Honky Tonk Man Talks Changes In WWE, Working With Billy Gunn & Santino, Turning Down HOF, More
Here is part two of the interview, click here for part one where Honky Tonk Man discussed his problems with Eric Bischoff, not dropping the title to Randy Savage, going to WCW and more.
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WrestlingINC: When you went back to WWF in 1997, it had to have been drastically different than you remembered it from the late-'80's-early-'90's. What were your thoughts on where the company was at that time?
Honky Tonk Man: When I went back and did the Billy Gunn thing -- and I love Billy to death. He understands the business now but back then, he wasn't really sure what was going on. It's nothing against Billy and he knows this (but) he had been there and they were looking for the next, greatest Intercontinental champion. They should have brought in a new, fresh guy.
It just did not work. It was terrible. It was terrible for him. He didn't like it. I didn't like it. It just did not work. He and I could make it work now but we could not make it work then. It dragged on for three or four months, which was way too long.
The company had not changed that much at that point other than the fact that they were going towards the DX generation. Pushing the envelope to the sex attitude. Mae Young having a hand with Mark Henry. Vince having a rectal exam. Pulling all kinds of stuff, you know.
It was a sick area. It was a sick part of our business that still exists with some independent promoters. High school principals and civil organizations still remember that. When [we] as independents try to get wrestling shows, people go, "No. No, we don't want that. We don't want all this sex and naked women." Now they're a PG company, but that's what people remember. So, it hurt us out here with what we do with not being able to get as many wrestling shows as we should have or could have because of what they did.