Chris Wright grew up with many choices in life including the chance to play professional baseball in the San Diego Padres organization. Wright would reject the offer to continue his college career studying computer science until another choice came his way, to become a professional wrestler.
Wright stepped into the ring on a cold December day in 1993 as El Chico and quickly lost since he had no training and no idea what he was doing. Learning on the fly for the next several years Wright would eventually learn enough to open his own training academy and teaching notables such as Chilly Willy, Lodi and Toad.
Chris Wright would also work for the Hardy Brothers and their OMEGA promotion before going to the WCW Power Plant in 1998. While there he was told in no uncertain terms that he was not talented enough nor did he have the look to be a professional wrestler by two of the most successful critics in the business, Paul Orndorff and JJ Dillion.
Established as CW Anderson by this point, Wright would go to work for Paul Heyman and ECW with the pinnacle of his ECW career being an “I Quit” match with Tommy Dreamer at the last ECW PPV “Guilty as Charged.”
Since the closing of ECW and after a short run in the WWE, CW Anderson has continued to work on the indie scene. Anderson has held numerous titles throughout his career including the NWA World Tag Team Title with Pat Anderson. Chris Wright has had many choices to make along his life and career but by letting a chance to play professional baseball he let the fans have a choice in seeing one of the all-time greats perform in the ring.
Q. How brokenhearted were you when ECW went under?
A. It was bad I had a 8 month depression.
Q. Do you think it was Paul Es fault or was the group just a victim of its own success?
A. Paul E’s for not taking on someone to finance it and for others to help him.
Q. Did you enjoy working more as a single or a tag?
A. That’s a hard one… Each have their valid points but I know in Japan its tag.
Q. Do you like working more as a heel or a baby?
A. Heel but like being a tweener.
Q. If you could change one thing about the business right now what would it be?
A. That the old ECW was back and I was there.
Q. Do you think your life would be different had you pursued a baseball career?
A. Totally, I’m sure I’d been retired or the end of my catching career probably training young catchers in the minors.
Q. What was it like to work for Dusty in TCW?
A. Great, had some money problems but Dusty always made good on it but working him, Barry Windham and Dustin every weekend was cake.
Q. You have held numerous titles what was your most coveted and why?
A. The NWA Intercontinental Tags with my best friend Steve Corino. Because it was in Japan and you really have to earn a title and their respect.
Q. Do you still see residuals from ECW or the WWE for PPVs, TV or merchandising?
A. I use to but it’s been a year since I’ve gotten anything.
Q. Book a TNA Impact show, what would you do differently?
A. Not really watched the show but I can tell you it would end with it wanting you to turn in next week just like in the 80’s.
Q. Was Paul E. the maniacal genius everyone said or just nuts?
A. A Genius…
Q. Where are you planning on being in five years? Did you finish your degree and if not do you have designs on doing so?
A. Not really sure, I hope employed somewhere. The last job I had I’d stayed there forever but with the economy, things changed. Never finished my degree but sure I’d have to start over cause it was in computers and that was the early 90’s.
Q. Is the P90X workout for everyone? I am 6′ 185# with a belly and I am out of shape, is there hope for me?
A. It is for everyone. The great thing with it is Tony Horton’s motto…”Do your best and forget the rest” You’re the one that has to answer to yourself not pushing yourself but his DVDs get the best out of each and every one no matter the age.
Q. What would you put on as your biggest PPV match?
A. My “I Quit” match with Tommy Dreamer.
Q. Do you think it is a mistake to put PPV match-ups on pay TV?
A. If you build it right, no but that’s why Paul was a genius… you could see me and Tommy all the time and our PPV would go above and beyond because Paul would have an angle thrown in at the last minute.
Q. Were you more over in Japan than the states and why do you think that is?
A. Yeah, I think the fans there related to me more as the common everyday working class guy. Plus over there I was a little more comedic than the states so the fans new Corino and I could make them laugh.
Q. Who has been the legit toughest guy you stepped into the ring with?
A. Chilly Willy…
Q. Pez Whatley as a trainer, how did that go? And did JJ Dillion and Paul Ordorff inspire you to prove them wrong about what they said?
A. Pez was funny and got his point across in his unique style. I loved his old school style and that’s why I meshed with him. Paul and JJ light a fire under my ass so to speak because I knew I was better than any student in that school and set out to prove them wrong.
Q. Arn Anderson endorsed you using the Anderson name, do you know how Ole feels about it?
A. Yeah, Ole doesn’t like me and I can’t stand him. Highspots.com has the video on our encounter and the promo I cut on him….pretty interesting night.
Q. How do you think wrestling needs to take care of the boys who need help with medical care or addiction?
A. If wrestling had a union it would be better but this better, it’s everyone for themselves, WWE tries to take care of them boys but they never really go that extra mile needed.
As always I am Jerry Wiseman…and then the bell rings.