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"I'll wrestle for free" - Former WWE Superstar asked John Laurinaitis if he could return

WWE Head of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis
WWE Head of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis
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Former WCW star Buff Bagwell once told John Laurinaitis that he was willing to wrestle for free to prove himself to WWE.

Bagwell joined WWE after Vince McMahon purchased WCW in 2001. The five-time WCW World Tag Team Champion only competed in one televised WWE match before the company released him.

Speaking on the Cheap Heat Productions Podcast, Bagwell confirmed that he once spoke to WWE’s Head of Talent Relations about possibly returning.

“I even offered Laurinaitis, when he was running things, I offered him, I said, ‘Look, bring me in for a month, bring me in for two weeks, bring me in for a week,'" said Bagwell. "Whatever you wanna decide to bring me in for, bring me in for.’ I said, ‘I’ll wrestle it for free.’ I said, ‘Pay for my trans[port], but I’ll wrestle it for free.'"
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Laurinaitis, who is responsible for hiring and firing WWE Superstars, decided not to take Bagwell up on the offer.


Buff Bagwell wants to set the record straight on his WWE exit

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Buff Bagwell’s only match on WWE television came in a losing effort against Booker T on the July 2, 2001 episode of RAW. The match, which had WCW branding, WCW commentators and a WCW ring announcer, was widely booed by WWE fans.

Bagwell received his release from WWE a week after his match against Booker T. Over two decades later, the 51-year-old plans to explain the circumstances surrounding his departure in an upcoming interview with Conrad Thompson:

“I wanna tell the whole story too again and get it straight because it’s never been really straightened out on what Jim Ross said, how he said it, why he said it," Bagwell added. "It’s still wide open on really not clearing it up, and he [Conrad Thompson] is really blown away on why did I not get a second chance."

Former WWE executive Jim Ross was the person who informed Bagwell of his release in 2001. According to Ross, Vince McMahon did not think the ex-WCW star could make money for him in WWE.


Please credit the Cheap Heat Productions Podcast and give a H/T to Sportskeeda Wrestling for the transcription if you use quotes from this article.


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