A legitimate in-ring brawl between The APA and Public Enemy is one of the most well-known real fights in wrestling, and JBL has spoken about the actions of Public Enemy on that night.
Public Enemy’s run in WWE was shortlived during 1999. Having just a handful of matches, the most notorious of them was when they faced JBL and Ron Simmons on Sunday Night Heat. There has been plenty of talk about the match since it happened, with The APA making the match extremely snug and that was seemingly due to the actions of their opponents.
Speaking on Stories with Brisco and Bradshaw, WWE Hall Of Famer JBL discussed part of the issues leading up to the contest.
They came in that day and they walked in the building at 5:30. The show started at like 6:30 or doors at 6:30. They wouldn’t even come on time. They’d come late, they’d come walking in, they’d make a grand entrance coming in. They flaunted the rules. They didn’t show much respect at all when they came in. I think we kind of thought that was an outlier but we didn’t know because we didn’t see a lot of ECW because we were on the road every night.
Since that match took place, there have been a number of rumours that The APA were actually sent by Vince McMahon to go after people. JBL was quick to quash that rumour.
The one thing that never happened, you know people talk about, ‘Vince sent us after people.’ That 100 percent never happened. They never said go after this tag team or beat these guys up or do this or do that. We were never, not one time, told anything like that by anybody in the WWE, as far as agents or anything else. That became a myth later. Everybody has revisionist history. They start changing things over time.
With thanks to Sportskeeda Wrestling for the transcription.