• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (June 9, 1996) – WWF Action Zone
On this day in 1996, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Action Zone’.
This episode featured matches, promos, highlights & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF King of the Ring 1996’ PPV.
Here’s the card:
Jerry Lawler vs. Marty Garner (From Superstars)
The Godwinns vs. The Ring Lords (From Superstars)
Highlight Video Of What Has Happened To Shawn Michaels In 1996
Interview w/ Gorilla Monsoon
Savio Vega vs. Marty Jannetty (King Of The Ring Match From Superstars)
The Ross Report: Interview w/ Jake Roberts
Can We Talk With The Following Question: Who’s Going To Win The NBA Finals?
• Triple H Reveals His Worst Moment Ever In WWE
2 Time WWE Hall Of Famer Ric Flair was inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame for the first time in 2008, by one of his best friends, Triple H.
In a bonus clip from Ric Flair’s WWE 24 documentary, released by WWE on their YouTube channel, Triple H revealed that Vince McMahon kept telling him to end Flair’s speech because it was too long.
Below is what he said:
“People will say, ‘well, if you get the opportunity in life to meet your hero, don’t meet him.’ I met mine, became best friends with him, travelled up and down the road [and] got to induct him into the Hall of Fame. I was way more nervous about inducting Ric than I probably was about anything else that entire weekend.
Now, Ric’s doing his speech, and at some point, I see somebody wave from the curtain, like wave me over. I stick my head into the gorilla position. Vince is like, ‘how much longer has he got? He’s talking about the 70s, he’s not even in the 80s yet.’ Vince is like, ‘Well, we’re going to get dropped dead off TV, you’ve got to go out there and cut him off’. ‘You mean you want me to go on stage and tell Ric Flair to wrap up his induction speech?’
He’s like, ‘Yes, go right now, and I’m like, for the love of God, right?’. So I have to walk out there to the crowd’s booing, and I’m like, ‘You’ve got to wrap it up.’ He’s like OK, he just keeps going.
Now, there is panic at Gorilla, like people calling me over. ‘Why didn’t you tell him, well, I did tell him.’ Why isn’t he wrapping it up,’ I said ‘it’s his Hall of Fame speech, and they were like go tell him again.’
I’m like ugh. The worst possible feeling I could have is having to tell Ric, ‘you’re a legend. You had a great career. You gotta get off the stage please.’ I don’t know if that was a big deal to him or if it was like this whirlwind to him, but oh my God, for me, it was the worst moment ever. That was a crazy weekend, but then, you can’t write a better fairy-tale ending.”
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