Dr. Tom Prichard recently took to his podcast, “Taking You To School,” to talk about several professional wrestling topics.
Here are the highlights:
WWE Hall Of Famer Randy Savage training Shane McMahon inside the ring in the early ’90s:
Randy, coming from a wrestling family too, Randy had the fundamentals and basics down and he definitely was old school obviously. [Shane] got trained by one of the greatest even it was just before the matches. I believe that Shane was a pretty popular guy with all the boys because he did have respect and he was enthusiastic and he did have that fire in his eyes. So it wouldn’t be hard for someone like Macho Man to want to do it and want to go out and help somebody like Shane because he legitimately liked Shane and he liked Vince.
Shane understanding how to set up a move:
The basics and fundamentals never go out of style and that is a great way to warm up and a great way to keep yourself sharp and Shane had no problem doing that. We would work on things like the coast-to-coast and I got to holding the trash can so he could smash me in the face with the trash can but he was always a professional.
He always knew that he was going to do it at the right time in the match and he knew that people wanted spectacular moves (and they do) so you have to set the table for it first and than you go to the top turnbuckle and jump on to the table. You can’t do that in the first two minutes of a match. You can, it just wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense. So Shane understood that we were gong to lock up and we were going to do some pulling around, takeovers and wrestling first before he wanted to do his high spots.
Who came up with the idea for Shane to do such dangerous stunts:
Something either he came up with or something I came up with to put into the match. Right now, I know it was the coast-to-coast, the elbow from the top rope and I remember was it Big Show or whoever he took the bump off the stage with. We went as high as we could in the studio with that and were like, ‘Oh my gosh’ I hope everything comes out okay and it did. But those were his ideas and that is where he was at. He wanted to make sure that he went out there and gave the everyone who came more than what they paid for.
H/T Wrestling Inc. for the transcriptions