Thursday, February 28, 2013

WWE Behind The Match: #1


Dynamite Kid's Last Match Ever: Michinoku Pro, Oct. 10, 1996

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Ron Shaw vs. David Sammartino: WWE Prism Wrestling, Nov. 22, 1985

Zebekiah Colter & Jack Swagger: "Minority"

Backstage Fallout: Raw, Feb. 25, 2013

John Cena vs. CM Punk: Raw, Feb. 25, 2013

The Miz vs. Jack Swagger: Raw, Feb. 25, 2013

Sheamus & Randy Orton Trick The Shield: Raw, Feb. 25, 2013

Sheamus Tries To Embarrass Wade Barrett: Raw, Feb. 25, 2013

R-Truth vs. Cody Rhodes: Raw, Feb. 25, 2013

Team Hell No vs. Prime Time Players: Raw, Feb. 25, 2013

MizTV: Alberto Del Rio, Ricardo Rodriguez, Zebekiah Colter, Jack Swagger: Feb. 25, 2013

Randy Orton vs. Antonio Cesaro: Raw, Feb. 25, 2013

Donald Trump Hall of Fame Announcement Video

The Great Khali vs. Mark Henry: Raw, Feb. 25, 2013

Paul Heyman vs. Vince McMahon, Triple H Returns: Raw, Feb. 25, 2013

Ryback vs. Dolph Ziggler: Raw, Feb. 25, 2013

Donald Trump Meets The Boogeyman: WrestleMania XXIII, Apr. 7, 2007

Jesse Ventura With Donald Trump: WrestleMania XX, Mar. 14, 2004

Bobby Lashley vs. Umaga: WrestleMania XXIII, Apr. 7, 2007

Alberto Del Rio Gives Kevin Sumlin A World Heavyweight Belt

Glenn Beck Scared Of Michael Cole?

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Chris Jericho vs. Chad Patton: Raw, Aug. 8, 2005

Top 10 Greatest WrestleMania Entrances

Oscar Worthy - "Backstage Fallout" SmackDown - Feb. 22, 2013

Randy Orton vs. Jack Swagger: SmackDown, Feb. 22, 2013

Alberto Del Rio vs. Wade Barrett: SmackDown, Feb. 22, 2013

Zeb Colter & Jack Swagger Do Not Like Wade Barrett

The Miz vs. Cody Rhodes: SmackDown, Feb. 22, 2013

Zeb Colter Does Shoot Promo, Issues Invitation To Glenn Beck

Sheamus vs. Damien Sandow: SmackDown, Feb. 22, 2013

Kaitlyn & Layla vs. Tamina & Aksana: SmackDown, Feb. 22, 2013

7 Strongest Slams of The World's Strongest Man

WWE's 5 Academy Award Worthy Performances of 2012

The JBL & Cole Show: Episode 13, Feb. 22, 2013

Friday, February 22, 2013

Are The Miz & Maryse Really Engaged?

The following is from the official Twitter account of Maryse, confirming her & The Miz's engagement:



Reverse Battle Royal: Bound For Glory, Oct. 14, 2007

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Scott Hall Back In Touch With Fans, Says Jake Roberts Helping

Scott Hall recently moved in with Diamond Dallas Page and Jake "The Snake" Roberts and is now back on Twitter, in touch with his fans again via Twitter. He posted the following:

Sick Boy vs. The Prototype (John Cena): WWE Dark Match, June 10, 2002

Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus: WrestleMania XXVIII, April 1, 2012

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Larry Zbyszko vs. Mike Thor: Saturday Night, June 18, 1994

Rico Constantino vs. Spike Dudley: Raw, June 16, 2003

Who's The Strongest One Of All?: WWE Inbox - Episode 56

Rico Constantino vs. Heidenreich: Sunday Night Heat, Dec. 14, 2003

Rikishi & Scotty 2 Hotty vs. Rico Constantino & Charlie Haas: SmackDown, Apr. 22, 2004

Rico Constantino Debuts In WWE: SmackDown, March 21, 2002

Jack Swagger's Arrest: More Details

The following is from TMZ:

WE STAR JACK SWAGGER ARRESTED for DUI & Pot


WWE star Jack Swagger was arrested last night in Mississippi, TMZ has learned -- after allegedly driving under the influence ... with pot in his car.

Sources close to the situation tell TMZ, Swagger -- real name Jacob Hager -- was leaving a "Smackdown" taping at Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi when he was pulled over for speeding.

According to law enforcement, the officer who pulled him over determined Swagger was driving under the influence -- and a search revealed Swagger was in possession of marijuana.

We're told Swagger -- a former WWE World Heavyweight champ -- was taken in by local police officers ... and later released on his own recognizance.

