• Old School ECW Veteran Celebrates His Birthday
Old School ECW Veteran Mikey Whipwreck (Real name: John Watson) celebrates his 46th birthday today.
Mikey Whipwreck was originally a member of the ring crew in Todd Gordon’s NWA Eastern Championship Wrestling but Mick Foley trained him to become a professional wrestler, who debuted in February 1994.
After the promotion was renamed Extreme Championship Wrestling, Mikey eventually ended up winning the ECW World Heavyweight Championship in 1995.
He joined Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling for a few months in 1999, but then returned to Paul Heyman’s ECW right away, where he wrestled until the company closed its doors in January 2001.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIKEY WHIPWRECK!
• Former WWE Wrestler Reveals Getting Heat For Trying To Help AJ Styles Get A Job In WWF
Former two time WWE Champion “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles actually made his World Wrestling Federation debut back in January 2002 in a match against The Hurricane on WWF Jakked.
You can watch it below:
During a recent appearance on the 411 Podcast, Old School WWF Veteran The Hurricane revealed that he got heat for trying to help Styles get a job in the WWF.
Below is what The Hurricane said:
“I definitely tried to get AJ hired. I actually got heat for that match, if you wanna hear a crazy story, because I let AJ do so much. Because I was already an established character, of course AJ was an unknown at the time. But I wanted AJ to get hired, because I thought AJ was fantastic back then.
Truth be told, I didn’t think he’d ever — not that I didn’t think – but I mean, I didn’t perceive him to be as big of a star as he got. I mean, no one did other than AJ. But I let him do a lot, I let him do the shooting star [press] and all the brainbusters, and all this stuff.
And after the match, I got a little heat for letting him do so much. Me and AJ actually talked about that recently, because he had seen it [the match], because WWE posted that match and he’s rewatched it. And he goes, ‘Yeah, you gave me so much.’ So it’s just you know, it’s a circle of life.
I really wanted him to get hired, and I believe they actually did offer him something at the time, but it wasn’t something he wanted to do in terms of moving. He didn’t want to move from Cincinnati, away from his family. But it’s just how crazy the business is because now I get to agent some of his matches and I’m working with him in a different capacity.”