• “Such a shame, he’s not gonna be here long” – The Undertaker’s 1st Thought After The Rock’s WWF Debut
As the son of WWF Veteran Rocky Johnson and the grandson of WWWF Veteran ‘The High Chief’ Peter Maivia, Dwayne Johnson – who is now the #1 actor in Hollywood – made his WWF debut at the Survivor Series 1996 pay-per-view in Madison Square Garden under the name Rocky Maivia.
During an interview on WWE’s YouTube channel, The Undertaker spoke about The Rock’s debut and revealed that he did not think the new WWF Superstar would last very long at all.
Here’s what The Deadman had to say about The Great One:
“He came into Madison Square Garden, and they’d given him the name of Rocky Maivia. Oh my gosh, it was awful.
I mean, they handcuffed him right out of the get go, right? I remember watching him, and the Garden [fans], they’re merciless if they don’t like what you’re doing. And man, they just lit him up.
I had no clue to how charismatic he was. I was like, ‘Such a shame, he’s not gonna be here long’.
Once he got to The Nation of Domination, it had completely flipped.
By the time he was at the end of his run with them, I was like, ‘He’s not gonna be here long.’ You could just tell that he was destined (to move on to better things).”
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• On This Day In WWF History (December 26, 1963) – Old School Wrestling Legend Passed Away
On this day in 1963, the Wrestling World lost Old School Wrestling Legend Gorgeous George (Real name: George Wagner).
During the 40s & 50s, the overly flamboyant and charismatic Gorgeous George was far ahead of its time, which is why still to this day, professional wrestlers from all around the world can be seen copying certain elements of the character.
In 2010, he was posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by his old friend The Destroyer (Dick Beyer).
† REST IN PEACE GORGEOUS GEORGE