Infobox Wrestling team
New Jack Mustapha Saed
heights=6 ft 0 in (183 cm) – New Jack 6 ft 4 in (185 cm) - Mustapha
weights=505 lb (223 kg)
The Gangstas was the
tag teamof New Jackand Mustapha Saedin ECW and Smoky Mountain Wrestling.
SMW was the birthplace of the controversial "Gangstas" gimmick, where the
African Americanwrestlers New Jack and Mustafa would cut promos about activist Medgar Evers, use fried chicken and watermelons as props and win matches as a result of a two count (rather than the conventional three count), purportedly due to Affirmative Action. Ring announcers would always confuse their hometown as being Louisiana (La.) instead of Los Angeles (LA) which would been seen as disrespectful by "The Gangstas."
In ECW, they were known for bringing weapons like guitars, crutches, stapleguns & more to the ring in a trash can. The team split in
1997. The former team later began a feud with each other when Mustafa returned in 1999for a brief while. With Mustafa gone, New Jack went on to continue using the Gangsta gimmick, even forming a new team with John Kronus(formerly of The Eliminators), called "The Gangstanators".
On Saturday, February 16, 2008, it has been announced by the newly formed
XPWthat the Gangstas are reuniting for the first time in over 10 years at "Cold Day in Hell" event scheduled for May 24th, 2008. [http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=136436749]
Championships and accomplishments
Extreme Championship Wrestling:* ECW Tag Team Championship(2 times)cite web|title=ECW World Tag Team Title|publisher=Wrestling Titles|url=http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ecw/ecw-t.html|accessdate=2008-05-06]
Smokey Mountain Wrestling:* SMW Tag Team Championship(1 time)
*Other titles:*NGWA Tag Team Championship (1 time)
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