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JBL Recalls Run-In With Public Enemy – “They Didn’t Show Much Respect”


WWE Hall Of Famer JBL has discussed his and Ron Simmons’ infamous match with Public Enemy where The APA took their frustrations out on the ECW mainstays.

In 1999 the team of Rocco Rock and Johnny Grunge, known as The Public Enemy, competed in a handful of matches for WWE. The most well-known of these was an infamous affair with JBL and Ron Simmons on Sunday Night Heat. On that occasion, The Acolytes worked stiff, to say the least, as they decimated The Public Enemy.

Speaking on Stories with Brisco and Bradshaw, JBL detailed the issues with The Public Enemy that led to the notorious match:

“They came in that day and they walked in the building at 5:30. The show started at like 6:30 or doors at 6:30. They wouldn’t even come on time. They’d come late, they’d come walking in, they’d make a grand entrance coming in. They flaunted the rules. They didn’t show much respect at all when they came in. I think we kind of thought that was an outlier but we didn’t know because we didn’t see a lot of ECW because we were on the road every night.”

JBL was quick to point out that one rumour that has persisted from the time was completely false as he said Vince McMahon had nothing to do with what happened:

“The one thing that never happened, you know people talk about, ‘Vince sent us after people.’ That 100 percent never happened. They never said go after this tag team or beat these guys up or do this or do that. We were never, not one time, told anything like that by anybody in the WWE, as far as agents or anything else. That became a myth later. Everybody has revisionist history. They start changing things over time.”

h/t Sportskeeda Wrestling for the transcription