• OLD SCHOOL VIDEO HISTORY (April 29, 1999) – WWF SmackDown! [PILOT EPISODE]
On this day in 1999, the World Wrestling Federation aired the pilot (stand-alone) episode of their future weekly TV show ‘WWF SmackDown!’.
This episode was pre-taped at the New Haven Coliseum in New Haven, Connecticut and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF No Mercy 1999 (UK)’ PPV.
Here’s the card:
– Val Venis vs. Jeff Jarrett
– “The Big Show” Paul Wight vs. Test
– Droz vs. D-Lo Brown
– Tag Team Title Match: The New Age Outlaws vs. Kane and X-Pac
– No DQ: Ken Shamrock vs. Bradshaw
– Mankind vs. The Big Boss Man
– The Undertaker & Triple H vs. The Rock & Stone Cold Steve Austin
• Jim Ross On If Vince McMahon Is Concerned About All Elite Wrestling
During a recent appearance on Busted Open Radio, WWE Hall of Famer and All Elite Wrestling commentator Jim Ross was asked if Vince McMahon is concerned about AEW.
Below is what Good Ol’ JR said:
“I do not know that he is concerned about anybody. I really doubt it. He is bulletproof in that regard. The worst mistake AEW can make is trying to chase WWE. We do not need to chase them. I’m sure there is a financial concern.
I asked about an undercard guy in WWE that helps the other guys learn and they said he was not available because he just signed a new WWE deal for $500K. Not because he would be used but just to keep him off the streets.”
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