Arn Anderson: A fight in the parking lot with Erik Watts at WCW was my idea, the police were rightfully concerned | TBEN


This week’s episode of “ARN” starring Arn Anderson and Conrad Thompson is a viewing of the WCW Saturday Night Show that aired on January 6, 1993.

This show took place during the Bill Watts era and featured the infamous gas station angle with Erik Watts where he put Arn on hold for submission. Erik was getting a big push from his dad but it didn’t last long as Bill was out of the company shortly after that angle. At the time, there were a lot of people criticizing the angle because rookie Erik Watts looked so strong against Arn but Arn revealed he got the idea of ​​doing the fight in a parking lot.

Arn said the following about the angle: “The story behind it all was that Bill Watts had already decided that Bobby Eaton and I, at a time when he was cutting everyone’s pay. in half, he also divided Bobby and mine in half. That’s a lot of money. I think, well, there’s no way I’m going to get this money back, so the best thing is to take some time with at least half the salary and I wouldn’t have to spend anything on it. do it. I found this angle myself. In fact, because you wanted to get the most out of the angle, I left for four months. During those four months, Bill Watts found himself unemployed. I was hoping something like this would happen.

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Dusty returned to the place of the booker. I started back and everything changed completely. So what I did was buy myself four months off with that angle. Lots of people said it was hokey to be in a parking lot and stuff. I was just looking for something different. The real problem was, there was a policeman there who was supposed to make sure that no one intervened or anything like that. All the other policemen were just driving by and watched the angle go unknowingly, so they were there to shoot. It was inside this agreement. The guy who was trying to pull Erik out of me was a civilian. He was legitimate. He was not part of the gag. Parts of it were cool. They were legitimate. I’m not sure if in a street fight you would put an STF on someone, but that was their hold and that’s what we were trying to overcome. Bill Watts was happy with it. He thought it was great, and it did a lot for his child, I imagine, at the time, and I got four months off. This is the last story.

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