Former Intercontinental Champion Val Venis has claimed that he once suffered “scary” memory loss after a match with Triple H.
Val Venis was a WWE mainstay during the Attitude Era and into the early 2000’s. Although he never quite reached the main event, Venis is a former Intercontinental, European and Tag Team Champion.
Throughout the mid-to-late 1990’s and into the early 2000’s especially, steel chair shots to the head were common place, as knowledge of concussion and brain trauma was limited compared to the present day.
Speaking during a recent appearance on Wrestling Shoot Interviews, Val Venis recalled being on the end of one of these blows from Triple H.
Chair Shot From Triple H Left Val Venis Unable To Remember Where He Is
During the match on Monday Night Raw back in 2005, Triple H nailed his rival with a chair and got disqualified. Reflecting on the incident, Venis said it was the hardest chair shot he had ever received, revealing that he temporarily forgot where he was.
“When I came around and he caught me with that chair, it was one of those things where I don’t remember anything when my eyes opened up for the first few seconds all I could see are lights, people, and a wrestling ring on one side of me. And I don’t know what my own name is. I don’t know why I’m there. I don’t know what I’m supposed to do for about what seemed like forever, but it was only about two-three seconds,”
After the match, Triple H delivered a Pedigree to the former WWE star who went on to describe the incident as “scary.”
“All of a sudden your marbles come back together and you’re like, ‘oh yeah, I’m still in a wrestling match. I gotta finish this up now because even though he got DQ-ed he’s gonna pull me back in the ring and give me the pedigree. But those first few seconds when you open your eyes and you come to and you don’t know who you are, you don’t know what you’re doing, I’m not gonna lie man, that’s a scary scary thing. Like when you become frightened, that’s what I felt. I felt like a child for those first few seconds,”
Val Venis remained with WWE until 2009 when he was released. He went on to appear in IMPACT Wrestling as well as on the independent scene.
H/t to Sportskeeda