Scotty Riggs talks WCW



Former WCW and ECW star Scotty Riggs entered the VOC Nation Radio
Network’s IN THE ROOM Studio to discuss his opinion of Eric
Bischoff, the downfall of WCW, and more. 
 
The entire interview can be heard at
http://cts.vresp.com/c/?VOCNationLLC/5d7291dc5a/650ab63c22/999d5289c3 on the “VOC Wrestling Nation” show. 
 
Here are some highlights of the former American Male and Flock
Member’s interview:
 
On his current status:  “I’ve retired from wrestling due to
injuries.  The final straw was a fractured ulnar bone in my left arm.
13 screws and 2 steel plates to fix it, and after 2 surgeries it’s
still not right.” 
On the American Males theme music:  “That was the creative genius
of Jimmy Hart.  He and Michael Hayes did a lot of the music over the
years in WCW.  (Jimmy) saw in me and Marcus, a mix of the Fabulous
Ones, the Fantastics, and the Rock and Roll Express.  His passion for
those three tag teams came overflowing through that song.  The first
time we heard it, Jimmy was all excited, and (Marcus Bagwell) and I
looked at each other and our jaws dropped.  (I thought) ‘Oh my god
it’s horrible but it still works.”
 
On whether he could have been a main event talent:  “I don’t
know; to be honest with you, there’s always a main event run in
somebody.  I just didn’t play the BS politics game.  It really got
heavy and deep.  Everyone coming in had creative control in their
contracts.  I was the 47th hire in WCW and creative control didn’t
exist back then.  I had many influential friends, so I could have
played that card, but that’s just not me.”
 
On Eric Bischoff:  “Eric Bischoff never had the final say so in
what was being done.  Vince McMahon has the final say so.  There were
too many chiefs in WCW and not enough Indians.   Eric was a great
business man when it came from going from Saturday night shows to
getting us on (primetime) TV.  He was never groomed as a booker.  He
was never groomed to understand the inner workings of an angle or
storyline.  The booking committee was getting things done for him; he
left things in the control of people like Kevin Sullivan and Arn
(Andersen).”
 
On Vince Russo:  “Vince Russo came in and tried to turn WCW into
another WWE.  He didn’t care about wrestling; he cared more about
his ‘crash TV’.  He had skits and promos longer than the
matches.”
 
On Bischoff versus McMahon:  “Eric saw everything in the short
term.  There was no long term agenda.  Vince has a long term agenda.
In terms of Wrestlemania, everything (all year) builds toward that
one big event.  Bischoff ran things week by week, and you can’t be
successful without that vision.”
 
On the eye patch:  “It was real.  It was a chair to the eye.  When
the chair landed the wrong way up, the corner of the chair caught my
eye.  I had a bruised eye and it became part of the character.”

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