Audio: Former WCW Star Maestro Says that Randy Savage Took His Ring Name

Feb 19, 2014 - by Atlee Greene

Former WCW wrestler The Maestro stepped IN THE ROOM last night with
Brady Hicks and the gang to talk all about his career with the
company that was then the top wrestling company in the world.

The Maestro talks being a part of WCW during its historic run …
thoughts on Eric Bischoff and Vince Russo … his potential as a
main-eventer and how WCW would often cancel big plans … his lineage
as a descendant of “Gorgeous” George Wagner and competing as Gorgeous
George III prior to Randy Savage’s girlfriend adopting the name …
his vision for “Maestro” and working with music legend James Brown
… working with Symphony (Alicia Webb, aka Ryan Shamrock) and who
was originally considered for her role … and Bret Hart’s thoughts
on Maestro using a harness for his entrance.

The full interview is available at and simulcast on

On Being Part of WCW:
When I first got [to WCW] it was awesome. I mean, WCW was pretty much
the top of the world at that point and you couldn’t ask for a better
talent roster. You had the best from all over the world basically. I
mean, Mexico, Japan, Europe, and you combine that with the great
legends that they had … you’d [find it] hard to have a bad match
with anybody … And it didn’t even go sour until the end of my
tenure. After I left things really went down south.

On Conflict with Randy Savage over the Gorgeous George Name:
In [my] first year with the company, I was known as Gorgeous George.
But then during that first year is when [Randy] Savage all of a
sudden pops the idea with giving the name to his new girlfriend/valet
at the time. It perplexed myself and the whole company basically
because of all the provocative names you can give a lady … But I
was with Eric Bischoff and we kind of talked things over and that’s
where The Maestro came to play … [But] I was heated. I’m a big
traditionalist … Gorgeous George was a legend. [He was] basically a
pioneer for TV wrestling at the time.

On WCW Being Disorganized:
There were a lot of times toward the end where like we didn’t even
know what we were doing until like maybe a few minutes before we got
out there. The board would come up and down in the back. I remember
looking at it with my friends William Regal and Booker T. We were all
looking around and looking at each other and were like “Ok…” But
[WCW] was a time that I will always cherish. I know it was crazy at
times. We had a new boss every two weeks. As confused as we were, you
could only imagine what the fans [thought, and] how confused they
were. We made the best of what was given to us.

On Eric Bischoff’s Influence:
Different agents come up to you and say, “Oh hey, that was great, but
you should have done this or done that,” and you’re just looking
around and don’t know who to believe. Finally Eric Bischoff walks in
and [says] “Great match guys. The company could use some talent like
you moving forward.” And no sooner did he say that, that everybody
just followed suit, like “Great match.”

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