How Vince McMahon tried to convince WWE veteran to 'destroy' Rikishi

It is believed that the WWE chairman got involved in several feuds to push them to the next level.

Vince in a file photo. (Image: Twitter)
By Samrat Chakraborty | Feb 9, 2022 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

WWE chairman Vince McMahon is known for making his ways work in the company and around several global stars. He also took up several feuds to push the WWE wrestler to the next level. One such incident took place in 2002 when McMahon took up a feud with Rikishi for a title change at the Judgement Day. WWE veteran Rico Constantino recalled the incident. He was one of the wrestlers who was pivotal to the development of 16-time World Champion John Cena during his formative years. However, he never earned as much recognition as Cena did, throughout his career. 

He also enjoyed a brief period as tag team champion with Rikishi. But in a recent interview the WWE veteran recalled how the accidental tag team title change took place in 2002. 

“The first part of it, with me and Billy and Chuck. This was the time Rikishi was feuding with Vince [McMahon]. And Vince was doing bad things to Rikishi. He wanted all three of us to bounce on Rikishi and destroy him. It wasn’t supposed to go his way and we triple-teamed him,”  Rico told Dr. Chris Featherstone and Kenny Bolin on UnSKripted.  

“And of course, the finish ended up with me kicking Chuck with a sidekick and Rikishi dropped me and then I fell on Chuck, and we became the tag team champions. I took the belts away from my own guys,” he further recalled. 

Former WWE writer Vince Russo was infuriated by a segment of chairman Vince McMahon with former NXT star Austin Theory. The segment opened up mixed emotions for the fans and drew flak as McMahon was seen challenging Theory to beat Finn Balor once again. He also mentioned that if he failed to get the better of Balor in the contest then he should still beat him black and blue. 

Russo felt that there was clearly something wrong with the WWE Chairman as he made some of the most insensitive remarks on RAW. He was also surprised that the punchline of the segment ended differently than anticipated. Russo further believes that the character shown by McMahon makes him look like a bully. However, at the match, Theory went on to defeat Balor and then attacked the former NXT Champion to stay loyal to the advice given by the WWE Chairman. 

It has been naturally seen as a way to impress McMahon and earn his faith. Theory also mentioned at the backstage interview that he would have made his mentor proud and he is now aiming to win the Royal Rumble besides the main event at the WrestleMania.

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