Alex Wright Talks Turning Down WWE, Triple H, Working With Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero
Working with Chris Benoit and hearing of the tragic incident surrounding his death: "Benoit was a very tough wrestler, very hard in the ring, a lot of intensity, but I liked that kind of style. It was very sad hearing about Benoit. It was shocking, you know, because I met a person that was totally different, you know, and so it was kind of unbelievable that this had happened."
Eddie Guerrero: "I met Dean (Malenko) and Eddie (Guerrero) in my time in Japan, with New Japan, wrestling in the Super J Cup. I went over there with (Brian) Pillman, but I didn't know anyone else there. When I met Dean and Eddie, they said, 'Do you want to go party?' and of course a young kid always wants to party. So we went to a party place in Tokyo, we are sitting there ordering our drinks and suddenly they tell a waitress to take a picture of us. Suddenly, they both give me a kiss on the cheek. I said, 'Oh my god, I didn't know those guys, what are they doing with me.' So, they were kind of ribbing me all of the time in the beginning. Eddie was like a friend to me, and I also liked Chavo. I did a lot of road trips with them. It was very shocking to hear about Eddie's death, I was very, very sad. When you travel a lot at times with them and you see them more than your own family, it becomes somewhat your family. You take care of each other, you train together, you party together, and it was sad hearing about Eddie."
Working with Triple H in 1994 when both were rookies in WCW and his view on him now: "Triple H, or at that time, Jean-Paul Levesque, he was very cool and a very nice guy. I had a lot of fun working with him and there was no real competition between us. We were both young and we both wanted to do our best and we both wanted to show the veterans, and of course Bischoff, that we can do it and that we have the right to be on the pay per views and the shows. (There are always) haters and jealous people, but when I met him and I'm sure it is still the same, he loved the sport, just like I did. If you look now at WWE, you see the new WWE Performance Center, and that just shows how Triple H wants to secure the future for the sport and the upcoming talent."
Turning down WWE: "When Vince McMahon bought WCW, he couldn't buy my contract and what WWE offered for a buyout was not enough for me to say, 'OK, I'll go to WWE.' WWE approached me afterwards twice and I was very honored for that and actually very happy, but on the other side, I told them thank you very much. But right now, I'm not able to do that, what you want from me. I'm a guy when I step in the ring, I want to give 180 percent, for the promotion, for the fans, and for myself also and if I can't do that, I will not step in the ring. At the time, going straight on the road for so long, plus the backstage politics. I was married, I wanted to have kids. I said, 'if I don't now use the time to regenerate, mentally and physically, I most likely will end up like some of my other colleagues.' That's why I said no to WWE."
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