That would certainly have been…WCW. The last year of WCW’s existence is one of the most fascinating times in the history of wrestling. The company was absolutely dying right in front of the fans’ eyes and there was no stopping it. Several years of bad stories and matches had sent the fans away in droves, but what about the stories that didn’t make the shows?
In a new interview with Sitting Ringside, Buff Bagwell tells a story of an idea that WCW boss Eric Bischoff had wanted him to do, involving Bagwell faking his own death. The story would have seen Bagwell announced as having died in a plane crash before returning at Halloween Havoc by being lowered from the rafters as a ghost. Bagwell even called his parents to warn them about the story that was about to come up, though it was eventually changed to him appearing in a Bill Clinton mask, which took place at Halloween Havoc 1998. Here are the comments, with transcription courtesy of Wrestlinginc.com:
“100% [true]. MGM Grand was the Halloween Havoc we did – the last one, if not the last Havoc, and [Bischoff] wanted me to die in a plane crash,” Bagwell stated. “I said, ‘Eric, I couldn’t get you to get the cameras in the hospital to see [me injured]. Are you kidding me?’ And so, he was gonna do it. I already called my parents and said, ‘Hey, you know, get ready for this so that I won’t scare you guys, and all that.’ I called them few and my wife, and all them to let them know, and they switched it finally to some kind of run in as, I think president Clinton with a mask or something. At the same time, he wanted me to come down like a ghost on wires after the plane crash, too. That was out of his mouth to me.”
It’s not a ghost, but how about a skeleton who can’t control his voice? Check out WCW at its…..best:
Opinion: Is this really out of the realm of possibility? Given some of the things that WCW was doing at the time (remember that this was around the time of Ultimate Warrior disappearing in clouds of smoke), it really doesn’t seem to be that far fetched. I’m sure it would have been resolved in a completely logical way too, and nothing would have been left unanswered whatsoever.
Do you like this idea of a story? Would it work today? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his Amazon author page with 28 wrestling books. His latest book is the the Complete 1997 Monday Night Raw Reviews.
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