This Friday on The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling, John and Chad are joined by former TNA Wrestling star “Wildcat” Chris Harris. Seeing success in the early days of TNA, Harris made a name for himself during the “Asylum” years as a member of the tag team known as America’s Most Wanted alongside his partner “Cowboy” James Storm. As a team, AMW dominated TNA and the tag team scene for quite a number of years. However, it was the Wildcat’s jump from TNA to WWE’s ECW that took his career in another direction. Repackaged as “Braden Walker,” Harris was given a subpar persona that seemingly was destined to fail before it ever had a chance to evolve. In a rare interview, Harris lashes out at WWE’s creative and the company’s lack of effort to invest any time into developing a story for character. The comments are quite candid and a small portion of the full interview is transcribed below.
Initially signing with WWE after departing TNA and making the reverse jump:
“I didn’t really know what to expect. Granted it was a time where you kind of had to test the waters and what was worse than that was the people that had made the jump never fared to well. It was a risky thing to do because I didn’t know what to expect and the guys that had been there didn’t fair well and that was not by any fault of their own it was just the way it worked out.”
First impressions of WWE:
“They made a big deal about it when I first came in and now to know that it was all crap. I remember talking to Hunter and I talked to Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker and it seemed like my early days there, it felt like it was going to go somewhere.”
The portrayal of Braden Walker by the company:
“When they debuted me, nobody knew who Braden Walker was and I think some people would know who I was or with a name change, I could deal with that. I knew that there was a good chance that they weren’t going to use “Wildcat” but the way they presented me was like a bag of crap. There was nothing for the people to care. Some of these bad one liners they were giving me and vignettes were ridiculous, it was just a bad combination. It is hard to find the words. What I saw there, I wasn’t impressed. It was a billion dollar company and they didn’t know what the hell they were doing from one minute to the next.”
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