In the mid-1980s, the WWF started to lose some of its early icons who were big just as the national expansion began. Yes, Hulk Hogan was the star, but right underneath him playing important babyface roles were Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka and Sgt. Slaughter.
When Snuka left the federation, Vince McMahon tried to replace him with look-a-like “Superfly” Sivi Afi, but the problem was Afi didn’t have the charisma or unique moves of Snuka, so the fans turned on him.
When Slaughter left for the AWA and the short-lived Pro Wrestling USA, McMahon again tried and failed to create a copycat American hero: Corporal Kirchner.
The WWF claimed Kirchner was Continue reading
All of this talk about the WWE hiring a “fake” Sin Cara – who has at times replaced the original Sin Cara played by Mexican superstar Mistico – is just the latest in a series of personnel moves by the promotion to rehab characters.
I remember the famous story when Konnan left the WWF after only playing his masked character Relentico for a few appearances in 1992, and Paul Diamond later mentioned in the dressing room that the costume fit him. All of sudden, Diamond was Max Moon in the get-up.
Back in the 1980s, we had Moondog Spot replace Moondog King, although I don’t think that was an attempt to brainwash fans. However, after Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka left the WWF, a new wrestler coincidentally hailing from the Fiji Islands, wearing similar tights, and originally being billed as “Superfly” showed up in 1986: Sivi Afi. Continue reading