“JB(L) started started carrying on that he could take anybody in the company or in the locker room in a real bar fight. Now, first of all, I was not a big fan of JBL personally. I thought he was a bully. I thought he was a loudmouth. So all I had to do was sit back and hear him say how he could take anybody in a bar fight. Now keep in mind while he’s saying this, I know some of the guys in the locker room, and while he’s saying this I say to myself, ‘You know what? I’d love to see that.’ So sure enough, the next TV session with Vince, I pitched it.”
– Vince Russo, Kayfabe Commentaries’ History of WWE: 1998
The first ever Brawl For All match of the first (and last) ever Brawl For All Tournament. What exactly is a Brawl For All? A hybrid boxing-wrestling fight thing. There were points and three one minute rounds. What did the audience think of this new and exciting concept? Let’s let them speak for themselves…
“Sable! Sable! Sable! Sable!”
“We want wrestling!”
And so a scant two months after it began, the illustrious Brawl For All came to an end on a random episode of Raw emanating from Philadelphia. Two men with cowboy gimmicks would enter, one would leave $75,000 richer and go on to getting punched out in like 30 seconds by a real boxer at Wrestlemania, the other would be carried out $25,000 richer and go on to have a splendid career declaring, “I love it Maggle!”
HEY ALL Y’ALL IT’S THE BRAWL FOR ALL!
In an era during which stupid ideas abounded, the Brawl For All takes the proverbial cake. Do you like lower midcard tough guys badly punching each other for real? No? Too bad, because that’s what the Brawl For All was. The matches were shoot fights between guys, that most people thought was a work, only it wasn’t and because of that almost everyone who was involved in it got injured for real.
If there’s one good thing that came of the Brawl For All I guess it would be the Brawl For All theme song, which had a pretty good guitar riff…that and Bart Gunn’s massive push following his decisive win…oh wait, no, that never happened. I guess just the theme song then.