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


“So he gets back down on all fours while I go and I get in Olympic position or freestyle position, which is when the person gets down on all fours, you can either go in a ride position in amateur wrestling or what you can do is put your hand into the diamond symbol and put it on their mid-back and you can stand. So I did that and he goes, ‘What the f–k are you doing? What kind of crazy s–t is that?’ I go, “Bro. In amateur wrestling, if you are doing freestyle or Greco, this is the other way of doing that.’ He goes, ‘Well that’s b——t.’ I go, ‘No it’s not. That’s just the way it is.’ He goes, ‘Well I will get out so fast it isn’t funny.’ And I go, ‘I’m sure you will.’ Well, what he didn’t know was, I was prepping him so that he would try to stand and so I went and I pushed on him and he pushed up, I just caught his hips. Everything and it was head and shoulder. From what he told me later on, I dislocated his shoulder and f–ked him up pretty bad. Slammed him. Now he’s hurt. Now, I didn’t know how hurt he was but it’s a concrete floor. And then I think he tried something else and he’s like, ‘F–k. That’s bulls–t.’”

On the reaction backstage toi the match: “Like I was telling you, all the momentum was all against me in the locker room. That was the single moment that the air left out of most of the heat for Erik Watts, because now you had all the people that hated me praying that Rick would whip my ass. Now they’re going, ‘well, we kind of heard this guy is a badass and he just took Rick Rude that’s known for fighting in the streets and he just dusted his ass’ in an amateur wrestling way, not a fight way, right? Well, Rude then came to me. And I remember, I was on the phone in the back of the auditorium and someone grabs me and I’m being lifted and it was Rick Rude. And I didn’t know I was on the phone. He goes, ‘What are you going to do now motherf–cker?’ I’m thinking to myself, ‘A. You didn’t grab my hand that’s on the phone. You got this hand.’ Dude, I just grapevine my leg, dropped the phone, switched out, lifted up that motherf–cker and pushed him into the concrete pylon. I said, ‘I do that. What’s your next move? He goes, ‘Let me down.’ I said okay and I just held him. ‘I’ll let you f–king down when I let you down.’ Put him down.”


On resolving things with Rude afterward: “So, I didn’t know this but I get back on the phone. I was talking to my wife and she goes, ‘What happened?’ ‘Oh, it’s Rick Rude. He came up behind me. He should have slammed me or punched me or something. I don’t know.’ Well that night, he walks out, a guy says something to him outside. He hits the guy, cracks his plate of his mouth in half and had charges against him and so I saw Rude a week later and he goes, ‘You know, what you did to me. My shoulder’s f–ked and it’s probably going to cost me a few thousand dollars in court.’ I go, ‘Bro, that wasn’t me brother, that was you.’ And he goes, ‘I know man. I got to be honest with you. I got a lot of respect for you. You’ve taken more s–t.” And I swear to god from that point on, I had one of the greatest mentors in my life.”

(h/t – Wrestling Inc)

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