• OLD SCHOOL VIDEO HISTORY (August 8, 2002) – WWE SmackDown!
On this day in 2002, World Wrestling Entertainment aired another episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWE SmackDown!’.
This episode was pre-taped at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Virginia and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWE SummerSlam 2002’ PPV.
Here’s the card:
1. John Cena vs. Kurt Angle
2. Mark Henry vs. D-Von Dudley
3. Rikishi vs. Deacon Batista
4. Hurricane Helms & Shannon Moore vs. Bully Gunn & Chuck Palumbo
5. Edge, John Cena & Rey Mysterio vs. Kurt Angle, Eddie Guerrero & Chris Benoit
6. Jamie Noble & Nidia vs. Billy Kidman & Torrie Wilson
7. Hulk Hogan vs. Brock Lesnar
• Steve Austin Reveals How Donald Trump Agreed To Take A Stunner At WrestleMania 23
During a recent interview on the KFC Show, WWE Hall of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin revealed how Vince McMahon talked Donald Trump into taking a Stunner at WrestleMania 23.
Below is what Austin said:
“Here’s how that went down. I was going to be the referee and it was team versus team and whoever’s team lost. The head of that team which was Vince [McMahon] and Trump were gonna have to get their head shaved. Of course you knew Donald Trump wasn’t going to get his head shaved cuz it’s pro wrestling.
Vince was gonna get shaved. So all of a sudden Vince comes to me and straight up there this is the way it happened. We’re in the back area. 90,000 people out there Ford Field and he goes ‘Steve come over here. I’m gonna see if I can get Trump take a stunner.’ I said, ‘Aw bullsh*t’.
I said, ‘You think he will?’ He goes ‘I know Donald he’ll he’ll do it.’ So anyways he goes ‘Donald, come over here’ and he goes, ‘Steve this is Donald Trump.’ ‘Hey, Mr. Trump. How are you doing?’ And I met him. He goes ‘Listen I was thinking about after everything is all said and done. Steve would hit you with his finishing move.’ ‘Well what is it.’ ‘Well it’s called a stunner and it kind of goes like this.’
And Donald Trump’s right hand guy all of a sudden goes, ‘Oh no no no no you don’t need to do that there’s a million reasons why you shouldn’t do that. And here’s why.’ But Donald said, he looked at Vince, and he goes ‘You think it’ll help the show? Oh Donald they’ll go crazy.’ So Donald Trump was was man enough to go out there and now we botched it.
It wasn’t the slickest stunner that I ever delivered, but I give him credit. Just from it. Whatever anyone’s opinion is that he did was cool enough and in a Showtime event like that event to go out there and be a part of the show and make people happy. I dug it.”
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