One thing I really miss in wrestling is the use of foreign objects. Sure, some wrestlers use them from time to time but I miss the days when you could count on a heel to use them whenever the chips were down. They're just great ways to taint a win. Who can forget such classics as Roddy Piper using a foreign object to beat "Nature Boy" Ric Flair for the U.S. title, Randy "Macho Man" Savage clobbering Tito Santana with a mysterious object to win the Intercontinental Title, or Johnny V helping the "Dream Team" (Greg Valentine & Brutus Beefcake) win the WWF Tag Team Titles from the U.S. Express (Barry Windham & Mike Rotundo) with a lit cigar to Windham's eye. So many great moments were made with heels using whatever it took to get the job done. When done correctly, it added so much heat to a feud.
Somewhere along the way, the foreign object has gone out of favor. The worst was when WCW announcers were reportedly ordered by Ted Turner not to use the word "foreign object" and instead say "international object". That's a true WTF moment but then again, you're talking about Ted Turner.
Personally, I think foreign objects have taken a back seat to things like run-in's and chair shots. There's nothing wrong with those but I long for the day when an arena full of fans were screaming bloody murder after a referee missed a babyface getting clobbered with a roll of quarters or a fireball. Naturally, if the referee didn't see it, then it's legal which only adds to the fans' frustration and desire to see a rematch.
Over the next few weeks, I hope to take a look at some of wrestling's greatest foreign object moments and some of the masters of the foreign object. Feel free to send me your favorites and I'll post the best ones!
Mike Rickard II is the author of Wrestling's Greatest Moments (published by ECW Press), a look back at the greatest matches, angles, and feuds of the last thirty years. The book is now availble for pre-order through amazon.com