Don Callis Recalls WWE Firing; Says He And Joey Styles Were Going To WCW In 2001 To Call Nitro

Don Callis reveals that at one point, he and Joey Styles were going to call WCW Nitro on a weekly basis.

Today, Don Callis calls himself the "Invisible Hand" of wrestling. A veteran of a bygone era, Callis is helping put together the working relationships between IMPACT, AEW, and NJPW. Don knows very well what it is like to have multiple promotions to negotiate with as he is a veteran of the 90s and the Monday Night War era.

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Speaking on Talk‘n Shop, Don Callis recalls being fired from the WWF in 1998 and having both WCW and ECW to negotiate with and how things changed in 2001 when wrestling became a monopoly and WCW and ECW folded.

"I had an eye-opening experience in 1998 when I was fired from my dream job two weeks before Christmas by Bruce Prichard. I had been told I would have a job there for life. They said to me three times 'move to Connecticut and write TV.' This is before they hired a bunch of marks and called them writers. This is when it was Pat Patterson, Vince Russo, Jim Cornette, and Vince [McMahon]. I thought I would have a job for life because I could wrestle, manage, commentate, and write. It was an eye-opener because it's like there is no job security.

In 2001, when ECW was about to go out of business, I had a gig lined up with [Eric] Bischoff. Joey Styles and I were going to go do commentary on Nitro. I was going to make more money than I ever made. I went from being able to leverage three companies to a monopoly."

You can currently catch Don Callis at the side of Kenny Omega every week on AEW television.

Previously, Don Callis had expanded on the fact that WWF offered him a spot on the creative team. You can learn more about that at this link.

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