Death is an idea that is played around with a lot in wrestling, and usually with poor results. After all, there is nothing more serious than death, and it’s not something that should be used as an angle development tool.
Sadly, it has been on more than one occasion.
The most memorable death angle of recent memory would be the Big Boss Man-Big Show feud of 1999. The Big Show had arrived in the WWF with much fanfare, but had basically sizzled out. So Vinny Mac decided to try to spice up the Show’s heat with a run with the Boss Man.
And the WWF decided to make the Boss Man the most evil man alive.
|One night on Raw, a cop informs the Show that his dad has passed on…|
|…but thanks to the miracle of GTV, we find out that the cop was really a RENT-A-COP hired by the Boss Man!|
|Then the Boss Man comes into possession of a family heirloom, the Big Show’s grandfather’s watch…|
|…which he promptly smashes with a hammer and anvil! |
(And even more strangely, without Greg Valentine or Jim Neidhart…)
|Everyone thought the Boss Man was such a bad guy, but he got the Big Show a nice card that he read on air: |
With deep regrets and tears that are soaked
|Of course, this didn’t make the Boss Man quite evil enough, so he caught up with his mom, who had a startling revelation: the Big Show was a BASTARD!|
|Next came the Big Show’s Dad’s funeral. Show is delivering some kind words about his father, when what to his wondering eyes should appear? That’s right, the BLUES MOBILE, complete with an oversized loudspeaker attached to the top. |
Boss Man’s voice was booming through the graveyard: “Your daddy ain’t nuthin’, he never was nuthin’, and I’m glad the old bastard’s dead!”
Naturally, he ran the Big Show over with the car.
|While folks are attending to the Show, Boss Man pulls out a chain and hooks it up to the casket. Then he DRIVES AWAY WITH THE CASKET dragging behind. |
The Show gets up, and jumps on top of the casket, RIDING IT LIKE A SLED. He eventually falls off, and the Boss Man gets away with the cadaver.
This led up to the big grudge match between the two, a monumental battle that lasted all of three minutes.
At least it wasn’t a Kennel in the Cell match.