officials immediately
contacted TNA Director of Authority Larry Zbyszko, who declared the title change official (TNA
had briefly gone dark on its national television timeslot prior to jumping to Spike TV, prompting a
title change in another NWA based promotion). This led to Raven feuding with Larry Zbyszko,
who brought in wrestlers like PJ Polaco and Chris K to wrestle Raven. This culminated in a match
at Final Resolution where Raven wrestled Sean Waltman with the stipulation that if Raven lost he
would have to leave TNA. Raven lost the match and went on hiatus as a result.

Raven returned to TNA on April 23, 2006 at the Lockdown pay-per-view, and reignited his
feud with Zbyszko. They would end their feud at Victory Road in a Hair vs. Hair match which
Raven won.

Serotonin (2006–2008)

He next feuded with Abyss and Brother Runt, losing to the former in a Hangman's Horror match
on Impact after the latter turned on him. Subsequent to this, his coverage in major televised angles
has dropped considerably. While he was off-air, an alliance was teased between Kazarian, Johnny
Devine, and Matt Bentley. On the TNA Primetime Special before Genesis 2006, the three came
out in goth, addressing a new movement in TNA. After a loss at the pay-per-view, sporting a new
look (often with a mask), Raven revealed himself as their leader, caning the loser of the match.
This stable became known as Serotonin. The direction of this stable was very hard to place,
although they lost the majority of their televised matches. Regardless of the outcome, Raven
would hit the Serotonin competitor with a cane. After a long hiatus, Raven returned to the ring,
losing to Christopher Daniels in a First Blood Invitational then losing to Chris Harris after interference
from Kaz. On Impact, Raven came out after Kaz's win over Havok and Martyr and hit Kaz in the
back with a Kendo Stick, breaking it over Kaz's back. Raven, Havok, and Martyr then attacked
Kaz with kendo sticks. On the July 19 episode of Impact!, Raven and the rest of Serotonin took
on the reuniting Triple X. Raven had very little time in the match and Serotonin lost after Skipper
hit a diving leg drop, Daniels hit a Best Moonsault Ever, and Senshi hit a Warrior's Way on
Havok.

Raven won a House of Fun match, on the August 9 episode of Impact!. He teamed with Robert
Roode and James Storm against the team of Chris Harris, Rhino, and Kazarian. Raven lost to
Kaz, who had rebelled against him, at Hard Justice despite having the remaining members of
Serotonin involve themselves in the match. He then issued a challenge to Abyss and Rhino at
Bound for Glory. Abyss later had Black Reign added to the match and made it a Monsters Ball.
Raven briefly formed an alliance with Havok, Black Reign, Judas Mesias, and James Mitchell
with the purpose of defeating Abyss. At Bound for glory, Raven would go on to lose the match
after Abyss gave him a black hole slam on to tacks and glass. On the November 15 episode of
Impact, Havok was revealed to be Team 3D's X Division traitor, effectively ending Serotonin.
At Turning Point, Raven substituted for Rhino in the "Match of 10,000 Thumbtacks" and teamed
with Abyss to defeat Black Reign and Rellik. Raven was officially released from TNA, and his
profile was removed from the roster on March 7, 2008.

Alliance with Dr. Stevie (2009–2010)

After an absence of more than a year, Raven surprised fans by returning to TNA on May 28, 2009.
He returned as a heel by attacking Abyss with a Kendo stick with Dr. Stevie assisting him. He then
aligned himself with Dr. Stevie and Daffney. On the June 18 episode of Impact! he won a
Clockwork Orange House of Fun match against Jethro Holliday. At Slammiversary, Abyss and
Taylor Wilde defeated Raven and Daffney in the first-ever mixed tag team Monster's Ball match.
After the pay-per-view, Raven's name was taken down from the TNA website.

On the November 12, 2009, episode of Impact!, Raven returned again to TNA attacking Abyss
and throwing a fireball at Mick Foley's face, aligning himself again with Dr. Stevie and Daffney. At
Final Resolution, Abyss and Foley defeated Stevie and Raven in a "Foley's Funhouse" tag team
match. Raven appeared on the January 4 episode of Impact!, teaming with Dr. Stevie in a number
one contender's tag team match, where they were defeated by Matt Morgan and Hernandez. He
appeared on the February 18 episode of Impact!, helping Eric Bischoff take out Abyss, along with
Rhino, Homicide, Tomko, and Desmond Wolfe.

