Buff Bagwell Talks Backstage Meeting With TNA This Year, WCW, His WWE Run And Release, NWO, More
His thoughts on TNA and his talks with Hogan and Bischoff this past summer: "I went down to the Burnett Center when they were here. I just wanted them to see me. I called Eric and said 'do you mind if I come down to see you guys at TNA?' He said, 'sure, come on down.' So, I walk in the back looking like Buff Bagwell again. I walk in and Hulk Hogan walks all the way over to me and I feel eyes burning holes in me, and Hulk walks up and goes to me, 'why are you not working for us?' I said, 'well, that's kind of why I am here.' He said, 'Dude, you're one of the only few guys left that we could bring in and not have any heat,' and he didn't realize what he had said. I said, 'Do you know why that is?... Because I don't have any friends, he started laughing and he said, 'you know, you're right. If we brought you in, nobody would complain about it. I said it's because I don't have any friends in the business, I have a few friends, but none that would get heat for it. So he said, 'dude, who has got your number?' I said, Eric Bischoff has got my number, so I got texts on my phone right now that I could send you. Visit WrestlingInc.Eric Bischoff texted me, and he was excited, and I was excited. Then the Main Event Mafia thing started happening, I thought I'd fit into that or Aces and Eights possibly and I have heard nothing and they knew exactly where I am at and exactly how to get in touch with me. Eric was saying positive things. I don't get it. Just let me go out and be over again, I can be the biggest heel or the biggest babyface if they would just let me, but they won't let me and I don't know why."
His brief stay in WWE as part of the Invasion angle: "I was the first match of the Invasion. Why would they put Booker T. versus Buff Bagwell in Tacoma, Washington? We're the main event on RAW and it ain't good. They could wait seven days and put this in Atlanta. Instead we got booed out of the building in Tacoma, Washington and we had a bad match, double whammy. If you're asking me, they already knew that they were done with WCW, they just were gonna make us the sacrificial lambs to end it. All they had to do was wait a week and Booker T and Buff Bagwell get over in Atlanta, instead we got buried in Tacoma.Check out Wrestling Inc. They had a gold mine with WCW, forget Buff, they had a gold mine. Sting, Luger against the Rock, Stone Cold, it was endless. You could've gone on and on with that for wrestling fans, for wrestlers, you could've gone on and on, but instead they just beat us all and sent us home."
His release from WWE: "They waited to fire me in Atlanta, why even make me come down there? Make me drive down to Phillips Arena to fire [me], my god, how brutal is that? I don't know if they hadn't figured it out totally or what, I think they had. I think they already knew they were done with us and were gonna put us on the shelf and they did so."
The backstage scene in WCW during the final year: "It was absolute mayhem, it was just a bad train wreck that nobody could fix when Russo came in. Russo had everybody going in different directions and then they figured out that Russo didn't know what he was doing and they bought Bischoff back, and then they tried getting Bischoff and Russo to work together. Bischoff had his guys and Russo had his guys. You could always tell who was running things by who was getting pushed. I got to visualize it all when it went down and there was just nobody that was gonna fix it."
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