On the most recent edition of 83 Weeks with Eric Bischoff, Bischoff discussed WCW Halloween Havoc 1998, which featured Hulk Hogan battling The (Ultimate) Warrior in a rematch of their legendary WrestleMania 6 encounter.
About 27 minutes into the show, the subject of Warrior cutting a promo came up.
Conrad Thompson: “…Meltzer was pretty adamant that you guys behind the scenes, made a decision that Warrior in front of a live crowd with a live mic is a bad idea. So you started to lean more towards the, ‘hey, let’s pretape more of your interviews.’ Was that accurate?”
Eric Bischoff: “Yes. And it wasn’t a secret. It wasn’t like Dave stumbled across an internal company memo that was only supposed to be seen by a few people. It was no secret–it just wasn’t working.”
Earlier in the show, Bischoff admitted that they knew the Ultimate Warrior “experiment” was destined to fail.
“I mean for me it was really that first interview that he did… I knew in that moment that we were in trouble. I just didn’t know how deep of trouble we were in. Again, we had hoped–I had hoped that we were gonna be able to find a way to, pardon the pun, smoke and mirrors our way out of it. it became more obvious each and every attempt to try to recreate that magic that we were getting farther and farther away from it” is how Eric described their feeling after Warrior’s debut promo.
You can hear listen to the entire show (which is recommended) here:
WWE News: NXT Live Event Results From Venice, Florida (12/8/18)
Results from the other NXT Live Event last night in Florida!
Last night while a portion of the WWE NXT roster featuring the brand’s champions and top Superstars were in action for a Live Event in St. Paul, Minnesota (find the results here), another portion containing more of the newer talent and Performance Center recruits continued their own weekend tour.
Following Friday night’s action in Fort Pierce (check those results out here), things moved along to Venice with a lineup that featured War Raiders back in tag team action, Keith Lee partnering with The Street Profits to take on The Forgotten Sons, in addition to Nikki Cross versus Deonna Purrazzo and more. Below are the results:
- Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch defeated Mansoor Al-Shehail & Rick Boog
- Xia Li defeated Vanessa Borne
- Babatunde defeated Fabian Aichner
- Aliyah & Reina Gonzalez defeated Jessie Elaban & MJ Jenkins
- Shane Thorne defeated Riddick Moss
- War Raiders defeated Brennan Williams & Punishment Martinez
- Nikki Cross defeated Deonna Purrazzo
- Keith Lee & The Street Profits defeated The Forgotten Sons
Results c/o Fightful
— Naturally Phenomenal (@NaturallyP1) December 9, 2018
#NXTVenice it was an awesome match between @NikkiCrossWWE and @DeonnaPurrazzo with as beloved Nikki is, it was awesome seeing Deonna getting a fairshare of support from the crowd as well, she is awesome pic.twitter.com/lpHPVxKOEO
— Kyle Feeley (@ScorpioKyle) December 9, 2018
Thank you #NXTVenice
Lee Profits. pic.twitter.com/uIQqH2PaqI
— King Tez (@MontezFordWWE) December 9, 2018
WWE News: NXT Live Event Results From St. Paul, Minnesota (12/8/18)
Results from NXT’s Live Event in St. Paul, Minnesota!
As we’ve noted, the WWE NXT roster has been divided up this weekend with some of the fresher faces staying home in Florida while the majority of the top Superstars have been north in Wisonsin and Minnesota.
After Friday night’s show in Green Bay (check out the results here), last night’s card a TakeOver: War Games II rematch as The Velveteen Dream challenged Tommaso Ciampa for the NXT Championship. Plus, Kairi Sane looked to recapture the NXT Women’s Title from Shayna Baszler, The Undisputed Era in a 6-Man Tag and much more. Below are the results:
- Matt Riddle defeated Kassius Ohno
- Jessamyn Duke defeated Candice LeRae
- Bobby Fish defeated Humberto Carrillo
- Dominik Dijakovic defeated Kona Reeves
- Aleister Black defeated Johnny Gargano
- Ricochet & Heavy Machinery defeated The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly & Roderick Strong)
- NXT Women’s Title: Kairi Sane defeated Shayna Baszler by DQ
- NXT Title: Tommaso Ciampa retained over The Velveteen Dream
Results c/o WrestleZone