Matt Hardy has looked back on he and Jeff’s appearance as ‘guards’ at King of the Ring 1995 and recalled that he was nearly knocked unconscious by a drink thrown by a fan.
The 1995 edition of WWE’s then-annual King of the Ring event featured Mabel winning the titular tournament. However, it is probably best remembered for Bret Hart and Jerry Lawler clashing in ‘Kiss My Foot’ Match where, as you would expect, the loser would be forced to kiss the winner’s foot. Hart overcame The King and forcibly inserted his foot into a disgusted Lawler’s mouth after he tried to refuse to dodge the stipulation.
Perhaps less memorable were the two guards who opened and closed the doors at the top of the entranceway when stars made their way to the ring. The two men tasked with the job that year were none other than future tag team icons The Hardy Boyz – Jeff and Matt Hardy.
Speaking on his podcast, The Extreme Life of Matt Hardy, the current AEW star recalled how the gig came about.
“We ended up getting that gig, they told us, ‘Hey, we need you to come up a day early.’ We’re booked for the televisions after to the PPV, and, ‘We have a role for you on the show.’ We’re like, ‘Oh my God, are they going to have us wrestle or do dark matches? This is so cool.'”
“We got up there and then they had these big jester outfits and they’re for big bodybuilder guys that did it the previous years. So they’re baggy on us, and loose, which was so funny. Me and Jeff found so much comedy in that. Then we went out and obviously did the doors. I know I had an earpiece in and they would say, ‘Open the door. Close the door.’ The directions were very simple. I just had to listen to the earpiece.”
Matt Hardy went on to reveal that, during one of the entrances, a fan threw a drink at him that was packed full of ice, nearly knocking him out.
“I just remember it was kind of static-y, and there was one where I remember opening a door and somebody threw a drink down and it was just packed with ice and hard as a rock and it hit me in the head. I remember it almost knocked me unconscious. I remember they wanted us to be very stoic, very grim, don’t change facial expressions.
“I remember hitting my knees like I was about to pass out and fall, and I remember Jeff going [snickers loudly under his breath]. I tried all I could to regain my composure and just try and remain stoic and keep a straight face. That was my biggest laughable moment about that.”
H/T to Fightful for the above transcription.