– In case you missed it, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and Sean Waltman recently spoke with Sports Illustrated’s Extra Mustard blog. The full interview is at this link. Below are highlights:

Hall and Waltman on The Kliq:

Hall: “You can’t choose your family, but you can choose your friends. The schedule is pretty brutal now, but back in our era, it was nonstop. It was 300 shows a year, so you would bond with the guys you’d be in the ring with, the ones you’d travel and eat meals with. It almost becomes closer than your family. There were times when I spent more actual skin-on-skin contact with Kevin, with Pac [Waltman], and Shawn Michaels than I actually did with my wife, which is probably why I’m divorced.”

Waltman: “My grandfather is in hospice. I didn’t have a father, but he’s been my father and he is dying right now. But I had to get on a flight and get here and do these shows. That’s the kind of s— that we’re used to. We’re used to the fact that the show has to go on. When I’m on my ass and at my very bottom, these are the guys who are there for me.”

Nash on The Undertaker almost joining WCW:

“We had ‘Taker close,” said Nash, referencing when the Undertaker was a free agent in 2000 and was unhappy with the direction of his character. “All of a sudden he wasn’t the Deadman. He became the American Badass for a reason. That Deadman wasn’t going to f—in’ come to WCW. He would have been the biker character and gone by Mark Calaway. All along, I was trying to get guys money, I was trying to get guys paid. And what happened was Vince started giving huge guarantees to the Shawns and Undertakers and those guys and said, ‘I can’t lose my core guys.’”

Chris Jericho stating they were “three of the biggest contributors to the demise of WCW”:

Hall: “Jericho’s just a whining puss. If you have any talent, you can’t be held back and you can’t be held down. Jericho just whines and whines. He’s gone on to be tremendously successful, and he’s still got a hard on for us. I don’t get it, but nobody makes headlines for saying, ‘Those guys are great guys. You talk about what d—s we are, and then some guy sits down and interviews you.”

Waltman: “Jericho realized, once he got to WWE, ‘Holy s—, I don’t know what the f— I’m doing here.’ That’s why Vince made him come to me and run his matches by me, even he was working with Boss Man or something. You think you know, until you finally know.”

Nash on the WWE Hall of Fame:

“I walked in the back after the speech and Vince hugged me. I didn’t feel any heat. The only thing I said during my speech was that, for three years, I was guaranteed $1,500. But what does that do? That tells a guy from NXT that’s b—-ing about a $35,000 contract that, hey, Kevin Nash got $1,500 when he broke in.”

“When you go up and do your Hall of Fame speech, you’re still in character. They still want that little bit of edge. I could have spoken about how great the Wellness Program is and how many people that I know have received incredible substance abuse care. I could have discussed how many guys have not cleared their physical and found out they had blockages in their hearts, and WWE kept it all quiet. There’s a lot of guys sitting in the locker room that aren’t on TV who have a concussion and they don’t put them out in the ring. WWE is a first-class organization and they take really good care of their people.”

“I’ve read on the internet where people said I wouldn’t go in as Diesel because I wanted to use Kevin Nash for self-promotion. But if I went in as Diesel, shouldn’t Glenn Jacobs have come up there and spoke with me? They did it to Scott last year [as Razor Ramon]. Scott’s the only guy to go into the Hall of Fame where somebody else played his character besides him.”