• Old School WCW Veteran Celebrates His Birthday
Old School WCW Veteran Prince Iaukea (Real name: Michael Hayner) celebrates his 56th birthday today.
He was trained by Dean Malenko, but it was “The Taskmaster” Kevin Sullivan who named him “Prince Iaukea” by taking the name from Sullivan’s friend, Old School Wrestling Veteran King Curtis Iaukea.
Prince Iaukea wrestled for Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling from 1996 till 2000 and then went on to wrestle on the independent scene.
During his time in WCW, he won the Cruiserweight Title twice and the TV Title once, but also reinvented himself in 1999, when he became known as “The Artist Formerly Known as Prince Iaukea”, a name based on singer Prince’s name change.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRINCE IAUKEA!
• MVP Comments On Rumors Of A Revamped Nation Of Domination
Over the past few weeks, there were rumors going around online that WWE was planning to put together MVP, Bobby Lashley, Shelton Benjamin, Mark Henry and Ron Simmons to recreate the Nation Of Domination. However, plans for that stable were later scrapped.
While speaking on Say Less with Kaz and Lowkey, MVP commented on those rumors.
“No, no, short answer is no, because I’ve been hearing the chatter and I’ve been seeing that and I don’t wanna do the new anything. The Nation was done, it was awesome in the time that it was done. It was needed, stars were made.
I don’t wanna rehash something else, I wanna bring something new, and I don’t necessarily, in our approach to The Hurt Business, me and Bobby, as you know are legitimate friends away from wrestling. We boys. Shelton is one of my closest friends. I just like making money with my friends, you know what I’m saying? And I see young, talented guys — I asked to worked with Apollo. I said, ‘Give me him, let me work with him. I know we can get it out of him.’ He’s got it, he’s tremendously talented. He just needs a little coaxing, he just needs a little help, some understanding and me and Apollo, we’ll work on things together, we’ll have conversations before certain segments and he’s coachable.
That’s why he’s been successful. Now I’ve always wanted to work with Ricochet. Ricochet has been one of my favorite dudes for years. I used to tell him, ‘If you could talk like you wrestle, you’d be a millionaire.’ I used to tell him that all the time and now, unfortunately I also tell him all the time now, ‘At this stage of my career, I can’t have the kind of match that I’d like to have with you, but we can still have a great match just because of my veteranship and understanding of how things go’ but, I have no interest in rehashing the Nation of Domination and while I do wanna present myself and Bobby and Shelton as strong black role models, successful, we’re businessmen.
We’re not trying to make a statement on race. We’re trying to just make a statement, and in our case, what we’re trying to do, it’s not about black or white, it’s about gold and green, and at that point, I love the fact that there are young men of color that can watch us and go, ‘Oh, I wanna be like them’ because when I was a kid, I used to wanna be like Rocky Johnson and Tony Atlas. ‘Man, when I grow up, I wanna look like that. I wanna be like them.’”
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