• RAW Wrestler Was Offended By WWF Legends For Returning To Take Spots Of Young Wrestlers
Elias was the guest on this week’s episode of the Chasing Glory podcast with Lilian Garcia, where he talked about working with legends and how he used to get offended when legends returned for programs in WWE every once in a while.
Below are the highlights:
On working with The Undertaker:
“Getting to work with him, he was one of, if not my favorite wrestler growing up. I remember having a match with him at Madison Square Garden. It was the main event. It was actually a big tag team match.
I opened it up with one of my songs. I was wearing a hat, which I had to get approval from The Deadman because it was like a cowboy hat. I played a song on guitar. I remember a lot of the ideas that I wanted to do. I can remember seeing interviews my whole life when you hear his music, you get chills.
I remember thinking I’m not in the main event at Madison Square Garden. That’s not going to get me. Sure enough, when his music went off and Madison Square Garden went crazy and you hear that gong, I got goosebumps then. Then when he came out, it was like the next level. Then when I actually saw him, I can actually feel that moment now.”
On legends returning for matches in WWE:
“This is going to sound selfish, but when these guys are around, guys like Undertaker, Kane, Shawn Michaels, when they would come back, I would get personally offended by that.
The reason would be that I should either be in there with those guys and learning from them and they should be passing on the knowledge or they just should not be there because it’s the new guy’s time. That’s how I felt.
I had a little bit of anger towards that generation. I was like, I’m getting the loudest reactions out there. I’m the new guy and I’m the young guy. Here come these guys and they take spots at WrestleMania. They take spots at big PPVs. Elias is shoved to the side for whatever reason. I had like an anger about that.
I thought geez, can they not just help out or step aside, whatever it may be. Then I saw the interview with The Undertaker with that 4 or 5 part series and you come to find out how he’s aware of that as well.
He knows the young guys want his spot. He also knows that he has to let this go sometime and he has been through the ringer. His body has been through it. But, he just loves the business so much and you can relate to that. I was like, oh, let me put myself in this situation and get paid incredibly well.
One of the best of all time. The fans go absolutely insane for the guy. It softens me to go, oh, I get it and I don’t have that anger that I did have before. Who knows if the situation is ever reversed.”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWE HISTORY (December 14, 2002) – WWE Velocity
On this day in 2002, World Wrestling Entertainment aired another episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWE Velocity’.
It featured matches on the road to the ‘WWE Armageddon 2002’ PPV.
Here’s the match-card:
– Matt Hardy vs. Shawn Evans
– Chuck Palumbo vs. Johnny Slaughter
– Funaki vs. Tony Mamaluke
– Billy Kidman vs. Chavo Guerrero