Through out yesterday, the WWE put up some of the debuts of wrestlers who became legends of the industry. We all know where these men went in their careers, but lets take a look at where they all started! Ringmaster, anyone?
As he noted in his most recent career documentary, Mick Foley entered his first match in the WWE unsure what his name would be. Like many before, and since, he was handed a list by creative with a list of possible names. Only when Howard Finkel say, “Mankind,” did he know his true name. I love this debut for the fact we get to see Bob “Spark Plug” Holly in his early years, and with some fantastic long hair.
For this one, I had no recollection of when Batista actually debuted. For me, he started his career in Legacy, and did not exist before that. I had no idea who “Deacon Batista” was. Thankfully, this role did not last long and Batista was given a chance to make a big impact on his own. OH TESTIFY!
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This is not the Texas Rattlesnake, Stone Cold Steve Austin that you may be use to. This, my friends, is the Million Dollar champion The Ringmaster. You have to be kidding me. The Ringmaster? That was totally going to work. Thankfully, it did not. Instead, Austin got inspired and became the guy we know and love Stone Cold Steve Austin! By the way, we all love Brother Love!
Of all the debuts, this one is the only one to come with a super push. To give a relative no name a shot at the top like John Cena is not something you see everyday. We should have seen the writing on the wall then, it was so clear. Can I tell you what I love? The Kurt Angle head gear hairstyle. If memory serves, Angle lost a match and had to shave his head, but the Olympic gold Medalist is not to be outsmarted. Enter, the greatest hair piece in all the hair pieces. Its true, Its true, its true.
This debut was while I was still a young child so I am not fortunate enough to watch the early carrer to Taker. This debut is creepy. The music fits, the look fits, the gimmick works. Well done, WWE, well done. Virgil Sighting! The American Dream! Rowdy Piper! The Anvil! The Honky Tonk Man! Koko! Millon Dollar Man! Its awesome.
This, in my opinion and my opinion alone, is the best debut in the history of WWE. Right in the heart of the Monday Night Wars, the WWE won their first big talent from the WCW and brought him out in great fashion. His promo is spot on, the crowd is electric, and the Rock goes toe to toe with Jericho. At this point, the tide began to switch and the WWE began to win the war.