• WWE HISTORY (June 5, 2003) – WWE SmackDown!
On this day in 2003, World Wrestling Entertainment aired another episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWE SmackDown!’.
This episode was broadcasted from the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWE Vengeance 2003’ PPV.
Here’s the card:
1. The Undertaker vs. Chuck Palumbo
2. Eddie Guerrero & Tajiri vs. The Basham Brothers
3. John Cena vs. Chris Benoit
4. Nidia & Jamie Noble vs. Torrie Wilson & Rikishi
5. WWE Cruiserweight Title: Matt Hardy vs. Rey Mysterio
• Former WWE Wrestler Recalls Challenging A Top WWE Executive To A Fight
During a recent interview with Vice, former WWE Superstar MVP talked about challenging a top WWE executive to a fight before asking for his release from the company.
Below is what MVP said:
“Yeah, Japanese wrestling is my favorite wrestling. Wrestling for New Japan Pro-Wrestling at the Tokyo Dome, that was my dream. WrestleMania and the WWE was a goal. After having been at WWE and being somebody who was being groomed to be a world champion, I ran afoul of some politics and spent three months on a losing streak.
I had a confrontation with one of the executives. He came out of his mouth to me, sideways. I told him, ‘Man, you don’t talk to me like that.’
He told me to go f**k myself. At that moment I decided OK, I’m done here. I said, ‘No, you go f**k yourself.’ He stood up and he stammered, ‘I’m not afraid of you.’ I leaned in and said, ‘Man, do you want to do this here in front of your coworkers or do you want to go outside and do this like men?’
He didn’t want to fight. He wasn’t expecting me to respond that way. Because of his position, he was thinking that I was just going to say ‘OK’ like so many guys do, but I was done.
Mentally, I was done. I asked to be released so that I could go follow my dream in Japan. I always wanted to wrestle in Japan, and I expressed that. They said, OK, we’ll give you a release. Come back in a year, two years, and the door is open. You’ll be a bigger star when you come back, and I never made it back.”