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Former WWE Writer Reveals Punjabi Prison Was Originally Meant To Be An Exploding Ring

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Former WWE writer Court Bauer has recalled the infamous Punjabi Prison match and says that the structure was originally meant to explode!

Court Bauer is now the head honcho at Major League Wrestling but previously worked as a writer at WWE for several years.

Speaking on GameSpot’s wrestling podcast Wrestle Buddies, Bauer revealed that he had pitched what became the Punjabi Prison match to Vince McMahon but Bauer’s version took more inspiration from the infamous deathmatches of Atsushi Onita:

“I was at WWE, when we did the infamous Punjabi Prison Match, as you might remember. Now, full disclaimer, I had pitched Vince [McMahon] on that match, but it wasn’t that match. It was – I’m not going to bury myself.”

“Actually, I showed him a tape of an [Atsushi] Onita deathmatch with the exploding ring. I said I wanted to do that in WWE, and he signed off on it – members of the creative team have gone on record backing the story. And it goes to Kevin Dunn, who we didn’t hear from for a while, everything was close to the vest. But hey, if Vince says it’s gonna happen, it’s gonna happen.”

“We start seeing the mockups for what the exploding cage was going to look like. First of all, there was no explosions. This was about 10 days before the PPV. And the second thing we learned was it’s bamboo. And it’s almost like an Indiana Jones playset from Temple of Doom. And you’re like, ‘This is so perversely not what we talked about. Oh my god. This is going to bury the creative team once again.'”

“Of course, we took the heat for that one. But it’s interesting how you take risks, and sometimes, in different systems, it either turbo-charges the idea, or it mutates into a Punjabi Prison match.”

The first Punjabi Prison match in WWE history took place at The Great American Bash in 2006. What was originally meant to be The Undertaker taking on The Great Khali instead saw The Phenom face off with The Big Show in the gargantuan bamboo structure.

Great Khali did enter the Punjabi Prison next year at No Mercy when he unsuccessfully challenged Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship at No Mercy.

The most recent Punjabi Prison match in WWE history saw The Great Khali make a triumphant return to WWE as he helped Jinder Mahal retain the WWE Title against Randy Orton at Battleground in 2017.

h/t Fightful