• 7-Foot-Tall Veteran Was Supposed To Return To WWE After 9 Years At Royal Rumble 2014
During a recent interview with Chris Van Vliet, Ruthless Aggression Era Veteran Matt Morgen revealed that he was booked to make his WWE return at the Royal Rumble 2014 PPV as a surprise entrant in the annual 30-man Royal Rumble match.
Here’s what the 7-foot-tall athlete said:
“I would have had that chance when I was supposed to go back and re-debut with them in 2014, January 2014. The Royal Rumble. I was going to be The Blueprint finally on WWE TV, not TNA.
But my son Jackson was born January 7. And that was something that my wife and I had been praying on for 12 straight years, we went through eight rounds of IVF, none of them worked.
And by the grace of God, she naturally got pregnant, the biggest thing for me in my life ever, ever! And so when he was born, and I held him for the first time, this switch went off in my head, I’m done.
I’m not going back on the road, I need to be a dad and I need to be home here every night, you know, with my son.
And like I’ve said many times that ended up being the right decision because just, you know, almost three short years later, a little bit under three years later, Jackson was diagnosed as being nonverbal autistic.
So again, it’s a tag team, between me and my wife, on being able to take care of him and do the listening and the myriad things we have to do every single day before he goes to school after he goes to school.
All the therapy needs, you know, getting them in the right charter school, that all those different things that are very important. But let’s say it never happened.
I was on track to be re-debuting at Royal Rumble 2014 that January. And so I called them up. I told them what happened.”
Matt Morgan wrestled for WWE from October 2003 until July 2005, before he became an even bigger star in Dixie Carter’s Total Nonstop Action! (TNA), where he worked from 2007 till 2013, and later briefly returned to (the now renamed) IMPACT Wrestling in 2015 & 2017.
• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (February 14, 1987) – WWF Superstars of Wrestling
On this day in 1987, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Superstars of Wrestling’.
This episode was pre-taped at the Sundome in Tampa, Florida and featured matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF WrestleMania III’ PPV.
Here is the card:
Tito Santana vs. Terry Gibbs
Don Muraco & Bob Orton Jr. vs. Lanny Poffo & Leo Strohien
Junkyard Dog vs. John Valkower
The Rougeau Brothers interview
Demolition vs. Mario Mancini & Sivi Afi
Piper’s Pit w/ Hulk Hogan