• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (February 16, 2006) – Old School Wrestling Veteran Passed Away
On this day in 2006, we lost Old School Tag Team Wrestling Veteran Johnny Grunge (Real name: Michael Durham) at the young age of 39 due to sleep apnea complications.
Grunge was one half of the famous 90s Tag Team ‘Public Enemy’ with “Flyboy” Rocco Rock, and together they wrestled for all 3 big promotions, the World Wrestling Federation (1999), Extreme Championship Wrestling (1993-1996 & 1999) & World Championship Wrestling (1996-1998 & 1999).
At the 2005 ECW reunion show ‘Hardcore Homecoming’, he participated in a memorial segment for deceased ECW wrestlers, including his late tag team partner, who passed away in 2002.
† REST IN PEACE JOHNNY GRUNGE
July 10, 1966 – February 16, 2006
• John Cena Expected To Do The “Same Thing” At WrestleMania 36
At WrestleMania 34, 16 time WWE World Heavyweight Champion John Cena laid out Elias (before losing to The Undertaker).
Last year at WrestleMania 35, Cena returned as the “Doctor Of Thuganomics” and laid out Elias.
Guess what WWE officials planning to book at WrestleMania 36? That’s right – Cena going against Elias once again.
According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, WWE officials are currently planning to do John Cena vs. Elias at WrestleMania 36.
You can read Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez’s conversation from Wrestling Observer Radio below:
Meltzer: Cena is going to wrestle at WrestleMania this year, so they will probably shoot the angle for that.
Alvarez: Who is he wrestling?
Meltzer: Who’s he wrestling? I’ll tell you tomorrow because I actually have been told but, it’s not like I don’t believe it, I know it’s probably true, but I can’t believe it, put it that way! But it’s so underwhelming it’s ridiculous and absolutely confusing it makes no sense.
Alvarez: Sounds like it’s either Corbin or Elias.
Meltzer: Okay, it’s not Corbin. So there you go.
Alvarez: Okay, well there you go (laughs).
Meltzer: Okay now explain how did you pick Elias out of all the names?
Alvarez: You said an underwhelming John Cena opponent.
Meltzer: Well, that’s true, but where would you come up with Elias from?
Alvarez: I don’t know. When I think about underwhelming John Cena opponents and I think about the show I just watched on Friday, the man that comes to my head is Elias.
Meltzer: But he’s a babyface.
Alvarez: It doesn’t matter, he’s a babyface but like he goes back and forth. I mean he’s been a babyface lately but it will take one promo on the crowd to get the people to turn on him.
Meltzer: But who’s going to care?
Alvarez: I have no idea.
Meltzer: I mean, I know what the mentality is, the mentality is…
Alvarez: This I’ve got to hear because I don’t know the mentality.
Meltzer: He is going to get the rub from losing to John Cena.
Alvarez: Oh, come on! Get out of here!
Meltzer: You know that they think that way.
Alvarez: I can’t believe they still think things like that in 2020.
Meltzer: They do!
Alvarez: Well, good luck with that.
Meltzer: So, I actually think someone’s going to wake up and like go, ‘What the hell is this?’ and it will change. But that is the match.
Alvarez: Good, maybe I can help.
Meltzer: Yeah, that is the match listed right now.
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