Buff Bagwell’s very short tenure in WWE has left a question mark in the minds of the fans. He only wrestled one match for the company against Booker T following which he was released by WWE. Buff Bagwell recently opened up about some of the issues he faced after his release.
During a recent appearance on Insight with Chris Van Vliet, Buff Bagwell addressed rumors that he missed subsequent house shows due to his mother who called to get him unbooked. While he refuted the rumors, he blamed Jim Ross for starting them.
“Jim Ross called me on Wednesday that week before Atlanta. He said, ‘Hey man. We’ve got big plans for you in Atlanta. We want you to take off the house shows.’ That got to be that my mother got me out of them.”
Buff then continued to say that even if the rumors were true, WWE shouldn’t have fired him over them.
“It stuck bro. He started a rumor that stuck. It stuck to the point I was like, ‘Let’s say she did it. You don’t fire Buff Bagwell over that. You say, ‘Hey Buff, tell your mother to leave us alone.’ You don’t fire someone over what another human does.”
Buff Bagwell further stated that the rumors played a part in his depression. He said, “Jim Ross, in my book, I hate to say it, played a part with that,” Bagwell said. “I love Jim to death. He was one of my best friends in WCW. So I don’t know what happened with that. I just did what everybody told me, and Jim told me not to go to the shows. And that became ‘My mom did it.'”
Following his departure from WWE, Buff Bagwell continued to his trade on the independent circuits, and he continues to do indie shows to this day. It’s sad to see a wrestler’s career end just because they were doing what they were told to do.
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