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Interview Recap - Buff Bagwell

Posted in Interview Recaps by Jack at 20:51, Jan 14 2006

By Hunter Shull

Jack and The OIB welcome Buff Bagwell to the show. Buff is
happy that he can curse on In Your Head, and jokes that
comics and entertainers who are clean make more money, but
just like Chris Rock, Buff can?t do it clean.

Buff will appearing on the AWE Harsh Reality show, January
18th in Winnipeg, Manitoba, teaming with the G-Man, the
former Billy Gunn, against the Steiner Bros. Buff describes
the AWE as ?incredible? for an Indy company. He says
that it feels like ?the big time?, which is difficult to
find on the Indy scene. Buff says that the AWE is working on
putting together some shows in Vegas, which he is excited
about since he hates going through the Canadian border. More
info about AWE can be found at www.thefightnetwork.com
and www.aweheat.com

Buff did have problems with Scott Steiner back in WCW, but
they have been worked out, and now the two are great

When asked how he got ?the Stuff?, Buff states that when
you have a nickname like ?Buff?, the fans expect you to
look a certain way, and he achieved that look by training,
tanning, and eating right.

Buff knows of his reputation on the internet, and thus is
very friendly at Indy shows, shaking everyone?s hand. Buff
has had to deal with jealousy his whole life, and he says
that in the wrestling business, this jealousy is called
heat. He is good at dealing with it because he is a very
honest person, however. Most people who meet him tell him
that he is a lot nicer than what they heard about.

Buff has talked to TNA about a return, and would love to be
back on TV. When he was originally in TNA, it was Jerry
Jarrett?s idea to drop the ?Buff? name. Buff thought
Jerry was crazy, but did what he was asked. Buff applauds
TNA for doing such a good job and being on mainstream TV.
?You never know?, Buff says, ?You may see the return
of the Handsome Stranger one day?.

Speaking of the GWF, Buff says that the wrestlers in that
company knew that they were going to make it big. They had a
great time slot (Friday afternoons on ESPN), and although it
was a short run, it put a lot of names on the map, such as
Shawn Waltman, The Patriot, Bradshaw, and Harlem Heat.

Buff enjoyed teaming with Shane Douglas in WCW, who he
describes as a great worker, great on the mic, and someone
who didn?t try to steal the spotlight.

Buff doesn?t know why his WWF run in 2001 was so short. He
signed a contract, and was released 2 weeks later. Buff
asked what the difference was between being released and
being fired. They told him that being released meant that he
could be brought back later. Buff knew better, but was
cordial about it, shook their hands and was on his way.

Buff never thought WCW would end. He was in the company
longer than anyone except for Sting, and he went through a
lot of bad times when attendance was very low and a lot of
boss changes. Buff says that Bischoff helped things
tremendously, and was a great idea man.

Buff thinks that Bischoff working for the WWE is tremendous,
but that the company missed the boat by having Shane McMahon
be part of the Invasion angle, because everyone in the
audience knew that wasn?t true. In Buff?s opinion, they
should?ve hired somebody that no one would have ever
expected, because even though the audience knows that it?s
not real, they still want to be fooled. Buff describes Shane
as a hell of a worker, though.

Buff says that there was indeed turmoil backstage at WCW,
but that is only natural for a live TV program. Whatever
problems there were got dealt with, and the only thing that
was important was the product that was on TV, according to
Buff. Buff loved the competitive atmosphere during the
Monday Night Wars, because competition creates more money
for everyone.

Buff doesn?t mind people with similar gimmicks as his (Rob
Conway) or people who do his moves (Shane Helms), because
the people still think of Buff when they see it.

Buff talks about how it is hard to be ?cool? in
wrestling, and how a wrestler has to be different and stand
out. That is what Buff tried to do with the hair and the top
hat. When asked if that is more important than actual
in-ring work, Buff replies, ?Without a shadow of a doubt,
it is?. Buff says that a wrestler must have the whole
package in order to make money.

Buff closes out the interview that predicting that one day,
the AWE will be the next TNA, if not beating them. Unlike
other wrestlers, Buff doesn?t want to say, ?I was the
part of the biggest time period in wrestling history?, he
wants to say ?I was part of ONE OF the biggest time
periods?. Buff believes that wrestling is in a downward
spiral right now, but feels that it will pick up one day.
For more information on Buff please visit

Special thanks to IYH fan Hunter Shull for writing these recaps !!

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