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Luke Gallows Recalls How Vince McMahon Pitched Him The Festus Character

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• Luke Gallows Recalls How Vince McMahon Pitched Him The Festus Character

During a recent interview on the MCW Cast, former WWE Superstar Luke Gallows revealed how Vince McMahon pitched him the Festus character.

Here’s what he said:

“I had a gimmick called The Freakin’ Deacon, and I had this tarantula and I had this face paint. Me and my opponent would drop the tarantula on him. They loved it. You couldn’t get an tamed tarantula in the city, and at the time, you couldn’t travel with a tarantula.

They had Terry Gordy’s son at the time, his name was Jesse. They tried out all these guys to begin with, and I was like, I could do that, so I just watched the redneck comedy tour, all the ones that I could find on DVD, and I went in did a couple promos.

They’re like, okay, so you’re gonna debut as pig farming hillbillies. We were in the ring, talking about what we’re gonna do for our debut for SmackDown. Vince wants us in his office. It’s 20 minutes before doors open, and I was like, are we getting fired before we even start?

We go in, and Vince sits us down. He’s like, ‘We’re not gonna have anymore pig farmers. Can you do this?’ (Vince did the Festus face).

And he just sticks his tongue out at me, and I go, ‘I think so, sir.’ 23 Years old, I stick my tongue out. He’s like, ‘Not like that, like this.’ So Vince and I are just sitting for 5 minutes sticking our tongues out of each other back and forth, and Ray Gordy’s just sitting there.

Finally, he goes, ‘You’re going to be in a catatonic state at all times, until the bell rings, you’re gonna go crazy in rage. When the bell rings, you’re gonna turn to catatonic state.’ I knew a guy in high school that did that.

Then he looks at Ray, he’s like, ‘You, what’s your favorite color?’ Ray didn’t say anything. He’s just sitting there. ‘Uh, yellow.’ He’s like, ‘Go buy a yellow singlet, you start next week.’ That’s how I became Festus.”

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On this day in 1995, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WCW MONDAY NITRO’.

It was broadcasted LIVE from the Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WCW World War 3 1995’ PPV.

The match-card can be found here:

1. Eddie Guerrero vs. Sgt. Craig Pittman

2. The Shark vs. Scott Norton

3. Sabu vs. Disco Inferno

4. Lex Luger & Meng vs. American Males

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