Lex Luger Says He Was Never Promised The WWE Title By Vince McMahon

In a recent episode of his podcast, “The Total Package” Lex Luger shed light on his 1993 encounter with Vince McMahon and the potential of claiming the WWE Championship. Luger’s journey to the title climaxed at SummerSlam 1993, where he faced Yokozuna in the only pay-per-view headlining match the sumo wrestler ever had. Despite winning the match by countout, Luger never ascended to the WWE Championship throne.

During his Lex Expressed podcast, Luger shared insights from his conversation with McMahon, clarifying that there was no explicit promise of the championship. However, McMahon was open to the idea, and the unique ambiance of Madison Square Garden had him contemplating a possible coronation for Lex Luger at WrestleMania 10.

[Vince McMahon] didn’t make me feel like I was going to be the [top] babyface, and contrary to popular belief, he never promised me the title or said that I was going to be the champion. That wasn’t part of it. So I wasn’t shocked when I didn’t get it at SummerSlam, although it would have been helpful, even if I won it and lost it, obviously, with that big of a buildup,” Luger says. “He always felt that if I was going to win the title, he’d rather do it, and make it special. The Garden was always a very special place for events, most people know that. If he put the title on me, he wanted to do it at WrestleMania 10 at the Garden. So really, SummerSlam was never in the mix for me to win the title. 

“Although, in retrospect, looking back now I’d probably would have been a good idea even if they took it right back off of me, it probably would have been good to come through for the fans,”

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