Former WCW announcer Tony Schiavone recently participated in a Reddit AMA session. Here are some highlights…..
On David Arquette winning the WCW title:
“There’s a lot of people who feel that I was the one who came up with that idea. I was in on the planning of that, but I’m not so sure if it was solely my idea or not. I thought, back then, “what the hell? Why not?””
“Looking back at it, a lot of people feel it devalued the title. But it also brought a lot of eyes to the product. We were in USA Today. His wife, Courtney Cox, she was one of the most popular women on television. It got us a lot of media attention.”
“I’m not sure that it’s as bad as people think. It didn’t bother me.”
On whether or not Scott Steiner was as crazy backstage as he was on screen:
“Yes he was. He scared the hell out of us all the time. We never knew what he would do next. Whenever he came out to the set, and I know I can speak for Heenan and Tenay, we were scared. I’m not so sure if he was sincerely like that, or if it was part of his gimmick and he wanted us to believe it, but we believed it!”
On if WWE had contacted him after WCW folded:
“Back then, when we first folded, they never contacted me. I contacted them, but they never returned my calls. Later, they contacted me to come up to do some work for their DVD and I was very busy and turned it down. I did go and do some work for the Monday Night Wars.”
“If they asked me to be an announcer, I’d turn it down. That point has passed. I don’t think I have it in me anymore. I would go back as a producer.”
Click here for the full AMA.