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WWF Veteran Reveals Why Randy Savage Didn’t Return To WWF In 1996

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• OLD SCHOOL HISTORY (June 19, 1994) – WWF Wrestling Challenge

On this day in 1994, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Wrestling Challenge’.

It was pre-taped in Canton, Ohio and featured matches, promo videos, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF King of the Ring 1994’ PPV, that took place later on the same day.

The card can be found right here:

– Double J vs. Scrub

– Yokozuna & Crush vs. Scrubs

– Duke The Dumpster Droese vs. Joey Maggs

– Heartbreak Hotel with Ted Dibiase/Fake Undertaker (From Superstars)

– 1-2-3 Kid vs. Austin Steele

– King of the Ring Report

– IRS vs. Chris Duffy

• WWF Veteran Reveals Why Randy Savage Didn’t Return To WWF In 1996

During an episode of Something To Wrestle With, Old School WWF Veteran Bruce Prichard talked about being in talks with Randy Savage for a return to the WWF in 1996.

Below is what Prichard said:

“It is true. Randy and I talked and we had gone back and forth on a contract and then it fell apart. I think we were far apart on money and dates. At that time Vince wasn’t big on limited number of dates for talent; you are either under contract or you are not and Randy wanted so many dates so it just got crossways at some point and I am the one who had to deliver the message.”

Bruce also talked about WWF repacking Tito Santana (as El Matador) and Tony Atlas (as Saba Simba) and the new gimmicks not working out well:

“Tito went to matador training in Mexico and learned how to be a matador and the whole nine yards. Did the training, lived down there for a little while and was all about it and ready to do it. It was a change; it freshened up his gimmick a little bit but after a while there was only so much you can do with El Matador.

Saba Simba, Tony Atlas, same thing. I think that Tony was looking to revive his career but Tony Atlas as Tony Atlas was so recognizable. Tito Santana was El Matador, it wasn’t like we were trying to hide Tito Santana and Tony Atlas as Saba Simba, it just didn’t fit. He was Mr. USA who was from Roanoke, Virginia and that one was just a harder sell and flew in the face of everything and wasn’t good. It didn’t last long thank God.”

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