If you watched the UFC 154: "St. Pierre vs. Condit" weigh-ins earlier today (Fri., Nov. 16, 2012) from Montreal and wondered just what the hell Tom Lawlor was doing, he was paying homage to an old character from World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in the early 90s.
The short story is that WCW, quick to use some of the most ridiculous gimmicks for its characters during this time frame, had signed a man named Fred Ottman, who some of you may know as Tugboat or Typhoon from the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).
Instead of using him like the WWF did, as an intimidating big man who could move well, WCW slapped a stormtrooper helmet on him and called him The Shockmaster. They also had him make his debut in 1993 during a segment that called for him to go barreling through a wall in order to make a menacing debut.
Except he fell flat on his face on his way through, knocking his helmet off and embarrassing the entire company. To this day it's remembered as one of the most hilariously uncomfortable moments in the history of pro wrestling.
Which made it a natural for Lawlor to pay homage to it.
Above you can watch Lawlor do his version and below you can view the original, in all its glory:
If you'd like to read more about it, check out Jesse Holland's take on the situation in the debut of his Slapstick Saturday column over at CagesideSeats.com.
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