Sunday, September 12, 2021

YouTube Theatre: Never Forget: WWE Returns After 9/11 (2021)

 20 years ago, come tomorrow night, WWE, then known as the World Wrestling Federation, presented the first live event following the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, & suburban Pennsylvania. The company marks the occasion with a 35 minute documentary, Never Forget: WWE Returns After 9/11. If you watched the first live episode of Smackdown on September 13, 2001, as ye scribe did, you'd understand what the men & women of WWE were dealing with emotionally. The key storylines were put aside for a night, and Smackdown, more than usual, became comfort food for its audience, still reeling from the tragedies of two days earlier.

Today's WWE superstars took part in activities to commemorate the 20th anniversary yesterday, including Zelina Vega (Thea Trinidad-Bundgen), who lost her father on 9/11/01. Unfortunately, Zelina was not interviewed for this piece. Former ESPN anchor Trey Wingo joins Vince & Stephanie McMahon, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Edge, Paul "Triple H" Levesque (taped before his recent cardiac surgery), Kane, Sean "X-Pac" Waltman (dressed in nWo colors), Kurt Angle, Bruce Prichard, D-Von Dudley, and the Undertaker.

Fox's Tom Rinaldi narrates:

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No rating out of respect to the memories of the victims of the tragedies.


Steven Dolce said...

Hard to believe 9/11 was 20 years ago yesterday.

hobbyfan said...

Where were you when it happened?

Steven Dolce said...

I was Seven when 9/11 occurred and I was in 2nd Grade.

hobbyfan said...

I was working.