There will never be a shortage of interesting quotes from a Kevin Nash interview. A recent interview with fellow n.W.o. mates didn’t disappoint as Nash revealed a potential Monday Night Wars jump, called Chris Jericho a puss, and trashed WCW among other things.
CNNSI.com had a great interview on its website with Nash, Scott Hall, and Sean Waltman. The three talked primarily about the New World Order but it was Nash who dominated most of the conversation. I’d highly recommend checking out the entire piece because it is a really fun read. If not, here are a few highlights of the conversation.
“We had ‘Taker close. All of a sudden he wasn’t the Deadman. He became the American Badass for a reason. That Deadman wasn’t going to f*ckin’ come to WCW. He would have been the biker character and gone by Mark Calaway.
All along, I was trying to get guys money, I was trying to get guys paid. And what happened was Vince started giving huge guarantees to the Shawns and Undertakers and those guys and said, ‘I can’t lose my core guys.’”
I have never heard this rumor before. While it is a fun rumor to chomp on, I don’t know how much validity there is to it. The Undertaker didn’t even break out his biker character until May of 2000. By that time the Monday Night Wars were practically over and I can’t imagine WCW shelling out that kind of cash at that point in the wars. WCW was sold less than a year later. He says he had Taker close but who knows what close really is. What it does indicate is how much of a risk Vince McMahon took when he changed Taker’s character. As the “dead man”, the Undertaker would have had to start over in WCW with a brand new gimmick. As a biker, the Undertaker now had a ton of leverage and could have used it to jump to WCW and remain close to the gimmick. With Undertaker not debuting the character until May 2000, one would presume the negotiations came months later. At that point even the Undertaker jumping over would have only helped temporarily.
Nash also weighed in randomly on the infamous Bret Hart-Shawn Michaels Montreal Screw Job. I am not sure what Nash was insinuating here, but it would appear that Nash is telling CNNSI.com that he would have “forced” Bret to drop the title. I am sure Bret would have loved to have that conversation.
“That would have been a situation where we would have sat Bret down and said, ‘Dude, you’ve got to drop this,’” said Nash. “We’d have said you’re leaving and this is how you do business.”
The irony of Nash of all people telling Bret Hart how to do business may be the best Kevin Nash quote I have ever read…ever!
Nash also took a shot at his former WWE and WCW colleague Chris Jericho. Jericho has always been outspoken about the selfishness of the n.W.o. Nash was asked about it and called Jericho “whiny.”
“Jericho’s just a whining puss. If you have any talent, you can’t be held back and you can’t be held down. Jericho just whines and whines. He’s gone on to be tremendously successful, and he’s still got a hard on for us. I don’t get it, but nobody makes headlines for saying, ‘Those guys are great guys.’ You talk about what dicks we are, and then some guy sits down and interviews you.”
We all know that is complete bologna. It doesn’t matter how much talent you have, if the guy booking the matches books you to be a mid-low card wrestler that is where you stay. It’s as simple as that in pro wrestling. I think we can all look back at WCW and account for at least a dozen guys that went on to have big careers in the WWE that were missed by the bookers down south.
“There wasn’t a star from WCW that didn’t lose when he came into WWE,” said Nash. “I mean, Christian destroyed Golberg in a cage match with a chair. That is one of the things that’s always been done. If Sting thought otherwise, he was wrong. The fact is it was a WCW-WWE moment and, once again, WWE prevailed.”
I am not as critical as some are of Sting losing. I think with Sting disappearing indefinitely, you go with the guy who is sticking around and that is Triple H. Especially if the rumors are true about Hunter headlining Mania next year against the Rock. I am also still surprised the result was so shocking to some people.
All in all it really is a great interview. Nash, Hall, and Waltman also talk a lot about the n.W.o., Hulk Hogan’s influence in the group, relationships with Vince McMahon, WWE Hall of Fame rumors, and much more. Check it out at http://www.si.com/extra-mustard/2015/04/23/wwe-wcw-wolfpac-kevin-nash-scott-hall?page=2&devicetype=default/