• Old School Wrestling Legend Celebrates His Birthday
Old School Puroresu Legend Tatsumi Fujinami turns 64 today.
While originally being a famous NJPW Legend, after wrestling for New Japan Pro Wrestling from 1972 till 2006, most of the american Wrestling fans will probably remember him from main eventing the inaugural ‘WCW SuperBrawl’ PPV in 1991 against “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair.
Fujinami was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2015, but as of 2017 he’s still not fully retired from professional wrestling and still competes for several smaller promotions, mostly in 6 man tag team matches, where the 2 younger guys do most of the work.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TATSUMI FUJINAMI!
• Eric Bischoff Reveals Why Finish To Sting vs. Hollywood Hogan At WCW Starrcade 1997 Was Changed
During an appearance on Ric Flair’s podcast in 2015, Eric Bischoff revealed why the finish for Sting vs. Hollywood Hogan match at WCW Starrcade 1997 (which took place 20 years ago today) was changed.
Eric Bischoff noted that changing the finish to the match was his call, and not Hogan’s. Below is what he said:
“What had happened over the course of a year is he hadn’t been working out. He wasn’t engaged. He’d show up, he’d do his thing, he would do it very well, it was great, he’d get on a plane the next morning, he’d disappear, and we wouldn’t see him for a week.
But at the end of our first meeting talking about where things were going, when it was over, Hulk and I both looked at each other and go, ‘man, we can’t go there. He didn’t get ready for this.’ It didn’t feel to us that this was a priority.”
The original plan was for Sting to beat Hollywood Hogan clean, but Bischoff reveals that he changed the finish, not Hogan:
“Hulk Hogan takes the heat for this, ‘you changed the finish – you didn’t want to do it’, B.S. That was my call. Right or wrong, it was my call.”