Thursday, December 24, 2009

ECW Recap 12/22/09: The Nickel - A Swagger-rific Homecoming

Written by Albert Dankwa

Heads:

Homecoming Video Packages and Hype: It's still early on in the in the tourney, but ECW is at least doing what they can pushing it as hard as they can hyping it up all throughout the night. The entire land of extreme revolves around this tournament right now and it's a good thing while it lasts.

Abe Washington: The show would be completely horrible without his punchlines tonight. Abe Wash is the man, enough said. It's still pretty amazing how Abe can instantly switch from heel to tweener to face at almost any given moment?


Edge of The Nickel:

Baretta and Croft: I like the team, but they weren't really that good on Abe's show. They put down Miz and Morrison along with The Hart Dynasty, but it didn't really go anywhere. The only good thing they did was verbally attack Tony Atlas telling him he's old and no one cares about him anymore when the subject if Tag Team titles came out. How can attend next year's ECW Homecoming if A) The tag champs are never on ECW and B) ECW will probably be long gone by then?

Still Aiming: What is it that Vance Archer is aiming for? I want to be interested in his character, but I'm not too sure. A dull and predictable win against Goldust doesn't help things either. Josh Matthew and Byron Saxton's dubbing Archer as a "Masterpiece of Agony" wasn't too shabby.

Rising Son: Yoshi and Swagger delivered an alright match. Yoshi started out offensively with his swift kicks, but Swagger caught a leg lifting him up in the process and ramming him right into the turnbuckle. Swagger got technical and kept on Yoshi continuously knocking him down before Yoshi turned the tables leaving Swagger in the corner in shock at how tough his opponent was before going to a commercial break, perfect timing.

The match resumes with Swagger overpowering Yoshi killing his leg barrage attempts and keeping him grounded. He proceeds to do push ups garnering some heat. Yoshi finally gets his legs moving after he kicks a rushing Swagger at the corner. He hits do kicks and a dropkick. Yoshi takes control of the match with multiple near falls until he was put out of his misery with the Roundhouse kick for the win.


Tails:

Starless Standards: Jack Swagger coming "home" if that is what you want to call it is fine, but what in the world was the reasoning behind a show where William Regal, Shelton Benjamin, and Christian weren't in action? At least one of them could have been in a match and I'm not including Benjamin's dark match against a now heel Tyler Reks. It is understandable that Christian and Benjamin should have some time to heal their wounds, but what happened to wanting to keep the ratings afloat? (assuming that is what they are aiming for). To top it all off Swagger gets pinned in one move. I'll be surprised if the ratings aren't atrocious this week.

Boulevard of Broken Dreamer(s): An ECW without Tommy Dreamer is like peanut butter without jelly. Dreamer hasn't played in significant role at all since his last ECW championship run that lasted from Extreme Rules until Night of Champions, but regardless of the role he played or didn't play he was ECW. Dreamer winning wasn't expected, but It couldn't have hurt to let the man exit on a good note instead of jobbing him out to Ryder of all people. It really looks like this show is coming to an end.

Swagger-rific: It's scary thinking that Swagger has to be on ECW to get some airtime, what was the point of getting drafted to RAW then?


Line(s) of The Night: "He used to call me all the time before his wife took his phone and knocked him upside his head" - Abraham Washington on Tiger Woods

"There's nothing wrong with playing 18 holes" - Abraham Washington on Tiger Woods

"I support Tiger Woods, us pimps gotta support each other!" - Abraham Washington on Tiger Woods

"Telling me how it's possible that your still running this place?" - Jack Swagger to Tiffany


Match Rundown:

Zack Ryder Def. Tommy Dreamer Match Rating - 1 star out of 5 stars

Vance Archer Def. Goldust (ECW Homecoming Tournament Match) Match Rating - 1.5 stars out of 5

Yoshi Tatsu Def. Jack Swagger (ECW Homecoming Tournament Match) Match Rating - 3 stars out of 5


Extreme Eight

1. Abraham Washington (Saved the entire show from falling under the "Tails" category)

2. Yoshi Tatsu (Somehow, someway, Yoshi is still in the spotlight)

3. Christian

4. Shelton Benjamin

5. Hurricane (ECW is still safe...for now)

6. Ezekiel Jackson

7. William Regal

8. Vance Archer

TNA Fires Bashir. Top 5 Talents TNA Should Sign

TNA is cleaing house, again, in attempt to make room for new talent. Last Thursday, we saw the TNA Knockout division get a boost with the return of Roxxi, but that's only a start of the changes. Sunday night, Sheik Abdul Bashir pulled down the Fired case and it's time for him to exit the six-sided ring for good. (It's been reported that Bashir asked his release and his wish was granted.)



