• “I tried. I couldn’t do anything” – Vince McMahon Was Torn Apart By Umaga’s Death
In this flashback article, we take a look at Chris Jericho having a conversation with former WWE writer Court Bauer about late WWE Superstar Umaga on his Talk Is Jericho podcast.
Below are the highlights:
Court Bauer on working with Umaga:
“Ekkie and I got on the phone and we just figured out the Umaga character, kind of tipping our hat towards the past, but very forward, future centered, and that to me was probably the highlight.
He was just an awesome guy. It was awesome to see him breakout. And what a big first splash with [Ric] Flair, and he did stuff with [John] Cena, and we needed a big main event attraction.
I also was involved with creating other monsters like The Great Khali and guys like that.”
Chris Jericho on Vince McMahon’s reaction to Umaga’s death in 2009 due to a heart attack:
“I vividly remember when he passed away.
We were in Saudi Arabia. Not Saudi Arabia, sorry, Iraq, doing the Tribute To The Troops. And I remember how legit sad Vince was about it because, at the time, I think they had let him go because he wouldn’t go to rehab and I remember Vince really saying, like, ‘I tried. I did not want this to happen. I couldn’t do anything. Like, if you’re not going to do it on your own, there’s nothing we can do.’
But, he was, like, legit torn up about it because I think Ekkie, in [McMahon’s] mind, had so much more he could have done if he hadn’t fallen into those traps that happen to so many of the brothers over the years.”
You can watch Umaga’s greatest moments below:
• ON THIS DAY IN WCW HISTORY (December 21, 1996) – WCW Saturday Night
On this day in 1996, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WCW Saturday Night’.
This episode was pre-taped at the Civic Center in Montgomery, Alabama and featured matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WCW Starrcade 1996’ PPV.
The match-card of the show can be found here:
1. Jeff Jarrett vs. Rex King
2. Diamond Dallas Page vs. Bunkhouse Buck
3. David Taylor vs. The Gambler
4. Dean Malenko vs. Mark Starr
5. Scott Norton vs. Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker
6. Eddie Guerrero vs. Disco Inferno
7. Mr. Wallstreet vs. Bobby Eaton
8. Scott Hall & Kevin Nash vs. Alan Storm
9. Lex Luger vs. Jim Powers