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Chuck Palumbo Interview – Egos In The WWE Locker Room, Calls TNA “Low Grade”

Chuck Palumbo recalls his career in an interview with Josh Modaberi of as he discusses WCW, the final episode of WCW Monday Nitro, egos in the WWE dressing room and more.

The multi-time champion admits that he was not a wrestling fan growing up. He tried his hand at the industry after watching a television commercial.

“I actually saw an advert on television when I was watching WCW Nitro, they had an ad for the Power Plant. At the time I was in college and I was on a full basketball scholarship, but I decided to leave school early and go for it, it was just one of those things where I made the decision pretty much based on instinct,” he said. “I never really watched WWE on television and to be honest with you I only really watched WCW for a few months before actually getting into the business.”

Palumbo would go on to hold the WCW World Tag Team Championship on four occasions. He says of the experience, “It was great working with guys like Kevin Nash, he was so instrumental in helping the younger guys develop, I appreciated it back then but looking back now having had a long career in the wrestling business it was really cool what they did for us.”

Palumbo competed on the final episode of WCW Monday Nitro. He recalls the atmosphere that day when WWE bought out its competition.

“It was very strange, we found out about it pretty much that day and the next thing you know here comes Shane McMahon, Pat Patterson and Jerry Brisco, and that’s when I realised they were taking over. It was a very surreal experience but at the same time I was very fortunate to be on the last Monday Nitro ever,” said Palumbo. “That night it was Sean O’Haire and myself against Mike Awesome and Lance Storm, so it was a good experience.”

Upon arriving to WWE as part of the WCW invasion angle, Palumbo thought it was great to face off with The Hardy Boyz, APA, and The Undertaker and Kane. However, he adds, “at the same time there were some egos in the WWE and WCW, and I never understood this and I think they regret it now, but when we first came in it was like the WWE guys against the WCW guys and if you think about it that’s kinda foolish, if anything the boys should have been bonding but there was a lot of heat in the air.”

Having worked for both Eric Bischoff in WCW and Vince McMahon in WWE, Palumbo compares his former two bosses in terms of their similarities and differences.

“Similarities, they are both go getters and hustlers but obviously Vince McMahon is much more disciplined, hungrier, I think he is more intelligent and it shows, Vince is still on top of a huge industry and Eric Bischoff is working as a talent in a very low grade wrestling company,” said Palumbo. “Vince is a very hard worker, he loves the business, respects the business whilst Eric, I don’t think he does as much, I think he is a smart guy but I don’t think he has the same respect for the business, and he did a real number on WCW letting his ego get the better of him.”

Palumbo also recalls his departure from WWE in 2004, his second stint with the sports-entertainment company, working with Billy Gunn, life after wrestling and more. The full interview is available here.

  • hf part two

    TNA sucks.
    Come back to WWE, Kurt Angle.

  • SYM

    TNA is very low grade.

  • Preacher

    I always liked Palumbo…I thought he did a good job

  • mtlhitman

    TNA pay their wrestlers around 100$-500$

  • J-J

    @ Jefferson D’Arcy: Palumbo runs his own custom bike shop. His very successful custom bike shop. That in addition to being quite smart with his money means that he doesn’t have to go to TNA if they made him an offer. He’s pretty much out of the business now by his own choice. He’s keeping busy being in a band, doing his bikes & the very occasional indy appearance.
    He offered his opinion on TNA & having spent time in WCW & WWE I think he’s quite qualified to do so. TNA are still ‘low grade’ in that they pay their absolute top talent (Angle/Sting/Hogan etc) good money but everyone else gets paid terribly, a reason why they’ve lost so much mid card talent over the years. He wouldn’t bother with TNA (& I’d almost wager they offered him a spot in Aces & 8’s) because he knows he’s better off doing what he is right now…

  • Jefferson D’Arcy

    I love how Palumbo calls TNA “low grade”. I’m not a TNA mark or anything, but Palumbo really isn’t the guy that should be looking down his nose at anybody in the business. What’s he doing these days? Fixing bikes? If TNA made him an offer, he’d be there in a heartbeat and he knows it.

    He talks about egos in the lockerroom, well that “low grade” statement alone made him sound very egotistical, as if TNA is beneath him, because Chuck Palumbo was somebody in the wrestling industry lol. You’re known for what, a gay angle with Billy Gunn? Come on now.

  • mtlhitman

    Come on Vince still love and respect wrestling he is just getting old and is slowly passing the torch to HHH & Stephanie,he can’t have the same love when he started or when he had an actual competition time change getting old and plus we the fans never work for him so how can we judge it more then the actual wrestlers.It is true impact wrestling is low grade wrestling or indy with tv im not bashing on them but they need more wrestlers more fans new idea new management some investor cause they are not going nowhere unless they could find a wrestler who will push them to that next level.

  • Tyler(:

    He would of sold WWE for money if he didn’t atleast respect or love it some bit.

    Just because you have low opinions on Vince, doesn’t mean you know what he loves and respects, regardless of silly actions he takes that hurts WWE.

  • Allo

    Yeah Vince was awesome back when WCW was around but his ego has ruined wrestling over the last 10 years or so, go watch a WWE show from 97-02 then turn it on now and you’ll feel like you have been slap in the face by a carp.

    I thought when HHH got more power it might change but it looks like he’s more concerned with keeping his wife and father in law happy.

    Hollywood writers making wrestlers read scripts
    The same storylines over and over
    PG TV
    Calling wrestlers SUPERSTARS
    Editing in crowd noises (didn’t WWE pay out WCW over the goldberg chant??)
    Fans are the WWE universe – *face palm*
    Boring characters

    ^ That’s what happened after WCW died wrestling began to die!

  • Devil_Rising

    Good stuff. Except for the part about Vince “loving and respecting the business”. I think that was true decades ago. But it doesn’t feel like it’s been true in a good decade or so.