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Kenny Lucas and Keith Lucas are back for season two of their animated series, Lucas Bros Moving Co on January 22nd at midnight on FXX . That means fans can expect more cartoon adventures, more hallucinations and a lot more pro wrestling references Back in October we talked to the guys about their TruTV series Friends of the People and their animation inspirations. This time we wanted to talk with Keith and Kenny about wrestling. So we asked guest columnist Fez Whatley from SiriusXM’s Ron and Fez Show to spend some time talking with the Lucas Brothers about what’s coming up in season two, and also to ask them, who are the ten best wrestlers, in the history of wrestling.
The series has always been known for its trippy feel, but according to the guys, “We get real crazy this season”. In the new season, the Lucas Brothers will go to jail, into space and inside people’s minds, including TV’s Urkel (Jaleel White) from the 90s sitcom Family Matters. “In this one, we go into Jaleel White’s consciousness to release the idea of Urkel. It’s a little bit more surreal.” The guys are bringing in an Urkel specialist for that episode. “We got our good friend, Jermaine Fowler. He’s like our go-to Steve Urkel guy, so he plays Steve Urkel in anything we come up with that revolves around Urkel. We get Jermaine Fowler to do it.”
Kenny and Keith told us that Lucas Bros Moving Co is bringing in some major guest voices for season two including Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, Hannibal Buress, Blake Anderson, Adam DeVine, Anders Holm, Jillian Bell, Jimmy Tatro, Quest Love, Action Bronson, Eric Andre, Michael Che, Nicole Byer, Danny Brown, YG, and possible appearances by Waka Flocka and T.J. Miller.
The identical twins are 90’s kids, and the WWE and WCW wrestling of that time were heavy influences in their lives and in their shows. Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts appears in episodes. There are Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart and Ultimate Warrior posters on the walls of their cartoon apartment. And often times the scripts will include a throwaway line involving a Wrestlemania match.
The new season of “Lucas Bros Moving Co” will keep wrestling in the mix. Kenny and Keith said the new episodes will include a tribute to the Hitman as well as plots involving the Warrior, Jake the Snake and former WWE voodoo master / wrestler, Papa Shango. They also have an episode dedicated to the “Monday Night Wars”, the time when the WWE and WCW battled for cable television supremacy. In it, a wrestler returns from the ‘Monday Night Wars’ with PTSD.
Nostalgic for anything 90s, the Lucas Brothers have talked about their favorite cartoons of the decade. Now they’ve put together their definitive list of their favorite all-time pro wrestlers.
As for their personal favorites, the Lucas Brothers spent two days putting together their choices. The list is filled with sports entertainers from the WWE “Attitude Era” which Kenny and Keith call their favorite time in pro wrestling. Kenny and Keith Lucas combined their wrestling knowledge to present a list that represents them both. As for their number one and number two picks, there was no question. The others are in no particular order.
The Hitman is the guys’ all time favorite. There’s no doubt about it. In “Lucas Bros Moving Co”, their cartoon apartment is adorned with a cartoon Bret Hart poster on the wall. Why all the love for Bret Hart? The Lucas Brothers explained it came from their family situation.”We grew up fatherless and as kids, just wanted a hero”. They added, “He just filled a void”. The twins were always fans of the faces, “Maybe it’s just in our DNA, but we gravitated toward the good guys” and they always felt from an early age that Bret Hart was “the embodiment of a hard working positive dude”. They also liked Bret so much because of their own size. Bret Hart was far from the biggest wrestler in the ring and being small themselves made them “fans of his from the beginning”.
The Lucas Brothers love the attitude era and no other wrestler brought more attitude to the ring than Stone Cold Steve Austin. Kenny and Keith called his match at Wrestlemania 13 against Bret Hart “a masterpiece”. Even though Stone Cold didn’t get his arm raised at the end the match, the bloody encounter defined him as the tough S.O.B he sold himself as. It put him on the map. The Lucas Brothers also credit Stone Cold for the then WWF’s victory against rival WCW. They said, “Without him, the WWF doesn’t win the Monday Night Wars.”
