• Old School WCW Veteran Celebrates His Birthday
Old School WCW Veteran “Jungle” Jim Steele celebrates his 53rd birthday today.
After being trained in the famous WCW Power Plant wrestling school, Jim Steele had his debut for Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling in 1993 and worked for the promotion until 1994, though without any notable success.
He had a short stint in Paul Heyman’s Extreme Championship Wrestling during 1995, but then went to Japan and later Puerto Rico, where he retired in 2008.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JUNGLE JIM STEELE!
• Former WWE Wrestler Explains The Difference Between Vince McMahon & Triple H Running Shows
Former WWE wrestler Mike Kanellis, who was released by WWE a couple of weeks ago, was recently interviewed by Fightful.
He revealed the difference between working under Vince McMahon and Triple H. Below is what Mike said:
“RAW and SmackDown is Vince [McMahon]. That’s all Vince. Even with Paul [Heyman] and Bruce [Prichard], everything goes through Vince. That’s just how it’s always been. That’s just the way that the company runs. You can either like it or you can hate it, but at the end of the day you accept it. It’s his company.
NXT is all Triple H. Triple H runs everything. I didn’t get on NXT TV, so I don’t really know how NXT TV worked. The house shows for NXT were a blast. Usually Steve Corino was running it or Norman Smiley and they had so much trust in me and Tony that were just like, ‘Just go do whatever you guys want and have fun’. It was like being on the indies again, and I loved it.
I loved being on 205 [Live]. Triple H ran 205, but it was really Adam Pearce — that was his baby. He had so much pride. He was so great to us.
But, the one thing I loved about 205 is we were always given time to have our matches. Like, 15-20 minute matches and they didn’t pick it apart as much as they do on RAW and SmackDown. They give you leeway to do whatever you want.
There might be a few things we run by Adam and he’d be like, ‘You know, if the boss is watching that‘ cause sometimes he’ll poke his head in, he’d be like, ‘that’s probably not a good idea’. He was really good about doing that.”
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