Induction: PG-13 come to Raw – And you thought the NXT call-ups these days were bad

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1995, WWF

A few weeks ago, I chronicled the poorly-received run of Slam Master J, son of Terry Gordy turned hip-hop aficionado.

Terry Gordy, Jr. wasn’t the only son of a Memphis wrestling legend to reinvent himself in such a way, though.

Of course there was Brian Christopher, son of Jerry Lawler, who re-christened himself, “Grandmaster Sexay” as part of Too Cool…

…but before him there was Jamie Dundee, son of Bill Dundee, who took on a rapping persona and joined up with Kelly Wolfe.

You’ll recall the rapping duo of JC Ice and Wolfie D from their run with the original Nation of Domination…

…but their history as a team dates back to 1993. As fifteen-time tag team champions in the USWA, they were a big deal in Memphis and certainly not comedic fodder….

…not until they showed up in the WWF, that is.

In the mid-90s, the USWA had a working relationship with the WWF as a sort of feeder system, developing future stars such as The Rock and Phantasio before they made their debuts on the big stage.

One October in 1995 (the only one, come to think of it), PG-13 got their chance to shine on Monday Night Raw. Unfortunately, Vince McMahon appeared dead-set on making the top team in his developmental territory look like complete doofuses…

…if you can imagine such a thing.

The team first appeared on the October 2nd edition of Raw, carrying either hubcaps or a deluxe version of Simon, and entering to Men on a Mission’s music. The audience in Grand Rapids, Michigan was certainly at a loss…

…as was Vince, who depended on Jerry Lawler to tell him who the hell these goofs were. 

Jerry Lawler was a big fan of all things PG-13, especially because he and his girlfriend could go into the movie separately. 

“These guys are called PG-13”, explained Lawler. “That’s not a rating, that’s a tag team!

“Oh really?” asked an incredulous McMahon before audibly trying to wrap his head around the names “JC Ice” and “Wolfie D”.

Ice then rapped while doing his best not to let that pesky rhythm get in the way. 

“We ain’t playin’ no games / 
so you better beware / 
You don’t like us? So what! / 
We really don’t care!”

“Is that right?” chimed in McMahon.

Not helping matters was the fact that the team’s jobber opponents were noticeably taller and heavier than the USWA Tag Team Champions.

In an inset promo, PG-13 challenged the WWF Tag Team Champions, vowing to “shock the world” and win the titles. 

That kind of verbiage has typically not boded well for wrestlers making their debuts.

PG-13’s debut was anything but typical, though. After all, it’s not every day that the jobbers get a hot tag in a squash match, which is what happened when Sonny Rogers tagged in Al Brown. Even rarer is for a company to pipe in cheers for said jobbers in post-production.

Vince McMahon remarked in passing that PG-13 probably wouldn’t be on Raw again if they lost.

McMahon was, however, impressed with JC Ice’s dance moves…

…which he may have picked up watching Mister Rogers on WKNO Channel 10.

Wolfie D hit something resembling a bulldog from the top rope on Brown…

…but the jobber kicked out!

“Look at that!” chided Vince. “They can’t put Al Brown down!”

PG-13 did eventually put away the enhancement talents…

…only for Vince McMahon to immediately segue to a telephone poll on the OJ verdict.

At the same TV taping, PG-13 wrestled once again, this time challenging the Smoking Gunns for the WWF tag team titles. 

Now, between the time the match was taped and the time it aired, PG-13 had already wrestled the Gunns in Memphis for USWA, nearly winning their WWF titles at several moments…

…but always being foiled by the interference of Harvey Wippleman and Tekno Team 2000. If PG-13 could make such an impressive showing in their first title shot, the logic on USWA went, surely their second time around they could capture the gold for Memphis.

Instead, the Gunns wasted no time making PG-13 look like total dweebs. The match kicked off with Wolfie D trying in vain to hip toss Billy Gunn, drawing attention to the fact that each Smoking Gunn outweighed each PG-6.5 by at least 75 pounds.

The Gunns played pinball with the USWA tag team champions…

…(which they found more fun than Pogs).

But let’s not blame this all on the Gunns; PG-13 gladly made themselves look like chumps, too…

…stumbling over each other doing nonsensical spots like this…

…and ill-timed dance breaks like this.

These were not exactly, as Vince McMahon noted, very special maneuvers.

Jerry Lawler tried to rationalize the humiliation of his territory’s top team, claiming their bumbling was actually strategy, but by the end of the match, even the King was making digs at his own tag team champions.

Victory seemed inevitable for the Gunns after hitting the Sidewinder, but JC Ice was waiting in the wings to make the save…

…which did not end up making a whole lot of difference.

PG-13 would resurface in the Federation a year later as part of the Nation of Domination, but would wrestle only one match during their tenure…

…getting sacrificed to the LOD in their very last appearance. They wouldn’t even get invited back to the Nation after Faarooq reformed the group as an all-black faction.

Apparently, the whole time, PG-13 were white.

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A wrestling fan ever since the days of Wrestlemania IX, Art graduated from college in the same building where Art Donovan called King of the Ring 1994. He also runs the "How Much Does This Guy Weigh?" blog, where he reviews New Generation-Era Monday Night Raws. Follow him on Twitter @Art0Donnell. Email at: art@wrestlecrap.com
18 Responses to "Induction: PG-13 come to Raw – And you thought the NXT call-ups these days were bad"
  1. Captain Obvious says:

    Why the OJ Simpson telephone poll on RAW? Or Why give the OJ Simpson case any publicity at all, a year after the verdict was rendered?

