WWE Catches Up With Bart Gunn, Tony Schiavone Doing Rare Autograph Signing, ECW
- Former WCW announcer Tony Schiavone, who currently serves as a play-by-play broadcaster for the minor league baseball team Gwinnett Braves, will participate in a rare autograph signing on Saturday, June 1, alongside WWE Hall of Famer George “The Animal” Steele and former WWE wrestler Justin Credible. The event takes place from noon to 2:00 p.m. at Pro Wrestling World at the Merchants Square Mall 1901 S. 12th St. Allentown, Pennsylvania. (Event Information)
– Currently airing on WWE Classics On Demand is the August 28, 1998 episode of ECW Hardcore TV featuring Rob Van Dam and Sabu defending the Tag Team Championship against two teams in The Dudley Boys and Chris Candido and Bam Bam Bigelow. The official YouTube account of WWE has released a teaser clip of the bout.
– The official WWE website caught up with former Tag Team Champion Bart Gunn for its latest edition of “Where Are They Now?”
Gunn, who now serves as an electrician in Florida, recalled his participation in the Brawl for All in 1998, a tournament where WWE Superstars legitimate fought each other with boxing and wrestling techniques. Gunn reveals that he initially wanted nothing to do with concept, but changed his mind in an effort to rekindle his stagnating career.
After ripping through “Dr. Death” Steve Williams, Bob Holly, The Godfather and Bradshaw to win the Brawl for All crown and legitimize himself as one of the toughest Superstars in WWE, Gunn challenged notable heavyweight boxer Eric “Butterbean” Esch to a similar-styled contest at WrestleMania XV. However, just seconds into the match, Butterbean knocked out Gunn with a devastating right punch. Gunn knows his inexperience cost him the match.
“He had 60 or 70 fights. That was my first as a boxer,” said Gunn. “I was very green. Looking back on it now, I should have done things a little bit differently.”
Following his loss to Butterbean, Gunn parted ways with WWE and headed to Japan. His surprising knockout of Williams made him a respected name in Japan since “Dr. Death” is regarded as one of the most successful foreign wrestlers in Japanese wrestling history.
“When I knocked him out, that basically opened the door for me,” Gunn said. “They’d already seen a lot of the footage. The Japanese follow American wrestling, especially now, because of the Internet. They knew exactly who I was.”
Gunn also discussed his introduction to the professional wrestling industry, partnering with Billy Gunn, what led to his retirement, and his current whereabouts. To read the full article, click here.