EV 2.0 (2010)

Raven returned to television four months later on the June 24 episode of Impact! showing signs
of a face turn, appearing in the Impact! Zone crowd beside Stevie Richards and Tommy Dreamer.
The following week the three were joined by Rhino. On the July 15 episode of Impact! Raven,
Dreamer, Richards, Rhino, Brother Devon, Pat Kenney and Al Snow, led by Mick Foley,
aligned themselves with the TNA World Heavyweight Champion Rob Van Dam by attacking
Abyss and the rest of the TNA locker room. The following week, TNA president Dixie Carter
agreed to give the ECW alumni their own reunion pay–per–view event, Hardcore Justice: The
Last Stand, as a celebration of hardcore wrestling and a final farewell to the company. On the
July 29 episode of Impact! Raven re–ignited his old feud with Dreamer by turning on him, after
his match with Abyss, and laying him out with a DDT on a chair and in doing so, turned heel. The
following week, Raven explained his turn by saying that he had not forgotten how Dreamer had
"stolen", and later married, his girlfriend Beulah McGillicutty, who turned on Raven back in 1996
during his and Dreamer's initial feud. On August 8 at Hardcore Justice Raven defeated Dreamer
in a "Final Showdown" match refereed by Mick Foley. On the following episode of Impact!, the
ECW alumni, known collectively as Extreme, Version 2.0 (EV 2.0), were assaulted by A.J. Styles,
Kazarian, Robert Roode, James Storm, Douglas Williams and Matt Morgan of Ric Flair's Fourtune
stable, who thought they didn't deserve to be in TNA, thus once again turning Raven face. At
Bound for Glory, Raven, Dreamer, Rhino, Richards and Sabu defeated Fourtune members Styles,
Kazarian, Morgan, Roode and Storm in a Lethal Lockdown match. At Turning Point, EV 2.0
faced Fortune in a ten-man tag team match, where each member of EV 2.0 put their TNA careers
on the line. In the end, EV 2.0 lost the match and Sabu was released from TNA. Two weeks later
on Impact!, Raven was forced to put his TNA future on the line in a match against the TNA World
Heavyweight Champion Jeff Hardy. Hardy won the match and as a result Raven was released from
TNA. His release from the company was legitimate. Raven worked one last match for the promotion
on November 12, 2010, defeating TNA Television Champion A.J. Styles in a non–title match at
the Farewell at the Asylum live event.

Independent circuit (2008–present)

In 2008, Raven appeared in Juggalo Championship Wrestling (JCW) for Season 2 of SlamTV!.
In the main event of the second episode, JCW Heavyweight Champion Corporal Robinson put his
title on the line against Sexy Slim Goody. When Robinson attempted to hit the Boot Camp, the lights
shut off in the arena. When they turned back on, Raven appeared in the ring and hit Robinson with
his Evenflow DDT, before stealing the JCW Heavyweight Championship belt. In the third episode,
Raven introduced Sexy Slim Goody as his newest lackey. When Robinson ran out to the ring to
take his title back, Sexy Slim Goody (kayfabe) knocked him out with a steel chair shot, and Raven
began to shave Robinson's afro. Sabu appeared from out of the crowd and scared Raven off,
leaving Robinson with a half shaved afro. The tag team of Raven and Sexy Slim Goody had a match
against Corporal Robinson and Sabu in the following episode. Raven walked out on the match
with the stolen championship belt, fleeing from Sabu. At Bloodymania II, Raven lost to Corporal
Robinson in a "Loser leaves JCW" Ladder match. However, Raven returned to the company at
Bloodymania III in a losing effort against his old nemesis Sabu in a Raven's Rules match.

Levy was the heavyweight champion of CWA Pro Wrestling, an independent professional
wrestling promotion based out of Orangeburg, South Carolina, from March 15 through August 8,
2008. He won the championship when he defeated Timber in Charlotte, North Carolina on
March 15. He was stripped of the title after missing several shows, therefore not being able to
defend the championship. Levy was also featured doing shows overseas at Russia's Independent
Wrestling Federation, battling Joe Legend. In April 2008, Raven toured Australia and New
Zealand including several seminars as well as performing. In June, Raven wrestled for multiple
European promotions which included losing to The Vampire Warrior in a flaming tables match
for Nu-Wrestling Evolution.

In 2009, Raven regularly wrestled for Collective League of Adrenaline Strength and Honor,
NWA Charlotte and Showtime Allstar Wrestling. On August 2, 2009, Raven defeated reigning
champion Preston Quinn to win the Vanguard Championship Wrestling World Heavyweight Title
in Norfolk, Virginia at the NorVa. Post match, Larry Zbyszko and Raven had a war of words,
where Raven challenged Zbyszko to find an opponent to face him for the VCW World Title,
a match which he consequently won. In November, he wrestled all across Europe, touring with
American Wrestling Rampage.

