Source: Big WrestleShark ShowFormer WWE and WCW World Champion Kevin Nash was interviewed on this week's edition of the Big WrestleShark Show, ahead of his upcoming appearances alongside Scott Hall and Sean Waltman on the UK Takeover Tour. In the near hour long interview, Kevin discusses who took him under their wing, the feeling in the locker room when he joined WWF, jumping to WCW, the early days of the NOW, his thoughts on TNA as competition for WWE, working a ladder match at 52 years old and more. Here are some highlights from the interview:
Moving to WWF the first time: "The biggest difference was I was in WCW, which was a television company that had wrestling and I went to the WWF, which was a wrestling company that did wrestling. It's what they did, they specialized in it. From production, to professionalism, to direction, it was so night and day. Business was down then when I got there in '93. But at the same time business was ten times better in WWF than it was in WCW. We'd get to buildings and the guys would be complaining the house was down, and I'd look through the curtain and it'd be the biggest crowd I'd ever worked in front of.
"There was always a perception when you were in WCW of 'would you like to go to WWF?' and the reaction was always 'I don't know if I'm ready.' At the time all the guys that were in WWF who were all seasoned good workers with established persona's. Then when my era came along, the New Generation, a lot of those guys were leaving the business. When I came in to WWF, Hulk was going to Turner, there was a kind of a changing of the guard, it was a very young crowd... Bret had been there, but had spent most of his time as a tag team entity at that time, Shawn was on his up and coming, Scott Hall was becoming a star, the Undertaker was a star, Yoko was there and we were really starting to build a nucleus."
Stories from the road: "We spent 300 days a year on the road when I first came in, and we would spend a ton of time in the UK because we did so well there. I think it kept the WWF alive. I remember doing a 19 day tour, being home for clothes and going back for a 21 day tour; only setting foot in the states to do TV's. At the same time, those trips were the craziest because you had a driver …when you have a driver and you're on a bus, there isn't much to do but drink beer and play cards, and that's what we did.
"We were all young guys, we knew we had to do this together, we were a team, and it was just like stone by stone, we had to build this thing back to what it once was. I think that group of guys on that bus, those 12 – 18 guys… I've got a picture of that group in the back of the bus; it's Taker, the Kliq, Stone Cold, the only person who's really not on that bus is The Rock. It's like the Attitude era and the NWO Era combined in the back of that bus (you can check out the photo here). It makes me feel good that I was fortunate enough to be part of that group of guys. It was the perfect storm."
Recreating that atmosphere/lack of competition in wrestling: "There was such a changing of the guard. Turner really put out money to get name talent off of Vince. Even when Scott [Hall] and I left [WWF], I asked I asked Vince to match Turner's offer, and he just told me monetarily he couldn't do it. He couldn't get into a bidding war with Turner, he would just have to build another star.
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