A lot of INSANITY goes on backstage in the wrestling world. From backstabbing, to wrestlers refusing to do “what is right” for business, to acts of adultery, all the way to wrestlers ”POOPING” in gym bags. Now while people like Wade Keller, Dave Meltzer and Dave Scherer try to bring us all the news and backstage happenings that go on, sometimes they don’t always get the full scoop. Sometimes, to protect certain wrestlers for acts of wrong doings, they decide not to spill the dirt because some of it reaches out beyond the wrestling world. For example, some backstage shenanigans can affect those not in the business of professional wrestling, meaning innocent family members. Luckily for you, we at
GumGod.com have no morals. Who cares if Little Timmy finds out that his dad is sleeping with a WWE Diva? Who gives a damn if “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints” is exposed due to the fact that one of their celebrity spokesmen enjoys leaving steaming piles of crap in gym bags? WE SURE DON’T~!~!~! So in the next few paragraphs, find out some of the unknown ”dirt” that I
guarantee you have never heard.
Austin was at the peak of his in ring career. He easily surpassed Hulk Hogan as the top merchandise selling wrestler in history. He was on top of the world when it came to appearances as his popularity gave him a guest spot on CBS’s Nash Bridges TV show. He was the single highest draw during the Monday Night era and quite possibly the best all around performer in that time frame. Yet somewhere in all of this, he ”suffered” a ”major” neck injury. Or did he……..
He sued the then World Wrestling Federation, successfully I might add, and then negotiated a settlement for them to use the name. Instead of changing Austin’s name during the top secret court proceedings, Vince McMahon decided to write him out of the WWE by concocting a neck injury story. Truth is, Austin was just fine physically. Mentally is another issue since he decided to embark in a relationship with Debra McMichael but that is another story for another column. So Austin was paid to stay home, hunt, drink beer and get out of shape. Fact is, Austin is still milking the neck injury to his benefit today.
How come we haven’t had a sit down interview with Earl Hebner? Tell me, from everything that you have ever heard about Vince McMahon, do you think for one second that he would have allowed a camera crew not owned by his company to be backstage after the incident if it was a shoot? Contract or no contract, McMahon would have rather been sued then allow someone else to air HIS FOOTAGE. Another interested issue is the fact that you heard about the punch that Bret knocked out McMahon with. Who were the witnesses to punch? Let’s review, Bret Hart, Vince McMahon, Vince’s loyal confidant Pat Patterson, Bret’s brother in law Davey Boy Smith and Shane McMahon who happens to be Vince’s son. No independent, impartial, non-WWE employee in sight.
Now before I continue bombarding you with information, you are probably asking yourself, Why Matt? Why? Why would Vince McMahon and Bret Hart conspire in such an elaborate work? I’ll tell you why. It was beneficial to both of them at the time. By painting Vince McMahon in such an ugly light, it forced him to be officially established as the owner of World Wrestling Entertainment and was the cornerstone that the “Mr. McMahon” character was built on. With that Mr. McMahon character, the perfect foil was created for the anti-authority budding superstar “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. The Austin vs. McMahon feud carried the WWE to their eventual victory in the wrestling war. How did Bret Hart benefit from this? Well he didn’t. But he was supposed to. Bret Hart, with the Montreal Incident, should have become the hottest commodity in wrestling. He should have been elevated into a feud with the New World Order. He should have dethroned Hogan for the title. Instead, he was just another victim of the politics that killed WCW.
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