Sean ‘X-Pac’ Waltman has lifted the lid on why fans never saw him use his patented bronco buster in World Championship Wrestling.
When Waltman made the switch from WWF, where he was competing as the 123 Kid, to WCW where they re-packaged him as Syxx – which the numbers of his previous designation add up to – his name wasn’t the only thing to change.
The star had seemingly grown in the transition, sporting a beard, though his attire hadn’t evolved that much beyond his previous gimmick. What had seemingly disappeared though, was his bronco buster, which the talent had used sparingly in WWF but would become more synonymous with him during his second run with the promotion as X-Pac.
Now, Sean Waltman has taken to the airwaves on his X-Pac 1,2,360 Podcast to reveal why WCW stopped him from using the move on their television product:
“When I was first trying to get it over, they banned the move, they banned that s**t on WCW. Standards and practices did. By the time I got back to [WWE], there was a lot worse s**t happening on TV. In WCW, the match where Scott [Hall] and I drop the Tag Team Titles to the Steiners, I go to do it to Rick and he wouldn’t take it. He wouldn’t stay in the corner. Scotty would try to set it up for me and he wouldn’t do it. The second time I try to do it, he puts his foot up and hits me in the balls.”
WCW’s loss was by far the then WWF’s gain. Upon his return to Stamford, Waltman’s move became part of legend, popping audiences across the world. Since, it’s been duplicated by countless names across the decades but has only one true master.
During the same interview, Waltman also insisted that he had one final run left in him after being cured of a bout of hepatitis.
Credit for the interview: X-Pac 1,2,360 Podcast
h/t for the transcription: Fightful