Homicide: The 2010 TNA Steel Asylum Match Was One Of The Most Embarrassing Moments Of My Career
A rough moment for Homicide
While Homicide achieved considerable success in TNA and IMPACT Wrestling, The Notorious 187 was part of one of the most infamous moments in the promotion's history.
Following the arrival of Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff in TNA, the promotion decided to go against WWE Raw on Monday nights, with the first head-to-head episode airing on January 4, 2010. TNA: IMPACT opened with a Steel Asylum Match, where competitors had to climb out of the roof of the cage to win.
The plan for the match was for Homicide to climb out of the cage and then combat the returning Jeff Hardy. A winded Homicide, however, tried and failed to climb out of the hole for over a minute and he ultimately fell back into the ring before the cage door was opened so he could do the angle with Hardy.
Speaking about the match on the Notsam Wrestling Podcast, Homicide admitted it was one of the most embarrassing moments of his career.
On what was going through his head, Homicide said: "F*ck these motherf*ckers. It was so embarrassing. I don't want to say 'fuck Hulk Hogan.' He's a legend... but. I always remember, we had a meeting and he wanted to take over and compete with Vince McMahon in the Monday night challenge. I was like, 'Nah, let's stay Thursdays. We're not going to compete with a Billion dollar company. I know we had the talent, but we're not going to compete.' He had the balls to do it, alright, let's do it.
"That little stupid Mad Max Thunderdome cage. I got so mad because I'm a great storyteller of matches. I hit somebody with a metal stick and it's not a DQ. So let me go through this f*cking stupid hole. It was horrible. It was really a workout. I workout, but it was a workout thing. In the morning, Terry Taylor came up to me, I love Terry Taylor, he goes, 'I want you to practice (climbing out).' I'm a very confident guy. 'Nah, I'm good.' I should've practiced. I had a bad shoulder at the time and had rotator cuff surgery.
"The first live show, competing with Monday Night Raw and I was the first big angle. I f*cked up. It was one of the most embarrassing moments of my career. I should've practiced it. I had a bad shoulder and the story didn't make sense. Jeff Hardy comes in, beats me up. He was late. His music played and he was late. I told Vince Russo, 'I thought me and Jeff had a program.' 'Oh, let me think about it kid.' If somebody says, 'let me think about it' and puts their hand up, I know what that means. I'm not stupid. I'm like, 'Yeah, they messed up.' I'm gonna get released."
Homicide would remain with TNA until he was released in August 2010. He would then have two more runs in TNA from 2013 until 2015 and then again in 2017.
H/T to Fightful