Wrestling is replete with Executioners. They have long been masked fodder for true wrestling heroes to run through in squash matches. On October 20, 1996 at In Your House: Buried Alive, yet another Executioner made his debut during the first-ever “non-sanctioned” match in the history of the WWF.
The “non-sanctioned” buried alive match ended when The Undertaker dropped Mankind into a grave and covered his back with a light dusting of dirt. This apparently constituted being buried alive because the referee awarded the match to the Undertaker.
Suddenly a masked man emerged and whacked the Undertaker with a shovel. That man was known as Executioner, but beneath that shitty Halloween costume was one time denizen of Baddstreet, USA, Terry Bam Bam Gordy. He had been brought in by Paul Bearer to help Mankind deal with the Undertaker and spent the next few months doing just that.
Gordy, as Executioner, faced the Taker two months later at In Your House: It’s Time in an “Armageddon Match,” that the Undertaker won. A short time later Paul Bear fired him on a random episode of Superstars and Executioner was never seen again.
Look out El Santo those babes are aliens!
Poor Héctor Guerrero. The dude seemingly could never catch a break when it came to gimmicks. Before he was the Gobbledy Gooker in the WWF Hector was Lazer Tron, a masker wrestler based on the faddy 80′s toy gun, Lazer Tag. At least as Lazer Tron he got a run as the NWA World Junior Heavyweight champion.
Oh what a match this is! If you like casket matches, so much brawling in the crowd, 10,000 headbutts and 458 chairshots to the head than this is the match for you! Match highlights include:
- Mr. Pogo ripping off Jason’s mask to reveal a dude with silver facepaint and a little crustache.
- An umbrella causing more damage than any of the 458 chairshots that occurred.
- So many lariats.
- One of the Invaders freaking the fuck out after giving Mr. Pogo a can of gas and a lighter.
- The coffin’s window.
- After being placed in the coffin sans mask, Jason’s mask magically returning when his coffin is carted away by a heap of mulleted Japanese wrestlers.
- The “Jason will return to WING!” title card at the end of the buried alive deathmatch.
In October of 2005, the WWE made a very exciting announcement: they were establishing a Juniors Division “comprised of world-class athletes at or below 5 feet tall,” exclusive to the Smackdown brand.
Smackdown General Manager, Teddy Long, was understandably excited by this momentous news going so far as to state, “Midgets, dwarves, the little people; they’re all welcome. We don’t discriminate against anybody on my show, as long as they can bring it.”
“Network” executive, Palmer Canon, added, “The network believes there’s big ratings and big excitement in the new Juniors Division. I think fans will be shocked at what these tiny, but very talented, competitors can add to the already incredibly gifted roster here on Friday Night SmackDown.”
In February 2006 the Juniors finally made their WWE debut. On March 9, 2006, the WWE scrapped the Juniors Division and released all the wrestlers who competed in it.