Just before the Monday Night Wars really got hot, the WWF added a new show to its lineup. Something a little edgier than Raw at the time. Shotgun Saturday Night made its debut on January 4, 1997. The syndicated program ended up running for more than a year and a half, but it was that first show I want to talk about today.
While I didn't catch the actual airing of the show, I've seen clips of it. Marlena exposed herself to the Sultan during his match with Goldust and a new tag team made its debut and exit on the same night. The Flying Nuns made their way to the ring with talk show host-turned manager Brother Love. After the duo beat the Godwins, Love dubbed the team The Sister of Love. It was a silly and short lived gimmick and soon Mosh and Thrasher were born. (Although they had been using the gimmick on the house show circuit prior to going on TV)
Meeting the Headbangers WrestleReunion 2012 Photo by: My 1-2-3 Cents
If my memory serves me correct that was a time when the WWF was throwing all kinds of outlandish gimmicks at the wall and seeing what would stick. I think in this case, changing the gimmick back to the Headbangers was a wise choice. I don't know that the fans would have gotten behind Sister Angelica and Mother Smucker the same way they did Mosh and Thrasher.
Chad and I had a chance to meet the Headbangers at WrestleReunion 2012. They were a lot of fun. Probably the most engaging of the wrestlers and managers on hand that day. You can see by the picture they were having as much fun as the fans. They also did some YouTube recordings as well, we even made the cut.