This was the original incarnation of wrestling’s New World Order. It was a shocking night at the WCW pay-per-view “Bash at the Beach” where Hulk Hogan, a long time hero, turned on the fans and joined the NWO. The Lucas Brothers are still huge fans of that original gimmick and credit the group with helping bring wrestling to a more adult orientated format.
Next on the Lucas Brothers’ list of the all time greatest wrestlers is another faction. They chose the group that started “DX” rather than pick the indiviuals. “We didn’t want to choose Shawn Michaels by himself or Triple H by himself because we hate them both.” Hate aside, the twins did appreciate the what DX brought to the attitude era and how they helped Vince McMahon win over his corporate rival. “They played an instrumental part in getting the WWF over the hump.”
The guys have an overall love for wrestling’s “Dead Man”. They said, “He needs to be on every person’s top 10 list.” Although they’re fans, the Lucas Brothers feel the Undertaker’s time has come and gone saying he needs to officially retire. They think there’s a possibility the ‘Taker will be back for one more match, maybe against another aging icon, Sting. When it comes to that match, they said they “…don’t know if I want to see it though because they’re fucking old as shit. Old Sting versus Old Undertaker, that’s like two senior citizens wrestling.”
The former Olympic wrestling champion turned pro would come to the ring to chants of “You Suck! You Suck!”. The Lucas Brothers put Kurt Angle on their list not only because of his pure wrestling talent, but also because of the comedy he brought to the ring. They said they, “…think he’s one of the funniest wrestlers of all time”. Kenny and Keith felt Kurt Angle “played the perfect straight man to Mankind, Stone Cold and the Rock. He really lifted a lot of the promos comedically”.
If you’ve watched “Lucas Bros Moving Co”, you knew Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts would land somewhere on this list. He was featured in the very first episode. The guys even got Jake the Snake to do the voice work for the animated version of himself. He regularly shows up in one form or another on the cartoon series. Pointing out his in the ring work, Kenny and Keith thought Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts was every bit as good on the mic as he was wrestling. As they put it, “He mastered the promo”.
Kenny and Keith Lucas were thrilled that after all these years, the Macho Man is going to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame at during Wrestlemania weekend this year. They said, “It was a joke that he wasn’t in it”. They feel strongly about everything Randy Savage gave to professional wrestling. Macho Man will be inducted into the Hall of Fame by his in-ring rival Hulk Hogan. The Lucas Brothers think this is a terrible idea. The twins feel that if Randy was still around, Hogan wouldn’t be his choice to give his induction intro. They would prefer that Macho Man Randy Savage was inducted by “someone who had a historic match with him who probably respected him, who he probably respected too”.
Kenny and Keith Lucas say, “He transcended wrestling”. They love the man they say had a “shaky start” in wrestling, but then, “He really worked hard and became the face of the WWE”. The guys said, “The Rock was effortlessly cool”. Plus they love what he what he represents to them, saying, “He’s the highest profile black wrestler of all time”.
The guys wrap up their list of the greatest wrestlers of all time with the man they say was, “Instrumental to the evolution of wrestling”. Although he was never an actual wrestler, Paul Heyman as a manager, promoter and booker has Kenny and Keith Lucas saying, “his fingerprints are on every aspect of modern wrestling” As a manager, “he’s risen to the ranks of Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan”. And as an idea man in the business of pro wrestling, “He’s the second greatest wrestling mind behind Vince McMahon”. The guys credit the father of ECW as taking wrestling out of the 80s and into the modern era.
Keith and Kenny did have an “Honorable Mention” they wanted as an addendum to their list. Owen Hart, who was killed during an accident at a 1999 pay-per-view event. The Lucas Brothers said he was on his way to a big push in the WWE and “He should have been champion”.
Watch a clip from Season 2 of Lucas Bros Moving Co. and watch the season 2 premiere on January 22 at midnight on FXX.
Season Two of The Lucas Bros Moving Co. premieres on January 22nd at midnight on FXX. Follow the Lucas Brothers on twitter @lucasbros