• No One In WCW Wanted To Work With The Rock
During a recent appearance on Diamond Dallas Page and Jake Roberts’ DDP Snake Pit podcast, David Crockett revealed that The Rock first came to WCW before signing with the WWF, and no one wanted to work with the future Great One.
Below is what Crockett said:
“He came to WCW for a little while. He didn’t wrestle for us. No one wanted to look at him.”
Diamond Dallas Page then recalled meeting The Rock for the first time, which was backstage at WrestleMania X8 in 2002.
DDP used to call himself the People’s Champion in WCW, before The Rock started using that nickname, and that’s what they ended up talking about in that encounter backstage.
Below is what the former WCW World Heavyweight Champion said:
“Big Show says, ‘do you want to meet The Rock?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, I’d love to meet the guy. Jake (Roberts) really put him over, I’d like to meet the guy’.
We go in there, we go in the locker room, and Big Show, and those ones in Canada, where the Skydome is, you know they’re huge, huge locker room. And no one is there and Big Show goes, ‘Rock, you still here?’ ‘Yeah, I’m in the shower’. He goes, ‘good, I’ve got a huge mark dying to meet you.’”
And now I’m leaving and I’m almost to the door, and all of a sudden I hear, ‘Hey Diamond’. And Big Show moves out of the way and I can see The Rock, you know he’s got that mullet, sideburns, he’s putting on one of his $1,500 Versace shirts. I can see him rolling in character, right?
He goes, ‘You know Diamond, there’s only one People’s Champion’. And Big Show’s like, ‘Ohhhh’, and I just deadpanned him and go, ‘You know Rock, you’re right. And you – well, you’re looking at him.’”
At WrestleMania 18, The Rock defeated Hollywood Hogan and DDP defeated Christian to retain the WWF European Championship.
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• ON THIS DAY IN WCW HISTORY (February 10, 1997) – WCW MONDAY NITRO
On this day in 1997, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired another LIVE episode of their weekly TV show ‘WCW MONDAY NITRO’.
It was broadcasted from the Jacksonville Coliseum in Jacksonville, Florida and featured matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WCW SuperBrawl VII’ PPV.
The card can be found here:
– Dean Malenko vs. Eddie Guerrero
– Konnan vs. Bobby Eaton
– The Giant vs. Ron Powers
– The Steiner Brothers vs. High Voltage
– The Outsiders vs. The Extreme
– Rey Misterio Jr. vs. Steve Regal
– Kevin Sullivan vs. Maverick Wild
– Hugh Morrus vs. Alex Wright
– Chris Benoit & Steve McMichael vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr. & Jeff Jarrett