A long-time WWE Executive has named the match they still have nightmares about.
With The Great Khali standing (very) tall in the main event scene in 2006, WWE decided to try and capitalise on the menace of their latest mega foreign heel.
That April Khali debuted by taking out The Undertaker, and three months later it was time for the pair to settle their differences in a Punjabi Prison match. However, Khali never made it to the ring as he wasn’t medically cleared to compete.
The structure itself was made up of two bamboo cages and was unpopular with both fans and the wrestlers. The Undertaker even took time to take a shot at the match during his Hall of Fame speech in 2022.
Speaking on a recent episode of his Something to Wrestle podcast, Bruce Prichard said the match was the worst gimmick match in WWE history.
“We did a Punjabi Prison match,” Prichard said. “Now, no one had seen it because I don’t think it got finished until two or three days before the event … So it gets done, they put it up and try to figure out, ‘What the f**k are we going to do with this?’
And I’m actually trying to figure out a way to set it on fire in the back and just have a match … Oh man, the Punjabi Prison … that will go down next to the Dog Kennel from Hell match. That will go down as the number one worst gimmick in the face of anything.”
WWE Recently Brought Back Famous Gimmick Match
While the Punjabi Prison won’t be coming back anytime soon, WWE did recently resurrect a classic gimmick match. At WWE’s traditional Boxing Day event at Madison Square Garden, Cody Rhodes took on and defeated Shinsuke Nakamura in a Bull Rope Match — a match made famous by Dusty Rhodes.
H/t to Wrestling Inc