After WWE purchased WCW in March 2001 Arn Anderson joined the sports entertainment giant as a road agent. During his time with the company Anderson occasionally appeared on television, including a memorable cameo at WrestleMania X-8 where he delivered his signature Spinebuster to The Undertaker to a monster ovation as he battled Ric Flair.
Anderson remained with WWE until he was released in February 2019. Following his departure, the tag team legend joined AEW that August.
With a wealth of experience in the ring, Anderson’s role as a road agent/producer put him in a perfect spot to help the next generation of wrestlers realise their potential.
Arn Anderson Reveals Who Came To Him For Advice
Speaking on his ARN podcast, the former WCW star was asked which wrestlers sought out his knowledge and expertise the most. The WWE Hall of Famer explained that stars such as Randy Orton and Batista were always happy to listen, while he enjoyed working with Roman Reigns.
“Randy Orton was very receptive. Cena was, up to a point. Dave Bautista was very receptive. Roman Reigns, house shows, he had some matches with Braun Strowman that were just spectacular. He made Braun Strowman a giant. I really enjoyed working with him on that stuff. Dolph Ziggler had great ideas and listened. Bobby Roode had a great mind for the business.”
Anderson went on to state that he hated working as a producer in WWE as he had no real control over matches, despite being responsible for the end result. He added that he didn’t enjoy the role in WCW either.
“If you want the truth, I hated that job. I hated being in charge of matches that I had no power or authority. I was responsible for the end result. If the story that was told or the physicality was not good, the finish wasn’t good, whatever, Vince chewed my ass out.
The problem with that was if you’re going to give me full reign and let me do what I want to, not what’s written and try to take the creative and put it into match terms and make it make sense, it’s not fair to have all the responsibility for a segment and no authority to do what you know is right, to having to do what they want you to do.
I did not enjoy that job. I really didn’t enjoy it that much in WCW because I mean, you get to the arena, and you have two guys that really don’t want to put each other over. I’m on the road just lining the show up.
That’s supposed to be all I’m doing, carrying the word, ‘Hey, they would like so and so to go over.’ When you don’t have the authority that when they go, ‘I’m not feeling that.’ Now you have to go, ‘Well, what do you think?’ versus ‘No, I think I’m feeling it and this is what we need to do.’ It’s a straw boss position. You’re a scapegoat for something they don’t like. It’s automatically your fault.”
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