• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (May 5, 2002) – Old School WCW Referee Passed Away
On this day in 2002, we lost Old School WCW Referee Randy Anderson at the age of 43 due to testicular cancer.
Randy Anderson was a professional wrestling referee during the 70s, 80s & 90s, working for several territories such as Mid-South Wrestling, Championship Wrestling from Florida and Jim Crockett Promotions.
When Ted Turner bought Jim Crockett Promotions in late 1988 and renamed it World Championship Wrestling, Randy stayed with the promotion until 1999.
If you watched WCW Monday Nitro in 1997, you will probably remember when Eric Bischoff fired him (storyline wise).
† REST IN PEACE RANDY ANDERSON
July 17, 1959 – May 5, 2002
• Matt Riddle Addresses Rumors About Backstage Heat On Him
In an interview with Gary Cassidy, NXT Tag Team Champion Matt Riddle was asked if he really had backstage heat from WWE officials, as it had been reported several times in the past.
Below is what he replied:
“I’ll tell you this. Do I have heat with WWE or NXT, or the people that run the show? No. Do I have heat with some people who think I’m disrespectful at times because they don’t understand how business works? Yes. Do people take things too seriously? Yes.
And honestly, I’ve had to give talks at NXT, is not like I stopped the place, but it’s like, interjecting. I’m like, ‘Hey. I’m going to tweet or say something that offends you. Realise I’m not trying to actually offend you, I’m just trying to make people think I am. I’m putting out an image, a facade, you know?’
If I talk a certain amount of trash, people are like, ‘Oh, man, that guy’s uncontrollable, he does what he wants’. You know what I’m saying? I’m doing the job, I’m in the business I’m in. I’m a tag champ, I was in the Rumble, so how does this guy have so much nuclear heat?
I was in Vince McMahon’s office just three weeks ago, before this thing broke out. I was in headquarters talking to him – and, yeah, we mentioned the heat I have with certain people but, at the end of the day, he signs the checks, he makes it happen for me and they’re in control, not the talent.
If employer’s happy and I can make them money and make them a profit, and I’m worth my weight and I’m pulling my weight, I don’t see a problem.
To answer your question, yes, some people I have heat with. But most of it’s just high school, catty, ‘He said this’, people who just can’t take a joke or a work.”
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