• WWE VIDEO HISTORY (June 9, 2006) – WWE Friday Night SmackDown!
On this day in 2006, World Wrestling Entertainment aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWE Friday Night SmackDown!’.
It was pre-taped at the WesBanco Arena in Wheeling, West Virginia and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘ECW One Night Stand 2006’ PPV.
Here’s the card:
– Super Crazy vs. Brian Kendrick
– Bobby Lashley vs. William Regal
– Ken Kennedy vs. Scotty 2 Hotty
– Rey Mysterio vs. Fit Finlay
• Former WWE Wrestler Recalls Vince McMahon Pitching Him The Stuttering Gimmick
During a recent interview with The Post and Courier, former WWE wrestler Matt Morgan talked about Vince McMahon pitching him the stuttering gimmick and how Vince sold him on this idea.
Below is what Morgan said:
“I hated it. I didn’t tell those guys to call me up prematurely. But now I was finally getting an opportunity to work as a heel. Trainers would put me in scenarios where I didn’t get to be 7-foot Matt Morgan – the giant. There was nothing you could have thrown at me that I couldn’t have handled.
As for the stuttering thing, I did say in that office, and not talking back or anything, but you know, Vince sold this to me as he’s always wanted to put this stuttering character on one of these bigger, super impressive looking guys.
‘Joe walks into this bar and sees this beautiful woman. Everyone is staring at her; she’s absolutely perfect. And you walk up to her and introduce yourself to her and she has a deep voice’. [Morgan explained how Vince sold him on this gimmick] I get it, there’s an imperfection that nobody expected.
‘I think you can do this,’ McMahon said to Morgan. ‘I think I can too,’ Morgan assured. ‘But I just want to put this out there…Do you know I have a degree in public speaking? I graduated with honors. I might not be the best at it, but talking is kind of my thing. And essentially we’re going to pull that away? ‘It’s giving you an Achilles’ heel.’ McMahon said.
I tried to do it to the best of my ability. I didn’t talk like other big guys. I talked very quickly, and while some things I said might have gotten lost in translation, I wrestled on a television show. I always thought that separated me because now you’ve got a thinking man’s giant, you’ve got a guy that is well educated and well-rounded and doesn’t have his weakness, and I thought that would like like a ‘Mr. Perfect’ of the giants.
I wasn’t a fan of it, but when Vince comes up with an idea, you gotta go with it. We’d be doing pre-tapes for Smackdown, and Vince generally was always behind the other side of that camera. Every time we were to stare off into space while I was talking, he was the one who was always producing a lot of those promos. So that makes it exciting. You may not be a fan of the character, but you’re assuming it’s going to have a lot more legs to it because Vince McMahon came up with the idea.”