• On This Day In WWF History (December 26, 1963) – Old School Wrestling Legend Passed Away
On this day in 1963, the Wrestling World lost Old School Wrestling Legend Gorgeous George (Real name: George Wagner).
During the 40s & 50s, the overly flamboyant and charismatic Gorgeous George was far ahead of its time, which is why still to this day, professional wrestlers from all around the world can be seen copying certain elements of the character.
In 2010, he was posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by his old friend The Destroyer (Dick Beyer).
† REST IN PEACE GORGEOUS GEORGE!
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• Back Story On Plan For The Rock To Kiss Mr. McMahon’s A$$ Being Nixed, Backstage Resentment Towards The Rock
During an edition of Something To Wrestle, Old School WWF Veteran Bruce Prichard (a.k.a Brother Love) talked about the plan for The Rock to kiss Mr. McMahon’s a$$ in 1998 after Rock turned heel being nixed, backstage resentment towards The Rock for the push he received & more.
Below are the highlights:
On plan for The Rock to kiss Mr. McMahon’s a$$ after he turned heel at Survivor Series 1998 being nixed:
“Let’s address the kissing his a$$ thing.That was actually brought up, and it wasn’t Rock, it was a lot of people including myself, Pat Patterson, Jerry Brisco, there were a lot of people that felt that if you do that to him right now, that it’s gonna kill him.
It’s gonna kill him as a heel, it’s gonna kill him as a competitor. From this vantage point, exactly what you just said, he’s two gears in and we didn’t know exactly what we have here. We feel we’ve got lightning in a bottle.”
On backstage resentment towards The Rock from the WWF locker room:
“It was everyone else that had that reaction. I think that because there’s probably a segment of the locker room who’s already jealous of the kid who’s come in and in 2 years is on top of the world. Sure, he’s already a good-looking son of a b*tch, he walks through like he’s king s*** because he was king s***, yeah, but a nicer guy.
And from the day that he started up to today you pretty much had the same guy. He never really got a big head, he was nice to everybody, but I think that there was still a jealousy of, ‘Oh f*ck him he’s only been in the business 2 years and I’ve been in it for 10 years, or I’ve been in for 15 years, why aren’t they pushing me like they’re pushing him? Look at him getting all this s***’.
‘Now why this kid? I’ve been busting my a$$ here for all these years now’. It was a general feeling in the locker room with a lot of the new guys coming in.
There was resentment against Bret Hart almost for the opposite. When we made Bret Hart champion, the resentment towards Bret was, ‘What the f*ck man? He’s been a mid-card tag team guy his whole career, why is he getting the belt?’
You know it’s whoever is on top, whoever is achieving success at the time. Those that are not achieving that success and feel that it’s due them are gonna complain and say, ‘Oh that should have been me, so in my opinion, that’s what was going on at the time as far as dealing with Dwayne Johnson.
During that time, it was the same Dwayne Johnson that had walked in and had his tryout in Houston, Texas all those years ago, and busting his a$$ in the warehouse, and then got overlooked, first went out and sh*t the bed.
Rocky died and then returned to make the most of it and became successful. Yeah, I just think it was jealousy more than anything else and people looking for anything to hang their hat on you.”