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Oscar, who appeared as the rapping manager of Men on a Mission from 1993 to 1995, recalled his time with WWE in an interview with VOC Nation, including what led to his departure from the company.

In 1995, Men on a Mission turned heel by attacking Oscar, and he never appeared on WWE television again. In this interview, he reveals that he refused to become a villain as well, due to his desire to be seen as a positive influence by young people. He also criticizes John Cena, feeling he’s not a superstar on par with Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Superstar Billy Graham and Bruno Sammartino. Highlights from the interview are as follows:

On the health of Sir Mo: “Mo has kidney problems and needs a kidney transplant, and the medical bills aren’t fully covered by his insurance. We’re going to have a fundraiser in Humboldt, Tennessee to try and help him out. In the afternoon, Bret Hart will be there giving a seminar to up and coming young, aspiring wrestlers; at night, we’ll have a phenomenal wrestling show where Men on a Mission will reunite, Sunny, the Bushwackers, and Tugboat.”

On his exit from the WWE in 1995: “In Vince’s mind, it was time to turn Men on a Mission heel because there were too many babyface tag teams. I was asked to be part of that, but I declined. During my rap career, I never wanted to do anything negative. I always wanted to be a positive influence to young people. Being a heel didn’t match up with my (personal values). I asked (the WWE) to have them attack me in order to get them even further over as a heel.”

On why he didn’t stay with the company or jump to WCW: “There was a mutual parting of the ways. I was burned out, and I really wanted to pursue other things. I’m grateful that almost 25 years later, I’m still remembered as part of the business. I fell into the business by accident, but there were other things that I wanted to pursue at (the time that I left). I focused on my radio career in Chicago and other areas in the (entertainment) business.”

On his future goals in wrestling: “There are pages and pages on the Internet about Men on a Mission. We were inducted into (a few) hall of fame. It overwhelms me that people miss us. I have the bug again. I miss it. I’m putting myself out there (trying to get bookings). I can pick and choose and pace myself, and it’s a lot of fun.”

On the period in the WWE in the mid-90s: “They tried very hard to capture that magical essence that Hulk Hogan had. They tried to do it with Lex Luger but it didn’t catch on. There were a lot of stars back then, but nobody had the star power to transcend wrestling and break into Hollywood. There was a lot of turmoil going on. There was a RAW taping in Liberty, NY; we showed up and found out that Randy Savage abruptly left for WCW without notice. Vince was as angry as I’ve ever seen him. He held a meeting with everyone and told us that our contracts were iron clad, and that none of us were going anywhere. It was a funeral atmosphere.”

On the current product and the lack of a true superstar: “The problem that wrestling has is that they’re not developing wrestlers to be timeless. In the last 15 years, there’s been a roster of individual stars, but there’s no one superstar (like Hogan was). If they put John Cena into the Hall of Fame tomorrow, people would be talking about all of the people who deserve it more than he does. There’s nobody that stands out today who will be remembered in 30 years. John Cena is talented and can put butts in the seats, but he is not (on the level of) a Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Superstar Billy Graham, or Bruno Sammartino. If I buy a ticket and John Cena misses the show, I’m still going to stay (and watch the show). Thirty years ago, if people bought a ticket to see Hogan, and he missed the show, they’d turn around and go home.”

The show can be accessed at VOCNation.com, and is also available at Stitcher. The live show airs every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. on VOCNation.com.

  • MCP186

    Oscar ‘somebody betta call your MOMma!’ –
    I am by no means a Cena fan – but taking into consideration your [Oscar's] career and talent when employed by WWF was as successful as Milli Vanilli at Karaoke; I REALLY have to question whether you believe your opinion has any substance?!! Didn’t think so…

    THE FACE of pro-wrestling is a prestigious ‘torch’ passed from superstar to superstar over generations. As you made the comparison to Hogan, lets start there. Hulk Hogan, was THE guy to carry wrestling into the 20th Century, he modernized it – not only that, he made it entertainment! Sure, not the most talented wrestler, he wouldn’t last 3 minutes at The Dungeon; but he was THE MAN – and Vince capitalized on his popularity. Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Stone Cold, The Rock, Triple H, Kurt Angle, Jericho, Undertaker, Brock Lesnar, Edge, Eddie, Cena, Punk, Bryan, Orton – have all been passed the torch by his predecessor, by the WWE and by us, the fans.,

    Naturally, we are all entitled to our own honest opinions, Oscar – but I strongly advise that until you lace up your boots and have a career as thriving as any of the aforementioned, keep said opinions to yo’self.

