Even though Bam Bam Bigelow entered the business in 1985, many fans became familiar with him in his second WWE run in the 1990s.
Bam Bam Bigelow in the 90s
The most active period for Bam Bam had to be the This nimble big man was everywhere for varying periods of time. He fought with Tatanka in WWE and was managed by Luna Vachon.
The Beast From the East spent time in ECW where he feuded with Taz and was a member of The Triple Threat. In his time with ECW, Bigelow also won the ECW World and TV Championships.
Also in this decade, he wrestled in Japan for New Japan and WAR. Bam Bam would close out the decade with WCW where he was never really in the main event picture.
The career rundown shows that Bigelow was always in demand. He was big, had some natural charisma, and—while a straight-up power brawler—he was very agile for his size.
Besides the tattoos and natural menace, his agility was a selling point at a time where you could throw a cruiserweight and hit a power brawler with some charisma.
Could Bigelow be salvaged? Was there a better use for him in the big leagues? The obvious answer was for him to wrestle in Japan or on the indies after WCW.
He did both but was more of a fixture in northeastern U.S indies such as USA Pro and Jersey All Pro where he faced fellow Monster Factory graduates and personal guilty pleasures Balls Mahoney, Chris Candido, and The Wall.
Yes, the veteran New Jersey gang was deep on the indies in the early 2000s. The period to focus on is Bigelow inn WCW between 1998 and the company’s closure.
Salvaging Bam Bam
Like Mike Awesome, Bam Bam Bigelow was a guy with experience and athleticism. The two of them were the missing links between the likes of King Kong Bundy and today’s agile heavyweights like Samoa Joe, Kevin Owens, Walter, and Keith Lee.
The simple solution here would be to put those two in a tag team and have them dominate. Of course, there’s the problem of WCW wanting to build talent for a non-existent future far too late.
Having them as a dominant team would make it hard to believably push younger tag teams. It’s like “Book Bigelow. Look at him!” In late WCW it wouldn’t be totally odd for him to end up with the World title.
Sin Vicious won the belt twice towards the end and has never really been a promotion that long. On that note, for Bam Bam to exceed his career’s ceiling, the best, easiest bet would be to just push him as a monster towards the World title.
Yeah, that would’ve been too simple for the late 90s and early 00s when there was an attempt at lengthy storylines.
Bam Bam Bigelow would’ve been a light lunch and a walk in the park for creative since didn’t require rocket science-level booking or build.
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