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Leonard Carlson is an American wrestler best known for a length run in WCW as Lenny Lane where he briefly held the WCW World Cruiserweight Championship.

Professional Wrestling Career

Training

Carlson trained at Eddie Sharkey's famous Minnesota-based wrestling school Pro Wrestling USA for about two years before he graduated and was signed by World Championship Wrestling.

World Championship Wrestling

Jobber Years (1997-1999)

Carlson's debut in WCW came on the April 14, 1997 Monday Nitro episode where he jobbed to Ultimo Dragon under the name Lane Carlson. Later he changed his name to Lenny Lane, but continued to mainly be used as a jobber. He made his PPV debut at Slamboree 1998 as a participant in a battle royal for #1 contender to the WCW World Cruiserweight Championship. He got his first storyline when he started following Chris Jericho around, imitating his look and mannerism. He often helped Jericho to win or took beatings on Jericho's behalf. After they split apart, Lane began hocking a fictional health drug called "Ab Solution Plus". Lane finally got his first televised win in WCW on the October 3, 1998 WCW Saturday Night show over Lash LeRoux.

Tag Team Notoriety (1999-2001)

Reportedly Lane approached Lodi and noted that neither were involved in any storylines and suggested that they partner together. Inspired by "The Ambiguously Gay Duo", a Saturday Night Live cartoon sketch, Lane and Lodi adopted a theme of implied homosexuality which included pink triangles, glitter, pigtails, and blow-pops. They were named the West Hollywood Blondes as a play of the many teams called Hollywood Blonds over the years and the reputation that West Hollywood, California had a gay-friendly city. The management of WCW was initially reluctant, but booker Kevin Nash gave approval to the idea. The team was still mainly a jobber team, but were effective villains that garnered a reaction.

Lane surprised everyone by pinning Rey Mysterio to win the WCW World Cruiserweight Championship on the August 19, 1999 episode of Thunder. He successfully defended the championship for 6 weeks with the help of Lodi before the WCW finally gave in to groups like GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) who claimed that the West Hollywood Blondes promoted a very negative stereotype and encourage violence towards gay people. The WCW pulled Lane & Lodi off of television and the public was told that Psicosis had won the WCW World Cruiserweight Championship at an unspecified live event.

After a few months, Lane & Lodi returned dressed in business suits and called themselves Standards and Practices and were accompanied by Miss Hancock. Their gimmick was similar to and predated WWF's Right to Censor group in that they mocked influential groups like the Parent Television Council.

After a couple of weeks, Lane and Idol (formerly Lodi) dropped the censorship gimmick and soon were repackaged as XS, a couple of hard rockers who loved Van Halen. However the team didn't catch on and Idol was let go. Lane had a brief losing feud with The Wall and soon was released as well.

NWA: Total Nonstop Action (2002)

Lane and Lodi were contracted to wrestle for NWA: TNA as the Rainbow Express. However Lodi was injured and was replaced by Bruce. They participated in the inaugural NWA World Tag Team Championship and got the finals before being defeated. They disappeared for a few months before returning in November of 2002 part of tournament to identity the #1 contender for the same NWA World Tag Team Championship. They lost in the semi-finals.

In Wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

See also

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