Whats going on wrestling fans, my name is Steve Hall and today as I do every Monday morning. I will answer your questions relating to the world of professional wrestling. This week I will bounce off of a couple questions that Eric from In my Damn Opinion asked a few shows ago about Ahmed Johnson. Was he bound to be champion? Plus what was the story behind Vader and Shawn Michaels at Summerslam? This and much much more.
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Did you know?
Did you know that the Rock was the first third generation superstar to win the World Heavyweight Championship?
Trevor weighs in on the NBA Finals, and gives his thoughts of the greatest tag team to split.
Here are the questions this week
As promised in the opening we will start with Eric’s questions
Was Ahmed Johnson ever discussed on winning the World Heavyweight Championship during his run in the mid 90’s?
Ahmed Johnson could have been a huge star in the industry, as Eric stated in his column a few weeks ago. His mic skills were off the charts. So Eric, I did my research, and found this out, this may surprise you a bit. So remember when the Rock had his start in 1996? That was supposed to be Ahmed Johnson’s run, and he was set for a very lengthy Intercontinental championship run, that would have culminated into a run with the WWF Championship. So yes, Ahmed was tentatively slated to have a run with the championship at least for a brief time period and see what he could have done. Who knows, he could have been the Rock. Without his injury, the Rock may have never happened in the WWF!
Was Vader ever supposed to defeat Shawn Michaels to become the World Champion at Summerslam 96?
Vader was originally supposed to walk out of Summerslam as the WWF Champion. The plan was to have Vader go over Shawn, then he would drop the championship back to Bret Hart at Survivor Series, Vader would win the championship back from Hart, then Shawn would defeat Vader at the Royal Rumble. Bret Hart was slated to win the Royal Rumble that year and that would have set up the epic rematch at Wrestlemania 13 between Shawn Michaels as the WWF Champion vs Bret Hart. Bret would likely have gone over during this match, and then they probably would have had a third match somewhere down the line. As luck would have it, Shawn literally refused to job to Vader to drop the championship to him, stating that he was not the guy to carry this company even thought it would have only been as a transitional champion at best. Take a look at what happened with Sid and Shawn that year, that was exactly what was going to happen with Vader and Bret, until Shawn won the championship at Rumble, which he did, but defeated Sid at the Royal Rumble, not Vader. They scrapped the idea for Bret vs Shawn II, even though they still had the opportunity to do that. Instead, they had Austin screw over Bret in the Rumble, winning the Rumble, and setting up an epic matchup at Wrestlemania where we saw the double turn. I guess in hind site, it was a horrible move, but at the same time turned out to be incredible
Shawn gets cool, cocky, and bad
I was reading your post when you sang the Honky Tonk Man lyrics, hilarious. Anyway that leads me to ask this: The lyric goes “I pic a mean guitar, and wear blue suede shoes, gonna hear me sing in snake skin boots” Why did he change it during his live performance at the Slammy Awards to “Macho Man boots”
So for the most part this was during the time when the Honky Tonk Man was in a massive feud with Randy Savage and Elizabeth. They were competing each other for the Intercontinental Championship on numerous occasions. So while the real lyrics are “Snake Skin Boots” the Honky Tonk Man basically did a slap in the face to the Macho Man during the LIVE rendition of “Honky Tonk Man” at the Slammy Awards, and as Savage was in the crowd, he changed the lyrics to “Macho Man boot.” If you watch it, he kinda stutters a bit when he does it, making it seem like it was an spur of the moment thing.
Brian from Champaign IL wants to know about a pretty damn good tag team
How many times did Chris Benoit and Kurt Angle teamed together? Were they ever the tag team champions?
So first of all, Brian. You actually got me because I forgot that these two did in fact team together. And yes they were the tag team champions at one time when they defeated Edge and Rey Mysterio. So to make things interesting for you, and the fact that you proved me wrong, I am going to give you every match that they were in as a team.
