"When I arrived at the Mall of America, I had a towel over my head and was immediately escorted to the inner bowels of the mall, well away from the locker room and central concourse area where everything was happening. It wasn’t until that moment that I knew how it was all going to come down. ‘At the very end of the show you’ll come out in your street clothes,’ Eric told me, ‘and get nose-to-nose with Hulk Hogan."
"My entrance was definitely a surprise — to the crowd and to the other wrestlers gathered there.
I walked up to Hogan and said my line: ‘I’m back at the WCW to wrestle with the big boys.’
I was still in Hogan’s face when they signaled for a short commercial break. Knowing we were off the air momentarily, I broke character and smiled at Hogan. It was a big mistake.
'Wipe that grin off your face, or I'll knock it off. You're stealing money from me and my family right now,' he said to me through gritted teeth.
I immediately stopped smiling.
After the show I tried to apologize to him, but he brushed me off. I learned a big lesson from him that night: never break character when on camera in front of the fans — even on a commercial break.”