In January 2010, Raven took on Chris Harris for the PICW Heavyweight Championship and
lost. At Bloodymania IV, in the main event Raven took on Corporal Robinson and Mike Knox
in a triple threat match for the JCW Heavyweight Championship where Robinson retained his
championship.

At JCW Legends and Icons, he was involved in a seven way "Philly Madness" match which
included former ECW stars such as Sabu, Shane Douglas and the eventual winner, Rhino. Two
days later at Bloodymania V, Raven and Sexy Slim Goody won the JCW Tag Team
Championship. On September 16, he defeated Jocephus for the USWO Heavyweight Championship
and would lose it in November 11 to Jocephus. At JCW New Year's Eve Ninja Party!, Raven
lost the tag team championship back to The Ring Rydas.

On April 28, 2012, Raven debuted for Extreme Rising in a dark match against Gary Wolfe
ending in a no contest. On October 27, Raven appeared for Niagara Falls, Ontario based
promotion Busted Knuckle Pro Wrestling's Apocalypse event, defeating Eddie Osborne in a
Clockwork Orange House of Fun match. During the match, Raven threw out his shoulder while
performing a DDT, but still finished the match, despite being hit with several chair shots and even
going through a table after the DDT was performed. After the match, he cut a promo putting over
all of the young stars in the promotion as well as Osborne, congratulating the promotion on doing
a great job so far in his eyes. On November 11 at Extreme Rising, Raven took on Stevie Richards
in a loser leaves town match which ended in a no contest.

In the early part of 2013, Raven toured Europe wrestling for various promotions in various
countries including Germany and the Netherlands. On May 24, Raven reunited with Perry Saturn
in a tag team Raven's Rules match for Billy Corgan's Resistance Pro Wrestling, defeating Brady
Pierce and Mad Man Pondo. Raven had spent 2014 in Nigeria and South Africa. He defeated
Fury in a singles match at a house show in Lagos, Nigeria on November 7, 2014. He won the
WWP Tag Team Championship with Venus on November 24, which they lost December 22 at
house show in Abuja, Nigeria. Raven signed with NWF and made his debut on the main event
defeating Strong Bone in a Hardcore match on December 23. He teamed with The Steiner
Brothers where they defeated Sabu and The Wolves in a Christmas house show in Lagos. He
won the NWF World Heavyweight Championship on December 27, defeating Kamjarlio in steel
cage match. He earned his first title defense on December 29, by defeating Sabu on a live event
in Cairo. He retained again in six-man battle royal on December 30, in a house show in Newark,
New Jersey.In 2008, Raven appeared in Juggalo Championship Wrestling (JCW) for Season 2
of SlamTV!. In the main event of the second episode, JCW Heavyweight Champion Corporal
Robinson put his title on the line against Sexy Slim Goody. When Robinson attempted to hit the
Boot Camp, the lights shut off in the arena. When they turned back on, Raven appeared in the
ring and hit Robinson with his Evenflow DDT, before stealing the JCW Heavyweight Championship
belt. In the third episode, Raven introduced Sexy Slim Goody as his newest lackey. When Robinson
ran out to the ring to take his title back, Sexy Slim Goody (kayfabe) knocked him out with a steel
chair shot, and Raven began to shave Robinson's afro. Sabu appeared from out of the crowd and
scared Raven off, leaving Robinson with a half shaved afro. The tag team of Raven and Sexy Slim
Goody had a match against Corporal Robinson and Sabu in the following episode. Raven walked
out on the match with the stolen championship belt, fleeing from Sabu. At Bloodymania II, Raven
lost to Corporal Robinson in a "Loser leaves JCW" Ladder match. However, Raven returned to
the company at Bloodymania III in a losing effort against his old nemesis Sabu in a Raven's Rules
match.

Levy was the heavyweight champion of CWA Pro Wrestling, an independent professional
wrestling promotion based out of Orangeburg, South Carolina, from March 15 through August 8,
2008. He won the championship when he defeated Timber in Charlotte, North Carolina on
March 15. He was stripped of the title after missing several shows, therefore not being able to
defend the championship. Levy was also featured doing shows overseas at Russia's Independent
Wrestling Federation, battling Joe Legend. In April 2008, Raven toured Australia and New
Zealand including several seminars as well as performing. In June, Raven wrestled for multiple
European promotions which included losing to The Vampire Warrior in a flaming tables match
for Nu-Wrestling Evolution.

