The One Man Gang was a real badass when he debuted with the WWE in 1987. With his behemoth size, at 6'9'' and over 350 pounds, he squashed everyone in the mid and low card divisions, but he was only a jobber to the top superstars.
He had feuds with the likes of Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage; he never won against the big names, but he was not an easy win. As One Man Gang, he attacked many rivals in non-wrestling segments to make his mark as a bully. His most notable sneak attack was against "Superstar" Billy Graham in a retirement storyline.
After over one year, One Man Gang was repackaged as Akeem, The African Dream. There were even some weird vignettes presented on TV in which he mimicked some African traditions. However, his dancing moves and his new accent looked more like a joke than anything else.
With that new gimmick, Akeem was put together with Big Boss Man to form The Twin Towers, a tag team that would have some success. They never won the Tag Team Title, but they had grueling high profile matches against The Mega Powers, Demolition and The Rockers.
In 1990, The Twin Towers disbanded and Akeem entered in a feud against his former partner who turned face in the process. Both men faced at WrestleMania six, with Akeem on the losing end in what was his last high profile match with the company. Without anything good for him following WrestleMania, he eventually left for WCW.
I still wonder why they transformed One Man Gang into Akeem because it marked his demise with the WWE. One Man Gang was an interesting and actually entertaining persona, but Akeem was simply lame. George Gray, the man behind both gimmicks, is still appearing in public as One Man Gang and many will remember his presence in the WrestleMania 17 Gimmick Battle Royal.