• OLD SCHOOL HISTORY (May 15, 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 Convention Center in Tucson, Arizona and featured matches, promos & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF King of the Ring 1993’ PPV.
Here’s the card:
1. Rick & Scott Steiner vs. Mark Ming & Jim Armstrong
2. Mr. Hughes vs. Bobby Young
3. Bob Backlund vs. Terry Zeller
4. Virgil vs. Jose Martinez
5. WWF Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels vs. Billy Jones
6. KOTR Qualifying Match: Tatanka vs. Giant Gonzalez
• WWE’s Plan For Bray Wyatt’s New Character
As seen on this week’s episode of RAW, former WWE Champion Bray Wyatt showed a dark side of his new character and you can check it out below:
According to Brad Shepard, WWE’s plan for Wyatt is to book him as an unstoppable force from the get-go (as soon as this new character makes his in-ring debut) and remain unbeatable.
Wyatt is expected to remain a part of RAW and be portrayed as one of the top guys on the brand.
Speaking of Wyatt, he thinks his mask designer has saved his career in WWE.
Kyle A. Scarborough, the man who presented the design for Wyatt’s mask, posted the following on Facebook:
“From concept to reality.
This is still surreal.
I’ll never forget the night Bray texted me, beyond excited with this idea he has and needed my help.
“Needed” my help. Still weird…
He called me, and with the excitement of a child, he ran off this long list of descriptions and concepts, flooding my text messages with doodles and images.
He had an idea in mind that needed help. He had the team of people to create the idea, but didn’t have the vision.
I’ve never been more scared to take 20 ideas and details and try to create a drawing that showcased his thoughts (which putting it mildly, are about as close to insane as the character).
When I was done, his response blew me away.
I was told I “saved his career”.
Now, that’s absurd, but he was in a rut, and the WWE weren’t giving him the green light based on descriptions alone.
My drawings were literally on the desk of Vince McMahon.
VINCE MCMAHON saw my renderings to help give him a visual guide for Bray’s idea and it was green lit.
Still crazy to think about…
From there I was kept updated with the sculpting work of Jason Baker, FX designer for Tom Savini, who’s work includes many WWE performers and especially Corey Taylor of Slipknot.
All these vignettes on WWE RAW built up to this, and we’re still not done.
I had no idea what was going to debut and when, mind you.
So last night, I’m at the TOOL concert, and almost literally in the moment I find out the Blues are close to winning the game, I had a text from Bray that simply read, “Congrats brother. We changed wrestling forever.”
I began to see messages from friends and other fans who shared the image of the televised segment.
I told him I was beaming, and that I was so happy for him to see something he loves so much come to life.
He responded, “WE made this happen.”
I’ll be honest, I had tears.
In the middle of a loud a$$ rock concert; TOOL of all bands, thanking God for the gifts he’s given me, because Lord knows I don’t deserve them, but I don’t take any of it for granted.
This all may be meaningless to many, perhaps cool to some, but I’ll leave it with this:
One of my dreams was to go to school at Tom Savini’s makeup FX studio and design movie monsters. Financially, we couldn’t make it happen. Of course I was a lifelong pro wrestling fan, and Bray Wyatt was legitimately one of the only faces in wrestling that excited me to tune in.
Now, thanks to my tattoo work catching his attention, I’ve designed the look of the man’s on-air character with the help of artists who work for Savini.
I still can’t process all of this fully.
Anyway, I was contractually obligated to keep my trap shut til it debuted, so that’s my long-winded story.”