Torrie Wilson has opened up about her thoughts on WWE buying WCW, having competed in both companies.
Speaking on The Bump, the WWE Hall of Famer candidly said the move actually “kind of saved” her.
“It kind of saved me when WWE bought out WCW.”
Wilson – who performed as Samantha in WCW – continued, saying how she left the company before the buy-out and was actually of the belief that her wrestling career was over.
“I actually left WCW right before it got bought out. It kind of fell apart. We had been negotiating a contract, and I just decided, ‘Okay. I don’t think this is going to work out.’ So, I thought the wrestling thing [for me] was over.”
Wilson left WCW in 2001, having only joined in 1999 after being scouted at a show. The then-aspiring actor found herself backstage and was asked to walk to the ring with Scott Steiner, before Kevin Nash expressed a desire to work with her – but would soon find herself getting in between Ric Flair and son David on-screen. Torrie Wilson would then find herself as a catalyst to Billy Kidman and Hulk Hogan facing off, in a storyline involving Hogan’s nephew Horace. After splitting with Kidman, ‘Samantha’ was removed from television before leaving the company. However, she wasn’t without a job for long, as WWE would add Wilson to their women’s division.
The Hall of Famer, who competed in this year’s Royal Rumble Match, then went on to say that it was the legendary Jim Ross who “got her excited” about joining WWE.
“By that time, of course, I was dating a wrestler, so I was still in there whether I liked it or not. Him and I both had meetings with Jim Ross. Then, Jim Ross, of course, got me all excited about joining the WWE, and the rest was history.”
Torrie Wilson’s move to WWE would kickstart her career, which has now lasted 20 years – something Wilson most definitely doesn’t take for granted.
“I talked about this in my Hall of Fame speech; I feel so unworthy to be here right now.”
h/t Wrestling Inc. for the transcription.