Akeem the African Dream made
his debut sometime in late 1988. For a few weeks, viewers saw segments with
Slick saying he was going to unveil his new protégé. Shortly after, “Mean” Gene
Okerlund went to an alley where he was supposed to meet Slick. Slick met him
and said “Behold Akeem”. With this Akeem came out from behind a dumpster and
started dancing. Some tribal dancers came out, started chanting Akeem’s name,
and danced around a fire. Slick claimed Akeem had discovered his African roots,
and he was billed as being from Deepest, Darkest Africa.
This was despite the fact that he was obviously white. He also liked to entertain
the crowd while his opponent came to the ring by dancing. I can’t really
describe his “dance”, so you’ll just have to see for yourself if you really
want to. At first he was a singles competitor, with a short feud against Big
John Stud. He also promptly jobbed to Hulk Hogan on a Saturday Night Main event
in December 1988. Shortly thereafter he was paired with the Big Boss Man and
formed the Twin
where the peak
career took place. During this time, the Twin Towers got title shots at
Demolition, were partly responsible for breaking up the Mega Powers (Hogan and
Savage), and crushed the Rockers at Wrestlemania V when Akeem pinned a young
Shawn Michaels after an Air Africa (A big splash that was Akeem’s finisher).
Later, the Twin
broke up when Bossman turned face. They feuded for a while which led up to
their epic one minute and 49 second match at Wrestlemania VI, where Bossman
won. A few months later, Akeem was gone.
Pinned Bret Hart in February of 1990
Got a World Title shot at Macho Man Randy
Going on the Arsenio Hall show with Slick,
who claimed Akeem would be the first African American Champion.
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