Mark Jindrak Relishes Working With Vince Russo, Barry Darsow Wanted A Babyface Turn

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Appearing as a guest on the “Developmentally Speaking” podcast, WWE alumni Mark Jindrak discussed working with Vince Russo in WCW as well as switching over to WWE following the acquisition of WCW by WWE.

You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:


On his time in WCW: “9 months — maybe — of being in WCW, but that was enough… A lot of people diss Vince Russo, we’ll never have any bad words for him because he gave us an opportunity. And that opportunity of like nine months of TV time, that gave us a chance to get picked up by WWE. They saw enough in us to say, ‘Hey, let’s take a chance on these young guys.’ So that was cool.”

On signing with WWE once WCW was purchased: “They signed like 10 of us right away, it was like me and [Shawn] Stasiak and [Chuck] Palumbo and [Sean] O’Haire, Stacy Kiebler, Shane Helms, Hugh Morrus, I think Mike Awesome, Lance Storm, maybe Booker T was part of that as well, I’m not sure, but that was The Invasion.”

On being sent to HWA and OVW for development: “WWE, knowing that we were young, wasn’t really in a big rush… It was a cool camp to be in.”

Barrow Darsow is best known for his heel run as Repo Man in WWE, and he recently revealed that he actually wanted his character to turn babyface.

Darsow recently appeared as a guest on the “Wrestling Perspective” podcast and mentioned that Vince McMahon refusing to turn him babyface eventually led to his departure from WWE.

You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:

On pushing for a babyface turn: “This gimmick isn’t going to beat Andre the Giant or Hulk Hogan. But it’s going to be a good middle of the card to get top guys over. I said it’s the perfect job for that. [But] I told [Vince that] I do want to turn babyface because I want to do a lot of Make-a-Wish stuff and a whole bunch of different things like that. [Repo Man] never did change to a babyface and when I went to him. He says, ‘You’re not going to be a babyface,’ and that’s when I quit. I was somebody that when you said, ‘Hey this is what we’re gonna do,’ I did it. [I wanted to end my career] being a babyface and doing that stuff, then hopefully be an agent or something later. But it just never happened.”

On how he envisioned the babyface turn: “[I was] a terrible heel that took bicycles from kids. They’d hate [me] worse than anybody. But all of a sudden, [what if] now you start giving them out to people and you were a good guy and you were screwing the bad guys? These little kids in the hospital might want to meet that Repo Man. [He might] bring them a bicycle. For what I wanted in my career after wrestling, that was really important … I wanted to go out and play golf with the celebrities. I want to do all of that stuff, but it just never happened and it was because I wasn’t a babyface.”

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