Jake Roberts Recalls WWE Star That Was “Hurting People Every Night”
According to Jake Roberts, one wrestler from the 1990s was a danger to everyone around him.
Before WWE struck gold with wrestlers like Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, and Mankind, they tried elevating different wrestlers to the next level.
Some wrestlers, like Undertaker, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, and Kane, were all pushed to the moon at various points and achieved immense success. Others, however, did not.
One such wrestler was Ahmed Johnson, who was one of Vince McMahon’s favorites for years. McMahon was determined to get Johnson over by any means necessary. This included some overt expressions that Johnson had the company’s full backing: he won the WWE Intercontinental Championship, he won a tournament called the Kuwait Cup, and he won a Slammy for ‘New Sensation of the Squared Circle’ in 1996.
But according to Jake Roberts, there was one big problem: Johnson was hurting people…for real.
Speaking on his Snake Pit Podcast, Jake Roberts explained that, after a while, Johnson became a liability and Vince McMahon wanted to make him quit the company.
To do this, Vince booked an angle that saw Goldust “perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation” on him, knowing full well how (poorly) Johnson would react.
“Vince did that on purpose. Vince needed a black superstar, and Ahmed was gonna be it, but then Ahmed just got to where he wouldn’t show up. He was hurting people every f*ing night. He just became unruly, unable to deal with him. Too demanding. They finally had to let him go.”
After his WWF/E career ended, Ahmed Johnson wrestled for WCW for a short period under the name ‘Big T.’ His biggest feud in WCW was one with Booker T over the letter ‘T’, which Big T won.
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