As with any company producing over 10 hours of television on a weekly basis, WWE has a room full of extremely creative writers constantly attempting to create the best television show they possibly can. Just like every other writer’s room, the staff listens to a boss, in this case WWE CEO Vince McMahon. When Vince loves a writer’s idea, or he has a great one himself, it’s going to end up on WWE programming sooner or later…well, usually. Occasionally a storyline gets dropped before it even makes TV, but that hasn’t always prevented fans from hearing about them, thanks to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and later interviews with wrestlers and writers.
The stories can get dropped for any number of reasons. In most cases it’s probably because Vince and company realized it wasn’t the best idea, or maybe one of the performers involved refused to do it for whatever reason. Sometimes it doesn’t even have anything to do with wrestling, and was a change necessitated by a major global or business related news story. Regardless of why, countless wrestling storylines have been dropped over the years, and at least some of them sounded pretty awesome.
Read on to learn about the 10 most awesome rumored wrestling storylines that never happened, but we really wish did.
10 Jake Roberts vs. Hulk Hogan
In the mid 1980’s, Hulk Hogan was unquestionably the biggest babyface in the wrestling world. It isn’t quite as clear-cut who the most successful heel was, but few fans would disagree with the assessment that Jake “The Snake” Roberts was one of the best. So great was Jake as a heel, in fact, that when it came time for him to feud Hulk Hogan in the mid-1980’s, the fans, in Jake’s own words, “reacted wrong” and decided to cheer for the Snake over the Hulkster, going into an absolutel frenzy when Roberts nailed Hogan with the DDT.
9 Bob Holly - In Space!
Thurman “Sparky” Plugg debuted in WWE in 1993 as a part-time racecar driver who decided to moonlight as a wrestler. The name was rightly maligned, so he turned into “Sparkplug” Bob Holly. A few years later he ditched NASCAR for steel chairs and became Hardcore Holly, becoming a solid midcard success as a former WWE World Tag Team Champion and multiple time WWE Hardcore Champion. After several years of minor success he had a minor injury right around the time WWE was reviving ECW. In an attempt to relate to the Sci-Fi network, when Holly returned, former WWE writer Court Bauer suggested he become an astronaut.
8 Baron von Bava
Okay, we’ll admit it—half the items on this list would just amuse the hell out of us, and might not actually have had a huge chance of becoming the biggest storylines in wrestling history, but this one probably would’ve made national news…for all the wrong reasons. Former WWE writer Dan Madigan explained his idea for the character of “Baron von Bava” to Powerslam magazine in 2008. Explaining that, “after the Katie Vick angle, I figured I could write anything,” Madigan pitched McMahon and company the idea of a cryogenically unfrozen Nazi super-soldier, managed by the actually Jewish Paul Heyman.
7 Raven's Seven Deadly Sins
Raven was one of the greatest creative minds in professional wrestling in the 1990’s. Though Paul Heyman ran the show, it was often Raven’s crazy ideas that formed the basis for the greatest ECW storylines, and he was the guy with all the hottest, most violent girls, so fans loved to hate the guy, too. He was moderately successful in WCW, but left due to creative differences. A similar situation would occur when he returned to WWE in 2000. After several years marked with 26 WWE Hardcore Championship reigns, Raven was again creatively bored. Instead of quitting, this time he came up with a brilliant, year-long storyline to occupy his time.
6 Vince McMahon's Grossest Idea
We admit this would pretty much have been WWE jumping the shark, but the world deserves to know what goes on in Vince McMahon’s head. Most people probably would be correct in the assumption it’s mostly gorgeous women and men with more muscles than Vince knows what to do with, but there’s definitely some dark and scary stuff going on in there, too. Vince didn’t have the perfect childhood, but that doesn’t quite excuse his craziest idea. When his daughter Stephanie was actually pregnant for the first time with her first child, he suggested they run an angle on television where Vince would ultimately be revealed as the father of his grandchild. Stephanie immediately refused, so Vince asked if she’d let Shane do it. She refused again.
