Buff Bagwell Says He's In Talks To Join TNA, Discusses Car Accident & Time In WCW

Speaking to the Shining Wizards Podcast, Marcus Alexander "Buff" Bagwell reveals that he's in talks with Eric Bischoff to join TNA Wrestling. Highlights from the interview (audio available here) are as follows:

On his recent car accident: "My best friend Hamilton died from a drinking accident. So in the past year I have been doing much better with the drinking and the partying. After I found out how he died, I quit drinking. They say I had a seizure from the alcohol withdrawal. I said, "Dude, I drink maybe 2-3 beers a day." And they go, "How long have you been drinking 3 or more beers a day?" I said "20 years." They said "Marcus, 3 beers a day for a long time, it's still a big deal when you come off cold turkey like that." I have had one more withdrawal seizure, from coming off pain meds or whatever, years ago trying to clean my life up. When you have one, you see this thing called an aura. It's a white little light. It's a light that makes you think Jesus is coming. It's that kind of light. It's that brutal. And anyone listening that has seen the aura, its something that you never ever forget, you don't mistake it for a glare or anything like that, you know what it is. It's the scariest thing in the world. The aura gives an epileptic forty-five seconds to either pull their car over or lay down on the ground. There is no fixing it once you see the light. I was on the phone with my wife, and I said, "Oh my God, I just saw the aura'. She goes, "What? Pull over." I had a big jacked up jeep at the time, and I pulled over. And from that point, its all a black out."

Wrestling in Global (GWF) and being offered a contract: "Global to me back then was like WWF. It was that big to me. We were on TV. We were on ESPN in a great time slot, and we were told that we were gonna be the next company. The woman who owned the place painted it up all nice and got us air conditioning. The dressing rooms got redone, and "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert was there, Lighting Kid, Harlem Heat, Patriot and Scotty Flamingo. They started giving out contracts. I was the 4th guy to get a contract, which I never got. It was $100,000 contract. When I was the fourth one in line, it was just over. They suddenly just pulled the plug. The next phone call, was like God did it. The phone rings and I pick it up, and the guy goes "This is Magnum." I said "Who?" I had no idea who he was."

His early days in WCW: "Right away I got along with Brian Pillman. Guys who worked out hung together. Guys who partied worked together. So me and Brian got along great. I was 19 years old, no credit card, no nothing. I was getting $500 a week to go to wrestling school. When they put you on the road, you lose $500 really fast; going to the gym, tanning, eating, hotel, whatever you do. I came home losing money, the whole thing was a 10 day road trip. Homesick, crying, calling home. After Pillman, me and Johnny B. Badd got on real good. Once we got our own credit cards and were making money, no one rode with us. We went and trained, and didn't know what a beer was, and didn't party. It was all about working out and pro wrestling. After that it was Sting, and then Luger. Me and Luger were animals at that point. Scotty got in such good shape at that time. He set the bar so high, anyone who hoped in our car, it was gonna be chicken breasts, baked potatoes and working out, Not many people jumped in the car with us. Me and Lex wanted to work out and look good for TV."

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