On the latest episode of “Grilling JR”, Jim Ross discussed WCW Capitol Combat 1990. More specifically, he details a story about how Shane Douglas ended up leaving WCW. According To Ross, Douglas refused to lose to Mean Mark Calloway, later known as The Undertaker, via his “heart punch” finishing move. Douglas attempted to get the finish to the match changed and when he couldn’t, he walked out. Ross believes that Douglas was a hot prospect at the time but that his actions hurt his career going forward. Here are the highlights:
On Shane Douglas Refusing To Lose To The Heart Punch:
I had a lot of experience with Shane. Eddie Gilbert was very high on Shane Douglas. I think Eddie’s the one who gave Shane his name. Shane’s a Pittsburgh boy, very very bright guy. Still is. And you know, he was highly intelligent, but very headstrong. And he had his thoughts on how his character should be portrayed. But somewhere along the way, you’ve gotta be a good enough performer to lose to the other guy’s finish and not worry about it. To me, if you’re gonna get beat, you wanna be beat by the very best thing the guy’s got. Plus, notwithstanding the fact that this is what the office, the company, the people who were paying you have requested you do. You’re being cast in a role. ‘Your role, Shane, is to lose to Mean Mark,’ who will eventually become the Undertaker, ‘and you’ll do it with his finish.’ It’s just the way it works. But he had issues with that.
On The Incident Hurting Douglas In His Post-WCW Career:
I thought he even made a strategic error there. Because the word gets out, you know, about ‘Well, he’s gonna work with’ — and Mark was very highly respected, we all knew that the upside for Mean Mark was unlimited. You didn’t find too many guys 6’10” that was that athletic. His basketball playing ability came through, the guy who could Don Jardine walk the top rope thing, the old spoiler deal was pretty extraordinary too at that era. So it made Shane look bad, and that was unfortunate. He had a great look. He finally made it to WWE as Dean Douglas, but there again I think some of his past discretions didn’t play well for him within the creative and some of the power brokers in WWE at that time who were wrestlers, they made it kind of hard on him, and I thought that was disruptive and disrespectful and unnecessary. But maybe some could say, ‘Well, he kind of brought it on himself.’ And maybe he did.
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