5. Tony Schiavone Talks About The Real Tension Backstage At Bash At The Beach 1996 Before The Formation Of The nWo
During a recent appearance on The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling podcast, former WCW announcer Tony Schiavone talked about the real tension backstage at Bash At The Beach 1996 before the formation of the nWo. Below is what he said:
“The tension was that we all were really unsure and when I say we all I mean the announcers (me, Heenan and Dusty) we all were really still unsure as to what was going to happen. I think we all had thought that maybe Bret Hart would be the guy, I had thought that maybe Sting would be part of it and the ‘third’ man and be part of the hostile takeover that night. There was a part of me and when I watched the show again remembered it vividly that the tag match where Kevin Sullivan wrestled with The Giant as his partner against Arn Anderson and Benoit that when the Giant ran to the back that I thought maybe The Giant was going to be the third man.
The tension of who is really going to be this guy and I think we all thought could it be Hogan? But there was no way Hogan would want to do this and turn his back on what he has become and what he had cultivated over the years. I thought there was some very real tension in the back but after it was over because it worked so well and because Hogan did such a good job and the visual of the trash being thrown in the ring and saying what he said. He was crapping on Vince McMahon and the fans and saying he made everybody up North all this money and to heck with the fans and what was so perfect was when he said the fans are like the trash at my feet and that was an ad-libbed line that he just came out with when he saw the trash coming.
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When it was all over and we went into the back I can tell you that we were high fiving and hugging back then because we all thought that we had hit a home run.”