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* Overpaid talent with creative control clauses in their contracts took the knees out of the company creatively and financially. (I was not one of those, for what its worth.)
Had one of these three factors not been in place, WCW may have survived (for how long is anyone’s guess, though.)
When we were forced to create the over-arcing storyline in a rushed fashion, the New Blood vs. Millionaires club was born. Earlier I wrote about the three factors that caused WCW’s downfall. One of them was not “bad ideas.” Some talent just refused to do what they were told and, when you throw that in, even the best ideas go down in (heh) flames.
Fast forward about 3 months. Kevin Dunn called me at my house and asked me if I could be in Stamford the next day for an audition. I figured what the hell so off I went. I took the day off and flew to Connecticut where a limo was waiting on me at LaGuardia. They drove me to Titan Towers and then on to the production facility. I met with Kevin and MAN did he put me through my paces. First, an hour of market specs (30 second or 60 second promos without a script. Just make people want to come to the Joffa Mosque to see Steve Lombardi vs. Jacques Goulet!), then calling a generic one hour TV show with Michael Hayes on color, and finally interviewing talent. That took from about 10:00am to 3:00pm. After a bout an hour break, Kevin called me into meet with him and Vince. â<80><9c>You did great…â<80> etc. â<80><9c>Weâ<80><99>d like you to work here.â<80> The end of this story was that they wanted me to quit my job (no) move to Connecticut (no) for a substantial pay cut (hell no) and a one year contract (no). We parted on good terms and I came home.
The next week Kevin called again and asked if I could do a couple of Rawâ<80><99>s and Smackdownâ<80><99>s to help establish the Invasion angle…(CLICK HERE FOR REST OF STORY)
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