A Star Shattered: Chapter Twenty-One
By late 1999, Tammy and Chris were granted their releases from ECW and signed with WCW rather quickly. They were both excited to revive their careers and share a locker room with legends like Ric Flair. Flair was someone they both admired and Candido would get the chance to be in the ring with him while Tammy didn’t get a chance to live her dream of managing Flair.
Their excitement about working for WCW and getting paid regularly didn’t last all that long. Tammy wasn’t used as a manager of champions, but rather found herself working mixed tag team matches. She asks if anyone would put a non-wrestler in the ring with other trained wrestlers. Tammy was surprised with her usage considering she had worked with booker Vince Russo in the WWF. Though, she notes that Russo was just an editor for RAW Magazine and now he was a booker for WCW, because that would be a great idea.
She credits Russo and Eric Bischoff for being the guys to run WCW into the ground. The whole reason for WCW’s early dominance wasn’t because of any angles, or good wrestling. Rather, it was because they simply gave away everything for free on television. Bischoff and Russo only cared about ratings instead of making money on pay per view.
Tammy was shocked to work her first WCW show and see that the company was only drawing 5,000 people in 20,000 seat arenas. Nobody told Ted Turner they were running the company into the ground because nobody cared anymore. They were all just there to collect a check and go home. Eventually, WCW was sold to WWF for basically nothing. However, Tammy and Candido had both left prior due to Tammy being involved in a controversy.
At one of the TV tapings, Bischoff pulled Tammy away because he was informed about a fellow female in the locker room finding drugs in one of the stalls and said that Tammy left it in there. The drug was Nubian, something you have to inject, and she claims to have never shot up or snorted any drug. She’s an alcoholic and abuser of prescription pills. Bischoff setup a drug test for her to take the next morning, but she’d be suspended before that takes place. She didn’t like being considered guilty until proven innocent.
After taking the test, Torrie Wilson and Stacy Keibler pulled Tammy aside and let her know that Kimberly Page had framed her. Kimberly was married to Diamond Dallas Page and was positioned as the top heel girl in the company. Tammy suggests that Kimberly felt threatened by her presence in WCW. She also says that Bischoff and DDP were really good friends and would swap wives.
Tammy told Scott Steiner, who she had been friends with dating back to SMW days, and he blew a fuse. Steiner quickly went on a manhunt to find Kimberly. Steiner stormed into the women’s locker room and yelled at Kimberly so loudly and aggressively that she left the arena and never returned to WCW.
Three weeks would go by before Bischoff told Tammy that the test came back negative. He had forgotten to tell her when they came in. She wasn’t happy at all, but she was released three weeks later.
At WrestleMania 25 they were forced to sit in the same limo and Bischoff was seated across from her. He made the best effort to not look her in the eyes. Bischoff is considered number two on the top two people that Tammy can’t stand.
Chapter Twenty-Two coming soon!