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 Posted: Thu Aug 14th, 2008 01:56 am
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WCW in general but their show Saturday Night eventually became a haven for random appearances by random wrestlers. For example David Sammartino was booked for a Nitro, even though his last mainstream match was probably 7-8 years prior. John Nord showing up on Saturday Night. Greg Valentine showing up on Nitro.  Even WWE would find random forgotten wrestlers and trot them out like Bill Irwin.

Now my question is how and why were these guys booked? Take Sammartino for example, who would have thought or knew how to contact the guy? Like I said earlier he had been out of wrestling for years. He was never a real big name. How does a guy like Sammartino even solicit a booking?

What about Bill Irwin? Here is another guy 5 years  or so off since his last major regular bookings. I guess he had a run in GWF. Regardless, here was a guy who had been pretty inactive for the last 5 years before being hired by the WWE.

Are these random bookings done as favors or did these companies actually seek these guys out?

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 Posted: Thu Aug 14th, 2008 12:30 pm
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Maybe just try-outs, to see if there was anything left in the tank.

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 Posted: Thu Aug 14th, 2008 12:44 pm
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I wonder if it had to do with that maybe they were in the guys home town where he was living and just decided to give him a payday or maybe they told someone they knew witht he company that they were gonna be in that town that night so again they told him to come down and we'll give you a match.

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 Posted: Thu Aug 14th, 2008 01:38 pm
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ECW brought Irwin in for a couple matches when they tried promoting shows in Minneapolis.  He was greeted with "He's my Grandpa" chants.



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One of my favorite things about the Royal Rumble in the early to mid '90's mostly wasa watching to see what wrestler not in the WWF at the time would come through the curtain when the buzzer went off. I remember 'marking out bigtime' when guys like Dick Murdoch, Carlos Colon and Curt Henning would come out. If I'm not mistaken, didn't Murdoch have a really good showing in the one he was in and was one of the last guys to get thrown out?
Who were some other wrestlers that showed up just for the Royal Rumble match and that was it?

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 Posted: Thu Aug 14th, 2008 02:03 pm
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In 96 you had Takao Omori, Doug Gilbert and the Headhunters

In 97 you had Pierroth, Latin Lover  and Cibernetico

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I recall Porkchop Cash turning up on Superstars/Chellnge around 88/89 ish.

Cue Monsoon with "Stick a fork in Porkchop, he's done :D"



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Are you referring to Irwin coming into WWE as The Goon?  Or as Bill Irwin.  If it was as Irwin, when was this?

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 Posted: Thu Aug 14th, 2008 02:34 pm
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Near the end of WCW Saturday Night in early 2000, Robert Gibson was wrestling quite regularly. He was in his Rock n Roll Express gear and looking way too old for the gimmick. Ricky Morton was not on the scene.

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Another I forgot that has to go in

The Schultz - Stossell 20/20 episode



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I know it wasn't WCW Saturday Night, but what about Genichiro Tenryu and Koji Kitao wrestling Demolition at WMVII?

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DIdn't Scott Casey, Mr. Wrestling II (Tim Woods maybe?) and Butcher Vachon all make a quick enhancement talent pass through the WWF around 1984 with no fanfare and no push whatsoever? 



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thunderbolt wrote: DIdn't Scott Casey, Mr. Wrestling II (Tim Woods maybe?) and Butcher Vachon all make a quick enhancement talent pass through the WWF around 1984 with no fanfare and no push whatsoever? 

And Buzz Sawyer, and Mad Dog Vachon.

II was Johnnie Walker.

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 Posted: Thu Aug 14th, 2008 04:57 pm
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Speaking of II's cup of coffee in the WWF was the match he had with Terry Funk at one of the monthly MSG shows any good? it's one match I always wanted to see but haven't as yet.

Also the Spoiler was in the WWF around this time too, no?

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Irwin was brought into the WWF as The Goon (along w/ Tony Anthony as T.L. Hopper and Tracy Smothers as Freddie Joe Floyd) during a "we need more veterans on the undercard" freakout that would end a few months later, which was reprised 10 years later with Brad Armstrong, 2 Cold Scorpio, and Rodney Mack being brought in for the new ECW house show run that died quickly, as well as Mark Canterbury getting re-hired briefly.

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