The inside scoop on WCW Magazine with former editor Kevin Eck

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August 21, 2013

WWECLASSICS.COM: Vince Russo was WCW President after Eric Bischoff was ousted. He was always outspoken and controversial and some claim he was ultimately responsible for WCW’s collapse. You were hired in 2000 following his tenure. What was the atmosphere like?

ECK: It’s funny because the first week I actually started, it was the beginning of the Russo-Bischoff regime [of TV storytelling].  The line between reality and story was often blurred, so I didn't want the magazine to insult anyone's intelligence.

From the very beginning, there were rumors and rumblings that Time Warner wanted to sell – not that the company was going to fold, exactly. That was definitely a concern for me, especially after leaving the Baltimore Sun and moving to Atlanta. But I really thought the Russo-Bischoff thing was going to be good. Right before that, the show was really bad. The Wall and Crowbar were the highlight every week, then Russo and Bischoff immediately brought back Kevin Nash and Hulk Hogan and I thought it could go somewhere positive.

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WWECLASSICS.COM: With the new direction of the company and editorial leeway on the magazine, were there any features or articles that stood out or that you are particularly proud of?

ECK: The first thing I did was to implement the "Uncensored Q&A." The magazine had previously done interviews, but I wanted to take it a step further. I took the concept of the Playboy interview with real in-depth conversation. I took the name [“Uncensored"] because WCW owned the pay-per-view name and because I wanted it to be no holds barred. They were in WCW, but I wanted to ask them about Mr. McMahon and WWE. When I interviewed Bret Hart, I wanted to know about Shawn Michaels, about McMahon. I wanted to aim the interviews less at WCW fans and more at wrestling fans, in general.

The first guy I interviewed was Hulk Hogan. I told him I was going to ask him tough questions. He said "Brother, there are no questions that I haven't been asked 100 times."  So I asked him three or four questions and he said no one had ever asked him questions like that before. After all, that was my intention with the “Uncensored Q&A.” I actually asked him about working for WWE again and he kind of saw into the future. He said, “One day, I can see Vince, myself and Eric [Bischoff] working together."

WWECLASSICS.COM: Were there any other memorable interview subjects?

ECK: One of the guys I really loved interviewing was Scott Steiner. He was the one guy that was exactly the same in and out of the ring. The “Uncensored” interviews allowed the wrestlers to be themselves,  but I remember Steiner just saying, "I don't play a character," and whether he was in character or not, he wanted people to think he was crazy, which is hilarious.

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