Re: Was the "Brawl For All" legit?
Regarding Bart Gunn vs. Butterbean, it wasn't part of the Brawl For All Tournament, but it was still a Brawl For All match with the same rules. In the WrestleMania rewind clip, Lawler is saying Gunn should go for a takedown.
I don't understand how Bart Gunn could have been forced into a shoot fight with Butterbean against his will. Gunn was a professional sports entertainer, and shoot fights weren't something he signed up for in his contract. There had to be something unlawful about that.
"Hey Funaki, you're gonna be in a shoot fight with Mike Tyson tonight. You can't get out of it. Good luck." Think about how ludicrous that sounds.
The Butterbean fight most likely was optional for Gunn, and agreed to it for a big pay day. Even though Vince probably hoped he would agree, so Butterbean would beat the shit out of him.