WWE almost brought one of their video games to life with plans for Brock Lesnar to throw a former star off the SmackDown fist.
A new era of SmackDown was ushered in by WWE in 2001 which saw the set re-designed to encompass the famous SmackDown fist that loomed large over the entranceway.
The fist was still in place in 2003 when the one-legged Zach Gowen began competing for the company, becoming instantly embroiled in storylines involving Stephanie McMahon, Vince McMahon, Kurt Angle, and Brock Lesnar. Lesnar infamously dumped Gowen down a flight of stairs while he was confined to a wheelchair in one of the most shocking moments in SmackDown history but thinks could have gotten even worse.
Zach Gowen Avoided Being Launched Off WWE SmackDown Fist
Speaking to Chris Van Vliet on his Insight podcast, Zach Gowen revealed the original plans between him and Lesnar would have seen Gowen take an F5 from Lesnar off the SmackDown fist and through the stage below:
So the wheelchair spot that wasn’t a wheelchair spot to begin with. The original idea, I don’t know if we’ve talked about this. The original idea was for Brock Lesnar to F5 me off of the SmackDown fist through the stage. That was the original idea. Do you remember the SmackDown fist?
So we were going to be on top of this SmackDown fist, Brock Lesnar was going to toss me off this bad boy and I was gonna go through the stage but okay that was the plan for like two or three weeks, we had to a pivot so to speak to the wheelchair spot down the stairs because creative we couldn’t figure out a plausible way for me and Brock Lesnar to be on top of the fist. Like how do we get up there? Did he drag me up there? Did he climb up? Is there a secret ladder like we couldn’t figure that part out? I was really excited about that.
Brock Lesnar has not been seen in WWE since losing to Cody Rhodes at SummerSlam. Despite rumours doing the rounds, there are no plans for Brock Lesnar to make his return to the MMA world at UFC 300.
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