The Shockmaster





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Published on Feb 13, 2014

After departing from the WWF, Ottman found himself at the center of one of the most infamous moments in wrestling history. He had signed with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and was to make his debut in a match alongside the fan favorite team of Sting, Dustin Rhodes and Davey Boy Smith. He would be their mystery partner in the upcoming eight-man tag match against the heel team composed of Sid Vicious, Big Van Vader and Harlem Heat at Fall Brawl, a replacement for Road Warrior Hawk (who had been advertised). "They put me in a Storm Trooper mask which they painted and covered in glitter, I couldn't see a thing. I got to the wall and put my hands up like a double axe handle and bust through. The top broke perfectly, but the bottom didn't give. The momentum took me through the wall and to the floor."[9] — Ottman on The Shockmaster's debut.

On "A Flair for the Gold" (an interview segment hosted by Ric Flair), in front of a live audience at Clash of the Champions XXIV, Sting and Smith were confronted by Sid and Harlem Heat, demanding to know the identity of their new partner. Sting exclaimed, "All I have to say is, our partner is going to "shock" the world, because he is none other than... The Shockmaster!!" The camera zoomed in on a section of the set where two torches set off a small pyrotechnics explosion in front of a sheetrock wall. Ottman was supposed to make a dramatic entrance by crashing through the wall. (His new costume consisted of a Star Wars Stormtrooper helmet painted silver and covered in glitter, a pair of jeans, and a long black vest.)

Instead, Ottman tripped over a piece of lumber that was framing the set, causing him to fall down, his helmet falling off and sliding across the floor. His face accidentally exposed, he scrambled to put the helmet back on and get to his feet. Flair audibly exclaimed "Oh, God!" Ottman slowly walked towards the wrestlers and stood menacingly in an attempt to salvage the segment. Booker T asked, "Who is this motherfucker?" and Smith exclaimed "He fell flat on his arse...he fell flat on his fucking arse!". Both of these comments were audible to the live audience and television viewers, but would later be partially censored in future showings of the footage by the WWE. Sid Vicious reacted in rage to the Shockmaster, attempting to smooth over the incident. Despite generating zero crowd reaction and leaving the announcers speechless, WCW decided to continue with the feud. The Shockmaster was actually voiced by Ole Anderson, who was in another room with a microphone.

Entering the ring to a distorted version of the Beatles song "Day Tripper," The Shockmaster was portrayed as a klutz until the character was soon abandoned. Dusty Rhodes later claimed, on an episode of WWE 24/7's "Legends of Wrestling" show, the piece of lumber previously wasn't there during a successful practice run and it was later put there by David Crockett without informing Ottman. WWE, on its official website, wrote, "There is a case to be made that The Shockmaster's debut at WCW Clash of the Champions XXIV is the greatest of all time — albeit for all the wrong reasons. The well-documented incident is often cited as one of the funniest moments ever, and the most epic fail in the history of sports-entertainment."[10] The organization has also described the incident as "one of the most unintentionally funny moments in sports entertainment history,"[9] and "a debacle many still consider one of the worst gaffes in the history of sports-entertainment."[11] While Ottman was displeased with the turn of events, he now finds humor in the incident


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