• OLD SCHOOL HISTORY (July 12, 2001) – WWF SmackDown!
On this day in 2001, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF SmackDown!’.
It was broadcasted from the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama and featured pre-taped matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Invasion 2001’ PPV.
Here’s the card:
1. Tazz vs. Hardcore Holly
2. Chris Jericho vs. Lance Storm
3. Rhyno vs. Kane
4. Lita vs. Trish Stratus
5. Jeff Hardy vs. Mike Awesome
6. Kurt Angle & The Undertaker vs. Shane McMahon & Diamond Dallas Page
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• Jim Ross Tells Why He Didn’t Become An EVP In All Elite Wrestling
During a recent appearance on the Stone Cold Podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross talked about his role in All Elite Wrestling, the ideas he has pitched & more.
Below are the highlights:
On his role in AEW:
“My official title is Senior Adviser. My reason for being a senior adviser and not an EVP is The Young Bucks are EVP’s, Cody is an EVP, Kenny Omega is an EVP, [they] sure as hell don’t need my sad fat a$$ being one of them. I have already been an EVP, I’m good.
I told Tony Khan just make me the senior adviser, and he liked that title. Later, he asked me why I wanted that title and I said, ‘It’s really simple, this is the wrestling business, the senior adviser gets to take credit for all the good stuff and disavow the stuff that sucks.”
On what idea he has pitched in AEW:
“One of my ideas was time limits. How do you have a sporting event, without some rules or regulations? There is a time limit even in the World Cup. These are strategic things the fans can buy into, if you are in the fourth quarter and down seven, you better try and score, because there aren’t any more quarters. We saw Cody have a 20-minute time limit draw. I don’t remember the last time I called a time limit draw.”
On one thing that WWE does that he doesn’t want AEW to do:
“I hope we never get in a pattern of this. Where Stone Cold gets the win, the heel assaults him and we say ‘We gotta get his heat back.’ Well, what did you do for Austin? ‘he got the win.’ Somewhere along the way, the logic has gotten completely muddled.
We are not even talking logic here, that’s absolutely ignorant to think to the crowd is processing the information the same as you are. Let the face get the win and get him the hell out of there. Let the heel cut a promo, throw a b*tch fit, whatever. WWE does that a lot and I hope we don’t.”
On AEW events featuring a variety of matches:
“You can’t have blood in every match, every match has to have its identity. We are going to have some very versatile and different cats wrestling for us. They all have something that has brought them to the dance.
If we are smart enough and they are smart enough and we all have this joint effort, we can raise everyone’s game, we are going to be in great shape. The journey is what is fun for me. I’m jacked for this whole scenario.”