Arquette talked about several professional wrestling topics such as always being a fan of professional wrestling, recently starting training for pro wrestling, why Vince Russo thought his WCW Title win was a good idea and initially thinking it was a bad idea. Here are the highlights:
Being a fan of professional wrestling even before doing “Ready To Rumble”:
“I loved [pro] wrestling since growing up.” Arquette recalled, “I saw Andre The Giant and Hulk Hogan back at the Sports Arena. We’d go to all the roadshows growing up, so I always loved it. And then, Ready To Rumble happened and it was just a chance for me to sort of tap back into something I loved as a kid and sort of tap into the crazy fan that I was.
“And then, I got to meet all my heroes. I got to travel with Hulk Hogan and Sting, ‘Diamond’ Dallas Page, and get to know the guys. And in promoting the movie, they had me go on the road and I ended up the champ. I don’t know what happened, but it happened.”
Recently beginning his training for professional wrestling:
“I never really got the opportunity to wrestle, so just 18 years later, after a lot of people gave me grief, I was like, ‘I want to do it right,’ so I’ve been training with Peter Avalon, a great wrestler/trainer.” Arquette said.
“I’m getting back into [pro] wrestling 18 years later. I just had my first match… It was amazing… Against RJ City. I got my butt kicked, but it’s alright. It was good. It was a good match at Championship Wrestling From Hollywood.”
Why Vince Russo thought his WCW World Title win was a good idea:
“I actually recently talked to Vince Russo on his podcast,” Arquette said. “And then, he explained it to me. He said that part of the reason he thought it would be alright because when I first got there, I was running around.
“I did something with, Jarrett, Jeff Jarrett, and I had his guitar and I went around all the wrestlers and had them sign it. I was just a fan. And he was like, and that was part of the reason I was different. I wasn’t just an actor. I was truly a fan of wrestling, so that’s kind of the idea behind it.”
Initially thinking winning the WCW title was a mistake:
“Yeah, I said I didn’t think it was a good idea!” Arquette said. “But, then, after a few minutes, I thought it would be fun just to travel and get a little taste of the business. So yeah.”
H/T Wrestling Inc. for the transcriptions