He has been charged with DUI (not alcohol), marijuana possession, and speeding -- all misdemeanors.

We reached out to WWE, who tells TMZ, "Mr. Swagger is responsible for his own personal actions."

Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka vs. Kevin Von Erich: GCW, Sept. 5, 1981

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Stevie Richards vs. Little Guido: Raw, Feb. 24, 1997

Chris Candido vs. Brian Christopher: Raw, June 6, 1997

Tommy Dreamer vs. D-Von Dudley: Raw, Feb. 24, 1997

Jerry Lawler & Rob Van Dam vs. The Headbangers: Raw, June 16, 1997

Rob Van Dam vs. 2 Cold Scorpio: Raw, June 9, 1997

The Miz & His Awesome Victory - "Backstage Fallout" - Feb. 18, 2013

CM Punk Attacks John Cena: Raw, Feb. 18, 2013

The Rock Reveals The New WWE Championship Belt: Raw, Feb. 18, 2013

Kofi Kingston vs. Damien Sandow, R-Truth Returns: Raw, Feb. 18, 2013

Randy Orton vs. Kane: Raw, Feb. 18, 2013

Sheamus, Ryback & Chris Jericho vs. The Shield: Raw, Feb. 18, 2013

Paul Heyman, Vickie Guerrero, Brad Maddox, Vince McMahon Promo: Raw, Feb. 18, 2013

The Harlem Shake - WWE Edition

Daniel Bryan vs. Jack Swagger: Raw, Feb. 18, 2013

Jack Swagger & Zeb Colter's "State of the Union Address": Raw, Feb. 18, 2013

Brodus Clay, Tensai & Naomi vs. Primo, Epico & Rosa: Raw, Feb. 18, 2013

Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler: Raw, Feb. 18, 2013

The Miz vs. Antonio Cesaro - No Holds Barred: Raw, Feb. 18, 2013

Sin Cara vs. Mark Henry: Raw, Feb. 18, 2013

Yet Another Look At Fandango: Raw, Feb. 18, 2013

CM Punk Says He'll Beat John Cena Next Week: Raw, Feb. 18, 2013

WWE en Español: 15 de Febrero, 2013

FULL WrestleMania XXX Press Conference

Brodus Clay & Tensai vs. Rhodes Scholars: Elimination Chamber, Feb. 18, 2013

20 Man Gauntlet Match: Victory Road, Nov. 7, 2004

Raven vs. Buff Bagwell: Nitro, Mar. 30, 1998

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Hulk Hogan vs. Stan Hansen: AJPW, April 13, 1990

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Part 2

Hulk Hogan vs. Bob Backlund: NJPW, May 30, 1980

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Part 2

Andre The Giant vs. Hulk Hogan: NJPW, Dec. 5, 1980

Hulk Hogan vs. Akira Maeda: NJPW, May 30, 1983

Hulk Hogan & Paul Orndorff vs. Antonio Inoki & Riki Chosyu: Nov. 6, 1980

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Abdullah The Butcher vs. Andre The Giant: WWC, Sept. 17, 1983

Stan Hansen vs. Andre The Giant: Sept. 23, 1981

Tiger Mask vs. Black Tiger: WWF Jr. Heavyweight Championship, May 6, 1982

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Perry Saturn vs. The Big Bossman: WWE Metal, Feb. 16, 2002

AJ Styles vs. The Hurricane: WWE Metal, Jan. 26, 2002

Magnus vs. Christopher Daniels: Impact, Feb. 14, 2013

Rob Van Dam vs. James Storm: Impact, Feb 14, 2013

Samoa Joe vs. Kurt Angle: Impact, Feb. 14, 2013

Austin Aries vs. Bobby Roode: Impact, Feb. 14, 2013

Hulk Hogan Is Interrupted By The Aces & 8's - Feb. 14, 2013

Most Destructive Elimination Chamber Moments

Chris Jericho vs. Big Show: SmackDown, Feb. 15, 2013

Yokozuna vs. Bill Jordan: Superstars, Oct. 31, 1992 (Yokozuna Debuts)

