Buff Bagwell is best remembered by fans of professional wrestling from his time at WCW. To say he had the greatest of his career would be a long stretch, but he has certainly left his mark on the industry, and at such an important time in professional wrestling… in Monday Night War. When WWE bought WCW in 2001, he was one of the wrestlers who made the jump, but he didn’t last long in WWE.
He appeared recently on Who is cheating on these boys Podcast for discussion only went downhill during his brief time with the company. He also detailed the time WWE shut him down and refused to put him in rehab as his substance abuse problems worsened.
“I was rejected by WWF (WWE) to go to rehab. Think about that brother. I mean, it’s not just madness, it’s humiliation. It is, flat out. Any way you want to put it. I’m the only wrestler in history on time for two things, the main event the first week and then the next week you get fired, and I’m the only person in history to be turned down for rehab. addiction .
A lot of my good friends have come a few times and it has worked for them. And to be honest with you, I’m not bad. I’m not. But it’s like the boy crying wolf a little bit. My friends think I’m worse than I am. And I really don’t. However, at the same time, I want them to feel comfortable and I want the fans to see that I’m going to make it through 60 days.
And they fired me after another week. In Atlanta. He is a wonderful man. Do not misunderstand me; Vince McMahon is one of the best promoters, for a long time. But in my situation, giving him $80 to say ‘hey, I’m giving you my heart and soul to show you on the team.’ And let him use me as a sacrificial name to get the locker room together, and it cost me 80k dollars.
I got laid off and I went ‘can I get my $80 back?’ I ask. I was like f*ck, that’s part of the deal. That 80,000 dollars, that deal is for you to take me in and let us be cool. I have now lost $80k on a trade that I consider smart. ‘ I didn’t get my $80 back and had to sue him to get my f*cking top back.”
He didn’t resonate well with the WWE audience once he made the jump. Honestly, a lot of WCW mid laners have unfortunately had the same trouble. Fans were expecting bigger names to come out, though they ended up being… Flair, Hogan, Nash, Hall, etc.
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December 16, 2021 4:21 pm
https://www.ringsidenews.com/2021/12/16/wwe-rejected-buff-bagwells-request-for-rehab/ WWE has denied Buff Bagwell’s detox request