• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (December 24, 2001) – WWF Monday Night RAW
On this day in 2001, the World Wrestling Federation aired another LIVE episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF RAW IS WAR’.
It was broadcasted from the O-Rena in Miami, Florida and featured matches, interviews & segments, on the road to the ‘WWF Royal Rumble 2002’ PPV.
Here’s the card:
1. Rikishi vs. Test
2. Billy Gunn & Chuck Palumbo vs. The APA
3. Rob Van Dam vs. Lance Storm
4. Egg Nog Match: Torrie Wilson vs. Stacy Keibler
5. Christian vs. Hurricane Helms
6. Booker T vs. Maven
7. Tajiri vs. Buh-Buh Ray Dudley
8. No DQ Match: Chris Jericho vs. The Rock vs. Kurt Angle
• Goldberg On Hurting Bret Hart: “If I really wanted to hurt the guy, he would never have gotten up”, Says He Didn’t Want To Be Like Ric Flair
During a recent interview with Inside The Ropes, WWE Hall of Famer Goldberg talked about accidentally hurting Bret Hart with a kick to the head at WCW Starrcade 1999.
Below is what Goldberg said:
“I would have loved to work a little bit more with Bret Hart, and I would have loved more than anything to have not kicked Bret Hart in the head, and what happened, happened.
There have been things said on the internet, either by Bret or other people, that I was malicious and he shouldn’t have been in the ring with me, hey, I’m really sorry, man, but if I really wanted to hurt the guy, he would never have gotten up, OK? No joke. He would never would’ve gotten up. But accidents happen.
He was an idol of mine and still is, and that’s one thing that I’ll forever be remorseful for is the misplaced kick, and he did kind of know it was coming, but there are a couple of things in my career that I wish I could have changed, that was one of them.
The length that I had an angle with him and my inability to be professional enough to pull the kick, but it meant very much to me to be believable. I didn’t want to present a character that, no offense, but was like a Ric Flair, I’m not the ‘Woooo,’ I don’t run around and be goofy and entertain people like that.
I’m a competitor, I’m not an entertainer. So if what I do in competing entertains, then I’m ecstatic, but I didn’t set out to be a sideshow by any stretch of the imagination.
My two to five to 10 minute, I’m stretching it a little bit, matches were basically like throwing people to the lions. It was messy, and it was violent, and it was over before you knew it, and that’s what people loved. It was something different.”
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