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“They’ve Killed Kayfabe Forever” – WWF Legend Blames 1989 WWF Movie ‘No Holds Barred’

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• “They’ve Killed Kayfabe Forever” – WWF Legend Blames 1989 WWF Movie ‘No Holds Barred’

During a recent episode of his weekly ‘Snape Pit’ podcast, WWF Legend Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts blamed Vince McMahon’s movie ‘No Holds Barred’ for being the final nail in the coffin of kayfabe.

Here’s what the 2014 WWE Hall of Famer had to say:

“When I started hearing some of the stories of the filming of that thing, I cringed, because now they have totally smartened up everybody.

They’re having them go out and do stuff in the ring, and then pause 30 seconds and do the exact same thing again. They’ve killed kayfabe forever.

I felt sorry for the poor people that had to sit in those damn buildings for eight-to-10 hours in a seat for whatever they made.

Good god almighty, what a rib on the people to get them to sit there for hours upon hours of watching the same f****** s***. It would’ve been bad enough if it was good s*** to watch, but it wasn’t even good s*** to watch. It was horrible s***.”

The 1989 WWF movie ‘No Holds Barred’ featured ‘The Immortal’ Hulk Hogan basically playing himself (just named ‘Rip Thomas’ instead) as the World Wrestling Federation Champion, who had to conquer an ex-convict, ‘Battle of the Tough Guys’ Champion Zeus (Hollywood actor Tom ‘Tiny’ Lister Jr.).

The movie, that’s bashed by regular film critics but has cult following amongst old school WWF fans, also featured several other old school wrestlers, including Demolition Ax (as Jake Bullet), Stan Hansen, Jos Le Duc, Pete Doherty (as Klondike Kramer), Sunny Beach and Jeep Swenson (as Lugwrench Perkins).

At the same time the film featured Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura, Mean Gene Okerlund, Howard Finkel and referee Joseph Marella as themselves.

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• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (January 19, 2007) – WWF Legend Passed Away

On this day in 2007, we lost Old School WWF/WCW/ECW Legend “The Beast From The East” Bam Bam Bigelow (Real name: Scott Bigelow) at the age of 45 after a drug overdose.

Bam Bam is still considered one of the greatest ‘Big Men’ (which means chubby/fat wrestlers) in Professional Wrestling history (probably sharing the #1 spot with Big Van Vader).

Bigelow wrestled for the World Wrestling Federation from 1987 until 1988 and again from late 1992 till late 1995.


September 1, 1961 – January 19, 2007

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