• Shawn Michaels Says His WrestleMania 24 Match Finish Wouldn’t Have Happened Now Because Of Social Media
On March 30th 2008, Ric Flair lost a Career Threatening match against fellow WWF Legend Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 24 in Orlando, Florida, and had to retire from professional wrestling.
Of course we all know that his retirement didn’t last very long and Ric wrestled again by November 2009, when he toured Australia as part of the ‘Hulkamania Let The Battle Begin Tour’, as well as several matches for Dixie Carter’s Total Nonstop Action! (TNA) in 2010 and 2011.
During an interview with Sam Roberts, The Heartbreak Kid spoke about their famous WrestleMania match and claimed that the classic moment in the finish, where he told Flair “I’m sorry, I love you” wouldn’t have happened if Social Media was around back then in the way it is now.
Here’s what Shawn said about that match finish against Ric Flair:
“I’ll say this, I don’t know — because I was talking about it earlier — had social media and everything been out there the way that it is now and you see all of those things, I’m not sure I would’ve had the guts to do that finish with Ric for fear that they would kick it back at us.
And I don’t mean to ever imply our fans are mean. Because on social media, they probably won’t show you the 15-year-old wrestling fan in them, you know what I mean?
They’re a bit guarded but when you’re there in the moment and you’re there at WrestleMania and you allow us to take you there, they are fine, grown men are fine whimpering and, ‘Oh my goodness, that was beautiful man.’ But, I just don’t know that I (would’ve) had the guts to do it, you know what I mean?
Had I seen what possibly could have been the other side of it but that was my concern. I know I’m getting very long-winded on all these but way too much goes on in [my head] than it probably should.”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WCW HISTORY (January 3, 1998) – WCW Main Event *Final Episode*
On this day in 1998, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired the last ever episode of their weekly TV show ‘WCW Main Event’.
The final episode featured pre-taped matches, promos & highlight videos on the road to the ‘WCW Souled Out 1998’ PPV.
The card of the show can be found here:
Casey Thompson & Johnny Swinger vs. Bobby Walker & Jim Powers
Hardbody Harrison vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr.
Scott Armstrong vs. Disco Inferno