But it looks as quickly as Bashir is leaving, TNA may be looking to bring in new talent. And no, I'm not referring to Hulk Hogan's fogey friends. Jeremy Borash posted on his Twitter page a pic of ROH's Young Bucks, who are today's version of the Hardy Boyz, were wrestling the Motor City Machine Guns. What a match up.

So assuming that TNA are smart enough to snatch up those two hot young stars, here are the top 5 free agents TNA should sign...Fogeys included.

5) Phil Shatter

While TNA typically goes for wrestlers who'd fit the X-Division mold, minus ex-WWE stars, Phil Shatter would be a wonderful breath of fresh air. After years of dominating the Indy Circuit, this big mamoth could test his power against TNA's best. Wondering about his crudentials? APW Chester Heavyweight Champion, NWA Anarchy Heavyweight Championship, NWA Mid-Atlantic Heritage Championship and current NWA National Heavyweight Championship (now for the second time), just to name a few of his championship reigns.

4) The TJ and Kirby Mack - Team MackTionTeam Macktion

This brother duo is not another flash in the pan tag team. TJ and Kirby Mack are a fast paced tag team that will have you on your feet from bell to bell. Krazy K and The Encore's arsenal of "did you see that" moves will make for amazing bouts with lightweights like MCMG all the way up to Team 3D. And if you heard them on Hit The Ropes Radio you know just how down to earth they are... and how funny they can be. Hilarious and talented. A dangerous combination.

3) Ken Anderson

Now I'm not the big fan of Ken Anderson. I think he has great charisma on the mic. And his in-ring is probably a little underrated as it's overshadowed by multiple mistakes, so TNA would be the perfect place for him to shine. And yeah, we get it already. You have a great announcing voice. But if you don't hurry up and make an Impact that's about all you'll be able to do.

2) Chris Hero

It's hard to say more than HTR's Samantha Allen stated about Chris Hero in her article Hero is the New Jericho. Chris Hero is a great talent and the article sparked some debate from both Chris Jericho and Chris Hero via Twitter. If TNA can't get their hands on the Lionheart, they can't go wrong with the new Chris in pro wrestling.

1) RVD

Reportedly one of the number one wrestlers on Hulk Hogan's to get list, RVD is a must sign for TNA. Yeah, he's 39 but he still got unbelievable star power. Just take his one and done appearance at the WWE's Royal Rumble last year. The wrestling world was set on fire with questions of his permanent return. But at the time, his wife was just recovering from her fight with cancer, and he had no desire to get back to a full schedule. With TNA, RVD has the flex of a relaxed schedule and he'd be guaranteed a top spot, unlike the WWE which may or may not be the case.

Just think of the wonders RVD could do as X-Division champion. He could hold on to it forever, much like he did with the ECW Television title, and elevate it to a whole new level. His matches with AJ Styles, Daniels, Jay Lethal and Kurt Angle is a match of the night for every card.

Monday, August 24, 2009

New TNA Star "The Pope" D'Angelo Dinero Joins Hit The Ropes Radio for Wrestling Interview


August 24, 2009 --
TNA's D'Angelo Dinero (Elijah Burke) will appear on BlogTalkRadio’s Hit the Ropes Radio Show (www.blogtalkradio.com/hittheropesradioshow) with hosts Daris, Shane and Demetrus on Wednesday, August 26, 2009, at 6 p.m. Eastern.

Call in and chat with our guests (646) 929-2442.

You can catch the archives if you can't listen live and even download it to iTunes.

Callers are welcome to join the conversation during the show by calling ( 646 ) 929-2442. The live, Internet talk-radio show will stream from the host page at http://blogtalkradio.com/hittheropesradioshow.

