• “He’s a known drug addict” – Vince McMahon Didn’t Want To Bring Back Attitude Era Legend In 2011
Vince McMahon originally didn’t want to hire WWF Attitude Era Legend Road Dogg as a backstage producer in 2011.
During an interview on Chris Van Vliet’s Insight podcast, Road Dogg revealed that Vince didn’t want to bring him back due to his drug addiction issues.
However, Triple H made McMahon change his mind after he revealed that Road Dogg has been sober for over a year.
Below is what the former Tag Team Champion said:
“To be quite honest, [Vince McMahon] didn’t see anything in me (as a producer). I know he did as a wrestler back in the day, he obviously saw something in me.
But, Hunter (Triple H) went to him, and he had to go to him 3 times and say, ‘Look, I’d like to bring Brian James back.’ And [Vince] said, ‘Why? He’s a known drug addict. Why would you do that?’ And that is a totally legitimate point. [Triple H] said, ‘Well, he’s been sober about a year now.’
And what was great was, right around the same time, I inducted my father into the Hall of Fame. So I got to walk on the empty floor before they set it up, Kevin and Vince were standing there, and I got to walk up to him and shake his hand and say, ‘Thank you for this. This means a lot to my family.'”
WATCH: Dawn Marie Exposes Sunny & Brutally Spanks Her:
• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (October 5, 1997) – Old School Wrestling Veteran Passed Away
On this day in 1997, we lost Old School Wrestling Veteran “The Loose Cannon” Brian Pillman at the young age of 35 due to Arteriosclerotic heart disease.
After learning the sport of professional wrestling in the Hart House’s famous dungeon and learning the ropes in Bruce Hart’s ‘Calgary Stampede Wrestling’ promotion, Brian Pillman joined Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling in 1989 as “Flyin’ Brian”.
He stayed with the company till he left for ECW in 1996. He left WCW as a member of the famous faction The Four Horsemen.
After just a few weeks in Extreme Championship Wrestling, Pillman was signed by the World Wrestling Federation and became known as “The Loose Cannon”.
In the WWF, Brian became a member of yet another legendary stable, The Hart Foundation.
† REST IN PEACE BRIAN PILLMAN
May 22, 1962 – October 5, 1997