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9. Kwee Wee: WCW Champion?
Former WCW star Allan 'Kwee Wee' Funk was a guest on the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling podcast recently, opening up on his career and telling some interesting stories about his time training at the WCW Power Plant, his friendship with Randy Savage and much more.
According to Funk, he was also in line to receive a big, Eric Bischoff-backed push before the company was bought by Vince McMahon.
"Eric was always cool with me. Bischoff said, ‘I really love what you do. I love your work ethic. I love your matches. Your body is great. You’re going to get a push. You’re going to be my next big guy'. I said, ‘Great. Whatever I got to do, sign me up’. He said, ‘No, you’ve already done it, but I need you to do me a favour tonight. I need you to put Rick Steiner over big, like Superman’.
I said, ‘No problem’. He said, ‘I’m telling you. Do this for me and if I like it, you’re going to get a big push. You’re going to make a lot of money and you’re going to be my next big name'. I said, ‘Great. I’m all in brother'. I stood up and shook his hand. He was excited. I was excited. I did the job for Rick Steiner and put him over huge. I always got along with Rick, so we had a pretty good match. He jobbed me out, but he let me get some stuff in. I made him look strong.
I got backstage and Bischoff was standing back there waiting on me. He said he loved it. He said it was exactly what he wanted. Then every week from there on out, every time he was at the arena, he pretty much does the same thing. I’m thinking two or three weeks of this, I’m definitely getting a push. Next thing you know, we go down to Florida for the PPV. I wasn’t even supposed to be on the show. I go to the arena just to hang out with the boys and watch the show. I went down to Florida for a couple of spring training games.
We’re down there hanging out with some baseball players. We go to the show Sunday night. Like I said, I wasn’t even booked on the show. While I’m there, they book me on the show against Jason Jett, EZ Money from ECW. We had the curtain jerker, the first match of the night. It was about a 15 minute barnburner. It was a great match. I’m thinking I’m not booked on the PPV, I showed up, and they booked me anyway. They said Jason Jett was going to go over, which was fine with me. I’ve never had a problem with putting guys over.
I’m thinking I’ll do this job, and the next thing you know, Kevin Nash calls while I’m driving and says, ‘Vince just bought the company'".
The match he's referring to is from the final WCW pay-per-view (Greed 2001), which took place just days before WCW went out of business.
And while the match with Jett is a banger, if Kwee Wee reckons he was going to hold the Big Gold Belt at any point, I think he's sadly mistaken.