Rick Boogs was one of many wrestlers fired by WWE late last year who recently hit the free agent market. Several of those wrestlers like Mustafa Ali and Dolph Ziggler have taken steps to return to pro wrestling in a big way in 2024.
However, Boogs has not followed suit; he’s focused on YouTube and other business ventures, while pro wrestling is not on his radar. Just look at this exchange he had during an interview on INSIGHT with Chris Van Vliet:
Vliet: “So, no more wrestling? You don’t think you’ll wrestle in 2024?”
Boogs: “Not for now, no. I mean, we’ll see what happens. I’ll never say never, but I’m busier now than I was in WWE.”
Boogs was also asked to clarify his comments from a few months ago where he indicated that a backstage political power play was behind WWE’s decision to release him. At the time, Boogs teased that one day he would get into more specific details about that claim.
Instead of naming names during this interview with Vliet, Boogs took the less spicy approach of simply pointing out that he had good booking under Vince McMahon’s creative control, and bad booking when Vince was out of power:
“If you just look at it objectively, look at my NXT run and then look at when I was seen by Vince, and look at that run. And then, when management and the whole regime changed again, look at that run.
So, a lot of people say, ‘Oh, but he was injured,’ but...I was supposed to be brought back early when I wasn’t even cleared yet, like a month or two after rehab. And I was really...pumped. Like, man I can’t really bend my knee yet, but yeah let’s get back out there. And then it was just kiboshed.”
Boogs was also asked about his claim that one person in WWE had a “weird grudge” against him. Boogs admitted that grudge isn’t the right word for it, and he pretty much left it at that.
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