Looking back at Vader's time on 'Boy Meets World' with the show's creator : Michael Jacobs, the creator of Boy Meets World
Updated on: 03 Jun 2016
Simply put, the '90s were all that and a bag of chips. And in a decade that gave us such riches as Power Rangers, Beanie Babies and Gameboy Color, few things were flyer than WWE and ABC's TGIF. It's no surprise then that kids' heads exploded out of euphoria when WWE's Vader began mixing it up with Cory, Shawn, Topanga and Mr. Feeny on "Boy Meets World" as the father of school bully, Frankie Stechino.
Now, in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Vader's most memorable appearance on the show — season four's "Sixteen Candles and Four-Hundred-Pound Men" — WWE.com spoke with "Boy Meets World" creator Michael Jacobs to get the 411 on why Vader initially caught the show's eye, what it was like having a WWE Superstar on set and what went down when they shot an episode at an actual WWE Live Event!
WWE.COM: What first prompted the interest in bringing a Superstar onto "Boy Meets World"?
MICHAEL JACOBS: We [had] this character of Frankie Stechino. We all sat around the table going, "This guy looks like a wrestler … this guy's father was a wrestler!" And it sparked all of our imaginations. So we were talking about, "Who does he look like?" and, "Who does he resemble?" And we all said, "Hero or villain?" Everybody around the table said, "Villain!" So we hit on Vader.
WWE.COM: Why was Vader a natural fit to play Frankie Stechino's father?