The Blue Meanie talks appearing in RetroMania Wrestling and WWF WrestleMania 2000.
On the list of notable gimmicks of the 1990s, The Blue Meanie might not rank extremely high. Still, his antics helped him carve out a niche and fandom that is strong to this day and allows him to continue to wrestle on occasion and be immortalized in mediums such as video games.
Most recently, Meanie, along with the other members of the Blue World Order, was featured in the RetroMania Wrestling video game. A spiritual successor to 1991's WWF WrestleFest, RetroMania allowed players to experience classic arcade-style gameplay with some of their favorite wrestlers, past and present.
Speaking with Sean Ross Sapp, Meanie reflected on appearing in the throwback-style video game, saying it was a no-brainer for him to agree to be a character in the game.
"Mike Herman, the creator of RetroMania wrestling video game, was a lifelong fan of WrestleFest, a game I spent thousands of quarters on. Amazing game," said Meanie. "It became like a passion project. He reached out to me through Mike Archer. He used to work for the WWE and did a lot of stuff for WWE video games. I was on board immediately. My whole career, I’ve only been in two video games. WrestleMania 2000 and the first Smackdown game. So the opportunity to be in a retro game called RetroMania was a no-brainer. The fact that I was going to be a part of it with the B.W.O., Tommy Dreamer, Road Warriors, NWA’s involved with the studio wrestling, it’s a no-brainer. It’s very cool. It’s been very cool."
Speaking about appearing in WrestleMania 2000 and the first ever WWF SmackDown game, reflecting on only being a creatable character in the first SmackDown game after players unlocked his creation parts.
I was in WrestleMania 2000, and I was in the first SmackDown game, but you can only unlock me in the story mode. So when I was doing my new Meanie look with the new paint and the new gear, you could unlock that and make me in the game. But that was it as far as video games," said Meanie.
RetroMania is currently playable on PS4, Xbox One, Steam, and iiRcade. Fans can learn more about DLC planned for that game at this link.
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