Bad News Allen

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[Bad News Allen dies suddenly]

[RATNW Interview: Bad News Allen]

Title History

  • NWA (Los Angeles) Americas Tag Team titles w/Leroy Brown defeating Mando and Hector Guerrero (August 4, 1979);
  • NWA (Los Angeles) Americas Tag Team titles w/Victor Rivera defeating The Twin Devils (1979);
  • NWA (Los Angeles) Americas Tag Team titles w/Victor Rivera defeating Chavo Guerrero and Al Madril (November 2, 1979);
  • (Stampede) North American Heavyweight title defeated Bret Hart (September 3, 1982);
  • (Stampede) North American Heavyweight title defeated Bret Hart (July 16, 1983);
  • (Hawaii) Polynesian Pacific Heavyweight title defeating Lars Anderson (May 25, 1985);
  • (Stampede) North American Heavyweight title defeating Dynamite Kid (March 30, 1986);
  • (Stampede) North American Heavyweight title defeating Steve DiSalvo (May 12, 1986);
  • NWA Bahamas Heaveyweight title defeating The Falcon (December 16, 1986);
  • Florida Heavyweight title defeating Ron Simmons (January 20, 1987);
  • NWA Southern Heavyweight title defeating Kevin Sullivan (January 31, 1987);
  • ICW (Vancouver) Heavyweight title (1991);
  • IWA (Winnipeg) Heavyweight title (1996);
  • CCW Canadian Heavyweight title;

Career Highlights

In The Beginning

  • Allen Coage got the name “Bad News” during his days in judo – - from his opponents.
  • 1976 Montreal Olympics: Allen Coage competed in the Heavyweight (+205 lb) class for Judo and won bronze.
  • Allen Coage won two straight gold medals at the Pan-American Games.
  • 1977: Allen Coage was trained by Antonio Inoki at the New Japan Pro Wrestling dojo.
  • October 23, 1977: Allen Coage made his transition from Judo to professional wrestling.

New Japan Pro Wrestling

  • Allen Coage debuted in New Japan Pro-Wrestling, under the guidance of Antonio Inoki and Kotetsu Yamamoto.
  • Allen Coage debuted in New Japan using the name “Buffalo Allen Coage”.

World Wide Wrestling Federation

  • 1978: Allen Coage had his first (albeit brief) stint with the WWWF and Vince McMahon Sr.
  • The “Bad News Allen” gimmick was born and Allen got a lot of experience in Japan and the US.

Stampede Wrestling

  • 1982: Bad News Allen went to Calgary, where he wrestled for Stu Hart’s Stampede Wrestling.
  • Bad News Allen began wrestling guys like Dynmamite Kid and Owen Hart.
  • Six months later, Bad News Allen did a tour of Australia before returning to Stampede.
  • Allen Coage met his wife in Redwater, outside of Edmonton, after Coage missed both the babyface and heel bus.

World Wrestling Federation

  • Bad News Allen signed with the WWF and was forced, for some reason, to change his name to Bad News Brown.
  • March 27, 1988 – WrestleMania IV: Bad News Brown won a battle royal throwing Bret Hart out last, turned the Hitman into a face.
  • July 31, 1988 – WrestleFest 1988: Bad News Brown defeated Bret “Hitman” Hart.
  • August 28, 1989 – Summerslam: Bad News Brown defeated “Strongman” Ken Patera.
  • October 1988 – House Show: Bad News Brown defeated Junk Yard Dog.
  • November 24, 1988 – Survivor Series: Bad News Brown prooves that he was a “loner” by walking out on his Teammates.
  • December 1988 – House Show: Randy “Macho Man” Savage defeated Bad News Brown to retain the WWF Heavyweight title.
  • January 15, 1989 – Royal Rumble: Bad News Brown entered at #13 and was eliminated by Hulk Hogan.
  • March 11, 1989 – SNME: Hulk Hogan defeated Bad News Brown.
  • April 2, 1989 – Wrestlemania V: Bad News Brown wrestled “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan to a NO CONTEST.
  • November 23, 1989 – Survivor Series: For the second year in a row, Bad News Brown walked out on his Teammates.
  • January 21, 1990 – Royal Rumble: Bad News Brown entered at #9 and was eliminated by Roddy Piper.
  • April 1, 1990 – Wrestlemania VI: “Rowdy” Roddy Piper vs Bad News Brown ended in a NO CONTEST.
  • August 27, 1990 – Summerslam: Jake “The Snake” Roberts defeated Bad News Brown with help from the Big Bossman.
  • Bad News Brown physically manhandled President Jack Tunney on an episode of the Brother Love Show.
  • Failure to live up to promises to him by Vince McMahon, has cause trememdous amounts of “bad blood”.
  • Bad News Allen does not cherish the time he spent in the WWF, and only did it to support his family.

Retirement

  • Allen Coage had to retired after twenty-two years in the ring due to the poor condition of his knees.
  • Allen and Helen Coage lived in Calgary, and had nine children – three boys and six girls – and 14 grandkids.
  • Allen Coage worked occasional spot shows for promoters like Tony Condello (Winnipeg) and Tim Flowers (Vancouver).
  • Allen Coage said he’d eventually like to end up promoting a wrestling organization out of Calgary, Alberta.
  • Allen Coage was working on a book about his career filled with inside wrestling stories before his death.
  • 2005 – Rick Bogner and “Bad News” Allen Coage now run a wrestling school out of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
  • March 6, 2007 – Bad News Allen Coage suddenly passed away from a heart attack at 5:30 a.m. at the age of 63.
  • May 27, 2007 – Bad News Allen Tribute Show: Helen Coage attended with some of Allen’s children and grandchildren.