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UNDERTAKER IN JAPAN, WORKING OVER LEGITIMATELY INJURED BODY PARTS, PAUL BURCHILL AND MORE

By Mike Johnson on 2018-12-21 10:00:00

I was just wondering why wrestlers target muscles or bones that were once legitimate injuries.  Surely that's very dangerous?

It's simply part of a logical storyline to go after the "weakened" extremity.  It is indeed dangerous, but no more dangerous than anything else that's done physically in the ring.  Wrestlers have to trust their entire physical being to their opponents, so this is no different.

What wrestlers do you feel should have gotten a chance to be world champion (major promotions, particularly WWF/E) that never got a chance to? or never had an opportunity to maybe due to an untimely death or serious injury? Personally, I think Owen Hart would have been a multi time world champ had he not passed away and Mr. Perfect was probably my favorite wrestler who never got the title put on him in his prime.

The four names that come to mind are Roddy Piper, Ted DiBiase, Curt Hennig and Rick Rude, all of whom could have been tremendous World champions had they been given the chance.  It should be noted Rude did win the WCW International World title in the match where he broke his back against Sting in Japan but never defended it and it was stripped of him, so for the sake of the discussion, I am not counting that.

Whatever happened to Paul Burchill?

Paul Burchill lives in Louisville, Kentucky and works as an EMT.  He very rarely makes appearances on the independent scene.

Yesterday I watched a match between WCW World Heavyweight Champ Ric Flair and The Great Muta (with Gary Hart) from a WCW Show on TBS with Jim Ross as commentator. At the End of the Match Flair was attacked from Muta and another big guy. Can you tell me the year of this Match? Was it a Saturday Night Show?

That sounds to me like you were watching an episode of WCW Saturday Night headlined by Ric Flair vs. The Great Muta.  My guess is Kendo Nagasaki as the Dragon Master was the person who jumped Flair.  This would have aired sometime in mid to late 1989.

I saw a match between Undertaker and Hakushi from Michinoku Pro Wrestling from October 1997 on youtube and I wanted to know what the relationship was between WWF and Michinoku Pro. Bruce Prichard was at ringside for the match Did Undertaker wrestle for any other Japanese promotions or was this his debut in Japan? When WWE came to Japan a couple of years ago, it was billed as Undertaker's Japanese debut. Did they purposely ignore this match so the tour would seem more important?

Undertaker was brought in as a special attraction as part of the company's Anniversary show that year, booked through the WWE office.  He worked Shinzaki as they had worked in the past.  While WWE may have billed Undertaker's Japanese debut as the tour you mentioned, he worked in 1995 when WWF did a swing in the country.  Shinzaki also worked that tour, which led to his job offer to come to the company as Hakushi.

 

 

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