See No Evil
Kane is genuinely one of the best and from all accounts nicest wrestlers to have laced up a pair of boots, but oh man he’s has waded through his fair share of slop in his career.
One of the Big Red Machines’ big red mistakes was the May 19th storyline, the entire point of which was to promote the WWE Studios horror movie See No Evil, which premiered on, yeah you guessed it. It was after ‘Mania 22, and Kane started to become mentally fixated on May 19th, the day his family perished in a fire.
Anyone who mentioned it to him would get a knuckle supper for their trouble and oh god this storyline for two months. At Backlash an unravelling Kane fought Big Show when May 19th began to play over the sound system, the source of this spookery pookery was an imposter Kane. Poor Luke Gallows, when they roll you out in a wig that looks like Bon Jovi on a humid day, your angle doesn’t stand a chance. At Vengeance Kane fought fake Kane, was beaten by him for some awful reason and WWE canned the gimmick the next day. Oof.
Nightmare on Elm Street
Of course it’s not just WWE that’s attempted to suckle at Hollywood’s withered gangrenous teat. Even down in Memphis during the, one of the most highly-regarded territories in its day and Jerry Lawler’s vaunted kingdom, wasn’t above a bit of naff s**t, to try and shift some tickets via recognisable intellectual property.
Step right up Doug Gilbert and his gimmick, Nightmare Freddy, a flagrant flaunting of copyright law that New Line Cinema had nothing to do with. A notable villain and terror of the schoolyards everywhere, Jerry Lawler could occasionally be seen with Freddy, who scared other wrestlers with his big dumb rubber mask, but like, he had to take off his finger knives when the match started, so why are you cowering from him Buddy Landel?
What’s he gonna do, other than call you a b*tch which is as we know the cruelest insult in wrestling. Oh and also a Jason ripoff gimmick called Jason The Terrible wrestled down there as well, because of course he bloody did. Freddy and Jason would take their schtick on the road to Japan, where footage of a Freddy vs Jason match can be found from 1992, over 10 years before the actual Freddy vs Jason movie came out.
Poor Rick Steiner, you didn’t deserve this. They shouldn’t have made you talk to the puppet. So WCW was heading into Halloween Havoc 1998, and after years of stomping on the WWF in the ratings, the wheels have come off and have come off hard. To boost PPV buys, WCW had just spent a fortune on bringing in the Ultimate Warrior to rekindle a feud with Hogan mostly by hiding in his mirror, and the Steiners Brothers, one of the most dominant teams of the 90s had been feuding amongst each other for most of the year ever since Scott turned on Rick back at Superbrawl.
What was the best way to hype the upcoming match between brothers at Halloween Havoc? Why, that would be having Rick Steiner get into a war of words with Chucky, yes the serial killer doll chucky, who cussed him out while promoting Bride of Chucky and it’s so so sad. Rick challenged the doll to come down to the ring and fight, is promptly ignored and then made fun of for about three horrible minutes while the crowd wondered what might be happening over on Vince’s channel right about now, which btw was the episode of Raw where Austin filled Vince’s corvette with cement, which is slightly more badass than being teased by fictional puppet.