• Why Did The Rock Want To Quit The WWF Before Becoming A Star?
During a recent appearance on JBL & Gerald Brisco’s podcast series ‘Stories with Brisco and Bradshaw’, WWE Hall of Famer J.J. Dillon talked about The Rock wanting to quit the WWF before he became a star.
Here’s what he said:
“Rock, he was going to get the push of his life, but he couldn’t see at that point how really big that opportunity was going to be for him,” said Dillion. “He had everything. He was multiracial. He had the size, he had athletic ability. He had everything. And I came up there and he said, ‘Can I talk to you privately?’ I said, ‘Yeah.’
He said, ‘You have connections everywhere. I’m asking you to help me get out of here and find a place for me to go.’ So I listened to him and I said, ‘There’s more to this story than what you’re telling me. You need to kind of trust me and open up to me and tell me what’s going on in your head, what’s really, really troubling you?’
After talking about it a little bit, he reached into his pocket and he had a $10 bill and a couple of singles. And he said, ‘This is all the money I have to my name. I’ve never been in a situation where everybody talks about this great potential that I have. But for me, I have 12 bucks in my pocket and that’s eating away at me.’ I said, ‘Well, I’m glad that you opened up to me and told me because that’s something that can be an easy fix.
So, I don’t know where we were, I said go up to the box office and pull $200 and I’ll sign for it and I’ll work it out. They came to me and gave me $200 in cash. I called The Rock over and I shook his hand and palmed him $200 in cash. I said, ‘Now you’ve got money in your pocket. You can eat, you’re okay. This is just a little speed bump in the road.
I couldn’t do justice to the business by allowing you to just not take full advantage of this opportunity because you are just caught in a position where you don’t have any cash in your pocket and we’ve all been there. He gave me a big hug and that was the turning point for him. Just having that money in his pocket so that he could eat and do what he wanted. I just was in the right place at the right time and knew the right thing to do.”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (July 12, 1986) – WWF Superstars of Wrestling
On this day in 1986, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Superstars of Wrestling’.
This was the original third nationally syndicated show that later became known as “WWF Wrestling Spotlight” after the August 30, 1986 episode.
NOT to be confused with the famous “WWF Superstars of Wrestling” TV show, that eventually took over WWF Championship Wrestling in September 1986 and ran until 1997, before becoming a recap/highlights show that ran till 2001.
Here’s the match-card:
Tito Santana & Pedro Morales vs. Scrubs
The Flower Shop feat. Paul Orndorff
The Macho Man on TNT
Harley Race vs. Lanny Poffo