• Former Tag Team Champion Turned Down An Offer To Return To WWE In 2020
During a recent appearance on The Angle Podcast, former SmackDown Tag Team Champion Heath Slater (who currently works in Impact Wrestling) revealed that WWE offered him a contract last year, but he turned it down due to less money being offered.
Here’s what Heath said:
“They offered me one back, but it was like half of what I was making. I was like, ‘Nah, I need to find myself and do other things and just chill. Just breathe and relax and spend time with the family. Just chill.’
I never burned any bridges up there, they all know me. I still talk to more than half the people [in WWE]. I was there for so long and we were friends. It’s no hard feelings.
I told them, ‘I just want to go and do my thing for a little bit.’ They were like, ‘We don’t blame you, you get it.’ That was it.
I talked to Impact, New Japan, and ROH. I talked with AEW after I went with Impact. They just wanted me to come in for a three-week thing to do some things. I was already committed with Impact.”
Heath was released from WWE in April 2020 during the budget cuts due to COVID-19. He was still used on an episode of RAW after his release, where he got to work with Drew McIntyre.
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (April 19, 2001) – WWF SmackDown!
On this day in 2001, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF SmackDown!’.
It was broadcasted from the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, Tennessee and featured pre-taped matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Backlash 2001’ PPV.
Here’s the match-card:
1. WWF Hardcore Title: Kane vs. Rhyno
2. Bradshaw, Faarooq, Funaki & TAKA Michinoku vs. Right To Censor
3. WWF European Title: Eddie Guerrero vs. Brian Christopher
4. Tables Match: Dudley Boyz vs. Chris Jericho & Chris Benoit
5. WWF Women’s Title: Chyna vs. Molly Holly
6. WWF Tag Team Titles – No DQ: Edge & Christian vs. The Undertaker & Kane