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The Godfather Claims He Almost Signed With WCW And Joined The NWO

The Godfather

The Godfather has claimed that he came close to signing a deal with WCW that would have seen him join the nWo.

After brief stints in the USWA and a tour of Japan with New Japan Pro Wrestling, Charles Wright joined WWE in 1991. Following a series of minor appearances, Wright debuted as Papa Shango in early 1992. While Wright enjoyed a high profile feud with the Ultimate Warrior, the character was dropped in 1993.

The Las Vegas native returned to WWE in 1994 and continued to appear sporadically under the guise of Kama “The Supreme Fighting Machine.” However, it wasn’t until he joined the Nation of Domination in 1997 that Wright landed another high-profile role.

After The Nation imploded, Wright transformed into The Godfather. A pimp, famous for appearing alongside his ‘ho’s.’ Wright later turned his back on his fan-favourite character joining the Right To Censor. While the group later fell apart, Wright triumphantly returned at the 2002 Royal Rumble complete with a lengthy line of female companions.

Appearing on WWE’s The Bump, The Godfather has now claimed that his career nearly went in a very different direction. Reflecting on his time in the ring, the Attitude Era star suggested that he came close to signing with WCW and joining the nWo, in the role which was eventually filled by Virgil.

“I was working on a contract deal with them to come in,”

“I thought that we had come to an arrangement and then all of a sudden, I’m calling them and they’re not calling me back. I’m calling this one, I’m not going to mention any names, I’m calling this guy, he’s not calling me back, he’s not calling me back. All of a sudden I turn on the show and I see Virgil in my spot that they were talking about me doing. It was a good thing. Ron Simmons told me don’t go there in the first place.”

During the conversation, The Godfather also revealed that there was talk of all of his WWE persona’s entering the Royal Rumble a-la Mick Foley in 1998.

“It was talked about and then it was cancelled at the last minute… I was going to come out, because of the hair thing, I was going to come out first as Godfather. Then cut my hair and come out as Kama, and then shave my head and come out as Papa Shango. But I forget what happened, but it was cancelled at the last minute.”

During his multiple stints in WWE, The Godfather won the Intercontinental Championship as well as tag team gold. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2016.

H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.