During a recent interview with Gamespot, former WWE, WCW and TNA IMPACT Wrestling Superstar Kevin Nash was asked about his thoughts regarding All Elite Wrestling (AEW) and if he thinks they’ll be competition for WWE. You can check out some highlights below:
On AEW competing with WWE: “You know, I think that the WWE is always going to be a flag-bearer. I think when we made the run with [Ted] Turner[‘s WCW] against Vince [McMahon], Vince, he was a private company. We just basically out-moneyed him. We kept buying his stars. WCW didn’t make any stars. They just bought Vince’s stars. And that’s the whole thing now is the Bucks and guys like that, I think it’s great, and people are like, “What do you think? It’s just going to be another Monday Night War?” I’m like, ‘Dude, they’ve done one pay-per-view, you know? Vince is getting ready to go on Fox.’
I go back to TV, and it’s six months since I’ve been at an event, and it looks like the Super Bowl. We used to have two production trucks. There’s like 30 production trucks now. I mean, it is amazing just from a production standpoint. We had seven cameras. There’s 17 or 19 cameras now, you know? As somebody said, it’s great if you’ve got good talent that can put on live performances, like the Bucks and Cody and Omega. I think having Jericho there that’s been part of the Monday Night Wars, his career has kind of crossed those two paths, I think he’ll be instrumental in kind of guiding that. But at the same time, it’s just like it’s one thing to have a good live event like they had in Chicago. It’s another thing to have the money. I heard the father gave the son $100 million to start. We used to go through that in about seven months at Turner, you know? And just like that don’t go too far. We’ll just have to see.
I mean, New Japan, like Ring of Honor, when you see their shows, their television shows, they look like the old ECW from 1990. So, if it has that look, it won’t be competition. The thing with Nitro was Nitro had a look that was comparable to, you know, production quality-wise was comparable to Vince’s product. But if you’re nowhere in the ballpark… And I sat there at WrestleMania last year. That thing was, I mean, it was longer than the Crusades. But I just sat there, and I just watched the production, the pageantry, the costuming. I mean, just every aspect of it. I was just like, this like Cirque du Soleil meets live theater meets ultimate fighting. There’s such a hybrid, and there’s nothing like it, and it’s such Americana. Pro wrestling, there’s nothing more American than pro wrestling. It’s been on TV since the conception of television, and it’s never been off. So, it ain’t going nowhere. I think it’s great, because right now, I’ve heard that there’s guys that are getting, you know, like Vince is locking in people for more money, for longer periods, because there’s somebody that’s got another checkbook. So, for me, I’m a [tax form] 1099, so anytime somebody’s upping the ante for guys, I don’t care how long.”
On playing Super Shredder: “The people that made the original Batman outfit made the Super Shredder outfit. So, that cape is latex, but it’s double-lined latex. That cape weighed about 105 pounds, was bolted onto you. So, when you put that thing on… Like, they used to put me in everything except the helmet, take me to set, and I would sit in the back of a pickup truck gate, and they would take me to set, because there was no way I could walk that far. That thing was so heavy. I don’t remember if it was a rib or what, but the first scene I ever shot, they brought me in, only me, on Saturday, and all I did was took this hand, went through that wood, went like this, and made the first movement. They had me do that for six hours. I don’t know if they did it, and it was just like, “This guy doesn’t know. We’ll just see how long he’ll do it.” And I’m like walking over, I’m looking at the takes, and I’m like they all look eerily similar! Maybe they just wanted to get some overtime, I don’t know what it was, but it was at my cost. I mean, I look back, and like doing comic-cons and stuff like that… I sign a lot of Secret of the Ooze VHS boxes.”