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18 Guys Named Ramirez
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I'm watching 1980 Georgia Championship Wrestling and following the feud between Austin Idol and Kevin Sullivan which, as most know, morphed into a tenuous team and the legendary "Four Flat Tires" angle. Watching the episodes in chronological order, they were a great team and heavily featured....until one week they weren't. Sullivan turned heel and got demoted to a Junior Heavyweight program against Steve Keirn, Idol was just gone, and the lead babyfaces were now Robert Fuller and Plowboy Frazier, who were a sharp drop-off to say the least. This sudden shift made me think about runs that were ingloriously cut short that we wished would've continued.

I'm sure you guys can come up with some great examples and I'm looking forward to hearing them

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Barry Windham's Widowmaker run
Danny Spivey as Wayland Mercy

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Abdullah the Butcher-Mark Lewin feud (Georgia)

Magnum. T.A.-Jimmy Garvin (JCP)

Dusty and the pictures from Baby Doll (JCP)

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Matt Borne as Doink for a legitimate run
rather than the cup of coffee he had.

Would have been interesting to see if
Art Barr would have become a mainstream
star as the Juicer in WCW...

JW Storm would have been a WCW star had
he been given the time and seasoning.

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The Jackal as a manager in late-90's WWF. So much more they could have done with that character.
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For me two that stick out are the Waylon Mercy angle ( know what I mean) and The New Breed tag team ( from the future when Dusty Rhodes is president.)
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The Midnight Express vs. the Four Horsemen in 1988
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The New Breed.

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Pillman & Austin as The Hollywood Blondes.

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Steve Keirn and Bobby Eaton as Bad Attitude
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How long was The Dangerous Alliance together in WCW? A year? Seems like there was another year or so of legs to that stable.
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Flair as a babyface in 94. They turned him heel for obvious reasons but I always enjoyed this face run and wished it went on longer, especially with how he was buried the next couple of years by Hogan and Savage.
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quote:
Originally posted by A Gene Wilder Somersault:
Flair as a babyface in 94. They turned him heel for obvious reasons but I always enjoyed this face run and wished it went on longer, especially with how he was buried the next couple of years by Hogan and Savage.

Agreed. Flair could have been great as a face other times in his career as well, but resisted it.
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Some good ones already.

I was thinking about runs cut short by booking changes when I posted, as Idol moved on when Fuller took over the book in late 1980.

The Hollywood Blondes are a perfect example and I forgot all about them.

I also think the Ron Starr-Ronnie Garvin feud being cut off by Dusty and Crockett was a bad decision. The Starr and Bob Roop alliance was a good one.

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quote:
Originally posted by the bear:
Barry Windham's Widowmaker run
Danny Spivey as Wayland Mercy

I still love The Widowmaker as a nickname. Can't believe it hasn't been used again by anyone since.

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quote:
Originally posted by Gabriel Kinson:
Steve Keirn and Bobby Eaton as Bad Attitude

They were a decent team that was short lived, but they were strictly undercard guys who didn't get pushed. I'm not sure if that fits the spirit of this thread.

The original version of the Chain Gang which worked the WWA out of Indianapolis plus Chicago and was branching into AWA cities in mid 1969 got cut off when the team was beaten and shot at after being lured to a road house to party by some real Hell's Angels who didn't take kindly to the duo calling themselves such. Frank Mack (Frank Dillinger) took a bullet in the leg and either lost it or it was left non to semi functional. Either way, his career was over. Don Fargo (Jack Dillinger) jumped off a bridge into a river to escape. That stopped one of the hottest teams in the business cold. Fargo reformed the team afterwards with Chris Colt (Jim Dillinger), but it wasn't the same and they morphed the gimmick into heel hippies to avoid any further biker gang incidents.

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I think Bad Attitude lasted just long enough. Loved both those guys but it was just a painful reminder that the Fabs and Midnight Express days were long gone.

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Don't know if they had matches but it looked like the Midnight Express would have a big program against Dusty. Cornette and Dusty did some awesome promos against each other but I don't know if something botched this from happening or not.

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You'll probably disagree with me, but I really thought Lash Lareaux (sp?) should've been given more airtime when Russo first came to WCW. They put him in that Misfits group and it ruined him. But prior to thay I thought he had potential and had a good look

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The New Breed is a great choice. A couple of folks above mentioned them.
Just thinking about tag teams like the Headbangers, who were in a WWE ring just this past year after being away for over 15 years, makes me wonder why The New Breed wasn't able to make a go of it during the Monday Night Wars or any other time.
Perhaps they couldn't come back from injury or they just found a life away from wrestling. But those guys seemed to have great ability and the "it" factor.

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The Jake-Warrior feud that never even made it to a first match.

Desmond Wolfe's TNA run barely got started before his early retirement. He had a big future as a major player in that company. At least it's worked out for him since though.

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Eddie Gilbert in ECW (heck--Eddie Gilbert everywhere). I really wanted to see what was going to become of the hinted tension between Eddie and Paul E over the name of their faction (was it "Hot Stuff International" or was it "the Dangerous Alliance?"). Whenever it was brought up by Jay Sulli or Tod Gordon, the heels, no matter who, would skirt their way around answering or just blatantly change the subject. Also wanted more of the tension between the tag team of Eddie and the Dark Patriot (who won the tag-titles) and how that would play out.

Matt Morgan was one of the few highlights for me in TNA. I liked when he held the tag belts by himself. Wonder what ever happened to him.

Beautiful Bobby (Harmon) in the WWWF--was a long time ago, but if i'm not mistaken, he wasn't there long. He was the 1st guy i ever saw with entrance music, and--since my best friend hated the guy--I loved to sing the song around him to bust his chops.