Friday, February 15, 2013

Who Is Zeb Colter? - "Backstage Fallout" SmackDown - Feb. 15, 2013

Zack Ryder vs. Jack Swagger: SmackDown, Feb. 15, 2013

The Miz vs. Cody Rhodes: SmackDown, Feb. 15, 2013

Drew Brees Talks About WrestleMania XXX

Tensai & Brodus Clay vs. 3MB: SmackDown, Feb. 15, 2013

CM Punk Taunts The Rock Via Satellite: SmackDown, Feb. 15, 2013

Layla El vs. Tamina Snuka: SmackDown, Feb. 15, 2013

Randy Orton vs. Mark Henry: SmackDown, Feb. 15, 2013

Samoa Joe vs. Essa Rios: WWE Jakked, March 3, 2001

The JBL & Cole Show: Episode 12, Feb. 15, 2012

Greg Gagne vs. Jose Estrada: WWWF at MSG, Apr. 21, 1980

Booker T vs. Buff Bagwell: Raw, July 2, 2001

Public Enemy vs. The Acolytes: Sunday Night Heat, March 7, 1999

The Marine 3 Poster With The Miz


This is the advertisement poster for The Marine 3 starring The Miz.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Kendra Lust Once Again Denies John Cena Rumors

On Valentine's Day, Kendra Lust appeared on the Wrestling Soup radio show to address rumors that she slept with John Cena during his marriage with Elizabeth Huberdeau.

She stated that not only did she not have a sexual relationship with Cena, but that she has never even met him. She also addressed rumors that she was contacted and threatened by WWE which she also denied. She said WWE has not even tried to contact her. To hear the interview, click here.

Zeb Colter (Dutch Mantell) vs. Jerry Lawler: Memphis, Mar. 22, 1982

Pornstar Kendra Lust Discussing John Cena Rumor

ZOOM AHEAD TO 30:00 TO HEAR KENDRA LUST!
Courtesy of Wrestling Soup

WWE Says They Will No Longer Pay For Sunny's Rehab

Recently in an interview with Kayfabe Commentaries host Sean Oliver, Tammy Sytch, known to the world as Sunny, commented on her recovery. She say that when she originally entered rehab, sponsored by WWE during Linda McMahon's Senate run, that once she lost the vote and the race was over, Sytch was transferred to a new facility. She claims that the new facility was not up to the standards as the previous and made a complaint to the WWE. She says that when she spoke of the situation, she mentioned the money that Stephanie McMahon claimed the WWE spent on Scott Hall's rehab, which is reportedly six figures. She says she was told, "You are not Scott Hall." Here is a preview of the interview:

Sytch has admitted to making up details to sensationalize her stories. WWE has responded, seemingly fed up with Sytch and it appears as if she has lost her opportunity to use them to recover. The following is from the WWE:

"As part of the Former Talent Rehabilitation Program, WWE has sent Ms. Sytch to rehabilitation numerous times, with all costs covered by WWE. Unfortunately, Ms. Sytch has continued to make poor personal choices and is ultimately responsible for the consequences of these decisions. WWE has always provided rehabilitation at a certified treatment center, however, given Ms. Sytch's inability to change her lifestyle and successfully complete treatment, WWE will no longer fund her rehabilitation."

Brooklyn Brawler Wants To Wrestle Current Big Star

Scott Hall Moving In With Diamond Dallas Page & Jake "The Snake" Roberts?


Lou Thesz Appears: WWE Tuesday Night Titans June 26, 1984

The Shockmaster Comes To WWE

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Ken Shamrock vs. Sabu: TNA, July 24, 2002

Ed "Strangler" Lewis vs. Dick Shikat: June 9, 1932


Bronko Nagurski vs. Gus Sonnenberg: Aug. 3, 1938

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Ernie Ladd vs. Dusty Rhodes: Championship Wrestling From Florida, July 15, 1977

Bobby "The Brain" Heenan vs. Lord Alfred Hayes: AWA. January 13, 1980

Classic Ernie Ladd Promo: Georgia Championship Wrestling

Bret Hart vs. Nick Bockwinkle: Stampede Wrestling, 1982

Brock Lesnar Posts Amazing Strength Video

Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio: Main Event, Feb. 13, 2013

Ric Flair vs. Stevie Richards: Raw, July 8, 2002

How To Participate In The WrestleMania Reading Challenge

Pornstar Kendra Lust Denies John Cena Rumor



Hulk Hogan Gives His Opinion About John Cena

Raw Elimination Chamber 2010 (Full-Length Match)

Randy Orton vs. John Cena. vs. Triple H vs. Ted DiBiase Jr. vs. Kofi Kingston

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Stevie Richards vs. Goldust: Heat, July 21, 2002


CM Punk vs. Stevie Richards: ECW, Feb. 27, 2007

Stevie Richards vs. Booker T: Insurrextion, May 4, 2002

Edge Says Who Has The Best Spear In Wrestling

The following is from the official Twitter account of WWE Hall of Famer Edge:

