It is only fitting that the last look at some of wrestling's creepiest characters happens on the "scariest" day of the year that being Halloween. Over the course of the last week we have looked back at guys like the Boogeyman and Kamala or another way to look at it is we looked at one from the past and another from the sort of present. For the last one I have picked two of the creepiest characters in the world of pro-wrestling and it was one from the WWE & one from WCW.
First I chose the infamous Yeti who debuted in the WCW following the Main Event of Halloween Havoc 1995 when The Giant defeated Hulk Hogan in his debut match for the World Title. The Yeti's appearance was designed to further this idea that the Dungeon of Doom was out to eradicate Hulkamania. The Yeti's debut is also known for being very infamous in itself due to the actions of his debut.
The WWE guy I chose to complete this series actually debuted in the company 18 years ago this month at a PPV called Bad Blood during the Main Event. (Very comparable in the debuts as both happened at the October PPV) The Main Event saw WWF World Champion Shawn Michaels go one on one against The Undertaker in the first Hell in a Cell Match. Vince McMahon's iconic of the monster at first sight was "That's gotta be....... That's gotta be Kane..... That's gotta be Kane!!!!" That's right it was 18 years ago this October when the Big Red Monster first appeared in the WWE. To this day Kane is constant of the WWE weekly television programs. The night he ripped the door off to enter Hell in a Cell nobody thought 18 years later his gimmick would have gotten that over or better around for this length of time.
As I did a few days ago I took a look back at one of the creepiest characters of all time in the "Ugandan Giant" Kamala. Now I mentioned last time there are numerous names I could use for this series, but as I mentioned previous I have idea of who would use for this series.
I'm The Boogeyman and I'm coming to get You!!!! The guy that was originally booted from the 1,000,000 Tough Enough contest for lying about his age. Boogeyman would later debut in the WWE in 2005 after a series of horror movie esque vignettes that ran on Raw for a few weeks. Boogeyman's stint on Raw didn't last as he was moved to Smackdown almost immediately after debuting as a part of the "new talent initiative. During his tenure in the WWE he would end being a part of all three brands the company had at the time. It was the spring of 2009 when Boogeyman would be let go from WWE and spend the remainder of his career on the Independents. Most recently he would make some cameo appearances for the WWE at appropriate times like actually being a surprise entry in the 2015 Royal Rumble. Now it is time to look back some moments from the Boogeyman's career:
With Halloween right around the corner I feel it only fitting time to look back at some of the creepiest characters in the wrestling business. We are going to squeeze a couple of these type of posts out over the course of the week before next Saturday. Now there are many possibilities to pick from and that's why my selection for this is quite tough. I think the way to stay of the fold I am going to give a history lesson to kick things off with this series.
6'8 Kamala........ 385 Pounds..... Kamala is coming. I believe that there is no place better to start for this then looking back at the giant himself Kamala. The "Ugandan Giant" was a incredible talent for his size and had an extremely long and profitable career working everywhere from New York to Florida. Kamala kicked off his career in Memphis and though he didn't start his career under the Kamala name, but much like other people Kamala's career didn't really take until his tenure in Memphis and thanks to Jerry Lawler and Jerry Jarrett who actually came up with the Kamala gimmick. Check out the man, the myth, the legend, the Ugandan Giant............ Kamala:
As I have mentioned in previous posts with this title I used to love this series and this is one of the reasons why; it didn't matter the type of video I found I was able to share it using this series. Everyone has a tendency to talk about when times were better, because right now things aren't good in the wrestling world with ratings at a low and TV programs that make you question your sanity. But it wasn't that long ago when everything made sense and you wanted to spend the time and watch the show and it wasn't a chore. This video takes you back to that time and it was matches like this that gave you the reason why:
After making history last week main eventing NXT Takeover: Respect and competed in the first Women's Ironman Match and fought for 30 minutes. They set the wrestling world a blaze for the second time and many thought they wouldn't be able to top NXT Brooklyn's classic match, but they did exactly that at Respect. For this post we see a little look into the past of both Bayley and Sasha Banks and the long road they took to get to where they are now:
"When they perform they are not "sports entertainers" fighting to entertain the crowd; they are professional wrestlers fighting to be the best athlete in their division.
