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Someone refresh my memory......i get that he played in the NFL in Baltimore but who in God's name thought having him do color on a ppv for the nation was a good idea???   Was there a good reason in thinking this or did Gorilla & Macho just tick someone off and got stuck with him as a rib

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Donovan was always sort of endearing in a "funny, cute old uncle" way during his late night appearances on Carson and Letterman over the years. He used to tell some funny stories. I think WWF was going for the Bob Uecker effect with this one, which was pretty successful for Mania 3 and to a lesser extent 4. What they didn't anticipate was that Donovan needed more coaching/reeling-in/oversight because he quickly became a runaway train.

This was KOTR '94. Was Vince going through the trial at this point? Who the hell had lead book? Was Patterson covering the duties? Russo hadn't really established a voice yet. Ross was on hiatus. It was a weird fucking time in the WWF. That was a really depressing show.
I think Donovan would have been easier to take in small segments.  Having on the mic for three hours was a TERRIBLE idea.

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Jerry Jarrett was booking with assistance from Pat Patterson, likely Jim Cornette, and others.

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Agreed Blazer,that was a really odd shaky time in WWF

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Vince was both on trial and undergoing neck surgery. I suspect that had his mind been fully on running the company, this would never have happened. Maybe he sits in on a match or two as a guest, but no way would he be on for the entire PPV.

I watched it a few weeks ago, as it was the only Coliseum Video-era PPV I'd never seen. For a number of reasons, it stands as possibly the oddest WWF PPV of its time, perhaps ever. The company was in total disarray at this point, even before factoring in that business was in the tank. In many ways the WWF seemed to be at a lower point than it was a year later when Diesel was on top and business was worse--at least then the company was focused even if it wasn't focused on an enjoyable product. The whole show feels "off" for reasons besides Donovan. Monsoon was an anachronism at this point, and he and Randy are just awful--even with Donovan saddling them, each one calls the action as though a half-second of silence would be catastrophic. Gorilla just had nothing left to offer--nothing but his standard cliches and shitting on the heels instead of putting them over. Diesel was nowhere near ready for a World title match, and his use here was indicative of the shallowness of the roster. And then there was all the talk of the "New Generation" leading to a main event involving two 40-year old part-timers.

And yet--and this contributes to the oddness of the show--there is some damn good wrestling from both Harts, Diesel (yes, really), and the 1-2-3 Kid--and I thought the Jim Neidhart thing was genius. All in all, I don't think the WWF would ever see a show like this again. They'd run bad shows, and plenty of them--but this was a totally unique KIND of bad, and can't be accused of being boring. The only WWF PPV I can think of that compares would be the D-Generation X show.

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The October 1995 In Your House was pretty awful too with The British Bulldog vs. Diesel Main Event.



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