Its Monday wrestling fans, time for another edition of #ask7pound. This week we touch up on a few things surrounding Wrestlemania. You fans just can’t get enough of this event. So let’s not waste any more time.
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Lets start off with a little bit of BAD NEWS.
Well WrestleMania has come and gone there were some great matches and moments…I’ve got some bad news though…With all of the build for Lesnar vs Ambrose It didn’t live up to the hype and maybe it was hyped to much in the PG era but I just expected more from this match in terms of brutality and longer than 12-13 minutes.
Did you know?
Did you know that the first ladder match in the WWE was with Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart for the Intercontinental Championship
Trevor is back this week, and he responds to you fans, as well as Eric from In my Damn Opinion.
Here are the questions this week
Aaron from Chattanooga TN gets us started
Were the main events for Wrestlemania set in stone. What other main events were scheduled or tossed around for the first ten?
Well let’s start off by saying, nothing is ever set in stone for any event, including the main event for Wrestlemania. There is always that little tag line at the bottom of the page that says “card subject to change.” Here is an example before I get to the heart of your question. Last year at Wrestlemania 31, it was not planned for Seth Rollins to walk out of San Francisco as the WWE Champion. They made that call during the event itself. Vince called an audible and did not think Roman was ready to carry the title, so they changed things up last minute. So I did some hard core research on this to answer your question, and here is what I came up with for the first ten Mania’s and their original main event plans.
Wrestlemania I: It was tossed around to have Hogan vs Piper for the WWF Championship, but due to the popularity of the events, they wanted celebrities involved in this match, so insert Mr. T. and Paul Orndorff.
Wrestlemania II: Couldnt really find much on this, but I heard that they were thinking of Hogan vs Savage in a title for title match for the WWF Championship. It is rumored, and only rumored (probably true) that Hogan did not think that he and Savage would draw big money for the show. Hey Hogan, just FYI, Wrestlemania II lost a shit ton of money anyway. Would have been better than Hogan vs Bundy.
Wrestlemania III: Was originally planned to be Hogan vs Paul Orndorff. Interestingly, Hogan was supposed to drop the title to Mr Wonderful around February of that year in Toronto, then regain the title at Wrestlemania III, they scrapped that idea and gave the match to Andre. Good move in my opinion.
Wrestlemania IV: It was thrown around to have the rematch between Hogan and Andre for the championship. Well we kind of got that, because Hogan did face Andre and essentially the title was on the line in the tournament. However, the actual title match was scrapped when Savage’s popularity increased, and was getting a bigger following than Hogan. So they had Andre win the title, then surrender it to set up the tournament.
Wrestlemania V: Was always supposed to be Hogan vs Savage, this was planned shortly after Mania IV.
Wrestlemania VI: Again no changes here, Hogan vs Warrior was supposed to take place.
Wrestlemania VII: Was supposed to be Hogan vs Warrior II, and Hogan was going to regain the title from Warrior. This was the plan at the beginning of Wrestlemania VI and was a condition for Hogan to drop the title to Warrior. It got scrapped when the Desert Storm War hit, so they gave the belt to Slaughter to make the Real American gimmick get over better.
Wrestlemania VIII: Was supposed to be Hogan vs Ric Flair. This got scrapped because Hogan and Flair stunk up the joint during their house show matches, and they were not about to let them suck during their biggest show. Well in hind sight, the main event they ran with was probably worse than anything Hogan and Flair could have done.
Wrestlemania IX: Was tossed around to be Hogan vs Bret Hart for the championship. Hogan did not think and actually refused to job to Bret Hart who was the up and coming superstar. They threw in Yokozuna to beat Bret, then Hogan beat Yoko minutes later, never defended the title until he lost it back to Yokozuna. Total waste of time if you ask me.
Wrestlemania X: Okay so there were many things tossed around for this. One was to have Lex Luger vs Yokozuna for the Championship by itself in the main event. One was to have Luger vs Bret for the championship. According to my sources, during the 1994 Royal Rumble match, they decided to have co-winners to set up the two-for main event. Originally it was supposed to be Lex Luger walking out of the show with the title. But according to some, Luger ran his mouth and started giving away the finish, so Vince changed his mind and gave the title to Bret instead.
Owen from Houston TX wants to know about the Wrestlemania Logo
The Wrestlemania logo really has not changed through the years. Why was 16 so different from all the rest?
