• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (May 7, 1989) – WWF Wrestling Challenge
On this day in 1989, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Wrestling Challenge’.
It was broadcasted from the War Memorial in Syracuse, New York and featured pre-taped matches, promos & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF SummerSlam 1989’ PPV.
The card can be found right here:
– The Big Boss Man & Akeem vs. Joe Cruz & Mark Brown
– The Blue Blazer vs. Gary Royal
– Bad News Brown vs. Tony Roy
– King Haku vs. Big John Studd
– The Rougeau Brothers vs. George Skaaland & Paul Smith
– Ronnie Garvin vs. Greg Valentine
– Mr. Perfect vs. Bill Spectre
• Former WWE Wrestler Says He ‘Laughed Out Loud’ When Vince McMahon Proposed A Comedy Gimmick
Before The Revival left WWE, Vince McMahon had proposed to turn them into comedy characters. They discussed this on the latest episode of Talk Is Jericho.
Below is what Dash Wilder (Cash Wheeler) said during the interview:
“He presented us with three characters that were less than flattering to us. It wasn’t what I felt that we could represent or should represent. And, I don’t know too many guys who, if they had any kind of self-worth of if they had any kind of…if they believed in themselves as characters, as people if they would have taken that opportunity and we just said no.”
He added that the photos of the gimmick that leaked online were 100% legit.
“We sat down and Vince hands us these [photos]. I’ll put my hand on the Bible, and tell you right now, I laughed out loud in front of everybody. It was me and David, Vince, Bruce Prichard, and Corino. They were all serious, they told us why they thought that would be a good idea.”
Scott Dawson (Dax Harwood) added that they agreed to do it just for fun, but got nowhere:
“When they first described it, it was ‘we’re doing this out of spite. Tag Teams don’t get the respect they deserve and they have to be a comedy act to get TV time,’ which is true.
Most tag teams who get TV time do comedy and if you’re more serious, you’re considered not charismatic. So it’s us taking the pi$$ out of how we perceived the division being disrespected.
It’s not terrible when it’s on paper. I don’t know how it would have been executed as the weeks roll on, but us doing (the angle) out of spite to be upset about how tag team wrestling is disrespected, I was okay with it. We could have had fun with it and probably made decent money. I don’t know if there’s a long shelf life or if we’d be above super-low card comedy.”
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