JBL vs. The Blue Meanie: Smackdown, July 7, 2005

Awesome "Death Metal-Like" Promo From Luna Vachon: Raw, April 19, 1993

Steiner Brothers vs. Dudley Dudley & Vampire Warrior: ECW, July 28, 1995

VERY RARE: Vince McMahon As A Heel In USWA


Chris Jericho's Advantage - "Backstage Fallout" Raw - Feb. 11, 2013

WWE en Español: 8 de Febrero

The Rock/CM Punk Altercation: Raw, Feb. 11, 2013

Kane vs. Dolph Ziggler: Raw, Feb. 11, 2013

Kofi Kingston vs. Wade Barrett: Raw, Feb. 11, 2013

The Shield Calls Out John Cena, Ryback & Sheamus: Raw, Feb. 11, 2013

Alberto Del Rio vs. Damien Sandow: Raw, Feb. 11, 2013

The Miz vs. Cody Rhodes: Raw, Feb. 11, 2013

Tensai & Brodus Clay vs. Primo & Epico: Raw, Feb. 11, 2013

Zack Ryder vs. Jack Swagger, Return of Uncle Zeb: Raw, Feb. 11, 2013

The Big Show Knocks Out Three Guys: Raw, Feb. 11, 2013

John Cena, Ryback & Sheamus vs. 3MB: Raw, Feb. 11, 2013

Chris Jericho vs. Daniel Bryan: Raw, Feb. 11, 2013

The Great Khali vs. Mark Henry: Raw, Feb. 11, 2013

The Strangest Romances In WWE History

Friday, February 8, 2013

Boogie Knights - "Backstage Fallout" SmackDown - February 8, 2013

Antonio Cesaro & The Miz In A Backstage Brawl: SmackDown, Feb. 8, 2013

Sin Cara vs. Antonio Cesaro: SmackDown, Feb. 8, 2013

Tensai vs. Drew McIntyre: SmackDown, Feb. 8, 2013

Alberto Del Rio Humiliates The Big Show: SmackDown, Feb. 8, 2013

Kane vs. Big Show: SmackDown, Feb. 8, 2013

The Great Khali vs. Titus O'Neil: SmackDown, Feb. 8, 2013

Kofi Kingston vs. Cody Rhodes: SmackDown, Feb. 8, 2013

The JBL & Cole Show: Episode 11, February 8, 2012

The Stalker Gives A Warning: Superstars, Aug. 10, 1996

Big Bully Busick vs. Mario Mancini: Wrestling Challenge, Aug. 25, 1991

Chainsaw Charlie Makes His WWE Debut: Raw, Dec. 29, 1997

A Mystery Man Attacks Earthquake: Superstars, March 23, 1991

Phantasio Makes His WWE Debut: Superstars, July 16, 1995

Friar Ferguson Makes His WWE Debut: Raw, April 12, 1993

Outback Jack Says He's On His Way To WWE: Superstars, Jan. 10, 1987

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Very Weird Hulk Hogan Japanese Commercial

Hayabusa II vs. H (with Shawn Michaels as Special Guest Referee)

Owen Hart vs. Scott Hall: Stampede Wrestling

Mean Mark (Undertaker) w/ Paul E. Dangerously (Heyman) vs. Brian Pillman: Clash of the Champions XXI

Triple H Shoots On Sunny: Slammy Awards 1997

Terry Funk Begs To Fight Stone Cold Steve Austin & Vince McMahon

Stone Cold Steve Austin Destroys The DX Express: SmackDown, Apr. 27, 2000

Stone Cold Steve Austin Tries To Murder Triple H

Jeff Hardy vs. Edge vs. Triple H: Armageddon, Dec. 14, 2008

Jeff Hardy vs. CM Punk: Night of Champions July 26, 2009

Hardy Boyz vs. Acolytes: Raw, July 5, 1999

Cody Rhodes vs. Sheamus: Main Event, Feb. 6, 2013

Tamina Snuka & Aksana vs. The Funkadactyls: Main Event, Feb. 6, 2013

Aksana & Tamina Ask Brodus Clay To Hire Them: Main Event, Feb. 6, 2013

Damien Sandow vs. Daniel Bryan: Main Event, Feb. 6, 2013

Mark Henry vs. Randy Orton: Night of Champions, Sept. 18, 2011

Honky Tonk Man vs. Johnny B. Badd: Halloween Havoc 1994

Jake Roberts Claims Honky Tonk Man Tried To Make Him Drink

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk: Raw, February 4, 2013

Rey Mysterio vs. Dean Malenko: Great American Bash 1996

Bruno Sammartino & Triple H Interviewed Together

The following is from WWE.com:

Bruno Sammartino and Triple H discuss WWE Hall of Fame
BY ZACH LINDER

You’ve heard the news by now. The most highly anticipated WWE Hall of Fame induction is now a reality. The longest-reigning WWE Champion of all time, Bruno Sammartino, will return home to Madison Square Garden on the night before WrestleMania 29 to take his rightful place as a WWE Hall of Famer.

