Source: The Wrestling Mania ShowFormer WWF Intercontinental Champion Tony Norris, f.k.a. Ahmed Johnson, recently was interviewed by David Diaz of The Wrestling Mania Show. Here are some highlights from the interview:
Starting in the WWF: "When I first got started in the WWF, a lot of people were very jealous. Yoko(zuna) being one of them. I was a big guy at almost 300lbs doing moves that guys who were 220 couldn't do like jumping over the top rope to the outside, moonsaults. I was the only big guy doing that kind of stuff. Yoko didn't like that, and when Vince told me I would be body slamming him in our match, Yoko pulled me to one side and said 'I'm not gonna jump for you and I'm not helping you. If you're gonna pick me up, you're gonna pick me up.' I couldn't understand that. I don't know what I did wrong. We did become friends shortly after that."
Jeff Jarrett: "I didn't like working with him. He wasn't like Shawn Michaels, he'd complain if you hit him too hard. He didn't want to put anybody over, and on top of that, man, he was a racist son of a b---h. Really racist."
The Goldust kiss: "He agreed to kiss my hand when we practiced it, but when we got out there. Man.... he kissed me harder than any female has ever kissed me. I'm talking your husband's going to the military and he's never coming home kind of kiss, and that just PISSED ME OFF."
Never becoming WWF Champion: "I was going to face The Undertaker for the title. I found out through Vince Russo that we were gonna do that match, and he told me that some of the people at the booking table told him that the WWF were not ready for a black champion. Can you believe that s--t? F**k that. More of that racist s--t coming to surface. And there was a lot of it."
Johnson also discussed breaking down racial barriers by becoming the Intercontinental Champion, Ron Simmons purposely injuring him, his fallout with Vince McMahon, The Rock, his WCW career and more. You can listen to the full interview by clicking here.
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