Tommy Dreamer has given some insight as to the reason why King Kong Bundy might not in the WWE Hall Of Fame on his House Of Hardcore Podcast.
The Hardcore Icon says that one time while he was working in talent relations for WWE, Randy Orton was building to a WrestleMania match with The Undertaker and he was doing a storyline where he took out WrestleMania opponents from ‘Taker’s past.
Dreamer suggested King Kong Bundy (Undertaker’s WrestleMania XI opponent) and management were keen on the idea and told Dreamer to contact him.
“I make the call and 15 minutes go by. 30 minutes go by and you start getting texts [from people in the office] wondering if I’ve heard anything. I got nothing. Then, I was like, well I can always reach out to Jimmy Snuka as well, but they said they needed a heel.
Now Johnny Ace is asking if I had heard anything and I was like, ‘Dude, I left him a message’. He asked if I have his cell phone number, and I said that I have one number and this is how I got him. I go home and the next day I come back to the office and I sit down and I see my phone voice mail is flashing – which it would always be flashing because I would always have these wrestling hopefuls hitting me up. I get the message from King Kong Bundy:
‘Hey Dreamer, it’s Chris, King Kong Bundy. How are you doing? Congratulations on the spot. Hey man, this is not on you – always been cool and friends with you so I need you to relay this message to WWE, especially to Vince McMahon. Number one, you need to tell him that he needs to pay me the money that he owes me. Number two, unless there is a creative idea for me winning the title I have no interest in it because he promised me the title when I put over Hulk Hogan and he never delivered so please go tell him to go f–k himself. Tommy, I love you, remember when I wanted to be your brother? Take care. I will see you later.'”
Dreamer did not relay the message, at least not at first, instead sending out an email to the WWE creative team (including Vince McMahon, Bruce Prichard, Stephanie McMahon, Michael Hayes, Johnny Ace and others) letting them know that Bundy had declined the offer. When he was asked in replies why he had turned it down, Dreamer simply told them that he had declined the offer because he was not happy with the current climate of WWE.
When the other members of the team persisted in trying to get more information out of Dreamer, he told them exactly what Bundy had, albeit in condensed form: he wanted the money he believed he was owed and that unless the idea to use him involved putting the title on him then Vince McMahon could go and f–k himself.
“Within four minutes of sending that email here comes Johnny Ace as my boss, he is running down from the Talent Relations office, he’s like, ‘What the hell is wrong with you? Why would you send that?’ I was like, ‘What? They kept asking me. You are in the chain of emails.’ He’s like, ‘You just told Vince McMahon to go f–k himself!’ I said that I did not tell Vince McMahon to go f–k himself, King Kong Bundy said to tell Vince McMahon to go f–k himself.”
Although we cannot be sure that Bundy’s absence from the WWE Hall of Fame is down to that message, it does seem likely that it has been a factor in his name not being at the top of Vince McMahon’s list. It is also possible that if Bundy believed he was owed money then he was resentful of WWE and would have rejected any offers that came his way anyway.
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Thanks to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription