The WWE Slammy Awards are somewhat of a joke these days. They are wedged into an episode of Monday Night Raw, and were mostly forgettable at the end of the day.
That’s way different than what the Slammys used to be more than 20 years ago. Let’s remember the second Slammy Awards in 1987, which was promoted as “The 37th Annual Slammy Awards,” by the WWE, then WWF, to spoof the Grammy Awards.
With Hulk Hogan on guitar, Randy “Macho Man” Savage, Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake and Jake “The Snake Roberts” on saxophone, Vince McMahon sang “Stand Back,” in a bold declaration to all wrestling and entertainment promoters. Back then, McMahon was juiced up to the max, so it was great to see the muscles bulging through his Las Vegas-act suit.
“When I was just a boy, every body told me, what I should do, and who I should be,” McMahon sang. His voice wasn’t bad, though he’s not Adam Lambert. The performance was most memorable not for his singing, but for his dancing. It was like you stuffed a statue into a shirt, slacks and a vest and told him to dance. McMahon showed right there that he has guts or “cojones,” as the wrestlers would say. That performance was a glimpse into the McMahon that everybody knows now.
What about Jesse “The Body” Ventura giving the “Jesse The Body” award to Ravishing Ric Rude? Rude, who didn’t have an ounce of fat on him, stripped down to show the curves of hip bones next to his unmentionables before Mean Gene Okerlund ran out and put a towel over him. Okerlund, of course, snuck a peak at Rude’s anatomy, and then looked at the camera with his eyes bulged out. Rude then draped his thong underwear over Okerlund’s head.
At the end of the show, the entire roster sang “If You Only Knew,” which featured lines such as this: “If you only knew what I am going to do to you, you’d be running out of here as fast as two feet can carry you.”
It’s always impressive to see the entire roster at one time and even more so when they are singing. The WWE hit a home run with the show. They created magic and memories.