The Monday Night Wars saw the WWF and WCW go head to head each week in a battle for supremacy, now key WCW competitor Kevin Nash says he knew when the writing was on the wall for his company.
Nash and Scott Hall both defected from the WWF to WCW in the spring of 1996. With fewer dates and more guaranteed money awaiting them, The Outsiders soon made their presence felt before aligning with Hulk Hogan as the New World Order and changing the face of wrestling forever.
Speaking to Stone Cold Steve Austin on his Broken Skull Sessions, Kevin Nash divulged what caused WCW President Eric Bischoff to think he was going to put the WWF out of business and why Nash never bought that.
Kevin Nash said:
“I remember one night when we went to the ring and they were sending the whole company down. I said ‘We gotta have something. Can you get us some aluminum baseball bats?’ So Ellis rigged a working one quick, then we had the real ones. So when I went to the ring, I hit the steps with the real one, crowd heard the noise. Scott hit the first guy coming in with the gimmick one, through the ropes he went down. Are you going to go through the ropes two guys back to back with aluminum baseball bats?”
“So we go off the air with the Charlotte police undoing their guns, it’s real. It’s on. So we are flying back night and Bischoff goes ‘We’re gonna put Vince out of business.’ I said ‘Pfftt. Dude, do you realise what happened tonight? The perception that two guys from the WWE jumped ship and they are gonna take over your company. People believe that.’ They think two guys could beat one hundred. I said ‘No, you’re not going to put him out of business.’ I said he’ll sit back there and watch it, Hogan said the same thing. That’s what Vince did. Vince sat back and watched.”
The WWE Hall Of Famer then spoke about the moment he knew WWF was going to ultimately come out on top of the war. According to Nash, he wasn’t the only one fearful of what ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson had brought to their competition.
“I’ll never forget the day in my life where [Mike] Tyson came to that WrestleMania. Every WrestleMania match had a movie-quality trailer in front of it. In case you hadn’t been watching, you were caught up. Kane was shooting fire, everything was amazing. The next day I go to TV and I just knew. You know man, you watch something and you know. You’re smart to the business. I walked by [Kevin] Sullivan he said ‘Feel that Nash? Water got a little cold last night. We hit an iceberg called WrestleMania.’ He knew, I knew, anyone that was smart knew.”
During his conversation with Steve Austin, Kevin Nash also spoke about what caused The Undertaker to threaten him while holding him against a wall.