CLASSIC INDUCTION: Man Mountain Rock: To Quote Gorilla Monsoon, Whatapaloozer!

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WWF, 1995
Text by RD Reynolds

So I was in the Craphole this week (that being the fantastic new official WrestleCrap message forum, join today won’t you?) and came across a thread entitled “When/how did you first find the site?” It was pretty interesting reading how WrestleCrap first entered folks’ lives, and of course I couldn’t help myself but to note that I had found the site on my computer back in early 2000 when I was first putting it together.

Kids, I tell you – sometimes it’s hard for me to believe just how long I’ve been doing this (and I should note I’ve been blessed to have a lot of very talented guest writers, from Blade to Kelly to Harry to Sean and more), writing these inductions in pretty much the exact same format as when I started over a decade ago. For sure there have been changes to my writing style; the early inductions were very brief, just a shot or two of whatever I was writing about with no real detail. Later, as there were a lot more wrestling sites popping up, the inductions got much longer and more opinionated, with it not being uncommon for me to use them as a springboard to vent about whatever I may have seen on Raw that week I didn’t like. Then I tried to make them as detailed as possible with facts that no one could have ever, EVER cared about (and which I probably got wrong more often than not). These days? Inductions are for pure comedy purposes, which is a far cry from the old days in which I spent a lot of time trying to decide if something was or was not in fact “WrestleCrap.”

Which brings us to Man Mountain Rock.

For years, I questioned if he was, in fact, truly the worst of wrestling. He was actually a pretty darn good brawler in the early 90’s in WCW under the name of Maxx Payne. I remember specifically being at a match he and Cactus Jack had with the Nasty Boys of all people in Chicago and it was awesome.

But then he went to the WWF and, well…


He was no longer wildman brawler Maxx Payne, but instead Man Mountain Rock, he of the wacky WWF logo guitar.

Wait, why was I debating over inducting him all those years?

Yeah, I don’t know either, dude.

So where did things go wrong?

You’re looking at that outfit there and need to ask?

I mean, seriously, it’s like the seamstress went straight to Vince and said, “What would a rock and roller wear?” and Vince, being in his 20 year out of touch self, screamed at the top of his lungs, “TYE DYE, IDIOT! WHAT ELSE?”

You know, I can totally see that happening.

Prior to his matches, we’d get a mini-concert of sorts performed by Man.

And I do hope he doesn’t get offended that I just call him by his first name – Mr. Rock seems a tad too formal.

So he’d play his crappy theme song, a riff so generic that it would have Kip Winger shaking his head.

(Oh, there there – I’m just kidding ya, Kip. You and I are tight, bro. In fact, I just purchased Headed for a Heartbreak on iTunes. Seriously!)

The highlight of this wasn’t the song, but rather the commentary in which Shawn Michaels (yes, as a commentator) warned Vince not to lose his toupee whilse headbanging. You’d think nothing could possiby top that, but I argue that Vince talking about “getting down” and how Man Mountain Rock was “cutting a rug” is a million times better.

Hey, wait a minute – doesn’t “cutting a rug” refer to dancing?

Stranger still: Vince would constantly refer to his amateur background at Iowa State as “Darryl Peterson.” No wonder he changed his name: Man Mountain Darryl Peterson doesn’t have much of a ring to it.

Anyhoo, he had a pair of finishers, the first of which was a front face suplex, demonstrated here.

The name of said maneuver?


Here, I’ll have Gorilla Monsoon explain it to you.

God bless him, but the only thing lamer than Vince trying to make something sound cool is GORILLA trying to make something sound cool.

His other finisher?


While I admire Vince for doing the sound effect to tell us what, precisely, a wammy bar is, I am sad that Gorilla didn’t make this call as well.

I’m sure he could have got “perceptal octoberal petuberance” in there somewhere, and I’m a huge mark for that.

Let’s see, other WWF career highlights?

Well, at the 1995 Royal Rumble he did what may be the worst rendition of the national anthem I’ve ever heard (looking absolutely overjoyed to be doing so)…

…and later he had his guitar stolen by Bob Backlund.

