2. Former WCW Star Reveals How Much Money He Lost By Signing With WWF
During a recent interview with WrestlingInc, former WCW Superstar Buff Bagwell revealed how much money he lost by signing with the World Wrestling Federation back in 2001. Below is the question that he was asked:
Before you went to WWF, was it a case like with DDP, where he took a buyout from his contract so he lost money?
Bagwell: “I did the same thing… He got the idea from me because we share the same attorney. What we did was, we could have sat at home and made an extra $60,000 to $80,000, but the reason why you saw Booker T, Buff Bagwell and DDP, it wasn’t by choice, but because our contracts were up. We had to make a decision, so we had to jump ship. I called Brad Small, my attorney and said, ‘hey dude, I have an idea.’ I said, ‘let’s save Vince McMahon the money. Let’s show that we are on board.’ I saved Vince $60,000 where I could have just stayed at home, but keep in mind, he hasn’t hired me yet either.
I wanted to show that I was on the team, save him $60,000, sign a new contract, which, you know, even with contracts it’s a big difference from my WCW contract, it was huge. The first ones through the walls was really tough for us.
Booker T survived. I got flack from saying he was one of the best black wrestlers, but he really is one of the best black wrestlers. He’s just got that height, body, he’s got the talk. Junkyard Dog was a gimmick, and I was a big fan of Junkyard Dog, especially from back in the day especially.
Booker can move like a cat. He’s one of the best of all-time. He survived, but as you’ve noticed, everyone else had gone out in flames. I think Dallas got beat by a drop kick by Bob Holly. I was like, my gosh man.”