Back in 1984, the WWF presented a vignette that showed a day in the life of “Dr. D” David Schultz, who was one of the new breed of heels who entered the federation in early 1984 and aligned himself with Rowdy Roddy Piper.
The premise is that Schultz invited the “television station” cameras from the WWF to his house for dinner, but that the rest of his family doesn’t know about any guests coming.
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If you follow the WWE currently, you know CM Punk kicked the wrestling world in the ass with his worked shoot promo on Monday Night Raw this week. When a pro wrestling interview gets mainstream attention, you know someone hit a nerve.
Punk’s promo was reminiscent of mic work we saw nearly every week during the Monday Night Wars between WCW and the WWF in the late 1990s. So what Punk did isn’t new, but it hasn’t been seen in a long, long time.
However, in the WWF of the 1980s, when I first started watching as a kid, you almost never saw promos that pushed the line of a worked shoot.
I remember the occasional shoot interview — the most famous probably being when 20/20 reporter John Stossel told “Dr. D” David Schultz wrestling was fake and then got a nasty smack to the ear in response — but I don’t remember wrestlers of that era coming out and talking as if they had gone against the script.