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*Daily News by Amo*
05 January 2020

*WWE SUPERSTARS HONOR LUKE HARPER IN A 11-MINUTE TRIBUTE VIDEO*
-WWE has released a second video celebrating the life of Luke Harper (real name Jon Huber). This one clocks in at twice as long and focuses on WWE superstars remembering their late friend.

-“I don’t think I’ve probably processed that he’s not here anymore,” Cesaro said during the video. “But also I feel as long as we remember him and as long as he gives that smile in our face when we think about him, he never will be gone. Just today being in the locker room sharing stories about him. It just brought me and my friends closer together. That’s another credit to his character and his spirit and the kind of guy he was.”

-“One of the things I loved about him was that he always wore these different weird, fun socks,’ Bryan remembered. “One time I asked him, ‘what’s with these socks? They’re crazy.’ He said, ‘Well, my son picks out these socks and I wear them for each show.’ That’s just one of the things that is so special about him.”

-Also in the video are Big E, WWE Champion Drew McIntyre, Dolph Ziggler, Finn Balor, and more.



*REFEREE BRIAN HEBNER DEPARTS THE NATIONAL WRESTLING ALLIANCE*
-Brian Hebner posted the following on Twitter, announcing he is leaving the National Wrestling Alliance:

Want to thank @nwa and @Billy for a great few years of nothing but a great professional experience. I learned & grew so much as my job extended more than just refereeing. Want to REALLY thank @RealNickAldis who has never not believed in me and my abilities. Time to move on #123

-He added: Thank you to all you great wrestling fans and just supporters of are sport. I will move on from @nwa and push forward. Find ways to do what I do and make a stamp. Thank you guys so much. #123

-Brian is the son of legendary referee Earl Hebner. Prior to joining the NWA in 2018, he had been recognized for his extended runs as a referee with WWE and TNA Wrestling (later IMPACT Wrestling).



*MARK HASKINS SIGNS NEW ROH CONTRACT*
-Mark Haskins has re-signed with Ring of Honor. ROH announcex that the international star has signed a new deal with the company.

- Haskins originally signed with ROH in December 2018. The UK star was scheduled to challenge RUSH for the ROH World Title at the ROH 18th Anniversary show this past March, but the event was nixed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Haskins has not appeared for ROH since then due to coronavirus travel restrictions, but ROH noted that keeping Haskins in the fold has been a priority.



*IMPACT GENESIS RETURNS THIS SATURDAY ON IMPACT PLUS*
-The return of Impact Genesis is this Saturday, January 9 on Impact Plus. The event is a week before Impact's Hard To Kill PPV on January 16. The return was first announced in December during Final Resolution. The PPV will feature an I Quit Match between TNA Champion Moose and Willie Mack and the Super X Cup Tournament.



*NEW JAPAN PRO-WRESTLING SET TO ANNOUNCE NEW TV DEAL IN THE UNITED STATES AND UK*
-New Japan Pro-Wrestling will return to television in the United States and United Kingdom “soon”, and we now know that soon is imminent.

-According to a commercial that ran during Wrestle Kingdom 15, New Japan Pro-Wrestling confirmed they would be returning to television in the United States and United Kingdom “soon.” Shortly after the announcement, F4WOnline.com‘s Dave Meltzer confirmed that NJPW is so close to an English-language television deal that an announcement could come at any time.

-NJPW previously aired in the United States on AXS TV, broadcasting NJPW content until 2019, when that relationship ended after IMPACT Wrestling parent company Anthem Sports and Entertainment bought the network. Despite no longer airing on English-language broadcast networks, New Japan still maintains a new offshoot called NJPW of America, and they also have weekly wrestling show called Strong that airs on the New Japan World app.



*ALL ELITE WRESTLING MOVING TO MIAMI FOR FEBRUARY TV TAPINGS*
-All Elite Wrestling will be taking their talents to South Beach. It was noted that AEW’s move to Miami is temporary, as they’ve called Daily’s Place in Jacksonville home since early May. AEW’s Miami residency will include several weeks of television tapings for Dynamite and Dark, as well as this year’s AEW Revolution pay-per-view. As for the reason behind the move, it was said that complaints about wrestling in the freezing weather outdoors, as well as a change of scenery serving as a morale booster were behind the decision.

