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25 minutes ago, theringmaster said:

Apparently this was to see how the crowd reacted. It's mad they could do stuff like this pre Internet

Imagine all the people in attendance that told their friends they saw Luger with the belt.

"Sure mate, yeah"

They were probably laughed out of it.

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Otherwise known as his finisher.

I think even if Dr Death had been in his prime, that feud would have had the kibosh put on it. Williams' offence was largely stiff strikes, suplexes and powerbombs. They're not booking Steve Austin an

This is the thing for me. Until the Boss Man's return, it seemed like there'd been a massive cultural disconnect between the "Federation Era" roster and the Attitude Era lot - it just didn't seem like

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On 3/22/2021 at 8:38 PM, Liam O'Rourke said:

So, I heard today from as reliable a source as there is that when Fandango beat Chris Jericho at WrestleMania, Vince's plan was a long-term build for Fandango Vs. John Cena at WrestleMania 30. When that fell through, Vince pitched Cena Vs. Titus O'Neil to take place at Mania 30 in its place. Of course, it ended up being Bray, but I am floored at the possibility of either man breathing Cena's air at Mania. 

Led me to thinking - what are your favourite examples of plans you all heard about that never came through that were equally preposterous, and the unfeasibility of them?

This has potential for an episode once the oaken table has been sanitised. 

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5 hours ago, air_raid said:

Was never “the plan” though really, was it? They just pitched Jarrett and Billy Gunn to Austin as potential feuds and he said no.

It was enough that Jarrett was making references in his return promo to 'Austin 3:16' being blasphemous. It's entirely possible he was just improvising, but with that being followed up with the Jarrett pitch makes it sound more than just a name being thrown out to Austin.

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13 minutes ago, Chris B said:

It was enough that Jarrett was making references in his return promo to 'Austin 3:16' being blasphemous. It's entirely possible he was just improvising, but with that being followed up with the Jarrett pitch makes it sound more than just a name being thrown out to Austin.

Timeframes off. The pitch for a feud between the two (or between Austin and Mr Ass) was in the summer of 99, where the closest they came to a program was Austin randomly running out and giving Jarrett a Stunner on TV without explanation, provocation or follow through.

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2 hours ago, Chris B said:

It was enough that Jarrett was making references in his return promo to 'Austin 3:16' being blasphemous. It's entirely possible he was just improvising, but with that being followed up with the Jarrett pitch makes it sound more than just a name being thrown out to Austin.

In JRs most recent book, he says that Russo wrote that line for Jarrett & was constantly pushing hard for a Double J vs Stone Cold feud, and cites Russo telling his mate Jeff that he was next in line for Austin (when this hasn't been agreed) as the genesis of the problems that led to Jeff's departure and holding them up for money to drop the IC title to Chyna.

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On 3/23/2021 at 1:28 PM, Carbomb said:

Either way, given how solid he was as a hand, could have really good matches with the right opponent

IIRC theres a video of him doing a dropkick, fucking amazing for a guy of that size.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekRKk7PCLEE

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On 3/23/2021 at 2:25 PM, Chris B said:

I can see why they didn't hire him - his selling didn't look like he was in pain. He just looked knackered. Bossman could look mean and imposing. Earthquake, bless him, just didn't by the point. He just looked like he needed a sit down. 

Otherwise known as his finisher.

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2 hours ago, Chris B said:

It was enough that Jarrett was making references in his return promo to 'Austin 3:16' being blasphemous. It's entirely possible he was just improvising, but with that being followed up with the Jarrett pitch makes it sound more than just a name being thrown out to Austin.

According to Russo that was a big part of the problem. That line legitimately pissed Austin off, to the point that he told them he never ever wanted to work with Jarrett. He had issues with the Jarretts anyway, because of how shit his pay was in Memphis so he took it a lot more personally than it was intended.

2 hours ago, air_raid said:

Timeframes off. The pitch for a feud between the two (or between Austin and Mr Ass) was in the summer of 99, where the closest they came to a program was Austin randomly running out and giving Jarrett a Stunner on TV without explanation, provocation or follow through.

Two different times. Austin told them never to book him against Jarrett immediately after he returned from WCW in 1997 and did that promo. Russo pitched it again later on, thinking Austin would've calmed down, and he told them to fuck off again.

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17 hours ago, scratchdj said:

Not a particularly mad idea, but Vince giving Luger an actual trial run as champion at a live show in 1994 was news to me.

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And video:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CMxsabPs7e3/?igshid=160zltj7jecir

Prichard said on his podcast a while ago that they genuinely did this solely to fuck with Meltzer.  Would be amazing if that is true.  But given that Prichard said it on the podcast, I imagine it therefore isn't true and the real reason is the one stated a few posts back that it was to test the reaction of the crowd to Luger as champion.

 

EDIT:  Just seen this is being discussed in a different thread now, sorry.

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On 3/22/2021 at 8:42 PM, Mr Lawrence said:

Tugboat selling out the LA olympic stadium v Hogan for WM7 has to be up therr.

Yeah, or burning the USA flag. It would caused a bloody riot.

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