"The Pope" D'Angelo Dinero, formerly known in the WWE as Elijah Burke, makes his long awaited return to Hit The Ropes Radio. Find out why he chose to sign with TNA instead of WWE, what his plans are for his arrival in TNA and much more.

It's the fans show, so call in and ask questions or share a comment.

About Hit the Ropes Radio
HitTheRopesRadio.com is the premier live Internet talk-radio show that focuses on pro wrestling news, notes and interviews. Hosts Daris, Shane and Demetrus explores the careers, organizations and world of professional wrestling. Callers are encouraged to call (646) 929-2442 to comment or ask questions. Or just sit back and enjoy the store. The stream and archives are available at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/hittheropesradioshow. The show is live every Wednesday night at 6 p.m. Eastern. The show is hosted on BlogTalkRadio.

About BlogTalkRadio
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Monday, August 17, 2009

Former TNA Star Petey Williams Interviews with Hit The Ropes Radio


Petey Williams will appear on BlogTalkRadio’s wrestling radio show Hit the Ropes Radio Show (www.blogtalkradio.com/hittheropesradioshow). Join hosts Daris, Shane and Demetrus on Wednesday, August 19, 2009, at 6 p.m. Eastern.

Call in and chat with the guests and hosts (646) 929-2442.

Listeners can catch the archives if they can't listen live or download it from iTunes for free.

Callers are welcome to join the conversation during the show by calling (646) 929-2442. The live, wrestling radio show will stream from the host page at http://blogtalkradio.com/hittheropesradioshow.

Former X-Division Champion Petey Williams is preparing blaze a path in ROH after five years in TNA. Owner of the coolest finisher in pro wrestling, The Canadian Destroyer, has been laying out opponents from Detroit to Japan as he travels the Indy Circuit. Find out what he thought about his TNA release, his plans for the future and more on Hit The Ropes.

It's the fans show, so they can call in and ask questions or share a comment.

An archive will be available at the same link immediately following the show or listeners can subscribe to the archives via the RSS feed located on the host page. Read more about the host and the discussion on Hit the Ropes Radio Show’s blog at http://hittheropes.blogspot.com. We are the fastest rising wrestling radio show on the Net.

About BlogTalkRadio
BlogTalkRadio is a free, web-based platform which allows any user with a phone and a computer to host a live, interactive Internet broadcast. Hosts call into the service by phone, managing callers on the web-based host dashboard. Shows stream live directly from the host’s BlogTalkRadio web page with archives available for all past shows. BlogTalkRadio has been featured on ABC News, The Washington Post, Portfolio, Talkers Magazine, and TheStreet.com. And it has over 3,000, 000 since it’s inception. The citizen broadcasting network can be found at http://www.blogtalkradio.com

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About Hit The Ropes Radio
Hit the Ropes Radio Show is the premier live Internet wrestling radio show that focuses on pro wrestling news, notes and interviews. Hosts Daris, Shane and Demetrus explore the careers, organizations and world of professional wrestling. Callers are encouraged to call (646) 929-2442 to comment or ask questions. Or just sit back and enjoy the store. The stream and archives are available at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/hittheropesradioshow and their brand new website www.HitTheRopes.com. The show is live every Wednesday night at 6 p.m. Eastern and is hosted on Blog Talk Radio.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Buff Bagwell join Hit The Ropes Radio to discuss his career, life after WCW and more.




Buff Bagwell will appear on BlogTalkRadio’s Hit the Ropes Radio Show (www.blogtalkradio.com/hittheropesradioshow ) with hosts Daris, Shane and Demetrus on Wednesday, August 12, 2009, at 6 p.m. Eastern.
Call in and chat with Buff Bagwell or the host at ( 646 ) 929-2442. You can catch the archives if you can't listen live and even download it to iTunes.

Callers are welcome to join the conversation during the show by calling ( 646 ) 929-2442. The live, Internet talk-radio show will stream from the host page at http://blogtalkradio.com/hittheropesradioshow.

Buff Bagwell is a former 5x WCW World Tag Team Champion and is on a quest to return to the spotlight. The former WCW Rookie of the Year has fought through tragedy and triumph to become a household name. After a broken neck in 2000, Buff has worked his way back into the ring and now currently runs the Indy circuit with an occasional appearance in TNA. Tune in to see what's left for Buff, or call in and ask him yourself.

