Former WWE/WCW/TNA star Kevin Nash spoke with Justin Barrasso of SI.com about his first stint in WWE that lasted from 1993 – 1996. During the interview, he was asked about the state of the wrestling business in 1996. “At that point, wrestling was dying. The Hulkamania era was over for Vince, and he was looking for the next big thing. A lot of his guys were working as occupations.” Nash added that there were a couple of stars in WWE, but most wrestlers had characters that portrayed real life jobs such as a pig farmer, a dentist, and a plumber.
Nash was willing to stay in WWE, but he wanted Vince McMahon to increase his pay, but McMahon could not do so due to WWE (WWF at the time being a private company), so Nash made the hard decision, and that was to sign with WCW. Nash explained that he had a wife that was pregnant and they were living year-to-year on whether he got a big payday at WrestleMania, so he never knew what he was going to make per year. “I’m going to get a minimum of $850,000 from WCW, and it was for 180 days, which was considerably more days off than Vince at over 300.” Nash added that he was coming from a world where wrestlers would find out that their child walked for the first time while on the phone and then they would travel to a city to work a wrestling match. He didn’t want that to be his life, so he joined WCW. “The majority of our time was Waffle Houses and getting lost with no GPS. You had a map.”
You can read the entire interview here.