5 WWE World Champion, El Matador
In late 1992, Ric Flair was having minor health issues and needed to lose the WWE World Championship. The company knew Yokozuna would be their next long-term champion, but needed a face to hold the title for a few months until WrestleMania, since both Yoko and Flair were heels. They ultimately went with Bret Hart, who would use the first title win to gradually catapult himself into the WWE Hall of Fame. However, Hart wasn’t the only name on the list of potential interim champions. According to the man himself in various interviews, the second most talked about name to become champion at the time was “El Matador,” Tito Santana.
4 Doink the Clown vs. Hulk Hogan
Matt Borne had a successful career under his real name in Mid-South Wrestling and was known in WCW as Big Josh before debuting in WWE as Doink the Clown. Doink is controversial amongst fans, with some seeing him as the final jump-the-shark moment of WWE’s child-friendly cartoon nature of the Hogan era. Others feel at least his first year with WWE as a truly evil clown was compelling, but even his biggest fans have trouble believing Borne’s claim that Doink was supposed to main event WrestleMania IX against Hulk Hogan.
3 Ric Flair vs. Hulk Hogan
Sometimes what seems like the most obvious “sure thing” imaginable just doesn't pan out. In 1991, Ric Flair, the top star in the NWA, jumped ship to WWE. For the first time, the two biggest wrestling stars of the 1980’s were working for the same company. Immediately people began speculating Flair would face Hulk Hogan in the main event of WrestleMania VIII. The seeds of a feud were planted before Flair even showed his face on television, with Bobby Heenan challenging Hogan on behalf of the REAL World’s Champion. Flair unified his “real” title with the WWE World Championship by winning the Royal Rumble in 1992, and it seemed like Hogan would be the obvious choice for his opponent at WrestleMania.
2 Hulk Hogan vs. Sheik Tugboat
Fred Ottoman is best remembered for suffering perhaps the most embarrassing moment in wrestling history, for Fred Ottoman is the Shockmaster. Prior to the role that would eventually lead him to Internet infamy, Ottoman wrestled for the WWE as Tugboat. He was a huge part of WWE storylines in the early ‘90’s, teaming with Hulk Hogan against Earthquake and Dino Bravo. His status as Hulk Hogan’s best friend during this time made him enormously popular with fans, and according to longtime WWE writer Bruce Pritchard, Vince McMahon came up with a brilliant idea to turn him into a villain.
1 Vince McMahon's Hobo Army
In June of 2007, Vince McMahon’s limousine blew up on Monday Night Raw and he was declared missing, presumed dead. Two weeks later, Chris Benoit murdered his family and then hanged himself in his weight room, pretty much destroying the idea of a fake death ever occurring again in WWE. Benoit’s crimes are horrible, and in no way does it compare to the loss of two innocent lives, but one of the many things lost due to his actions was the potentially legendary saga of Hobo McMahon.
Robert Karpeles, a former WWE writer, explained the story to Bryan Alvarez of Figure 4 Wrestling Online. McMahon’s fake death would continue not for weeks, but months. Gradually Triple H and Stephanie McMahon would take over control of the company until Vince returned, in secret, with a “Hobo Army.” Vince would follow the Howard Hughes School of Business, growing out his hair, beard and fingernails during this time to appear more homeless. It has also been rumored that through this storyline, Vince’s real life brother Rod McMahon would make his WWE debut.
The Vince McMahon Hobo Army story is everything we love about wrestling. It is high-brow in the lowest-brow manner possible. It features social commentary in a truly warped, insane way. It has a big stable led by a huge star, and it turns the most powerful, hated heel in WWE into the underdog babyface everyone wants to cheer. And, like so many of professional wrestling’s greatest moments, it is virtually impossible to say whether it’s the greatest idea of all time, or one of the dumbest.
Sources: Wrestling Observer Newsletter
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