Honky Tonk Man Talks His WWF Run, Not Dropping The Title To Savage, Heat With Eric Bischoff & More
Honky Tonk Man: No, I have not. I couldn't care less about ever speaking to him ever again. He obviously cared about me because he wrote in his book that the one person he [got the most enjoyment out of firing] was Honky Tonk Man. After all the people that he had worked with and fired, he actually wrote in his book that it brought him more joy to fire me than anybody else. Obviously, there was something there that he liked or disliked. I don't care whether he fired me or not. He said, 'You're fired,' and I walked out. It's up to anybody's discretion.
WrestlingINC: Do you remember your last conversation with Eric?
Honky Tonk Man: Yeah. I told him that he couldn't carry Vince's jock strap. [Laughs.] He said, 'You did a job for Vince.' I said, 'Yeah. But Vince paid me a helluva lot better than you are.' [Laughs.] I told him I never did them on television, either. He said, 'If you don't do this, then we don't need you are here.' So, I told him that he couldn't carry Vince's jock strap. I grabbed my bag and I said, 'Boys, I'll see you later.'
Then Hogan came running in and said, 'Hey, brother. What's going on, brother?' I said, 'Let me tell you something, brother. I'm out of here. The only reason I was here was to give you some support because you were coming in. Then, all these guys that were never around you -- I was here to support you.' He said, 'Hey, brother. I wish I could help but I'm just here to serve and that's all.' I said, 'Well, if you can't help me, then nobody can.' So, I just said see you later and I didn't talk to that guy for 20 years.
I've not talked to Eric Bischoff. I could care less. I don't even want to talk to the guy. I got nothing to say to him. He was giving guys three, four, five, six hundred thousand -- a million dollars a year! I mean, God bless him, I was wrestling Brian Pillman a couple of times. Brian Pillman had been off and so was Marc Mero. Sitting home making $300-400,000 a year. They had not wrestled a match in six months.
Then, they come back and, 'Man, I'm so glad you're here and we get a chance to wrestle you. We've been sitting home.' I was making $1,000 a match. These guys were making $300-400,000 a year and they weren't even working. They just got a check every two weeks in the mail.
Kevin Nash and Scott Hall and those guys, they should send Jim Ross 20% agent's fee because Jim would go on TV and say, 'I heard some guys from down South might be headed up North,' and that's all he would say. Then, Eric Bischoff would give them guys a $50,000 raise. [Laughs.] 'Jim, I really appreciate what you've done for me. I'm going to give you and your wife a trip to Hawaii or something.'
Eric Bischoff would call them in the next day and say, 'Listen. I'm going to give you $50,000 more.' [Laughs.]
Click here for the second part of our interview with The Honky Tonk Man, where he discusses problems with the business today, scripted promos, working with Santino Marella in 2008 and much more.
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