Bring it Back!: Brawl for All

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July 10, 2012

Bart Gunn and Bradhsaw duke it out during the Brawl for All tournament.

Remember Brawl for All, WWE’s ill-fated 1998 sojourn into the then-unproven world of mixed martial arts? (PHOTOS) If you’re one of the few who do, it’s probably for two reasons. The first being underdog Bart Gunn’s shocking knockout of “Dr. Death” Steve Williams — a competitor once reputed to be the toughest man in all of professional wrestling. (WATCH) The second being Gunn’s subsequent clobbering at the mighty right hand of fighting champion Eric “Butterbean” Esch at WrestleMania XV. That lopsided contest ended with a KO so devastating, WWE fans in Philadelphia’s First Union Center expected to find Gunn’s incisors scattered about the cheap seats. (WATCH)

Don’t feel left out if you can’t remember any of this. Half the Superstars we approached backstage for quotes about the heavily criticized competition could hardly recall what it was and didn’t understand why they were being asked about that time when Scorpio fought 8-Ball. No matter. Fourteen years after the first punch was thrown in Brawl for All, WWE Classics was determined to explain why this unique tournament was never spoken about again and attempt to figure out whether or not it was worth bringing back. So, are you ready to rumble?

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