Remember Buff “The Stuff” Bagwell? If you don’t, that’s fine too. You’re not missing much.
He was a marginal wrestling star for WCW back in the day, winning the World Tag Team championships on five separate occasions with the Atlanta-based promotion before it went under and was bought by the WWE. He also joined the NWO at one point, although so did everyone.
When WCW was absorbed into the WWE, Buff actually got a chance to wrestle Booker T for the WCW Championship on a episode of Raw. The match ended in a No Contest when Stone Cold Steve Austin and Kurt Angle interfered, but what happened next was kind of strange. Bagwell was unceremoniously fired from the WWE less than a week later, and never appeared on TV for them again. Some say it was because his mother Judy was constantly calling the WWE office to stick up for her son, which is… well, really silly.
Since then, he’s appeared in Impact Wrestling (TNA) and had a weird moment where he was advertising himself as a male gigolo (seriously — Google it). However, in a recent interview with Title Match Wrestling, Bagwell claims that it was Jim Ross (the Executive Vice President of Talent Relations at the time) who ousted him from the company after just a single match.
“Do people really believe that you’re gonna fire Buff Bagwell over one bad match? Come on, man. Do you really believe, out there in video world, that Buff Bagwell got fired because of his mother? Do people really believe that I had my mother call the WWF and say let him off Augusta and Birmingham? Well f**k no that’s not true! Why would I do that?”
“But people believed it. And one person was responsible: Jim Ross. And only God, Jim Ross, and me know the truth, and who’s gonna believe me. Nobody. God ain’t here to tell me. He can’t make his own video. And when I called Jim out on it, of course, he said “Hey, you know, it’s a bad job, firing people,” and didn’t take the full heat for it. But the true, true story is that Jim Ross created that monster, and people believed it.”
Or maybe, Buff Bagwell just wasn’t a very good wrestler and the WWE knew it. I don’t think anyone really missed him.
You can watch the entire clip right here: