The Undertaker’s First WWE Opponent Unaware of His Existence

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Peter Kavinsky

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

Mancini worked for WWE as an in-ring competitor between 1984 and 1992. In 1990, he lost to the first 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 adversary proved unsuccessful.

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

“It’s the same opinion I’ve had since this ‘Taker thing happened: They don’t care,” Mancini said. “Look, as I got older and got smarter and more educated and thoughtful, it was even said back then when you see a guy like One Man Gang come in for the first day, and they say, ‘Who is- this? and they go, ‘New meat for Hogan.’ So as far as WWE goes, back then you were a racehorse. When you couldn’t run anymore, they put you out to pasture. [11:41-12:41]

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

Mario Mancini on when WWE disrespected Bruno Sammartino

Former wrestler and trainer Tony Altomare once told Mario Mancini a story about when Bruno Sammartino cut his WWWF (now WWE) schedule in 1977. The wrestling icon reportedly fell out with promoter Vince McMahon Sr .before asking to lose the WWWF Championship.

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

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

Mancini added that the decision to bring Sammartino back was partly because his long-term replacement Bob Backlund couldn’t sell MSG.

What do you think of this story? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

Please credit the “Cheap Heat Productions Podcast” and give Sportskeeda Wrestling an H/T for the transcript if you use quotes from this article.

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