• Edge On What He Learned From Current AEW Wrestler
During a recent appearance on Busted Open Radio, WWE Hall of Famer Edge discussed learning from various wrestlers throughout his career, his return at Royal Rumble 2020 & more.
Below are the highlights:
On his return at Royal Rumble 2020, fans not being present at WWE events, ThunderDome:
“I think it might go down as one of the greatest, but I’ll try and change that coming back. But there was ground swell of this thing happening at that point, but I don’t think anybody knew it was going to be what it became.
So, we didn’t know how special that night was going to be, or how special it was to have an audience that size, that magnitude, and how long it will be until we possibly have that again. You can’t know that stuff, right?
So, I knew it was special that night, but if anything, it’s gained even more of a special spot for me just because of everything that the world is going through right now. It’s kind of insane, and that being said, I don’t know if I can watch it because it makes me miss the audiences so much.
As a performer, man, we feed off of those guys. We feed off the audience, and for them not to be there, man, it’s hard. Randy and I were the guinea pig, but he tried to sh*t all over it. But now, nobody even mentions it.
I think it helps, and it’s a least something as some kind of remembrance of audiences. I think the ThunderDome is a massive upgrade. I get to look at that and everything, but man, I can’t wait to get audiences back and just get out there and do our thing properly.”
On what he learned from various wrestlers throughout his career:
“What I got from all of them, from Ric [Flair], to Shawn [Michaels], to Taker, to Jerry [Lawler], to Terry [Funk], to Hogan, to all of them, was never panic. There’s no reason to panic – we’re in control. We tell the story, we don’t let anyone else dictate the story. We tell the story, and when you have that in mind, you can do anything. You’re the one telling the story, and I think that was the thing that I gleaned from all of them.
And one lesson that I learned so early on was with a guy – Dr. Luther. He’s now down in AEW, and he was like the first experienced guy that I worked. He’s been in Japan, he’s been in FMW, and all of those places.
We were working and I was probably on my 50th match or something, and we’re having a Street Fight. So, he calls this spot, and I immediately went to do it. And he went, ‘Whoa! Hold on! Pump the breaks! You got it?’ I was like, ‘Oh! I don’t have to go right away! I can actually stop and register what he says instead of just instantly go.’ I never forgot that lesson.
He doesn’t even know it was a lesson for me, I’m sure, but that – the light bulb went off! There were a lot more light bulbs that needed to go off, but that was the first one that I distinctly remember going, ‘Oh my God! He just crack opened my brain. This is different than I thought.'”
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• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (October 6, 1999) – Old School WWF Legend Passed Away
On this day in 1999, we lost Old School WWF Legend Gorilla Monsoon (Real name: Robert Marella) at the age of 62 due to complications of diabetes.
After his career as an active WWWF/WWF Superstar came to an end during the early 80s, Gorilla Monsoon became an announcer and will always be remembered as one of the two greatest play-by-play commentators in professional wrestling history, with the other one being “Good Ol’ J.R.” Jim Ross.
In 1994, Monsoon was inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame (now known as WWE Hall of Fame) by his colleague & friend, Jim Ross.
The last time we saw him on TV was during the ‘WWF WrestleMania XV’ PPV, where he received a standing ovation.
† REST IN PEACE GORILLA MONSOON
June 4, 1937 – October 6, 1999