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Koko B. Ware


Real Name - James Ware
Birthdate - 6/20/57
5'9" 229 lbs. - Union City, TN

Athletic Background - Football (High School)

Teacher(s) - Herb Welch

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

AliasesSweet Brown Sugar, Stagger Lee, Coco Ware, Koko Ware

Groups - First Family

Peak Years - `82-`87

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

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

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 Move Set

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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 from a small Tennessee town and turned into a very good worker very early in his career. He did have some obstacles to overcome. First, he was an exceptionally small wrestler in a big man's sport. Second, he was trying to make it in one of the most segregated parts of the wrestling world. In spite of these, 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 1980s, Koko Ware emerged as an excellent highflying wrestler and a top babyface in the Memphis territory. He also had a run with the very skilled Norvell Austin as the PYT Express. Surprisingly, he was one of the regional talents snatched up during the WWF expansion. Koko B. Ware added the handle "Birdman," brought a colorful macaw named Frankie with him and got over for his singing on the Piledriver album. 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 curtain-jerker status and put over incoming talent. After a fight with an agent, Koko was let go and became a regular on the independent scene throughout the 1990s and even works here-and-there into his fifties.