August 8, 2002 – Smackdown!: Edge, John Cena and Rey Mysterio defeated Chris Benoit, Kurt Angle and Eddie Guerrero.
September 5, 2002 – Smackdown!: Edge, Rikishi and The Undertaker defeated Chris Benoit, Kurt Angle and Eddie Guerrero.
September 19, 2002 – Smackdown!: Billy and Chuck defeated Chris Benoit and Kurt Angle.
September 22, 2002- Unforgiven: Chris Benoit defeated Kurt Angle in a “match of the year” contender..
September 26, 2002- Smackdown: Rey Mysterio defeated Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit in a triple threat!
October 10, 2002- Smackdown: Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit defeated Billy Kidman and John Cena in a Tag Title tournament..
October 17, 2002- Smackdown: Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit defeated Los Guerreros in the 2nd round of the Tag Title tournament..
October 20, 2002- No Mercy: Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit defeated Edge and Rey to win the Smackdown! Tag Team titles..
October 24, 2002- Smackdown: Chris Benoit defeated Kurt Angle to win Steph’s “broken” Smackdown Tag Team trophy..
October 26, 2002 – Rebellion: WWE tag team champions Chris Benoit and Kurt Angle defeated Los Guerreros to retain the titles.
October 31, 2002- Smackdown: Edge beat Chris Benoit (Angle interfered) | Eddie Guerrero beat Kurt Angle (Benoit interfered)..Later in the night, Angle & Benoit get into a brawl at the Smackdown! halloween party and knock eachother out!
November 7, 2002- Smackdown: Rey Mysterio and Edge defeated Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit to win the Smackdown! Tag Team titles!
November 16, 2012 – Live Event: Tag team champions Edge and Rey Mysterio defeated Chris Benoit and Kurt Angle to retain the title.
November 17, 2002- Survivor Series: Los Guerreros defeated Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit & Edge and Rey Mysterio Jr. in a triple threat match to win the Tag titles!
November 22, 2002- Smackdown: Los Guerreros defeated Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit to retain the tag titles..
December 5, 2012 – Smackdown!: Kurt Angle defeated Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero and Edge in a 4-way elimination match to become #1 contender for the world heavyweight title.June 21-23, 2003 – Live Event:
Chris Benoit and Kurt Angle defeated The Big Show, Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin in a handicap match.
And there you go Brian, I did all the research for you to find every tag team match they were in.
Eric and his damn opinion wants me to do some more research
Was Rick Rude the first person to pin the Ultimate Warrior in the WWE?
I did my research on this, and I must say that it really did take me a while to go through EVERY SINGLE FUCKING MATCH that the Warrior was in up until his defeat by Ravishing Rick Rude for the Intercontinental Championship at Wrestlemania V. I did find out that the Warrior competed in two battle royals in which he lost, he did not win the Royal Rumble in 1988 which he was in. However, while subbing for Brutus Beefcake, he did lose two matches to the Honky Tonk Man prior to the Ultimate Warrior winning the Intercontinental Championship in record setting time from the Honky Tonk Man. It did not say whether it was a pinfall or not, only that he won the match. Since I cannot validate that on whether he was pinned, and it was considered to be a “dark” match so it technically did not count anyway. The first man to pin the shoulders of the Warrior to the mat was indeed Ravishing Rick Rude at Mania V.
Now this is interesting, and I thought that you may get a kick out of this. The Ultimate Warrior actually during his first run in the WWE from 1987 to 1992, was never pinned cleanly in the middle of the ring. His loss to Rude was due to outside interference and Bobby Heenan held his feet while the ref counted to three. Sgt Slaughter, who beat the Warrior for the WWF Championship, had outside interference by the Macho King Randy Savage to help him win the championship. Savage would go on to defeat the Warrior a couple of times inside a steel cage, but he was never pinned. Fact: The Ultimate Warrior was only pinned three times in his entire career. Rude, Slaughter, and Hogan if you really want to count that god awful match as an actual loss. So I would say that is a pretty damn good career.
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