Former WWE Star Reveals Which Hall of Famer Lost His Respect
Former WWE star Paul London was one half of one of the longest-reigning tag team champions in recent history. But just before winning the titles with partner Brian Kendrick in 2006, the team nearly had an encounter with a Hall of Famer who chose to throw them under the bus.
In an interview on The Pancakes and Powerslams Show, London talked about why he instantly lost respect for WWE Hall of Famer “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, who was working backstage at the time as an agent for the company. Shortly before winning the belts from MNM, Joey Mercury and Johnny Nitro, London and Kendrick discovered that the reason they were winning the belts might not have been based on merit, if DiBiase was to be believed.
“Ted DiBiase, Sr. pretty much lost all of our respect in a matter of seconds,” London recalled. “We were sitting in the catering section, everyone had pretty much finished up eating and we were wrapping up eating as well. Million Dollar Man walks in there, and he pulls us aside, well he pulls them aside really, MNM, because I think we were wrestling again the night as a build-up match for the inevitable pay per view championship match. So we were kinda throwing around some ideas for that night, and Teddy walks in there, pulls them aside and says ‘I just want to clarify the decision to [switch] the titles is because Joey has this [injury] issue. It’s not because of these guys; definitely not because of anything that these guys have done.’ He kinda just threw that at us, in our face. It was a really backhanded thing to do. It was just flat out rude. Brian got up, and I think he was about to give The Million Dollar Man Sliced Bread #3, and I had to intercept and walk him outside.”
London went on to rant about what a difficult work environment WWE came to be.
“When you work there, you eat so much crap. It’s like middle school all over again when you work there, on any level that you’re at,” London stated. “I don’t care if you’re the megastar or the opening guy, corporate office guy, whatever. At some point in your tenure there, you’re gonna be treated like garbage, absolute garbage. And like less of a human being, like the stuff you wipe off of your shoe that you stepped in by accident. And you’re gonna be treated like that constantly. It’s a constant mental hazing. It’s disgusting. It’s a horrible, horrible place to work, absolutely awful place to work. So, it’s not good for human beings of any nature. It was just things that would numb you to life working there.”
Well, as far as WWE being a difficult work environment in the mid-2000s, London is hardly the first person to speak out. Hell, some past stars have talked about how unpleasant the work environment still is today, between all the pettiness and politicking. With that said, this is the first time I’ve ever heard someone say something lousy about Ted DiBiase personally. If this entire incident is true, then it’s really disappointing. London and Kendrick absolutely deserved their tag team championship reign, and the fact that WWE kept the belts on them for a then-record 331 days (well, it was a record for the Smackdown version of the belts, anyway) indicates that there WAS something about the duo that prompted WWE to have faith in them. It wasn’t simply that Joey Mercury got injured. Ultimately, I’m glad London was able to get out and find a more peaceful work environment, if nothing else. The dude has always been an amazing talent who was never really cut out for the politicking of a place like WWE.
To listen to London’s full interview, which includes discussions on the historic tag team title run and getting heat with another competitor for using the same move, check out his episode of The Pancakes and Powerslam Show by clicking here!
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