Hacking into the mystery of Max Moon with the legendary Konnan

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September 26, 2013

As many sports-entertainment fans came of age during the early 1990s, WWE began to prepare for the post-Hogan era by introducing a host of new faces into the squared circle spotlight.  Max Moon, with his eye-catching bodysuit and impressive special-effects-charged entrance, was, perhaps, the persona most representative of the colorful period. Straight out of a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon, the spaceman who hailed from “Outer Space” burst onto television screens as the brainchild of Mexican wrestling legend Konnan.

WWE poured thousands of dollars into the creation of Max Moon — originally called The Comet Kid — but after the young rookie was plagued by backstage controversy, Tom Boric — aka Paul Diamond — assumed the costume. As Max Moon, Boric wrestled Shawn Michaels for the Intercontinental Championship on the debut episode of Raw while Konnan sat at home in Mexico. A short time later, Max Moon disappeared entirely.

What happened to one of the most highly anticipated and expensive personas in WWE history and why did the lucha icon abruptly leave the organization? For the first time in more than 20 years, WWE spoke with Konnan about Max Moon’s surprising fate. 3… 2… 1… Get ready for blast off.

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WWECLASSICS.COM: How did you arrive at WWE?

KONNAN: I was in WCW at the time. I had wrestled in the Pat O’Connor Memorial Cup, which was a tag team tournament with different guys from around the world. Rick & Scott Steiner were in there. There were two Russian amateur wrestlers that had gone to the Olympics. I was there representing Mexico with Rey Mysterio, Sr., who was my teacher and Rey Mysterio’s uncle. Ole Anderson was the [producer] who had just been fired and Jim Ross was the interim guy. Jim Ross told me, “We want you to stay here. We’re thinking of putting you in a tag team with Brian Pillman.” I stayed there, but while I was working with them, Pat Patterson called me from WWE. I really didn’t want to go to WWE, because I had grown up in Miami, and all I ever grew up watching was NWA.

WWECLASSICS.COM: What changed your mind?

KONNAN: Pat Patterson called me on New Year’s Eve and told me to come there. He said, “It doesn’t hurt. We’ll pick you up in a limo.” Ole Anderson was rude and very rough to deal with. Pat just seemed very nice and I had never been in a limo. The same day I got to Stamford, Conn., Paul Bearer was also there waiting. I had an incredible conversation with Vince [McMahon]. He was very engaging and charming. He was awesome. I’ll never forget this. He was so sure of himself. He said, “It doesn’t matter if you sign with us now. Sooner or later, you will sign up with us.” That type of bravado and being so sure in the way he said it, that sold me.

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