• WWE VIDEO HISTORY (August 18, 2003) – WWE Monday Night RAW
On this day in 2003, World Wrestling Entertainment aired another LIVE episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWE Monday Night RAW’.
This episode was broadcasted from the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan and featured matches & storyline segments on the road to the SummerSlam 2003 PPV.
You can find the card below:
– Chris Jericho’s High Light Reel
– Women’s Title
Molly Holly (c) vs. Trish Stratus
– Stacy’s services on the line
Test vs. Scott Steiner
– Hair vs. Hair
Chris Jericho vs. Kevin Nash
– Rodney Mack vs. Rosey
– Intercontinental Title
Christian (c) vs. Rob Van Dam
– Goldberg vs. Randy Orton
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• Hulk Hogan Says Some WWE Wrestlers Only Heard What They Wanted To Hear From His Apology Backstage At Extreme Rules 2018
WWE Hall of Famer “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan recently appeared on Apter Chat and talked about being reinstated into the WWE Hall of Fame, apologizing to the WWE roster backstage at Extreme Rules 2018 & more.
Below are the highlights (credit to Wrestlinginc for transcription):
On Triple H keeping an eye on what he was doing and talking with Vince McMahon:
“Triple H knew what I was doing with the Boys & Girls Club and there was a common bond there so he kept a good eye on what I was doing and I kept him aware of when I was doing appearances and what we had going.
So then we started talking about different things like Saudi Arabia and stuff like that. I said, ‘man I’d really just love to talk to Vince.’ I’d texted Vince back-and-forth on birthday and he texted me on New Years and stuff like this, but we never really good conversation. So all of a sudden, my phone rings and it’s ‘hey monster, how you doing?’ So we talked and it was like, ‘wow man,’ we had been texting back and forth but I hadn’t heard Vince’s voice and it was just so good to hear his voice.
He hasn’t changed a bit, same old intense Vince and we talked and it was a great conversation.”
On getting reinstated into the WWE Hall of Fame and apologizing to the WWE roster backstage at Extreme Rules 2018:
“I get to Pittsburgh, but right before we got to the building my phone was blowing up going ‘congratulations, you’re back in the Hall Of Fame. I had no idea they had put me in the Hall Of Fame. I thought we were just gonna go there and talk.
I thought, ‘wow, that’s so cool,’ it made me grin from ear to ear. I didn’t start crying because I had two other men in the car with me. I get to the building and they had everybody in a room and I walked in the room and I made it very clear in my head what I wanted to say.”
On how WWE wrestlers reacted to his apology:
“A lot of people accepted my apology. A lot of them heard what they wanted to hear and a lot of the narrative that came out of the meeting was on point. A lot of the narrative was really different because I was surprised to see some people interpret what I said to say I was sorry I got caught on camera or whatever they interpreted it. I never said that.
I guess the media and people go with the most negative narrative they can come out of there. But that’s pretty much what happened and that’s how I got put back into the Hall Of Fame. I was on the way to the meeting and I was put in before I got there which is really, really cool.”
It is what it is. I said those words, it was totally unacceptable and I just really wanted to get in front of all the talent and apologize because I know I hurt this business. You know I just wanna move forward. I just hope the brotherhood can get back to the way it was because you know, when you’re in the ring and somebody is bodyslamming somebody or piledriving somebody you protect your brother and you make sure physically that they’re safe.
Outside the ring you’re supposed to protect your brother, you know? In this case it’s a situation where you know, 75- 80-90% of the wrestlers are protecting me, they’re giving me another chance to move forward. But, you know there’s just a few wrestlers that kinda don’t understand the bond that the brotherhood of wrestling if someone makes a mistake you need to forgive them and move on and try to let them prove themselves.
I just feel that I wish I could kinda have one-on-one conversations with people who really don’t know me and try to maybe explain myself better. But, you know all in all it was a great day. It’s just a highlight of my life to be able to be back in the Hall Of Fame and to be able to move forward. So it’s been a great time these last couple of weeks.”