My theory on that is Backlund, being the patriotic American he is (see that flag in the background?), was also appalled by said anthem and took and destroyed the instrument so that MMR could never disgrace our fair country again.

Good for you, Mr. Backlund!

So yeah, Man Mountain Rock didn’t last long. But during the time he was with the company, he shot some backstage footage with his handheld video camera. Check it out:

Sadly, it’s never been released. Not sure why that is, but I’m guessing the WWE legal team has something to do with it. Too bad. Not only does it look very interesting, but you’ll never believe who his producer was.

Maxx Payne, I’ve only got one thing to say to you, buddy!

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14 Responses to "CLASSIC INDUCTION: Man Mountain Rock: To Quote Gorilla Monsoon, Whatapaloozer!"
  1. Mitchell Colburn says:

    Being a bigger guy packaged as a rock star,Man Mountain Rock reminds me of Leslie West of Mountain(the band of ”Mississippi Queen” fame).

  2. Stephen says:

    RD, you should interview Man Mountain Rock for the site. 🙂

  3. Autrach Sejanoz says:

    “…what may be the worst rendition of the national anthem I’ve ever heard…”
    Trust me, it’s miles better than the DX Band’s rendition of American The Beautiful at Wrestlemania XIV. Only time I’ve ever heard a crowd boo that song.


  4. That Izzy Dude says:

    So Stardust feels MMR is a winner. I approve.

  5. John C says:

    With that tye dye outfit Vince could have brought him back in 1998 to be part of The Oddities. Cutting a rug, I feel there’s a Missy Hyatt joke that I should be making.

  6. Doc75 says:

    i had no idea Maxx Payne/Man Mountain Rock pretty much made hiz name in CWA in Memphis. i think it waz around 88 when he did. but i had to double check tho to see if it waz really him. he looked really different tho n wrestled pretty good too.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Interesting trailer.

  8. Mister Forth says:

    Not even he know why he wasn’t inducted yet.

  9. Anon says:

    I think about where that guitar ended up.

    That WWF guitar is probably somewhere in the WWE vault lost among the boxes of boxes Indy-Raiders style never to be found unless somone went looking for it.

  10. Ripplin says:

    Does anyone know the name of the song that plays in that trailer?

  11. Christopher Haydu says:

    I don’t know why so many people hate on the Chris Warren Band’s rendition of America the Beautiful at ‘Mania 14. I thought it was awesome. I was thirteen when that WrestleMania happened. Being that age in the nineties, hearing a “new wave alternative version” (as Howard Finkel announced it as being) was actually pretty cool. It was cool to hear something different instead of all the past ‘Mania national anthems, which mostly sounded the same. I thought it was a good Sonic Youth-like sound.

    As for Man Mountain Rock, in my opinion, the problem with his gimmick isn’t that a music-themed gimmick is stupid – it’s that a rock music gimmick was not hip for the mid nineties. Like with WrestleMania XIV, if a character was new wave, alternative, etc. i.e. relevant to the music of the times, which was Generation X, of course, instead of being a generic, eighties-style “rocker,” then the gimmick could’ve been a little more successful. It probably wouldn’t be anything that’d ever get a world title shot, but MMR could’ve at least stuck around long enough to have a feud with Jeff Jarrett. (Why that was never scheduled is a mystery.)

  12. Josh Owens says:

    Interesting factoid: He sued over the Max Payne video game franchise and won.

  13. Johnathan Barnes says:

    The Man Mountain Rock/Backlund feud was, fortunately (or unfortunately, had you gone to them) restricted to house shows, but footage does exist, namely two encounters on June 10th at Madison Square Garden and a week later, on June 17th in Anaheim, California. The Anaheim match is bad but inoffensive, yet the MSG match is widely regarded as one of the worst things ever recorded by fan footage.

    The fact that these matches were so bad, whether it was a combination of Backlund being stuck in his ways and Rock having a perpetual “deer in the headlights” look with the gimmick, made you question why they pushed it on TV for weeks.

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