• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (April 23, 1991) – Old School WWF Jobber Passed Away
On this day in 1991, we lost Old School WWF Jobber Frankie Williams (Real name: Armando Pumarejo) at the age of 51 due to lung cancer.
Frankie Williams was a well known enhancement talent on World Wrestling Federation TV from 1975 until 1985, and did the jobs for most of the big names from those years.
He’s also well remembered for a famous Piper’s Pit episode, where Roddy eventually beat him.
† REST IN PEACE FRANKIE WILLIAMS
February 20, 1940 – April 23, 1991
• Hall Of Famer Says Dolph Ziggler Might Walk Out On WWE One Day, WWE Didn’t Want Ziggler To Use The Superkick
The Superkick is one of the most famous finishers in the pro wrestling world. Many wrestlers even use it as a normal move, instead of using it as a finisher.
Earlier we noted how WWE told Cesaro to stop doing impressive moves. Arn Anderson also revealed on the latest edition of his podcast that WWE didn’t want The Showoff to use the Superkick, because it was Shawn Michaels’ finisher:
“Dolph’s got a set, and he doesn’t mind saying what he thinks, and even though he’s right most of the time, that’s the wrong thing to do once you walk up in Gorilla.
Well, the reality is that the company wants blind devotion. Dolph had an opinion for the longest time ten years ago. It was the fact that Dolph who throws a hell of a Superkick — the office did not want him using the Superkick because that was Shawn’s finish but Shawn was retired, Shawn was gone. You can’t retire moves.
How many Superkicks do you see today for God’s sake? Probably one in every single match, in every company. So, that was a heated issue years ago, but Dolph, he had an opinion and he would voice it.
The guy was never a question amongst all the producers. He worked his a$$ off and once we got to Gorilla, no matter if he agreed to what’s going on or not, he would go out and give you 100%.
So I’m a big fan of Dolph Ziggler’s and I think he’s one of those guys you may b*tch about him when he’s on the card and I’m sure a lot of guys, the higher-ups in the office and certainly the boss got tired of dealing with Dolph, but the fact of the matter is Dolph was right a lot of the time, and he’s been one of those performers that has just over the years made everybody better than what they were, and the question is to why wasn’t he one of the top, top guys?
I certainly don’t have it. It wouldn’t have bothered me at all. The reality is one day, and you mark my words; Dolph is a wealthy man. I know that he’s made a lot of money for a long time, even not being in a top spot but I got a feeling Dolph’s frugal, I got a feeling he’s made some investments and he’s smart and one day he’ll go, ‘Oh, you wanna give me some more sh*t about something else? You know what? See ya,’ and he’ll thump down the steps and take off his boots and walk out the door and you’ll never hear from him again, and he will have accomplished what he wanted to in the business. Left on his own terms.”
WWE didn’t take the move away for him, but it was a close situation.
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