Former WWE/WCW/ECW/TNA star Raven recently spoke with ESPN about his career and more. During the interview, he was asked about working with Paul Heyman. Raven said that Heyman was such an amazingly creative and brilliant mind. He noted that Heyman’s psychology was unparalleled and that he also smart enough to know if someone has a better idea then he would take his ego out of it and let their idea play out.
Raven returned to WCW in 1997 but his second stint in the company didn’t last long as he was frustrated with the direction of his character leading into the 1997 Starrcade PPV event, which he helped Perry Saturn win against Chris Benoit in a “Raven’s Rules” match at the event. When asked about his departure from the company, Raven said that he really wishes he would have stayed as that is one of his regrets in his career.
“I didn’t stay because the idea he told me did nothing for me. I was gonna lose stock as a character, so I didn’t, but I wish I would’ve [stayed] because the way things worked out with [Vince] Russo coming in six months later and Russo being a huge fan of mine, I probably would’ve been in the world title mix. I know I would’ve got way, way more money on my contract on my next deal because it was a year from being up, so I would’ve probably doubled what I was already making. So it really was a stupid idea of me to go, but I wasn’t having fun. It’s still a huge regret.”
Raven has not had a full-time run in WWE since he left the company since 2003. He is someone who has a great mind for the business, and some have even said that he would be a great addition to the WWE creative team. However, Raven is against the idea and possibly being an agent.
“Here’s the problem– creative you’re just a cog. The problem is you create great ideas, and then you don’t get to see them come to fruition. That’s so taxing to me emotionally because you get so involved in the characters. So that would suck. As far as being a backstage agent, I don’t have any interest in that because I’m not using my creativity in any really strong way. You’re just an agent, so that wouldn’t interest me. It’s a whole different world now. The old days I would’ve definitely been a booker somewhere, but now it’s a 24-hour, 7-day a week job. I have no interest in being on the road that much because after 30 years of being on the road I’m happy at home.”
Raven also talked about his favorite feud, ECW, and more. You can read the entire interview here.