Ice Train shares details about his WCW contract.
In 1996, Ice Train (Harold Hogue) returned to WCW after two years away, forming the tag team Fire and Ice with Scott Norton. Perhaps his notable match that year, however, came against The Giant for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship on the June 3, 1996 episode of Nitro.
Speaking on Allan Kwee Wee Funk’s ‘Get Funk’d’ podcast, Ice Train noted how he had a clause in his contract that bumped his pay for title matches. Once WCW learned of this, though, the opportunities became few and far between.
"Now that one match with The Giant [Paul Wight], my paycheck was a little bit better," he said. "Yeah, it was a world title match and I had a little clause in my contract and I don’t think they knew I had that clause in there. Oh my God, yes. I never got another world — I would’ve let The Giant put me over 20 straight times for that lil money I got. When I did my lil contract, I had a clause for TV Title matches, World Title matches, Tag Team Title matches. Man, when they did one, I went out there, choke — reached for Jimmy Hart, choke slammed me, one, two, three. Two weeks later, they had my check. I said, ‘No, read my contract.’ I never had another world title match after that."
Following his match with The Giant, Ice Train only competed in two title matches during the duration of his time with WCW(1996-1998 and 2000-2001); one being a World Television Title bout against Lord Steven Regal, and the other a WCW Hardcore Title match against Normal Smiley.
(h/t to Andrew Thompson & POST Wrestling for the transcription)