Greg Valentine has recalled living up to his nickname of ‘The Hammer’ when a fan got involved physically with him leading to an awkward phone call with WWE CEO Linda McMahon.
Despite having several runs in the World Wrestling Federation, Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine is best remembered for his run in the mid-eighties when he won the WWF Intercontinental Championship as well as the WWF Tag Team Championship with Brutus ‘The Barber’ Beefcake as The Dream Team.
Valentine has recently relived one night in Ohio where a fan got a little too up close and personal with the star resulting in an altercation that WWE CEO Linda McMahon had to personally sort out.
Speaking in a Title Match Wrestling video, Valentine discussed the incident and how he thinks the company came to an arrangement with the fan in question:
“I remember this one, Steubenville, Ohio, I’m coming out of the ring and this big tall kid hauls off and spits at me right in the face, and he was a big tall guy, and I hauled off and I hit him. So about five days later I get a call from Linda McMahon, ‘Greg, did you hit this guy? You broke his jaw.’ I go, ‘Bullsh*t, I couldn’t have broke his jaw.’ But they [WWE] paid it for me. I don’t know, he got some kind of deal.”
Greg Valentine also discussed that type of incident being more commonplace back in his heyday and says he sees fans being kept further away from the ring nowadays than they used to be:
“Back in the day we still had believers, and they believe that everything was on the up and up and 100 percent real. Of course my stuff, I always say it was [real], but you get them so mad they’d lash out at you. I don’t even know, they probably don’t have that problem anymore. They don’t let them get [close]. What I see on TV is the fans are kept back. You don’t have that narrow, narrow pathway back to the dressing room.”