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.”
NWA Legend Dick Slater Passes Away
National Wrestling Alliance legend, and decorated champion, Dick Slater has passed away at the age of 67, according to post that paid tribute to Slater made my NWA.
The National Wrestling Alliance sends its deepest sympathies and condolences to the family, friends and fans of Dick Slater.
— NWA (@nwa) October 18, 2018
Slater wrestled professionally from 1972 to 1996 for promotions including NWA and WCW, where he finished his career. Slater was a 4 time Georgia Heavyweight Champion, 2-time NWA Macon Heavyweight Champion, NWA United States Champion, NWA Mid-Atlantic Champion, 2-time NWA TV Champion, 2-time NWA Florida Heavyweight Champion, and NWA Brass Knuckles Champion.
Sting Talks Scorpion Deathlock
WWE Hall of Famer Sting recently appeared on the Apter Chat podcast to discuss a number of topics, including where he got the idea of the Scorpion Deathlock finisher from, a move he used throughout his storied career.
Sting revealed that he the inspiration from wrestler Riki Choshu at a Japanese show.
“I was fortunate enough in those early days, while I was still with Bill Watts, (Giant) Baba from Japan wanted me to come do a show. Bill sent me to Japan and there was a wrestler named Riki Choshu. He used that hold and I went ‘oh, I like that’ and so then the scorpion kinda popped in all at the same time and attempting to brand myself” Sting said.
Sting also talked about the demise of WCW, which was eventually bought out by WWE.
“It was shocking, it was surreal, it was emotional because it was a lot of years of a lot of sacrifice” Sting explained. “Fighting tooth and nail to not be the second class wrestling organization, but to finally evolve into the number one wrestling organization in the world.
“To be that first class wrestling organization, a global machine, and to just watch it slip through your fingers and be gone and totally out of your control. I always said it was like the enemy coming into your camp and having their way.”
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
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