• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (September 22, 2010) – Old School WWF Veteran Passed Away
On this day in 2010, we lost Old School WWF/WCW Veteran Giant González (Real name: Jorge González) at the age of 44 due to complications from diabetes and heart issues.
During the 1988 NBA Draft, he joined the Atlanta Hawks but a knee injury eventually kept him from actually playing for the team.
Ted Turner, who owned the team and was also the owner of World Championship Wrestling offered Jorge a job as a professional wrestler and after a year of training, he debuted as El Gigante in 1990.
In 1993, Vince McMahon signed him to a World Wrestling Federation contract, where he was now known as Giant González.
González was the only WrestleMania opponent of The Undertaker, during the famous 21–0 undefeated streak, who did not lose via pin fall or submission, but only by disqualification.
† REST IN PEACE GIANT GONZALEZ!
January 31, 1966 – September 22, 2010
• Steve Austin Comments On Giving A Special Gift To Triple H
During a recent edition of the Steve Austin Show podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin talked about giving a special gift to Triple H recently at MSG.
Below is what Austin said:
“There was one picture out of all of them, and there were so many famous people in all these different pictures, but the one that just jumped out was this framed picture of Motorhead with Lemmy and the guys on either side of him. And the way the light was hitting this picture… it’s a photograph.
It’s a picture. A photographer took it. Whatever. But it’s framed up in this old frame and it [has] been beaten up a little bit and I don’t know where it was hanging for all of these years because this picture, this photograph is from 2005 and there was this little card that came with it that said, ‘you know, this is at The Wiltern Theatre.’
And for some reason, just knowing Triple H is a big Motorhead fan and he had a close personal relationship with Lemmy. They had many conversations together. So this picture just jumps off at me. The way it’s lit is just phenomenal.
So I picked that picture up, Kristin and I picked it up and put it on the Jeep and it has been sitting in my house for over a year. I didn’t want to mail it. I didn’t want it to break. I didn’t want it to get crushed. When WWE was in town, I was out of town. I thought I was just going to take it to the Staples Center, but I never had a way to get it to Triple H.
So finally, when I was going to go to [Madison Square Garden], I said, ‘this is my chance to take him this picture and hand it to him personally.’ So I took it to him and I said, ‘hey man, I found this about a year ago at this meeting and for some reason, I just knew that you had to have it.’ And he was just blown away by it. He absolutely loved it. You know, Triple H is a very reserved guy.
I didn’t know what he was going to think. And it turns out, all these years later, at 2005, he introduced them at that concert that night! Yes [at The Wiltern], yes, [in Los Angeles, California], he was there announcing them on stage before they made their entrance! Yeah, so that picture was destined to end up in his hands!
And Lemmy performed Triple H’s song at WrestleMania 17. And still, to me, that’s the greatest entrance. Watching them play that song, listening to them play that song, [imitating Lemmy] ‘we’re Motorhead – we’re going to kick your a$$’. Then, they play for about a minute and then [Triple H] comes out and I’ll never forget it. I still watch it every now and then on the [WWE] Network to this day.”
.@steveaustinBSR and I have shared many moments over the years, many of them @TheGarden. Last night at #RawMSG he gave me this amazing framed photo of @myMotorhead … so cool! For this and the years spent up and down the road….Thank you! pic.twitter.com/uvhY3za8iz
— Triple H (@TripleH) September 10, 2019
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