Former WWE Hardcore Champion Raven has explained why he thinks problems with Vince McMahon kept him from achieving more success in the company.
Following stints in WCW and the then-WWF, the former Scotty Flamingo and Johnny Polo joined ECW in 1995 as Raven, and a star was born in the land of extreme. After finding enormous success with the character he took it south back to WCW in 1997.
Raven returned to ECW for a short spell before making his way to WWE in 2000. As part of that company, Raven is best remembered as part of the popular hardcore division and he had his moment on The Grandest Stage Of Them All at WrestleMania 17 when he competed in a Triple Threat Match for the Hardcore Title alongside Big Show and Kane.
In conversation with SOUNDSPHERE Raven was asked if he felt his character was everything he wanted it to be in WWE. The star responded, saying “heat” with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon stopped that from happening:
“It would’ve been if I would have made it to the top of WWE but, that was — WWE, I had heat with [Vince] McMahon, long story and so I never really got what I felt was the push I deserved in that company and… so no, I didn’t get to do everything I wanted, but what I did do, I felt the work I did in ECW will stand up against anybody’s work any time, anywhere, ever. Whether it’s work rate, whether it’s matches, whether it’s storyline, storyline especially.”