Hey folks! Just a quick update today as I got a double dose of work this afternoon and a full weekend slate up ahead. I'm creeping ever so closer to my Journeyman's Test, so after next week, I'll be taking a brief hiatus from my blog. Never fear though, it shouldn't be no longer than two or three weeks at the most. Anyway, it's time for some wrestling! And I got a great gimmick lined up for you today!
P.J. Walker was fairly talented worker on the Indy Circuit who had a couple of friends in high places, namely WWF stars Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon (Scott Hall). By late 1993, Walker got a tryout with the WWF, and impressed enough that they decided to give him an expanded role. Unfortunately, the WWF was also trying to expand globally at the time, and felt that ol' P.J. would be a great candidate for an experiment. And thus, Aldo Montoya, the "Portuguese Man O' War," was born!
Much can be said about this debacle. The WWF wanted to expand into South America at the time, with Brazil being it's primary focus. With most Brazilians being of Portuguese origin, they felt a Portuguese character would be a hit. But let's face it, when you name a guy after a jellyfish and then put him in a mask that looks for all the world like a filthy jockstrap, failure is inevitable! It didn't help that poor Aldo was primarily a jobber during his entire run, the above match being an exception.
The Aldo Montoya character hung around for a few years, disappearing when Walker left the WWF in early 1997. He traveled to Memphis, joining the tag team PG13 in the USWA as PG Walker. After that, he traveled to the "Land of Extreme" where he was rechristened Justin Credible (Clever, no?) and later became ECW World Champion. It was move that turned off most ECW fans as it came at the expense of ECW mainstay Tommy Dreamer loosing the belt a mere minutes after winning it. In all fairness, Dreamer never wanted to be champion, but he was a far better candidate than Justin Credible. As fans, we all respected PJ Walker and new he was a great performer. But nobody bought him as a legitimate main event star. It was steady decline for ECW afterwards. Today, Walker still performs on the Indy Circuit and event promotes from time to time!
Well, that's all for this week. I'll be back next time with some new comic adventures featuring Mike and Mindy and Mushrooms! Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!