It’s often said that the first rule of professional wrestling is to make sure that you don’t injure your opponent. However, sometimes former WWE Chairman Vince McMahon had other ideas.
Trevor Murdoch signed with WWE in the summer of 2005 and was quickly paired with Lance Cade. The pair appeared on Monday Night Raw and quickly found success, going on to win the World Tag Team Championships on three occasions.
Murdoch remained with WWE for three years before being released in July 2008.
“Vince McMahon Told Me, ‘I Bet You Can’t Knock Bob Holly Out'”
During an appearance on the Ten Count Murdoch was asked about his time spent teaming with Lance Cade and his WWE run as a whole. Murdoch explained that the pair were always hard-hitting in the ring, but there was one occasion where Vince McMahon pushed them to go a little further.
The former Tag Team Champion revealed that McMahon once challenged him to try and knock Bob Holly out during a match.
“We wrestled an old school style, and it got the higher-ups excited because we would go in there and lay the wood to guys,” Murdoch said. “And Vince would kind of get a hard-on for that sh*t. ‘That’s good rasslin’ there.’ And you know, there were a couple times when that helped us out, too.
“One time he old me, ‘Trevor, I bet you can’t knock Bob Holly out with that boot.’ I took that as, okay, that’s the boss the giving me the iggy that, okay, I need to lay that in. I know the match, I won’t pick it out, but you can watch, as soon as I hit the boot, Bob’s arms go up in the air. And that’s just the mentality that we had. We ran roughshod over guys.”
Murdoch added that Holly enjoyed the physical test, describing him as an aggressive wrestler who never complained about anyone being overly stiff backstage.
“I know it sounds like I’m talking about Bob, but Bob’s an aggressive wrestler,” Murdoch said. “One of the things that I enjoyed about Bob is that he gave you everything you gave back, and didn’t b***h about it. Bob’s one of those guys that, when he got to the back, he didn’t get up and get angry at me or anything of that nature. He knows that it’s just part of the business.”
Trevor Murdoch is the current NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion after capturing the title for a second time back in June.
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