Featuring a foreword by wrestling legend Jim Cornette, and exclusive stories from former Wwe writers, including Vince Russo. What if Undertaker had hatched out of a giant egg? What if Daniel Bryan hadn’t got his WrestleMania Xxx push? What if ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin had been named Chilly McFreeze? All of this nearly happened. What about those plans that never got off the drawing board? How different could the landscape of modern professional wrestling be had some of these shocking plans actually made it onto our screens? WhatCulture.com takes a journey behind the scenes to explore a host of what ifs, what might have beens, and what almost was. We look at proposed matches that never were, characters that could have been very different, booking plans that were changed at the last minute, promotional jumps that nearly happened, and backstage shenanigans that would have changed the business. We take you on a journey into a world of Shocking Wrestling Plans You Won’t Believe Almost Happened!
A Brief History:
From 1990 to around 2004 I was a massive wrestling fan. During those years I attended dozens of WWF events including WrestleMania XIV and the first Backlash pay per view. I even took my grandmother (who was an even bigger fan) to a few Monday Night Raws and Smackdowns.
Going in I thought the scrapped angles would be my favorite part of this book. However, the big surprise were the behind the scenes pieces by Jim Cornette and Vince Russo. Whatever you think of them, those two know their stuff, and the essays the wrote for this book turned out to be a highlight.
The sections about angles or characters that never made it to tv is quite good too. One of my favorite stories is about how Stone Cold Steve Austin was almost called Otto Von Ruthless, Ice Dagger or Fang McFrost. Thankfully for fans, Steve’s former wife, Jeanie Clark, chose his name, and it happened over a cup of tea.
Yup, Steve Austin drank tea.
Shocking Wrestling Plans You Won’t Believe Almost Happened was much better than I was expecting. I learned quite a bit about how wrestling promotions work, and how storylines and characters are created.
If you were a fan in the 1980’s or 1990’s, this book is worth checking out.
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