It’s one of the most important, and industry-impactful moments in the history of professional wrestling when Vince McMahon’s WWE purchased Ted Turner’s WCW signaling the end of the Monday Night Wars back in 2001.
Former WCW, and later WWE, superstar Buff Bagwell talked about how the WCW roster didn’t really have a heads up about the purchase.
“We all pulled up [to Nitro], and we all saw the WWF trucks together, and we all looked at each other and went, that’s not good” Bagwell said in an interview with CBS Sports.
“We were seeing people crying and taking pictures with Ric and the belt. We knew it was bad, but we just didn’t know how bad. Then Shane [McMahon] calls a meeting in five minutes. In five minutes of us trying to find out what was going on, Shane had a meeting, and he comes walking in with the entire company inside this room. It was about 45 seconds long tops. He said, ‘Hey, my name’s Shane McMahon. I own the company. My dad bought the company today, so we now own the WCW. We’re going to keep some wrestlers. We’re going to get rid of some wrestlers. We’re going to keep some referees. We’re going to get rid of some referees. We’re going to keep some office talent, and we’re going to fire some office talents. Good luck. See you later.’ That was it.”
Bagwell also discussed his abrupt release from WWE shortly after.
“It couldn’t have been the match, because I’ve wrestled Booker a thousand times and never missed a step until that night. That’s out. If my mom called or not, once again I know she didn’t, but let’s say she did, it’s not worth getting fired over. I think Buff Bagwell deserves, ‘Tell your mother not to ring our phone no more.’ Give him a warning. I basically ended up getting released for … I don’t know. I raised my hand to find out why I was getting fired. They called it released. I said, ‘Well, what do I do with a release?’ And they said it means they could bring me back in three months. I knew that was (garbage), but I still told myself, ‘I’m going to shake hands, smile and get out of the room before you start crying.’ I waited three months and almost four months just to show I wasn’t bothering them. I called up Jim Ross, and he goes … I swear to God, he went, ‘What do you want, Marc?’ I went from Buff Bagwell to, ‘What do you want, Marc?’ I said, ‘Jim, let me totally clear the air here. You guys asked me to call you back in three months. I waited three months and three weeks, almost four months, and did what y’all told me to do.’ I was scared I’d get heat for that, but I said ‘I did what you asked me to do.’ Then he said, ‘We have no openings. We’ll call you if we do.’ Click.”
Bagwell was also asked if he had patched things up with Jim Ross.
“No, and there’s way unless he says, ‘I lied, I don’t like you, and I was passing the truth along.’ And I will thank him for telling the truth, and then he’s off the hook. But for him to defend himself and say he likes me after having dogged me out and viciously calling me a mama’s boy and that I can’t wrestle… I don’t think it’s fixable. I just don’t.”
Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart Passes Away
Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, one half of the legendary tag team ‘The Hart Foundation’ and the father of current WWE superstar Natalya has passed away at 63 years old.
Neidhart was a 2-time WWF tag team champion as part of the ‘Hart Foundation’ with Bret Hart and spent time playing in the National Football League with the Oakland Raiders and the Dallas Cowboys before becoming a professional wrestler in 1979 after training with Stu Hart in the legendary Dungeon.
Neidhart was also a part of the late 1990s’ pro-Canada stable ‘The Hart Foundation’
Stunned and saddened. I just don’t have the words right now. pic.twitter.com/fcO8Skuuhz
— Bret Hart (@BretHart) August 13, 2018
Jeff Jarrett Talks WWE Reviving WCW
WWE Hall of Famer Jeff Jarrett is one of a number of superstars that were main talents for both WWE and WCW during the Monday Night Wars, and as a promoter himself, Jarrett understands the business side of the professional wrestling industry.
The WCW brand has a ton of history, but since Vince McMahon acquired the company in 2001, it has been dormant, existing only on the WWE Network.
With so many brands evolving under the WWE umbrella, including NXT, Jarrett shared his thoughts on a potential WCW revival.
“I don’t believe so,” Jarrett said, according to WWE. “I think you’ll see bits and pieces of what [we saw]. I think that the War Games, the things that, you know, Starrcade last year, but I think they’ll take bits and pieces of that nostalgia and monetize it. But as an overall brand, I think NXT speaks for itself how a smashing success that is that if they’re going to invest in a new brand, it’s gonna be new. And that makes a lot of sense.”
Jarrett, 51, also discussed an in-ring return.
“The beginning of this year, the very end of last year, I sort of recommitted myself from a bunch of different points of view, but physically, I’m in as good of physical shape that I’ve been in seven, eight, 10 years.”
Sting Talks Wrestling Again, Match with Undertaker
WWE Hall of Famer Sting has closed the door on a potential career in the ring and many fans feel as though there was a big missed opportunity for Sting to have a match with The Undertaker during his short run in WWE.
Sting discussed that, and a number of topics during an appearance on Lillian Garcia’s ‘Chasing Glory’ podcast.
“Yeah, I’m really done. I mean my neck doesn’t bother me at all. For the first couple of months after the match, I had an ache that would go down to the left side of my neck and down into my left trap. It was like a dull ache that was just there all the time and it was hard to sleep. I don’t have any side effects, any trouble so all I know is the neurosurgeon said, “You are so lucky there wasn’t a catastrophe that happened.”
Sting also discussed why he didn’t jump to WWE when Vince McMahon purchased WCW in the early 2000s.
“With WCW at the time, I was able to kind of tailor make my schedule to something that I could tolerate and something that was easier for my family at the time. Financially they always gave me what I wanted, but I was really close to leaving on a few different occasions and I was ready. If WCW didn’t give me what I wanted, then I was willing to take that risk and go to WWE. One of the other reasons why I never did, I always talked about this as well, I at the time-and I still don’t know if it’s accurate or not, but I thought that Vince wanted me as a talent to undermine WCW more than he wanted me as a talent working for him.”
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