WWE Hall of Famer Road Dogg has revealed the surprising origin of his famous “Oh, you didn’t know?” catchphrase.
Alongside his longtime tag partner Billy Gunn in the New Age Outlaws, Road Dogg was one of the most popular acts of WWE’s Attitude Era. Part of the duo’s appeal came from their entrance, with Road Dogg getting the crowd going as soon as their music hit with his signature call of “Oh, you didn’t know? You’re ass better call somebody!”
Now, during an appearance on Insight with Chris Van Vliet, Road Dogg has discussed how the phrase came about, saying it came from Brian Lee, best known in WWE as the fake Undertaker who faced off with the real Deadman at SummerSlam in 1994.
“I don’t remember the date, but I remember that it was on a house show. The Underfaker, Brian Lee, he always was a great friend of mine, and we always used to mess around. He was like ‘You better fax somebody.’ Or ‘You better Page somebody.’ We were saying all kinds of different stuff.
“So, one night we were backstage and he came and he unbuttoned my tag titles. I turned around and I was mad and like, ‘When I get back here…’ And he was like, ‘Oh you better call somebody!’ I said ‘Oh OK,OK.’
“Then I went out there, the music went [sings first bars of theme song] and I went ‘Oh you didn’t know?’ It was totally just to make the one guy laugh that I had been messing with. But it sounded so decent between the guitar riffs so I was like I’m going to try that again. And then the rest is just history.”
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