Former WWE and WCW superstar Jimmy Wang Yang recently spoke with Lucha Libre Online’s Michael Morales Torres, where he discussed becoming the youngest wrestler to ever sign with WCW, making the move to WWE, and on watching his daughter, Jazzy Yang, wrestling with NWA.
Check out some of the highlights below:
On being the youngest wrestler to ever sign with WCW:
“It happened so fast. I’m the youngest wrestler to ever sign with WCW. I signed my first contract in June of 1999. I turned 18 in May that year. I was such a big fan of wrestling. I got signed few months later. They take me to actually WCW Saturday night. It wasn’t a pay-per-view, but it was a Saturday night taping. I didn’t know how to travel. I didn’t know how to check into an airport. I didn’t know how to check in at the hotel. Anything like that. There I go into the taping at Massachusetts. I see all these wrestlers. El Dandy, Villano 4 and 5. I’m like: ‘Oh look El Dandy, Villano 4 and 5’. I’m such a mark!
On WCW being sold to WWF and his last day on WCW:
For two weeks there were rumors. Who bought it? Eric Bischoff? Whoever…But I didn’t think WWE was in a box by WCW. So, the last night, WCW Nitro was in Panama City. I’m 19 years old on spring break. So my friends came down there and they were there for the week before the show. I was a 19-year-old professional wrestler during Panama City Spring Break. Yes, I had a good time. Then finally, we go to shows.
On meeting Shane McMahon backstage for the first time:
I walk in and all the WWF stuff was right there. Oh, what? What happened? WWF bought WCW. We have a talent meeting. So, we all went into a room, all the talent. Shane McMahon walks in with Bruce Prichard, (Gerald) Brisco. It was like kind of a surreal moment. Like: ‘Oh, man, we just got bought from WWE. A shame’. It was just such a shock!
What was going on? I was spring break partying with my boys, I went to work, and see that WWE bought WCW. That night, I turned into a huge fan. I’m always a big fan, but like, I was watching the show, and that’s when they did the simultaneous broadcast with Shane. I’m watching from the crowd. I’d sneak out in the crowd to watch it and I was like: ‘Oh my God! This is the coolest storyline in the world. Vince McMahon versus Shane. WWE vs WCW’. I found that out that day that they took my contract.
On the WCW acquisition being a rough wake up call:
I’m like: ‘Oh, I will be part of this. This is awesome!’ But then, after the show ended, things got real sad afterwards. With me being so young, and not understanding what’s going on. A lot of people lose their jobs that night. So after the show was over, I walked back and there is a lot of people, you know, crying and hugging.
On his daughter Wrestling with NWA:
I’m going to give you a little secret. Me, and Jazzy Yang (his daughter) just had a meeting with Mickie James. There’s something happening at the end of August with the company. A history moment for the company. Make sure you stay tuned, and check Jazzy Yang.