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“He helped my career more than anyone” – Former WWF Wrestler On The Undertaker

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• “He helped my career more than anyone” – Former WWF Wrestler On The Undertaker

Former WWF wrestler Maven appeared on WWE’s The Bump today and talked about eliminating The Undertaker from the 2002 Royal Rumble match.

Maven said that was Taker’s idea and they developed a bond after that spot:

“I was in developmental, I was in Cincinnati, Ohio, at HWA, Heartland Wrestling, you know, with a lot of guys that became just WWE staples, like Jamie Noble, Three Minute Warning was there.

I got the call literally the day before saying, you know, because Tough Enough had just ended. I think I’d been on programming probably a handful of times, maybe two or three times, I wrestled Tazz a couple of times, I wrestled Booker [T] on SmackDown once.

And the day before, they called and they were like, ‘You’re going to Atlanta,’ which is where the Rumble was. I flew out the next day, no clue what was gonna, at that point, you know, I’m not an idiot. I knew I’d probably be in the Rumble.

But I knew I would probably come out, get a quick, you know, whatever pop Tough Enough was gonna give. And then I would be thrown out and gotten rid of as soon as possible.

When I got there and they called me to the ring, and it was Shane [McMahon] and ‘Taker. At the time, I’m terrified, you know, I mean I’m the rookie, I’m young, I’m in my mid-20s, and I’m standing there with Shane McMahon and The Undertaker. Scared to death. And then he tells me, he’s like, ‘Maven, you’re gonna come in and eliminate him.’ And I thought he was completely joking. I thought it was the rib of the century.

Well, then Taker turns looks at me and says, ‘are you f’n kidding me?’ And at that point, I wanted to run. I wanted to just leave. But come to find out it was, I think, ‘Taker had his hands on that, and what was going down for that day, so he helped my career more than anyone on that single day.

From that day on, me and him had kind of a bond, I guess you would say. He always gave me that smile, that little, ‘Hey, kid’ look. And that I know that what I did, he was satisfied with it.”

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On this day in 1996, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired another LIVE episode of their weekly TV show ‘WCW MONDAY NITRO’.

It was broadcasted from the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WCW World War 3 1996’ PPV.

The card can be found here:

1. Marcus Bagwell vs. Brad Armstrong

2. Diamond Dallas Page vs. Ice Train

3. Dean Malenko vs. Scotty Riggs

4. Chris Benoit vs. Hector Guerrero

5. Madusa Miceli vs. Reina Jubuki

6. Chris Jericho vs. Michael Wallstreet

7. Lex Luger vs. Booker T

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