In 2009, Raven regularly wrestled for Collective League of Adrenaline Strength and Honor,
NWA Charlotte and Showtime Allstar Wrestling. On August 2, 2009, Raven defeated reigning
champion Preston Quinn to win the Vanguard Championship Wrestling World Heavyweight
Title in Norfolk, Virginia at the NorVa. Post match, Larry Zbyszko and Raven had a war of words,
where Raven challenged Zbyszko to find an opponent to face him for the VCW World Title, a
match which he consequently won. In November, he wrestled all across Europe, touring with
American Wrestling Rampage.

In January 2010, Raven took on Chris Harris for the PICW Heavyweight Championship and lost.
At Bloodymania IV, in the main event Raven took on Corporal Robinson and Mike Knox in a
triple threat match for the JCW Heavyweight Championship where Robinson retained his
championship.

At JCW Legends and Icons, he was involved in a seven way "Philly Madness" match which
included former ECW stars such as Sabu, Shane Douglas and the eventual winner, Rhino. Two
days later at Bloodymania V, Raven and Sexy Slim Goody won the JCW Tag Team Championship.
On September 16, he defeated Jocephus for the USWO Heavyweight Championship and would
lose it in November 11 to Jocephus. At JCW New Year's Eve Ninja Party!, Raven lost the tag
team championship back to The Ring Rydas.

On April 28, 2012, Raven debuted for Extreme Rising in a dark match against Gary Wolfe ending in
a no contest. On October 27, Raven appeared for Niagara Falls, Ontario based promotion Busted
Knuckle Pro Wrestling's Apocalypse event, defeating Eddie Osborne in a Clockwork Orange House
of Fun match. During the match, Raven threw out his shoulder while performing a DDT, but still
finished the match, despite being hit with several chair shots and even going through a table after the
DDT was performed. After the match, he cut a promo putting over all of the young stars in the
promotion as well as Osborne, congratulating the promotion on doing a great job so far in his eyes.
On November 11 at Extreme Rising, Raven took on Stevie Richards in a loser leaves town match
which ended in a no contest.

In the early part of 2013, Raven toured Europe wrestling for various promotions in various
countries including Germany and the Netherlands. On May 24, Raven reunited with Perry Saturn
in a tag team Raven's Rules match for Billy Corgan's Resistance Pro Wrestling, defeating Brady
Pierce and Mad Man Pondo. Raven had spent 2014 in Nigeria and South Africa. He defeated
Fury in a singles match at a house show in Lagos, Nigeria on November 7, 2014. He won the
WWP Tag Team Championship with Venus on November 24, which they lost December 22 at
house show in Abuja, Nigeria. Raven signed with NWF and made his debut on the main event
defeating Strong Bone in a Hardcore match on December 23. He teamed with The Steiner Brothers
where they defeated Sabu and The Wolves in a Christmas house show in Lagos. He won the
NWF World Heavyweight Championship on December 27, defeating Kamjarlio in steel cage match.
He earned his first title defense on December 29, by defeating Sabu on a live event in Cairo. He
retained again in six-man battle royal on December 30, in a house show in Newark, New Jersey.

Personal life

Levy graduated from Lake Worth Community High School in 1982. He went on to attend the
University of Delaware, where he earned a degree in criminal justice. He took a semester off from
college to enlist in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Levy possesses an IQ of 143 and is
a member of Mensa and the Theta Chi fraternity.

Levy married in January 2007. He announced in March 2013 he had divorced his wife.

Levy's father, Paul F. Levy, was a journalist and senior editor of The National Enquirer

Levy is of Jewish descent.

Levy has Type-2 Diabetes. He also has borderline, histrionic, and narcissistic personality
disorder.

Levy is a lifelong fan of comic books. In Wizard Magazine's May 1999 issue, Levy is quoted as
saying "I love the Marvel Knights line. I'm a big Kevin Smith fan, and his work on Daredevil is the
best on that book since Frank Miller's stuff. Inhumans is also great. It could be the break-out book
of the year because they're finally treating them as real characters instead of just freaks and monsters
with no personality." The article goes on to say that he is a big fan of Watchmen, Swamp Thing,
and especially Sandman and that he has a tattoo of Neil Gaiman's Sandman character (Dream) on
his back. Levy, along with Brian Azzarello, wrote Issue #14 of Spider-Man's Tangled Web,
entitled "The Last Shoot". The comic was based around the professional wrestler (named Crusher
Hogan) who Peter Parker defeated in the character's first appearance in Amazing Fantasy. He
also provided a cover quote for a trade paperback edition of 100 Bullets.

Levy, along with former colleague Chris Kanyon and colleague Mike Sanders, attempted to sue
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) for "cheating them out of health care and other benefits",
but a federal judge in Stamford, Connecticut dismissed the case. In a 2010 interview Levy explained
that the case was dismissed due to statute of limitations running out.

 

 
   
   

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