In a new episode of “Ask The Performance Center”, NXT Superstars were asked what move they wish they could do in the ring. Superstars such as the Iconic Duo, Peyton Royce & Billie Kay, Johnny Gargano, & The Street Profits answered the question and answers ranged from top rope maneuvers to popular moves like the Stone Cold Stunner.
The #WWENXT Superstars want to do ALL the moves… pic.twitter.com/p6AYUdEi6j
— WWE (@WWE) December 23, 2017
Buff Bagwell Talks about Retiring, The End of WCW, His Release
In a recent interview with CBS Local Sports, they recently caught up with Buff Bagwell shortly after he announced his plans for retiring. Buff talked about his plans for retirement, what it was like when WWE took over, and his eventual release from WWE.
On why he picked now to retire…
“I had a shoulder replacement and a hip replacement within a 20-month period two years ago. The shoulder replacement isn’t doing well. I’m probably going to have to get it redone. And even the hip replacement is acting up. Bu I don’t want to do that to the fans and let them see something that depresses them, like that guy shouldn’t be in the ring. And I’m by no means there, but it’s not far away.”
If Vince Russo taking over was the downfall for WCW…
“My true answer would be, I don’t know. But if I was in Las Vegas and had to bet, my gambling mind would say that you’re right. Because Vince told us a lie his very first time meeting 90 WCW superstars. He met all of us one on one, and he lied to every one of us. I love Vince. I love him to death but, at the same time, I tell the truth, and this is the truth. I don’t want Vince to get mad if he hears this, I’m just being honest. This is the truth, and he knows it. His said he was not going to go on TV. He felt Eric [Bischoff] was on TV too much, being where his position was, and taking too many segments up. And Vince’s big thing was that you’re never going to see him in the ring. … But the next thing you know, he’s got a baseball bat with sleeveless shirt on with his skinny arms hanging out of it, beating guys up with bats, and he’s the World Heavyweight Champion. That’s not good for the business. Then they brought Eric back. But back to your question of it being the start, I do think it was the start of the fall. And the rumor was Eric was going to buy the company. We showed up and WWF trucks were there, and that was over.”
On when he found out that WWE Took Over…
“But we all pulled up, and we all saw the WWF trucks together, and we all looked at each other and went, that’s not good. We were seeing people crying and taking pictures with Ric and the belt. We knew it was bad, but we just didn’t know how bad. Then Shane [McMahon] calls a meeting in five minutes. In five minutes of us trying to find out what was going on, Shane had a meeting, and he comes walking in with the entire company inside this room. It was about 45 seconds long tops.
He said, “Hey, my name’s Shane McMahon. I own the company. My dad bought the company today, so we now own the WCW. We’re going to keep some wrestlers. We’re going to get rid of some wrestlers. We’re going to keep some referees. We’re going to get rid of some referees. We’re going to keep some office talent, and we’re going to fire some office talents. Good luck. See you later.”
On his release from WWE…
“It couldn’t have been the match, because I’ve wrestled Booker a thousand times and never missed a step until that night. That’s out. If my mom called or not, once again I know she didn’t, but let’s say she did, it’s not worth getting fired over. I think Buff Bagwell deserves, “Tell your mother not to ring our phone no more.” Give him a warning.
I basically ended up getting released for … I don’t know. I raised my hand to find out why I was getting fired. They called it released. I said, “Well, what do I do with a release?” And they said it means they could bring me back in three months. I knew that was (garbage), but I still told myself, “I’m going to shake hands, smile and get out of the room before you start crying.”
I waited three months and almost four months just to show I wasn’t bothering them. I called up Jim Ross, and he goes … I swear to God, he went, “What do you want, Marc?” I went from Buff Bagwell to, “What do you want, Marc?” I said, “Jim, let me totally clear the air here. You guys asked me to call you back in three months. I waited three months and three weeks, almost four months, and did what y’all told me to do.” I was scared I’d get heat for that, but I said “I did what you asked me to do.”
Then he said, “We have no openings. We’ll call you if we do.” Click.”
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CBS Local Sports