Scotty Riggs Talks WWE Network, Shoots on Cena, Hogan & More

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Former WCW Wrestler Scotty Riggs was recently interviewed by The Undisputed Wrestling Show. Here are some highlights:

John Cena: “Every single match is the same, and it is sickening. Five simple moves every match. When it is time for Cena’s comeback it is the same moves, boom, boom, boom. That does not suspend any disbelief. That is what wrestlers are supposed to do, have the craft to anywhere in the match a finish can come up.

“Cena has mixed himself with the Super Cena thing, which is what Vince McMahon has a hard on for, he is a good guy that is so good that it is sickening. That is why so many people don’t like him. Cena is WWE’s cash cow. When I am watching Cena I feel like I am watching a TV commercial. Everything he is doing, he is selling cereal, he is selling t-shirts, he is selling something in everything he does.”

Randy Orton: “Randy Orton just can’t seem to find something that fits. He’s got all the tools in the world, and every opportunity, but he is not allowed to be himself.”

The difference between WWE and WCW: “WWE is a TV show about wrestling, WCW in their prime was a TV show that had happened to have wrestling on it.”

WWE Network: “I’m one of those guys that I rarely ever watch my old matches. The only thing I think would be really good about WWE Network is finding stuff that fans don’t know that used to be wrestling like is different than what WWE is giving them now. If WWE gives them what USWA used to be, what World Class used to be, what Florida Championship Wrestling was, if what wrestling really was in the ’70s, ’80s, I think it would be good because it will teach fans what wrestling was. It could hurt them (WWE) because fans can say I like ‘wrestling’ not ‘sports entertainment’ stuff.”

Hulk Hogan returning to WWE: “Hulk Hogan, even at his age, still has the ‘It Factor’. The crowd loves the nostalgia that he brings. It’s the same old thing, over and over again, but the fans still dig that. It still captures their childhood imagination.”

Recently catching up with Dennis Rodman: “He is the most personable, charming person you will ever meet. When Dennis Rodman walked in to the bar, he said ‘Riggs, I didn’t know you had a beard.’ For him to remember me was a really cool moment. It was a really good time.”

Perry Saturn: “Perry Saturn is the only guy I know who is a Ranger that has had 103 successful jumps out of a perfectly good airplane and wear a dress in the ring.”

Almost signing with WWF instead of WCW: “I was being groomed as a protege of Lex Luger in the WWF. Little did we know that on the first Nitro Luger has crossed over to WCW, if I had listened to Jerry Lawler and stayed on as Lex’s protege, Lex wouldn’t have been there anyway. I would have been lost.”

The American Males theme song: “The great thing about that song is, the song as wacky as it is, it still stands alone today. Fans still remember that song.”

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  1. “When it is time for Cena’s comeback it is the same moves, boom, boom, boom. That does not suspend any disbelief. That is what wrestlers are supposed to do, have the craft to anywhere in the match a finish can come up.” – Cena should listen to a big time main eventer like Riggs, he knows of what he speaks, wih all those 5-star matches he’s had in his illustrious career. Or something…

    • Hey, the handlers choose the guys, not the fans, not all the time anyway. ‘”Buff” was chosen, go figure. He makes point though. The reason WWE is so successful on SyFy channel is the crossover of people who have a high preclusion to creativity and to suspend disbelief for the sake of entertainment. Sometimes Cena should just dominate people and destroy them and say get me some real competition, then, Big Show should KO him and say there you go. Then make a match where Cena barely wins as Big Show goes for a corner move and konk’s himself long enough for Cena to JUST hit an AA and pin him and run away. Cena needs some variety. Right now, he might as well put his hand to his ear, listen for the crowd, throw a boot in someone’s face and hit a legdrop.

      • Whatever point Riggs made is lessened by the fact that it was made by a guy who never drew a dime anywhere at any time in his career. Maybe Riggs should have followed his own advice and became something more than a wrestling footnote.

  2. Does anyone remeber the American Males theme song? I dont, and I’m a theme song junky.

    It’s amazing how many of these bit players remember themselves as so imoortant back in the day…..

    • Are you old enough? I’m 39, yes I do.
      Just scream American Males at yourself in an AABB pattern and you’ll remember.

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