Thursday, November 13, 2008

My favorite foreign objects Part One


One thing I really miss in wrestling is the use of foreign objects. Sure, some wrestlers use them from time to time but I miss the days when you could count on a heel to use them whenever the chips were down. They're just great ways to taint a win. Who can forget such classics as Roddy Piper using a foreign object to beat "Nature Boy" Ric Flair for the U.S. title, Randy "Macho Man" Savage clobbering Tito Santana with a mysterious object to win the Intercontinental Title, or Johnny V helping the "Dream Team" (Greg Valentine & Brutus Beefcake) win the WWF Tag Team Titles from the U.S. Express (Barry Windham & Mike Rotundo) with a lit cigar to Windham's eye. So many great moments were made with heels using whatever it took to get the job done. When done correctly, it added so much heat to a feud.

Somewhere along the way, the foreign object has gone out of favor. The worst was when WCW announcers were reportedly ordered by Ted Turner not to use the word "foreign object" and instead say "international object". That's a true WTF moment but then again, you're talking about Ted Turner.

Personally, I think foreign objects have taken a back seat to things like run-in's and chair shots. There's nothing wrong with those but I long for the day when an arena full of fans were screaming bloody murder after a referee missed a babyface getting clobbered with a roll of quarters or a fireball. Naturally, if the referee didn't see it, then it's legal which only adds to the fans' frustration and desire to see a rematch.

Over the next few weeks, I hope to take a look at some of wrestling's greatest foreign object moments and some of the masters of the foreign object. Feel free to send me your favorites and I'll post the best ones!

1 comment:

SABUISGOD said...

FINALLY A BLOG FOR US OLD SCHOOL FANS FROM BACK WHEN!

I remember back in the day.....(Sigh) When the original Shiek would come roaring into St Louis-a #2 pencil in his boot, and a fireball up his sleeve. I was only 8 years old when I saw him square off with Bobo Brazil in the legendary Checkerdome. Bobo gave the Shiek a "coco butt" that split the Shiek wide open. minutes later, it was Bobo's turn to feel the wrath of the pencil. A double countout and a HUMONGOUS fireball about 20 feet from us later, and I was through for the night. I barely remember the other matches on the cars- and one was a Missouri title match involving Harley Race winning a chance at Jack Brisco for the world title.

Another great foriegn object was the roll of quarters. I saw Randy Savage blast Jerry Lawler, and quarters flew everywhere! Lawler hit the floor like he was dead! However, the next week in Evansville again, Lawler had no broken jaw, no bruises on his face(Curious, isnt it?) and he tore Savage apart with a chain.

I loved the great Kabuki's mist blinding Jimmy Valiant also. He had 3 different ones- each more "lethal". Except the "yellow mist" looked too much like orange. But doesnt all yellow food coloring look that way?

Another great foreign object was on TV from Memphis (again) when Eddie Gilbert "ran over" Jerry Lawler! People watching actually called the police to report an attempted murder! A caddy seville- the ultimate illegal object!

And who can forget the four horsemen attacking people with a baseball bat? Or Magnum TA breaking Tully's arm? Or putting "45 stitches" in Dusty Rhodes forehead after smacking him in the back of the head with a baseball bat....or was it Ole's tire iron to the splotch that did it?


KEEP THE OLD SCHOOL FAITH, COUNSELLOR!