• OLD SCHOOL HISTORY (July 10, 2000) – WWF RAW IS WAR
On this day in 2000, the World Wrestling Federation aired another LIVE episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF RAW IS WAR’.
It was broadcasted from the San Jose Arena in San Jose, California and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Fully Loaded 2000’ PPV.
Here’s the card:
1. T & A vs. Hardy Boyz vs. Too Cool
2. Chris Jericho vs. The Road Dogg
3. Kane vs. Rikishi vs. Val Venis
4. Edge vs. Bradshaw
5. Street Fight: Lita vs. Trish Stratus
6. Triple H vs. X-Pac
7. #1 Contenders Match: The Rock vs. Chris Benoit
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• Nikki Bella Gets Emotional About Not Getting To Do A Retirement Speech, Blames It On Smart Marks
During a recent edition of The Bellas Podcast, former WWE Divas Champion Nikki Bella got emotional about not getting to do a retirement speech in WWE.
Below is what Nikki said:
“I feel like they haven’t had me come in and do a retirement speech because – guys, it’s crazy. Brie and I have become hated by the ‘Smart Marks’. I always looked at it like, well, we did a really good job as heels for so long.
But it was like the more successful we would get with the reality shows, and the men that we were dating and married to, and all that, we became more and more hated.
For people to go against us in the ring and on the mic, it’s very easy to create promos with Brie and I, or about us. And I look at Paige, and Bryan, and Edge, and the list goes on of people who got to have that moment [of a retirement speech].
It’s actually going to make me emotional,” Nikki said through tears. “It’s going to make me cry because, you know, I love wrestling. I gave thirteen years of my life. I beat my body up. I mean, it was my world.
It’s so sad sometimes when I see the lack of respect or, like, not the appreciation. You know how badly I wish I could go out there and wrestle again, and do it for the fans, and do it for us?
I mean, I’ve risked my life. And you know what? I’m a human being; sometimes we like to be acknowledged or appreciated. And the fact that I gave so much and I will never get to stand in that ring and have the ‘thank you, Nikki’ chant, or even give my last, final words – I found out the Thursday before WrestleMania and I’m done. That’s it.
I pray one day, Brie, we will be appreciated by that crowd.”
Brie Bella then said the following:
“I don’t need to be appreciated by them. And I’ll tell you why, they’re a small part of the huge WWE Universe.
The door is closed for Nicole in wrestling, maybe not for me. I’m not going to confirm anything but maybe or maybe not.
[Teaming with Daniel Bryan against Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch] would be good, but I think too, if I do go back, I would like to do something a little different. Something I’ve never done before. Obviously with my husband, but he and I talk about certain ideas.”