Alex Wright – “Vince Russo didn’t want to take any ideas from wrestlers Eric Bischoff debuted”
German wrestler Alex Wright spent the larger part of his wrestling career with WCW during the boom period of the ‘Monday Night Wars’. Having joined the company in 1994, Alex saw both the company’s rise and demise, right up until the WWE acquisition.
Now running both a successful promotion and training school in his native Germany, Alex is providing the industry with up and coming talent. His latest disciple being Adrian Severe (Fabian Aichner) who was recently signed by WWE.
Alex opened up about the culture of WCW including the departure of Eric Bischoff and the arrival of Vince Russo. He also spoke about wrestling politics, contract details and still being open to a WWE debut. You can listen to the full interview below:
On the atmosphere in WCW during the Monday Night Wars:
It was unbelievable. It was just great you know. You have to imagine at that time I was only 18-years-old so for me it was a huge thing being in the States at that young age. Being in WCW which was one of the biggest companies in the world, wrestling all the big superstars, travelling the world, being there at the best time of the business was unbelievable. The locker room was great at the beginning, when I started in ’94, WCW had 25 wrestlers under contract and at the end they had 250. So in the beginning it was really cool because you got to wrestle all the guys, you get to know them, travel together and stuff like that. Over the yeast the more wrestlers that signed with WCW everyone was afraid to lose their spot. A TV show runs for 2-3 hours and only has so many spots for wrestlers. So maybe 40 guys could have a spot, but when you have 250 wrestlers under contract you can imagine how the back stage politics and backstabbing was going on after a while.
On the cancellation of his Berlyn gimmick:
It basically failed because at that time the backstage politics was really bad at WCW. Eric Bischoff was on his way out and Vince Russo was on his way in. Nobody really knew what was going on, who was going to be the boss, who wasn’t going to be the boss. Vince Russo didn’t want to take any ideas from wrestlers Eric Bischoff debuted. So that was the reason why. Everybody else, the wrestling sheets and the fans said it was one of the best debuts of a gimmicks for WCW and had a lot of potential. The fans really reacted well, so it was just backstage politics. I should have saved that gimmick and gone to WWE, probably would have been really popular.
On the WWE buying WCW:
Of course it wasn’t a very nice time because everybody was afraid of losing their job, you know. No job, no money right? It was very weird because most of the workers didn’t know anything. Everybody talked and there were rumors going round but nobody knew anything official from the office. I knew that WCW was already sold to WWE but I never got an official notice from WCW that we were sold. So that’s how it worked, it was very unprofessional how that went down.
On a WWE contract negotiations:
After they bought WCW they approached me a couple of times. One time they wanted to give me a buyout of my contract, as I was one of the few wrestlers that had direct contracts with Time Warner, so WWE couldn’t buy that contract. They offered me a buyout but it wasn’t good so I said no and I sat out my contract. After that they approached me twice and there were talks. I was very honored that they asked me and wanted to give me the chance, but I am the kind of they guy that wants to give 100% when I’m in the ring. I knew I couldn’t do that at the time because I was burnt out.