Arn Anderson and Conrad Thompson covered WCW Uncensored 1996 on the latest episode of “ARN” on AdFreeShows.com.
Here are some highlights from the podcast:
Arn Anderson talked about Fit Finlay entering WCW:
“Steve Regal was a great wrestler. I love that European style. He can have a match, literally, with a salt shaker and make it good. Fit Finlay now walks in the door. Prior to this, before he came to work for us, just out of the blue I was talking to Terry Funk one day up in the stands. We said we need some fresh talent here. It would be nice if we could get somebody that nobody knew. We need some heat on some heels. He looked at me and said, ‘Arn, you should go get Dave Finlay.’ I said, ‘Who’s Dave Finlay?’ He said, ‘He’s the best heel in the business.’ That came from Terry Funk at a time when I thought I was a hot commodity. I thought Ric Rude was a good heel. I thought Curt Hennig was a good heel and Ted Dibiase. He said, ‘I’m telling you, if you see this guy work, he is a vicious son of a b**ch.’ Well, when we got Fit, he came in from day one and he was an assassin. To this day, I’ve never seen anybody that was as vicious, had a grasp of psychology, was a nasty heel, could make guys and make himself at the very same time, and man, when he mugged you, he mugged you. It was solid. It was relatively safe, I would say. He sold tickets over in Europe.”
Arn said the Doomsday Cage match at Uncensored ‘96 was terrible:
“I got added into this someway, somehow, once Kevin (Sullivan) must have looked around and said, ‘There’s not a lot of guys that are going to do a lot of falling down in this thing.’ Look at the monster roster. Then you look at the babyfaces. I guess my job, which I had nothing to do with the storytelling to get to this match, so I was inserted to be a flow guy or somebody to keep getting his ass kicked, take some bumps, and try to make it exciting. But, 8 on 2. Creative control, to me, has always been a nasty word. That night, it became really relevant on how much strength and stroke and power those two words carry because that was God awful.
There were people in it like Jeep Swenson, bless his heart, who’s left us, was a monster and had the biggest arms I’ve ever seen up to that point, and strong. You had Zeus and Barb (Barbarian) and Meng and all these guys, all these killers, and two guys beat them all. That’s not making babyfaces, that’s making you want to puke. That’s what the audience did. They sat there, rocked back in their chairs and probably puked in their own mouth because it probably wouldn’t have been favorable to puke on the floor, but I bet a lot of people wanted to. It was shi**y in its design, lousy in its preparation, and the whole concept made no sense. If you think two babyfaces were made at the end of the day, then you’re not a wrestling fan because, no way, no how, should that have ended that way. No way, no how, should that match should have ever occurred.”
If you use any portion of the quotes from this article please credit ARN (Arn Anderson’s podcast) with a h/t to WrestlingNews.co for the transcription