CMLL and former WCW star Mark Jindrak was interviewed this week on David Penzer’s “Sitting Ringside” podcast.
Jindrak talked about being one of the Natural Born Thrillers during the final days of WCW, his jump to WWE after WCW folded and then being replaced by Batista in Evolution, Ric Flair, Randy Orton, his start in the business, his wrestling career in Mexico and his future.
Mark Jindrak said Kevin Nash helped a lot in WCW: “Kevin Nash helped a lot. He became our coach but off-air, he was our coach as well. I sing his praise. We lived in Atlanta at the time so he would make those small, short trips. He would have myself and (Mike) Sanders hop in his Mercedes. He would drive and kick it with us and treat us like, super chill. He was a megastar and he took the time to hang with us. He was cool.”
Jindrak talked about the plans for him to be in Evolution: “Basically when I went to OVW, I made a friendship with Randy Orton. When they moved me up to the big show, Orton and I traveled together. Batista was supposed to be in it, but he kept getting injured, so it was my spot. Basically, I was immature. Orton was immature. We had a lot of fun on the road. A lot of people thought it was humorous and loved our act. We would come to TV and show off and goof off. People loved it. People from Kane to a lot of top guys. The one person who hated it was Triple H. If you could be a fly on the wall during some of those car rides and we knew the group was going to be Triple H, Ric Flair, myself and Orton, Triple H wanted to have us driving together the whole loop so we could talk wrestling and start forming as a group. That’s where you get the chemistry in the group by hanging together and talking. To my knowledge, I thought we were. Orton and I were having fun. Ric Flair was a ton of fun. I thought the person that should have got kicked out of the group was HHH. He was boring as sh**. I think Orton was 23, I was 26. We were young and on the cuffs of stardom. We were young and traveling and having fun. Ric Flair bought into that. He loved that. It seemed like Ric fed off you. He would ask what did you guys do last night? Triple H wanted to share these car rides and talk about hot tags. I got it and we did talk about wrestling but then a lot of times the conversation in the car got shifted over to Ric wanting to know what the young guys were doing. We were really meshing. That’s the problem I had with the documentary, the Ruthless Aggression thing they did on Evolution. Triple H said he told Vince that he is not good for the group. Triple H kept saying him and Ric thought I wasn’t good for the group. It wasn’t Ric in any way, shape, or form. It was all Triple H. I felt these car rides were exposing Triple H for being a bore and non-charismatic. Obviously Randy and I have grown up now. I’m glad I am able to speak my peace 16 years later, but I wasn’t ready for it. Whoever made the decision, and now I know it was Triple H, he was right in getting me out of the group. Obviously, Batista did well with it. It didn’t happen for me, but I don’t have any resentment. The other thing I didn’t like about that piece is they make it look like after I left WWE, that I became a homeless crackhead. They never talk about that, well, he didn’t get over here, but he went to Mexico and had a great amount of success there.”