• Big Show On Getting Humiliated By Randy Orton: “Humbling Experience”
Before joining AEW, Big Show made his final appearance in WWE on the January 4th 2021 episode of RAW (which was the Legends Night special).
During that episode, Randy Orton humiliated Big Show in a backstage segment.
Big Show still wanted to wrestle, but Vince McMahon put him in a retired legend role. Orton said he ended Big Show’s career, grabbed him by the throat and challenged him to do something, but Big Show was only booked to sit down and back off.
Big Show said the following about this segment during an interview with Inside The Ropes:
“Personally, it was frustrating. That was one of the big battles that I had with Vince. He’s an innovator. He’s brilliant. He’s one of the smartest people I’ve ever met in my life. He understands the human dynamic.
I didn’t want to be in that legends role. I kept teasing him, ‘Hey, quit trying to put me in… I am not ready to be in the retirement home. Quit shoving me there.’
That’s something that WWE has always done too. They will use every tool available to promote something that they’re promoting. Everything’s on the table with them. I understand that role was setting up what it was setting up. But it was a little bit of a humbling experience to sit on the stage and get berated for the work that you’ve done.
But that’s part of what you sign a contract for. You sign a contract and you get paid to check your ego at the door. If you don’t want to check your ego anymore then you can leave.
One of the things I’ve always done is everything in WWE I was ever asked for. I signed a check. This is a job. It’s fun job. It’s a great job. It’s a job, It’s your Boss, sometimes your Boss is gonna make you do things that you don’t like. Like people would ask me all the time. I’d have to catch these small tiny commuter planes where I was like wearing the airplane. They’re like, ‘How do you do it?’
I’m like, ‘Well, I got a choice. I can either do it or I can stay home and not go to work.’ You make those sacrifices to be a part of something that you love doing.
I’m a guy that is used to wrestling 4-5 nights a week year-round. To not be able to say goodbye to that yet. I think as a talent you have to reach a place in your mind where you’re willing to say goodbye to the fans and goodbye to the guys that you wrestle with. The gals that you tour with.
You have to be able to say goodbye to them when you have peace in your heart and I just didn’t have that peace. I wanted to compete. I didn’t care what I was doing, I just wanted to compete.”
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• Old School ECW Veteran Would Have Celebrated His Birthday
Today would have been the 52nd birthday of Old School ECW Veteran Axl Rotten (Real name: Brian Knighton).
Rotten wrestled for Paul Heyman’s Extreme Championship Wrestling (fka Eastern Championship Wrestling) promotion from its early beginnings in 1993 till he left in 1999.
While he did not win any championships during his time in ECW, his memorable rivalry against his (kayfabe/storyline) brother Ian Rotten, won Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s “PWI Feud of the Year” in 1995.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY & † REST IN PEACE
April 21, 1971 – February 4, 2016