• “I’ll show you how to lose” – The Undertaker To The WWF Roster
During a recent episode of Grilling JR podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross discussed King Of The Ring 1996, where Mankind defeated The Undertaker.
JR talked about how a lot of the WWF wrestlers at that time were reluctant to lose matches, and The Undertaker wasn’t happy with it.
Here’s what Good Ol’ JR said about it:
“I find it somewhat ironic, and a head scratcher that we can figure out ways to beat Undertaker, but we can’t figure out a way to beat Vader, we can’t figure out a way to get Ahmed, you know, there are so many guys protected, and I think Taker was probably one of those guys who said, ‘What the hell are we doing? Nobody can lose? I’ll show you how to lose’. And it worked.
Like you said, it launched a really good program, that was ongoing for quite some time.
Well, the thing about it is that Undertaker knew where his bread was buttered. He knew that he had a potential great opponent for quite some time and a fresh opponent, which is why we hired Mick, to begin with. The Undertaker needed new dancing partners.
[Vader] overthought a lot of guys, not just him. The Japanese did a good job of selling them that, ‘Don’t do jobs, don’t do too many jobs.’ Just DQ, count-outs, all those things.
So, I just say, sometimes, that’s not what’s best for the company. We need winners and losers here. So, if you can’t lose, how can we justify sending you out there beating everybody even though you don’t reciprocate? Things made no sense, so that’s kind of where we were there.”
WATCH: Sara (Undertaker’s Ex-Wife) In A Bikini – Part 1:
• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (June 24, 2001) – WWF King Of The Ring 2001
On this day in Pro Wrestling history on June 24th 2001, the WWF aired ‘King of the Ring 2001’ on PPV from the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
This night also marks the WWF Debut of the 5-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion Booker T, who interfered in the main event.
Match of the night was easily the Street Fight between Kurt Angle and Shane McMahon, a match that people still talk about today.
Here’s the full match-card including the results:
– KOTR Semi-Final match: Kurt Angle defeated Christian
– KOTR Semi-Final match: Edge defeated Rhyno
– WWF Tag Team Championship: The Dudley Boyz defeated Kane & Spike Dudley
– KOTR Final match: Edge defeated Kurt Angle
– WWF Light Heavyweight Championship: Jeff Hardy defeated X-Pac
– Street Fight: Kurt Angle defeated Shane McMahon
– WWF Championship: Steve Austin defeated Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho