In the late 1990s and early 2000s, there were several superstars who achieved success after moving from WCW to WWE. Among the numerous athletes that the Stamford federation had welcomed during the famous 'invasion' of 2001, there was also Buff Bagwell.
Despite the high expectations of him, the 5-time WCW Tag Team Champion had a WWE stint to forget for multiple reasons. In the latest edition of his 'Grilling JR' podcast, Hall of Famer Jim Ross talked about Bagwell's failure at the company and why things took an unimaginable turn on the eve of his arrival at Vince McMahon's court.
“The way I see it, Buff Bagwell had an opinion of himself that was far superior to what he had shown up to that point. It has often been said that I had problems with him, but it was not true, I was only an intermediary between the parties.
Sometimes I had to give him bad news, that's the logic of this business. In my opinion, he was not suited to living as a professional athlete should be,” said Jim Ross.
Jim Ross on Buff Bagwell
"Another aspect that was discussed was that relating to the bulky presence of her mother, which, however, did not matter much.
Buff's personal habits were the real problem keeping him from gaining altitude. If he had had another kind of attitude 20 years ago, he probably would have had a completely different career. He was the first who didn't seem to believe it.
Celebrating and having fun was more important to him than being a successful professional,” he added. It was the current AEW commentator who announced the news of his release in Bagwell. "We could not tolerate that lifestyle, there is little to say.
We tried to distance ourselves as much as possible, we couldn't do anything else. When we realized that there was no hope of solving the problem, we let it go." Jim Ross added that there's no wrestling war between AEW and WWE as it's just a perception created by homegrown fans: "It’s a weak argument.
They’re WWE lite. I don’t agree with that, and I’m not knocking WWE. I had 26 great years there and I’m not anti-WWE. I don’t feel like we’re in a wrestling war. The war is AEW against its self – getting our young guys to continue to evolve and get better. I think we’re seeing that. Some of your homegrown kids are starting to find their way."