• Jim Ross Reveals What He Said To Malakai Black After AEW Debut
On last week’s AEW Dynamite “Road Rager” special, Malakai Black (fka Aleister Black in WWE) made his All Elite Wrestling debut.
He took out Arn Anderson and Cody Rhodes with his finishing move, Black Mass.
You can watch it below:
AEW Commentator Jim Ross appeared on Busted Open Radio and had the following to say about Black’s surprise AEW debut:
“Well, I’ll tell you the honest to God truth — I didn’t even know that he was there. We were in a unique building that was kind of old school, had different levels, and different, little cubby-holes.
It was funny, Mark [Henry], Big Show, and I shared a room for the announcers. I didn’t see this guy all day long, so I was shocked at how it came off.
As many fans know that listen to my podcast — which drops every Thursday — I didn’t want to know. I react better if I don’t know the lay of the land, as much. I don’t look at this as a theatrical performance. I look at this as a ballgame, and I don’t need to know who wins the game until the game is over.
I was pleasantly surprised that Malakai Black joined us. I saw him after the show, he shook my hand. I never met him before, he said he was glad to meet me and likewise for me.
I said, ‘We’re counting on you. We’re counting on you to play in a big way. Not just come in and be one of the boys, but come in and be one of the stars.’
I think he hadn’t heard that in a while. And I think that meant a lot to him. I wasn’t trying to blow smoke, I was just trying to say, you’re a highly regarded piece of talent that we value and we’re happy you’re here. So, now we’re looking for great things.
You set the bar high with your debut, now let’s see where we can take you.”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (July 12, 1999) – WWF RAW IS WAR
On this day in 1999, the World Wrestling Federation aired another episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF RAW IS WAR’.
It was broadcasted from the Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Fully Loaded 1999’ PPV.
Here’s the match-card:
1. Edge vs. Gangrel
2. The Godfather & Val Venis vs. Hardy Boyz
3. The Road Dogg, The Rock & X-Pac vs. Chyna, Mr. Ass & Triple H
4. Evening Gown Match: Al Snow vs. Droz
5. Gauntlet Match: Test vs. Joey Abs vs. Pete Gas vs. Rodney
6. Stone Cold Steve Austin & The Big Show vs. Kane & The Undertaker