It’s no secret that WWE has attempted to induct Bruno in the past, but the Abruzzi, Italy, native did not accept. For many longtime fans, the WWE Hall of Fame was simply not complete without the beloved Italian hero. One of those people was Triple H, who was responsible for reaching out to Bruno and cultivating a relationship with, perhaps, the greatest Superstar of all time. In an exclusive interview, WWE Classics spoke with both The Game and The Living Legend himself, who reminisced on his spectacular career and revealed how his stunning return to WWE was orchestrated.

WWECLASSICS.COM: It’s great to speak with you both. This is obviously an historic announcement, but let’s start off with the elephant in the room. Why now, Bruno? Why did you feel like this was the time to go into the WWE Hall of Fame?


BRUNO SAMMARTINO: Well, I guess the main reason would be Triple H. He’s the one who contacted me months ago and we got acquainted with each other. We had only met once, very, very briefly. I only really knew Triple H as a Superstar with WWE, but in person I think we only met for maybe 20 seconds.

TRIPLE H: I shook your hand once in Pittsburgh.

BRUNO: Exactly. It was a very quick introduction and that was it. But since then, Triple H contacted me and he started telling me everything that was going on with WWE. There had been issues and things that I was not happy with, but when I saw the changes, I was very, very impressed. Triple H was a very sincere guy and he was trained by someone who I had the most respect in the world for, and that was Walter “Killer” Kowalski. And then, of course, when he told me that it’s going to be in Madison Square Garden, that was huge for me, too, because of my history in the Garden.

WWECLASSICS.COM: Triple H, how important was it for you to make sure Bruno became part of the WWE Hall of Fame?

TRIPLE H: For me, it was huge. From a business standpoint it was huge and from a personal standpoint it was huge. I’ve always said I love the history of this business. Without the history, there is no today and there is no tomorrow. To look back on the history of WWE, one of the most important figures in the long story of where this all came from wasn’t recognized. And that was Bruno. It’s important to be able to allow the fans that do know who Bruno is to have the opportunity to pay tribute to him one more time. And to allow the fans that don’t know who Bruno is, or have heard of him and don’t really know that much about him, the opportunity to learn who he is. Arguably the biggest name ever in the history of the business is Bruno Sammartino.

WWECLASSICS.COM: What are your thoughts on Bruno’s previous reluctance to be inducted?

TRIPLE H: Bruno has had his gripes about the company in the past and they were completely justified. But we’ve changed, we’ve grown and we’ve evolved as a company. We’ve evolved as a business. And I felt like if Bruno knew those things and was comfortable with those things, I felt like he would want to be involved. [Wrestling] is in your blood. It’s who you are. And it was important for me for a lot of reasons to have Bruno back with WWE.

WWECLASSICS.COM: What about Madison Square Garden makes the induction so special?

TRIPLE H: Bruno sold out and headlined Madison Square Garden more than anybody in the history of the world. He sold it out himself. The times he wrestled there, the times he headlined there, it’s unbelievable. For Bruno to be back in the business again and for it all to take place at Madison Square Garden, it really was a fairy tale story that wrote itself.

WWECLASSICS.COM: Bruno, when you won the WWE Championship for the first time from Buddy Rogers, it was actually at the old Madison Square Garden, which no longer exists. What was that night like for you?

BRUNO: I had been wrestling in Canada for a little more than a year at the time and was contacted by WWE to give me an opportunity to wrestle Rogers. I came back to New York and wrestled Rogers on May 17, 1963, and beat him with the backbreaker. We went 48 seconds. And like when I lifted Haystacks Calhoun, I thought the roof was going to pop off the Garden. That was the very beginning and after that, I was in Madison Square Garden every month.

WWECLASSICS.COM: What was your travel schedule like in those days to keep coming back to the Garden?

BRUNO: I’ll tell ya how Vincent J, McMahon treated me with the Garden. If I had to go to Japan or Australia or a country in South America, which we went to in those years, I would always leave the day after the event at the Garden to make my way to whichever country it was. I wouldn’t be going home from there. After three weeks in a country, I would make my way right back to New York to be there in time for the Madison Square Garden show that was coming. I never missed a Garden show in all those years. So the Garden has been very, very special for me and I must say, I owe great gratitude to Triple H for really making all of this possible. I’m very grateful to him.

WWECLASSICS.COM: And I think a lot of fans are very grateful as well. On the night of your match against Ivan Koloff when you lost the WWE Title, there was a famous reaction in the Garden. Legend has it that the crowd fell silent. What do you remember about the reaction being in the building?

