• ON THIS DAY IN WCW HISTORY (June 10, 1999) – WCW Thunder
On this day in 1999, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WCW Thunder’.
This episode was pre-taped at the Oncenter War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York and featured matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WCW The Great American Bash 1999’ PPV.
The card of the show can be found here:
1. Konnan & Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Psychosis & Villano V
2. The Cat vs. Buff Bagwell
3. Randy Savage vs. Brian Adams
4. Rick Steiner vs. Fit Finlay
5. Perry Saturn vs. Kanyon
6. Chris Benoit & Perry Saturn vs. DDP & Kanyon
• Vince McMahon, Brock Lesnar & Goldberg Were Offended By Matt Riddle’s Comments
While speaking to The Hindustan Times, SmackDown wrestler Matt Riddle discussed his comments about Goldberg and wanting to retire Brock Lesnar. He said that he hurt Goldberg and Lesnar’s egos, which Vince McMahon may have also found disrespectful.
Below is what Riddle said:
“I don’t want to make anybody really mad or upset. But people take things extremely personal and get offended pretty easily, especially in pro-wrestling. You would think people would have thick skins but a lot of them don’t. You can rub them the wrong way very quickly. When it comes to people that matter, people that are important, people that sign my checks, I haven’t upset any of them. They all like me and that’s what matters to me.
There might be some other wrestlers, I won’t mention names, they might be jealous because I am the new toy coming in. But at the end of the day, it’s just egos and money. Some people might get upset as I called somebody out or got them upset but that’s my job.
My job is to make people care about what I am doing. And sometimes I am going to ruffle some feathers for real and I am gonna get people really mad for real. But I can tell you this, my employer does not mind. Some of the toys in the toy chest mind but that’s not my problem either.”
“If they have a problem they can say it to me, we can deal with it. And you know I fought in the UFC, I am a pretty bad person. If they want to step up to the plate then they are more than welcome to. I am also willing to have an intellectual conversation about it and we can talk about our differences.
I think they take my demeanor and my mindset or how I look at things as disrespect. I think even Vince might have taken it as me being disrespectful. When I talked to Goldberg, I told him I wasn’t being disrespectful, I was just telling the truth and me being honest.
Brock Lesnar misunderstood what I was saying. I said I want to retire you, It’s been my goal since I started wrestling. It is because in my head it was that I would become a legend in the process. It just happens that I am still going and the match might actually happen. That’s it, bro. And Brock took that a little sideways. There’s nothing personal, it’s just business. End of the day, somebody like Goldberg, I hurt his ego a little bit.
With Brock, like somebody wants to retire, it hurt his ego a little bit. I get it but I don’t get it because if somebody did that to me I would be flattered as someone’s talking about me. Somebody is basing their entire career on retiring me because I am that good.
But they don’t understand it that way, they don’t see it that way and they take it as disrespect. And that’s how they take it, it’s fine. All I can do is change their mind. I can do that with money or become more popular, so that’s what I will do.”
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