• Scott Hall Says He Came Up With Sting’s Crow Gimmick
Old School WWF Legend Razor Ramon recently appeared on an episode of Eric Bischoff’s weekly ’83 Weeks’ podcast, where they talked about Sting’s legendary Crow gimmick, that started in 1996 after the New World Order tried to take over World Championship Wrestling (in storyline).
Scott Hall claimed that he was the person who came up with that character, which was obviously based on the ‘The Crow’ featuring Bruce Lee’s only son Brandon Lee, who tragically passed away during the filming of the movie in 1993.
Here’s what the 2-time WWE Hall of Famer (2014 & 2020) had to say:
“It was my very first TV in Macon, Georgia. Of course, the boys get there early, and we’re there early. I’m wearing the denim vest and jeans for my opening segment and stuff, and I’m in there and Sting is applying his makeup. At this time, he’s still wearing his surfer color, neon and happy guy tights. But he’s letting his hair grow out.
I didn’t really know Sting, and I never really had any heat with him. But he was a top guy when I was there before, and I was a bottom guy. We didn’t move in the same circles, we never wrestled, and we never interacted. I’m one of those guys that if I think it, I say it. I don’t care what our relationship is.
He’s putting his makeup on, and I said, ‘You’re growing your hair out, huh?’ He goes, ‘Yeah.’ I said, ‘I guess frying it all those years is hard on you.’ He goes, ‘Yeah, it was really starting to damage it.’ I said, ‘That’s cool, but are you still gonna wear the happy guy tights?’ He goes, ‘Yeah.’ I’m thinking, now I remember why we didn’t hang out.
I said, ‘Have you ever seen The Crow?’. He goes no, and I said it’s this dark character with the white face paint and the dark lines. I said, ‘I ain’t telling you to rip off Taker, but rip off Taker.’ Different territory, it’s not quite as bad. The way I heard it, he ran it by Eric Bischoff, they went yes, and we’re off to the races. To me, I don’t need any credit for it.
It’s just the right thing to do. I never knew Sting, and we’re a little friendlier these days. To me, once you give a guy an idea and it works, you have a connection with that guy. I never made a road trip with Sting, and we may have eaten dinner once or twice. But I can look across the locker room after that and point at him and go, ‘There’s my boy.’ You get that kind of bond.
I don’t know if it happens in other businesses because I’ve only been in the wrestling business, but you connect with guys on different levels. You might give a guy an idea of a move to do, and it gets over for him. Or something to say in an interview that works. You don’t forget the guys who help you, and you don’t forget the guys who screw you over.”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (June 19, 1993) – WWF Superstars of Wrestling
On this day in 1993, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Superstars of Wrestling’.
This episode was pre-taped at the Metro Center in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and featured matches, promos & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF SummerSlam 1993’ PPV.
Here’s the match-card:
1. The Smoking Gunns vs. Reno Riggins & Scott Taylor
2. Virgil vs. Bastion Booger (Booger’s TV debut)
3. Tatanka vs. Mike Davis
4. Lex Luger vs. Phil Apollo
5. Crush vs. Joey Tempest
6. Adam Bomb vs. Jerry Seavey