Lex Luger Reflects on Babyface Turn Post-Narcissist Gimmick

Lex Luger Reflects on Babyface Turn Post-Narcissist Gimmick

Lex Luger Reflects on Babyface Turn Post-Narcissist Gimmick – Lex Luger, renowned for his natural ability to draw heat as a heel, faced a significant career shift upon joining Vince McMahon’s WWF from WCW, where he had thrived as “The Narcissist.” With WWF’s top stars like Hulk Hogan aging, McMahon sought to position Luger as the new face of the company.

This shift involved Luger dropping his narcissistic persona and adopting a patriotic gimmick, complete with American flag gear. This transformation was symbolized by the “Lex Express,” a tour bus that Luger used to travel across the country, receiving a substantial push. On an episode of “Lex Expressed,” Luger recounted how abrupt and unexpected the change was, revealing that McMahon had meticulously planned it all.

“I was blindsided by it,” Luger explained. “Vince called me into his office and laid it out. I actually almost thought he was kidding me because I just gotten into the narcissist character, putting a lot of steam on me with that. I was like, ‘Are you serious? Like, go from a narcissist in front of mirrors to red, white, and blue and all that?’ He goes, ‘Yup…’ I did the corporate headquarters, thinking back, and a launch, we had all the staff out in the parking garage when I drove off on the bus, my first appearance, it was a matter of days. I had to tell my family, I’m not going to be there all summer, pretty much.”

Luger initially received strong support from fans, particularly during his feud with Yokozuna. However, this enthusiasm waned over time. At SummerSlam 1993, Luger defeated Yokozuna, but only by countout, which meant Yokozuna retained the WWF Championship. Reports suggest that Vince McMahon felt Luger hadn’t progressed enough to warrant a title reign, leading to Yokozuna retaining the belt.

Eventually, Luger returned to WCW after his WWF contract ended. In a memorable moment, he appeared on the inaugural episode of “WCW Nitro” while still featuring on taped WWF programming the same night, marking a significant point in wrestling history. This move underscored the volatile and competitive nature of the wrestling industry during the 1990s.

Lex Luger Reflects on Babyface Turn Post-Narcissist Gimmick

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