“We Want Wrestling” was a chant chanted by 16,505 fans on June 29, 1998 inside Gund Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. That night, in “Raw is War,” the WWF all brawled. In the first match, “Lethal Weapon” Steve Blackman defeated “Marvelous” Mark his Melo.
“It’s definitely the guys who had some balls that did it,” Melo said of the tournament on the “Ten Count” podcast. “It took a lot of courage to get there. In fact, I put my career in jeopardy, so to speak.”
It was the brainchild of then-WWF writer Vince Russo, who created the concept after getting mad at John “Bradshaw” Layfield in “The Dark Side of the Ring” and Bart Russo. It was revealed that Gunn had won.
Seven months after winning the tournament, Gunn faced Eric “Butterbean” Esch in a Brawl For All match at WrestleMania XV. Gunn was knocked out in his 35th, which would be his final WWF appearance. “It was devastating to see what Butterbean did to Burt Gunn on the pay-per-view,” Mello said. You’ll probably end up in the program with someone at the top of the company, because he’s been demolished since then for what he did in Brawl For All…really looking back, It ruined his career.”
Of Gunn’s four wins, three were by knockout: “Dr. Death” Steve Williams, The Godfather and Bradshaw made it to the finals. Gunn’s first round opponent, Bob Holly, was the only one who kept his distance against him.
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