Friday, July 6, 2012

Friday Fail: A Shocking Debut

Shockmaster's debut
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

 I'm doing a new feature each Friday here, based loosely on a segment we do on the newscast I anchor, called Friday Fail. In that weekly feature we look at stupid things that people (mostly criminals) do.

 The Friday Fail here on My 1-2-3 Cents will of course feature something from the wrestling world. Yeah, it's similar to the WWE's YouTube show "Are You Serious?", but I plan to find stuff that they haven't done yet.

 That being said though, the first one is actually one of my favorite bloopers of all time. The wrestler known as Tugboat and Typhoon in the WWF had jumped ship to WCW in 1993. His debut was much hyped as he was to appear with Sting, Dustin Rhodes, and Davey Boy Smith in a War Games matchup against Sid, Vader, and Harlem Heat. "Shockmaster" was to make his debut during a "Flair for the Gold" talk show segment. He barrelled through the wall, but because he was wearing a storm trooper helmet spray painted with glitter paint, Shockmaster's vision was limited. He apparently got tripped up on the debris and came tumbling through, and his helmet bounced right off his head.  He scrambled to get it back on and then got up quickly, but stood awkwardly for a few seconds.  It was a site to behold. 

This all happened live during a Clash of the Champions show.  No retakes, and you never know what's going to happen on live TV.  Shockmaster's momentum was killed before it ever really even started. I am going to assume that his fall from grace (if he had any at that point) was to blame.  If you listen closely you can hear mumbling.  I'm not sure if it's the commentators or the wrestlers on the set.  Allegedly Booker T and Davey Boy Smith dropped the f-bomb after the incident, but it was edited out later.

Years later, WWE spoofed the incident with DX, Dusty Rhodes, Arn Anderson, and Santino Marella.  It's obviously not as funny as the original.  But really, what is.

 What are some of you favorite fails in wrestling? Let us know here or on Facebook. And don't forget to follow us on Twitter. We're @my123cents, @kevinhunsperger, and @chadsmart.

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