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QUICK QUOTES: Big Vito on getting over in WWE while wearing a dress, Paul Heyman helping him decide to leave ECW

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Former WCW, ECW, and WWE wrestler Big Vito was a recent guest on the Duke Loves Rasslin podcast. He talked about his gimmick of wearing a dress, leaving ECW, and more. Here are some of the highlights they sent along:

On Paul Heyman helping him make the decision to Leave ECW for WCW:

“I said, ‘Paul I got an offer from WCW but I want to stay here, I don’t want to go.’ He said, ‘You’ve been wrestling a long time, this is your chance ya know. You have my blessing. You gotta go!'”

On wearing a dressing and his short WWE run:

“Stephanie and Vince asked me (to wear the dress) and I said ok… And then the first time I smiled on TV the people were behind me. And then I became a fan favorite; I went undefeated for four months. And then ya know when you make it in the business and you get a little chippy because they really didn’t expect you to get over so much? Remember when I was supposed to fight King Booker and I went undefeated for four months? Well, they put Undertaker in that spot. That’s politics 101! ”

On the difference between young wrestlers of the past and young wrestlers of the present:

“If a veteran told you something you took it, you booked it. You learned it and you remembered it. Today young wrestlers get advice and will say ‘Who the hell are you? You’re a nobody, you never drew a dime.” I know I never drew a dime, but you’re only here for a cup of coffee, but you didn’t even earn the cup yet!”

For the full interview with Big Vito, check out the Duke Loves Rasslin podcast. 

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