It Came From YouTube: The Shockmaster has ironic theme music

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We all know about The Shockmaster’s infamous debut where he fell through the wall of the A Flair For The Gold set (which I’ll again remind everyone was not his fault), but did you know he actually wrestled under that name afterward?

They retooled the gimmick to make him a construction worker (?) but still kept the Shockmaster name (??).

No, I don’t understand why they didn’t just re-name him to “Hard Hat Fred” or something. The silly gimmick name doesn’t really match the pedestrian gimmick.

I guess they just had no idea what to do with him. Poor Fred Ottman. He really did deserve better than all of this.

But still… Kudos to whoever decided to give The Shockmaster a ripoff of The Beatles’ song “Day Tripper” as his theme music, though.

That’s kind of clever- especially by WCW standards.

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23 Responses to "It Came From YouTube: The Shockmaster has ironic theme music"
  1. Jacob says:

    I think the gimmick was that he war the hard hat in case he tripped, I’m not making a dumb joke, that’s really the gimmick

  2. Baru says:

    After Shockmaster’s debut turned into a joke, it seemed they decided to rib him to death over it. The hard hat because he’s accident-prone. And the sloppy guitar playing as a theme: it’s great rock riffs being butchered by a clumsy guitar player, much like the Shockmaster botched his awesomeness by falling on his face. At least that’s my take on the bizarre entrance music he was given

  3. Third String Point Guard says:

    And the guitar player even botched a few licks from the Stones’ “Satisfaction”, right when Mike DiBucca/DiBacco/whatever was being introduced.

    That means it’s not just the big two of the Seattle sound (ersatz versions of Pearl Jam’s “Evenflow” for Chris Jericho and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” for DDP) but also the big two of the British Invasion who got ripped off by whoever was writing entrance themes for WCW back in the ’90s.

    • Tempest_Fennac says:

      A lot of those rip-offs were apparently due to Jimmy Hart liking to rip off other songs when he took over WCW’s music production: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/SuspiciouslySimilarSong/ProfessionalWrestling (I’m not sure if Shockmaster started using that theme after Hart joined the company though; Wikipedia doesn’t have enough info on them for me to guess eitherway).

      • "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

        Yeah, Jimmy loved to do that because it was a lot cheaper than licensing the real song. Makes sense.

  4. The Doctor of Style says:

    Let’s see, commentators criticizing both the theme music and camera work…graphics misspelling the jobber’s name… When *Tony Schiavone* is asking, “Who’s running this show?”, your production could really use improvement.

  5. AK says:

    I realize Mike Dibacco is the enhancement talent for this fine match but the announcer and commentators could at least give him the courtesy of pronouncing his name right,

    De-Boo-Kah? Really?

  6. Nova says:

    I think that the hardhat/construction-look was a tip-of-the-hat to Ottman’s gimmick when he wrestled in Florida as ‘The Big Steel Man.’ I recall seeing him wrestling Dusty Rhodes under that name during one of his first appearances in WWF/E at a TV taping in Niagara Falls.

  7. Nick Nutter says:

    That is without a doubt the worst theme music I’ve ever heard in my life. And I’ve been watching GWF reruns recently.

  8. ducky says:

    his music sound like some bad beatles / rolling stones some type of muisc

  9. Anonymous says:

    “Talentless clutz” gimmick fails to get over. News at 11.

  10. Preparation Triple H says:

    You too can learn to play the guitar in just two easy lessons!

  11. Glen says:

    Day Tripper..how perfect but I remember he tripped at night

  12. Rob P says:

    Anyone aside from me actually enjoy the commentary? We had Jesse Ventura explaining the origins of the Bielh (sp?) Throw and how it’s different from a hip toss. I think color commentators need to go back to that.

    Now, I hate Mike Tenay, but back in WCW, I looked forward to his comments about the luchadores. He always gave insightful commentary about the match rules, the moves, and the variations. That is missing from today’s product.

    • hobu0 says:

      I was watching some show from a few years ago. Matt Striker called some wild move by it’s proper name, and Michael Cole sarcastically mocked him for it. Another example of WWE mocking their own fans for being fans of the product in the first place. So bizarre….

  13. Wrestletrekker says:

    Pretty sure the hard had is cause he’s an electritian.

  14. Vealchop says:

    One thing I never got about his debut is if it was such a big botch why did they air it when it was recorded weeks before it was aired?

  15. Escape says:

    Lol – I remember thinking the Shockmaster was awesome back in the day, and totally bought into his extremely short-lived main event run. I wonder what the plan for him was if he hadn’t of tripped?

  16. Mister Forth says:

    A shame they decided to punish him like that.

  17. Sean Bateman says:

    After the Shockmaster name, WCW gave him the name “Uncle Fred”

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