|Wrath, James Vanderberg, and Mortis|
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I was originally going to write about Mortis and Wrath for this post, but as I was researching I came across a lot of information on this duo's manager James Vanderberg. At least that's what his name was back in WCW in 1996. You may remember him better as former TNA manager "Father" James Mitchell or "Devil" James Mitchell.
As I mentioned, it was 1996 when Mitchell first arrived on the national wrestling scene. Prior to this, he had done some work with Smoky Mountain Wrestling, but I have no recollection of his work there. In WCW though, Mitchell aka Vanderberg was managing Mortis (played by the late Chris Kayon) and Wrath (played by Bryan Clark, aka Adam Bomb) in a gimmick called "Blood Runs Cold." It was a weird set up for sure. The whole idea was to push a wrestler called Glacier. Mortis and Wrath were his rivals in the feud. They all dressed like characters from a video game, or rejects from the Masters of the Universe. But as you can see in the picture, Vanderberg didn't dress like his men, instead he looked more like a traditional manager.
|The Sinister Minister (ECW)|
|"Father" James with his "son" Abyss|
The devilish manager hasn't been seen from in years, but certainly made an impact (pardon the pun) on TNA wrestling while he was there. Maybe he and his "son" will be reunited in the future. You never know.