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Stevie Ray Comments On Why He Never Went To WWE After WCW Folded, On If He Has Ill Will Towards WWE

April 18, 2019 | Posted by Joseph Lee
Stevie Ray & Booker T Harlem Heat

In an interview with Talk is Jericho, WWE Hall of Famer Stevie Ray spoke about why he never made the jump to WWE after WCW folded back in 2001 like his brother Booker T did. Here are highlights:

On not jumping ship to WWE: “No I was still wrestling. I was just going back and forth overseas. I was just pretty much done with the bureaucracy and the politics of professional wrestling. I was really just wore out on some of the people. I just couldn’t deal with it anymore and my daughter was getting bigger at the time. My daughter was like seven years old and I wanted to be at home more. Even that last night. I’ll be honest with you Chris, I’ve never discussed this with anyone, you might be the first. You remember the last night when WWE was coming to take over our show? In Panama City. I told my friends. I told my brother. I’m not going. I’m not going to that because I don’t want to be a part of [it]. It was almost like, I’m kinda like a history buff and it’s almost like when the Germans or the Japanese or the Italians or everybody in World War II, you’ve gotta submit to the Allies in this war. You’ve been battling, battling, battling, you’ve been part of something that was great and somebody’s just telling you, ‘You’re done and we’re just taking over. You’re not anything anymore.’ I ain’t feeling that. I’m like a soldier. And I’m going down with the ship. I was like, ‘I’m not gonna be a part of it’.”

On his fears about Harlem Heat in WWE: “I told my brother, ‘Go do your thing, I can’t do this anymore. Not like this.’ Frankly, I didn’t want to…to be honest with you Chris, I didn’t want Harlem Heat to be turned into something that it wasn’t. I wanted people to remember Harlem Heat like the video film that they showed before our speech? That is how I wanted people to remember us. I didn’t want to be turned into something that was funny or something that was humorous or something that I didn’t agree with because I know that I would have blew a head gasket. That’s what I wanted people to see Harlem Heat as two guys from the streets that’s here to kick ass. And I couldn’t deal with anything else.”

On if he has issues with WWE: “I bear no ill will to WWE or anything like that, this is just a personal thing. I felt as though we built Harlem Heat from the ground up, you know what I’m saying? It was our whole creation. Everything about it was our creation. We got no help from the office with that whole look, the optics, the attitudes, all of it. You know how it was back then. I never wanted to put that in someone else’s hands, creatively. It was what it was.”

On getting an offer from WWE later on: “And like I told my brother, ‘Go do your thing, hope it works out for you.’ A few years later they were talking to me through him and I still couldn’t do it. I still couldn’t bring myself to. I remember me and Chris Benoit was talking one day, good friend of you and I, and I came down to one of the shows and he was like, ‘Man I hear you might be coming in.’ Chris was like, ‘What’s the deal?’ I said, ‘I can’t do it. I can’t do it bro. I don’t want to be on the road anymore.’ My brother was saying, ‘What if they put you on a limited schedule’ and I said, ‘I know that’s how it starts.'”

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