Britt Baker wasn’t the first wrestler to wind up in the garbage. Here are five wrestling angles involving trash, including a literal dumpster fire.
Dr. Britt Baker was literally trashed on a recent episode of AEW Dynamite. Big Swole escalated their feud by commandeering the injured Baker’s golf cart, the Role’s Royce. Swole sped out of the Daily’s Place Amphitheater into the night. Baker’s faithful assistant Reba would eventually discover that Swole had deposited the good doctor in a nearby dumpster.
Baker was understandably incensed, since that’s not where a role model belongs. She might feel a little better if she knew she was part of a great tradition in pro wrestling. There are many notable figures who have wound up in the trash over the years, including some WWE legends.
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Titles In The Trash
Women’s wrestling was never a big part of WCW, but one women’s wrestling pioneer was. Reigning WWE Women’s Champion Alundra Blayze made a surprise appearance on the December 18, 1995 episode of Nitro, and she brought her championship title with her.
Blayze declared that her name was Madusa and always had been, reverting to the ring name she used in her pre-WWE career with the AWA and WCW. She then grabbed a nearby trash can and dropped her belt in it, declaring that that’s what she thought of it. She finished her promo by saying that WCW was where the big girls play.
The stunt would have a major impact on women’s wrestling in the U.S. WWE’s division had been dormant for nearly three years until it was rebuilt around Sable. WCW would introduce a short lived women’s championship in 1996. It also had an impact beyond women’s wrestling, since fears that Bret Hart would do something similar when he left for WWE for WCW contributed to the Montreal Screwjob.
References to throwing a title belt in the garbage have been made ever since. Most recently, Daniel Bryan trashed the WWE Championship during his run as “the Planet’s Champion,” replacing it with an eco-friendly hemp belt. Madusa has even made a few references to the spot herself, including in her WWE Hall of Fame Induction Speech in 2015 and after winning the 24/7 Championship in 2019.
nWo Pelted With Garbage
Fans throwing trash in the ring during nWo segments became a tradition from then on. In one particularly memorable segment, a fan nailed Scott Hall with what looked like a full soda at the end of promo. nWo-hating color commentator Larry Zbyszko was impressed by the surprisingly accurate throw, calling it a good shot. To his credit, Hall played into it, slicking back his newly moisturized hair.
The Dumpster Match
In spite of being one of the most beloved wrestlers of his era, Mick Foley never made much of an impact at WrestleMania. Edge actually used that talking point to goad Foley into a match at WrestleMania 22. A good example of Foley’s WrestleMania woes is that his greatest triumph at the show of shows came in a Dumpster Match.
Foley’s Cactus Jack formed a hardcore tag team with Chainsaw Charlie — aka, Terry Funk doing a Leatherface impression. They took on the New Age Outlaws for the World Tag Team Titles at WrestleMania 14 in WWE’s first ever Dumpster Match. The object of the match is similar to a casket match: the winning team has to lock both of their opponents in a dumpster.
Jack and Charlie won the match, and the titles, when Charlie dropped the Outlaws in the dumpster with a forklift — this came after Jack incapacitated Road Dogg with a chairshot and Billy Gunn with a DDT. Their reign would be short, as they lost the titles back to the Outlaws at the following night’s Raw, marking the beginning of a new era for D-Generation X.
The Dumpster Match has been a rare stipulation in WWE over the years. The most recent one saw Braun Strowman lose to Kalisto on an episode of Raw in 2017. The most iconic dumpster spot in WWE history wasn’t even in official match, but instead came in a backstage segment where Shane McMahon knocked Kane into a literal dumpster fire.
Eric Bischoff Gets Taken Out With The Trash
Eric Bischoff had worn out his welcome as the General Manager of Raw by 2005. Mr. McMahon convened a trial to decide Bischoff’s fate, and after a successful prosecution by Mick Foley, Bischoff was fired. An Attitude Adjustment from Bischoff’s least favorite employee, John Cena, allowed McMahon to body slam Bischoff into the back of a garbage truck and drive him out of the arena and off of Raw.
Braun Strowman’s Garbage Truck Murder (He Got Better)
The Shield were such a dominant trio that their comeback match at TLC 2017 was a 5 on 3 handicap match that didn’t change when Kurt Angle had to substitute for an ill Roman Reigns. Luckily for the Shield, their opponents made their job easier by thinning out their own ranks.
Miscommunication between Kane and Braun Strowman led to the two brawling in the middle of the match. Kane briefly incapacitated Strowman after chokeslamming him through the stage and burying him under a pile of chairs — but all that did was make him angry and turn on his teammates.
Strowman eventually suffered a 4-1 beatdown from Kane, the Miz, Cesaro, and Sheamus. After he was subdued, team captain Miz had him loaded into the back of a garbage truck that was meant to dispose of the Shield, and compacted him. When the crowd chanted “that was murder!” as Strowman’s presumably mangled carcass was driven out of the arena, all Cesaro could muster was a shrug.
As you could guess, given that he’s the current Universal Champion, Strowman got better (and would later perpetrate his own garbage truck beatdown on Sami Zayn, minus the compacting, in 2019).
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