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 Posted: Wed Jul 31st, 2013 03:39 pm
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King Mabel, Mo, Tatanka, Yokozuna

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I don't think Mabel/Viscera was ever a free agent during the 96-01 period. Mo was completely worthless in MoM, let alone as a single.

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Mabel left the WWF in early 1996 and didn't return until early 1999. He was out there for about three years had it worked for him to go to WCW.

As best as I can recall, Fred Ottman never wound up there. He seemed like a natural due to his Hogan and Dusty connections as well as his size and prominent WWF push.

Did Paul Diamond ever pass through? Even if he never got pushed, he seems like a guy designed for duty as a jobber at the marathon Orlando tapings and WCW Saturday Night with perhaps some house show undercard duty. He was definitely wrestling circa 1998 or so when he passed through ECW for a couple of months. WCW was signing guys left and right, but he seems to have slipped by.

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tamalie wrote:
As best as I can recall, Fred Ottman never wound up there. He seemed like a natural due to his Hogan and Dusty connections as well as his size and prominent WWF push.


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tamalie wrote:

As best as I can recall, Fred Ottman never wound up there. He seemed like a natural due to his Hogan and Dusty connections as well as his size and prominent WWF push.




 


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I remember hearing Hogan wanted WCW to sign Yokozuna to get his win back (Yoko squashed him on the way out of the WWF) but I think there were too many health issues by that point.



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By far and away, Shawn Michaels...I can't believe that he didn't get out of his contract to join Hall and Nash.



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I think Shawn, Owen, and Davey Boy were the first ones who signed five-year deals in '96 right after they lost Hall and Nash.

Papa Shango/Kama too. There was period in '94 and '96/'97 I know he wasn't being used. Same as Rikishi.

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PeteF3 wrote: tamalie wrote:
As best as I can recall, Fred Ottman never wound up there. He seemed like a natural due to his Hogan and Dusty connections as well as his size and prominent WWF push.


tamalie with the rare total misfire.


Oh man. I totally forgot about that moment of infamy. Not only did Ottman work there, but this classic moment explains a good deal about why they didn't bring him back later.

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Regarding Rikishi, I think he was always employed, even when not being used. The Headshrinkers fizzled out around late May of 1995. By July Fatu was working the "Make A Difference" gimmick at TV. Fatu finished up that gimmick in the spring of 1996. There may have been an injury, but he debuted as The Sultan in September of that year. That gimmick lasted into early 1998. If there was a window in which he was let go, it might have been there. However, he turned up mid year at the Dory Funk Jr. run development camps that also included the likes of Edge, Christian, Test, Albert, Shawn Stasiak, and a few other notables. He definitely worked a bit in Memphis in 1998 and 1999 when the WWF sent guys there. He debuted as Rikishi in the fall of 1999.

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After he left the WWF, Marc Mero.  Thought the WWF jobbing him out to Gillberg was because he was making the switch.

Some of the later ECW blokes.  Chris Chetti, Doring/Roadkill.  Given the WWF had little interest in them, I'd've thought WCW might have taken a look.



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I was always kind of surprised that King Kong Bundy never showed up after his WWF release in 1995. They seemed to be signing a ton of ex-WWF guys at that point.

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kargol wrote: After he left the WWF, Marc Mero.  Thought the WWF jobbing him out to Gillberg was because he was making the switch.

Some of the later ECW blokes.  Chris Chetti, Doring/Roadkill.  Given the WWF had little interest in them, I'd've thought WCW might have taken a look.

Mero made one WCW appearance in 2000. I just watched it the other night. He got into it with Tank Abbott and then, he was gone.



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D-Lo Brown. Thought he would end up there for sure when Russo took over.

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