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Former WWE Champion Says He Wasn’t Pushed Because He Refused Help From Triple H

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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (May 30, 1993) – WWF Wrestling Challenge

On this day in 1993, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Wrestling Challenge’.

It was broadcasted from the Exposition Building in Portland, Maine and featured pre-taped matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF King of the Ring 1993’ PPV.

The card can be found right here:

– Crush vs. Chris Duffy

– The Headshrinkers vs. Jay Sledge & Russ Greenberg

– Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Scrub

– The King’s Court: Luna Vachon

– Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Scrub

– King of the Ring Report

– Virgil vs. Adam Bomb

• Former WWE Champion Says He Wasn’t Pushed Because He Refused Help From Triple H

While speaking on The Angle Podcast, former WWE Champion Rob Van Dam discussed how political WWF was back in the day, and how the company didn’t push him because he refused to take help from Triple H.

Below are the highlights:

On how political it was backstage in WWE when he arrived: 

“In 2001, I went to WWF and I got thrown into a world of politics that I wasn’t prepared for. Like I couldn’t believe how political it was. People fighting over who brought me there so they could get more credit with the office, and promising me the world, and at the time, Chris Jericho, he was upset because they had already promised him all this stuff and now they’re promising it to me, which a lot of it they hadn’t delivered to him, and then I saw that happening, and then I saw my promises falling off.

They said they were going to do this, but what happened, now they’re doing this. I had to not give a f*ck. It was either really, really care, which truly is how you get ahead. Someone like Chris Jericho, obviously he really cares. You have to, and you have to to an extent to be where I’m at too, but as far as that stuff goes, with my values and my priorities, I just said that’s not the part that really matters.”

On turning down Triple H’s offer to help him with promos: 

“I just heard recently that one of the reasons I wasn’t pushed was that they heard that Hunter offered to take me aside and help me with promos and that I turned him down. And I was like, I think that did happen, and the more I think about it, I totally remember that happening.

I never thought about that in probably the last, 8 or 9 years, but I totally remember that happening, and I didn’t even realize it was that significant of a thing. But I remember totally feeling like, ‘Man, f*ck him.’ I just thought he was another wrestler, and I was just like, ‘Man, I’m gonna get there on my own, I don’t want him pulling me aside and then he can say I’m one of his boys.’ But really that is the way that it works.”

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