Saturday, August 15, 2015

SummerSlam A to Z: Sewer Rats & Snakes

Box o' rats
Courtesy: WWE
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter
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Admittedly, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels or Sheamus would have been more popular S's for this entry, but I decided to go with something a bit more obscure today.  Rewind to the summer of 1990 and Jake "The Snake" Roberts and Bad News Brown were engaged in a feud fueled by animal rage.

Jake had been DDTing and knocking out opponents for more than four years in the WWF by this time.  After each victory he'd allow his python Damien a chance to slither around the fallen victim.  For anyone with ophidiophobia this could be particularly unsettling.  

Happy birthday
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Bad News Brown had that fear after opening a gift of a rubber snake from Jake on an episode of Wrestling Challenge. Brown headed back to Harlem to find his revenge.  It was then that he promised to unleash his collection of New York City sewer rats on Jake and Damien when he beat him at SummerSlam.  To me they looked more like possoums, but I hate both so the gimmick worked on me.

The match, which was refereed by Big Bossman, was bad news for Brown and anyone hoping to see that box of sewer rats get opened.  The Snake won the contest by disqualification.  Brown and his critters left the company a short time later.  The rats no doubt hungry and angry for not getting to snack on Damien.


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