• Paul Heyman Saw WWE Legend As ‘The Next Sting’
It was none other than Paul Heyman, who back then was in charge of booking SmackDown, who called up John Cena from WWE’s then developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) to the main roster and debuted him on the June 27th 2002 episode of WWE SmackDown, where Cena came out and answered Kurt Angle’s challenge.
The Wrestling Observer reported that Heyman viewed Cena as ‘The Next Sting’:
“Paul Heyman plucked him from OVW when he was in control of SmackDown, because he saw the same future superstar and ‘next Sting’ label that some, including us, had given him.
It probably was a little early in the sense, while Heyman debuted him with Kurt Angle in a now-famous television debut segment.”
If we’re looking back on Cena’s 20 year WWE run, it’s safe to say that Paul wasn’t just spot-on with his opinion of Cena, The Chaingang Soldier even managed to surpass Sting’s accomplishments in Wrestling history, despite doing so in modern times, as opposed to the old days, when Sting obviously had a lot more competition by some of the all-time-great names in the business at that time.
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• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (December 26, 1987) – WWF MSG House Show
On this day in Pro Wrestling history on December 26, 1987, the World Wrestling Federation held a televised house show in the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.
The results can be found here:
Iron Mike Sharpe defeated Special Delivery Jones
Jacques Rougeau & Raymond Rougeau defeated Conquistador Dos & Conquistador Uno
Jim Duggan defeated Sika
WWF Women’s Title: Sensational Sherri (c) defeated Rockin’ Robin
Greg Valentine defeated Brutus Beefcake by count-out
Ricky Steamboat wrestled Rick Rude to a time-limit-draw
Dino Bravo defeated Koko B Ware
Haku & Tama defeated B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell
Chris Dube & Cowboy Lang defeated Little Tokyo & Lord Littlebrook
WWF Intercontinental Title: Randy Savage defeated Honky Tonk Man (c) by DQ