• OLD SCHOOL HISTORY (July 13, 2000) – WWF SmackDown!
On this day in 2000, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF SmackDown!’.
It was pre-taped at the Oakland Arena in Oakland, California and featured pre-taped matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Fully Loaded 2000’ PPV.
Here’s the card:
1. Too Cool & Rikishi Phatu vs. Val Venis & Test & Albert
2. Road Dogg & X-Pac vs. The Hardy Boyz
3. Dean Malenko vs. Al Snow
4. Chris Benoit vs. Eddie Guerrero & Chyna
5. Faarooq vs. Christian
6. Kane vs. Kurt Angle
7. Steve Blackman vs. Crash
8. No DQ Match: Triple H vs. The Undertaker
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• Ken Shamrock Thinks He’ll Surely Get Into The WWE Hall Of Fame, Says WWE Should Push Real Wrestlers
During a recent appearance on Conversations With The Big Guy Ryback podcast, Old School WWF Attitude Era wrestler and UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock talked about being criticized for his opinion on WWE, WWE Hall of Fame & more.
Below are the highlights:
On being criticized for giving his opinion on WWE:
“I’ve always done that and even in a sense of it being detrimental to me and my career. But the way I grew up as a kid and the struggles I went through, I think the one thing that was instilled in me by my dad is if you can’t speak the truth and somebody is going to be offended because you are speaking that, then there’s something wrong with them and not you.
You should be able to say something without accusing or trying to hurt somebody. Somebody can ask me what I think about the product and I can say, you know, I really like to see more toughness in there. I would like to see them trying to be more aggressive and more wrestling and less soap opera. Real wrestlers, get real wrestlers in there, don’t be pushing people that aren’t wrestlers. Getting more aggressive and more of the attitude type thing.
But it’s just my opinion, and someone comes back with, ‘How dare you speak bad of WWE?’ It’s like, woah, hold up. That’s not what I did. I gave my opinion on what I thought should happen, or needs to happen. Someone comes up to me and asks me why I left the WWF and I give them my reasons, and then they respond with, ‘Oh, how dare you talk about that. You have no right to say anything like that.’ It’s like, um, I was asked and I told.
To me, if you can’t do that you might as well put a gun to your head and shoot yourself because if you can’t speak freely and be honest with how you feel and what has happened to you as a person and other people get mad about that, that’s their problem. If you are living someone else’s life and someone else’s vision put a gun to your head and shoot yourself because you now don’t have a life of your own.”
On if he’ll get inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame:
“You know what? I’ve run across different people at signings and different things like that, but listen, Macho Man, it took him 30 years to get in or something like that.
Obviously, I want to go in and I feel like I deserve to get in, but I am also okay with waiting because I know that there is a lot of other guys that put a lot more time than me that didn’t get in for a very long time.
So, I understand it. I just have to wait for my time. I know that I will get in but I just don’t know when.”