Crapper Drew Bludd writes:
With help from The Fabulous Art 0’Donnell, I was finally able to find a WWF promo I’ve been seeking for years.
As an ardent baseball fan (who competes in fantasy leagues alongside teams such as The Parts Unknown Warriors, The Quebec Mounties, The Ugandan Giants & Benoit Family Planning) I was always fond of this piece, of Vince McMahon’s desire to put down mainstream sports while trying to elevate his circus into the mainstream.
This promo comes from 1994, a terrible year for sports (and an even worse one for sports entertainment). For there would be no World Series. The MLB had gone on strike. Now, sure, many of us learned about this from Steve Lombardi. But the rest of us were generally bummed out by, as it would be put years later, millionaires fighting with billionaires thus robbing the country of our national pastime.
A young baseball fan walks onto a field by himself. The field is empty as there will be no game today. The shock causes him to drop his tiny glove and begin to cry.
But who shows up out of nowhere? Bad News Barrett? Nope. “Macho Man” Randy Savage.
Dandy Randy throws a few pitches to the boy instead doing of the obvious thing which is not play alone with a child that you don’t know.
A voice over says that in the WWF there IS no off season. The boy asks Macho if wrestlers will ever go on strike. He assures the kid that he won’t.
He’s not Jim Hellwig.
But walk out on the company that made you a household name to show up in the inferior competition almost overnight for a big pay day without giving your boss any notice?
Yeah, kid. THAT they do.
“The WWF- We’ll never go on strike… because we don’t have a union!” -Joe Gagne, Joe Vs. The World WWF 1994 Year In Review podcast.