Scotty Riggs reunites with some of his former tag team partners during the Mid-Atlantic Legends Fanfest Weekend in August in Charlotte.
The former WCW and ECW star will be participating in a Flock reunion photo opportunity along with Raven, Lodi and Sickboy. The veteran grappler is also taking pictures with fans and Marcus Alexander “Buff” Bagwell, his tag team championship partner in the American Males.
Riggs provided some insight on how he transitioned from the American Males to Raven’s band of misfits.
SF: How was it decided that you would be in the group?
SR: Raven’s true psychology into creating the Flock, was to have those disenchanted with their position in WCW, in wrestling, in life to follow him in his battle against the norm, against the machine, against society...With that template, I was basically a Raven decision as he was looking to build his group out of the “misused” by WCW, the unknown of WCW and the new to the company.
Plus I had known Raven for a few years, and he wanted to give me a chance to be used in a better way in WCW and, of course, to make him look good and protect him in the wrestling world, as that was an accepted part of being in the Flock... taking a bullet for Raven or as Kevin Sullivan (WCW booker at time) would say, "Some must die so that others may live.”…To me at the time, I welcomed the change I wanted a breath of fresh air in my career and actual life. It was fun in the ring and as a group. We meshed outside the ring as well.
SF: Do you know who had the idea for the group?
SR: Raven’s mind for what was going on in WCW at the time and his prior use of a group in ECW lead to his creation of the Flock. His creative workings with the devious mind of Sullivan helped create the group. The ultimate idea was Raven’s perspective in creating the faction.
SF: Who came up with the name Flock?
SR: It seemed to be the announcers (Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan) that kept bantering Raven’s Nest and Raven’s Flock on the Nitro, Thunder and Saturday Night broadcasts, and with Raven’s creativity, the Flock stuck. I was much happier to be a part of the Flock than being a Nest member.
SF: What was your initial reaction when the idea was brought up? Was it hard to go from the squeaky clean guy in American Males to the grunge of the Flock?
SR: My way into the Flock was cool to me as I had to be beaten into joining the group, almost fighting to avoid it, but also to become accepted by the unaccepted. I had to fight. Everyone else just showed up and was a part of the Flock, but I was beaten into the group. after three Raven DDTs at the World War 3 pay-per-view in Detroit, and my joining was based on my eye injury on a Nitro from San Diego.
It was a way to change my “pretty boy look” into a now impaired wrestler that was going to be unaccepted by everyone else and society by my affliction. It even gave me an out if and when that time came to pass (great psychology on Raven’s behalf, even if he didn’t recognize it at the time). It wasn’t hard to go from American Males into Flock mode.
In fact, I relished the change, that clean cut, cheesy babyface persona was wearing on me and the Flock gave me a chance to be a real heel (someone no wrestling fan would really like). It was fun being hated.