Former WWE Tag Team Champion Paul London has revealed that he would only take “A million dollars” to return to the WWE at the Royal Rumble.
London became famous during his time in the WWE teaming with Brian Kendrick. The pair were known as The Hooligans, but became more well known as simply London & Kendrick.
Wowing the fans with their high-flying, over-the-top style of wrestling, they quickly became fan favourites and one of the most popular tag teams the WWE had during the Ruthless Aggression era.
They made history as the longest reigning WWE Tag Team Champions in history and they put on some incredible matches on Smackdown at the time.
Given the quality of teams in the division at the time (Deuce & Domino come to mind as a very poor tag team), it was amazing how many great matches they had during this time in the WWE.
However, London was fired by WWE in 2008 after breaking up with his partner and moving out on his own on a singles run.
The story goes that he was fired for smiling just before Vince McMahon was blown up by a limousine on screen, but he was also reportedly burnt out and sick of the WWE schedule at this time.
He has harboured a grudge against the WWE ever since and sees no chance of himself making a return to the company – not even in a surprise Royal Rumble appearance.
Speaking to former WWE superstar Renee Dupree on his podcast, Cafe De Rene, and revealed that it would take $1 million to get Paul London to appear in the Royal Rumble match.
He also noted that he wanted it “upfront, in cash” and called Vince McMahon a very derogatory name during the tirade.
“A million dollars and I want it upfront in cash. All of it Vince, you piece of sh*t. Unmarked bill in a briefcase handcuffed to my wrist. All of it. Yeah, that’s the only way I’d do it.”
This declaration makes it very likely that Paul London will never return to the WWE. It also makes a reunion with Brian Kendrick very, very unlikely because of Kendrick’s recent scandal that lost him his job with WWE and then AEW in a matter of days.
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