• Old School WWF Attitude Era Veteran Celebrates His Birthday
Old School WWF Attitude Era Veteran “SmackDown’s number one announcer” Funaki (Real name: Shoichi Funaki) celebrates his 51st birthday today.
He joined the World Wrestling Federation in 1998 as part of the ‘Kai En Tai’ faction, which later evolved in just a Tag Team, consisting of him & Taka Michinoku.
He was with the company for 12 years till he was released in 2010, but eventually returned in 2016 as an official WWE commentator for japanese TV.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY FUNAKI!
• Braun Strowman On What Vince McMahon Told Him When He Felt Miserable In WWE
During a recent interview on Not Sam Wrestling podcast, RAW Tag Team Champion “The Monster Among Men” Braun Strowman talked about his relationship with Vince McMahon.
Strowman noted that he was feeling miserable in WWE at one point and went to Vince McMahon to talk about it.
Below is what he said:
“I was like, ‘Vince, what is going on? I’m miserable.’ And he talked me off a ledge. He was like, ‘Look, big man, I want you for the long haul. It doesn’t matter what you’re doing right now. I care about what you’re doing ten years from now. I’ve invested in you, you’re one of my guys. Don’t worry. You’re fine.’
Just hearing that, coming from that man … I dunno … legitimately I walked into the production meeting one day and I was like, ‘I’ve had enough.’ I was just mad about everything.
He kicked everybody out of the production meeting — like 2 hours before RAW was about to start, the show wasn’t even done — and talked to me for 45 minutes, heart-to-heart, man-to-man conversation and opened my eyes to the picture of like ‘wow, why am I worrying about this?’
Vince doesn’t get the credit that is due to him. And if he hears this, he’s gonna get pi$$ed off that I’m saying his name and putting him over.”
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