Erik Watts Comments On His Shoot Backstage Fight With Rick Rude In WCW

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During the latest edition of the “Insiders Edge” podcast, Erik Watts commented on the shoot match he had with Rick Rude backstage in WCW, what led to the incident, and more. You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:

On how the fight happened: “It was Stone Mountain, Georgia. That was back when they were taped shows. And literally, we taped three shows that night and me and Rude were the 12th match, 25th match, the 39th match. So I had a 10, a 12, and a 20 minute match. It was crazy. So there was so much heat and so much hate at the time. Everything came together at the same time. You might of heard of the story and the time at which I had finally had broke and I was given the go-ahead that I didn’t have to be a rookie anymore. I was going to have to take s–t anymore and it happened in the dressing room and it happened with Rick Rude.

“He was talking about Curt Hennig. I didn’t know Curt Hennig, I knew of Curt Hennig. Curt Hennig was a great amateur wrestler. Rick Rude was a great boxer. So here he’s talking about Hennig and was like, ‘yeah, me and Hennig are so competitive. You know we’ll box, we’ll do this. I’m just the better athlete because when we wrestle, we’ve got this thing when he can’t turn me.’ And I don’t know. It was the end of a 10 day tour. I was depleted and I don’t even know why I said it and I was walking by and I said, ‘Hey, Hennig must suck as a wrestler then.’”

On Rude’s reaction: “I’m walking through, I got my bags in my hand and I’m like, ‘What did you just… like are you that f–king stupid? You got solar eclipse of the sun heat and you said that? That’s what you had to say?’ And I’m there and he flips out and goes, ‘You’re talking about my best friend!’ I’m in my head, ‘Hey Captain Insano, you’re dogging your friend. Your best friend, right?’ But I also was thinking, ‘God, if that got back to Mr. Perfect that I would ever question his amateur ability. From one amateur wrestler to another amateur wrestler, you don’t do that. That’s f–ked up, right?’ So now I’m thinking this, but I got a bigger problem. Everybody now wants the stuff to go down. So I’m sitting in my little locker and I remember there was construction at that place so the floor was a little dirty. You know, Rick’s got his nice outfit on. I got my s–t on and he just starts berating me. He’s standing over me, ‘who are you? You don’t know him. Curt Hennig. You piece of s–t.’ I mean he’s like cutting a promo of all promos on my ass.


“And I’m looking out of the corner of my eye and a guy that I truly looked up to and believed in. I’ve looked up to him since I was 14 years old, when he broke into basically my dad’s federation, breaking in his first few years of wrestling, was Sting. And I remember Sting looking at me and just goes, ‘you don’t have to take it.’ I just remember him saying ‘you don’t have to take it anymore.’ And as soon as he said that, everything released. I was like, ‘oh my god, thank you so much. I don’t have to be prime and proper. I don’t have to take this s–t anymore.’ Now all I can think of is, ‘poke your face a little bit closer motherf–ker.’


On the two having an amateur wrestling match: “And like the heavens opened up. He goes, ‘well, you know, you’re supposedly some badass. I don’t know who made you the badass.’ So, I was thinking, ‘I want to dismantle him and whoop his ass’ and I don’t care about his ‘I’m so tough’ bulls**t because in my own way, I believe in myself and I had never had my ass whooped in a street fight so I’m like, ‘I got a pretty good record. I am willing to take this.’ I am in a no-lose situation. Mr. Gold Glove Boxer, Mr. Street Fighter. Everyone is going to expect me to but when I kick his ass… oh. So he said, ‘well, so you think you can turn me?’ And I go, ‘I think I can turn you.’ I said, ‘that little thing that you and Curt did when you got on your all fours like amateur wrestling and can I turn you to your back? Um, yeah, in a few seconds.’

“If you can imagine good guys, bad guys, referees. We might have had some of the people, some of the marks out there. The locker room was full. Sting goes, ‘I’ll give the go.’ I mean Sting was ready to go, right? But also Sting knew me since I was very young, so he knew. He had heard about the tournaments, he had heard about the wrestling. You know, I had been working out for the Olympic team. I had wrestled the University of Oklahoma. I had been wrestling with the Oklahoma State guys. I mean, my dad had me working out with collegiate wrestlers since I was freaking in eighth grade, seventh grade. So I’m going sitting there saying, ‘Okay.’

On how the match went: “Rude did his thing. (He) took off his jacket, he went on all fours and I got behind him and Sting goes, ‘Go.’ I’m saying he said go and I don’t know what a nanosecond is. Rick Rude was back on his head. And everyone goes, ‘Oooh.’ And Rick Steiner, you know, big guy, badass. Scott Steiner, badass. Now Scott didn’t like me because my dad. Rick didn’t have a problem with me so Scott’s like, ‘Argh.’ So we’re there and Rick goes, ‘let me out.’ I let him out and I jump up. I’m still thinking, ‘Okay, maybe he will get mad enough to make a move because I’m going to rip his head off.’ But now I’m sitting here kind of entertain and I’m like, ‘Okay, here we go.’ So he goes, ‘you cheated.’ I go, ‘Excuse me?’ Sting goes, ‘How does one cheat?’ He’s like, ‘That’s not how me and Hennig did it. Hennig did it to where I moved, there was no one calling go.’ And Sting was like, ‘That’s where in amateur wrestling they go.’ And he’s like, ‘That’s bulls–t. That’s not how we do it. I bet you can’t do it.’

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