and Bam Bam wasn't thought of as highly as people are saying today.
I remember Bam Bam being EXTREMELY popular during his first run in the WWF. He was doing moves off the top rope that no one had ever seen from a 300 plus pounder. He was very agile in the ring for his size. His look was extremely unique. He was so popular that they had him teaming with Hogan during Hogan's prime years. He was absolutely on track to be the "next big thing" but he blew out his knee. He ended up wrestling on it until he inured his other knee and could not continue. He asked Vince for time off to recover but the WWF was running strong in those days (300 plus dates a year) and they couldn't afford to have anyone off for an extended period time.
As a result Bam Bam ended going back to Japan (which he preferred anyway).
But he was absolutely over with the crowd. That's why they tuned him babyface at WM 11 against LT and had him team with Diesel until he left.