-All Elite Wrestling will run the following schedule at Daily’s Place in Jacksonville before heading to Miami for the month of February: 

AEW New Year’s Smash (Night 1) – January 6 (live) AEW New Year’s Smash (Night 2) – January 7 (taped) AEW Dynamite – January 20 (live) AEW Dynamite – January 27 (taped)



*JON MOXLEY ISSUES A WARNING TO IWGP UNITED STATES CONTENDER AT "WRESTLE KINGDOM 15"*
-Just before the IWGP United States Heavyweight contenders match took place on Night One of Wrestle Kingdom 15, the champion, Jon Moxley, issued a warning to both KENTA and Satoshi Kojima that he's coming back to Japan soon.

-In the promo he said: "Many men have vied for that U.S. title contract. They all thought they would get off easy. They all hoped and prayed that the United States Heavyweight Champion would never return," he began. "But I'm the boogeyman, and I will get you eventually. So whoever walks out of the Tokoyo Dome with that contract, make no mistake about it, I'm comin' for ya!"

-There is no set date on when Moxley will defend his championship against KENTA. More information on that will come out soon.



*HUGE DOUBLE TITLE WIN CONCLUDES FIRST Night OF NJPW'S "WRESTLE KINGDOM 15"*
-Kota Ibushi is now the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Champion after defeating Tetsuya Naito in the main event on Night One of Wrestle Kingdom 15. This is the first time he has held the Heavyweight Championship and the second time with the Intercontinental title.

-The "Golden Star" found himself under pressure after two of his Kamigoye's failed to keep Naito down. However, he was able to catch Naito before he could land his Destino with another Kamigoye that officially kept the former champion down and out for the three count.

-New Japan will conclude their second night with Ibushi defending his newly won titles against "Switchblade" Jay White in the main event. 



*MARVEL, LUCHA LIBRE AAA PARTNER TO INTRODUCE NEW WRESTLERS*
-Marvel and Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide have collaborated to introduce a pair of new Lucha Libre wrestlers inspired by two of the most popular Avengers characters, Spider-Man and Captain America.

-As part of the partnership, El Aracno and El Leyenda Americana -- who are inspired by Spider-Man and Captain America, respectively -- were introduced at the recent AAA TripleMania XXVIII event. Marvel-based villains were also introduced at TripleMania including El Terror Purpura and El Venenoide, who are inspired by the Mad Titan Thanos and Spider-Man's villain Venom, respectively.

-Marvel has also launched a new line of Lucha Libre AAA merchandise inspired by Mexican wrestling and the El Arcano and El Leyenda Americana characters. According to CBR.com, there are plans for more characters and stories from the Marvel Universe to emerge from the Marvel-AAA partnership.

-Luis Lomelí, Head of Licensing and Consumer Products at The Walt Disney Company [Mexico] said in a statement, "The potential of wrestling is unlimited. Its quality, color and talent are increasingly valued in the world. Based on this unique and original creative platform, we will develop different product lines such as clothing, footwear and accessories, toys, household and school items."



*CHARLOTTE FLAIR ANNOUNCES WWE ROYAL RUMBLE SPOT*
-WWE Women's Tag Team Champion Charlotte Flair has announced her spot in the 2021 Royal Rumble Match.

-Sarah Schreiber recently interviewed Flair and asked her what advice she would give for the other female Superstars in the 30-Woman Royal Rumble Match. 

-"Sarah, the advice I'd give to the women is, don't listen to the critics," Flair said. "Last year I wasn't a favorite to win and you know what I did? I defied the odds and I won the Royal Rumble in 2020, and that's why I'm doing to declare myself for the 2021 Royal Rumble, and defy the odds again."

-Nia Jax is the only other female Superstar confirmed for the Royal Rumble by WWE as of this writing.
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*PRO WRESTLING CENTRAL*
*Daily News by Amo*
04 January 2020

*ASUKA TOPS LIST FOR MOST MATCHES IN 2020*
-For the first time in the company history, a female competitor topped the list when it came for match counts. In a pandemic year that excluded any matches that arent on TV or PPV, Asuka led the pack with 64 matches. The complete top 10 are: Asuka(64), Angel Garza(58), Ricochet(55), Drew McIntyre(54), Seth Rollins(53), Bayley(52), Bobby Lashley(52), The Miz(52), Keith Lee(51), King Corbin(49).



*PAIGE SUES A MAN WHO IS SELLING HER HOME ADDRESS ONLINE*
-Paige has revealed that a lawsuit has been filed against a man accused of selling her personal home address online. Paige also revealed that the cops are now involved in the investigation.

