Thursday, January 29, 2015

What'd Jack Tunney do?

Hey Scott:

I was looking through the last few weeks of blog when I came across the post about putting non-wrestlers in the Hall of Fame.  Your Response when Jack Tunney's name came up got me thinking that yeah, I never did understand the specifics of that whole thing.  I found the Observer from 1995 when he "resigned", but the item there presented it as a cost cutting move and offered no other details aside from the brief Tunney history that's pretty well known.  The Observers from 2004 when he died haven't been uploaded to F4W yet, so I can't check those for anything else.

So...what happened?  If he was just let go due to money problems, why did nobody from WWE go to the funeral?  He strikes me as far too important a figure in the company's history to shaft like that without having what they feel is a very good reason.

Thanks,

Steve

​Well, Jack Tunney the character was a dignified President beyond reproach, but the real person embezzled company money and racked up gambling debts with it, among other sordid details that came out years later.  I'm actually kind of surprised they let him have a relatively dignified exit from the promotion, in fact.  ​

45 comments:

  1. bwahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahaahah!!!!! Sooo funny!


    oh, what? You're being serious?

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  2. I actually read bleacher report until two years ago when I discovered scott.

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  3. Oh. Understood.

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  4. First time watching smackdown in about 10 years

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  5. It will be the first time he's done anything SNL related since Dec. 1984.

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  6. Wouldn't it be so apropos if they just forgot to have him cash in and the briefcase expires?

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  7. They should have him challenge Brock at Fast lane, let brock skip a raw leading up to mania, Rollins can look good for challenging the beast

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  8. I know I just ranted about this, but fuck me, the WWE has successfully robbed me of any desire to see a DBry match. The magic combo was Kane & casket.


    Jesus.


    I...but...just...


    :: sigh ::

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  9. ok, that was funny

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  10. STOP DOING THE SAMEEEEEE FUCKING MATCHES

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  11. More Eden Stiles plz

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  12. lol some guy has a sufferin succotash sign...

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  13. Has there ever been a casket match not featuring Undertaker?

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  14. Oh Yay, here comes HHH with some snarky insider shit.

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  15. Eh, their rules are written in invisible ink on ignited flash paper, who's to say they just won't fudge the deadline and save it til later in the year?

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  16. Kane vs. Daniel Bryan.

    /smartass

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  17. HHH: "Why you marks no like Roman Reigns?"

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  18. Sexy Flexy Biff KensingtonJanuary 29, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    If they do a double-turn, then Seth should just use the briefcase to enter the match outright, otherwise he's going to look like a chickenshit still.

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  19. I said this before in a different thread a few weeks back. Abusing WWE expenses... example : Going out and buying an $100 steak dinner and $100 wine on a corp. credit card. This is exactly what Sean Waltman told me. This happens alot in the corporate world.

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  20. Tunney's best decision was giving Rick Rude a lifetime ban for insulting The Big Bossman's mother.

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  21. I once saw him and his wife at The Eaton Centre.

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  22. My favorite was the Tuesday in Texas ruling.

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  23. That turned him heel for all time for me. Sadly, I still love Honky Tonk's nickname for him - the kayfaybe one.

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  24. Jack On the Take Tunney was the best president since Noriega.

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  25. He had the voice of a President. He looked healthier from 1988-1995 too. Must have been surgery.

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  26. Also not sanctioning a Hogan/Warrior rematch because the first match was too brutal.

    Tunney was a wise man.

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  27. I didnt like how Tunney didn't give Sid Justice the World Title match against Flair at WM8. After the WM 8 Press conference Sid boldly said "THAT WAS THE MOST BOGUS ACT YOU EVER PULLED OFF!"

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  28. Tunney's best decision was reinstating Randy Savage.

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  29. By the time he was dismissed, I pretty much had forgotten about Tunney as WWF President. I can't think of much he did following WrestleMania X that would dictate the direction of a storyline, and then suddenly in the Summer of '95, they were pushing Gorilla Monsoon as the new President after months of nothing.

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  30. Tunney agreeing to "a title that will fit a giant of a man" proves he was rooting for Andre to beat Hogan at WrestleMania III.

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  31. Interesting writeup on Tunney https://ringthedamnbell.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/you-dont-know-jack-president-tunneys-wwf-impeachment/

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  32. I'm pretty sure Paul Heyman was fired from WCW for something like that, reporting expenses that were more than what he spent (for travel and lodging), and pocketing the rest.

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  33. Is there a rule that all promoters are hucksters? I understand having to have a bit of carny in you but these dudes take it to such extremes.

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  34. Really? I never heard that before.

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  35. Did they ever actually show that on TV, or was that an Apter mag concoction? I want to say it was the latter.

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  36. www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRIfw4wlP88

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  37. Instituting the law that there could only ever be one Doink present at a time, since having more than one of a given competitor puts said competitor at an unfair advantage. I actually have an old WWF magazine somewhere with an interview with Tunney where he breaks that ruling down in more or less those words.

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  38. I've been on tons of dinners just like that.

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  39. No, I remember Mean Gene reading a statement from the President's office. The match was so intense that he was concerned for both men's safety if a second one were to happen.

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  40. I wish you'd bring your recaps here, so I can stop going to 411 altogether. You're literally the only reason I ever check things out over there.

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  41. the only rasslin president i believed in: jack tunney

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  42. Halloween Havoc 98 proved that.

    (Rimshot)

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  43. Or maybe it was Mene Gene with a statement.

    I thought I did remember a Tunney promo maybe a few weeks after striping warrior of the IC belt though.

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  44. Actually, I remember Tunney cutting a promo that there would be no rematch. And the in the same speech stripped Warrior of the IC championship.

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