Wrestling promotions have long enjoyed tying in their promotional needs to holidays. For many years, Survivor Series was known as the “Thanksgiving Night Tradition”. WCW created a PPV entitled Halloween Havoc. In the territorial days of Memphis, Glen Jacobs, known to fans today as Kane, dressed up as a Christmas tree and became The Christmas Creature.
In general, these holiday tie-ins were harmless fun. In fact, many of my favorite Prime Time Wrestlings were those around Halloween, namely the one where Bobby Heenan dressed up as the Big Bossman as a way of sucking up to him in hopes of getting out a series of matches with the Cobb County lawman. Heenan, too, loved the shows, even writing about them in his book, Bobby the Brain: Wrestling’s Bad Boy Tells All.
In the late 1980’s-early 1990’s, the WWF would take over the time slot held by Saturday Night Live to host its own show, Saturday Night’s Main Event. During the initial season, a Halloween episode was featured, which I remember fondly if for no other reason than for Elizabeth dressed up as a jungle girl.
|During the 1990 season of SNME,the WWF decided to change things up and feature an Oktoberfest episiode in which the entire WWF crew celebrated the holiday. |
And NOTHING says Happy Oktoberfest like Gene Okerlund in lederhosen.
|I take that back. |
Nothing says Happy Oktoberfest like Lord Alfred dissing all non-English brewed beer.
|The special featured all the notable characters of the day, such as the Bushwhackers, Roddy Piper, Vince McMahon, Slick, Akeem, the African Dream, and many more.|
|No SNME could exist without silly skits, so Gene caught up with the Bushwhackers at the cheese factory, doing…what else? |
They don’t write ’em like that anymore (Thank God).
|A staple at any worthwhile Oktoberfest celebration is the dancing contest,. |
Here, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart busted a move…
|…as did the Doctor of Style, Slick. |
Sadly, the band played traditional music, thus robbing fans of the rare all-tuba version of Jive Soul Bro.
|The coup dis-grace, though, had to be the SAUSAGE STUFFING CONTEST, which featured “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan and the Hart Foundation (poor Bret)…|
|…against the Orient Express and Mr. Fuji.|
|The judge of the contest was naturally “The Genius” himself, Lanny Poffo, who had obviously powdered his nose (and God knows what else) for the occasion.|
|As Gene did commentary, Lanny shared his unique insight to the festitivies.|
|In the end, Fuji pulled a kielbasa out of his trousers (no, not THAT kielbasa) and won the contest for his team. |
Ironically enough, it was the only victory of any sort the Express would have during their WWF tenure.
|Things wrapped up in the Bier Garten, as food went flying…|
| …and Lord Alfred made an ass of himself (even more than usual) by getting sloppy drunk.|
Food fights, sausage stuffing, and Lord Alfred plastered – what Bavarian WOULDN’T be proud?
Again, though, it was really more harmless fun than anything.
Still, if Lanny Poffo overseeing a Sausage Stuffing Contest isn’t WrestleCrap, I don’t know what is.
Gene Okerlund: “We’re having a great time over here, what about you, Lord Alfred?”
Alfred Hayes: “It’s not bad, Herr Schlong (??!!). A little light. But I must say it’s not as good as the English stuff, you know.”
Okerlund: “I’m here with the Bushwackers, Luke and Butch, what are you doing here?”
Butch: “We’re cutting the bloody cheese, mate!”
Okerlund: “Cutting the cheese?!”
Okerlund: “It’s the traditional Bavarian Sausage Stuffing Contest! Presiding over this event, the master sausage stuffer himself, an honorary member of the Sausage Stuffer’s Hall of Fame.”
Poffo: “The Genius is a master at the art of stuffing sausage, ACHTUNG! ICH HABE MEINE SCHEUSSELE VERLOSSEN! Inferior intellect will stop the Hart Foundation, by default I pick the Orient Express!”
Alfred (sounding like he is building to the BIG O): “And then this fisherman…he…hahaha…this fisherman…oh…oh…hahahaha!”