Art entered WCW as the same character, but changed his name to the Juicer, in order to avoid potential copyright problems.While in WCW, Ole Anderson allegedly told Art that he'd never get over because he was way too small, in which Art remarked that "I'm as tall as you are, you are just fat." Ten weeks after Barr signed with WCW, he was found guilty of sexual harassment on a 19 year old girl named Angela.Art worked in a steel mill during the day, and would train to become a pro-wrestler at night with his father and Roddy Piper, who taught him how to properly use his natural charisma.Art made his professional wrestling debut April 2, 1987 under his real name in Salem, Oregon; weighing only 175 pounds, he was way too small to become a serious threat to the main eventers, so he mainly competed in the opening contests of the shows he worked.On June 30, 1990, Big Juice lost a "loser-leaves-town" match, but it didn't negatively affect Barr as WCW management had began to take notice of him.At the time, WCW was very distant to the WWF in terms of popularity among the younger viewers, but they noticed a lot of potential in Barr as a new idol for kids.Barr's charisma and ability was noticed by Konnan in December 1990, as he was invited (along with Rey Misterio Sr.) to compete at WCW Starrcade 90.
As a result, Herd decided to stop using Barr, because he felt that promoting "a nasty rapist" as a hero to the kids would tarnish the company's image.
His rivalry with Panther further elevated Love Machine as a top draw for the promotion, and following a huge build-up, a máscara contra máscara contest was scheduled for April 3, 1992 at Arena México; 18,000 fans packed in the 17,100 capacity building, while the other 8,000 fans were turned away at the door.
EMLL management predicted that the attendance would overflow, so a set of giant TV screens were set up in the parking lot of the building.
cleanly defeated Tony Arce in the middle of the ring. Machine already had his opponent beaten when he started fooling around, as he'd cover Panther for the pin and lift him up at the two count while acting cocky and proud.
By December of 1992, Machine was finally allowed to wrestle in Oregon again, and on January 9, 1993, Art (wrestling as American Love Machine) and Konnan defeated Polynesian Prince and Tazmanian Devil to win the Pacific Northwest Tag Team Championships at the Sports Arena. He picked up Panther to execute a tombstone and held the position (while the crowd told him not to do it) until Perro Aguayo pushed them, as Machine was instantly disqualified for outside interference by Aguayo; this enraged Machine, who (along with Panther's second and longtime Aguayo enemy Fishman) started beating up Perro until Panther made the save, which resulted in Machine becoming a rudo and Aguayo becoming a tecnico.