Welcome to another wonderful edition of the Phat Daily Column. Today, we'll hop into the Time Machine and look at famous Father-Son connections. Many wrestlers first got their job because their father was somehow connected to a certain federation. Had it not been for their father, maybe they'd have a tougher time in wrestling. So let's hop into the Time Machine, and look back at certain wrestler's entrances, thanks to their fathers.
After a few months, the Rock was called up to the WWF, from his developing site of Memphis, to wrestle for the WWF on a regular basis. They gave Duane Johnson the name of Rocky Miavia, and shoved him down our throats as a babyface! They pushed him to the Intercontinental title, and there were no signs of having him lose. His knee injury actually caused the Rock to lose that title, to Owen Hart, thus ending the Rocky Miavia's unearned push. Rocky Miavia was a horrible babyface at the time, but yet the WWF kept pushing him. Why? Rocky Johnson is a past WWF wrestler, and the WWF pushed him as a favor.
Bill Watts was eventually fired for bad decisions, like this one, at the end of 1992. Erik Watts would surf around in WCW for a while, mainly as a higher profile jobber. He got in trouble, one time, for using the Flatliner as a regular move. Kanyon was using that as his trademark finisher, and got furious instantly! Watts wasn't really seen much on WCW since then, and was eventually released. He's wrestling in the independents somewhere. Had Bill Watts not shoved his son on television early, maybe Erik Watts could have been something. He certainly had the potential back then, but he was never able to grow and get better in the developmental stages of wrestling.
AWA had an awesome heel champion at the time in Curt Hennig, and the plan was for Greg Gagne and Hennig to have a major feud. Luckily, the WWF talent raids picked up Hennig, made him Mr. Perfect, and saving him from any embarrassment from carrying this slug of a wrestler. Greg's wrestling career didn't amount to much after Curt left, and he eventually wound up in WCW to be a backstage agent.
Hennig would go on to decent success in the WWF, while having embarrassing failure in WCW. He should sue WCW, if you ask me, because he was promised a World Title reign for coming to WCW by Eric Bischoff. Hennig was last seen beating up Dennis Rodman in the I-Generation tour.
David Flair hasn't really improved on his wrestling ability since being signed with WCW, although he can take some mean bumps. Ric Flair even put his own son over in a retirement match, showing everyone how bad he wants his son to succeed. David wasn't able to ride off that so-called HUGE victory, and now he's chasing Ms. Hancock for carrying someone else's child. What a waste.
Dustin would continue to bore us, until the Hogan administration fired him for blading in the "King of the Road" match, when he wasn't supposed to. He would later become big by turning into Goldust in the WWF, and then screwing his career again in WCW. He did do a good "shoot" interview after not wanting to be 7even, which was a Russo gimmick. Dustin is currently under WCW contract, waiting for a phonecall to come back.
-Now I'm sure I'm forgetting some here or there, but oh well. These are the most famous cases. With some, it didn't matter about their fathers being connected to the business. However, in most cases, those wrestlers would have taken a much longer time in the business, had their fathers not offered the helping hand.
Anyway, this was a well put together documentary, showing inside aspects of the wrestling business. It reveals the wrestler's injuries, training, backstage, and so forth. They talked about the importance of gimmicks. It pissed me off when they said that Sting had many flopped looks until he found the "Crow Sting", which works. Please! He was the most over WCW wrestler, no matter who(Hogan) tried to come in.
I won't go into much further detail since it's sort of old. If you see it on The Learning Channel, then check it out. I'll give it a strong A- for this documentary. Also on TLC, check out the Bruce Lee documentary too! Damn good one there as well!
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