  • Kristopher Robinson

    That’s such bull shit. You “older” generation need to get off this stupid high horse that Hogan was something. Hogan could never wrestle a day in his life, Hogan was made bc of the people that carried him. He had a great character but in the ring he had to be the most carried wrestler that ever existed. Austin revolutionized the business strictly bc he was himself and could carry anybody in the ring and do do anything else. Even Cena IMO is more of an icon than Hogan. Hogan never had a love for the business. He was purely money and just so happen to land that character. If it wasn’t for Macho man to carry him, or Andre or the entire NWO Hogan would have been nothing. And cut the crap that EVERYBODY KNEW HOGAN, everybody also knew Undertaker, Austin, The Rock, and many many others on internationally an states level. Fuck your 80′s wrestling, if you honestly think that 300+ guys who most where in no athletic shape what so ever or to much muscle is such a great era than I don’t know what to say to you. In Hogans era, H was greater than everybody bc that’s the way Hogan had to have it. It wasn’t until Bret came through and actually showed that a company is about the wrestlers not Hogan that the entire industry changed.

  • JohnCena33

    No. People tend to overvalue the attitude era. Most well known is Hogan. The favorite is Stone Cold. The one who is making WWE the most money is Cena (merchandise, ticket sales, and an article on this site said that wwe bringing in 13 million in advertising now than during the attitde era). If you ask a random person on the street to name a wrestler most would either say Hogan, Cena, Austin, or Rock, but Hogan gets the advantage

  • kamalas leg

    Not saying Andre wasn’t known world wide. But Hogan was already a mega star.

  • kamalas leg

    Actually the myth of Andre being undefeated for 15 years was for hype and promotional reasons. His two biggest losses prior to wrestlemania III were to El Canek in 1984 (pinfall) and Antonio Inoki 1986 (submission). Same as never being slammed. Hulk also slammed him at the Showdown at Shea.
    Besides, hulkamania was well in its prime during wrestlemania III. Hulk was already on sports illustrated, various talk shows, MTV, etc….

  • http://retrorevelations.blogspot.com/ Jesse Moak

    That’s because Andre the Giant was well known worldwide as a sports star before anyone even knew who Hogan was. Andre was the first and for a long long time only wrestler to ever be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. He was the “8th Wonder of the World” before “Hulkamania” was a twinkle in anyone’s eye, back in the 70s, before wrestling itself got popular. So when Hogan got big, and was the first person to EVER beat The Giant, that was history. Nothing Austin or Rock or Cena or anyone else has ever done or likely will ever do, will match that.

  • http://retrorevelations.blogspot.com/ Jesse Moak

    I’m sorry, but that is flat out incorrect. Unless you were actually watching in the 80s, you have no idea just how huge Hogan was. It wasn’t just that he was huge in WWF. He was huge in the WWF in part because of him being in Rocky III. He did that, came back, and as super over. He was larger than life, EVERYONE knew who Hulk Hogan was, whether they were into wrestling or not, back in the 80s. He was a part of 80s culture, a true icon. Stone Cold Steve Austin was very over, very popular, as was the Rock, but neither of them were anywhere close to Hogan’s level in his prime. Hogan was an international AND national icon without the benefit of a set national TV show like Raw. WWF had weekly shows, but none of them were huge and consistent like Raw. Hogan was on everything, cereal, commercials, toys, clothes, and it wasn’t just wrestling fans, it was fans of his movies, fans of the Rock n Wrestling cartoon, you name it.

