Sabu Speaks On WWE’s Hall Of Fame, His Run In WWE, Working With John Cena


Former WWE/ECW/WCW/TNA star Sabu recently spoke with Justin Barrasso of SI.com about his career and more.

On WWE Hall of Fame:

“It’s such a fake Hall of Fame,” said Sabu. “I’d only do it because I need the money. I don’t know if I would mother— everyone or if I would take it graciously, but I don’t consider it a real Hall of Fame. It’s not like the Baseball Hall of Fame or the Football Hall of Fame. They let anybody in it, anybody who could draw money. The real wrestling Hall of Fames are in Iowa and Amsterdam, New York. They look for donations because they’re so broke, but they have s— from the 1800s. Vince’s Hall of Fame only has s— from Vince’s company. If you didn’t work for his company, you’re not in the Hall of Fame. That’s nothing to do with how good you are, it only matters who owned them.”

On his run with WWE that started in 2006:

“I had a little regret over [not going to WWE sooner], but I’m happy where I’m at now,” said Sabu. “There’s a few things I wish I would have done differently, but for the most part, I did things my way. I achieved some things that were told to me to be unachievable.”

On his feud with John Cena:

“I got a lot of flack before I wrestled Cena, but no flack afterward because he was good,” said Sabu. “A lot of guys mock him, but he’s a good worker. He probably could be ‘King of the Death Match’ if he wanted, but why would he?” asked Sabu. “Why would he want to wrestle for a hundred dollars when he can wrestle for hundreds of thousands or millions? The highest paid ‘King of the Death Match’ was when I was offered $5,000. John Cena’s lowest match isn’t even five grand, so why would he wrestle in a ‘King of the Death Match’?”

On the differences between Paul Heyman and Vince McMahon’s visions for pro wrestling:

“Paul had his vision and I had mine,” said Sabu. “He didn’t really touch what I did, but his vision and mine were totally different. Mine was violence and his was violence, but his was also sex and violence and gross stuff, stuff out of the realm of wrestling. I was fighting for a championship, not fighting because someone got pregnant. Me and Vince got along. He was very hands-on, more hands-on than I’d like him to be. I thought he hired me to do my job, not hire me to show me how to do my job. He’s a very hands-on guy at everything, so hands-on that it’s a pain in the ass. He’s brilliant, and so is Paul Heyman. When you’re that brilliant, you’ve got to be f—ed in the head.”


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