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quote:
Originally posted by davephlegmball:


Matt Morgan was one of the few highlights for me in TNA. I liked when he held the tag belts by himself. Wonder what ever happened to him.


He's back there now. And one guy holding the tag title is dumber than a home made life support machine.

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How about Jerry Blackwells face run in the later 80"s AWA? He was in and out so much that he could never sustain a spot as the top face.
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JW Storm
Someone mentioned him earlier and I agree. He was big and green, but he had something about that him that made you pay attention to him. He was squashing guys left and right on TV. He was looking good and was impressive. They then book to have Brad Armstrong beat him at Halloween Havoc 90. Totally killed his momentum.

Johnny B Badd's heel run
When they turned JBB babyface four months after his debut, I was shocked. Granted he turned out to be a very popular babyface, but I thought he could have had a good run as a heel first.

York Foundation with Buddy Landell v Tom Zenk and Bobby Eaton feud in early 1991
This was a fun mid-card feud in early 1991. Landell was trying out for the York Foundation teaming with Terry Taylor v Bobby Eaton and Tom Zenk. Actually, I thought York Foundation had a lot of potential, but it was ruined when Ricky Morton and Tommy Rich joined.

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quote:
Originally posted by Greg Ganja:
Don't know if they had matches but it looked like the Midnight Express would have a big program against Dusty. Cornette and Dusty did some awesome promos against each other but I don't know if something botched this from happening or not.

They had a brief feud with him amd Magnum TA being seconded by Baby Doll. I cannot recall how it came to an end.

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I also liked the New Breed- great promos.
In the AWA, The Iron Shiek and Cecil Dubois tag team- thought they could have been great against the High Flyers.

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The Hogan vs Flair fued never made it to WrestleMania XIII.

How about the Invasion angle& Although it had more to do with the lack of major WCW talent than booking changes.

Seth Rollins' turn on The Shield happened one year too early IMO.

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quote:
Originally posted by Stephen Gennarelli:
The New Breed is a great choice. A couple of folks above mentioned them.
Just thinking about tag teams like the Headbangers, who were in a WWE ring just this past year after being away for over 15 years, makes me wonder why The New Breed wasn't able to make a go of it during the Monday Night Wars or any other time.
Perhaps they couldn't come back from injury or they just found a life away from wrestling. But those guys seemed to have great ability and the "it" factor.

Steven, spent about a year trying to decipher the mystery that was The New Breed. Root of things was that Sean and Chris, while having great onscreen chemistry, didn't get along well in real life. Sean blamed him for the car accident and for declining insurance that caused the married Royal major medical bills and problems at home. Champion also caused other problems and helped abort the MX feud by doing goofy stuff in the ring that infuriated Cornette and then no-showed the Thanksgiving 87' show in N.O where they were starting a new feud as baby with the Sheepherders sticking him in a meaningless singles undercard match. Royal cashed in $5000 in plane ticket vouchers and went home to Tampa and didn't talk to Champion for 13 years.

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Eddie Gilbert's run in Alabama was just heating up when he got fired by David Woods and the whole promotion went south quick.

The promotion might have had years of momentum if Eddie had stayed on as lead heel and booker.

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Jack and Jerry Brisco in the WWF.

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The Mike Awesome/Rob Van Dam feud that started at an January 2000 ECW Arena show quickly fizzled when Van Dam was soon injured and Mike Awesome then left for WCW.
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UWF gone in 1987. I enjoyed them more than NWA and WWF combined!

Doom as tag champs.
Both Sting's and Warrior's world title reign
Kerry von Erich's IC reign
LOD vs. Demolition
Flair vs. Hogan in 1991

Also, this one connects to one theme. ECW invades Raw a few times in 1997, ugh! Furnas and LaFon was supposed to be Cornette's new team (new Midnights?), but Sid crashed the rental car and they got injured. The Hart Foundation's entire 1997 run especially Brian Pillman dying and then Bret's dramatic departure. Speaking of Survivor Series, I was disappointed that Los Borricuas, DOA, and Nation of Domination didn't face each other since they had 4 members each! WCW was beating them bad. What a waste of talent. WWF 20 years ago was like on life support. But it was amazing with 1998 being a turnaround year, the beginning of the end for their competitors.

Then, there was the use of different WWF belts for Hulk. The best one was silver eagle belt that was like the TV belt because it was all on the posters I had. I was happy when Mr. Perfect and the Genius smashed the other eagle belt because I was hoping for a new looking belt.

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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by davephlegmball:


Matt Morgan was one of the few highlights for me in TNA. I liked when he held the tag belts by himself. Wonder what ever happened to him.


He's back there now. And one guy holding the tag title is dumber than a home made life support machine.
Is it any dumber than 3 holding them?

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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by Shaving Weezie Jefferson:
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Originally posted by davephlegmball:


Matt Morgan was one of the few highlights for me in TNA. I liked when he held the tag belts by himself. Wonder what ever happened to him.


He's back there now. And one guy holding the tag title is dumber than a home made life support machine.
Is it any dumber than 3 holding them?
Well yeah, probably. At least New Day/Freebirds could put 2 guys in the ring for their matches...
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Buddy Landel in WWF, December, 1995. How far might he have gone (or how long would he have lasted) had he not gotten hurt on his second night in?
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Los Gringos Locos. Art's untimely demise curtailed a tag team that was just getting started.
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quote:
Originally posted by Future Endeavor:
UWF gone in 1987. I enjoyed them more than NWA and WWF combined!


Best answer yet.
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At the time, I don't think anyone was hotter than Magnum when he had the wreck. So, to me, his run was cut way short.
I'm sure he would have ended up with the belt, so I've always wondered how he would have fared as the champ. I just don't know how he would have done when, as the champ, he would have had to play the heel.

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