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8. Buff Bagwell Doesn’t Believe Samoa Joe Is A Big Draw, Says CM Punk Wouldn’t Pass His “Walmart Test”
During a recent appearance on Pancakes & Powerslams podcast, former WCW Superstar Buff Bagwell talked about what he would do to make big money as a wrestling promoter, Samoa Joe & more. Below are the highlights:

On not believing Samoa Joe is a big draw:

“Samoa Joe, to me, I’ve never got that. I know he’s very popular. I know he’s very good in the ring, I think he’s a great wrestler, I like to watch him. But when you’ve got a chance to do a storyline, to the world of wrestling fans, who’s going to be Sting’s tag team partner, and the options are Lex Luger, Marcus Bagwell, and Samoa Joe. I mean, who in the heck is Samoa Joe? And Luger wasn’t fit enough, so I fit the part perfectly. I really don’t know where TNA were going with that, except maybe a push for Samoa Joe? Me and Samoa Joe haven’t spoke 10 words together. He was on one independent show with in in Cleveland, and he got mad because I was in the main event and he wasn’t. To me, Samoa Joe is a fat, out of shape guy who looks like he should not be in a wrestling ring, and I’ve not heard or seen anybody ever draw a dollar with him.”

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On CM Punk not passing his “Walmart Test”:

“Here’s how I look at it. If I was a promoter like Vince McMahon or Ted Turner, if I was trying to make money in the wrestling industry, I would judge it by having a person walk through Walmart. If CM Punk walked through Walmart even as popular as he is, he’s not going to get noticed as much as Hulk Hogan walking through Walmart. The reason why I say Walmart, is because that is our fanbase.”

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