There have been countless heavily rumored angles and storylines in pro wrestling. Some have actually panned out and happened, while others turned out to be nothing but rumors themselves…or at the very least…scrapped ideas at the last moment. Today we look at my top five rumored angles and storylines that never saw the light of day.
The Undertaker’s Lover
At the height of Sable’s popularity in the WWF, rumors began to swirl that creative had plans to turn her heel and align with the Undertaker and become a member of his Ministry of Darkness faction. Sable was not only turning heel, but would be the Dead Man’s lover. She would be the queen of the Ministry, controlling all of its members side by side with the Undertaker. The idea was rumored to have been scrapped due to the Undertaker’s real life wife wife Sara, who opposed her husband having a romantic angle of any kind.
The Original Honkytonk Man’s Protégé.
The storyline involving the former Intercontinental champion The Honkytonk Man searching for a protégé to manage did indeed happen. He ended up managing a repackaged Billy Gunn renamed Rock A Billy. The gimmick fell flat and was ultimately scrapped. The rumored choice to play the part originally was none other than Glenn Gilbertti aka The Disco Inferno in WCW. At the time, Gilbertti’s WCW contract expired and was a free agent. The WWF wanted to sign him and bring Gilbertti in as the understudy to the Honkytonk Man. The rumors were that the two sides were very close to a contract, when Eric Bischoff swooped in and offered him more money to remain with WCW instead. With WWF creative having all their plans surrounding Gilbertti in the role…the company had to scramble to find a suitable replacement and ended up choosing Billy Gunn.
The Battle of the Four Horsemen
In 1996, Pillman was beginning his “Loose Cannon” gimmick in WCW as a member of the Four Horsemen. As Pillman’s character was slowly descending into madness, Arn Anderson was finding it harder and harder to keep him controlled. It eventually led Arn to slap Pillman across the face live on Monday Nitro in front of everybody. It was supposed to be the catalyst to a much bigger storyline within WCW. The rumored plan was for Pillman to splinter off from the Four Horsemen led by Arn and Ric Flair and start his own Horsemen group. A younger group of Horsemen that would consist of Chris Benoit and rumors of guys like Steven Regal and possibly Chris Jericho. The two Horsemen factions would then feud for the rights to the Horsemen name and legacy. Of course, that never came to be, because Pillman wound up convincing Eric Bischoff to “fire” him to make his gimmick more believable.
Dustin Runnel’s Faction
After Dustin Runnel’s dropped his very popular Goldust character…he was booked as a Bible preaching individual in the WWF. For weeks, Runnel’s was seen praying in the middle of the ring and airing vignettes where he warned about the evils of the Attitude Era. The rumors were that Dustin was eventually going to recruit a number of followers to form a faction to go against the likes of Val Venis, the Godfather and other adult themed gimmicked wrestlers. The name of the group was called Evangelists Against Television Movies & Entertainment or EATME for short. The Dustin led faction was the precursor to the group that eventually was formed a while later called the Right to Censor. The idea was rumored to have been shelved because Vince McMahon felt that Dustin was better suited as Goldust.
The Original Higher Power
“The Higher Power” storyline was the real leader of the Ministry of Darkness faction in the WWF. Someone so evil and powerful, that even the Undertaker followed their lead. We all know that the big reveal of the Higher Power turned out to be Vince McMahon and the Ministry of Darkness became the Corporate Ministry. Vince was never planned as the original person behind the cloak. The rumors were that the original idea was or it to be none other than the ‘Fallen Angel’ Christopher Daniels. Apparently, Vince wasn’t sold that Daniels was believable in that position and decided to make himself the Higher Power instead.
15 thoughts on “Top Five Rumored Angles and Storylines That Didn’t Happen”
That Sable/Ministry idea is fucking stupid. It wouldn’t work at all.
I remember some awful rumored angles that were just ugh….
When Stephanie was really pregnant w/ her first child, I remember rumors that the idea was to have Vince as the father but Stephanie was like “fuck that” and then Vince had Shane be the father and Steph was like “fuck that shit too”.
I also remember this really ugly rumor about WrestleMania XXVII as it revolved on who was to be the host and Vince wanted….. BLECH… Justin Bieber. I also heard Vince kept wanting Bieber to be involved in other WrestleManias but it never happened.
Vince had some kind of disturbing interest in pushing incest angles.
He really must’ve had a fucked up childhood.
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well to be fair chief how do you know the sable/ministry idea wouldn’t work?
Have you seen Sable? I can’t buy her being part of the Ministry of Darkness. She’s way too gorgeous to be part of that organization.
yeah makes sense
Kevin Sullivan would’ve been perfect for the Higher Power, as he always had a cult leader vibe throughout his run with the Army of Darkness and the Dungeon of Doom.
The Horsemen split with Flair/Arn vs. Pillman/Benoit would’ve been awesome to see.
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Imagine Jake “The Snake” Roberts as the Higher Power cos it makes sense as Roberts was an ally to Undertaker AND he should have revenge against Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Christopher Daniels as the higher power is the only one of these that I had heard about. Disco inferno as Honky Tonk Man’s protege makes the most sense of these.
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Pretty sure unless he’s misremembering things, Daniels himself recently debunked the higher power rumor during an interview with RJ City. As far as he remembers he was only recently heard his name ever being mentioned. Again, he could be misremembering, but it would’ve made more sense if he had been, not to mentioning starting off hot in a hot angle associated with the top babyface of the company.
Not too surprised about Dustin Runnel’s pre-Right t0 censor stable. That whole born again gimmick sure was dropped pretty quick.
As much as I detest him now, like I did back then, I can certainly see someone like disco being the new HTM. He’s certainly annoying enough to make you want to pay to see him get his ass beat, that’s for sure.
Never heard of the Sable/Taker pairing before, but then again that’s not the first time Vince tried to pair Sable up with a popular hot act, with Austin being another possible pairing choice.
I’ve heard of that Christopher Daniels as the Higher Power rumor for a few years now. It just never made sense to me. At the time he was fairly new to wrestling and wasn’t known outside of the indies. It just wouldn’t have made sense for it to be someone that the larger wrestling audience wouldnt have known. I remember holding out hope it was going to be Jake Roberts or Ted Dibease. Vince being the higher power was just a complete letdown…I watched that with all of my friends and we were all so pissed when it was revelaed lol
I would’ve loved to seen Jake Roberts as the Higher Power, or maybe even the Jackyl (Don Callis).
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Anyone know of these & how legit they are?
Summerslam ’99 Chyna was to beat Austin for the Title to be the 1st female WWF champ. Can see something in this one because it was around the time Chyna & Jericho were doing the IC feud.
Goldust was to be booked to have breast implants done ??
A revamped Nation of Domination lead by Ron Simmons in ’20 was scrapped leading to MVP’s Hurt Business forming.
Two love triangle storylines that were planned to have Stephanie leave HHH – one was Y2J and the other better known one was Angle though HHH went against both plots.
After Legacy ended, Ted DiBiase Jr was to end Taker’s WM streak as part of a big push but as DiBiase Jr never got over it was scrapped!
I’ve heard of the dibiase – taker streak before. Also heard of the steph/Angle one.
Ive heard of da Chyna beating Austin angle, da love triangle, and Dibiase ending da streak