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Countdown to meltdown, the 10 worst pro wrestling interviews of all time–#2: WCW shocks the world

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A memorable two-word review for the Shock Master's debut simply read: "Shit storm(trooper)."

By most accounts, Dusty Rhodes had a creative wrestling mind and was an effective booker in the mid-’80s, responsible for some of the most entertaining and money-making angles of all time for Jim Crockett Promotions. Likewise, nearly everyone agrees that Big Dust was burned out by the end of 1987, with his out-of-control screwjob finishes and his insistence on centering all the key angles around himself, combined with Jim Crockett’s overly aggressive nationwide expansion plans, dooming the company and eventually leading to its sale to Ted Turner.

After being fired by the new Turner regime, Rhodes went to the WWF, where he tarnished an otherwise brilliant in-ring career with his constant humiliation as the polka-dots-wearing common man. (At the very least, he found true love with Sapphire.) After being chewed up by McMahon & Co., they released him, refusing his overtures to remain with the company as a booker. Inexplicably, he was rehired by Turner as a creative talent  in 1991, where he shifted his traditional old-school style story lines and ideas to those more in line with McMahon’s over-the-top cartoon style (perhaps in a misguided attempt to “out-Vince” Vince)…with disastrous results.

Case in point: the grand debut of the Shockmaster, Dusty’s old buddy Fred Ottman (the Memphis Big Bubba, Tugboat, Typhoon, etc.) wearing a “Star Wars” Stromtrooper mask (no idea why) spray painted silver and covered in glitter, on a live Clash of the Champions TV special in 1993. Despite having Ole Anderson on the mic dubbing lines off-stage for the big lug (which sounded amazingly similar to the Black Scorpion), the introduction of the Shockmaster was memorable for all the wrong reasons. If you listen closely, you can hear Ric Flair, Davey Boy Smith and Sid break from character to bemoan under their breaths the sheer idiocy on display here, with the Bulldog crowing, “He fell on his arse!” (A young Cody Rhodes may have been the only fan watching who popped for the angle on this night, exclaiming, “That looked like Uncle Fred!”, when the hood came tumbling off the bumbling behemoth.) Credit Sid for regrouping and attempting to salvage the angle with his rant. The collective fart nationwide in response to this angle was deafening; it’s generally regarded as one of the most ill-conceived gimmicks–and worst promos–of all time. Easily tops 1978’s “Star Wars Holiday Special” as the worst TV appearance ever by a Stormtrooper.

  1. Old School Sammy
    October 20th, 2010 at 03:29 | #1

    I find it fairly ironic that next to the Shockmaster’s interview, it says (High Quality) LOL, we know that wasn’t the case. That was seriously one of the most (if not THE most) crap-tastic debuts in wrestling history. That helmet STILL cracks me up everytime I see it!

  2. admin
    October 20th, 2010 at 07:08 | #2

    You have to love how WCW tried to pull an audible and instead turn the Shockmaster into a lovable, hilariously clumsy good ol’ boy. Thing is, even without the ill-timed bump, the gimmick would have bombed big time with the hokey helmet and dubbed interview. Still, Dusty would point to the fact that we’re still talking about this angle today as yet another sign of his apparent booking genius.

  3. Old School Sammy
    October 20th, 2010 at 09:26 | #3

    The Black Scorpion also comes to mind (for bad angles of that era)—Ole Anderson’s voice behind a characer who was SO secret it seemed even the bookers had no idea who it was going to end up being…

  4. Mike
    October 20th, 2010 at 12:51 | #4

    A few years later, Fred “Shockmaster” Ottman would go to work for Ted DiBiase’s startup WXO promotion. In a spoof of the WCW routine where incoming stars would arrive in stretch limos, Ottman arrived at the WXO arena in a Geo Metro and couldn’t get out of the car because he was so big.

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