Kip Sopp (born November 11, 1963) is proof that funny names need not be long. He is also proof that funny-named individuals can still look tough while wearing pink trunks covered in neon-colored lips. Well, that may be a stretch (and I ain’t talking about the spandex!) – but I’ll let you decide for yourselves.
Technically named Monty Kip Sopp (which is funny in its own right), but referred to by his middle name, Sopp is better known as professional wrestler “Bad Ass” Billy Gunn. Or Kip James. Or Rockabilly. Or, yes, Mr. Ass. Don’t worry folks, I will refer to him henceforth as Sopp, and not Ass, because I don’t feel that Ass is a legitimate last name. There is probably some guy out there named Jack Ass who is shaking his fist in anger at that comment (actually, somebody with that name is probably too emotionally damaged to own a computer), but I really don’t care. This is our blog, folks, not Jack’s.
But I digress. Although saddled with a heck of a lot of strange names, Sopp is also one heck of a talented wrestler, one who gained international renown wrestling for what was then known as the World Wrestling Federation (now World Wrestling Entertainment). Originally making his name as a member of the tag team The Smoking Gunns, with on-screen brother Bart, Sopp would go on to win an incredible 10 WWF/E World Tag Team Championships, with Bart, the Road Dogg (as the New Age Outlaws), and Chuck Palumbo. He also held numerous other titles in the WWF/E and other promotions.
But I still think his most impressive accolade is the fact that he went on national TV in front of millions of people, week after week, wearing those trunks. After all, real men wear pink. But only Kip Sopp can do so while coming down to the ring accompanied by the beautiful tune, “Ass Man,” without laughing.
Now that, my friends, is a real man.
(P.S. please listen to that song. It will broaden your horizons, I guarantee it!) (Dave’s note: Turn down your speakers if you don’t want people to hear the “I’m an ass man!” refrain too loudly…)