Ahmed Johnson was this week’s guest on Why It Ended… with Robbie E and Matt Koon.
Johnson talks about talent like Triple H and Scott Hall helping him in the ring, how great Goldust was (and the prank Goldust pulled on him on live TV) and what it meant to him to be the first African-American Intercontinental Champion (transcription credit should go to @DominicDeAngelo of WrestleZone):
Ahmed Johnson on being helped by Triple H & Scott Hall:
“Only person that really helped that I can say, Triple H helped me in the ring big-time. Razor Ramon helped me, he would watch my matches, when I got done—he would put me to the side after most my matches—he would put me to the side tell me what, you know, what he’d seen he’d like and what he didn’t like. And so, you know, I had those two in my corner in the beginning so that was cool with me, you know. Then Razor and them left, but in the beginning that’s the two guys I’d give credit to.”
On working with Goldust:
“I give Goldust his props too, man, you know. He’s just a hell of a performer. He’s a hell of a performer – you can’t get over Goldust you can’t get over. He’s one of the best in the business at getting you over.”
On Goldust kissing him on live TV:
“We practiced this over and over and Goldust was supposed to put his hand over his mouth – he was supposed to kiss his hand, but he wanted to do a ‘ha-ha’ cause he knew it was live TV and I couldn’t you know get up and move if he kissed me. So he kissed me in real and I was so fired up.”
On his feud with the Nation of Domination lasting too long:
“It kept drawing, you know, where ever we went, especially overseas, it was drawing big time, but I just think it went on just a tad bit too long.”
On working with Ron Simmons:
“Oh yeah, I did. I enjoyed working with him. Cause he had a lot more knowledge about what should go and how the match should go than I did, being that he’s been in the business forever.”
Stay tuned for more transcriptions of this interview from WrestleZone; you can listen to the entire episode of Why It Ended by going here.