• “He doesn’t mean anything” – Vince McMahon To Chris Jericho About WWE Legend
During an appearance on The Kurt Angle Show, WWF Legend Chris Jericho recalled getting heat for expressing his opinion during his early days in the World Wrestling Federation.
Jericho then talked about wanting to put over John Cena on PPV and Vince McMahon being against it.
Below is what Y2J said:
“They were like, ‘If we tell Jericho something, he might question it’, meaning, well, if we want to do it this way, maybe try it this way, and it might work better, and they didn’t like that.
Some guys didn’t like that at the time. So I really got hammered a lot at first because of that. But it was also because of that quality that I was able to make it as far as I did, and probably the reason why I’m still here today, why we even started AEW because I always spoke my mind and stood up for what I thought was right.
I called Vince one night when Cena was first starting, our first pay-per-view and I said, ‘Vince, you have to let me put this guy over’. He said, ‘Why? He doesn’t mean anything.’
I said, ‘He could mean something, but if you just put him on this big pay-per-view and I win, then what’s the point?’ because he had just done the big match with you, Kurt, and it was great, and you beat him as you should have. But if we keep f**king beating him, it doesn’t matter.
So he did a great job with Kurt, and Kurt beat him. He’ll do a great job with me. And what if he beats me? Oh my gosh, he’s starting to rise. So it wasn’t ever about, I have to win or I have to do this, it was what’s best for the show, and what’s best for the match.
Because I had an opinion and never cared about expressing it, that got me heat at the beginning, but then that got me respect in the end.”
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• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (March 13, 2007) – Old School WWF Legend Passed Away
On this day in 2007, we lost Old School WWF Legend “The Golden Boy” Arnold Skaaland at the age of 82 due to natural causes.
After retiring from active professional wrestling, Arnold became a manager in the World Wrestling Federation, most famously remembered for throwing the towel to end Bob Backlund’s long reign as the WWF World Heavyweight Champion.
In 1994, he was inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame (now being called WWE Hall of Fame) by his former protégé and friend Bob Backlund.
REST IN PEACE ARNOLD SKAALAND
January 21, 1925 – March 13, 2007