• “You’re a failure” – Former WWE Wrestler To Vince McMahon Before His Release
Former TNA World Heavyweight Champion Eric Young signed with WWE in 2016 and got released in 2020.
He had a good run on NXT, where he was the leader of SAnitY and held the NXT Tag Team Championship.
However, he was mainly used as an enhancement talent on the WWE main roster.
During an interview with Reel Talker, Young revealed what he said to Vince McMahon before he got released from the company:
“I went to a meeting with Vince to pitch him some ideas and I told him to his face, if you have a 3-hour wrestling show and you can’t find 5 minutes for me to do anything, you’ve failed. You’re a failure. I’d say that again to his face, because that’s what it is.”
After his WWE release, Young returned to IMPACT Wrestling (fka TNA) and won the IMPACT World Championship for the second time in his career.
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• ON THIS DAY IN NWA HISTORY (August 14, 1983) – HULK HOGAN ON NWA TV
What? Hulk Hogan wrestling for an NWA Territory?
Well, not too many people know about his brief stint on ‘NWA Wrestling at the Chase’, a weekly TV Show by the NWA Territory ‘St. Louis Wrestling Club’.
Between 1945 and 1982, the legendary Sam Muchnick used to be the promoter, but at this point in time Bob Geigel, Pat O’Connor & Harley Race had taken over as co-promoters.
Hogan himself was still wrestling for Verne Gagne’s AWA on a regular basis at that time, besides doing tours to Japan (NJPW) every year as well.
On August 14, 1983, NWA Wrestling at the Chase aired a pre-taped match that featured Hulk Hogan wrestling John King.
With Verne now allowing Hogan to appear on NWA TV, the National Wrestling Alliance also booked him for their inaugural Starrcade event, that would happen a few months later on November 24, 1983.
The Hulkster was supposed to team with “Chief” Wahoo McDaniel against Dick Slater & “Cowboy” Bob Orton at the first ever Starrcade, but ended up canceling the booking as it conflicted with a tour to Japan.
When he returned from NJPW, instead of going back to the AWA as expected by Verne Gagne, Hogan secretly met with Vince, signed with the World Wrestling Federation and the rest is history.