Working the WWF in 1997 against Tommy Rogers in a one off match:
"Here's the deal. Jim Cornette was trying to convince Vince McMahon to do that (light heavyweight) tournament. I said, "Let me and Tommy Rogers wrestle each other." Here's the deal, I had a business. I was making so much money, I didn't want to stop my business. I was never a WWF WWE guy. I loved the more Southern style of wrestling. I had an opportunity in 1983. Eddie Gilbert was in the WWF, do you remember, and had a real bad automobile accident. He was Bob Backlund or Sgt. Slaughter's trainee. Right about when Vince was taking over, I had a feeling they were gong to offer me his (Eddie Gilbert's) position. I wasn't interested in going then. In 1997, I had my own business. I wasn't interested."
His view of current wrestling:
"We're talking about a career and things that happened 30 years ago. 30 years from now, what will they be talking about? They're not even talking about what is going on in wrestling now! They talk about John Cena and his "Make a Wish". They never talk about his wrestling! I think that's great, I think that's wonderful. But, at the same time, what have you done for the wrestling business?"
"If he can't get over as a babyface and the people are booing him, fire him! Get rid of him or turn him heel. He's not getting the job done. It is plain and simple! They gotta make a change somewhere. People just ain't buying Roman Reigns.