Former WWE Writer Talks Time On This Site, Joining WWE, How Lesnar's Return Was Handled & More
|By Raj Giri||July 23, 2012 | Comments|
Make sure to check back tomorrow for our second part of our interview, where Bauer discusses his problems with Stephanie McMahon, if Vince McMahon should step down, the future of the company under Triple H and much more.
WrestlingINC: You were an early part of WrestlingINC.com back in the '90's.
Court Bauer: Yeah. Maybe even the pre-WrestlingINC.com (days) with The Wrestling Gazette newsletter I think is what you had out there. Everyone signed up for this newsletter chain and everyone would read it. You'd see a zillion e-mail addresses on there and then you'd get your news right before the Monday night shows started. It was great.
Then, you'd get all the fall-out and all the gossip. I remember it was like '95-'96 and you had The Wrestling Observer and a few other newsletters but this was like instant information before websites were really a big thing, this was a great thing to get all your wrestling fix in terms of news and what's going to happen, who's jumping (sides) -- which was like constantly -- the news cycle was never-ending back in the '90's. WWF or WCW -- it was a really intriguing time.
So, for someone at that point that was really interested in getting into the wrestling business that was absorbing everything like a sponge; to have that newsletter that became WrestlingINC.com was a great thing. I remember hitting my Inbox when I was in college and maybe even high school and just -- you've got to read everything from the top to the bottom of that newsletter.
Eventually, I ended up e-mailing you and saying, "I'd love to contribute." Now, I didn't have any sources. [Laughs.] I just wanted to write. I didn't know what the hell to do other than try to cobble together some leads on a few things and that's kind of what happened. You and WrestlingINC became my entry into wrestling and I used that as a way to then hook up with wrestlers and ask them for interviews. I did a lot of op-ed things and put out a few stories.
WrestlingINC: Yeah. You did a great job on the site.
Bauer: I remember I convinced King Kong Bundy and guys like Gary Albright from Japan to do columns and stuff. [Laughs] Guys were doing columns and stuff and that's a novel thing today. We actually got them to do them on a -- I won't say weekly basis -- on fairly regular basis.
WrestlingINC: Yeah. You did a great job. I think you were with the site until -- what -- '99-2000?
Bauer: '99 sounds about right. '98-'99 was when I was doing a lot -- I was getting really hands on with wrestling, doing stuff with The Samoans. I had contacted them, setting up a part where I was working and trying to just get in the business. So, by '99, I was pretty much balancing college and the Samoan stuff up in Pennsylvania. That's probably when I was spinning so many plates that I stepped back.
Plus, there was always paranoia about the conflict of interest with the Samoans. Especially Afa, who's a WWE Hall Of Famer. So, he's very old school. So, getting involved with dirt sheets or anything; it was a major taboo then. It still is today. It's not like you could work for Vince (McMahon) and do anything with wrestling. That's when I probably when I also realized I had to keep that as my primary goal.
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