Colt Cabana Says He Took A Pay Cut to Sign With WWE, Reacts To Being Named Scotty Goldman


During the latest edition of the “AEW Unrestricted” podcast, Colt Cabana said he took a pay cut to sign with WWE. He also discussed being named Scotty Goldman, and more. You can check out some highlights from the interview below:

On taking a pay cut to work at WWE: “I was doing the life of an independent wrestler who didn’t need a job, you know? At 23, I was able to quit my job as a teaching assistant and do this full-time on very little money, but enough money that it’ll get me by so I could do it full-time and I can chase my dream. I said to myself, ‘I’m gonna do this and when I’m 30, if nothing’s happening, then I’ll go and get my teaching degree. But I’m giving myself till 30 to at least do something, figure out something. And you know, luckily — not even at 26 or 27, when I signed my WWE contract. Because even before then, I was doing great. I was doing wonderful. I actually took a 50% pay decrease to wrestle for the WWE when I signed my contract, but I said to myself, ‘This is an investment in my future. There’s only so much you can make on the independent scene. Yes I’m taking a 50% decrease, but the possibilities to be a millionaire are there. And so that’s the gamble I’m willing to take.’”

On being named Scotty Goldman: “I tried to show up and be Colt Cabana. My name was quickly changed. At that point, they were changing a lot of people’s names. I got a couple stories of where Goldman came from. I heard Vince was like, ‘Is he really Jewish?’ And they were like, ‘Yeah, I guess.’ And so, ‘All right, Goldman.’ I don’t know why Scotty. I mean, I know why Scotty, but I don’t know why that was the name.”

On his WWE debut: “And Scotty Goldman appeared, losing his debut match to Brian Kendrick in under 2 minutes as a platform for Brian Kendrick to move into a match against Triple H, I think. And so, you know, that was the spot I was given. Maybe other people will succeed in that manner, who knows? You know, the next match it was me and Kung Funaki vs. Kozlov in a handicap match. And again, that was the spot I was given. You know, I was happy to do it. But you know, in my head that’s not how you debut wrestlers or ones that you think highly of. And that’s, I think of think how I was thought of.”

(h/t – 411 Wrestling)

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