This week on Wrestle Buddies, GameSpot’s professional wrestling podcast, Chris E. Hayner and Mat Elfring are spending their time in the past, a time when wrestling was much sillier and arguably so much greater. After all, this was a time when wrestlers appeared in character on late night talk shows. What’s not to love?
First, we jump in the time machine and go back to 1990 to remember the Ultimate Warrior’s appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show. Warrior was there to promote his Wrestlemania VI match with Hulk Hogan, though if you’ve watched the segment you’d think he was selling the idea of grunting, flexing, and taking off his shirt as a lifestyle. Throughout the interview, Arsenio looks caught somewhere between terrified and genuinely amused. After breaking down the appearance–and Warrior’s nonsensical answers–we understand why.
Then, it’s time to dig into another of WWE’s non-wrestling business ventures. This time, we head to Canada for a visit to WWE Niagara Falls, the finest wrestling-related tourist trap north of the border. WWE Niagara Falls was essentially a wrestling merchandise store with a theme park ride on the roof. Nobody really knows why, but you’ll be shocked to find out this place lasted nearly a decade before it finally closed.