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Lex Luger on why he did not win the WWE Title at SummerSlam 93, Curt Hennig blanked out at WrestleMania IX

Former WCW World Champion Lex Luger joined Sean Waltman as his guest on the “Pro Wrestling 4 Life” podcast. Luger was on to talk about WWE, WCW and his post-wrestling life and how he has turned his life around.

Waltman said Curt Hennig would sometimes forget what was supposed to take place in a match. Waltman asked Luger what his experience was when that happened Hennig in their match at WrestleMania IX:

“I’m glad you backed me up on that.  Once in a while, too much caffeine or whatever, and he would get in there and be like, ‘What are we doing?  What are we doing?’  Man, I was sitting around that day, my WrestleMania debut, Caesar’s Palace.  I was back there with my legs crossed.  I got Curt Hennig to lead me through this match. He’s going to make me look like a million bucks.  I got in the ring.  I didn’t really think about anything we talked about in the back because Curt is going to talk me through this.  He’s going to lead me right through.  He got in there and locked up.  I knew he was a guy that did a lot of ribs.  I thought when we locked up initially that he was ribbing me.  He did that, ‘What are we going to do? What are we doing?’  I thought, oh, come on.  I had to try to call the match.

I didn’t put the time and energy that I normally would have if I was playing more of a role in either leading the match or knowing a lot of the spots, because I thought Curt was going to call everything, because in the back, he said, ‘I got this. Don’t worry.  I’ll lead you right through it.’  He completely blanked out.  He was totally apologetic afterwards.  He said, ‘Man, I’m so sorry.’  We probably didn’t have as good a match as you would have if Curt was where we normally would be at as far as knowing all the spots. I was calling it on the fly.  I wasn’t the greatest.  I learned how to call a match from Ricky Steamboat before I came to WWF.  I was always led by Flair and told everything to do in the ring.  Lex, just do this and flex a lot and bounce those pecs. That was nerve racking in my debut at WrestleMania with Mr. Perfect and I had to call the match.  But, Curt was such a great guy.  He was such a talent and such a fun guy to be around.  He was totally apologetic. I said, ‘Don’t apologize.  We got through it just fine Curt.”

Lex Luger talking about why he didn’t win the WWF Title at SummerSlam ‘93:

“With that big a buildup, as a babyface, you almost have to come through or it let’s all the air out of your tires, literally, on The Lex Express. I enjoyed the opportunity, obviously, and it was a great promotion, but a lot of people thought it might have been more beneficial that if you still go with Yoko, you have the babyface win and have Yoko win it right back or something might have been good.  In defense of Vince and the decision makers at the time, you know how much the Garden meant to Vince?  Madison Square Garden.  He used to stand at the curtain the whole time.  Vince told me, and he never promised me the title, and Vince and I had a great relationship, but Vince said, ‘If I want to put the title on you, rather than do it at SummerSlam, I would rather wait and do it at WrestleMania X at Madison Square Garden.’  He had that in his head, that if you’re going to be my guy and I’m going to put the belt on you as a babyface and give you a run with it, I would rather do it in the Garden.  Then things happened after that and they put it on Bret, who was a great champion at the time, so it didn’t work out.  But, why did they not give me the belt?  That really was Vince’s thinking that he will get everything revved back up for WrestleMania and what a way to coronate Lex as my champion if that’s the way we decide to go in WrestleMania X.”

If you use any portion of the quotes from this article please credit “‎Pro Wrestling 4 Life w/ Sean “X-Pac” Waltman” with a h/t to for the transcription.


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