• Victoria On When The Undertaker’s Gimmick “Crumbled” For Her
Former WWE Women’s Champion Victoria (Lisa Marie Varon) was a guest on this week’s episode of the WrestlingInc. Daily podcast.
She recalled being at her ex-husband’s restaurant to watch wrestling, where a lot of fans interacted with her.
“It was exciting, and people, I think, tripped out most to how much I mark out when I was watching wrestling on TV. I didn’t know Undertaker was going to lose. They all looked at me like, ‘Was that supposed to happen?’ I go, ‘I don’t know. I don’t like it. Oh my God. What the hell.’ Everybody in the restaurant was like looking at me.
They think that we know the behind the scenes. We don’t really know what’s going on. Once you’re out, you’re out. You don’t know what’s going on. But I do miss it too. I do. I really do. We have awesome food and freaking amazing people there.”
She also recalled meeting The Undertaker for the first time.
“Of course, when you’re new, you’re always on tiptoes, and you’re like, ‘Can I joke around with this legend?’ You’re working with all these legends, and I was there long enough where I can make jokes and stuff like that. I went to their wedding, him to Michelle’s [McCool] wedding. It was very small, maybe 30-40 people, and he got emotional.
And I was like, ‘Your whole gimmick now, with The Undertaker, has crumbled in front of my eyes,’ but I used to say, I think people were shocked backstage because we would watch by Gorilla, not live, but there’s a screen, the monitor, we can watch the show.
And so back in our day, we’re not allowed to leave the building. You watch every match. Even if you already wrestled, you don’t leave. It’s disrespectful to them, people that are working hard for the main event. So you should be supporting your co-workers.
Right before a match, I go, ‘Hey Taker, you’re not doing the Old School spot are you, or should I take it out of my match?’ And he would go, ‘You’d probably get a bigger pop.’ We got to know each other very well. He’s actually a funny guy. It’s just you’re intimidated because of this whole character, and he’s a big man. He’s a great guy. Perfect for Michelle. They make a great couple. So happy for her.”
She talked about The Deadman’s Final Farewell at Survivor Series this Sunday, and said she doesn’t want to see him retire.
“Of course, I don’t want to see him retire, and wrestlers should not say retire because you never know when you’re gonna see our ugly faces back. But his body, you got to take care of your body, and your family and start thinking, ‘I got to be able to walk and take care of myself.’ He’s been doing it forever. My personal opinion – I know nothing. I’m so out of the loop. I really don’t know anything.
I had to find out about Thea [Trinidad / Zelina Vega] from Melina… I just want him to do what [makes him] happy. Of course, I want to see him still wrestle because no one is Undertaker. There’s no one that could compare and draw that much of a crowd and still get the biggest pop of the night, and he’s old school. It’s people’s childhood watching him do this for so long, but you got to think about ‘how long can I do this for? I got to really listen to my body,’ and a lot of us don’t listen to our body.
We still work through injuries and not be able to turn your neck and stuff like that. And it’s sad when you see some of the legends like backstage, and they’re walking like this. You’re like, ‘Oh, how do they turn it on so quick when they go out there?’ I did not know they’re so beat up.”
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• Old School ECW Legend Celebrates His Birthday
Old School ECW Legend “The Franchise” Shane Douglas (Real name: Troy Martin) celebrates his 56th birthday today.
Shane’s biggest moment came in 1994 when he turned down the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, that he had just won in a tournament final. That was the night NWA Eastern Championship Wrestling turned into Extreme Championship Wrestling.
He wrestled for them from 1993 until 1995 and from 1996 till 1999, but also worked for the World Wrestling Federation (1986, 1990-1991 & 1995), World Championship Wrestling (89-90, 92-93 & 99-01) and Total Nonstop Action (2003-2007).
During his 1995 WWF stint, he received a teacher gimmick and was called ‘Dean Douglas’.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHANE DOUGLAS!