In late 1993, Lawler was indicted in Jefferson County, Kentucky on charges of statutory rape and sodomy of a 15-year old girl. The charges were later dropped, however, after the alleged victim confessed that there was no sexual abuse that took place. Lawler then returned to work for the World Wrestling Federation.
They had built for quite a while to Bret Hart and his brothers against Jerry Lawler and his Knights of the Squared Circle for Survivor Series, and then that happened and they suddenly brought back Shawn Michaels to take his place. Not only did they still just keep "knights of the squared circle" even though that doesn't mesh with Michaels's gimmick, but I'm pretty sure that they even had Bret Hart go ahead and pretend that it was Michaels talking **** about his family for months and months. Obviously having to substitute in that spot makes total sense, but just gaslighting and pretending that it had been Michaels in the angle all along was such a weird way of doing it.
And again about that match: it is so far and away the worst possible match that they could have possibly had that involved Bret Hart, Owen Hart, and Shawn Michaels. Dreadfully boring, horribly long. It might as well have been the extended cut of Jake Roberts vs. Rick Rude from WrestleMania IV. The only slight salvation in it was that Heenan had a few hilarious lines on commentary.
There was a story about that character on a podcast recently (or within the last 6 months or so). Prichard hated it. Didn't want to do it. Forget who loved it backstage and was pushing for it on air. Maybe Jerry Jarrett?
I wish their future uploads would go into adding to the Wrestling Challenge that they started to upload, or to filling in more WCW Saturday Night. I'd prefer Superstars from earlier years too, but it sounds like there's some sort of legal issue preventing them from uploading those at this time.
Wrestling Challenge and WCW Saturday Night are both awesome shows. I've watched what's on the network, but the fact they haven't uploaded more is annoying.
It always felt like they gave out the name "1-2-3 Kid" as a temporary stopgap during the initial Razor Ramon feud, and then they just sort of forgot to change to anything else, and by the time it occurred to them it was already too late. For years it just felt like, "We're still calling him that because of one feud years ago?"
It always felt like they gave out the name "1-2-3 Kid" as a temporary stopgap during the initial Razor Ramon feud, and then they just sort of forgot to change to anything else, and by the time it occurred to them it was already too late. For years it just felt like, "We're still calling him that because of one match years ago?"
Originally Posted by LKJ
I was very fond of adopting Jim Cornette's line and trolling my friends by adamantly insisting that Luger only hit a hip-toss on Yokozuna and never actually bodyslammed him.
I remember that Ahmed Johnson later slammed Yokozuna, and Cornette frantically declared that it wasn't a bodyslam, it was "some sort of Jiu Jitsu throw." I appreciate the commitment to the bit that no bodyslam on Yoko ever counted.
11/29/93 Raw. Vince McMahon comes into the ring to introduce the fan-voted Wrestler of the Year. He says he's going to break with tradition and first introduce the runner-up for the award...Lex Luger. And then Lex Luger comes to the ring and introduces the winner, Bret Hart. Luger kisses the ring and presents Bret with the award.
WTF, man. How is that in any way helpful to Luger? That's so much worse than just introducing Bret as the winner and being quiet about the fact that Luger didn't get it.
I'm periodically haunted by a commentary moment from WM III, during the classic Randy Savage-Ricky Steamboat match. Savage grabs Steamboat by the head, runs toward the ropes, leaps over the top rope, and he pulls Steamboat down throat-first along the top rope.
Gorilla: "That could have been a disqualification too Jess, that kind of a clothesline."
Jesse: "For what?!"
Gorilla: <awkward pause> "…Deliberate."
Jesse: "'Deliberate'? Of course it's deliberate! What, do you think he fell into it by accident?"
Gorilla: "No, but it's a deliberate attempt to put a guy out of commission, and that could be…construed as a disqualification."
Gorilla started down this strange road of basically advocating that Savage be disqualified for doing a legal wrestling move (deliberately), and he couldn't quite figure out how to escape from it.