It's the fans show, so call in and ask questions or share a comment.

An archive will be available at the same link immediately following the show or listeners can subscribe to the archives via the RSS feed located on the host page. Read more about the host and the discussion on Hit the Ropes Radio Show’s blog at http://hittheropes.blogspot.com.

About BlogTalkRadio
BlogTalkRadio is a free, web-based platform which allows any user with a phone and a computer to host a live, interactive Internet broadcast. Hosts call into the service by phone, managing callers on the web-based host dashboard. Shows stream live directly from the host’s BlogTalkRadio web page with archives available for all past shows. BlogTalkRadio has been featured on ABC News, The Washington Post, Portfolio, Talkers Magazine, and TheStreet.com. And it has over 3,000, 000 since it’s inception. The citizen broadcasting network can be found at http://www.blogtalkradio.com.


Hit the Ropes Radio Show is the premier live Internet talk-radio show that focuses on pro wrestling news, notes and interviews. Hosts Daris, Shane and Demetrus explores the careers, organizations and world of professional wrestling. Callers are encouraged to call ( 646 ) 929-2442 to comment or ask questions. Or just sit back and enjoy the store. The stream and archives are available at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/hittheropesradioshow. The show is live every Wednesday night at 6 p.m. Eastern. The show is hosted on BlogTalkRadio.

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Hit the Ropes Radio Show is the premier live Internet talk-radio show that focuses on pro wrestling news, notes and interviews. Hosts Daris, Shane and Demetrus explores the careers, organizations and world of professional wrestling. Callers are encouraged to call ( 646 ) 929-2442 to comment or ask questions. Or just sit back and enjoy the store. The stream and archives are available at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/hittheropesradioshow. The show is live every Wednesday night at 6 p.m. Eastern. The show is hosted on BlogTalkRadio..

Monday, June 29, 2009

Former WWE Star Elijah Burke Joins Hit The Ropes Radio for Wrestling Interview


Elijah Burke will appear on BlogTalkRadio’s Hit the Ropes Radio Show (www.blogtalkradio.com/hittheropesradioshow ) with hosts Daris, Shane and Demetrus on Wednesday, July 1, 2009, at 6 p.m. Eastern.

We will discuss Wrestlemania 25 results and the industry today. Plus TNA Trivia for TNA prizes. Call in and chat with our guests ( 646 ) 929-2442.

You can catch the archives if you can't listen live and even download it to iTunes.

Callers are welcome to join the conversation during the show by calling ( 646 ) 929-2442. The live, Internet talk-radio show will stream from the host page at http://blogtalkradio.com/hittheropesradioshow.

Elijah Burke is a former professional boxer, with a 98-1 record, turned WWE star. He was the highlight of the WWE's ECW brand where he led the New Breed to feud against ECW Originals. He feuded with then ECW champ CM Punk and World Heavyweight Champ Batista.

It's the fans show, so call in and ask questions or share a comment.

An archive will be available at the same link immediately following the show or listeners can subscribe to the archives via the RSS feed located on the host page. Read more about the host and the discussion on Hit the Ropes Radio Show’s blog at http://hittheropes.blogspot.com.

About Hit the Ropes Radio
Hit the Ropes Radio Show is the premier live Internet talk-radio show that focuses on pro wrestling news, notes and interviews. Hosts Daris, Shane and Demetrus explores the careers, organizations and world of professional wrestling. Callers are encouraged to call ( 646 ) 929-2442 to comment or ask questions. Or just sit back and enjoy the store. The stream and archives are available at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/hittheropesradioshow. The show is live every Wednesday night at 6 p.m. Eastern. The show is hosted on BlogTalkRadio.

About BlogTalkRadio
BlogTalkRadio is a free, web-based platform which allows any user with a phone and a computer to host a live, interactive Internet broadcast. Hosts call into the service by phone, managing callers on the web-based host dashboard. Shows stream live directly from the host’s BlogTalkRadio web page with archives available for all past shows. BlogTalkRadio has been featured on ABC News, The Washington Post, Portfolio, Talkers Magazine, and TheStreet.com. And it has over 3,000, 000 since it’s inception. The citizen broadcasting network can be found at http://www.blogtalkradio.com.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Former WWE Star and MMA Fighter Bobby Lashley Joins Hit The Ropes Radio for Wrestling


Bobby Lashley will appear on BlogTalkRadio’s wrestling radio show Hit the Ropes Radio Show (www.blogtalkradio.com/hittheropesradioshow). Join hosts Daris, Shane and Demetrus on Wednesday, June 10, 2009, at 6 p.m. Eastern.

