“The Narcissist” Lex Luger Poses - WWF Monday Night RAW [4/26/1993]
Growing up, this guy was one of my favorites due to the weird backstory that the World Wrestling Federation gave him. Luger had a steel plate inserted into his arm due to a motorcycle accident he had in 1992, and the WWF made this oddity part of his actual in-ring story as “The Narcissist” began to utilize a running
clothesline [edit: forearm, whoops!] to knock his opponents out.
Such a strange thing to point out but completely believable to the mind and logic of a nine-year-old. I loved it.
It’s Friday night! Bust open that WCW PARTY PAK!
This thing’s reserved exclusively for the greatest fucking party ever.
WCW Wrestling Hot Line Advert [November 1991]
I never once called a wrestling hotline to hear the juicy gossip, but I do like the idea of getting a different personality depending on which day you’d call. Seems to me that Sunday and Thursday were your best bets.
With tonight’s WWE Survivor Series PPV, I figure that posting this would be appropriate as they’re my favorite adverts for this PPV. In 1993’s WWF Survivor Series, the Foreign Fanatics (Captain Yokozuna, Ludvig Borga, and the Quebecers) were set to take on the All Americans (Captain Lex Luger, Tatanka, and the Steiner Brothers). For whatever reasons, members were changed right before the PPV aired in order to hype up the animosity between the two groups and Tatanka and Pierre of the Quebecers sat out to nurse (kayfabe) injuries. I’m not too sure which of their replacements were weirder as the Hawaiian-born Crush joined the Foreign Fanatics while The Undertaker became part of the All Americans.
This lead to a fun change of art on the VHS release of WWF Survivor Series 1993:
With all that said — who do you think will walk away victorious tonight, Team Foley or Team Punk? Do you have a favorite Survivor Series year?? Do you remember when the WWF held this tradition the day before Thanksgiving???
The Death of Lex Luger - WCW Monday Nitro [9/27/1999]
Here’s the vignette that I mentioned earlier which killed off the Lex Luger name, with special thanks to DiaryofaMadBlackMan for linking me to it. It’s actually a little creepier than I remember it, but I love hearing Tony Schiavone and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan selling the how great The Total Package’s body looks.
Also, bonus footage at the end with Sting taking out Hulk Hogan with a baseball bat backstage. The shocking moment is completely steamrolled by Tony Schiavone who instead goes straight into a promo for “Toy Boy Grip-n-Flip [WCW Wrestlers]” (which should actually be Toy Biz).
Lex Luger is Reborn as The Total Package - WCW Monday Nitro [9/27/1999]
Am I the only person that not only remembers when Lex Luger was just referred to as “The Total Package”, but the weird funeral vignette they showed beforehand that killed off the “Lex Luger” name?
If I recall correctly (since I cannot find the video online), the video showed Luger’s spirit hovering over the pro wrestler in a casket at a funeral parlor. The scene transitioned to a woman in a black veil standing alongside Luger’s spirit while the casket was lowered into the ground, signifying the death of the Lex Luger name.
Pretty weird stuff — surely someone else recalls this weird clip?
The Wolfpac - WCW Magazine #44 [November 1998]
Can we be honest now? Can we finally admit how lame the good-guy version of the nWo was and how ridiculous of the concept of these guys (and “Macho Man” Randy Savage who’s not included in the photo) forming a gang to be absolutely ridiculous? I will admit that the Wolfpac shirt design was kind of alright and probably something current-day hipsters would kill to own, but this whole group was dumb.
Also by writing this, I have to openly announce by law that I am an nWo black and white guy “4 life”, but I don’t think I’m THAT biased. That group went to hell around this time too! Don’t even get me started on the nWo 2000 group that had Jeff fucking Jarrett as their leader with Bret Hart as one of his minions.
“Reborn Lex Revives WCW” - WCW Magazine #25 [March 1997]
Not gonna lie — seeing Luger get The Giant up for a Torture Rack was pretty damn impressive, especially to a thirteen year old kid who truly believed the guy weighed in at five-hundred and fifty pounds (kayfabe).
WCW Mastercard Advert - 1999
I would literally kill someone for a Bret Hart Mastercard.
One of my favorite guys growing up as he had two of the greatest finishers in wrestling history. Everyone knows how legendary the Torture Rack is, but I loved his running forearm smash a bit more. Supposedly, Lex Luger had gotten into a motorcycle accident and had a steel plate inserted into his arm which made the forearm smash an instant KO.
Pretty much my number one kayfabe fact about a character.