Bad News Brown

02/08/2021

Allen James Coage was an American professional wrestler with several wrestling promotions. Before wrestling, he was an Olympian in Judo. Coage won the Bronze Medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada. He won Gold Medals at the Pan American Games in 1967 and 1975.

After the Olympics, Coage trained with Antonio Inoki to become a professional wrestler. On October 25, 1977, he debuted in New Japan Pro Wrestling and lost to Seiji Sakaguchi. It was later that he used the ring name, Bad News Allen. In 1978, he went undefeated in ten matches. In 1979, Coage moved to the WWWF/WWF, where he was a vicious heel superstar. Coage would move back to Japan to have an impressive career.

In 1988, Coage used the ring name Bad News Brown. He dominated the WWF totaling 83 wins, six draws, and 12 losses. The successes include WrestleMania IV 20-man battle royal, Bret Hart, Tito Santana, Brutus Beefcake, and more. However, Brown was only given two title opportunities that resulted in a loss from Randy "Macho Man" Savage.

Afterward, Coage would leave WWE and wrestle elsewhere. Combined with five wrestling promotions, Caoage was a seven-time world champion and a three-time tag team champion with Leroy Brown (1) and Victor Rivera (2).

Sadly, Coage died on March 6, 2007, in his hometown of Calgary at Rockyview Hospital. He was rushed to the hospital after complaining of chest pains.

He died of a heart attack.