Believe me, when we sat in that front row and you actually heard what those fans were yelling at us, we were hated. When the nWo guys came out, the fans just swooned them and loved them. They were the cool heels. Man, there's no such thing as a cool heel. [Laughs.] You're either hated or you're loved. That's it, that's the way it's supposed to be.
Then, they took me from that image and wanted to re-package me back into being the pretty boy again. I was going, like, 'Wow. Talk about a roller-coaster ride.' You know? I wanted to keep the eye patch and got some approval. Then, we it finally got to Terry Taylor -- and I had disgruntles with him -- he just said, 'No. We're not going to do that with him. This is what we want to do.' I went, 'You want to do what?? That makes no sense.'
I went from having a bad eye, to all of a sudden having a good eye. I just went, 'Man. You're not making anything make any sense. Let me be who I want to be and develop this persona. You want me to be this.' So, I had, 'Do this, or we're just not going to do anything with you and you're just going to flounder.' So, I kind of had to do what they gave me.
WrestlingINC: That first run with Russo and Ferrara didn't last too long. They were gone and all hell broke loose when Benoit, Guerrero, Saturn and all those guys requested their releases and got them. What was it like during that time?
Riggs: At the time, everybody was walking on egg shells. Time Warner was being bought by AOL [and] the business side of it was; we started losing ratings. Again, there were so many people under contract and the company went from making money and being a high-rated program, to losing money. When AOL suits were coming in, they didn't want a program that was actually losing money. They didn't understand TV and programming or anything else, they just wanted everything to be in the black and everything to be making money with what they were investing in.
Again, that's when WCW started losing its steam because instead of keeping all these young guys, they were keeping these millionaire guys that were actually making a million dollars a year through Time Warner -- not a WCW contract, but a Time Warner contract -- but were only working Nitros or the live Thunders. Not the taped Thunders, but the live ones. They would never work a Saturday night program. They would work maybe a couple of house shows, but only the big ones. They wouldn't work the smaller towns.
They were making the most money. So, we started trimming the fat with the lower paid guys and the mid-pay guys and those were the ones that were getting the axe. Then, you also had everybody that was coming up for contract re-negotiations now wanting more money. It became an issue or where, 'OK. We're getting guaranteed money as it is.' But everybody wanted more of it. WCW just became a selfish place to work.
Nobody was worried about putting on good matches, they were just worried about getting their personalities over. It just became a selfish time for a lot of the people. I saw a lot of people -- at one point -- we [had] a team effort. All of a sudden, everybody was out for themselves. That's when it became a hard place to work. It really did. I was kind of glad, in a sense, to get out of there.
Click here for part one of our interview with Riggs. Make sure to check back tomorrow for part three of our interview with Riggs, where he talks about why he left WCW, being in ECW during their dying days, working with Paul Heyman and much more.
Also, you can follow Riggs on Twitter at @REALScottyRiggs and you can send him your well wishes as he recovers from his recent gallbladder surgery. We here at WrestlingINC.com would also like to wish Riggs the best as he recovers.
Raj Giri is the owner of WrestlingINC.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking the "Follow" button: Follow @RajGiri_303
Chael Sonnen Talks CM Punk Returning To UFC Instead Of Going Back To 'Fake Wrestling'
Braun Strowman On Vince McMahon Being Hands On With His Character, Being A Babyface
Booker T Hypes Tonight's RAW Return, Greatest Royal Rumble Note, Finn Balor - Sonya Deville Video
Liv Morgan On Proving Herself In WWE NXT, Wanting It All On SmackDown, WWE Legend She Looked Up To
How Old Is John Cena Today?, Asuka Hypes First SmackDown Match, Superstars Attacking Their Partners
Tessa Blanchard On Her Impact Debut, Pentagon Jr. Comments After Title Win, Redemption Fallout
WWE Live Event Results From Chattanooga (4/22): Triple Threats, AJ Styles Headlines, Big Cass, More
UFC Champion On Possible Return, UFC Fight Night Card Changes, Bellator Fedor-Mir Countdown
Former WWE RAW Host Passes Away, AJ Lee Talks Mental Health Awareness, Bella Twins Fan Freak-Out
Impact Redemption Results: New Champions, Knockout Debuts, Austin Aries Defends Title
Chris Jericho Talks Idea He Pitched To Vince McMahon About Roman Reigns, Why Fans Boo Reigns, NJPW
Updated Video Of Massive "WWE Greatest Royal Rumble" Stage
How Long Is The WWE Greatest Royal Rumble Scheduled To Run?
Huge Title Change At Tonight's Impact Redemption
Scott Steiner Reveals His Dream Match And Worst Mistake He Ever Made In His Pro Wrestling Career
Nikki Bella's First Public Appearance Since Split With John Cena