Scotty Riggs looking forward to American Males, Flock reunions at Mid-Atlantic Legends Fanfest

 

Miami Herald Writer

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.

SF: Where did the eye patch idea come from?

SR: That happened after Raven’s first match where Sullivan wanted Raven to make a huge impact in his first match, to injure a solid babyface and then leave the injured wrestler (myself) like a, “So what moment, bring on more for me to take my pain out on.”…It gave me a new look and image…On top of that, chicks dug the "Snake Plissken" bad guy look then. It worked out well as many fans today ask so many questions about wrestling half-blind...It’s cool to know that it’s remembered.

(Snake Plissken, portrayed by actor Kurt Russell, was a cool character in the John Carpenter movie “Escape from New York.”)

SF: What’s your favorite moment in the Flock?

SR: The tag match on Nitro at the Georgia Dome with 40,000 wrestling fans live and millions at home where Saturn and myself wrestled Chris Benoit and Steve "Mongo" McMichael. The match was solid, as it was great to team with Saturn, and I always loved wrestling Benoit... Raven’s interference in the match caused us to win. A nice, big victory for the Flock over two Horsemen, and we had so much real heat with the fans that we had to fight our way to get back to the locker rooms as we exited through the crowd (legit punches and shoves used). It was very cool to be a part of that historic Nitro and to establish the Flock that night in many fans eyes as a real heel group.

SF: Do you stay in touch with many in the group?

SR: Yep, chat with Lodi, Sickboy often and Saturn through Twitter and the occasional shout to Raven. I lost contact with Kidman, [Ron] Reis and Hammer.

SF: Ever talk about teaming up again?

SR: We actually did a very short reunion back in 2007, 10 years since we last were together deal, where Raven, Lodi, Sickboy and myself teamed on a couple events. It really got a tremendous crowd reaction and lead to Sickboy, Lodi and myself to team for awhile, which was creatively fun.

SF: Thoughts on attending the Mid-Atlantic Legends Fanfest in Charlotte for not only the Flock reunion, but to come together with Buff Bagwell and the American Males?

SR: It should be very interesting for the fans and for us as friends ....debaucherific if you will.

• HERE’S LODI

SF: How did you get into the Flock? What was your reaction to being added to the group?

L: Raven and I were friends. I was working as his personal assistant, and he wanted me on the road with him. A phone call later, I was debuting on a PPV.

SF: Who had the idea to make the signs? Were you the one who came up with the ideas of what to put on them?

L: Raven gave me the idea, slightly borrowed from ECW’s Sign Guy Dudley. The majority of the ideas were mine, although Raven and some of the boys gave me some great ideas along the way.

SF: Where did the name Lodi come from?

L: I debuted with a look "slightly" similar to the rocker Billy Idol. He owns the rights to the IDOL name; LODI was the inverse of IDOL.

SF: Do you still remain close to any members of the group?

L: Sick Boy and I still wrestle as a tag team occasionally. Raven and I work together randomly as well. Riggs and I talk/text regularly.

SF: Do you have a memorable moment of your time in the Flock?

L: The Flock was a group of guys who all worked hard to put on a great show. The memories will last a lifetime, and there are far too many to narrow it down to one. I still love all the guys like family.

• Catch Lodi and Riggs and a full lineup of wrestling stars Aug. 1-4 at the Hilton University Place in Charlotte for the Mid-Atlantic Legends Fanfest Weekend. Festivities include question-and-answer sessions, autograph signings, photo opportunities, karaoke, the Hall of Heroes, matches and more.

For information or to get your tickets, visit www.midatlanticlegends.com.

• Follow Scotty Riggs on Twitter @RealScottyRiggs.

• Follow Lodi on Twitter @lodi1brad

• Follow me on Twitter @smFISHMAN, http://twitter.com/#!/smFISHMAN, where I post links and information. Opinions expressed reflect no other entity. I can also be found tweeting incessantly during wrestling shows weekly.

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