WWE Hall of Famer, Gerald Brisco, has opened up about being backstage at the final WCW Monday Nitro prior to the announcement of WWF’s purchase.
Serving as one of Vince McMahon’s most faithful right hand men for several decades following the Brisco’s selling him their share of Georgia Championship Wrestling, Gerald Brisco served both on and off-screen throughout the nineties and the early noughties in a variety of roles.
Now, one of the greatest wrestlers to ever lace-up a pair of boots has sat down with The Wrestling Inc. Daily Podcast to discuss various stories, including being backstage at the final episode of WCW Nitro when the Invasion angle really began with Shane McMahon announcing – in the storyline – that he had nabbed WCW from under his father’s nose.
Detailing what it was like backstage that evening as he stood next to Shane and several other WWF producers who had also made the trip, Brisco had this to say about the night it was announced the McMahon empire had swallowed its competition:
“It was an exciting night. It was a celebration. We’d gone to Pensacola, FL or Panama City, FL [for] the last taping of WCW where we’re taking over, and I felt so rewarded because it wasn’t WCW, but I was there for Georgia Championship Wrestling when we took over that. So I kind of came full circle. Then when WCW went out of business, I was a part of that takeover too.
We were there. We’re getting ready to do the deal with Shane where Shane bought WCW. We’re cutting in. I was running Gorilla, and they needed somebody there to make sure that Shane wasn’t going to get shorted on the time somehow mysteriously. Those guys were completely professional on the transition, and I didn’t think anything would happen, but I was pleased to be there. So of course, when the show was over, it had been a highly, extremely uncomfortable day, and a day where the stress level was just sky-high.”
With a certain amount of mystery surrounding their futures, the WCW roster would have been forgiven for not being completely welcoming to their newest bosses. However, as Brisco told, there was more upset than hostility:
“There are guys crying they’ve lost their job. They’re begging, and they’re yelling. You don’t like to see stuff like that, especially when we’re not too long ago, you were those guys in the exact same positions. You had the emotion for them, but also on that same deal, the tremendous accomplishment that we just pulled off.”
March 26, 2001, wasn’t just historic for Vince McMahon finally putting WCW out of business, but it was also the very first simulcast between the two promotions in professional wrestling history.
Credit for the interview: The Wrestling Inc. Daily Podcast
h/t for the transcription: Wrestling Inc.