Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Bam Bam Bigelow: Yay or Nay For The WWE Hall Of Fame

Hello Dwellers and Welcome to the Basement...

It's Yay Or Nay for the Hall of Fame, and to tie it in with the upcoming Survivor Series pay-per-view, I'm going over the career of Bam Bam Bigelow to see if he should be in the WWE Hall of Fame.



THE SCRIPT

To try and keep the video around 10 minutes, I did indeed script myself for the majority of what I discussed with some deviations here and there. I kind of kept it basic wanting to touch on where Bigelow worked and anything major of note.


Hello Dwellers and Welcome to the Basement and 'Yay or Nay for the WWE Hall of Fame'


On November 20th, the WWE will hold its 30th Survivor Series event. The first Survivor Series event was held in November 26, 1987 and featured four matches, a 5 on 5 Women's Elimination Match, a 10 on 10 Tag Team Elimination match and two 5 on 5 Men's Elimination Matches... and looking at those who've participated in the initial event, there are a lot of Hall of Famers


Randy Savage, Jake Roberts, Ricky Steamboat, Harley Race, Bobby Heenan, Jimmy Hart, The Not So Fabulous Moolah, Sensational Sherri, Tito Santana, Bret Hart, Nikolai Volkoff, Greg Valentine, Johnny Valiant, Mr. Fuji, Andre The Giant, Hulk Hogan, Paul Orndorff, and Don Muraco...


But because of magnitude of the number of stars features on the show, I elected to pick one to focus on, and that one is the Beast from the East Bam Bam Bigelow


Trained by Larry Sharpe at the Monster Factory here in New Jersey, Bigelow had a reputation of being one of the most athletic big men in the world of professional wrestling, establishing himself as a heel in Memphia where he developed into a credible challenger for Jerry The King Lawler of the regions top title before having a cup of coffee with World Class in Dallas before getting the attention of the WWF, where he debuted in the wake of WrestleMania 3, with all the managers trying to secure him as a client (this was similiar to how Randy Savage was brought in, with numerous managers trying to 'sign him'), however despite being naturally better suited as a heel, Bam Bam was casted as a face and took on Oliver Humperdink as a manager, a booking decision that to this day is considered one of the stupidest done by the WWE.


Regardless, Bam Bam did get over with the fans because of his agliity and ended up on Hulk Hogan's team at the first Survivor Series, where he was the last man standing on his team (out lasting WWF Champion Hulk Hogan). Bam Bam eliminated King Kong Bundy and the One Man Gang before subcoming to Andre The Giant. He would remain in the WWF until after WrestleMania IV, where he was a particpant in the tournament before dropping out of the company due to a knee injury. Following a brief stint in Jim Crockett Promotions' NWA, Bigelow went on to have some sustained success in Japan, working for New Japan Pro Wrestling where he would eventually win the IWGP Tag Team Titles with Vader.


In 1992, Bigelow returned to the WWF as a heel, and went on on a tear, defeating the Big Bos Man at the 1993 Royal Rumble, ending up in the final of the 1993 King of The Ring, having some sustained feuds with Tatanka and Doink The Clown (which resulted in a match at WrestleMania X) and being a cornerstone of Ted DiBiase's Million Dollar Corporation before eventually being placed in his highest profile program, a feud with the retired NFL Linebacker Lawrence Taylor, carrying LT to a fairly decent match in the main event of the much maligned WrestleMania XI, which Bigelow lost. Bigelow would turn face and end up leaving the WWF in late 1995, and eventually heading to ECW.


His time in ECW was rather interesting feuding with Tax, facing Terry 'Bam Bam' Gordy in the over-hyped Battle of tbe Bam Bams, and being the enforcer of the Triple Threat. Some other highlights of Bigelow's run include crashing through the mat with Taz and defeating him for the promotions TV title twice who was his most prominent feud, having a cup of coffee with the Heavyweight Title in a brief feud with Shane Douglas.


Ast he 90s rolled on, Bigelow ended up in WCW, feuding with Goldberg initially before being type-cast in the Hardcore Division with several other ECW Alumni (like Raven, Sandman) before forming a three-man team with Diamond Dallas Page and Chris Kanyon as the Jersey Triad, winning the WCW Tag Team Titles. Bigelow would be see rather eratically, but was one of the few men to have a match on the final episode of WCW Nitro after the WWE purchased the company in 2001.


In the following years, Bigelow floated around the indy scene until his passing until retiring in late 2006, and sadly passed away January of 2007 due to an apparent drug overdose.


Despite his size and ability, Bigelow really only had three stints of sustained success, his time in the New Japan, his second run with the WWF and his time in ECW, he doesn't have many championships on his resume, and is probably best remembered for his highly identifiable look of his flame tattoo head.


In my personal opinion, he is a Hall of Famer, but certainly not a headliner, probably if there is an opening for a posthumous induction slot and if the WWE wants someone who is fairly memorable with plenty of content that can be viewed on the WWE Network, but what do you think, is Bam Bam Bigelow a WWE Hall of Famer, or just someone who in grand scheme of things destined to be forgotten.





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