• OLD SCHOOL VIDEO HISTORY (January 25, 1992) – A Roddy Piper & Hulk Hogan Promo
On this day in 1992, the WWF aired a joint promo of Intercontinental Champion “Rowdy” Roddy Piper & Hulk Hogan towards their opposed Heel Tag Team (on House Shows) Ric Flair & The Undertaker.
You can watch the promo below:
• Jim Ross Comments On Why Shelton Benjamin Didn’t Become A World Champion In WWE
During a recent appearance on Unsanctioned Podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross discussed Shelton Benjamin never winning a World Title in WWE, Goldberg’s WWE run & more.
Below are the highlights:
On why Shelton Benjamin never became a World Champion in WWE:
“Part of that is Shelton’s fault. He was making really good money, he had a really good spot on the team, but he wasn’t at the top of the roster, but when he worked with a top guy, he killed it. But when he got his opportunities, maybe they were ill-timed or he was ill-prepared, whatever, he didn’t hit a home run on a mic as he hit in the ring.
So we needed to protect him or fix that. But, here’s the thing nowadays, it’s not a 100 percent, but I can say at least 90, if you’re not talking, you’re not getting over.”
On Goldberg’s WWE run:
“I wanted to get Goldberg right out of WCW, but he was owed so much money by Time Warner in one of those ridiculous deals. Not ridiculous for talent, but for upper-management it’s a little dicey. He was owed so much money, I couldn’t pay him what he was owed.
So, he could make more by not doing work, not wrestling. That’s what I would have done too. So, we missed on Goldberg when it was popular and timely, and then we got him and I don’t think we did a very good job of taking care of him, in my view. This last time he came back with Brock, I thought was excellent.
He got back in the spotlight, he held his own. He’s not no 25-year-old kid, I don’t care what he looks, he’s still got some miles on him. I didn’t think we did great by Bill in his first WWE run.”
• Reason Behind WWE Kicking Off Raw 25 With Stone Cold Steve Austin Raising Hell
As seen on this week’s Raw 25, the show kicked off with WWE Hall of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin raising hell and delivering Stunners to Shane & Vince McMahon. You can watch it below:
Sports Illustrated’s Justin Barrasso had the following to say regarding why Austin was used in the opening segment of Raw 25:
“The goal remains to attract more casual viewers during the build to WrestleMania 34, which is why the show opened with Steve Austin and Vince McMahon in an interaction that was certain to attract millions of viewers, many of whom do not watch the product every week.”
Using Old School Legends on Raw 25 certainly helped, as this week’s Raw drew 4.5 million viewers this week.