Scorpio to take flight in Japan
By JOHN MOLINARO -- SLAM! Wrestling
Pro Wrestling, above all else, is a business. Pro wrestlers, whether they
ply their trade in the WWF and WCW, or the independents, try to make decent
money so they can earn a living. With six children to support back home in
Atlanta, Georgia, it's a fact not lost on 2 Cold Scorpio.
Scorpio at the May CWA show. -- Photo by Greg Oliver, CANOE
"The bottom line is I'm interested in dollar bills and operation push,"
Scorpio told SLAM! Wrestling last week prior to a CWA card in Toronto where
he defeated Sabu in a ladder match.
Scorpio, real name Charles Skaggs, is competing on the independent circuits
after being let go by the WWF earlier this year. Dealing with personal
problems at home, Scorpio asked for some time off. It turned out that he
received more time off than he originally wanted.
"They just let me go," stated Scorpio. "Any time the pay cheques stop coming
in, I consider that being let go."
An accomplished aerial wrestler who gained his reputation in Mexico, Japan
and Europe before moving on to WCW and then ECW, Scorpio never caught on
during his two year stint in the WWF as Flash Funk. A dancing, pimp-like
character, complete with zoot-suit and women on each arm, Scorpio
floundered in midcard matches as Flash Funk, never receiving a push
commensurate with his remarkable skills.
"I thought I should have been doing more. It's always frustrating when
you're not getting the push you think you should," said Scorpio.
Having a wealth of experience from his extensive tours of Mexico and Japan
where he had legendary battles with the likes of Chris Benoit, Scorpio
fused his training in American style of wrestling with the ballet-like
movements of Mexican Lucha Libre and the stiff working style of Japanese
Puroresu. Despite his advanced standing in the international wrestling
community, Scorpio never had a chance to make a name for himself in the
"I always thought and still believe that I can work with just about
anybody. (In the WWF), time and time over I put all these people over when
I should have been going over."
Despite the gimmick being less than a success, Scorpio enjoyed playing the
character of Flash Funk.
"I thought it turned out very well," said Scorpio. "I was coming out with
the Fly Girls which was one of the hottest entrances in wrestling and it
gave me a chance to wrestle."
And what does Scorpio think of the Godfather, the WWF's current pimp
"He does the role very well, you can't take that away from him" admitted
Scorpio. "But I consider myself the original pimp."
Scorpio bears no grudge against the Godfather for succeeding with a gimmick
that he failed at.
"He's a guy who's been there for a while who hadn't got the push he
deserved until now. I consider him a friend and I'm happy for him."
No longer succumbing to the grind of the grueling WWF tour schedule,
Scorpio is enjoying his stint on the independent scene.
"Being on the road for 310 days a year is hell on a guy like me with a
family," said Scorpio. "It's always good to have a break now and then.
Doing this (allows me) to see my family more often."
Not one to let the grass grow under his feet, Scorpio is preparing for a
tour in Japan this summer with the All Japan Pro Wrestling promotion. It's
been close to five years since Scorpio was a regular for the New Japan Pro
Wrestling office and he's looking forward to returning, this time to a
"All Japan is one of the companies I haven't worked for," stated Scorpio.
"I'm looking forward to the opportunity of going over there and showing
them what I got. It'll give me a chance to really cut loose, especially
after being held down here by the WWF."
Scorpio and Sabu will face off again in the CWA on August 10 at Medieval Times in Toronto. It will be a $25,000 Street Fight, where falls count anywhere.
2 Cold Scorpio Title History
ECW World TV champion (Four times)
: Won it from Jason (Jason Knight) on 94/08/13.
: Lost it to Dean Malenko on 94/11/04.
: Won it back from Malenko on 95/03/18.
: Lost it to Eddie Guerrero on 95/04/08.
: Won it back from Guerrero on 95/08/25.
: Lost it to Mikey Whipwreck on 95/12/29.
: Won it from Mikey Whipwreck on 96/01/05.
: Lost it to Shane Douglas on 96/05/11.
ECW World Tag Team Champion
: Won it from Rocco Rock of Public Enemy on 95/10/28, in a singles match where both the TV title and tag belts were up for grabs. Chooses Sandman as his partner.
: Lost tag belts on 95/12/29 to Mikey Whipwreck in a match where both the TV title and tag belts were up for grabs.
WCW Tag Team Champion
: Won belts with Alexander Bagwell on 93/10/04 from The Nasty Boys.
: Lost them to The Nasty Boys on 93/10/24.