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Raven Says Backstage Politics and Burning Bridges Cost Him A Chance At Being WWE World Champion


ECW legend and IMPACT Hall of Famer Raven recently participated in a virtual signing with K&S WrestleFest, where he answered a number of industry-related questions, including his thoughts on why he never became a WWE world champion, stating that backstage politics and a poor attitude stopped him from ever having that honor. Highlights from the Q&A can be found below.

Says he wishes he could have been a world champion in WWE but understands why he wasn’t due to politics and his own mistakes:

“I would’ve liked to have been world champion in New York, But you know, that’s a hell of a lot of politics. A lot of the heat’s my fault though because I had to be the smartest guy in the room. Even if I wasn’t, I had to act like I was so I burned my own bridges. I knew it back then but couldn’t help it.”

How he had to go to a psychologist because he assumed he was a failure for not becoming WWE world champion:

“I went to a psychologist and eventually, she pointed out, ‘the only one holding you to a higher standard is you. You don’t have to hold yourself to that standard. Your career was incredibly successful. And she goes, ‘Let me ask you this: if someone else had your career, what would you tell them?’ Well they had an incredibly successful career. ‘Then why can’t you let yourself have that?’ And that’s what I dealt with and that’s what we went through over and over until I finally accepted the fact that I had a hell of a goddamn career.”

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