JBL and The Blue Meanie have discussed the encounter they had at ECW One Night Stand, where things got very real and Meanie was left a bloody mess.
WWE revived the ECW brand in 2005, and held a One Night Stand event to showcase the stars from the land of the extreme. At the time JBL was a member of the SmackDown roster, who were watching from the balcony throughout the show. After being invited to the ring to settle things, a brawl broke out between the WWE and ECW stars, with JBL and Meanie pairing off and throwing real punches.
Discussing the incident on Stories With Briscoe And Bradshaw, both men discussed their recollection of the incident and how they were able to make amends after. JBL spoke of not knowing that Meanie already had a wound.
I didn’t know that Meanie already had a cut [on his head] from Sandman from a while back, I had no idea. As far as the incident, after Meanie came back in, I pulled him in a private room and I apologized. I said sorry for the whole thing, and sorry for my part. I was also sorry for the fact that ECW had such a good pay-per-view, and that what was remembered was me and Meanie rather than the good work that the guys had put in.
The Blue Meanie went on to talk about how they made peace backstage at an edition of SmackDown.
The most important thing is we got to SmackDown on July 4, 2005 and [JBL] approached me and said ‘Hey, want to go talk?’ I said ‘Absolutely’. . . Here’s the deal, you’ve all been to TV and there’s signage everywhere. Catering, kayfabe, Vince’s office. So, as we’re walking I’m seeing less signage. And I’m like ‘If me and John go into this room and there’s plastic on the floor, I’m running.’
We went in the room like two men, he shut the door behind me. He said ‘Hey, we can either fight or make money.’ I said ‘Uh, I’d like to make some money, sir.’ And we had a heart-to-heart talk. I explained everything at the time, how I thought he bullied me. He told me about his experiences with the NFL and playing for the Raiders and a little bit of ball-breaking and ribs, and stuff like that.
Meanie went on to how he felt like his ECW accomplishments meant nothing in the WWE locker room, comparing it to being the new kid in school.
I was like the new kid at school. When you get into the wrestling business you’re always going through this process of re-establishing yourself. You could’ve been the coolest kid in grade school, but when you go to high school, you’re a freshman. Then you become the coolest kid in high school and you go to college. Again, you’re a freshman. Then you graduate college and then you have to become an intern and start the process all over again. I might have been whoever I was in ECW, but now I’m in WWE. They don’t give a crap about what I did in ECW, I have to re-establish myself in that locker room.
JBL finished the conversation by talking about how he has learned a lesson from the experience.
I’ve learned over the years if people don’t know, you just don’t bust their balls. It’s construed wrong, it’s taken wrong, and I didn’t think about it at the time. I hope I’m a different guy now than I was then. [Brisco] will tell you I’m not. I still bust his balls.
With thanks to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.