Quick question for you…
Is there any truth to the rumor that Vince was looking towards backing Lex Luger as a puppet independent presidential candidate in 1996 when he setup the super patriotic turn in 1993?
I know that sounds kinda ridiculous, but if you watch the early RAWs, Vince seems to have a real hard on for Bill Clinton, and clearly doesn’t like him. Then, he abruptly turns Luger, covers him in the stars and stripes, and puts him on a bus to criss cross the nation and buildup what they literally referred to as a "grassroots campaign." Then, on top of that, his theme music was a direct knock off of "Hail to the Chief."
Is there any truth to the rumor? If so, who would have been his running mate? Linda? At what point did Vince realize Luger wouldn’t be a viable candidate? Rumble ’94? Would he have run Bret, if Bret weren’t Canadian born, and thus ineligible? Was the equally dizzying Diesel mega-push a last ditch effort at building up a candidate before 1996? If you think about it, it wasn’t until after the ’96 election that the WWF started getting good again, and not shoving these Luger/Diesel types down out throats. It’s almost like once Vince’s focus moved past trying to build up a candidate, the booking started making a lot more sense again.
Like, how close did we actually come to President Lex Luger?
I love people who start with "I have a quick question" and then give me a four paragraph conspiracy theory.
Luger question, take a drink.