• WWE VIDEO HISTORY (May 12, 2002) – WWE Sunday Night HEAT (First Ever WWE episode)
On this day in 2002, World Wrestling Entertainment aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWE Sunday Night HEAT’.
The promotion legally changed its name from “World Wrestling Federation” (WWF) to “World Wrestling Entertainment” (WWE) a few days earlier on May 6th 2002.
This episode was pre-taped at the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut and featured matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWE Judgment Day 2002’ PPV.
The card can be found right here:
1. RVD vs. Goldust
2. WWF Intercontinental Title: Eddie Guerrero vs. Tommy Dreamer
3. Matt Hardy vs. Mr. Perfect
• Ronda Rousey Says She Did The Easy Version Of WWE
UFC Hall of Famer and former RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey was recently interviewed by Megan Olivi.
During the interview, Rousey talked about differences in MMA & WWE, main eventing WrestleMania 35 & more.
Below are the highlights:
On differences between MMA & WWE:
“It’s physical in a different way, the stress from fighting is much, much more. The training camp, the weeks leading up to it, the press, and going to sleep every night thinking about it. That’s the real wear and tear, not so much the physical part of it. With fights you assume, ‘Okay, I’ll give myself at least a month to recover after that.’ It’s a peaking system, you allow yourself to peak and crash.
With WWE it’s just a grind and it’s non-stop, I did the easy version, everybody else does 300 days a year. Their bodies don’t get to rest as much as ours in MMA, but their minds get to rest a lot more than MMA I feel like. There’s no pressure on anything.”
On enjoying her work with Stephanie McMahon:
“When I first came into the organization I was like, ‘Hey, I would really liked to do this for a couple months, I’m gonna have a baby soon. Just so ya know, this isn’t forever. My one request was when we first started is I wanted to finish my storyline with Stephanie.
That was my request because I love Stephanie McMahon so much, which is so funny because we’re supposed to hate each other. But I love her! Oh my God, I lover her so much! It’s so great to get that out. I love all of the girls so much.”
On who taught her to lace her wrestling boots correctly:
“Triple H taught me how to lace my boots. He was like, ‘Oh no, you want to do do this from the outside in like this.’ I was like, ‘Triple H is showing me how to lace up my boots.’ How can I not succeed in this situation when I have all the best people in this situation to help me succeed? I would be ashamed of myself if I couldn’t exceed every expectation.”
Of if main eventing WrestleMania 35 was the biggest moment of her career:
“Yeah, WrestleMania 35 felt big. I think it just has to do with the time and the perspective. Me and Liz Carmouche felt bigger to me. Even though it was years ago and not as many people watched, it was at the Honda Center which holds maybe 16k-20k compared to WrestleMania where it was in front of maybe 80k people and millions watching. I just felt me and Carmouche was the most pivotal moment had to happen that way or women’s MMA would have ended before it started.
With WrestleMania it just felt like all the stars were aligned and the whole universe was conspiring for us to succeed and there was not a single doubt in my mind that we would. For Carmouche, there were so many outside factors: the numbers had to do well, I had to win the match, but I had to win the match in an exciting way, and there were so many other factors I had to worry about.”