Former WWE Star and MMA Fighter Bobby Lashley will discuss his career, his quest to fight in the UFC and more. The show will also feature Turnbuckle Turnbuckle and TNA Trivia for TNA prizes. Call in and chat with the guests (646) 929-2442.

Listeners can catch the archives if they can't listen live or download it from iTunes for free.

Callers are welcome to join the conversation during the show by calling (646) 929-2442. The live, wrestling radio show will stream from the host page at http://blogtalkradio.com/hittheropesradioshow.

Bobby Lashley is a two time ECW World Champion and former NAIA amateur wrestling champion. He quit the WWE after three years to pursue a MMA career, where he's currently 3-0 and is soon to face Bob Sapp. He has also made a brief appearance in TNA, but won't be appearing again until after his fight with Sapp.

It's the fans show, so they can call in and ask questions or share a comment.

An archive will be available at the same link immediately following the show or listeners can subscribe to the archives via the RSS feed located on the host page. Read more about the host and the discussion on Hit the Ropes Radio Show’s blog at http://hittheropes.blogspot.com. They are the fastest rising wrestling radio show on the Net.

About Hit The Ropes Radio
Hit the Ropes Radio Show is the premier live Internet wrestling radio show that focuses on pro wrestling news, notes and interviews. Hosts Daris, Shane and Demetrus explore the careers, organizations and world of professional wrestling. Callers are encouraged to call (646) 929-2442 to comment or ask questions. Or just sit back and enjoy the store. The stream and archives are available at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/hittheropesradioshow and their brand new website www.HitTheRopes.com. The show is live every Wednesday night at 6 p.m. Eastern and is hosted on Blog Talk Radio.

About BlogTalkRadio
BlogTalkRadio is a free, web-based platform which allows any user with a phone and a computer to host a live, interactive Internet broadcast. Hosts call into the service by phone, managing callers on the web-based host dashboard. Shows stream live directly from the host’s BlogTalkRadio web page with archives available for all past shows. BlogTalkRadio has been featured on ABC News, The Washington Post, Portfolio, Talkers Magazine, and TheStreet.com. And it has over 3,000, 000 since it’s inception. The citizen broadcasting network can be found at http://www.blogtalkradio.com

Friday, May 22, 2009

Second 2 None – World’s Greatest Tag Teams DVD Review



Second 2 None – World’s Greatest Tag Teams DVD Review
Daris Brown
Hit The Ropes Radio

Myrtle Beach, SC (May 20, 2009)—TNA Wrestling recently released its two-disc set featuring a look at their tag team division. Second 2 None – World’s Greatest Tag Teams allows fans to relive all the great tag team battles from Pay Per Views and Impacts starting from 2007 and leading up to today’s current storylines.

What makes this DVD a must watch is the inside commentary from the guys who battled it out in the ring. The first DVD kicks off with the 21-time tag team champions, Team 3D as they looked back on their legendary career before they entered TNA, and all of their great matches since their arrival. As always, TNA does a great job of intertwining commentary and wrestling matches, which helps you gain valuable insight to the matches. You get a real sense of accomplishment as Team 3D talks about finally capturing their first TNA tag titles from LAX. The first disc seamlessly transitions into the Motor City Machine Guns’ story.

Unlike Team 3D, Motor City Machine Guns features a tag team that is just starting to make a name for themselves. Viewers will discover how the tag team was put together in Japan and how they transition from single competitors to TNA’s hottest young tag team. Viewers will get a kick out of the fast paced style exhibited in their bout with Jay Lethal and Sonjay Dutt. And they will see why they’ve garnered so much respect with their feud with Team 3D. It’s a showcase of the new wave of tag team wrestling and it gives a glimpse of the bright future that lies ahead of TNA’s tag team division.

