The first ever SmackDown was a current matter on Something To Wrestle With. Bruce Prichard detailed how SmackDown got here to be and mentioned some concepts for the present. Also mentioned was artistic concepts for characters, which included the repackaging of Mosh from The Headbangers.
“Headbangers have been on the shelf as a result of Thrasher [Glen Ruth] was injured,” stated Prichard. “He had a knee injury and was on the shelf. Mosh was not. Mosh [Chaz Warrington] was sitting there, a hell of a talent, and we thought that we had gone as far as we could go with The Headbangers, maybe we could do something with them individually. Chaz Warrington [Mosh] had made the mistake of showing me his driver’s license one time and made the comment that people always made the comparison of him looking like Beaver Cleaver, which I started calling him The Beav from that point forward. Which everyone started calling him The Beav.”
“It was my fault, however I did not know they’d find yourself calling him ‘Beaver Cleavage.’ That was a Vince Russo brain-child. Yes, it was my fault for calling him ‘Leave it to Beaver’ and calling him The Beav. Yes, I may need stated, ‘Hey, why do not we just call him Beaver Cleaver’s son?’ The remainder of it just went throughout the thoughts of Vince Russo. Yes, I’ll take credit score for f***ng that up. That is what occurs while you make options generally. Suggestions change into actuality and then you definately go, ‘Oh my God.'”
Prichard then remembers the thought to repackage Thrasher into an evil clown, which was to be a brand new Doink the Clown.
“The idea behind that was to essentially take Doink the Clown, create a new Doink the Clown,” Prichard stated. “I felt that Glen Ruth had the flexibility wrestling-wise to be that evil, sick, employee. Matt Borne [Doink the Clown], and I clearly at all times liked that Doink the Clown gimmick. The concept behind my new character was going to be one thing like… did you ever see Saturday Night Live with Dan Aykroyd and he’s doing the basimatic? That was going to be my character.
“Part of it was for me to go down and to gather the Basketball and the deer head, and all that different b**lls–t. We have been going to do an public sale web site as well and I used to be going to be the host of this public sale web site. We would promote all that stuff in the direction of an public sale and it was just going to be a part of the present and one other technique to drive individuals to WWF.com. In that, I used to be going to change into a heel character to be answerable for DTK Enterprises, which was Doink the Clown. Get it? You spell Clown with a ‘K’. Black hair, black mustache and goatee and every little thing. I confirmed up at TV with my hair black and I swear I regarded like Bradshaw’s older brother.”
To hear extra in regards to the inception of Smackdown and its first episode, you may hearken to the full episode of Something to Wrestle With here.