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 Hulu 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.
Previously On ‘Boy Meets World’ The Wrestling Episode
We learned about what would happen if Danny Tanner tried to make a ’90s version of The Wonder Years with any available Savage children and were introduced to school bully Frankie, whose father happens to be 11-time World Champion professional wrestler and White Castle of Fear tenant Big Van Vader. Cory Matthews wanted to be popular so he joined the wrestling team, and ended up getting booked in a weird carnie high school gym show against a barking adult so tough he once had his eyeball popped out in a match and just calmly put it back in. Standard TGIF fare.
Before we get to the next wrestling episode from season 4, we have to mention Vader’s brief but memorable season 3 cameo in the episode ‘New Friends And Old.’ Vader gets called into Mr. Feeney’s office for a parent-teacher conference because Frankie the Enforcer and Joey the Rat (again, see last week’s episode) bully-tricked Cory and Shawn into wearing cheerleader outfits at school. Joey was suspended, because I guess he’s the Dennis Stamp of this series and didn’t get booked, and Frankie is tempting the same fate. Vader assures his blood rival Feeney that he’ll make sure Frankie “straightens up and flies right,” and we get a great and also incredibly sad reveal of Vader’s wife.
Vader disappears for the remainder of the episode, but barges into Cory’s kitchen during the end credits in full gear, with a championship belt around his waist. The Mastodon continues his quest to fight this 7th grader, but Cory says he doesn’t want the championship because he’d “never make it through airport security.” Cory’s mom even shades Francis for not acting like this at PTA meetings, and Vader ends up once again having to take out his frustrations on Eric with a Goldberg-esque gorilla press into a powerslam. Incredibly, the running gag of Eric Matthews almost getting murdered by pro wrestlers actually pays off in the show’s final season, but we’ll get to that.
Up first, let’s finish Vader’s arc with the season 4 classic, ‘Sixteen Candles and Four-Hundred-Pound Men.’