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Former WWE Star Recalls Plan For Him To Defeat The Undertaker To Become World Champion Being Cancelled

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• Old School Wrestling Veteran Would Have Celebrated His Birthday

Today would have been the 58th birthday of Old School Wrestling Veteran Yoshi Kwan a.k.a Chris Champion (Real name: Christopher Ashford-Smith).

Ever since 1984 Chris Champion was wrestling for several territories, including a Tag Team run in Jim Crockett Promotions as one half of ‘The New Breed’, as well as working in Memphis for a few years, where at one time he even wrestled a few matches as “Kowabunga”, wearing a ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ bodysuit & mask.

Probably his most memorable run came in 1993, when he wrestled for Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling as Yoshi Kwan, billed as asian and managed by Old School NWA Legend Harley Race.

He passed away on August 22, 2018 at the age of 57.


February 17, 1961 – August 22, 2018

• Former WWE Star Recalls Plan For Him To Defeat The Undertaker To Become World Champion Being Cancelled

During a recent appearance on Pancakes and Powerslams Show, former WWE Superstar Mr. Kennedy talked about having to lose his Money In The Bank contract due to injury, original plan being for him to defeat The Undertaker to become the World Heavyweight Champion & more.

Below are the highlights:

On almost becoming the World Heavyweight Champion in WWE:

“I was almost there. I think I was 2 days away from capturing the World Heavyweight Championship. Something like that. Well, it was the next day. I was actually gonna win the Title from Taker the next day.

We already planned it, WWE had sort of given me a layout, and then I got that injury. It’s frustrating, but what do you do? It’s part of life. Things happen, and you gotta make the best. I don’t harbor any ill will or resentment toward anybody, it’s just part of life.”

On why he didn’t return to WWE:

“I don’t really know. I think part of it had to do with my attitude, probably. I was very – I was like bitter for a couple of years after I left WWE, and said some things I probably shouldn’t have said. In hindsight, I can say if I could point to any one reason, I would point to myself.”

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