People who complain that wrestling was not entertaining in the 1990’s obviously weren’t watching the right stuff. I was a die hard WWF fan until The Outsiders took over WCW in 1996, but there was one WCW moment from circa 1993 that I wish I had seen live. Wrestling fans around the world refer to this incident as “The Shockmaster.”
In an effort to create a character with an enigma surrounding it, WCW decided to dress up WWF reject “Tugboat” in a garb with a silver painted stormtrooper helmet. His debut was supposed to be high impact. Basically, when announced, he was to break through a wall, hold the microphone up to his face, and his voice was supposed to be larger than life. Some of that acutally happened:
Basically, after tripping through the wall, nobody (fans included) could take the character seriously. It was one of those wrestling angles that was dead-on-arrival. The explanation I’ve heard is that after rehearsal, they added a horizontal board to the wall at approximately shin level. Either way, what’s done is done. And that is The Shockmaster.
WWF recently released The Shockmaster as a collectable action figure. I bought one as did my brother (#dompap). He opened his, and, well, re-enacted the event…