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Default Why Bam Bam?

When WWE booked legendary football player Lawrence Taylor to work a match with a pro wrestler at WM11 in '95, why in the world did they choose Bam Bam Bigelow as the opposition?

Obviously, a match like this was an effort by WWE to get mainstream media attention. That being so, was the guy they wanted to represent the wrestling profession someone as overweight and sloppy looking as Bam Bam, who added to the image by wearing a garish, ridiculous outfit, as pictured here?



If this was to be the non-wrestling fan's first look at a modern wrestler, wouldn't seeing Bam Bam simply reinforce their image of the 'sport' as what it was in the 1950's and 60's; fat men exchanging boring holds in smoke-filled arenas?

True, Bam Bam was a performer who knew how to work a match.....and since protecting the football player from injury and making him look good was paramount for the production's sake, it worked. In that, Bigelow did a fine job.

Still, wouldn't WWE have wanted to trot out a wrestler with a muscular, more athletic physique to give non-fans a taste of what they'd been missing?

Plus, there's the obvious contradiction in having the football player defeat the wrestler at his own game, but that's probably the only way WWE could get Taylor to participate. Still, I always thought WWE did everything to make itself look bad in this event, and wondered how they might have expected to lure in new fans by handling it in this manner.

Why Bam Bam? Do you agree with the choice.......and if not, who would you have sent out to face Lawrence Taylor?

Or, would you have advised WWE not to try something like this at all?
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