Veterans Of The Ring And Stage, Insane Clown Posse Announce They’ll Embark On A Farewell Tour
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The Insane Clown Posse is calling it quits, announcing they will embark on a farewell tour next year.
ICP made the announcement this weekend at the 21st annual Gathering of the Juggalos festival in Ohio, telling fans that group member Violent J’s recent heart failure diagnosis forced them to re-evaluate things and decide to stop touring. According to Violent J, he was recently diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm condition.
Primarily known for their musical endeavors, the duo have also made several pro-wrestling appearances over the years, including stops in ECW, WWE and WCW. The Insane Clown Posse joined the (then) WWF in 1998 and performed “The Greatest Show,” the entrance theme for The Oddities. The pair also engaged in a brief feud with the Handbangers on television, but soon left the promotion and joined WCW in 1999. There, ICP linked up with Vampiro and Raven in a stable called The Dead Pool, and later started another group with Vampiro, Great Muta and the Kiss Demon called The Dark Carnival.
Following up on their work with WWE and WCW, ICP also made several appearances for TNA Wrestling beginning in 2004. The pair debuted by dousing Jeff Jarrett with Faygo during his match against El Leon, and later feuded with Glen Gilbertti (Disco Inferno) and David Young. The pair also hold a victory over Team Canada’s Eric Young & Petey Williams in a match that took place at TNA’s first-ever live event (house show) in Detroit on March 17, 2006.
Launched in 1999 during their WCW run, ICP also still operates their own wrestling promotion, Juggalo Championship Wrestling. They hosted their latest event called “JCW Blackout Brutality” on June 23 in Detroit.
In addition to their appearances on national television, ICP also released Strangle-Mania, a VHS compilation of death matches from the Outrageously Violent Wrestling From Japan video collection. The 1996 release saw the deathmatch footage dubbed with their own commentary for wrestlers such as Cactus Sac (Mick Foley), Lama Namaneumi and Ponderosa. Foley also later made a cameo in their 2000 film Big Money Hustlas.