So I went back and looked at all the logos, and for the most part you are right, it has stayed the same type of logo with a few modifications along the way. Wrestlemania 16, was also labeled Wrestlemania 2000, was much different. This was done because of the new wave of technology that was supposed to happen. It was the turn of the century, a new millenium, a new era. So they made the log a little bit different to keep up with the changing times. It is a fair argument to say that Wrestlemania 16 was one of the worst Mania’s of all time minus the TLC match. Then when they returned to the old logo at 17, it turned out to be one of the best of all time. Just saying.
Brad from Western Kentucky touches on Wrestlemania
So I just finished watching Wrestlemania and I have to know. Who’s idea was it to have Shane jump off the top of the cell? I mean his wife and kids were front row ringside. How did he not get seriously hurt on this?
Im pretty sure that it was all about luck. Shane put his body on the line when he jumped from the top of the cell, and risked serious injury or worse. This was entirely his idea to do this, and it is not the first time he has done a stunt of this magnitude. I can think of two other occasions where he jumped even higher than the cell on to his opponent. Shane has balls, and takes chances to make the match better, and get the crowd really in to it. That stunt alone made that match, and quite possibly made Wrestlemania, as that is what many are talking about. So how he didnt get hurt even worse than he did? He got lucky, and he knows how to land properly to help avoid serious injury.
Hal wants to know about Baron Corbin
Do you know what the plan is for Baron Corbin after winning the Andre battle royal?
I honestly don’t know what the plan is right now for Corbin, but what I can tell you is what I would do with him. Corbin has the look and the talent to be great, and I think that by the end of the summer, we are going to see him in the main event competing for the WWE Championship. I think he and Roman Reigns can put on a great show for the fans, as they both have a solid look, they are both great big men, and we all know how Vince gets a boner for big men. I would put Corbin up against Reigns, not win the championship right off the bat, but really build his character in the main event scene right off the bat. I will go on record right here on this forum, and say that I will predict that Baron Corbin is going to be the next top guy in the WWE, and we will see him with championship gold within one year.
Tim closes out today
This is more of an opinion question, but I would love to get your take on it. Who in your opinion is the best “Mid Card” wrestler of all time. Meaning someone who never won the world title?
Oh gosh, this is such a loaded question. I mean what would constitute a mid carder now a days? Is Dean Ambrose a midcarder? He never has won the world title. However, I think I know where you are going with this, if it isnt then let me know and I can modify a little.
First I will start with a few honorable mentions as for mid carders that never won the big one.
Tito Santana- Tito had some of the best matches in the early 80’s. He was a former two time Intercontinental Champion, former tag team champion. But never had the chance to win the world title. Then he went to that ridiculous El Matador gimmick, and to me that ruined him.
Jake the Snake Roberts- Jake Roberts almost had the chance to get into the main event circuit in 1986, however he was derailed by Hogan because Hogan didnt think the match would sell tickets, so that was scrapped. Roberts never held a major singles championship in his career, but still is one of the all time greats in wrestling.
Paul Orndorff- Again a guy who nearly was booked to win the World Championship as stated earlier. He never got the opportunity but did capture the WCW Television championship, as well as the tag team championship in WCW.
King Kong Bundy- I have nothing more to say about this and I am him.
Dammit Trevor, seriously stick to your own show, now back to my list
So I was torn between two wrestlers who were actually classified as mid carders and never held the WWE or WCW World Championship. So my answer to your question is 2 wrestlers.
Scott Hall (Razor Ramon)- Okay so yeah Im a bit biased on this one, but Scott is one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, and never got the chance to hold the big prize. He had a few matches for the WWF and WCW Championship on pay per view events, but never won those matches. He had a chance to hold the WWE championship but declined to sign on with the WWE before leaving for WCW.
Rowdy Roddy Piper- Is he a mid carder? That is debatable, but he never won either of the two major world championships. He was a former Intercontinental Champion, a former United States champion, and had one of the most iconic feuds with Hulk Hogan in WWE and WCW both for the World Championship. Piper never got his hands on the title, but only actually got pinned by Hogan once, at SuperBrawl 97.
So I would classify both Piper and Hall as the best mid-carders of all time.
Thats all for this week, please leave a comment below on what you think, or if you have a random comment to make on your opinions. Check out 7poundbag.com and the other wrestling segments, the Wrestling Roundtable every Friday, and Eric Asafailo’s In my Damn Opinion on Thursday. Thanks for stopping by and we will see you next week.
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