• “I thought his weight and his obesity was going to shorten his life” – WWE Hall Of Famer On The Big Show
On a recent episode of Grilling JR podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross recalled WWF officials wanting The Big Show to lose weight in late 2000.
Between August 2000 to January 2001, WWF sent Big Show to OVW (their developmental territory at the time) while he tried to get down to 400 lbs.
When Big Show returned to WWF TV at Royal Rumble 2001, he was still as heavy as he was before going to OVW and this disappointed JR.
Here’s what Good Ol’ JR said:
“Yeah, and this is where I was disappointed. I thought his weight and his obesity was going to shorten his life. It wasn’t about, ‘Well, he can’t do a hurricanrana, he can’t do a tope suicida.’ No sh*t. I’m thinking that he’s a step or two away from being un-licensable.
The only way you can get talent to take you seriously is to affect their money. That’s it. What else is it going to do? You gonna write me a theme? You gonna go in the classroom and write, ‘I will eat less, I will lose weight, I will lose weight’ 100 times? So, we hadn’t got his attention. Now look at him today, looks great.”
Ross noted that he thinks Big Show was influenced by the wrong people, who encouraged him to be the next Andre the Giant.
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (January 15, 1984) – WWF Wrestling At The Chase
On this day in 1984, the World Wrestling Federation aired another episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Wrestling At The Chase’.
The ‘Wrestling at the Chase’ TV show was originally associated with the ‘St. Louis Wrestling Club’ NWA territory, so they featured the NWA Wrestling Superstars, but in the fall of 1983, the TV station KPLR-TV (Channel 11) ended the relationship with the National Wrestling Alliance and started to negotiate a deal with the World Wrestling Federation, the promotion that ended up taking over the famous TV show.
You can find the card below:
– David Schultz vs. Jimmy Jackson
– Ivan Putski vs. Dennis Stamp
– Jimmy Snuka vs. Eddie Carson
– Mil Mascaras vs. Ken Jugan
– Big John Studd vs. James Burke/Rob Chaney
– Mr. Fuji vs. Kevin Collins