– WCW Veteran Talks About Ultimate Warrior’s Run-In During Hollywood Hogan vs. Bret Hart Match Being Botched Due To Lack Of Communication In WCW
During a recent edition of “Neal Pruitt’s Secrets of WCW Nitro” podcast, WCW Veteran Tony Schiavone talked about lack of communication in WCW, David Arquette winning the World Title, Hogan vs. Bret & more. Below are the highlights:
On the lack of communication in WCW:
“I thought that the booking committee should have had more communication with production. I always thought here was a lot of miscommunication there. Conrad Thompson and I just watched an event – a Nitro from 1998 – where apparently the Ultimate Warrior was supposed to do a run-in for a Hogan match against Bret Hart.
He never did the run-in, and the reports were that ‘well, it was a miscommunication in the backstage area’. I remember thinking ‘boy is that the tip of the iceberg!’.
“I just don’t think that we had the communication skills that we needed to have. Then again…once people were put in place to communicate, they kept things from us, like we were in a missile silo and we couldn’t get the codes!”
On David Arquette winning the World Title:
“David Arquette was originally not gonna win the championship. The [booking] meeting adjourned, and I was sitting to the right of Vince Russo. Vince looked at me and said, ‘what are you thinking?’
I said, ‘nothing…what are you thinking?’ I remember him turning to me and he said, ‘so you want David Arquette to win the world title’? I said, ‘well that’s a thought! Did anybody think of that?’ He said, ‘well let me give that a thought’.”
On which match he wanted to see:
“I really would have wanted to see a real match between Hogan and Bret Hart. I say that now because the Hogan-Bret Hart match that we promised to them…we never did deliver because they did an angle out of it with Sting. I certainly would have loved to have seen that.
They wrestled for like 3 minutes, and then Hogan dropped him on his knee, Hart pretended his knee got hurt, Sting came in and took over the match…and then Bret and Hulk Hogan attacked Sting.”
– Old School WWF Announcer Celebrates Birthday
Legendary World Wrestling Federation & World Championship Wrestling Announcer & Interviewer “Mean” Gene Okerlund turns 75 today.
Gene worked for the WWF from early 1984 until he left for WCW in the fall of 1993.
In 2006 he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by his close personal friend Hulk Hogan.
Okerlund still works for the WWE nowadays as the host of their weekly show called Vintage Collection, as well as doing occasional appearances on the WWE Network.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY “MEAN” GENE!
– Women’s Elimination Chamber Match To Take Place In 2018?
Pro Wrestling Sheet is reporting that there have been talks of doing the first ever Women’s Elimination Chamber match next year. It should be noted that Elimination Chamber 2018 will be a Raw exclusive PPV, so the Raw Women’s Championship (currently held by Alexa Bliss) will most probably be on the line in this match.
Raw General Manager Kurt Angle also teased a Women’s Elimination Chamber match a while back when a fan asked him about it during a Q&A on Facebook. Below is what Angle said:
“Patience. You Will.”