    Austin was popular as hell, but this idea that he was “the most popular wrestler of all time” is a myth perpetuated by WWE themselves, because they’re on good terms with him. They also said Ric Flair was “the greatest wrestler of all time” when they were putting him in the HOF and during his last run, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Austin was popular because Raw was popular, because the McMahon storyline was popular, because DX was popular, because Raw was “shock TV” and people tuned in not to see wrestling, but to see whatever silly BS they were going to do each week on Raw, because they fostered this “anything can happen” atmosphere. Hogan was popular worldwide, with far less than that.

    I’m not knocking Austin, or Rock. But the fact is, Hogan is the most popular wrestling superstar in history. He just is. He was so popular, that when he went to WCW, a show that hardly anybody watched suddenly became a big deal, and when he turned heel and the NWO started, the world tuned in because that was news. Austin was great, Rock was great, but 30 years from now people who aren’t dedicated wrestling fans will not look back on either of them for their wrestling careers and go “Oh yeah, that guy”. But Hogan will still be a cultural icon, because back in the 80s, he left that kind of an impression. And don’t get me wrong, I’m not even a huge Hogan fan. But that’s just how it is.

  • http://retrorevelations.blogspot.com/ Jesse Moak

    No, Cena will never be on the same level as Hogan or Rock. People know those guys, even if they don’t know wrestling. Most non-wrestling fans don’t really know who John Cena is.

  • Kristopher Robinson

    That Cena an Hogan combined couldn’t even hold Austin’s Jockstrap!!!

  • kamalas leg

    Think of Hogans biggest moments: vs Andre wrestlemamia III, vs warrior wrestlemania VI, vs The Rock wrestlemania XVIII, joining the nWo, his return to wwe @ no way out, the surprise return @ wrestlemania 21, and I’m sure others. These moments will be remembered for a long time.
    Cena hasn’t had that many “time lasting” moments in my eyes. His match with HBK @ wrestlemania 23 stands out. Honestly, that’s about it. But, like I always say, he busts his ass in and out of the ring. Yes, he has a better move set than Hogan, but still not on his level. And wwe doesn’t have better ratings now either:

    “Rock, this is your life” got an 8.1 on the Nielsen ratings. (The highest rated wrestling TV segment in Raw history.)
    Wrestlemania III had 93,173 fans in attendance.
    Hulk vs Andre on The Main Event got a 15.1 on the Nielsen Ratings with 33 million views. (Those are wrestlemania numbers today)

    All way before Cena. Just saying

  • JohnCena33

    What point

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    John Cena did not make wrestling what it is today but he is a way better pro wrestler then Hulk Hogan. I am a Hogan fan but the things Cena can do in the ring Hogan could never do. Cena also have his followers. But right now WWE is trying to look for that next guy the next big thing. I do think they are putting there hopes in Daniel Bryan right now. If he wins the Rumble he will win the WWE title at Wrestlmania with they massage being this is the future of the WWE or for just right now Bryan is are guy.

  • Scooter

    I have to disagree, Cena’s pretty much a house hold name at this point.
    Is he as big as Hogan or the Rock not really but that’s because buisness is bad right now.

    It’s the same reason Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels aren’t as reknowned outside wrestling because when they were the top guys, the buisness wasn’t in the best state.

  • Kristopher Robinson

    Never said you did, I was just proving a point.

  • JohnCena33

    So you think hulk hogans one move of doom (leg drop) is more impressive than Cenas five moves of doom. Cena has put on way more five star matches than Hogan, plus WWE has far better ratings now and way more sales with Cena than Hogan, and you call me clueless.

  • JohnCena33

    I never mentioned Austin so…..

  • Kristopher Robinson

    And both Hogan and Cena will never be as big as Austin was, maybe Hogan on an international level but not in the states.

  • mole

    Your as clueless as him

  • JohnCena33

    This guy is clueless. Cena is just as big as Hogan plus is a better performer than Hogan.

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