Jim Neidhart Talks Post-Montreal Screwjob Run In WCW, Bad WWE Gimmick, More
The following are highlights of a new In Your Head Wrestling Radio interview with Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart:
What was the story behind your ‘Who’ gimmick in the WWF? “Oh brother; I’ll tell you, that was some real BS. I think it was more like a little punishment thing. I think they found some of that horrible devil weed in my system, and finding the devil weed they suspend you, let you go home for a couple of weeks to rest up. They threw me back on the road and said OK, we’re going to torture him a little bit; we’re going to take that pink and black off you and throw you in a yellow mask as a single…If you never worked with a mask on before, wow. It’s a big, big difference; you can’t see. You had no peripheral vision…If you’re wrestling with that mask on; you have to look at your opponent constantly. It’s way, way harder to wrestle with a mask on than it is without, because you have to tell the people what you’re doing a little bit without actually looking at them; you have to use way, way more body language, which is really different. I wouldn’t recommend it to anybody, walking into a big venue sold out and you’re trying to do a single with a mask on and you don’t know what the hell you’re doing.”
What were your feelings on your WCW run (after the Montreal Screwjob)? “I’ve never made so much money doing absolutely f**king nothing. It was ridiculous. I made almost $300,000 in twelve months to do absolutely nothing, and accomplish nothing. They didn’t know what they were doing; it was ridiculous…It’s a shame; they had so much talent going through there but they didn’t have anybody that knew what the hell they were doing. Eric Bischoff, I guess, was in charge with Hogan and that crew, and I thought the nWo thing was kind of cute, but they never had any real direction toward it.”
Check out the complete interview below.