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Brian Milonas Remembers When John Cena & Vince McMahon Showed Up For His Indie Match

January 9, 2023 | Posted by Jack Gregory
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In a recent appearance with Conversations in Pop Culture, Brian Milonas shared the story of when Vince McMahon and John Cena both participated in a Chaotic Wrestling match in 2007 (per Fightful). Cena was booked as a special referee ahead of time, but hardly anyone new that McMahon was also going to be present for the main event that evening. Milonas also explained how he hoped it would lead to bigger and better things in the future to no avail. You can read a few highlights from the interview and watch the full episode below.

On how McMahon came to accompany Cena for Chaotic Wrestling’s Homecoming show: “John Cena Sr co-promoted a show with Chaotic Wrestling and it was a benefit show in Newbury, Mass [Massachusetts]. John [John Cena] did the show as a favor and he was the referee for my match in the main event. I was defending the Chaotic Heavyweight Title against Rick Fuller. John is super cool, we already had familiarity with John because he used to stop by the Chaotic training center on his off days and train with us. He was familiar with us. In the afternoon, he lays out the finish of the match, very meticulously. I didn’t think anything of it, ‘he’s the WWE Champion, he probably wants things a certain way.’ As far as I know, the only people who knew what was about to happen were John, the owner of Chaotic at the time Jamie Jamitkowski, and John Cena Sr. They were the only ones who knew Vince would be in the house. We did the match, get to the finishing sequence, we double down, I’m getting up, and I see somebody get in the ring. I turn around, and it’s Vince McMahon. It feels like a fever dream. You can see it in my face, the actual footage, I don’t know what the hell is going on. Vince is yelling at Cena’s dad, I had knocked Cena out with the belt. Vince comes over to me, ‘Are you the heel or the babyface?’ ‘I’m the heel.’ He grabs my arm and raises it. My mouth is on the mat. I’m not even playing it cool, I’m just in awe of the situation. You see us talking and the conversation was, ‘What’s next?’ He said, ‘I’m gonna slap Cena, take an FU, and get out of here.’ That’s what he did. Cena waves me on, ‘FU!’ He gives it to me, I roll out of the ring, grab my manager, hugged her, and said, ‘That was the greatest moment of my life,’ which it was at that point.”

On how Milonas tried to build on that event going forward: “For me, at the time, I’m thinking maybe this is the ticket to getting a job. I was booked as an extra for TV, maybe the next week or so. Raw was in Boston. At the Boston arena, there was one hallway and it was the only way in and out. At the end of the night, I positioned myself in this hallway because I knew Vince had to come this way and I had an in to talk with Vince McMahon. I had a reason to conceivably speak with him. It wasn’t the first time I’ve spoken to Vince, I had been at TV before as an extra where he’s thanked us, so there was minimal interaction, nothing of substance. He comes walking down the hallways after Raw is off the air and I go, ‘Mr. McMahon,’ and he looks at me like, ‘Who the hell is this guy?’ ‘I don’t know if you remember me, but I was in the ring with you on the independent show a couple of weeks ago. It meant a lot to me, thank you. I really appreciated it.’ He kind of cocks his head and goes, ‘Oh, well you’re welcome,’ and he walks off down the hallway. I don’t know if he actually did this or if this is how I concocted the story in my mind all these years later, but in my mind, he did the strut away from me. I thought it was going to be my ticket, he walked away, and my dreams crumbled.”

On what happened after his second encounter with McMahon: “WWE shot it and they have footage of this. I have friends there and I have tried to get them to find it, unarchive it, and play it. I also tried to broker a deal between Chaotic and Ring of Honor when I was in Ring of Honor for them to use the footage. To me, I could have been the hottest thing in pro wrestling because I would have been on Ring of Honor television and in the ring with Vince McMahon. It wasn’t able to be worked out because Chaotic can’t really sell the footage or anything. They can’t monetize it at all, there were some deals signed.”