Disc 2 highlights another veteran group of guys as it takes us inside the thought process of two TNA originals James Storm and Robert Roode of Beer Money. Previously one-half TNA’s most successful tag teams, AMW, James Storm takes us through his humble childhood to teaming with Roode. This paring is unique as they explain going from successful singles competitor to world tag team champions. Although they’ve lived completely opposite lives, you’d never know it from the great teamwork they distributed in classic matches with LAX.

Completing the two-disc set is one of TNA’s longest standing tag teams, LAX. What a great insight their commentary is because such few people know their story. Hernandez tells fans how he thought that he would never make it on U.S. television and why he was really not able to play football despite being the biggest kid in town. While Homicide takes us down memory lane as he returns to his dangerous upbringing. All of which are equally fascinating to their work distributed in the ring.

My only qualm with TNA’s newest DVD is that it fails to capture the early stages of their tag team division. This possibly being that Team 3D are the first TNA champs since the company departed from NWA or it might be due to the lack of a tag teams that were not just thrown together prior to this time. Either way, it is still a very insightful watch as you get to learn things you’d never imagine about the current tag teams within their division. Second 2 None – World’s Greatest Tag Teams is a great demonstration of what tag team wrestling is all about and is a must add to your DVD collection.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

HitTheRopes.com Interviews Bushwhacker Luke



HitTheRopes.com: Guys, I’d like to welcome to the show, former WWE star, Bushwhacker Luke. Bushwhacker Luke, how ya doing?
Bushwhacker Luke: Whooa, Good day maties it’s bloody good to be with ya. You’re looking good but you’re not smelling to right mate.

HitTheRopes.com: (laughing)
Bushwhacker Luke: I’m lookin’ to give ya a good lickin’ I’ll do the kickin’ later.

HitTheRopes.com: Ah man, no licking please.
Bushwhacker Luke: No lickin’? Alright, I just had a big bucket of sardines before I came on the radio so I’m all pumped up and ready with all the energy. So what do you got to say guys? So I hear there are three of yous taking me on tonight. I’ve got you coming from behind, the right and the left. By golly, what am I going to do? I’m going to go right down under.

HitTheRopes.com: Yeah you’re facing the triangle of terror. Well, we were just talking about your time down in Memphis and your take names later attitude. Can you tell us about your time in that territory?
Bushwhacker Luke: Well me and my cousin Butch were in Memphis. Earlier on Butch had to head home due to family problems and that. And I had one of the Royal Kangaroos Jonathan Boyd as my partner. When I first went into that area. The Memphis, Tennessee, Nashville, Kentucky, Tennessee area.

We had a major feud there. Jackie Fargo just put together a new tag team of Stan Lane and Steve Kern, and they were the Fabulous Ones. And Fargo was in there corner. Hence, the battle became between the good ol’ southern boys and the two boys from down under, The Sheepherders. That battle went on for maybe, continuously, for maybe four months or five months every night all over that state. Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky and a bit of Indiana.

HitTheRopes.com: Right. Now you were pretty hated during that time. Did any fans take it personal what you were doing to the Fabulous Ones? Because we hear stories of fans attacking wrestlers with knives and throwing stuff, did any of that happen to you?
Bushwhacker Luke: Hey, I came out. In my career in the states when I come here we first came out with the New Zealand flag. Before we became the Bushwhackers we were most hated teams around the country, The Sheepherders. We carried the New Zealand flag and we told the people they had air conditioned homes, air conditioned cars, and their women were even air conditioned. And you know what I mean when I say that. I don’t want to say the word, but women of the night.

Anyhow, many a night we’d come out to the car, especially in the south, the car was down on the rim. All the tires were slashed. A few times we had to drive a hundred, a hundred fifty, miles without a windshield. A windscreen. They had knocked the front windscreen out. In the winter time do you know how cold it is driving without the front windshield?

HitTheRopes.com: I can imagine.
Bushwhacker Luke: We had some real battles with these Fabulous Ones, they were loved by everyone. Jarrett made these two kids the first to have videos. They had music videos. They had the girls and family people around them heavily. They were two good ol’ southern boys; well they were sort of GQ, gentlemanly quarterly, guys at the time. Good bodies, good looks and a hell of a fan base. Of course we were bloodying them up every night and beating them up, and we were getting beaten up too. But the fans didn’t take that. Many of times we had police come into the arena to get us to our car so we can get out of the town. A lot of those towns, especially those southern towns, they were wild.