-She said in a Tweet, “You realize how disgusting this is? You literally tried to get money for our address!! You’re a terrible person. The cops are involved. A report was put in your name. Numerous people came forward about you w/ DMs.”

-This isn’t the first time Paige has had trouble with stalkers. In November, Paige and boyfriend Ronnie Radke dealing with a stalker incident after the stalker said that symbols led him to them.



*MICK FOLEY GIVES COVID-19 UPDATE*
-Mick Foley revealed he had tested positive for coronavirus on December 12. He has been under quarantine in a hotel room for the past 19 days.

-In a Facebook post, the WWE Hall of Famer he will be checked out of the hotel on Sunday because he is no longer contagious, he thanked the fans for the well wishes and prayers he received on social media and said he was lucky because things could have been worse.



*KOTA IBUSHI SAYS HE WILL BECOME "A GOD AT THAT POINT" IF HE WINS AT WRESTLE KINGDOM 15*
-Kota Ibushi will be facing IWGP Heavyweight and IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito on the first night of Wrestle Kingdom 15. If Ibushi wins, he will be the one who will be defending the titles against Jay White on the second night of Wrestle Kingdom 15.

-During an interview with njpw1972.com, Ibushi said that if he wins both of his matches at Wrestle Kingdom 15, his three losses to Jay White in 2020 will be wiped out and he will "become God at that point."

-"I think there's so much I can do with both titles," said Ibushi. "I've said it a lot before, I think the Intercontinental title is for the strongest, and the Heavyweight is for the best. To hold both of those titles, and beat Tetsuya Naito to do it, that makes me hotter than ever. And beating Jay White on top of that? That wipes out that 2020 record, wipes out those three losses. I think I really could become God at that point."



*AJ STYLES ON WHO HE THINKS HAS THE MOST POTENTIAL TO SUCCEED IN WWE*
-AJ Styles joined WWE India colleague Ganelyn Mendoza for an interview in which he talked about who he thinks has the most potential as an up and coming WWE superstar. He also talked about being Undertaker’s last opponent last year at WrestleMania. Regarding his WrestleMania match with The Undertaker, AJ Styles said, “I never thought I had the opportunity to face the Undertaker. And now to say that I was the I was last match… it’s pretty unbelievable. And it was a great opportunity for me and I am honored to be his last match.”

-Continuing on, Styles gave his opinion on the WWE Superstars that he thinks have the most potential to succeed. Styles said, “Riddle. He’s definitely a talent that you need to watch in the future. He’s gonna be a huge star. Keith Lee is another one of those guys who’s just super powerful and can do things that a big man shouldn’t be able to do. Number three, that’s a tough one. who was the number three guy? it makes me wonder if it’s a guy that could be at NXT or is not yet blossomed yet and shown his true potential. I’m not sure what that is. so the number three, we’re gonna give a question mark.” 



*BACKSTAGE UPDATE ON EVA MARIE*
-It’s been known for quite sometime now that Eva Marie has signed a new deal with WWE but fans have yet to see her appear on any shows.

-It is reported that WWE has internally scheduled Eva Marie for the upcoming "Legends Night" on Raw after having previously being scheduled for the December 14 Raw. She was at the December 14 Raw and was backstage ready to give an interview on the show, the segment was scrapped for unknown reasons.

-Eva Marie has been working out at the Performance Center in Orlando for a few months now and it is unknown if the plan for "Legends Night" is concrete or if they could pull the plug again.
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SMACKDOWN NEWS

Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler vs. SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Street Profits is now official for next week's WWE SmackDown.

The New Year's edition of WWE SmackDown on FOX drew an average of 1.915 million overnight viewers, according to Showbuzz Daily. The show drew an average 0.5 rating in the key 18-49 demographic.

This is down from last week's overnight viewership for the Christmas SmackDown, which was an average of 3.336 million viewers, and down from last week's final SmackDown viewership of 3.303 million viewers. The final rating in the key demo for last week was a 0.96.

SmackDown topped the night in the 18-49 demographic, the 18-34 demographic, and the 25-54 demo. SmackDown ranked #8 for the night in viewership on network TV.
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LUKE HARPER TRIBUTE

The WWE Network will honor Brodie Lee (Jon Huber, fka Luke Harper) with a "Best of Luke Harper" compilation later this month.

