The Undertaker’s first opponent on WWE ignoring his existence

According to Mario Mancini, WWE doesn’t care about former Superstars if they’re no longer valuable to the company.

Mancini worked for WWE between 1984 and 1992 as an in-ring competitor. In 1990, he lost to debutant Undertaker at a Superstars of Wrestling taping. He wanted to attend the Deadman’s Hall of Fame ceremony in April, but attempts to get in touch with his former opponent were unsuccessful.

On the Cheap Heat Productions Podcast, Mancini was informed that he does not have a profile page on the official WWE website. He responded by recalling how company bosses treated opponents of Hulk Hogan in the 1980s:

“It’s the same opinion I’ve had since that ‘Taker thing happened: They don’t care,” Mancini said. “Listen, as I got older and smarter and more educated and I thought about it, it was said even back when you saw a guy like One Man Gang walk in on the first day and they said, ‘Who is that?’ and they say, ‘New meat for Hogan.’ So, when it comes to WWE, you were a racehorse back then. When you could no longer walk, they put you out to pasture.” [11:41-12:41]

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Mancini also explained why he thinks the company could arrest him if he ever attends one of their shows.


Mario Mancini on the time WWE disregarded Bruno Sammartino

Former wrestler and trainer Tony Altomare once told Mario Mancini a story about the time Bruno Sammartino reduced his schedule to WWWF (now WWE) in 1977.

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Sammartino has sold out Madison Square Garden (MSG) 187 times during his legendary career. He had grave doubts about the future of WWWF’s MSG events without him. However, McMahon Sr. apparently felt that anyone could replace the Italian-American.

“Bruno had a fight with the old man and Bruno was tired,” Mancini added. “Bruno said, ‘You’re never going to sell out The Garden again.’ Vince Sr. said, ‘I can put the heavy strap on Howdy Doody and sell out Madison Square Garden.'” [45:07-45:34]

Mancini added that the decision to bring Sammartino back was partly due to his longtime replacement, Bob Backlund, being unable to sell MSG.

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