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Vince McMahon Reveals Story Behind Hogan vs Andre The Giant At WrestleMania 3, Did Andre Resent Vince?

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Vince McMahon was interviewed during the fantastic HBO Andre The Giant documentary where he openly talked about bringing Andre back for WrestleMania, as well as how their relationship was after wrestling. Below are some highlights from Vince’s segments on the documentary with a h/t to Rajah.com for the transcripts.

Vince on convincing Andre to return for WrestleMania 3:


“André knew that he wasn’t long for the world and he was hurting. He was really, really hurting and I went over to visit with him. And André told me, ‘I’m done, boss.’ When he said ‘done’, he meant, ‘not just wrestling – after this I’m done.’ Basically, ‘I’m going to go die.’ He told me about his neck and his back and things of that nature and what it would take to have it fixed, but he was not interested at all. And when I spoke to him about, ‘well, here’s why I came over, because there’s a building in Pontiac, Michigan that holds 93,000 people and I think we could set up the promotion correctly and I think it would sell it out.'” McMahon continued, “André wanted to have a reason to live, not a reason to die. And he knew, ‘wow, I could have a new lease on life if I could get through this operation. The allure of Hogan pulled André through.”

On Hogan being worried about the match:

“Hogan was really concerned that André wasn’t going to ‘put him over’ and André did not want Hogan to know. Terry had so much respect for André that he wouldn’t just come up to André and go, ‘are you going to put me over?’ He wouldn’t do that because that would be disrespectful, so there was always this bit of doubt. He kept coming to me, ‘are you sure the boss is going to put me over?’ ‘No problem.’ ‘Are you sure?’ ‘He’s going to do it, Terry.'” McMahon added, “André loved to bust balls and he was busting Hogan’s. And out of respect to André, I’m going to go right along with it, so Hogan was concerned all the way up to the day of the show.”

If Andre resented him:

“When his career was over, he had no value to himself,” McMahon stated. “‘No longer am I going to be around the boys, and socializing, and things of that nature. I’m stuck here in North Carolina.’ And I was responsible for the fact that business was good and everybody was going on without him. André, more or less, wanted to blame me and resented me a bit because he knew the [sports entertainment] business was going on without him. André resented that a bit too, that his time was up, damn it, and yet I was going to continue on. And, sometimes, it can even be a situation whereby, ‘what? You used me.’ No longer when I was in André’s presence was it a warm admiration that we had for each other. It wasn’t there.”

 

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The Undertaker Discusses CM Punk’s Switch To MMA & Praises Brock Lesnar

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The Undertaker was the most recent guest on The Joe Rogan Experience, and he spoke about CM Punk’s decision to switch to MMA.

The Undertaker admitted he didn’t understand CM Punk switching, as he was a top guy for the company when he decided to leave, and he felt it was a little late in the game to be making the move to UFC.


“I didn’t understand it. He had an issue with the company. Sometimes people just wanna… they need a new challenge. But he was the top dude, he was a top guy for the company. Sometimes, like I said, I don’t know enough because I wasn’t around enough at that time, but I don’t know that he had enough background [to fight in UFC]. It was kind of late in the game, I think, for him to make that transition.” (h/t to SportsKeeda for the transcription)

Elsewhere in the interview, The Undertaker spoke about Brock Lesnar and The Deadman took the time to put over the man who ended his WrestleMania streak.

“He’s a freak athlete. Oh my goodness [Brock Lesnar’s combine numbers], it’s ridiculous. He’s one of those guys that defy, you know, he was 260 pounds but his shot was like a 160. You can’t believe somebody his size can move the way he can move. He’s a freak athlete.”  (H/T to SportsKeeda.com for the transcription)

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Jon Moxley Discusses If He Would Be Open To Working With WWE Again

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Jon Moxley might be currently signed with AEW, but he was recently asked about whether he’d be open to a WWE return down the line.

Moxley had an incredible career with WWE, starting out as a member of The Shield as he went on to have great singles success as well, working as Dean Ambrose. He would win multiple titles from the WWE Intercontinental Championship to the WWE Championship.


When speaking via B/R AMA, Jon Moxley stated that he would never say never and that he did have a beneficial relationship with WWE.

“You gotta say never say never, because you don’t want to run back what you said years later because you don’t know what’ll happen. Just the creation of AEW was so vital to the wrestling industry, and that’s part of the reason why I’m so proud to be a part of it. I wouldn’t rule out ever doing business with them again, we had a mutually beneficial relationship for a long time.”

However, despite the fact that he wouldn’t rule out working with WWE again, he did state that it’s unlikely they’d ever be on the same page.

“If they called I would listen, but I highly doubt we would ever be on the same page. I’d be open to an idea. I don’t not like money. I got a kid on the way and gotta put it through college so ya know. I would take a phone call, but I highly doubt anything would materialize.”

While Moxley isn’t sure about working with WWE again, his wife, Renee Paquette will be working with the company again later this month in some capacity. While she is technically appearing for FOX, she will be returning to talk all things WWE as WWE Backstage returns for a special Royal Rumble episode, where she will be joined by Paige and Booker T.

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Big E Believes WWE Will Look At Part-Time Talent To Face Roman Reigns At WrestleMania

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Big E has claimed that WWE will look to part-time talent to face Roman Reigns at WWE WrestleMania, before its full-time stars.

Big E recently appeared on Busted Open Radio, where he spoke about possibly getting the chance to work against Roman Reigns this year at The Grandest Stage Of Them All.


However, the current WWE Intercontinental Champion believes that would only happen if WWE wasn’t able to find a ‘big name’ to compete against Roman.

“You know (sic) how it is,” admitted Big E [h/t/ 411Mania]. “They’re going to go through a list of part-timers —  big names and big money guys who work once a year. They’re gonna go through that list and if they can’t get all those guys booked for that Roman spot for WrestleMania, then it’s kind of like, ‘Now who do we look to who works here on a weekly basis who has actually been grinding and now maybe we give them an opportunity [laughing]?”

 

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