Every WWE show opened this week with a graphic in memory of Lee - WWE NXT, NXT UK, RAW, Main Event, and tonight's SmackDown will likely open with the same. WWE also released a video of RAW Superstars and officials paying tribute to Lee. The former Bludgeon Brother passed away last Saturday at the age of 41 due to a non-COVID lung issue.

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KAIRI SANE'S WWE-STARDOM DEBACLE

Stardom reportedly wants Kairi Sane to appear at their major show that is scheduled for March 3 from Budokan Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

One of the ideas for the big Stardom event in March is to bring back stars from the past, most notably Sane, who is still under contract to WWE, but back living in Japan with her husband.

It was noted by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Sane went to the WWE office in Japan for help in getting approval for the Stardom appearance, but she "got nowhere."

Sane moved back to Japan in the summer to be with her husband. It was reported then that she would likely be working as a WWE Ambassador in that country, and Sane said herself that she planned to "train and support" WWE from there.

Sane worked for Stardom from 2011-2017 when she signed with WWE. She held numerous titles while with the promotion, including the Wonder of Stardom Title and the World of Stardom Title.

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WWE REJECTED BRODIE LEE GIMMICK IDEA

On a recent episode of Talk Is JerichoChris Jericho paid tribute to Brodie Lee by bringing on many guests to remember Lee. One of his guests included WWE Hall of Famer Arn Anderson who was a producer in WWE while Lee was with The Wyatt Family. Anderson praised Lee for being a wrestler that always willing to put the babyfaces over and for always accepting criticism.

"Chris, as you know, when you're in six-man's or in tags, somebody, especially on the heel side, has got to be the bumping guy," Anderson noted. "He's got to be the flow guy to make everything work, and at 6'5" 275 lbs., he's as much a monster as Big Red (Erick Rowan) or certainly Bray Wyatt. The thing that I figured out pretty quickly with his was his first goal was to make sure the babyfaces got what they needed from him.

"His offense was incredible, but the fact is he took a hell of an ass whipping, and for a guy that size, in today's mentality, not a lot of guys are willing to go out and get their ass kicked properly. It's like, 'I'm too big for that.' He never felt like he was too big for anything. Every single night, first thing he would say coming back through the curtain, 'Whatcha got Dubs? Whatcha got?' He was wanting criticism, and that's the kind of guys that get better, the ones that really want to know, and they want to know the truth."

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It has been accepted by many fans that Lee's time in AEW is the best of his career. Jericho asked what was holding Lee back in WWE. Anderson said that the fact that Lee, who is from the New York area, did not speak with a southern accent was holding him back, and Anderson revealed a character idea he had that was rejected by creative.

"I heard one time he was told that he doesn't sound like a hillbilly, and that's what's holding him back," Anderson revealed. "'He's too intelligent when he speaks.' I had a character for him that would have been awesome, as frightening as anybody has been. What about the guy that looks like that, especially when he wore the dirty, dingy white 'wife-beater', and it was even a little muddy even on some nights.

"What if you got a shot from somebody in a tree or something, and you're shooting into a window and you got a single light bulb and it really looks like a primitive, almost I'm expecting the camera to pan down like you got some guy tied up and you're torturing them or something. What if that guy is sitting with a computer, and he's rattling away. And you made that guy The Unabomber.

"He's brilliant. He's making stuff. He's going over the injuries. He somehow got ahold of all the records of all the crew with their injuries. What is he going to attack next, kind of game planning. His voice is eloquent. You make him a genius. How scary would that guy have been? Well, when I tried to lay that out to creative, they looked at me like I got six heads as you can imagine."

Anderson admitted that he does not want to call Lee "Luke Harper". He explained what made Lee great in WWE, but he said his time in AEW showed what he could do, and that's how he wants to remember Lee.

"He kind of let the world know what he was capable of as Luke Harper and what he brought to The Wyatt Family, much less when they brought the big guy Braun Strowman in," Anderson said. "Those qualities that we have been talking about, he had to do more so to get that guy over, and it was just incredible to the lengths he would go through like when they were working with The Shield or yourself, make sure there's a fair split on offense, and that's what the guy excelled at doing.

"Here's why I call him Brodie Lee. Here, he got to show what he was capable of. He came out dressed nice. When they beat the crap out of Cody, and myself and Dustin and all those guys. Brandi got choked out. That day, that was carnage. That was where you do what you're capable of. 6'5" 275 is a big man. He's a big man in our business, and he's a big man in any profession, but when you can move like that and he had the offense on top of that plus he had the thought process to cheat.

