Ashley and I had a good laugh watching the Macy’s parade when Santa Claus showed up at the end and totally blew his lip-synched “Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!” Then I ate so much I was crippled the rest of the day. When I left, Mom piled my arms high with leftovers, and a jar of what is supposedly the best horseradish to be found ‘round these parts. So yeah, I’d say I had a good Thanksgiving. How about you all?
There was one thing missing, and I now know exactly what it was. Maybe it’s that I’m still in a wrasslin’ mood from working on the Wrestling Legends Invitational. Maybe it’s how hollow Thanksgiving feels without the sight of a sensationally skilled luchador dressed up like a turkey turning cartwheels. Maybe it’s how willing I am to do anything other than shop today . . . Whatever the reason, I give you the missing component that now makes my holiday complete: the Gobbledy Gooker.
Two things to be thankful for in that video: 1) “Mean” Gene Okerlund. Does this prove what a pro the guy was, or what? He knows going in how infamously stupid this entire segment is about to become, and he still works his balls off to get it over, even busting out “shank of the evening” right at the start. He’s standing in front of a giant egg that’s about to hatch a man in a turkey suit, for Christ’s sake, and he’s got the crowd wrapped around his finger. He was the best.
And, 2) At least Vince Russo wasn’t booking the show back then, or we’d now be talking about three-time Intercontinental Champion, the Gobbledy Gooker.