1988

Invader #3 vs. Manny Fernandez (WWC May 11, 1988)

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The story goes that after Bruiser Brody was stabbed to death in Puerto Rico by a wresetler named Invader #1 who ended up going free, many of Brody’s friends were enraged and wanted to do something about it.

Manny Fernandez was one such friend, and wanted to get revenge on Brody’s killer, but Invader #1 was ducking him, and so in a bout against Invader #1′s partner, Invader #3, Manny Fernandez dropped a series of knees off the ropes onto a prone Invader #3′s stomach, causing the stomach cavity to rupture and Invader #3 to spew blood everywhere.  Fernandez apparently hoped that in ruining Invader #3′s guts, Invader #1 would finally stop avoiding Fernandez so he could have his revenge.

In the years that followed there was debate over whether this was an actual shoot with Manny Fenandez going out to intentionally maim Invader #3 to get some measure of revenge for his fallen friend, or it was an angle capitalizing on the murder of Bruiser Brody.  One is forced to admit that either way it’s a pretty good story with a compelling video to accompany it, the only problem is that this bout took place months before Bruiser Brody was stabbed, so it is impossible for this match to have anything to do with it.

Though if you really want an exploitative angle capitalizing on the death of Bruiser Brody there’s always FMW impresario, Atsushi Onita and that time he pretended to get stabbed in Puerto Rico…

Hulk Hogan (WWF 1988)

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The “War Bonnet” in full effect.