Welcome back to another Monday Morning Q&A where I toss out some questions to get a feel of how you guys and gals are feeling about certain topics.
So here are 5 questions I’d like to toss out for this week, which is going to be themed around Halloween coming up this Sunday night! I’ll give my answers, too, but the key here is that I want to know what YOU think! So make sure you chime in!
1) Who would you say is the scariest wrestler of all time?
Obviously, none of them are legitimately scary unless you’re a kid. But I could see plenty people freaked out over a good number of them, like Boogeyman and Mankind. Papa Shango likely scared a good number of Hulkamaniacs and Ultimate Warrior fans back in the day, for example.
If you have coulrophobia, like a lot of people do, Doink the Clown is probably the biggest nightmare in your mind. I tend to think clowns are dumb rather than scary, and I thought Doink was a good character for what it was worth (despite clowns being an entertainment media I just fundamentally don’t think ever made sense to be actually “entertaining”), so that leaves me left wondering who I’d pick for this.
Ultimately, I think the scariest wrestler for me would have to be someone I would legitimately not want to cross. The characters are all gimmicky and fun, but there are some absolutely crazy real-life psycho type guys who have been in wrestling. I’d rather be in a room with Big Van Vader pretending to threaten me knowing he’s a softie than to be in a room with New Jack and not have any idea if he’s going to start flipping out, you know?
I think I’d test my luck with Mayor Kane over Nailz, who might attack me backstage.
2) What are some of your favorite masks used in professional wrestling history?
A lot of luchadors like Rey Mysterio have some great masks. Kalisto’s had some really cool ones, and I’ve liked Sin Cara’s, too. Hell, I even liked the whole Phantom of the Opera version of Undertaker a little bit for what it was worth.
However, nobody beats Kane for this in my mind. The mask itself has had various iterations, but my favorite is probably just the original that is predominantly red with the black stripes down it.
I like the immobile mouth more than how he cut it out eventually. Obviously, that’s way more functional and easier for him to talk and breathe, but as far as an imposing appearance, nothing beats his debut, even if I think the blacker outfits might be a tad cooler sometimes than the predominantly red ones.
3) Have you ever dressed as a wrestler for Halloween? If so, who?
I remember dressing up three times as a kid as a wrestler. When I was 5, I was Hulk Hogan with one of those plastic costumes with the awful mask and whatnot. Sometime around 1997-1998, I was Cactus Jack one year and Dude Love another year (same wig, so that was easy). I dressed up as Undertaker once for a skit, but that wasn’t Halloween.
Back in something like 2014, I had thought about dressing up as The Miz and Maryse for a couples costume, but ended up going with Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man and Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy instead since my girlfriend at the time couldn’t figure out what to wear as Maryse and had a lab coat, which made that easier.
If I were to try to do that this year (which I’m not, as I’ll be getting married on Halloween instead), I think I’d go for something like MJF with the simple scarf idea.
4) Which classic horror movie icon do you think would be the best wrestler? (Example: Jason Voorhees, Freddy Kreuger, Michael Myers, Leprechaun, etc)
Off the top of my head, Michael Myers from Halloween. This isn’t a genre I’m super fond of, so I can’t say many specifics about movies I haven’t particularly loved or, in some cases, even watched. But Voorhees primarily needs a machete, which is an illegal object. The same goes for Kreuger needing to be in a dream, so if it’s not that sort of gimmick match, he’s going to lose. Leatherface uses a chainsaw, right? Chucky’s a force in the minis division, but not against heavyweights.
Myers seems to have the unkillable nature of a Voorhees with a little more flexibility. The guy took out like 10 firefighters in the most recent movie and then a whole group of townspeople. Clearly, he’s got some moves. While he does use a knife, he isn’t pigeonholed to just using one weapon. That shows versatility that this hulking brute can adapt.
5) In a fantasy world, if WWE were to make a horror/thriller film dedicated to one of its creepy characters (whether it’s Kane, Bray Wyatt, Gangrel, Mankind or even someone like Nailz, Umaga or Sycho Sid) who would you be most interested in seeing a film about?
My runner-up pick would have been Bray Wyatt prior to the whole Fiend thing. I think it ultimately took a turn for the worse from that point, but I was interested in the creepy cult vibes.
The go-to answer is an Undertaker family story. Let’s get the ultimate telling of Paul Bearer, Kane, the fire that killed the parents, Katie Vick and anything else in a retelling that retcons some elements and creates a cohesive story.
It’s never going to happen, but if I could live in a fantasy bubble and pull off any of those projects, that would be the one I’d target.
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