As noted, former ECW wrestler CW Anderson was a guest on The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling and took some shots at former ECW owner Paul Heyman, which prompted Heyman to respond to his comments.
Anderson has posted his response to Heyman via TwitLonger which you can read below:
My response to @HeymanHustle.
So, it seems I have made my former boss mad enough that he went on a social media rant about what I stated in a recent interview. At the same time, many of you (who obviously have no true idea about the situation, but find humor in Paul Heyman “shooting on me”) decided to comment. So, I am going to address this once and for all and then go back to my life.
If anyone out there, Paul included, have ever heard any of my audio or video interviews over the years and there’s been a lot of them, I have basically said the same thing about Paul, the company and my stories about that time period in every interview since ECW closed. For some reason, this past weekend, that particular interview seems to have pissed Paul off, for reasons I can’t explain nor try to.
I have never spoken hateful or spoken disrespectfully about Paul in any interview I have ever done over the years. I have done nothing but put him over for giving me my job and taking a chance on me when WCW told me I didn’t have what it took to become a superstar in this business. I have always also included Tommy Dreamer in my praise because it was just as much his decision to give me my push and give me the rub that “made me” towards the end of ECW. I challenge anyone reading this and that includes Paul, to go back, listen to any interviews where I spoke about Paul and see if my story has ever changed in how I’ve described Paul, because it won’t.
My guess is no one will bother because it’s not something that’s gives you that “shock moment” and I want to make it clear that after this is posted, don’t go expecting a Twitter war between myself and Paul. I’ll leave that silliness to young kids with nothing to do and I want to make it clear, that’s not why I’m writing this and after it’s posted, I am done.
Let’s make this crystal clear – even after the things he said this weekend, I still respect Paul and I could never repay him enough for giving me a chance to prove to everyone that I belonged at ECW. After the interview clips were making the rounds, someone advised me that I should have just said thank you and left it at that. I did! I have done that in every interview ever, but when I do these interviews, I get asked questions that you fans want answered. I am not the one bringing up the topics but if someone asks me about that time period, what else am I supposed to do? Lie?
I answer any question I am given to the best of what I know to be the truth and what I personally witnessed and was told the time I was there in ECW. Everyone else who was actually there was told and saw these exact same things. I will get to a few points from Paul’s rant but before you go off believing Paul on his version or even me on mine, if you really care this much, seek out and ask others from that time period of ECW and see which version – Paul or mine – is closer to the version they tell. It’s been 16 years since the last PPV and it doesn’t matter, because nothing will change the past. The reality is I have been nothing but loyal and respectful my entire career and it still has not changed.
So, let’s address Paul’s points.
1 – Regarding me making $75 a night “on paper”, that’s what I made, PERIOD. At no point, was I ever under a signed contract at ECW. It was always a nightly basis. In the beginning, we had events four nights a week and most of the time during that period, I only wrestled one of those 4 nights. For those of you with math degrees, that meant I was paid for one date and the other three, I was present, I traveled, I was backstage and I was paid zero. I’m not explaining this to bitch, but to explain hat happened. I was driving by myself from North Carolina every week, whether it was to Fort Lauderdale, New Orleans, Chicago, Buffalo, Philadelphia, Ohio, Georgia, Alabama or anywhere else ECW ran. Google those distances and remember, I was doing this alone and being paid $75, but only if I wrestled. Road expenses, including hotel expenses were out of my pocket. Out of the goodness of the ring crew’s heart I crashed on their floor perhaps one time. One night I was able to stay with a group in a hotel and they let me sleep on the floor, where used my clothes for a pillow, had no blanket and still got charged my percentage for the room. That was what I was doing because I wanted to be loyal to ECW. It wasn’t until I met with Paul in Boston that he bumped me up to $200 a night, but I was still driving and putting all that mileage and time in and if I wasn’t working a show, it was still zero at the end of the day. Eight months into my tenure with ECW, I started to be flown to shows, but at the end of the day, the money for me wasn’t glamorous like some of you out there might assume.
Let’s also not forget that there were still weeks where we weren’t getting paid because of financial issues the company was enduring, so whether my pay per night was the $75 I started with or the $200 Paul bumped me up to, it really didn’t matter, especially if we weren’t getting paid for weeks at a time. I can offer to pay you $5 million and if the money isn’t being paid, it’s still zero. None of this is news to anyone. It’s not anything that wasn’t reported before. There’s a reason talents were owed money when the company went bankrupt, but again, I was loyal and so was the rest of that locker room. No one wanted to see ECW close and we all made sacrifices, because we believed in Paul. I was loyal enough that I signed paperwork stating I would not expect royalties from the Acclaim video games that ECW had or else I wouldn’t be included in the games. So what did I do? I signed the bottom line because I wanted to be in the game and I was loyal to the company. Guess what? I wasn’t alone in doing that, because most, if not all of us, were loyal to Paul and ECW.