Kevin Sullivan coated ECW on a latest episode of “Taskmaster Talks.”
Sullivan talks about ECW’s pilot episode, the early days of the corporate, WCW and WWE signing expertise away, how Sullivan gave Paul Heyman a heads up earlier than WCW signed away his wrestlers, and far more.
Listed below are some highlights:
Sullivan was requested if he agrees with The Undertaker’s opinion of at the moment’s wrestlers being tender:
“I listened to The Undertaker’s interview about it. Properly, to me, I’m nonetheless a wrestling fan, an enormous wrestling fan. I feel it could be foolish on my half to contradict something that the man who put essentially the most asses in seats for the longest time period may disagree with him. I feel I’d be an fool and anyone else that does can be an fool. The Undertaker put as*es in seats. If he says it, I’ve to agree with him. No one is aware of higher than the man who’s put extra as*es in seats than historical past for the longest time.”
Sullivan talked concerning the contract provided by WCW to Sabu:
“He was signed. I instructed him ‘Don’t f**okay round. Signal this factor, it’s three years.’ I feel the down yr was $400,000. He stated, ‘I need my attorneys to see it.’ I stated, ‘Signal it.’ He didn’t and a day later there was a swap within the workplace they usually ripped his contract up. He obtained screwed by WCW. He may have been an enormous star. Not that he wasn’t an enormous star, however he ought to have been up there with all people else.’
Sullivan talked about Eric Bischoff signing ECW’s expertise:
“Once they (WCW) began poaching expertise from ECW, as quickly as I discovered, I’d name Paul and provides him eight weeks discover. I’d say to him, ‘Paul, this isn’t me, it’s them. They’re going to get the fellows whether or not you need it or not and I’m going to maintain them (WCW) out of your yard for eight weeks.’ I feel he appreciated that. They (WCW and ECW) didn’t have an honest relationship in all probability as a result of each individuals’s egos on either side (Eric Bischoff and Paul Heyman). They knew I labored for Paul and Paul was a pal of mine. I feel I proved it after I went there and they’d inform me they’ll take Malenko, Guerrero and Benoit. I referred to as him and stated they’ll take the three of them, and possibly Raven too, so that you higher put together your self. He would say, ‘How lengthy?’ I’d say, ‘In all probability eight weeks. I can hold them away from you for eight weeks.’ I feel there might need been an ECW to at the present time if they’d some cash behind them the place we couldn’t have raided them. We took Sheri, Public Enemy, the three guys I discussed and Raven. We’d have had Sabu if he would have signed.
Who recruited these guys in?
“Eric. Individuals knock Eric however Eric knew expertise more often than not. One of many issues that Eric actually understood is this can be a expertise pushed enterprise. This was an Eddie Graham saying and Eric in all probability by no means heard it, however Get all of the expertise you may. Don’t fear about having an excessive amount of expertise as a result of the cream will rise to the highest.’ Individuals say he introduced lots of people in. Yea, he introduced lots of people in and weeded some out and he damage the opposite firm by taking them. This was a warfare again then. Eric knew it was simpler to combat one entrance than a entrance in a flank. Vince did too. They attacked essentially the most susceptible firm however Vince ended up serving to Paul E and giving him cash. I knew that every one alongside. No one needed to inform me. I’ve been within the enterprise lengthy sufficient that I knew. Actually, I feel I referred to as Paul E and instructed him and he stated, ‘No, no.’ I stated, ‘I do know you must kayfabe it, however don’t inform me no.’ I knew. You might see. I knew it instantly, however what cemented it for me was when Pillman went. I knew then, however I knew from the very starting when Paul E swiftly pays a bunch of fellows he owed cash to.’
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