After leaving WCW, he immediately signed a contract with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), where he began competing under his real name because WCW acquired the rights to the Johnny B. Badd name. He debuted in WWF as a fan favorite at WrestleMania XII , on March 31, 1996, where he rescued his wife, Rena "Sable" Mero from Hunter Hearst Helmsley .  Mero made his in-ring debut, the following night on Monday Night Raw , where he defeated Isaac Yankem DDS . Beginning with the April 15 episode of Raw , Sable began accompanying Mero to the ring during his matches and he adopted the nickname "Wildman".  Mero defeated Helmsley in his pay-per-view debut at In Your House 8 .  Mero qualified for the King of the Ring tournament by defeating Skip on the June 10 episode of Raw . He defeated Owen Hart in the quarter-final, the following week on Raw ,  but lost to eventual winner Stone Cold Steve Austin in the semi-final at King of the Ring .  Mero began a rivalry with Goldust after Goldust won a match between the pair on the July 1 episode of Raw .  Mero faced Goldust in a losing effort at the SummerSlam pay-per-view. 
҂ The Associated Press today ran a story about WWE officials meeting with New York prosecutors that are investigating illegal steroid sales. The meeting was held on Tuesday after the company was invited to join along with representatives from the NFL, NBA and other sports and entertainment companies. WWE spokeswoman Jennifer McIntosh declined to comment on what was discussed. The company which is being investigated is Signature Pharmacy which is based in Orlando, FL. Signature is at the center of Albany County District Attorney P. David Soares’ investigation into illegal steroid sales in upstate New York. It was revealed that Chris Benoit was a client of Signature according to the DA’s office. Signature’s owners have pleaded not guilty.