Lex Luger talks Vince McMahon, Sting and More!

Lex Luger

Lex Luger talks Vince McMahon, Sting and More!

He is one of the premier stars of the Monday Night Wars. He holds clean victories over Hulk Hogan and was a catalyst in the infamous formation of the nWo at Bash at the Beach 1996. But believe it or not, these aren’t his defining moments. There are two far more prominent moments that stand out for the former WCW Champion Lex Luger. It was actually the moment he slammed Yokozuna in the Summer of 1993. But to top this, it was the moment he walked out on WCW Monday Nitro. No big deal yet he had only being on a WWE event the week before. Now retired, Lawrence Phofl, the man behind Lex Luger has spoken these career defining moments…

When asked about body slamming the colossal Yokozuna on U.S.S Intrepid, Luger remembered…

“It was a magical moment. The buildup was incredible. I thought Vince was half crazy when he told me the idea of going from being a narcissist with the mirrors and Bobby Heenan to being like the big ‘Yankee-Doodle-Dandy’ patriotic hero on July 4th on the U.S.S Intrepid. I was scratching my head but it turned out fantastic and just a very special moment. The crowd went insane when that happened and it was a very special moment for myself and for so many fans who were there and watching on television. It is definitely one of the highlights of my career.”

When asked about reaching his peak in the WWE and Vince McMahon losing interest, Luger responded…

“Well, we will never know now will we because I went back to WCW. If anybody is great at recycling or reinventing a character it is Vince McMahon, so if I had re-signed with them who knows what would have happened to Lex Luger. I might have got repackaged as something totally different and maybe even become a bigger star than I ever became going back to WCW. I never lacked confidence so who knows and we will never know. I am thrilled with how it worked out going back to WCW. I feel like I had a great 15 year career and got to work main events and main event guys and there are always some periods where you are heavily involved and utilized more than others and sometimes a period or restart button can be great for a career. So who knows?”

When asked about his friendship with Sting, Luger responded…

“He has been an amazing, loyal, faithful friend and I really can’t even put it into words. To this day our friendship is better and stronger than it’s ever been. We get to see each other every month or two in person and we stay in touch by texting mostly, we are both texters now. We have just a great friendship and relationship and are really just like brothers…we actually didn’t ‘gel’ right off the bat. I definitely pushed him away with my arrogance when we first met but thankfully he didn’t give up on me (laughing) and we ended up ironically close outside of the ring with our common interests such as how to train and workout.”

“He taught me a lot coming from the bodybuilding world because I came from football. He helped me out with my training and how to do more towards what the bodybuilders did and it was very helpful in my career and helped maintain my condition on the road. We ended up virtually spending all of our time outside of the ring together as well due to those common interests and forged that truly brotherly type friendship.”

When asked about Sting’s Induction WWE Hall of Fame, Luger responded…

“I wasn’t sure but I was extremely happy that he did. That was probably the only thing in such a stellar, amazing career spanning almost or literally three decades that he hadn’t been involved in with them and it was the cherry on top of just an amazing career. I was thrilled that he finished his career with the WWE.”

When asked about his return to WCW on the first edition of Monday Nitro, Luger responded…

“Not surprisingly and behind the scenes it was Sting that arranged all that. I was just having a casual conversation with him on the phone and mentioned that my contract had expired with the WWE but I planned on staying with the WWE and we were trying to work out a long term agreement for me to stay there.”

“He just asked me in a casual conversation how things were going and I was about to sign a new deal with them and when he asked if my contract was coming up, I said well it is up. My contract had expired in like February or March and we were trying to work out a long-term deal and I was looking forward to that. He said, so you are on their television and you are working their house shows and you are not under contract? He said you could literally come back here (WCW) tomorrow? He was blown away.”

“He mentioned it to Eric Bischoff and at the time Bischoff didn’t feel I was the type of guy he wanted to bring in for whatever his reason are. Sting pressed the issue and Eric ended up embracing the idea and they both came up with the idea of bringing me on as the first big surprise on a Monday show. Why not give it a shot? Eric actually low -balled what he offered me because he really didn’t want to bring me in and Sting said take the offer because your salary will go up and you will be a huge hit here again and to go for it. So really Sting was behind the scenes and arranged all that and I came out and the rest is history.”

Love him or loathe him, Lex Luger has certainly cemented his place in history. Walking in on Monday Nitro is still remembered to this day, and truly established the catalyst for the Monday Night Wars.

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