• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (June 20, 1981) – AWA House Show
On this day in Pro Wrestling history on June 20, 1981, Verne Gagne’s American Wrestling Association held a televised House Show at the International Amphitheatre in Chicago, Illinois.
On this show The Crusher & Baron Von Raschke won the prestigious AWA World Tag Team Championship from “The Sheiks” Jerry Blackwell & Ken Patera.
Here are the results:
– Greg Wojokowski defeated Max Blue
– El Bracero wrestled Paul Christy to a time limit draw
– Moose Cholak defeated Jerry Graham Jr.
– Spike Huber defeated Johnny Starr
– Wilbur Snyder defeated Johnny Valiant by DQ
– Bobo Brazil wrestled Jerry Valiant to a no contest
– Dick The Bruiser & The Crusher defeated Adrian Adonis & Jesse Ventura
• Former Divas Champion Talks About Dealing With A Lot Of Hate In WWE
During a recent interview with Chris Van Vliet, former WWE Divas Champion Kelly Kelly talked about Vince McMahon coming up with her ring name and how she dealt with a lot of hate in WWE.
Below are the highlights:
On Vince McMahon coming up with her name:
“So Vince came up with the name. The first episode of ECW, it was going to be Kelly. He had given me a list of names…so I picked Kelly because I thought that was cute. I couldn’t be Barbie. I guess Vince had seen an episode of ‘Cheers’ and the girls’ name on it is Kelly. Her boyfriend on it did a song called ‘Kelly Kelly Kelly Kelly Kelly.’ So in Vince’s mind, that’s how it came to be.”
On dealing with a lot of hate in WWE:
“We got a lot of people who were not happy about it. You have to give so much respect to the people who have been there and worked for years to get in this spot. I tried to come in as respectful as I could by shaking everyone’s hand and standing back too and don’t be in anybody’s way and keeping my mouth shut.
I did the best I could because a lot of women couldn’t stay around because they didn’t have the thick skin and they weren’t able to take it. It’s a lot. It’s a very male-dominated business, especially back in 2006 and me being so young you just kind of take it on the chin and keep it moving.
I just got so much hate. After every match or after every time I was on TV I would look on my phone and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh. [It was] ‘You’re terrible, you suck, you’re a whore, you’re this.’ So you just take it after a while with a grain of salt and you just get used to it. As people got to see my character and they got to see the real me, I didn’t have to deal with it as much.”
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