I was just thinking about this. When Ahmed debuted in 1995, he slammed Yokozuna shortly after his debut. Prior to that, the only person to slam Yoko was Luger. Considering that he debuted shortly after Luger went to WCW, was this a thinly veiled shot at Luger (by having Johnson also be able to slam Yoko).
It's significantly more likely that they were just trying to put him over in the same way, by having him slam the biggest guy around, same as how Braun and Big Show doing the ring breaking spot was not done to lessen Brock Lesnar, but just to reuse a good idea.
Post by 2coldMack is even more baffled on Jun 27, 2019 22:49:10 GMT -5
Nah, they just wanted to put Vince's new muscleman over strong as they could, and Yoko's stock had dropped a LOT by late 95, so it didn't really matter that he would suffer for it. Different day of the week, it could just as easily have been Bundy or Mabel.
I think he was there just to fill a gap that Luger left as a face muscle guy, he just kinda inherited folks that Luger feuded with, Yoko, Bulldog, Owen, Crush and according to Tatanka, he was to feud with him but Tatanka stated he didn't trust Ahmed as he looked reckless in his match against Double J.
Jim Ross said on his 'Grilling JR' podcast that Ahmed Johnson was Vince McMahon's attempt to create a black superstar who'd rise up to World Title status. To then-creative team member Bill Watts (a good pal of JR's), that meant comparing him to The Junkyard Dog and finding a name that'd get people talking.
His suggestion? Buff Johnson.
McMahon was appalled, and stared a hole through Ross in the meeting. Afterwards, he asked JR to take care of Bill's pitch and make sure he didn't do anything like that again. Jim, who hadn't hired Watts and agreed the name sucked, said it was Vince's responsibility. He was just another creative mind who had nothing to do with his friend's proposition.
I think Diesel kinda did a chokeslam/rock bottom type move on him on a house show when he teamed with HBK against Owen/Yoko. Not sure someone help me out if you find a house show match with these four and clarify if it was so or I could be wrong. And about HBK, not sure if this counts but he eliminates both Yoko and Vader: