• OLD SCHOOL VIDEO HISTORY (January 05, 1998) – WCW MONDAY NITRO
On this day in 1998, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired another LIVE episode of their weekly TV show ‘WCW MONDAY NITRO’.
It was broadcasted from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WCW Souled Out 1998’ PPV.
The card can be found here:
– Diamond Dallas Page vs. Chris Jericho
– Bill Goldberg vs. Stevie Ray
– John Nord vs. The Barbarian
– Juventud Guerrera vs. Psicosis
– Booker T vs. Prince Iaukea
– Ray Traylor & The Steiner Brothers vs. Scott Norton, Buff Bagwell & Konnan
– Rick Martel vs. Brad Armstrong
– Chris Benoit & Steve McMichael vs. Scotty Riggs & Saturn
– Randy Savage vs. Lex Luger
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• The Undertaker On If He Ever Wanted To Quit WWE
The Undertaker was recently featured in Onnit (a Pro-Wrestling documentary series). This series features indy wrestlers Ricky Starks and Aaron Solow (who is engaged to WWE Star Bayley).
During this edition of Onnit, Solow talked about meeting The Undertaker and what he said to the Legend:
“So back in 2016, I was training at Onnit. The first time i saw Undertaker I didn’t even know he worked out at Onnit. I had an idea that he lived in town but I didn’t know he worked out there. So to walk in one day and see him, threw me for a loop. I didn’t expect that at all.
I went up to him and introduced myself to him, I said, ‘Hey man, I wanted to thank you for everything, you’re my favorite wrestler and created a lot of good memories for me for my childhood.’ They always say never meet your heroes type stuff but I don’t really believe in that, especially not after meeting Taker. He’s a laid back, and more relatable person that you can meet.”
During this interview, Undertaker talked about in-ring psychology, learning on the indy scene & more.
Below are the highlights:
On in-ring psychology:
“Sometimes you have to set the angle within the match, but you gotta give a reason for one guy to be loved and one guy to be hated.
At the end of the day, whatever you’re doing in the ring, you want it to look real, and genuine, and authentic. And I think that’s a huge problem, everybody acts the same way, everybody overplays to the audience, and it’s just like, ‘OK, what do you do next?’
Everybody’s calling, they want to backflip off this and into that. Once you do that a couple of times, it’s like, ‘OK, what do you got now?’ Well, now I gotta do two flips into that, then two and a half. When they get used to that, what do you do? Instead of learning the finer nuances of what we do, and that’s tell stories. Granted, physical, painful stories, but stories nonetheless.”
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On wrestlers learning a lot on the indy scene:
“You never know what’s going to happen. Like when we lost power in the middle of a PPV once, we lost our satellite. So sometimes you gotta bust a script, ad-lib and you know, figure out what the hell you’re going to do. That kind of stuff happens now, and something like that happens later on, it’s not going to rattle you, you’re like, ‘OK, this happened in Mexico years ago, I know what to do’.”
On if he ever wanted to quit WWE:
“You know, at the tail-end now, I really have to put everything into perspective, and what damage I’m doing at this point, to myself, and my life after wrestling. But when I was going full-time, no. Even when the business took a real nose-dive, you’re thinking, ‘OK, how are we gonna get out of this? What we gonna do? We can work harder.’
The one thing I was really good at, and in my mind anyway, if anybody else feels that way is another story, but in my mind, I felt like it was always where I belonged, and what I should be doing. Obviously there were times where money was… but instead of, ‘Man, I need to get me a job at the Jiffy Lube and figure out something else later on…’, It was, ‘What can we do to make this product where we want to see it?'”
On why being on the indy scene is important for Ricky & Aaron:
“This is just a rung in the ladder, man. You’re learning stuff that you don’t even know you’re learning now, and how you’ll draw from this later on.
Something will happen, something down the line, you’re about to go out for a Royal Rumble or something like that, and you’re going to draw on something that’s happened in these indies, and you’ve got it. It happens all the time. Everything is happening for a reason, it’s preparing you for bigger things.”
You can watch the entire thing below: