The Wrestling Episode is our cleverly-named feature wherein we watch non-wrestling shows with wrestling episodes and try to figure out what the hell’s going on in them. You’d be surprised how many there are. You can watch the episode on YouTube here. If you have any suggestions on shows that need to be featured in The Wrestling Episode, let us know in our comments section below.
I’ve Never Heard Of Baywatch. What Is It?
David Hasselhoff hit it big in 1982 with Knight Rider, an action-adventure series about a police detective who gets shot in the face and is forced to fight crime with the help of a talking Pontiac Firebird Trans Am with the voice of an uptight school teacher. In 1989, Hasselhoff was like, “what if we do Knight Rider again, but the car is several women in matching swimsuits, and all the crimes happen on the beach?” Baywatch was born, combining the standing around and talking about things of popular procedural with the acting and production of the worst available soap opera. It got low ratings, put its production company out of business, and was canceled after one season.
The Hoff and the show’s executive producers saved the show with two important moves:
- moving it to first-run syndication for season 2, and
- poaching the hot girl from Tool Time
Baywatch turned into a massive hit and one of the most viewed shows in the world, running for 11 seasons (if you include the two seasons of Baywatch: Hawaii), a spinoff (Baywatch Nights), three TV movies, three seasons of a parody show and a terrible actual movie.
And There’s A Wrestling Episode?
Oh, so much more than wrestling episode. A pro wrestling PAY-PER-VIEW, re-contextualized into an after-school special for the Baywatch universe. And it starts with Hulk Hogan almost dying.