• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (May 8, 1993) – WWF Mania
On this day in 1993, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Mania’.
It featured pre-taped matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF King of the Ring 1993’ PPV.
The card can be found right here:
– Clip of Bam Bam Bigelow / Tatanka incident (Superstars 4/24/93)
– Mania Exclusive – Kamala vs. Bam Bam Bigelow (Worcester, MA 5/4/93)
– Lex Luger vs. Bob Backlund – KOTR Qualifier (Challenge 5/2/93)
– Mr. Perfect vs. Doink – KOTR Qualifier (Superstars 5/1/93)
– Shawn Michaels vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan – joined in progress (Raw 5/3/93)
– King of the Ring Report
– Mr. Hughes vs. Mark Ming (Challenge 5/2/93)
– Raymond Rougeau interviews Undertaker/Paul Bearer (Superstars 5/1/93)
– Jim Ross in studio
• The Undertaker Explains Why He’s Looking For A Perfect Retirement Match, Addresses People Saying He’s Greedy
During a recent interview with TV Guide, The Undertaker talked about looking for a perfect retirement match, missing WrestleMania 35, getting filmed while being out of character for upcoming docuseries & more.
Below are the highlights:
On his upcoming docuseries, “Undertaker: The Last Ride”:
“I knew when we started this that I was getting close to the end and I wanted people to get a little glimpse of what they’ve been asking for. But also, I wanted them to see what it took on a day-to-day basis for me to get out and be The Undertaker.”
On not being comfortable getting filmed out of character for this docuseries:
“It was not a natural thing for me. It took a little bit of time before I was comfortable because I am, to a fault, I’m a dinosaur and I still firmly believe in the old ways of our business.
I’ve moved along as our business has progressed but I carry a lot of the values of the old school. Opening this character up and then seeing the person behind the character, it really went against everything that I’ve done my whole career.
But I just felt like it was time and I felt like I would regret it if I didn’t because once the thing’s over, I’m not going to have a second chance to do it.”
On why he’s looking for a perfect retirement match:
“I never saw the character getting in the ring and having a retirement speech. I’ve been looking for that one match that I can say, ‘Yeah, that’s it. That’s the exclamation point on a career. Boom. I can walk away.’ And so, I’m struggling.
I know what my limitations are, physically, and I’m having to weigh that against the long-term effects of continuing to wrestle. So all these things are intertwined, and they get in the way of each other. You start thinking one way, and then this other part of you thinks, ‘Maybe there’s a little bit more gas than you think.’
And then you go out and you do it and something goes awful and it’s like, ‘Oh man, what am I doing?’ So it’s this constant struggle of when to say, ‘When.'”
On people saying he’s greedy:
“It’s easy to sit on the outside and [say], ‘Is he greedy? Does he want the money? Does he want the fame?’ But those things are the farthest thing from my interests. I’ve never enjoyed being a celebrity. It’s the love of what I do.”
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