• Zack Ryder Was Scheduled To Become The Leader Of Nexus
During a recent episode of his popular ‘True Long Island Story’ podcast, former WWE Superstar Zack Ryder, who now wrestles for IMPACT Wrestling (fka TNA) under his real name Matt Cardona, revealed that there were plans for him to become the leader of the popular 2010-2011 faction ‘Nexus’.
Here’s what the former Intercontinental Champion had to say:
“Something happens with, you know, I don’t know if they’re the Nexus, or the New Nexus or whatever Nexus they were, it was Otunga, Michael McGillicutty/Curtis Axel. Well, I come out after they wrestle and my music plays. I just say ‘Woo, woo, woo. You know it.’ And that’s it, nothing happens the next week. They don’t tell me, I’m not asking questions. To me, it’s like, ‘Alright, I get to come out on stage. I get to be on RAW’.
I later find out, like years later. I found like the script, essentially, like the first draft, I don’t know if it’s supposed to be this RAW or the next RAW, but where like I become the new leader of the Nexus. But no one ever said that to me before, like while that was all going down. Like no one said, ‘Okay, and then next week you’re gonna form the new (Nexus)’.
I think it was gonna be the ‘Woo, Woo, Woo Nexus’ or something like that, but no one ever told me like this was a plan until years later. I found out because someone, an ex-WWE writer like held onto the script. So if anyone’s listening to this and has that script, now that I think about it, I don’t know if I was ever given the script, maybe just told about it. So I would love to read the script and literally read it out loud on the show. So if anybody has that, I would love to figure out what the deal [was], because nobody at the time explained it to me.”
As we reported, Ryder has a death match coming up for an independent wrestling promotion, that will see him face Nick Gage, whom many fans out there will remember as recently featured in an episode of the 3rd Dark Side of the Ring season.
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• On This Day In WWE History (July 15, 2002) – WWE Monday Night RAW
On this day in 2002, World Wrestling Entertainment aired another LIVE episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWE Monday Night RAW’.
It was broadcasted from the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey and featured matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWE Vengeance 2002’ PPV.
Here’s the match-card:
1. Elimination Match: Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero & William Regal vs. Bubba Ray Dudley, Jeff Hardy & Spike Dudley
2. Singapore Cane Match: Tommy Dreamer vs. Steven Richards
3. WWE Women’s Title: Molly Holly vs. Trish Stratus
4. Booker T vs. Big Show
5. WWE Hardcore Title: Bradshaw vs. Christopher Nowinski
6. Brock Lesnar & The Undertaker vs. Ric Flair & Rob Van Dam