The FedEx package with your paychecks just weren't there. You didn't get them at the TV. Whenever you just kept getting promised them and you knew they weren't showing up, guys stopped coming. It just became a hard time and you just knew the money was not going to be there. You wanted to keep the company viable and you really wanted to be there because that was one of the greatest companies I ever worked for. So, I don't want to get all down and dreary on the place.
Those guys had the biggest egos in the world, but it wasn't with themselves, it was in their matches. Everyone there tried to make ECW better. When I left WCW, where everyone was pretty much cut throat and tried to make themselves better and went to ECW, it was just a breath of fresh air. Everyone from C.W. Anderson to Steve Corino, Dreamer -- all those guys. Jerry Lynn. Everything they were doing was to try to make that show better. They all took pride in that. That was something that I hadn't seen in wrestling in a long time since Nitro first started. Everyone tried to make everyone better.
WrestlingINC: Basically, when ECW went under and WCW sold to WWE all within a span of just a short period, it was kind of the end of that golden age. Today you now have WWE, and the TNA and ROH on a much smaller scale. What are your thoughts on TNA?
Riggs: I think they are probably a viable option, for real, future wrestling stars. They do focus more on the wrestling. They do have their top guys with Kurt Angle or Sting or Jeff Jarrett -- I'll give Jarrett props -- they go out there to build other guys.
For a Bobby Roode, who has probably worked so hard from the beginning of that company until now to elevate everything he's done with himself -- he's done that. When Sting put him over -- Sting is not ego-driven. 'You know, you can't beat Sting.' No. He wants to see that company succeed. They just need to capture their audience in order to be able to go to other places and do their TV tapings. Not to be stuck down there in Orlando. They've got to find that way of getting to that next level.
They've been around longer than anybody would even give them credit for being around. When Jarrett got that thing going at Universal, that gave them a place to do their TVs and do it properly. So, they've taken that next step. Now, their next step is to keep broadening and being able to do tours overseas and have their product be seen overseas. To keep their brand growing. If they keep doing what they're doing, they'll be on the right track. The thing is that they do it through wrestling. They're not doing it through celebrity status or personalities and stuff like that. They're doing it through their matches. That's where they create your interest.
They're building that credibility back into wrestling, where fans are going, 'What's going to happen next? Who is Bobby Roode going to fight next? Is that guy going to be able to kick his ass?' That's what they want to see. 'If Sting can't get it done, maybe James Storm can get it done or maybe the next guy can get it done.' That's what they want to see and that's what is going to build credibility back into wrestling. Not just being a big show that WWE is. It's a wrestling show. But, again, it's a show.
WrestlingINC: You were then competing on the independent scene before suffering an injury in 2007. What happened? Are you still taking bookings?
Riggs: Long story short, I had an accident at a show where I slipped on a wet spot and pretty much shattered the ulna bone in my left elbow. I did that in '07 and I've had three surgeries on it where they fillet it open like a fish. Long story short, it took 13 screws and steel plates to put back together again.
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