BRUNO: It was something that I never expected. I cannot tell you what it did to me. We had a great match. It was a lot of action. At that time, we were both big. Ivan was about 290 and I was 275 and we were moving like two lightweights. But when the end came, he caught me with a bodyslam after a knee in the midsection. He went up on the top rope and came down with a knee drop on my neck and the referee counted, “One, two, three.” I thought something happened to my hearing because I couldn’t hear a thing. Everything was so quiet. Then my manager, Arnold Skaaland, came in the ring and asked me, “Bruno, are you all right?” And I heard him very clearly and thought, “What’s going on?” I expected to hear a lot of boos because I was pretty popular and Koloff was the villain. Slowly, I get up and it was so quiet it was spooky. Finally, I started making my way out of the ring and people were literally crying as I was going by. They were saying, “Bruno, we’ll always love you. You’ll always be the champion. Nobody’s better than you.” It touched me so deeply that when I went in the dressing room I was really depressed. I always busted my behind because I wanted people to go home happy and say, “Wow, what a great night.” But that night, when I saw that reaction, it saddened me that people felt so bad. I felt awful. I sat in that dressing room for a long time. I never expected that.

WWECLASSICS.COM: To say you were “pretty popular” is the understatement of the century. You faced off against so many legendary guys: Stan Hansen, Gorilla Monsoon, Pedro Morales, Spiros Arion, Killer Kowalski, as you mentioned. Who was your toughest opponent and are there any matches that stand out above all the others?

BRUNO: The guy who was my toughest opponent, because he was an amazing man — and Triple H thinks the world of him — was Kowalski. The first time I wrestled Kowalski, I was 23 years old and he was 33. He was in such great condition that a lot of guys didn’t particularly care to wrestle him because he had great stamina and the matches could go pretty long. So when I had to wrestle Kowalski, many, many times throughout this country, we wrestled one-hour draws. It was great because for me, it was this great challenge. Here’s this guy that I had the utmost respect for and to go toe-to-toe with him for a whole hour, you felt like, “Hey, I have to be in pretty great shape to have done that.” That’s how great he was. Walter really sticks in my mind more than anybody.

WWECLASSICS.COM: Who are some other opponents who come to mind?

BRUNO: Ivan Koloff was great. I had a lot of great matches with him. And a guy named Don Leo Jonathan. He was 6-foot-7, 350 pounds and he moved like a cat in that ring. And he was strong as a bear. I had some great matches with him. You mentioned Gorilla Monsoon. Here’s a guy who was 420 pounds and one time in Madison Square Garden we wrestled for an hour and a half in a one-fall match, nonstop to curfew. Toru Tanaka, the 300-pound Japanese wrestler, I had some great matches with him. Big Bill Miller was another guy — 6-foot-6, 340 pounds, from Ohio. He was an All-American football player and a national wrestling champion. He and I wrestled many, many long matches. All of these guys were super great and when I look back, I feel so privileged that I had the opportunity to go in the ring with all of them.

WWECLASSICS.COM: Three of your biggest matches came at the events known as Showdown at Shea against Pedro Morales, Stan Hansen and, of course, Larry Zbyszko in a Steel Cage Match. Many historians consider those shows the predecessor to WrestleMania. What was it like to wrestle at that ballpark with those three matches in particular?

BRUNO: I was thrilled with that first match with Pedro Morales and I’ll tell you why. When I first suggested it to Vincent J. McMahon, he never believed a match like that would work with two popular guys. No villain. But I always believed if you went in there and gave the proper match, people would enjoy it. When Pedro and I went in there, we went for one hour and 18 minutes in a nonstop match under the worst conditions. I think it was Sept. 30 and we happened to get hit with rain. It was cold. It was lousy, weather-wise. But there was not one punch thrown, not one kick thrown, it was a lot of good wrestling maneuvers. It gave me a great thrill because I wanted to show promoters who came from around the country that it could be a match that a lot of people would really love and enjoy. And they really did.

WWECLASSICS.COM: How about the match against Stan Hansen?

BRUNO: Stan Hansen was a different ballgame. I broke my neck wrestling him in Madison Square Garden. I spent a month in the hospital and for a while it was touch and go because the doctors told me I came within a millimeter of being paralyzed from the neck down. Vincent J. McMahon kept calling me at the hospital because he was very concerned. They had a match scheduled between Muhammad Ali and Antonio Inoki. The thing turned out to be a dud. They just weren’t selling tickets. But Vince had invested a lot of money with closed circuit, so he wanted to schedule a return match between me and Stan Hansen. I wasn’t in the best condition, but I came out of the hospital and started to train because there was not much time. I always used to get goosebumps in Madison Square Garden, because as soon as I started making my entrance, people would be chanting my name. “BRU-NO! BRU-NO!” But at Shea Stadium, when I made my entrance to the ring, those people gave me such an ovation; I never heard anything like it. That was quite an experience and they really ate up the match.

