• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (June 26, 1992) – Old School WWF Legend Passed Away
On this day in 1992, we lost Old School WWF Legend “The Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers at the age of 71, after he suffered three strokes in the previous weeks.
The original Nature Boy had a long and illustrious career that saw him wrestle for several territories and lasted from his debut in 1939 until his retirement in 1983.
Rogers became the first ever WWWF World Heavyweight Champion in 1963, after he had already won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship in 1961.
In 1994, he was posthumously inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame (now known as WWE Hall of Fame) by “The Hitman” Bret Hart.
† R.I.P. BUDDY ROGERS!
February 20, 1921 – June 26, 1992
• Rusev Comments On His WWE Character Being Affected By 2016 Election
During a recent interview with Video DIRBG, former United States Champion Rusev talked about how his WWE character was affected by 2016 election.
Below is what Rusev said:
“It’s true, we keep up and Vince [McMahon] keeps up with what’s going on globally. He noticed that tension between Russia and America at the time and that’s when it was decided that I’ll go represent Russia and Putin and whatnot. But things changed, [Donald] Trump was elected as US President and he is a WWE Hall Of Famer etc.
Also people saw more [of me] from Total Divas and we started trying different stuff and we struck gold with ‘Rusev Day’ two years ago. It started kind of as a joke. After Randy Orton beat me in 10 seconds and I beat him back the following week it was decided that we’ll throw a celebration and we got the Mayor of Plovdiv to give the key me to the city.
Aiden English who is a great singer and actor learned the Bulgarian anthem in a day and sung it and we just started adding ‘Rusev Day’ to everything. That’s when things took off, the [Rusev Day] shirt was the top seller.”