WrestleMania XIV featured a unique stipulation in the form of a Dumpster Match, but Road Dogg wasn’t so keen to fall into the dumpster itself.
Although the fourteenth WrestleMania is most commonly known for ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin vs. Shawn Michaels, the WWF Tag Team Championships match was fought as a Dumpster Match, contested between Cactus Jack and Chainsaw Charlie, and the defending champions The New Age Outlaws.
The real-life Mick Foley and Terry Funk were ultimately crowned as the new champions following Chainsaw Charlie dumping both Billy Gunn and Road Dogg inside a bin backstage.
Given the circumstances, there was a serious risk to all four competitors with an array of mesmerising, if not brutal, spots. One such example came when Road Dogg slapped a baking tray off the head of Chainsaw Charlie, knocking him into a ladder that sent Billy Gunn and Cactus Jack into a dumpster below.
‘The Bad Ass’ wasn’t initially scheduled for this spot, though. Road Dogg revealed on the latest Oh…You Didn’t Know? podcast that it was initially intended to be him who joined Mick Foley atop the ladder:
“Well, the one I’ve brought up a bunch of times is the teetering off the ladder into the dumpster in the Dumpster Match. I went up the ladder in the ring and during rehearsals and I looked down, way down there at that dumpster. No, it was way down there. And I literally looked and I said, ‘I’m not, I’m not taking this bump Billy, you take this bump,’ and he called me all kinds of names. And he took the bump.”
Road Dogg was involved in one of the match’s other big spots, as the former WWE writer helped Gunn Powerbomb Charlie into a dumpster.
The real-life Brian James returned to WWE in 2011 to induct his father into the WWE Hall of Fame. He’d later join the promotion as a producer and subsequently as the head writer for SmackDown. At the time of his January 2022 release, Road Dogg was teaching promo and character development classes at the WWE Performance Center.
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