So, in my older, wiser years, it seems clear that Brutus Beefcake’s spot in the pecking order of WWF and then WCW was due to his friendship with the Hulkster. But as a kid, I remember him being legitimately over. Before the parasailing accident, was there any plan for him to move any farther up the card?
Yup, he was doing legitimately well for himself in 1990 and was scheduled to win the IC title from Mr. Perfect at Summerslam, in fact. I wouldn’t say he was destined to take over for Hulk or anything, but he would have been a HELL of a useful guy to have around in 1991 when Warrior was flaking out and they needed a top guy for B-shows.