Height & Weight:
6'5 190 pounds
Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas, Nevada
(Face or Heel): Face
Hair Style/Color/Length: Black, afro complete with afro comb
Eye Color: Brown
Facial Hair: Clean shaven with a bit of stubble on the chin
Ring Attire: Brightly coloured flares that alternate every match and ring boots
Entrance Attire: A matching shirt to go with the flairs and a tie, as well as a sweatband on the forehead and shades
Sample Photo of Character:
Very light hearted and fun, somewhat of a showman to the crowd. Isn't bothered about wins and losses as long as he's done his job and has entertained the crowd. However, once his pride, honour, integrity and morals have been abused and attacked, he will be more than willing to brawl and fight with the best of them. Loves to make the crowd laugh more than anything as well as making him laugh.
Characteristics of Gimmick:
Innocent, funny, showman, light hearted, proud, born performer, loves crowd interaction
The result of a one night stand in the late 80's in Las Vegas, Carlton grew up with no father alongside an alcoholic, drunken mother. With very little income in to the house, Manilow had to grow up real quick and before he knew it, he was looking after his mother more than she was him. After working since he was thirteen, Carlton found a knack at performing on the streets of Las Vegas, whether it be juggling or magic tricks, before he was approached by a bar owner who saw natural charisma in him and wanted him to attempt stand up. After a gig one night, a wrestling promoter approached Manilow and offered to train him. Since then, Carlton has combined the two loves of his life, Wrestling and Comedy, and has created his very own unique style. Also, since then, Manilow's mother has died and Carlton Manilow has made it well known that he uses Wrestling as a means of remembering her and honoring her life.
Lionel Richie - Dancing On The Ceiling
The music hits, and out comes Manilow who boogies on to the stage, doing the splits at the top of then stage to a great pop. From there, he continues dancing down the ramp, clapping hands with the ringside fans, whilst he sings to the iconic song. He does a complete 360 around the ring, having a good time and getting the crowd going before entering the ring and posing, climbing the second turnbuckle and backflipping off, before taking off his shirt, tie, shades and sweatband and throwing them in to the crowd
Very unpredictable. Known to have trained all over the world so has had influences from Europe, Mexico, Japan and North America. However, relies on his gangly legs and uncanny athleticism to hit hard kicks, as well as launching himself all over the ring with flips and dives. Will also sometimes get technical to in an attempt to embarrass his opponent, but will also try and find ways t make the crowd laugh at the opponent's expense in other ways.
Previous Injuries/Character Psyche:
Broken nose, several times, after getting in to fights with drunks in and around Vegas.
Strengths/Weaknesses (2 or 3 for each):
His kicks, having a background in capoeira as well as his long legs and athleticism.
Being able to feed off the crowd and gain an adrenaline rush from their reactions and their support
Not taking his opponent too seriously, trying to impress the crowd too much and overlooking his opponent's capabilities.
When his pride and dignity is hurt and his morals have been pushed and tested, Carlton may become too emotionally invested in to beating his opponent that he becomes prone to mistakes or overdoing stuff and getting disqualified or punished.
Finishers (Maximum of 2):
Gobstopper knee strike
The Vegas Vice (Anaconda Vice)
Signature Moves (Maximum of 3):
Character Moveset (Maximum of 12, NO FINISHERS!):
Release German Suplex
Tope Con Hilo
Standing Shooting Star Press
Eye pokes and back rakes (used in a comical fashion, not in a heel'ish fashion)
Flying Hip Attack
We are on an interview set where Carlton is sat with a massive, cuban cigar in his mouth and a ridiculously large gold chain around his neck. The set is predominantly passionate purple, with egg-cup chairs and a furry rug - Very 1960's-esque, very hippy'ish. Opposite Manilow sits an interviewer dressed in a suit, who asks him a question
So Carlton, we're just under an hour since you came off stage in front of the largest crowd you;ve ever had attend one of your stand-up comedy gigs. It's obvious that you're popularity is rising and your stock is growing. Just how do you manage to get your comedy fans and your wrestling fans to cross over - Something many wrestlers and comedians have tried before, but failed?
Ahaha! I'll tell you what, I'll answer that question when even I know the answer. I just went on stage and made people laugh... I went in to the ring and I pinned people's shoulders to the mat. As I want to make as much money as possible, I tried to cross over both things... And wham, bam thankyou mam... I did it.
Taking another huge puff of his cigar, Manilow lets out a huge toothy grin, as his one cold canine glistens in the studio lights.
So what's next? You've succeeded in both industries, what else is there left to do? Music? Movies? TV? Radio?
I don't know what's next. What isn't next? Which Tom, Dick and Harry aren't I going to make laugh? Which monster, high-flyer or psychopath aren't I going to defeat next? Which average Joe am I not going to entertain... Mr Interview man, that is the question you should be asking, and that is the question that I am asking to myself every single second of every single minute of every single hour of every single day.
Manilow shrugs and smirks at the interviewer, who doesn't know what to say, before Carlton continues...
I'm only kiddin' ya'll... I aint' like that... I'm humble... I grew up the hard way, without no Daddy and a pill-poppin, vodka-drinkin Momma - God rest her soul. I've been gifted with a knack to entertain, I've been blessed with a natural charisma and I'm the luckiest sum'bitch on this planet for being able to do what I love on a regular basis, in front of so many beautiful people. However, that doesn't mean that I aint' earned what I got. I've been in the workplace since the age of twelve... I deserve success, I've just been blessed by the Lord above that I've had fun along the way. Peace out, media man!
And from there, Carlton stands up, kisses the forehead of the interviewer and struts off stage, singing "All Night Long" by Lionel Richie, leaving the dumbfounded Interviewer sat aimlessly in his seat, watching Manilow boogie on down the hall.