• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (January 18, 2005) – Old School Wrestling Veteran Passed Away
On this day in 2005, we lost Old School NWA/WCW/WWF Veteran “Pistol” Pez Whatley (Real name: Pezavan Whatley) at the age of 54 after a heart attack.
Some 80s NWA fans might also remember him as Shaska Whatley, which was his name during the feud with “The Boogie Woogie Man” Jimmy Valiant.
Later in his career he worked as a “Jobber To The Stars” for the World Wrestling Federation in 1990 & 1991 and then also for WCW during the early & mid 90s.
† REST IN PEACE PEZ WHATLEY!
• AEW Expecting Big Things From Chris Jericho
During a recent edition of Talk Is Jericho podcast, Old School WWF Legend Chris Jericho talked about what made him choose AEW over WWE.
Below is what Jericho said:
“After some introspection the answer was ‘yes, I could do this’. Because what AEW is doing is they’re showing me respect and they’re showing me that they have a lot of expectations from me. Like the cart is on my back. I have to do great work and I have to go the extra mile to help make this work.
Once again I still kinda gave WWE the benefit of, ‘Listen guys, the train is leaving the station, are we gonna work together or not?’ To their credit, we talked and all the way up to the rally, but there was never really an offer given. I understand the reasons why.
I understand Vince’s mindset just as he understands mine, but we did leave on amicable turns. It was a shaking of the hands proverbially, a thank you. A couple of things were discussed and both of us were happy with the arrangement we had made and the closure that we got.
Vince McMahon is my friend. He’s helped me a lot and we’ve made each other a lot of money and most importantly, we’re friends. So the last thing I wanted to do is leave WWE as a screw job or a stabbing in the back. I never wanted it the whole time. I always told Vince what I was doing and he knew before anybody else that I was going to All Elite Wrestling and once again, once I go there I’m gone.”
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