• “What the f**k is wrong with you? Are you stupid?” – Vince McMahon To Former Intercontinental Champion
Speaking on the Ryback Show, former WWE Intercontinental Champion Ryback recalled getting heat for his “Pre-Show Stopper” gimmick during his last couple of months in WWE.
Below is what he said:
“They were not happy when I wore the [Pre-Show Stopper] weight belt out there. John Cone, and I love John Cone and he is a great guy. He was the referee for the match and repeatedly kept telling me that Kevin Dunn or Vince in the truck were adamant about me taking the belt off during the match.
I was already on my way out. I was so focused to put Kalisto over and make that match as good as possible. The crowd was on fire for that. Great heat for that match. I was very proud of that match. We didn’t have a lot of TV time because my contract stuff was not going well so they were not putting me on TV to build the program.
We had very little steam going into that so that was my way of getting heat in Chicago and I was not going to have them take that away from me. I knew I was leaving. I remember, I told Cone multiple times that you can tell them to go f**k themselves. No one said a word. No one is going to.
I already had a situation with Vince where Vince, me and Kalisto, actually the buildup was on TV a few weeks before that. I was being lied to again. I was a tweener and beating the sh*t out of people.
I was out there for the second time. They had me and Kalisto do a face-off and the crowd didn’t know who the babyface was. It wasn’t generating a reaction. I didn’t like it so I did the ‘Feed me more’ and the crowd wanted more of it. I’ll never forget that when I got to the back, Vince was furious because he didn’t want me to do the Feed Me More thing. They took that away from me before.
The crowd was dead and as a performer, you do what you do to get people interested in your program. Vince was irate and he got up at of gorilla when I got to the back and he said, “What the f**k is wrong with you? Are you stupid?” I said, ‘No, are you stupid?’ I stared right at him until he sat back down and put on his headset. He didn’t say anything.
I was like, ‘Don’t f***ing try to insult me old man. I’ll beat your a$$.’ I was dead serious. As a man, don’t talk to me like that. You can’t. I don’t care who you are. You don’t talk to me that way. Vince is used to doing that to people and people bending over for him. That isn’t going to happen with The Big Guy, motherf**ker.”
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• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (December 13, 2018) – Old School WrestleMania Celebrity Passed Away
On this day in 2018, we lost Old School WrestleMania Celebrity Bill Fralic at the age of 56 due to cancer.
Bill Fralic competed in the 20-man WWF/NFL Battle Royal at WWF WrestleMania 2 (1986), but returned years later in 1993 as a participant in the ‘Stars and Stripes Challenge’ aboard the USS-Intrepid, trying to bodyslam then 550 lbs WWF World Heavyweight Champion Yokozuna, but was unsuccessful in doing so.
It’s possible that one day Fralic might be inducted into the Celebrity Wing of the WWE Hall of Fame, considering that some celebrities were inducted for doing a lot less in Professional Wrestling.
† REST IN PEACE
October 31, 1962 – December 13, 2018