Tuesday, April 3, 2007

WCW: Jeannie Clark aka Lady Blossom

WCW:  Jeannie Clark aka Lady Blossom
Ring name(s) Jeannie Clark,Lady Blossom
Born England
Resides England
Trained by Christopher Adams
Wrestling Debut: 1990 (WCCW)
Retired from wrestling: November 1991

Jeannie Clark is a former pro wrestling manager, and the former wife of three professional wrestlers, including Stone Cold Steve Austin, one of the biggest stars of the 1990s.

Jeannie Clark was married to professional wrestler/Judo star Christopher Adams in the 1970s and 1980s. She made one appearance on television in his corner in a match broadcast on October 28, 1978. The couple divorced sometime in the early 1980s. In 1983, in order to stay in the United States, Clark was shortly married to Billy Jack Haynes. Clark then got together with Steve Austin in 1989 and the couple got married in 1992. Both she and Austin engaged in a memorable feud with her ex-husband (Adams) and his second wife Toni Adams in WCCW in 1990. Both Clark and Austin left the promotion for World Championship Wrestling in May 1991.

Steve Austin was initially managed by Vivacious Veronica. Clark replaced Veronica and was billed as Lady Blossom in WCW and she made her debut on the June 3, 1991 edition of WCW WorldWide. Blossom came down to ringside to distract Bobby Eaton in his WCW Television Championship match with Austin. Thanks in part to the distraction of Blossom, Austin defeated Eaton for the WCW TV title. From that point on, she would accompany him to the ring until her departure from the company seven months later. The duo didn't have a distinctive gimmick, but they tried to portray themselves as being a couple of high society. Austin would come down to the ring in an extravagant robe whereas Lady Blossom would frequently don a luxurious cleavage-baring evening gown. In a sharp contrast to her time in World Class Championship Wrestling, Lady Blossom didn't get an opportunity to speak much on camera - she spoke on camera on less than a handful of occasions throughout her WCW tenure - perhaps due to her noticeable British accent. Blossom used her actions instead of her words as she didn't hesitate to involve herself in Austin's matches in order for him to retain his WCW Television title. Blossom would frequently interfere in his matches, although her interference would backfire from time to time, not to mention that she was susceptible to being attacked by the wrestlers in which she attempted to cause a distraction to. Lady Blossom wasn't above taking a bump from time to time.

On one occasion, Lady Blossom hopped onto the ring apron in an attempt to distract the referee from the action in the ring. As she was arguing with the referee, Tracy Smothers inadvertently ran into her just as Austin had moved out of the way. Smothers' collision with Blossom jostled her and she fell to the floor mat a few moments later. Also, Lady Blossom would constantly interfere in Austin's TV title matches with PN News and thus he would retain his title time and time again due to her interference. Right when the 10-minute time limit would be drawing near, Blossom would interfere in the match just as Austin was about to be pinned, thus causing a disqualification. Blossom's most frequent method of a disrupting a match was to jump on the back of Austin's opponent just as he was about to be pinned. She would then scratch Austin's opponent's face with her sharp fingernails. Another memorable instance in which Lady Blossom's interference backfired took place in August 1991 on an episode of WCW Power Hour during a TV title match pitting Austin and Ron Simmons. Simmons was on the verge of victory in the match, but Lady Blossom entered the ring and jumped on his back to cause a disqualification. Still on his back, Simmons backed up fairly gently into a corner of the ring. Austin then recovered and attempted to clothesline Simmons but he ducked and Blossom took the brunt of the clothesline. Although, given her classy, lady-like demeanor, Blossom seemed much more concerned with being voyeuristic exposed than with performing her in-ring actions with full concentration during the entire ordeal with Simmons. Though Blossom had no qualms in regards to flaunting her sexuality, more specifically, her large breasts, she did take issue with potential up skirts occurring - and it was especially evident in this particular situation. On this night, Blossom happened to be wearing a miniskirt in which she was hastily attempting to pull down to prevent her undergarments from being exposed to the audience - while on the back of Simmons no less. After being on the receiving end of the clothesline, Blossom was supposed to have been unconscious due to the devastating maneuver, but she had her mind elsewhere. Blossom performed a rookie mistake by subtly pulling down her miniskirt once again in an attempt to prevent the audience from catching a glimpse of her panties while she was laying flat on the mat in an unconscious state of mind. To Blossom's probable relief, her undergarments were never visible on television due to the camera angle, but she wasn't so lucky on another evening. On this occasion, Blossom had once again latched on to the back of Austin's opponent to prevent a pinfall, in this case, PN News. In an attempt to fend her off, News used a great deal of force and flipped her upside down. As a result, Blossom's undergarments were ultimately exposed once and for all.
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