Wheelman for James Ellsworth
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Norwich, United Kingdom
WM 19 World Tag Title Match
Just found this on Lance Storm's website:
As great as the trip was there was a big down side to this event, as my scheduled Tag Team Title match got changed weeks out (with William Regal’s illness) and then later (only a day or two out) bumped off the official WrestleMania card and demoted to the live Sunday Night Heat Pre-Show match.
When Regal got ill he and I were stripped of the World Tag Team Titles, and Chief Morley and I were declared the new Champs. There was some debate on whether Morley and I would defend the Titles against Kane and RVD or whether The Dudley Boys would face Kane and RVD in our place. The decision was made to have the Dudley’s in our corner and Morley and I would defend the titles, and of course we then got bumped off the show.
The reason I was told we got bump was that the show was timing out long and one match would have to get bumped and since we weren’t the originally advertised match anyway bumping the changed match made more sense that bumping a promoted one. The match listed in the official WrestleMania XIX program was William Regal and I defending the Tag Team Titles against Kane and RVD. Getting bumped off the show was a big deal, in addition to not being featured on the biggest event of the year, having your match on Heat rather than WrestleMania results in a huge reduction in your pay cheque. We still had to perform the match that night we’d just be doing it 30 minutes earlier and getting paid not nearly as much money for doing so.
Needless to say none of us were happy about getting bumped and our moods did not improve much when we realized the “Miller Light Cat Fighter girls” would still be having there scheduled Pillow/Cat Fight. That’s right the World Tag Team Title match was getting bump off of WrestleMania so two girls from a beer commercial could do a pillow fight. As mad as I was that night I was even madder when I sat down to watch this event now because I didn’t realize that in addition to their pillow fight, they had 3 backstage skits through out the night hyping their “match”. In addition to the 3 skits and the bad “match” Limp Bizkit performed twice, once for Taker’s entrance and once just because, leaving me thinking there was easily 10 minutes that could have been trimmed off this show to allow us on the card.
I always wondered the reason why this wasn't on the show. Kane, in particular, deserved better.