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Big Vito Opens Up About Vince & Stephanie McMahon Giving Him A Cross Dressing Gimmick

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• On This Day In WCW History (September 2, 1999) – WCW Thunder

On this day in 1999, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WCW Thunder’.

This episode was pre-taped at the Wendler Arena in Saginaw, Michigan and featured matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WCW Fall Brawl 1999’ PPV.

The card of the show can be found here:

1. Diamond Dallas Page vs. Al Greene

2. Shane Douglas vs. Dave Taylor

3. Kaz Hayashi vs. El Dandy

4. WCW Cruiserweight Title: Bill Kidman vs. Lenny Lane

5. Harlem Heat vs. Disorderly Conduct

6. Scotty Riggs vs. Prince Iaukea

7. Goldberg vs. The Cat

8. Perry Saturn vs. Sid Vicious

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• Big Vito Opens Up About Vince & Stephanie McMahon Giving Him A Cross Dressing Gimmick

During a recent interview with Wrestlinginc, former WWE wrestler Big Vito opened up about Vince & Stephanie McMahon pitching him a Cross Dressing gimmick.

Below is what Vito said:

“It was Stephanie and Vince that came up to me after a TV taping and said we have an idea for you: what do you think of wearing a dress? I said if that’s what you want me to do, I’ll do it. They said, ‘Do you think you could pull it off and wear it every day?’ I said, ‘Yeah.’

It was probably one of the last kayfabe gimmicks that ever was done in the WWE. I wore it. I went out in it. I traveled in it. I became the most recognizable pro athlete in sports as everywhere I went, everyone knew who I was. I posed in Playgirl. I did a lot of great things and did TV openings and talk [shows]. That gimmick was ahead of its time because it stood for a lot of things.

It was a soul-searching thing that taught me a lot about life in general. You learn about yourself as a man and a human being. I wouldn’t change it for the world and I wished it lasted for a couple more years.

Probably the most discouraging thing about it was when I was supposed to have a championship match with King Booker and they substituted me for The Undertaker and nobody could understand. I had so much going for me and was undefeated. If we would have meshed and knocked heads, wouldn’t it have been worthy to having a man wearing a dress as the heavyweight champion of WWE?”

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