That is what separates elite from non-elite, pro-wrestler from "entertainer", truly getting over with the crowd and limply getting over with the crowd.
Today's "superstar" seems encouraged to disregard the fundamental conceit of the pro-wrestling medium (that a pro-wrestling match is a legitimate contest taking place in a legitimate sports division) in favor of "entertaining" the crowd. That perspective breaks the fiction of pro-wrestling and trains an audience to disbelieve what they're seeing (that perspective also transfers power from the performer to the viewer, resulting in complacent audiences who either like or do not like what they see rather than thoughtful audiences willing to watch a narrative evolve over time).They wrote about "female wrestlers". They did not write about "Divas". In fact, they forged arguments against the kind of booking that’s become commonplace over the past fifteen years, and that's where the true importance of these essays is revealed."
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Since the start of this site I have kept various series going and repackaged many others which includes How I Would Book it and Superstar Recall (Which will be returning eventually). However, one series has always stuck around and that was So Far Back Sunday that was until now. I have made the decision to end this series not with the intent of repacking it I am ending the series for at least a little while to just take a little break from it.
Within WWE right now many fans think is a rehashing of an old storyline from the early part of the decade. Which it might be true but if I have learned anything it's that the key to every storyline is to get those involved over. This McMahon Faction vs Underrated WWE stars feud is working very well to help bridge the gap while Cena is gone. Also it's getting numerous talents more over then when the feud started like Daniel Bryan who is incredibly over right now, Randy Orton who had an effective heel turn which is hard for someone who has been in the company for as long as Orton. To continue The Shield has gotten back a lot of the momentum they lost prior to the feud, and now after the events of last Monday Night, The Rhodes Family is getting back in the feud: If you missed it the video is below
A few weeks ago I started this series dedicated to looking back at story I heard regarding Justin Credible and how he was on a mission to undue all the damage he did in the past, to make people forget who he once was and know who he now is. I guess what I am saying is "Bad time don't last, but Bad guys do!!" or something to the effect of if you realize you been acting the wrong way and want to fix it you always have a chance to do that. Justin did exactly that and now onto Part 4 and the end of this series:
(Unfortunately, this may never be able to be aired as we believe that some of our equipment, including the recording device used for this was stolen at our hotel before we had left Winston-Salem) But, regardless, Justin spoke with passion for nearly an hour with us, proving without any doubt what I had said earlier in this piece about him being such a diehard fan of professional wrestling even to this very day. Justin Credible is a throwback to a day gone by in pro wrestling. Justin is the type of person that believes in shaking every hand in the locker room, from main eventers to rookies. One
that through his fantastic new YouTube show, “Pro Wrestling 101” is doing his
best to “give back” to the young talent and future stars of the sport he loves.
One that has accepted the demons that he has worked so hard to overcome and truly loves climbing into the ring, whether it is in front of 15,000 fans and millions around the world on pay per view or a few hundred fans at an Indy show. One that has come full circle and has a fresh new outlook and has seen a “rebirth” of sorts to his career because of his hard work to turn his life around…and one that drove over 1,300 miles round trip, with two separate hotel stops in a 48 hour period to make his Wrestlecade appearance for the thousands that paid to see him as a part of the show.
Like I said to begin this piece, it is not often in the world of sports entertainment of 2013 that you hear a story of a performing and their travels to a show unless it is one that is negative and bashes them for missing a date or being late, etc. This however was a story that I felt worthy of being told, as both myself, Steve, the people behind the Wrestlecade show and the thousands of fans who popped loudly when Justin came through the curtain and was introduced are very appreciative of his being there…even if no one other than myself, Steve, P.J., and his wife were aware of these issues he overcame to get there. To borrow a phrase from the man himself, I would have to say that a performer that would go above and beyond to these lengths to not let down his fans…well that’s not just the best, that’s not just the coolest…that my friends, is Justin Credible.
(Credit to WGD Weekly with Steve and The Scum) Original post can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/WGDWeekly?ref=br_tf