Hot on the heels of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin producing his famous "Austin 3:16" line, not to mention millions of dollars in merchandising, the Attitude Era legend began feuding with just about anyone that crossed his line of sight. One of Austin's more memorable conflicts, however, wasn't exactly with someone, but with something. The object in question being a 9mm handgun wielded by his former friend and partner Brian Pillman.
While professional wrestling has involved a whole lot of deadly weapons over the years -- bats, kendo sticks, ladders, staircases, and sock puppets, just to name a few -- McMahon & Co. have usually drawn the line just short of actual firearms. Not so in the "Pillman's Got a Gun" segment, which saw the eponymous superstar stand his ground against the father of the Stone Cold Stunner, in his own home, with live commentary provided by WWF interviewer Kevin Kelly not five feet away.
The line that really ties the whole scene together, however, comes from a befuddled Jerry "The King" Lawler, stationed back with the off-site commentary team, suggesting that "Somebody call the police." Yes, Jerry. Perhaps someone should have called the police, rather than a film crew, audio technicians, and Pillman's endlessly screaming wife.
You can compare a lot of professional wrestlers to cartoon characters. In either group, the participants engage in antics ranging from the mischievous to the downright deadly. The difference is that dropping an anvil on someone's head carries a lot more weight when it's a human being than an anthropomorphic duck. Apply this logic to Big Boss Man, however, and you wind up with something closer to Eric Cartman than Bugs Bunny. In fact, these two shady customers actually used more-or-less identical methods of revenge in their respective programs.
Boss Man, then feuding with the deranged Al Snow, kidnapped and ransomed his opponent's pet Chihuahua, Pepper. While the idea of a wrestling story including a tiny dog -- which would regularly "speak" with Snow on the show -- seemed almost adorably naive, what happened next was anything but. After inviting Snow to a hotel room where they could discuss the terms of Pepper's release, Big Boss Man offered to feed his rival in a show of good faith.
As you might have surmised from the subheading of this section, that meal was absolutely slathered in "Pepper," making Al Snow the Scott Tenorman of professional wrestling.
In what passes for poetic justice among professional wrestlers, the pair came to blows over this unsettling development in the "Kennel from Hell " match at 1999's Unforgiven pay-per-view, trapping the two together in a man-sized kennel surrounded by (disappointingly tame) Rottweilers. With a greater budget than the WWF could provide at the time, the whole ordeal would have made for a Kubrickian nightmare. Instead, it was just yet another step in the long, otherworldly hellscape that is the life of a professional wrestling character. So, yeah, a lot like a cartoon.