Hayabusa in later WCW is so wrong, somehow. Like, 1995-97 he's a player and owning the midcard, but at the end he'd be having awesome matches with Bobby Eaton we never knew existed. Even the slightest concept of Hayabusa getting a fat WCW contract long enough to wait out after they go under meaning he might never have broken his neck makes me sad, though.
I wanna be in a world where ECW got built around Hayabusa near the end and a feud with RVD kept them going at least another year, though.
Yeah, I don't care how pissed he'd have gotten, but Bret should've just been lumped in with the workhorse guys when it became 100% clear they weren't going to use him as a real top guy. Sorta like DDP was, floating wherever and putting in better work than everyone above him. Bret, Raven, Jericho, and the vanilla midgets rebuilding the TV or US title in 1998-99 would've been a really good use of everyone even if they were at their wits end.
WCW did kind of lump Bret Hart in with the workrate guys fairly early though. He got Curt Perfect at Uncensored 1998, which I mean, NOT great but it's not Bischoff's fault that Curt Perfect was no longer up for having great matches (and tbh, he pooped the bed in PPV matches a decent amount even in his prime). Then he wrestled Booker T for the TV Title at BATB 1998.
Curt was so bad. Every time I see him in WCW is like hoping the sad ending of a movie will change no matter how many times I watch it. I liked the first Flair match, though. But the Bret matches just were depressing, especially since they were friends and probably busted as much ass as Curt physically could. But Bret elevating midcarders just by letting them hang is the bare minimum. Could've had a ***+ match with any one of the Filthy Animals if they really wanted.
I really liked Hennig and Windham as a team, though. There weren't enough surly veteran types and as broken as they were they were just right for a team.
I think this is Tatum and not 4x4????
Anyway I am always curious how beefers like this guy didn't get a WWF sniff. Perhaps he was too old to be worth trying to get anything out of in the years of the post ECW/WCW roster bloat?
Another case of if he's white he's going to keep getting chances?
I suppose he must have been pretty bad or WCW would have used him in their lean final days too when they had Big T and what not floating around in a group.
4x4 actually very briefly was in Harlem Heat 2000 as their bodyguard Kash but I think he got dropped when Russo & Bischoff came back in April 2000.
They actually interview 4x4 pretty extensively in Guy Evans Nitro. I will have to dig it up but I think WCW just released him during one of their many budget cuts in ‘00 and he was happy to go back to the more lucrative world of being a celebrity bodyguard. As a surprise to no one, he said WCW’s locker room was quite racist!
Must've been Heenan's last great moment: selling WCW to NJPW because he's the Brain. I know it got me psyched at the time to see every match on that show, even if I didn't know who most of the Japanese guys were.
All I remember is that he was so jaded by working in WCW at the start of their descent that he quit the business entirely. It's a real goddamn shame, too, because he would've been a sizeable draw during those early 00s, working for TNA and ROH with some dates in CZW.
Yeah, honestly, is there a worse place to start your career than early '99 WCW?
There's a higher success rate of guys whose first exposure came from '00-'01 WCW cause once you're starting at the bottom, it's hard not to improve but had to have been jarring to have gotten on the roller coaster just as it went off the tracks.