WWECLASSICS.COM: What was it like to wrestle your former protégé, Larry Zbyszko?

BRUNO: The Zbyszko thing was a different story. He had been my protégé, and then, of course, came the double-cross. So when we went to Shea Stadium, the place sold out. We had more than 35,000 people and the people, my God, they were absolutely so anxious and responsive to everything. They just went wild that night. It was crazy, the way those people reacted. It was a Cage Match, and you wanted to be there to experience it. It was just awesome. When I walked out, the whole place stood up screaming like you can’t believe. These are things you don’t forget. These are memories I’ll always have with me. There were only three shows in Shea Stadium and I headlined all three of them.

WWECLASSICS.COM: Triple H, what can current Superstars on the roster learn from Bruno?

TRIPLE H: When you look back at somebody like Bruno, it’s like looking back at the consummate professional. It’s tough today, and has been for a while, to be a star and to have the right mentality of what being in that position means and what it requires of you. In Bruno, you see a guy who lived up to that moniker of being a role model in every single way. That’s an important lesson for talent. It’s not just about you and your career; it’s about how you live your life. That’s a very important part of success. That’s something they definitely can learn.

WWECLASSICS.COM: Why is it so important for current Superstars to understand the history of WWE?

TRIPLE H: I’m a big believer in stepping back in time. Even when I was coming up in the business, and this comes from learning from Kowalski, I didn’t really watch the guys that were current. I watched the guys that came before me. I watched the Brunos, I watched the Kowalskis, I watched the Harley Races, the Backlunds, the Flairs — guys in generations that were before me. The business was different, but the fundamentals were sounder. There’s something to be learned in that for everybody. I feel like there’s a disconnect now. Everybody just wants to be a highlight reel. Nobody wants to have substance. They just want to be that moment in time when a guy flies off a cage. And that’s not really what our business is about. That’s an important lesson for talent to learn.

WWECLASSICS.COM: Do you think Superstars will be able to connect with Bruno?

TRIPLE H: That’s one of the reasons why I’m excited to have Bruno back in WWE. I’m hoping he can instill some of that when meeting and being around the talent in the coming years. It’s one thing to watch a video of somebody you’ve never met. It’s another thing to meet them and hear their stories. I’m jazzed up just sitting here. I feel like a little kid listening to Bruno talk about all these opponents and Shea Stadium. It makes me want to get a DVD and start watching Bruno matches. But if the talent meets him and talks to him, it leads to them wanting to find out more and wanting to learn that history. To me, that’s where the business needs to be. It needs to step back in time, not forward in time, to learn from the past. To me, that’s what will make it better.

WWECLASSICS.COM: Bruno, we’ve already talked about your history at Madison Square Garden, but what are you expecting the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to be like? What will it mean to you to step out onto that stage and hear the reaction from the Madison Square Garden crowd one more time?

BRUNO: As far as the crowd, I don’t know what to expect. As we mentioned, I won the title from Buddy Rogers 50 years ago. How many of those people that will be in the Garden were even around 50 years ago? [laughs] So I don’t know what to expect from the fans. But for me, yeah, at this stage of my life, to have this opportunity to appear one more time in Madison Square Garden where I have such a history and have such fond memories of, it’s such a thrill. To be honored with the WWE Hall of Fame, I cannot put into words how big it is for me.

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Finally A Deal Made Between WWE & Bruno Sammartino?!

The following is from ESPN:

WWE To Induct Bruno Sammartino Into HOF

By Jon Robinson | ESPN.com

Bruno Sammartino is to professional wrestling what Babe Ruth is to baseball.

The legendary grappler is the longest reigning WWE (then-WWF) champion of all time, with two title reigns spanning an eye-popping 11-plus years. And his legacy of headlining Madison Square Garden more than 200 times is what turned the Italian-born brawler into a worldwide sensation.

So it’s only fitting that Sammartino will be the main attraction at the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony on April 6 at MSG.

Bruno Sammartino is being named to the WWE's Hall after decades of feuding with Vince McMahon. “Being inducted into the Hall of Fame at Madison Square Gardens is the biggest thing in my life,” Sammartino said in an exclusive interview for ESPN Playbook. “Anytime that people feel that you accomplished enough to enter into a Hall of Fame, of course this is a tremendous, tremendous thrill for me. I had a lot of my success due to appearing at the Garden. I wrestled there over 200 times, it’s where I won the title, and it’s where I picked up 630-plus pounds of Haystacks Calhoun.”

