BEST OF BULLDOG
Peanuts Creator Schulz Watched
Wrestling In Later Years
Originally published February 27, 2007
(Santa Rosa, CA) - Charles M. Schulz, the legendary cartoonist behind the Peanuts comic strip, developed a fondness for professional wrestling in the years leading up to his death in 2000.
Schulz began dabbling in wrestling-themed comics in the mid-1990s at the apex of the "Monday Night Wars", although none of those comics were ever published. The results were discovered by his family members recently while going through old sketchpads.
"At first, I didn't understand these cartoons at all," explained his daughter, who we'll call Mary because we don't know her real name. Or whether he even has a daughter. "One featured Lucy and Peppermint Patty rolling around on the ground, while someone yelled 'Caaaaat-fight!' from the distance."
In addition to watching the original Extreme Championship Wrestling, Schulz also paid attention to the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) and World Championship Wrestling in his final years.
According to planned storylines, Charlie Brown's softball team was scheduled to have an unbeaten streak a la WCW's Bill Goldberg. The Peanuts World Order (or pWo) included most of the major Peanuts Gang characters, who would have later split into Peanuts Hollywood and Peanuts Wolfpac factions.
Meanwhile, Brown himself was being positioned as an anti-authority figure who wouldn't take crap from his parents, the Kite-Eating Tree, or the teacher who kind of sounded like someone playing a saxophone.
One of the strip's longest-running storylines -- a budding romance between Linus and Sally -- was apparently being written to show opposition from both character's family members. This would foreshadow a 2001 WWF angle where Spike Dudley and Molly Holly saw each other behind the backs of The Dudley Boyz and The Holly Cousinz.
"Um, I guess it's possible that my father was submitting story ideas to the WWF shortly before his death," Mary said. "Let's face it -- it's a lot better than most of the shit they're coming up with right now."
There was even an animated special being pitched to CBS television executives that had been written under the working title, I've got two words for ya, Charlie Brown.
When contacted by Breaking News, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon confirmed Schulz's interest in professional wrestling.
"Quite frankly, Charles Schulz was a tremendous fan of our product," McMahon said in one of his many interviews with us. "He even wanted to battle me at WrestleMania 2000. That would have been quite something. Good grief!"