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[1990-01-27-NWA-World Championship Wrestling] Midnight Express & Fabulous Freebirds vs Rock & Roll Express & Dynamic Dudes
Charles (Loss) posted a topic in January 1990Talk about it here.
There seems to be a lot of hate around the interwebs for Shane Douglas, and I've never quite understood why. The Dynamic Dudes stuff was before my time, but I'm guessing almost no one could have succeeded in that role. My first exposure to Douglas was as a white meat babyface in WCW. Even as a kid, I hated white meat babyfaces, but Douglas made it work - first as a singles wrestler and then as the tag team partner of Ricky Steamboat. It would be easy and convenient to credit Steamboat, but Douglas "got over" with me even before that team. Fast-forward a year or two later: Douglas was now a heel as "The Franchise" of ECW. Say what you want about his "shoot" promos or obsession with Flair, but that character and his interview style was riveting back in 1994. Keep in mind, this was when the WWF had garbage men and plumbers while WCW was trotting out The Shockmaster and the Dungeon of Doom. His "R.I.P." speech about the worthless, irrelevant (by that time) NWA Title was incredible. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kpEjrKqf3s "The Franchise's" matches were also pretty good - maybe not on an elite level - but he could certainly hold his own with most anyone. Douglas's jump from ECW to the WWF was derailed by a bad character (Dean Douglas) and politics (The Clique). He never quite recovered after that, even when he returned to ECW. His WCW run in 2000 was useless because WCW itself was useless. Even then, he was still cutting decent promos - like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZDkc-hZ4Ms Now, he's the butt of jokes from fans and wrestlers alike, such as Ric Flair, who made fun of him on the "Factions" episode of Legends of Wrestling for working at Walmart. (It was actually Target, and I see no shame in working a normal job and trying to live a normal life.) Granted, Douglas went to town on Flair for years, so some sort of "receipt" is hardly the end of the world. Still, Flair probably didn't realize how insecure, petty, and utterly tone deaf he came across - especially since he has no room to judge anyone else's personal life. At this point, I'd almost have to consider Shane Douglas underrated because he truly doesn't get the credit he deserves. Maybe it's a case of "you had to be there" but Douglas was definitely one of the most compelling characters in all of wrestling as "The Franchise" and even his earlier white meat babyface stuff was good. Great on the mic and crisp in the ring - what more could anyone ask for? I've always been a fan. How about you?