Sunday, October 23, 2011

Boo: To the Moon

Konnan as Max Moon
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger on Twitter

Pulling another silly costume from the vault for today's post.  Max Moon.  I learned a few things about the character doing a little research.  I think I knew that Konnan originally donned this goofy costume, but somewhere along the way I had forgotten that fact.  He had a contract dispute with the WWE back in 1992, and because the costume fit, Paul Diamond got the gimmick.

I was in college during this time period, so I didn't get to watch wrestling as much as I wanted to.  I lived in the dorms and back then there weren't a whole lot of fans around me.  I kept up with things through magazines, but I did catch Superstars and Raw from time to time.  I saw Max Moon wrestle Shawn Michaels on the first Raw.  That was the Paul Diamond version of the character from the future.

Paul Diamond
Something else I learned about the gimmick, that costume apparently cost about $1,300 to create.  The leather get up was equipped with electronics and pyrotechnic gun.  Pretty impressive, sort of.  The character was only around about a year, so I guess he didn't impress much of anyone.  The cartoon character ride proved to be a failure in this case.

I wonder if they still have that costume.  Maybe it will be a part of the Wrestlemania Axxess exhibit, I'd like to see it up close after reading all these new details about it.

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