• “It was discussed the weekend that Eddie Guerrero passed away” – Former WWE Writer On Dream Match
During an interview on The Insiders podcast, former WWE writer Court Bauer talked about booking WrestleMania 22 with other writers and Vince McMahon.
For the biggest pro-wrestling show of 2006, two big matches were originally booked – Bret Hart vs. Mr. McMahon and Shawn Michaels vs. Eddie Guerrero.
Bauer had the following to say about these discussions, which took place in late 2005:
“It was discussed the weekend that Eddie passed away. That Friday and that Saturday morning, we had conference calls. It was just like a general call, like the business is quiet. We were now mapping out the road to WrestleMania 22. That was also the call, one of those two calls was the call with Bret (Hart), where the (WrestleMania) 22 match was set.
He called Bret on the other line as we were waiting, listening, and pitching him the match. We heard Vince, ‘Hey, Bret’, and heard Vince do the pitch to one of the legends. It was fascinating to hear him do it. The other matches, like, alright, what’s our other feature for this show? We started kicking around the idea.
I don’t remember who introduced the match Shawn versus Eddie, but I remember the room was like, ‘Wow, that’s a great match’. Then Bruce (Prichard) chimed in, I vividly remember saying, ‘Well you got these two Texas guys. Heartthrobs from different eras. Great workers from different eras. Never wrestled. This could be huge.’ When he said that, Vince was like, ‘Put it in there. Let’s put it down’, and that match was made official.
I just remember thinking, man, you got Bret versus Vince, Bret Hart coming back to the company. Then you have HBK versus Eddie. Punch my ticket, man, that’s an instant sellout. That’s a hot show. Here we go.
If you think about where Eddie was going here, he had done some stuff with Batista that fall. He was doing stuff with Rey. What was next for Eddie? Just thinking of a long term, like a long form story and rivalry with Shawn Michaels like, man, that’s the easiest match you could book. How’s it not been booked?
Well, Shawn had been away for a bit. Eddie had been away. Then he came back in a big way. They both had been on different brands for so long that, you know, it just never happened, and unfortunately, it didn’t. I know that would have been a great match and people would have been talking about it for years.”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (November 13, 1995) – WWF Monday Night RAW
On this day in 1995, the World Wrestling Federation aired another episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Monday Night RAW’.
It was taped in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Survivor Series 1995’ PPV.
Here’s the card:
Hunter Hearst Helmsley vs. Henry Godwinn
Ahmed Johnson vs. Jake Steele
King Mabel vs. Roy Raymond
Sid vs. Razor Ramon