Among the most unusual WWE gimmick matches– outside of the notorious Kennel from Hell suit — is the Punjabi Prison match, which first took place in 2006 at the Great American Bash PPV. A bamboo cage borders ringside, and also the ring itself had its very own bamboo cage, so there were 2 cages for the challengers to go across. In order to win, you need to leave both cages. It s a strange gimmick that s just happened three times because its beginning, and also one of the people associated with the development of it is Big league Wrestling s CEO Court Bauer, that was a WWE author at the time.
Leading right into Great American Bash, the Punjabi Prison Match was going to be something extremely very different. I was at WWE, when we did the infamous Punjabi Prison Match, as you might bear in mind, Bauer discussed throughout a current episode of Hell suit s fumbling podcast Battle Pals, advertising approaching MLW events. Now, complete disclaimer, I had actually pitched Vince [McMahon] on that particular suit, however it wasn t that match. It was– I m not mosting likely to bury myself. In fact, I showed him a tape of an [Atsushi] Onita deathmatch with the blowing up ring. I said I intended to do that in WWE, and he approved it– participants of the innovative group have actually taken place record backing the tale. And it goes to Kevin Dunn, that we didn t learn through for some time, every little thing was close to the vest. Yet hey, if Vince states it s gon na occur, it s gon na happen.
We begin seeing the mockups wherefore the taking off cage was mosting likely to resemble. First of all, there was no explosions. This was around 10 days prior to the PPV. And the second point we discovered was it s bamboo. And it s practically like an Indiana Jones playset from Holy place of Doom. As well as you resemble, This is so perversely not what we discussed. Oh my god. This is going to hide the imaginative group once more. Certainly, we took the warm for that a person. Yet it s fascinating exactly how you take risks, and also occasionally, in different systems, it either turbo-charges the concept, or it alters right into a Punjabi Prison match.
When it comes to exactly how the framework was created, the bones of the Punjabi Prison are actually a vital piece of WWE background. It s a repurposed, old Big Blue cage, Bauer admitted. It s decorated and dressed with the bamboo as well as things and painted that bamboo color. Certainly, people most likely do not realize that the method the Big Blue cage was made– individuals that make those make shark containers. So the individuals that go in water, when you remain in that shark container, that little bit cage that floats under, those are the individuals that make Large Blue cages.
Bauer could not take complete credit score for the Punjabi Prison match though. He took place to claim that WWE author Alex Greenfield had some input on it, and Bauer could not take the bullet completely. And also at one point, he gave the Punjabi Prison match playset to Greenfield.
Back in September 2017, I had the enjoyment of seeing the Punjabi Prison cage face to face throughout a press journey to the WWE Archives– you can see two photos above. It might have been dismantled as well as stored away, but one of the very first points I noticed about it was that it was largely made from metal. Certainly it should be constructed from steel, but the wrestling fan within me hung on to that suspension of shock so securely. Did I scrub it forever luck? Obviously I did.
Anyhow, you can look into the full Wrestle Buddies episode with Court Bauer below, as a myriad of subjects are covered from pets– mainly pugs– running a fumbling promotion, Azteca Underground, Lucha Underground, taking possibilities artistically, and also of training course, MLW.
As well as talking of MLW, the promotion is preparing for MLW Fusion insulations in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 6. Entitled Battle Chamber, you can choose up tickets to attend the online occasion for as reduced as $15, something that is additionally discussed in the interview. The tapings will consist of some wild suits including a 5 on 5 cage suit called War Chamber. In addition, you ll see Murder vs. LA Park, Warhorse vs. KC Navarro, NZO vs. Matt Cross, TJP vs. Calvin Tankman, and a lot more.
MLW broadcasts in the US on Saturday at 12 PM ET/ 9 AM PT on Vice television, as well as can be streamed on Wednesdays at 7 PM ET/ 4 PM PT on MLW s YouTube.