• OLD SCHOOL HISTORY (June 29, 1985) – NWA World Championship Wrestling
On this day in 1985, Jim Crockett Promotions aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘World Championship Wrestling’.
This episode was pre-taped from the WTBS Studios in Atlanta, Georgia and featured matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘NWA The Great American Bash 1985’ event.
The card of the show can be found here:
– Arn & Ole Andersons vs. Roy George & Alan Martin
– Ivan Koloff vs. Gerald Findley
– Buzz Sawyer vs. Jimmy Dill
– The Midnight Express vs. Dale Williams & Larry Clark
– Jimmy Valliant vs. Carl Styles
– Black Bart vs. The Italian Stallion
– Manny Fernandez vs. Kent Glover
– Sam Houston vs. Jason Walker
– Video footage of The American Starship vs. Mark Flemming
– Denny Brown vs. Paul Garner
– Dick Slater vs. Nick Busick
• WWE Hall Of Famer Reveals How Vince McMahon Pi$$ed Him Off To Give Him The Best Run Of His Career
During a recent appearance on The Stone Cold Podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Mark Henry talked about how Vince McMahon gave him the best run of his career after pi$$ing him off.
Below is what Henry said:
“Vince got me to portray how I really felt. I told him I didn’t want to do it because I didn’t want people to see me hate because I was basically being what people thought I was anyways. I walk down the street and woman change their purse to the other side and they move to the other side of the street. I’m a human being. I didn’t want to be a negative, I wanted to transcend the negative.
Vince played a practical joke on me to unlock the monster in me. I had a match against Sin Cara. The music plays but no Sin Cara. They play the music again, no Sin Cara. I ask the referee and he says he doesn’t know. Then they play someone else’s music. Then they play Rey Mysterio’s music. Then they play Vader’s music. Vader’s been retired from wrestling for like eight years. Now I’m getting angry because I’m realizing I’m being ribbed. I get the microphone and I start talking about how I hate everybody. Shoot.
‘You bring me out here and embarrass me in front of everybody’,” Henry remembers saying into the microphone. “It’s a dark match. You’re probably laughing back there, let’s see if you’re laughing when I get back there.’ I get to Guerrilla and it’s a ghost town. I run to Vince’s office and he’s gone. I called him and cussed his a$$ out….I said to my wife that I’m done.
Vince called me the next week, ‘Big Mark, you coming to work?’ And I said, ‘No, Vince you hurt my feelings. Nobody is allowed to hurt my feelings’. And Vince said, ‘That wasn’t my intention. I wasn’t trying to hurt your feelings. I was trying to get you mad. I was trying to kick you in the a$$.’ So, I flew to Baltimore for SmackDown and he said, ‘I want you to see something.’
Calls the guys in the truck and says, ‘Play that footage from last week’. And it was me. I don’t even recognize. That wasn’t me. That was a monster. I was stomping mad. Stomping my feet like a little kid. Never in my life have I done that. That was probably the most mad I’d ever been in my life. Vince said. ‘If you can be that guy, you can make a lot of money. Which means the business will be better and we all make a lot of money.
I said, ‘I can’t control that.’ And Vince said, ‘Yes, you can. I’ll help you control it’. And he did. Hall of Pain era. Best four years of my career and it put me in the Hall of Fame.”