Koko Ware


Real Name - James Ware
Birthdate - 6/20/??
5'9" 229 lbs. - Union City, TN

Aliases - Sweet Brown Sugar, Skip Young, Stagger Lee, Coco Ware, Koko B. Ware

Athletic background - n/a

Teachers - n/a

Professional background - Memphis(`78), Georgia(`79), Memphis(`80-`85), Mid-South(`86), WWF(`87-`93), USWA(`91-`92), Indies(`93-)

Groups - First Family

Peak Years - `82-`87

Career Highlights - n/a

Finisher(s) -
- Ghostbuster (Brainbuster)
- Flying Dropkick

Favorites -
- Suplex
- Backdrop
- Dropkick
- Headbutt
- Punch

Ringwork Rating -
move set - 7
science - 2
aerial - 5
power - 8
strikes - 8

Intangible Rating -
entertainment - 6
selling - 7
bumping - 7
carrying - 6
heat - 5
legacy - 3

Place in History - Sometimes the most unlikely people make it far in the pro-wrestling world and Koko Ware is one such example. Ware was an awesome athlete and turned into a very good worker early in his career, what was the problem? First, he was an exceptionally small wrestler in a big man's sport. Second, he was a black trying to make it in one of the most segregated parts of the wrestling world. However, Ware had one thing working in his favor. He was coming up in Memphis, which was about the only place a small black man could get a break. In the early 80s, Koko Ware emerged as an excellent highflying wrestler and a top babyface in the Memphis territory. Surprisingly, he was one of the regional talents snatched up during the WWF expansion and was used to put people over. They added a "B." to his name, gave him Frankie and called him the "Birdman." As campy as the gimmick was, Ware was able to shine brightly despite his clipped wings for a few years. Eventually he was put into the curtainjerker status and eventually let go to keep himself going on the indies. Ware's game dropped off, but he is still going semi-regularly into his forties.