• Former WCW World Heavyweight Champion Once Injured A Referee (Details)
During a recent appearance on the ‘Out of Character’ podcast, Old School WCW referee ‘Little Naitch’ Charles Robinson shared a story of how WWF Legend ‘The Macho Man’ Randy Savage once broke his sternum with an elbow drop in World Championship Wrestling.
As a result, the famous referee had to spend two weeks in the hospital.
Here’s what Robinson said:
“I was the sacrificial lamb, which of course put me in the hospital for two weeks.
I’m a pretty good seller but not that good. I had a cracked sternum, and collapsed lung and some broken vertebrae – cracked vertebrae – and unfortunately, the hospital there (in Cedar Rapids, Iowa) sent me home the next day back to Charlotte on an airplane, which I don’t think you’re supposed to fly with a collapsed lung.
From what I was told, I was supposed to team with Ric (Flair) for the whole summer, so could you imagine that? But you know, it’s sort of a blessing because how do you come back and be a referee after that?
[Randy Savage] called me almost every day that I was in the hospital to check on me. That was a good feeling he would do that.”
‘Little Naitch’ Charles Robinson joined Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling as a referee in the fall of 1997 and stayed with the promotion until it was sold to Vince McMahon in March 2001.
The World Wrestling Federation hired Charles right away and brought him in as a WCW referee for the 2001 Invasion storyline, but when that angle ended, Robinson became an official WWF (later WWE) referee and still works as such nowadays.
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (January 26, 1991) – WWF Superstars of Wrestling
On this day in 1991, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Wrestling Challenge’.
This episode was pre-taped at the Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville, Alabama and featured matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF WrestleMania VII’ PPV.
Here’s the card:
The Mountie vs. Reno Riggins
The Legion Of Doom vs. Doug Vines & Cleo Reed
The British Bulldog vs. Joe Turner
Rick Martel vs. Alan Reynolds