• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (February 17, 2007) – Old School Veteran Passed Away
On this day in 2007, we lost Old School ECW/WCW/WWF Veteran “The Gladiator” Mike Awesome (Real name: Michael Alfonso) at the age of 42.
After spending most of his Professional Wrestling career in Japan, Mike Awesome ended up wrestling for Paul Heyman’s Extreme Championship Wrestling (1998, 1999-2000), Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling (2000-2001) and the World Wrestling Federation (2001-2002, 2005) before he retired in 2006.
During his WCW days, Awesome also had quite a few other gimmick names, such as “The Career Killer”, “That ’70s Guy” or “The Fat Chick Thriller”.
He was the cousin of Hulk Hogan’s nephew, Horace Hogan (Michael Bollea).
REST IN PEACE MIKE AWESOME
January 24, 1965 – February 17, 2007
• Triple H Explains Why Vince McMahon Booked Rhea Ripley vs. Charlotte Flair At WrestleMania 36
As seen at last night’s NXT TakeOver: Portland event, Women’s Royal Rumble 2020 winner Charlotte Flair accepted Rhea Ripley’s WrestleMania 36 challenge and they will now face at the Grandest Stage of Them All with the NXT Women’s Championship on the line.
During the post-TakeOver interview with Cathy Kelley, WWE Hall of Famer Triple H explained why Vince McMahon decided to book Ripley vs. Flair at WrestleMania 36.
Below is what The Game said:
“To be honest, it was shocking to me when it was first mentioned to me. I believe that this was just a decision from Vince’s part on understanding the other stories for the women.
To me, you have opportunities where you look in a moment in time and ask is Charlotte going after Bayley and Sasha Banks, does she come after Becky Lynch.
You’ve seen that before and we’re looking into something fresh and you see that with Shayna Baszler going after Becky Lynch and you see that in different ways on SmackDown with where they’re going.
So this was a way for Charlotte Flair needing to be in that big, epic role. I think it really had nothing more to do with that. It’s good storytelling and that’s what the goal is here, good storytelling across the board.”
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