"You got a dangerous combination, and the fact that he was allowed to talk and express what he wanted to do and dress the way he wanted. He still for that beard. He still got that wild hair due, and you know it's a façade to what's deep down in there is what I got from it. Well, this guy is dressed to the nine's, but you know there's a monster down there, and that's the ones that really scare you I think."

Many people in the wrestling industry have shared their stories about Lee, and the one thing that is in common about everyone's memories of Lee is how much of a family man he is. Anderson recalled Lee going as far as driving 500 miles instead of flying to be with his family in the morning.

"Chris Jericho is pretty close to who he really is," Anderson stated. "The Rock, really close to who he really is. [Steve] Austin, [Ric] Flair, [Hulk] Hogan, all those guys that really got over, big time, are pretty close to that character, except for Brodie, and I'll tell you who Brodie was. Many nights, I would come out of the building and after either having their dark match on the last day of a loop or whatever the case may be, but I would be walking across the parking lot.

"Some nights, I would be heading to SmackDown, and if he was on RAW, he would be heading home. I go, 'You got an early flight in the morning?' He would go, 'No, I'm driving.' I go, 'How far is that?' [He'd go,] 'Oh, it's about 490.' And I would go, 'Brodie, Jesus Christ. The flight that you got in the morning would probably get you home about the same time.' He said, 'No, if I get the jump right now, I can have breakfast with the family.' So he was going to drive 500 miles to get there two hours earlier to have breakfast.

"That's who he was. That's what he'll always be to me because he wasn't being braggadocios about it, or he didn't have his chest out. He just, 'Hey, I'd rather sit in a car all night and be home two hours early to get to be with my family.'"

Jericho asked Anderson what Lee's potential in AEW would have been. He talked about how huge of a babyface he could have become in the future.

"Unlimited," Anderson answered. "[Jericho asks if he was World Champion material] Why not? I think this company would have let him take it as far as he could have. Imagine a year down the road or a year and half down the road, after slaughtering just about everybody, this guy does the right thing by the right guy, and now he switches teams. My God, what a babyface he would have been."


Credit to Talk Is Jericho with a h/t to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription.

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ALL RED EVERYTHING

Eva Marie is apparently getting closer to a WWE TV return.

After months of rumors and speculation, Eva at one point was internally scheduled to appear on Monday's Legends Night of RAW, according to Fightful Select. There's no word on if Eva will still be appearing on Monday's show, but she has not been advertised in the Legends Night promos.

Furthermore, it was noted that Marie was backstage at the December 14 RAW taping from Tropicana Field, and was dressed to do promos. There's also no word on when these promos will air.

It was first reported back in mid-October that Marie was set to return to WWE, possibly as soon as the 2020 WWE Draft edition of RAW on October 12, but that obviously never happened. Marie has been seen several times at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, beginning in September. Another report noted that Marie came to terms on a return contract during the week of September 20. There's been no concrete word on plans for Eva's WWE TV return, but it was reported in early December that she was listed as a member of WWE's internal roster, despite not being officially assigned to a brand. There's been some speculation on if Eva is returning to wrestle, for some other kind of on-air role, or perhaps as something like a WWE Ambassador, but the fact that she was listed on the internal roster indicates that she's returning for some kind of TV role, possibly as a competitor.

Eva first joined WWE in 2013 for Total Divas and the Divas Search, but left the company in August 2017 to focus on other interests outside of the company. She has done some acting and reality TV work since leaving WWE, and has also launched her own fashion brands, among other projects. She also launched a podcast in 2018, The Natalie Eva Marie Show. Marie has stayed away from pro wrestling for the most part, and has talked about having "unfinished business" in WWE, calling the company home.

As there has been since the return rumors first started up in the fall, there continues to be a lot of fan chatter on social media about Eva returning to WWE. Despite how her first run went, it looks like many fans are interested in Eva coming back.

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MICK FOLEY TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley has tested positive for COVID-19.

Foley took to Twitter tonight and announced that he came down with the coronavirus after a recent virtual signing. He's been under quarantine in a hotel room for the past 18 days.

"I tested positive for COVID following a December virtual signing, and have been isolating in a hotel room for the past 18 days. Please continue to take this virus seriously - mask up, social distance, look out for one another. Wishing all of you a happy, healthy new year," Foley wrote.

