Well That Didn’t Work: The Undertaker vs The Undertaker

TakersCraig Wilson

The early 90s was a sometimes strange time in the WWE. Wacky characters galore as our screens were packed full of brightly coloured WWE superstars. One of the few characters to have any longevity is The Undertaker. In fact, there was one point where a pay per view was headlined by a match featuring two Undertakers.

‘Well That Didn’t Work’ returns with a SummerSlam theme as Craig takes in the fake Undertaker storyline that lead to The Undertaker taking on The Undertaker at SummerSlam 1994 Continue reading

Well That Didn’t Work: Tiger Ali Singh

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Craig Wilson

Being the offspring of a former wrestler isn’t always a guaranteed success. For every Bret Hart or Randy Orton there’s a Kendall Windham or David Sammartino. Wrestling in the blood doesn’t always mean a recipe for success. More often than not, as in other fields, it puts pressure on the performer to live up to the standards set by their parents or siblings.

One wrestler that certainly falls into that category is Tiger Ali Singh and it is he that is the focus of this latest ‘Well That Didn’t Work‘. Continue reading

Well That Didn’t Work: World Bodybuilding Federation

Craig Wilson

Cover of the WBF magazine, note the font and colouring used for the title (Image courtesy of www.ebay.com)

Cover of the WBF magazine, note the font and colouring used for the title (Image courtesy of http://www.ebay.com)

You need only have watched any WWF event from the late 80s and early 90s and you would have established that the company had a fondness for musclebound performers.

It was little surprise, then, that Vince would dip his hand into the bodybuilding world and start his own organisation and in this ‘Well That Didn’t Work’ I look at the short-lived World Bodybuilding Federation (WBF). Continue reading

Well That Didn’t Work: XFL

Craig Wilson

Is XFL perhaps Vince's biggest failure to date? (Image courtesy of carlosalcazar.org)

Is XFL perhaps Vince’s biggest failure to date? (Image courtesy of carlosalcazar.org)

Few can deny Vince McMahon’s success in sports entertainment since taking over the then World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) and turning it into the wrestling/sports entertainment monster that it is today having swept every single competitor by the wayside.

Despite all this success Vince has time and time again strived to be successful out with the parameters of the squared circle. There have been various failures including the World Body Building Federation (WBF) that existed until 1992, the on-going – and perhaps never ending – talk of a WWE Network, the WWE film studio and Antonio Inoki taking on Muhammad Ali. Perhaps, though, his most famous failing was with the XFL. Continue reading

Well That Didn’t Work: Warrior Signs for WCW

Editor note: Please take the opportunity to check out our tribute piece to The Ultimate Warrior.

Craig Wilson

Hogan v Warrior in 1998, that's bound to work. Right? (image courtesy of 411mania.com)

Hogan v Warrior in 1998, that’s bound to work. Right? (image courtesy of 411mania.com)

In 1998 the WWF were beginning to pull away from the WCW after fans had begun to grow weary of the product with the nWo having all bun run its course and no new stars being created. In a sharp contrast the WWF was in the Attitude era with Stone Cold Steve Austin, a former WCW talent, being their main player.

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Well That Didn’t Work: Billy Gunn’s ‘Rockabilly’ gimmick

Craig Wilson

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Billy ‘Rockabilly’ Gunn with his reluctant manager The Honky Tonk Man (pic courtesy of shitloadsofwrestling.tumblr.com)

At the start of 1997 The Honky Tonk Man started a search for his protégé. The story goes that Glenn ‘Disco Inferno’ Gilbertti, who was at the time reluctant to resign with the WCW was going to be in the role. In the end, however, Gilbertti signed a new deal leaving the WWF little time to obtain a new protégé for Honky Tonk.

It was Billy Gunn who got the nod to fill the role. Gunn was at this point a midcarder devoid of any direction. Having been with the company since 1993, and achieving success as one half of ‘The Smokin’ Gunns’, an injury had put him off television for a while and the WWF appeared to having nothing for him and he was repackaged as Rockabilly. Continue reading

Well That Didn’t Work: The Debut of Shockmaster

With such a ridiculous costume, it's difficult to imagine that The Shockmaster wasn't doomed from the get-go (pic courtesy of www.tumblr.com)

With such a ridiculous costume, it’s difficult to imagine that The Shockmaster wasn’t doomed from the get-go (pic courtesy of http://www.tumblr.com)

Craig Wilson

As debuts go, it’s difficult to imagine one will ever be as bad as that of Fred Ottman when he literally fell onto our tv screens in 1993.

We’ll never know how he would have fared had his debut not been as disastrous but one thing is for sure: It’s one of the most memorable moments in wrestling history. Continue reading

Well That Didn’t Work: The KISS Demon

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Dale Torborg as the Gene Simmons inspired KISS Demon character
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Jamie Lithgow

For this edition of ‘Well That Didn’t Work’ we find ourselves, and probably not for the last time, delving into the vaults of WCW. The year 1999 offered us many candidates for this column, as WCW desperately tried everything and anything to turn the Monday Night War back in their favour, but today we shine the spotlight on the infamous KISS Demon character.

For the benefit of our younger readers, and the older ones who have spent many years living under a rock, KISS were/are a really famous glam rock band. With their over the top face painted appearance they are perhaps more famous for their image and associated merchandise than their music. To complete the background to this story it will come as no surprise that head of WCW at the time, Eric Bischoff, was a massive KISS fan. Continue reading

Well That Didn’t Work: The Brawl For All

Craig Wilson

The Brawl for All tournament culminated in the match between Bart Gunn and Butterbean at Wrestlemania 15 (pic courtesy of http://www.bastardgentlemen.com/)

The Brawl for All tournament culminated in a 34 second match between Bart Gunn and Butterbean at Wrestlemania 15 (pic courtesy of http://www.bastardgentlemen.com/)

Wrestling history is littered with great and iconic moments that have captured the imagination of wrestling fans around the world. However, for every Austin 3:16 King of the Ring promo there’s also the debut of the Gobbledy Gooker and for every Curt Hennig there’s a Tiger Ali Singh. In other words, there are many moments and superstars that have quickly been forgotten by wrestling fans or, in the case of the Shockmaster, remembered solely for the utter ridiculousness of it.

In a new series on the blog, titled ‘Well, That Didn’t Work’ we’ll look at some of these woeful moments from wrestling history starting today with ‘The Brawl for All’. Continue reading