Stevie Ray Explains Why he Never Jumped to WWE

Posted By James Walsh on 04/14/19


Former WWE Superstar Ryback recently interviewed WWE Hall of Famer Stevie Ray for his Conversations with the Big Guy podcast. Stevie Ray discussed why he never tried to make the jump to WWE after the company bought WCW. Below are some highlights (h/t WrestlingInc.com).

Stevie Ray on not wanting to go to WWE after WCW folded: ďWhen I stopped WCW, I went overseas for three-and-a-half years. I was going back and forth over there. I didnít want to go to WWF; as a matter of fact, the last WCW Nitro I didnít even attend and they sent me a ticket, but I was always in the mindset of this is competition to me. This is NFL vs AFL or National League vs American League in baseball. WCW vs WWF, to be honest with you bro, I didnít want to go out like a b****.Ē

Stevie Ray on hearing Vince McMahon and WWE were buying WCW and opting to leave: ďWe had been fighting for the team, but when I heard Vince McMahon had come in and stuff like that Ė which I knew was coming. Itís like, you saw the writing on the wall and you put it in the back of your mind, but at the end of the day I knew it was going to happen. But I didnít attend the last show because my brother [Booker T] said that they are going to be auditioning people. I told him that he should do it, but Iím done.Ē

Stevie Ray on not wanting Harlem Heat to become a joke gimmick in WWE: ďThis is the thing, I wanted people to remember Harlem Heat as an ass-kicking tag team of color, you see what Iím saying? I didnít want us to be something else. I didnít want us to turn into a Doink the Clown, so Iím not saying that they would have done this with Harlem Heat, but I didnít want to lose the edge that we once had as Harlem Heat. But then I had seen what they did with my brother and his character, I was like, okay, it is what it is. Vince McMahon does things his way, but Iím not mad, itís his show and he can do whatever he wants to do. But I just wanted people to be honest and break it down. I wanted people to remember Harlem Heat the way that they remember them today.Ē