Hornswoggle, a former WWE star, recently opened up about a unique match he had on a pay-per-view event and the unexpected reaction he received from WWE Chairman Vince McMahon and Executive Vice President Triple H.
In 2014, during the Extreme Rules pay-per-view, Hornswoggle faced El Torito in a match that featured an alternative commentary team, ring announcer, and referee. Looking back on the match, Hornswoggle revealed the behind-the-scenes details to WrestlingNews.co.
“It was supposed to be presented, I believe, as a joke and a comedy thing, but we had the best match on the card that night, including Evolution vs The Shield in a Street Fight,” Hornswoggle shared. “We killed it, and I know we did, and I’m going to tell everyone we did. That might not have been a good move on my end, but I didn’t care at that point.”
Hornswoggle further explained that he and his fellow performers, including the 3MB group and The Matadores, were determined to make a statement. They wanted to prove that if they were going to be portrayed as a comedic act, they could still deliver an outstanding performance.
“We all had the mindset…shove it up their ass. If they want us to be a Ha Ha comedy thing, let’s just go out there and kill it,” Hornswoggle added. “It was the greatest thing I’ll ever do in my career.”
To his surprise, Hornswoggle received a standing ovation in the Gorilla position, which is just behind the curtain where performers enter and exit the stage. Both Vince McMahon and Triple H, along with others present, applauded the performance, acknowledging its exceptional quality.
“That was the first time I ever got a standing ovation in Gorilla, including Vince and Triple H, so that was a pretty cool thing,” Hornswoggle recalled.
During his conversation, Hornswoggle also expressed that one of the highlights of his time in WWE was joining DX and experiencing the excitement of their iconic pyrotechnics. He cherished the opportunity to work alongside Triple H and Shawn Michaels, two wrestling legends.
Hornswoggle, whose real name is Dylan Postl, joined WWE in 2006 and remained with the company until his release in May 2016. His recollections of the memorable “joke” match serve as a testament to the dedication and talent of WWE performers, even in unconventional circumstances.
Credit for the quotes in this article goes to WrestlingNews.co.
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