Most Juggalos are aware of the fact that both Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J have dabbled in professional wrestling. But just how much do you know about ICP wrestling and the ECW belts they received? It might be more impressive than you think…
Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope began experimenting with wrestling in the early 80s in their backyard in Detroit. That long ago, they only competed as single wrestlers and were not tag team partners. To put into perspective just how long ago this was, remember that the Insane Clown Posse wasn’t even in its first incarnation (Inner City Posse) all the way back in 1983. Juggalos were a solid 10 years away from having a unified group. ECW belts wouldn’t even be discussed for 15 years!
Later on in the decade and in the early 90s, Insane Clown Posse started to take off in the musical world. Multiple albums were released, and the size and scope of their Juggalo fan base blew up astronomically. However, behind all of the music industry media shining a light on this new type of act that crawled out of Detroit, both Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope were continuing to wrestle in various Michigan state wrestling promotions, those that had ECW belts up for stake included.
To be clear, none of their efforts were remotely similar to the ICP wrestling that was to come later into their wrestling careers, whether that means Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope enrolling to compete as ICP wrestling in tournaments, or if part of the larger ICP wrestling body that they would form, Juggalo Championship Wrestling.
Furthermore, none of the ECW belts that Bruce and Utsler received for any ICP wrestling were won through the kind of Juggalo wrestling witnessed at events like The Gathering of the Juggalos now, or Juggalette oil wrestling.
Instead, what had Bruce and Utsler competing for ECW belts is the kind of wrestling implied in the title: ECW belts are won for Extreme Championship Wrestling. It was for the ECW belt when ICP and wrestling became officially anointed, because Bruce and Utlser competed as ICP while wrestling. Before then, ICP wrestling was not a thing because the Insane Clown Posse / Juggalo half and the wrestling half of Bruce and Utsler’s lives were separate.
Neither the team nor either of its members ever won any ECW belts, but both went on to do quite well in JCW (they are two time tag team JCW champions). Utsler is even a JCW heavyweight champion. Both have dabbled in WWF and WCW wrestling as well, all of which add into the legend about ICP wrestling.
At the end of the day, music will always take precedence over ICP wrestling for both Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J whether an ECW belt is on the line or not, and something tells me they’ll have more Juggalo fans for music anyway. Juggalos – keep enjoying the tunes, but if either wrestler ever makes a comeback into the ring, go check it out!