    I guess Vince was REALLY trying to book Roddy Piper vs. OJ Simpson at the following WM. Go figure.

    • C Boz says:

      If PG-13 was doing its “thang” in the Autumn of 1995 then that is exactly when the verdict was rendered. The double murders were in 1994, but the lengthy OJ trial which started some time later stretched into the fall of the year after the killings… and the subsequent white bronco chase (honored nearly two years AFTER that chase in WrestleMania XII’s Hollywood Backlot Brawl between Roddy “I’ll Make A Man Outta Ya” Piper and Goldust).

      To me, the scarier and crappier issue is his royal Vince-ness having a 1-800 poll at all on what was – and still is – a racially divisive topic. I remember quite well when the verdict was announced (I was in my late 20s), and it was not a healthy scene in the USA’s history in terms of the country’s unity. Still… anything to improve the ratings and revenue sources for Titan Sports.

      Aaaah… life in Vince’s WWF before Austin 3:16 became attitudinal gospel.

      • Si says:

        OJ verdict was October 3rd, the taping at which both matches took place (according to ProFightDB) was on September 25th so obviously that graphic was a late addition. Wonder when the results would have been revealed.

      • Jackwagon says:

        Yeah, it was a hard time to be a “sports entertainment enthusiast” back then.

    • jerm says:

      They would insert stuff like this and in the dubbed commentary to make the show seem live.

  2. lipe from chile says:

    So now you’re doing your inductions on Mondays Art?

  3. Rose Harmon says:

    What C Boz said about the trial checks out. I remember the verdict being in the second half of 1995. I was in class (2nd grade), and my teacher put on the TV after lunch so she could watch it

  4. John C says:

    Now I just want a deluxe version of Simon.

  5. Christopher Haydu says:

    I’ve always thought that WrestleMania XII should’ve had Piper vs. O.J. Piper vs. Goldust was okay, but if we got Piper vs. O.J., O.J. likely would’ve done several appearances on Raw and that probably would’ve done huge ratings during a time when WWF really needed it. Plus, Goldust would’ve been able to wrestle somebody else at ‘Mania and it just would’ve been a much better card.

    As for O.J. being racially divisive, I think that’s a non-issue. All you have to do is read about the case on Wikipedia to see how obvious it is that O.J. is guilty. All the DNA evidence the LAPD found proves it. The problem was that it was contaminated in the process of transporting it from the crime scene to the labs. DNA analysis was in its infancy then, and that’s what saved O.J. if he murdered Nicole and Ron Goldman only two or three years later when that technology was more developed, there’s no way he would’ve beaten it. I think anybody who defends O.J., it’s akin to people who don’t want to believe that Michael Jackson is a pedophile because they just love his music so much. It’s not really ethical to have such a viewpoint. I’m not saying that a wrestling promotion needed to get into the act, but I think it’s very understandable why people in the United States were angry about the Simpson verdict and would want to see a wrestler beat the shit out of him.

    There would’ve been a minor happy ending to it, anyway. By 1997, O.J. would’ve lost everything he made off of this match in the civil trial. Fred Goldman is still waiting for the money, but at least it would’ve been legally garnished from O.J. Simpson’s estate.

    • C Boz says:

      The trial’s racially divisive issue was for many people less about whether OJ was guilty or not; it was more about whether an African American could receive a shot at a fair trial or ‘justice’. Remember, the USA was still reeling, even years later, from the Rodney King beatings and subsequent Simi Valley trial of the police involved. In too many ways the trial was a no-win situation for the country, and the sides taken before and after the verdict ran closely to racial lines.

      Thankfully, OJ was found guilt in the later wrongful death suit so at least there was some sanity and justice for the living victims, the Goldman family.

      Now if Vince got Kato Kailin in the ring… But instead the world’s most famous house guest got to play strip poker on tv with some WWE Divas…

    • Steve Terranova says:

      There is a big difference between believing someone is innocent versus finding them not guilty. There was a lot of evidence withheld from jurors (or just poorly presented by the prosecution) not to mention a long, continuing history of police abuse and misconduct towards African-Americans that manifested itself in the statements and actions of one of the lead detectives who collected ‘key’ evidence. These factors would make it very easy to have not found him guilty, especially if you had first-hand experience dealing with systematic injustice.

  6. Hulk6785 says:

    I hope they got paid well to be humiliated like that.

  7. Acolyte of Glorious La Parka~ says:

    I work for a major grocery chain.

    Every once in a while, I’ll see the stock guys putting out bags of ice for sale.

    I always go up to them, point at the ice, and whisper, “Ice, Ice, Baby”.

    I think they want to punch me in the face.

  8. Acolyte of Glorious La Parka~ says:

    That Mr. Rogers kid has some fly dope moves.

  9. Sean Bateman says:

    PG-13 were PN News’ testicles

  10. Issac Yankem D.D.S. says:

    One of my favorite inductions ever, really great job!

  11. D-Unit says:

    This is great. I remember watching this in my senior year of HS and wondering who the hell these guys were. I remember me and my friend making fun of these guys and drawing stick figures of them in class

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