• “Are you f**king with me?” – Rey Mysterio On Change In Plan While Being In The Ring At WrestleMania
At WrestleMania 35, Samoa Joe defeated Rey Mysterio in just 58 seconds to retain the United States Championship.
On the Monday Mailbag, former WWF/WWE Referee Mike Chioda recalled officiating this match and being informed of the time being cut.
Below is what he said:
“We had 15 to 18 or 22 minutes, originally, got knocked down to like 12 minutes.
I remember Rey had this badass cosplay, his gear was made and he spends a lot of money on his gear. Samoa Joe had a different style.
I remember it got knocked down to 12-15 minutes and then when I got in the ring, Billy Kidman said, ‘Go home,’ like, right away.
Rey’s in the ring already, did his entrance, Samoa Joe is coming down and I’m like, ‘Rey, they’re saying go home right away.’ He’s like, ‘What?’ I’m like, ‘I swear to god.’ He’s like, ‘Chioda are you f**king with me?’ I’m like, ‘No, I swear to god he’s telling me you’ve got to.’
I couldn’t believe they did that to Rey because I don’t think they cut anybody else’s match that night. They didn’t cut anybody else’s matches or anything, it was just Joe and Rey’s match. I felt bad.
He just goes in there and kind of demolishes Rey and beats him. I felt bad for Rey, I really did. He was coming back, they had made some promises to him but they’re taking care of him now, him and Dom, which is cool.
I think he was going through a little bit of stuff with the company but he’s totally rebounded. Rey is such a professional and such a great person, man, a great guy, and he’s one of my best friends.
That was just a bad weekend that weekend, and that was my last WrestleMania.”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (May 6, 1996) – WWF Monday Night RAW
On this day in 1996, the World Wrestling Federation aired another episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Monday Night RAW’.
It was broadcasted from Sioux City, Iowa and featured pre-taped matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF In Your House 8: Beware of Dog’ PPV.
Here’s the card:
1. Marc Mero vs. The 1-2-3 Kid
2. Davey Boy Smith vs. Fatu
3. The BodyDonnas vs. Techno Team 2000
4. The Undertaker vs. Owen Hart