• “Matt Hardy has to get a pin on you” – Vince McMahon To The Undertaker
During an episode of his podcast, Matt Hardy recalled pinning The Undertaker in a Falls Count Anywhere match on an episode of SmackDown in 2002.
Then WWE Champion Brock Lesnar interfered in this match and hit Undertaker with an F5, which resulted in Hardy picking up the win.
Matt revealed on his podcast that Vince was adamant about him pinning Big Evil.
Below is what Hardy said:
“Vince was very high on what I was doing there. I had a great relationship with them at that time. It almost reminds me of when myself and MVP had a run on SmackDown.
The door was always open to us because we were like the highest thing on the show and he loved us. It was a little bit of the same deal on SmackDown.
I love the fact and I was very grateful that Vince inserted me into the top feud on SmackDown, which was Brock and The Undertaker, it’s almost like Brock and Paul Heyman were using me as an underling, taking advantage of me to where I didn’t realize it, because I just realized that was a big deal.
You know, Matt Hardy, Version One, Brock, Undertaker, the three big stars on SmackDown. Vince understood I was very aware of everything I was doing.
I remember as we were doing that day, it was somewhere in Louisiana. I remember but we fought to the back and there was a deal where I kind of want a cage to get away from Undertaker, Brock comes out he ends up F5ing him and I feel like they were gonna do it on the floor, and they did it on the popcorn bags if you remember that. It was very weird, strange, you know? That’s where I ended up pinning Undertaker after.
But I remember we’re talking about the match and it was me ‘Taker, Brock, and Vince, and we’re kind of walking through there and looking what we had to work with whatever.
I’ll never forget Undertaker saying, ‘Well, you know what if we did this, this thing comes up, and Brock fights me, and he does this and then we end up fighting out of the building [Brock drops] me out there somewhere.’ [Vince] said that’s fine.
[Vince] said, ‘[Brock] can drop you wherever, but at the end of this match, Matt Hardy has to get a pin on you.’ He was very adamant about that.
Undertaker didn’t say he wasn’t going to do it, but he threw an idea. But it was very cool to see Vincent Kennedy McMahon going hard for me.
He said, ‘I don’t care how we do it, but at the end of this match, Matt Hardy has to be on top of us and get a pinfall on you.’”
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• OLD SCHOOL HISTORY (April 23, 2001) – WWF RAW IS WAR
On this day in 2001, the World Wrestling Federation aired another LIVE episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF RAW IS WAR’.
It was broadcasted from the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado and featured matches, interviews & segments, on the road to the ‘WWF Backlash 2001’ PPV.
Here’s the match-card:
1. WWF Hardcore Title: Rhyno vs. Spike Dudley
2. Kaientai vs. Right To Censor
3. Submission Match: Chris Benoit & Chris Jericho vs. Kurt Angle & William Regal
4. The Big Show vs. Test
5. The Radicalz vs. Grandmaster Sexay, Raven & Steve Blackman
6. Trish Stratus vs. Ivory
7. Christian, Edge, Stone Cold Steve Austin & Triple H vs. Kane, The Hardy Boyz & The Undertaker