All aboard the Lex Express with Lex Luger

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July 03, 2013

WWECLASSICS.COM: Any scary situations?

LUGER: They wanted to get a photo of me posing with my shirt off in front of Mount Rushmore, but all these biker guys were out there. They surrounded the bus. We couldn’t get me outside, because all we had was the bus driver and my tour guy. We didn’t have security on the bus. So they had me climb out of the fire escape hatch and they got a picture of me standing on top of the bus in front of Mount Rushmore hitting a double bicep shot. It was very cool.

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WWECLASSICS.COM: At any point, did you freak out and want to get off the bus and never get back on?

LUGER: [Laughs] There were times I’d rather have been at home, sitting poolside, getting a tan or hanging out with my family for a barbeque. But they kept me busy, which was actually good. We all knew the big picture — it was six weeks to SummerSlam and then I’d have plenty of time off. Vince told me I could take a couple of weeks to be back home, so I kind of had the carrot dangling at the end of those six weeks.

WWECLASSICS.COM: After the lengthy buildup to your WWE Title Match against Yokozuna at SummerSlam, you didn’t win the championship. Was that a big letdown for you?

LUGER: I wasn’t made any promises. I really wasn’t thinking about that at all. I was thrilled to be a part of it. I will tell you this: I think that Yokozuna was one of the greatest champions ever. When he walked into the building and came down the aisle, we used to call him the showstopper. For me, personally, I was honored to be in the main event against him at SummerSlam.

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WWECLASSICS.COM: Looking back, how big was that summer of your career?

LUGER: Definitely one of the highlights along with The Four Horsemen and a WCW Title win on national television over Hulk Hogan. To this day, people constantly bring it up. The youngsters from then are now in their late twenties and early thirties and they act like little kids when they talk to me. “Man, I saw you at a shopping mall on your Lex Express tour!” It definitely has an impact to this day and it was great to be a part of it.

WWECLASSICS.COM: The Lex Express isn’t sitting in your driveway right now, is it?

LUGER: [Laughs] People ask me that all the time. You know I never did see it again. As far as I know, they turned it back in. They probably repainted it for some other kind of show, but I’ll always have fond memories of it. It served its purpose well.

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