Foley noted in his video that he participated in a virtual signing back on Saturday, December 18. He said there were two other people in the room with him, who both had their masks on, but Foley took his off to help with the signing. One of the men in the room experienced symptoms later that night, and reported them to Foley. Foley added that he waited the 5 days before getting tested, and has been in the hotel ever since.

Foley said his symptoms from COVID-19 include body aches, loss of smell, affected hearing, and being easily fatigued. He said one of the worst parts is missing out on holidays with his family, including Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Foley asked people to take the coronavirus very serious. He admitted that he could've done better as far as following COVID-19 guidelines goes, especially after being so adamant about people wearing their masks.

Foley also revealed that he's dramatically cut back on work during the pandemic as in the past 11 months he's worked just 2 reality TV shows, 4 virtual signings, 2 personal appearances, and the WWE Survivor Series pay-per-view for The Undertaker's "Final Farewell" segment. He noted that in those 11 months he's had 12 coronavirus tests.

Foley's positive COVID-19 diagnosis is likely why WWE has not announced him for Monday's Legends Night edition of RAW.

This is the second time Foley has self-quarantined since the pandemic hit. We noted back in April how Foley announced that he would be sending free videos to fans as a way to help spread positive energy during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. Foley noted then that he was in self-isolation and wouldn't be able to reunite with his family for a few weeks due to COVID-19 concerns.

Stay tuned for updates on Foley.

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X PAC TALKS ABOUT PAY

Sean "X-Pac" Waltman recently held a "Ask X-Pac" episode on his podcast X-Pac 12360 where fans got to ask the WWE Hall of Famer whatever questions they wanted. One question that he was asked was why he left WWE for WCW.

"The money was bad at the time, but I really think if I was creatively satisfied, I would have stayed," Waltman revealed. "I wouldn't even think about leaving. I would have tried to keep asking for a raise. I never even thought about leaving when creative was good, even when money was tough or bad. It was bad at one point.

"There was a point where we used to get draws on the road and a draw is a cash advance. When business got bad, $200 was the limit you could get and sometimes, if you didn't get the $200 draw, you might have got $150 on your check. So, yeah, it was tough like that, especially on the Florida runs."

Waltman also explained his relationship with Vince McMahon. He discussed how he was always able to talk to Vince, but he admitted that there was some intimidation when talking to him as well.

"I mean, I'm not in Vince's head. So, this is the way it seemed to me," Waltman prefaced. "He saw the value in me at the level he was using me at. Some of that had to do with my outside the ring antics, my substance issues, and different things like that. If it wasn't for being kind of connected, the whole Kliq thing, may or may not have to put up with a lot of that from me to be honest with you. Then again, other people had just as much bad problems as I did or worse. They were used just fine, creatively.

"It definitely took from me to leave and make my own way somewhere else to get Vince to look at me in the light that I so desperately wanted. My good relationship with Vince, he was always open and willing to talk to me, but I was really intimidated at one point for quite a long time. It all worked out in your head like, 'Okay, this is what I'm going to do when I get in there'. Then, once you get in there, that sh-t's out the f--king window. I even told him one time, 'I come in here and once I get in here, there's this power dynamic thing'."

Touching more on The Kliq, Waltman talked about if he was in contact with Kevin Nash and Scott Hall or if he made the WCW deal with Eric Bischoff. He talked about his contract situation at the time and how he was supposed to debut earlier than when he did.

"I tell the story quite a bit, but I'll touch on it again. I was the first one," Waltman noted. "I was supposed to be the first one to go, but I let my contract roll over and Barry Bloom handled all of that. I didn't talk to Eric until I was supposed to debut at Sturgis. I got there, and WWF just sent the release for Linda's office and they didn't like the wording of it. So, I didn't debut. It was a little bit later and they never changed the wording. Finally, WCW just kind of said, 'Okay'."

Waltman also compared his relationship with Bischoff and McMahon. He stated that his relationship with Bischoff was "standoffish", but he noted that they had a friendly relationship but not like the one he had with McMahon.

"I had this energy I got from Eric when I was there. It was a little but standoffish," Waltman described. "It's not like we didn't get along, but always had that in the back of my mind. It wasn't like with Vince, but it was a little weird."


Credit to X-Pac 12360 with a h/t to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription.

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