Five Action Bronson Wrestling References Explained
Smoke DZA featuring Action Bronson - "Turnbuckle Music"2012
"Yo, once again it's the quintessential stud muffin"
"You pick him up/ I drop em"
"Buh Buh Buh Buh!"
Rapper Smoke DZA has mentioned how he and frequent-collaborator Bronson have bonded over a shared love of late-90s renegade independent wrestling promotion Extreme Championship Wrestling, who used to run shows at the Elk's Lodge in Queens, prompting DZA to exclaim "Yo we're like the Dudley Boys, B." Before reaching worldwide popularity with the WWE, The Dudleyz were ECW's most feared team. "Turnbuckle Music" is effectively one Dudleyz reference after another, with Bronson's opening line invoking the team's foul-mouthed manager Joel "the Quintessential Stud Muffin" Gertner, his second verse channeling member Buh-Buh Ray Dudley's trademark stuttering, and a tag-teaming hook describing the group's devastating double-team finisher the Dudley Death Drop.
"Tan Leather" 2012
"Suede loincloth never fall off/ Mr. Wonderful Paul Orndorff / Leather-jacket knee-length"
A flashy and feared frequent foe of Hulk Hogan, Paul "Mr. Wonderful" Orndorff was a marquee meanie in the 80s, co-headlining the very first Wrestlemania at Madison Square Garden with Roddy Piper as they faced the fan-favorites Hulk Hogan and Mr. T. in the main event. As his career went on, the self-obsessed Orndorff would wear progressively gaudier outfits on his way to the ring, making it only a matter of time before he became the subject of a fashion-centric rap punchline. You may also recognize Orndorff's name from his work with Psychic Companion Gary Spivey in the mid-90s, or rapper Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire mentioning his use of the wrestler's trademark move in the bedroom as he claimed he would "piledrive the pussy like Paul Orndorff."
"Ron Simmons" 2012
Probably the most high profile wrestling-related moment on a Bronson release to date has been a cameo from WWE Hall of Famer Ron Simmons. Along with being an All-American defensive tackle for Florida State University, Simmons is recognized as wrestling's first African-American world champion. During wrestling's peak moment of popularity, Simmons was known as "Farooq," one-half of beer-drinking hired guns the A.P.A., where he honed his catchphrase of witnessing something shocking/awkward/shockingly awkward and yelling as exasperated "Damn!" Not only does he drop by to introduce his titular track, but producer Party Supplies' "Ron Simmons" beat is built around an actual sample of the wrestler's voice.