And while Sammartino had turned down the WWE’s previous offers of inducting him into its Hall of Fame due to a well-documented feud with the wrestling organization’s CEO and chairman Vince McMahon over a wide range of issues -- from Sammartino not liking the vulgar direction the product took during the Attitude Era to Sammartino’s criticism of drug abuse by members of the roster back in the '80s -- it was WWE executive Paul Levesque (aka Triple H) who stepped in and finally changed the legend’s mind.

“In talking to Paul Levesque, I made it clear, I’ve had issues with WWE and wrestling in general, because there were other organizations,” Sammartino said. “I didn’t like the direction they had taken. It was bothersome to me. I’m an old-school guy. I spent 25 years in this business. But after talking to Paul, and him explaining to me the changes they’ve made in their program, and how they’ve hired a doctor like Dr. Maroon, who is a world-renowned neurosurgeon, who also operated on me, and now that he has been put in charge of the company’s wellness program and their drug testing, that impressed me. I know what kind of a man he is, and he is a giant in that field, so I take my hat off to WWE because they took such huge steps to make things better for the wrestlers themselves and making sure they are healthy to perform. That was very, very important.

“But as Paul explained to me, WWE made a lot of other changes. There’s no more profanity, there’s no vulgarity in the current product, and that stuff had bothered me as well. When Paul first spoke to me and told me all the changes, I started watching it again, and I was very convinced that they are doing amazing things. I see the wrestlers and all the changes they made. There’s no profanity, there’s no vulgarity, and it’s a family-friendly program. That’s what it used to be, and that’s a huge role in the whole factor.”

In finally signing Sammartino, WWE sees this as an opportunity to not only celebrate everything he has done for the business but also add legitimacy to its Hall of Fame.

“From a legitimacy standpoint, it’s important for us to get Bruno in,” Levesque said. “He’s one of the biggest names there has ever been in the business. So for us to not have him in there, for the legitimacy of the whole thing, it was a major issue. For me, the more important thing was that nobody deserves to be recognized for being a big star and paving the way for the stars of today more than Bruno. Everything that we have today in the business, Bruno was a cornerstone of that foundation. He truly is a living legend.

“As we started getting into Hall of Fame season, it’s almost like this storyline wrote itself. To have Bruno Sammartino brought into the Hall of Fame in Madison Square Garden, a building he sold out more than anybody in the world, that’s a remarkable achievement. It was an opportunity to honor Bruno, but it was also an opportunity for our fans.

“There has been this bad blood between Bruno and the WWE for years, and we’re not trying to hide any of it, but I just felt like we are at a point where a lot of it can be resolved. Our wellness program and the way our programming is now, a lot of people are unaware of it, so I felt like if I could get Bruno on the phone and I could run down a list of those things that he didn’t like, I could show him how we changed. We’re PG, family-friendly entertainment with a wellness program that is truly based on the wellness of our performers. We want them to be healthy and live long, productive lives. So I just felt that if Bruno knew about those things, he might feel differently, and eventually, that’s what came to be.”

While Bruno has accepted the WWE’s offer to make an appearance at the Hall of Fame, he still hasn’t had the chance to speak to Vince McMahon, as Levesque is organizing a sit-down so the two can resolve any lingering issues face-to-face.

“Clearly, Vince knew about this right from the get-go, and when I said I wanted to reach out to Bruno, Vince was probably thinking, ‘Well, good luck with that,’” Levesque said. “So Bruno and I established this relationship, and as we came to an understanding on all of this, Vince asked me, ‘Hey, do you think I should call Bruno? I’d like to talk to him.’ At the same time, Bruno said, ‘Do you think I should have a conversation with Vince?’ And I said no to both of them. I didn’t think it was right to do over the phone. They had bad blood for a long time, and we’ve all kind of buried the hatchet here, and it’s a new beginning and a fresh start and everybody is in a great place with this. But going back to what Bruno said about being old-school, I think we should all get in the same room together and the two of them should look each other in the eyes and shake hands. This should be in person. I don’t think it’s right to do over the phone. They both agreed to do that, and while it hasn’t happened yet, Hall of Fame is probably where we’ll make that happen. Vince and Bruno will see each other for the first time in years and officially, in person, look each other in the eyes and bury that hatchet.”

As for trying to keep the announcement a secret, “it’s not ‘Mission Impossible’ or anything like that,” Levesque says, laughing. “But to me, Bruno getting into the Hall of Fame in Madison Square Garden is the biggest induction we’ve ever done, and rightfully so. He deserves that. So to just have it leak out there, that would’ve been wrong. This is a huge moment in time, and a massive moment for our fans, for Bruno and for WWE. This is the history of our business. Without Bruno Sammartino, we aren’t where we are today.”

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

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