• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (October 6, 1999) – Old School WWF Legend Passed Away
On this day in 1997, 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 2 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 standing ovations.
REST IN PEACE GORILLA MONSOON!
• Former WWE Champion Takes A Shot At Triple H
As we noted before, The Undertaker appeared on Ed Young’s ‘Wrastlin’ show last month for a very interesting interview.
During this interview, The Undertaker talked about Andre the Giant having a plan for a feud between them, but he never revealed it.
You can read the conversation below:
“ED YOUNG: Have you ever wrestled Andre (the Giant)?
UNDERTAKER: I never got the chance to wrestle Andre. By the time that I got there his health was really in decline. He wrestled a few times. And it was funny because Andre really was Old School and Andre didn’t like big guys either.
He loved me (though). Thank goodness! But for most big guys, I don’t know, he thought they were arrogant or bullies whatnot. He was Andre the Giant at the time, biggest star, at that time that has been in wrestling, world wide phenomenon.
He was always the first guy in the locker room. He was always there. He loved to sit there and play Cribbage before he’d go. And I’d come in and I’d say, “Hey boss, how’re you doing today?” (Andre:) “Good. One day kid, me and you. I have an idea.” I was like,”Oh really boss? Tell me about it?” And he’d never tell me.
He was old school. He didn’t want anybody else to do it because he thought he was gonna get to a point where he could get back in the ring and we could do this and have a really big deal. So no one knows what it was. He ended up passing away and he never let me know. I wonder to this day.”
This topic was also covered by the NYPost and WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan tweeted the following regarding what the plan could’ve been:
Knowing Andre the way I do it would have been a master plan to only skyrocket Takers career, brother. Now the question is, would it have been at Wrestlemania? What do you think maniacs? HHhttps://t.co/hLTMqeCrNe
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) October 5, 2018
Former WWE Champion Rob Van Dam took a shot at Triple H (RVD has noted in the past as well regarding Triple H trying to bury him in WWE) by replying the following to Hogan’s tweet:
I think someone would’ve run in and pedigree’d them both. Don’t you? ?
— Rob Van Dam (@TherealRVD) October 5, 2018