BS-19 entertainment reporter Chris Van Vliet had a chat with former WCW and WWE star Buff Bagwell, who was in Cleveland for this weekend for AIW's JT Lightning Invitational Tournament. In it he discusses his release from the WWE, having his mom win the tag titles and more. Here are a few highlights for you to check out:
Why he got fired from WWF: "I still don't know. But I can tell you the whole story of how I got fired. I walked into a room with Vince, Jim Ross and Johnny Ace and it took me five minutes to realize I was getting fired. I raised my hand and I said 'Are y'all firing me?' And Vince says, 'no Marc, we're not firing, you we're releasing you.' So I asked what the difference was and of course they had an answer for that too. He goes 'Well, if we release you we don't have to redo your contract when we bring you back in three months. If we fire you, we have to redo your contract'. So I told myself that I had to start shaking hands and smiling because it was over, so that's what I did. Trying not to cry, I grabbed my bags."
His mom winning the WCW World Tag Team Championship: "I think it hurt it. It did. WCW got to where it was ridiculous where David Arquette was the World Heavyweight Champion and that finally sunk the whole thing. There was a time and place for those gimmicks and angles but not all the way to making my mom win. I disagree with that fully. It was good TV to have her on there, but not to be the champion. And also David Arquette not to be the champion. We used Rodman, we used Leno and we used David Arquette but we shouldn't have made him the World Heavyweight Champion. That was pushing it too far."
How he is feeling after his horrific car accident in April 2012: "I don't even tell people this because it's so hard to believe but I wrecked my car and broke my neck on the exact same day as I broke it 14 years previous. April 22, 1998 Rick Steiner bulldogged me live on television and I broke my neck. It was the worst two years of my entire life. I really had a hard time getting back into shape. I was 42 at the time, I'm 44 now and I think with age along with the trauma I went though, it was the hardest thing ever but I finally got back and I'm back to being Buff.... honest to God I've only been back to being 100% for the last six months. It took a year and a half to get over it but I'm back to 110%."
His advice to kids who want to be wrestlers: "Any kid that walks up to me and says they want to get into wrestling I tell them don't. Don't. It's just a bad time. And it's because there is only one place to go. TNA is trying but they're not really there. There just needs to be at least two big companies."