HitTheRopes.com: Right, now I heard a story about you and the Fabulous ones in a cage match. Supposedly they tore the cage down to get away from you, is that true?
Bushwhacker Luke: Going back to those matches, I think we had about twelve in a row, cage matches with them all over the place. And one night the cage came down. That might be the night you’re talking about. But I can’t remember the town but the cage came down in the corner. It was wild and wooly matches mate.

And one night Steve Kern had to get about 80 stitches, he nearly bled to death. We hit him in the head so hard with the flag pole that split him right above the brow going towards the ear with one of those major veins. At the time we didn’t mean for that to happen that bad. They couldn’t stop the blood and he had to get external stitching.

HitTheRopes.com: Someone in the chat room asks if you remember the old Sheepherder’s poem, do you remember it?
Bushwhacker Luke: No I don’t mate. I don’t know what she’s talking about. I used to say the 37 countries in 37 titles.

HitTheRopes.com: Okay, well this is Shane. Uh…
Bushwhacker Luke: How the bloody hell are ya Shane? Ya haven’t got a bit of McMahon in ya have ya?

HitTheRopes.com: Uh, I’m gonna have to say no.
Bushwhacker Luke: Oh, ‘cause I was going to hit you up for a loan. (laughing)

HitTheRopes.com: I remember seeing the Bushwhackers on Family Matters a couple years ago. Well a while ago. How was the whole acting experience?
Bushwhacker Luke: Ah it was great mate. What a group those people were. Steve Urkel what a great guy he was. And Darius, one of the guys was named Darius too believe it or not he was a real wrestling fan. He was jumping off the ropes, and wanted to jump off the ropes while we were putting the show together. It was a great show.

And the other night, a week and a half ago it’s still playing late at night when they’re doing the reruns of Family Matters. That was taped in 1994, 15 years ago mate. They’re all grown up now. They’re not kids anymore.



HitTheRopes.com: I remember the Bushwhackers from the old WWF days when ya’ll come down waving the arms and licking the fans, who came up with that gimmick?
Bushwhacker Luke: We came up to Vince McMahon, and he pulled us into his office, he said to us at the time we just finished with the Bulldogs so we’re looking for a British group or down under. Something different again. So we came up there and he said to us, do you mind being the good guys? We said we don’t care. Money is what counts.

Speak of that, Butch said if you can make these faces loved by everyone go to it. And he said well Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Jake are my top good guys and they’re not the greatest to look at. The next minute we got the contract in the mail and we didn’t know the name. And Butch rang me up and said I’ve got a contract here for the Bushwhackers. They put the name together and that and we put the gimmick together. We did the arm swinging.

Originally when we were The Sheepherders we swung our arms around a lot. When we were taping in WTBS, that was Ted Turner’s studio, they started using us as heels. They took as characters then. We used to swing our arms around and saying WHOOA and that just made noise and that in the studio. Hence, Butch said let’s start swinging our arms on the way to the ring. It was Butch’s idea and grabbing people heads. We both sorta got the swinging arms together because we always done that. But not the matches so much.

And then he got the licking together. He said I’m a grab a head and give them a lick. The funny part was people were sticking their heads out to give it a lick. That was the sick part about it. I would grab their head and I would lick the back of my hand. I think Butch got a thrill out of licking the grime off of them.

HitTheRopes.com: Now let me ask you this. A lot of people only know you from the WWE, the happy go lucky deal. They don’t know your hardcore edges. Does that bother you?
Bushwhacker Luke: No, no. A lot of people up north now, see when first came invaded the USA we were up in the north west with Don Owens. And that was jammed up and they didn’t get much cable up there. Our next step was the NWA, Crockets in the Carolinas. We did a lot of coverage.

Actually we were so… not green but green to television industry. We walked out on the Crocket after 3-4 months and went to Puerto Rico for the first time not realizing that we were on WTBS and it was covering most of the country. It was a cable station, a satellite station. And we didn’t later on until we came back the second time we realized about a year after we left, we heard that TBS was all over the country. We realize what a mistake we made.

Getting back to the subject that you just said, when Vince bought out Turner in 2000, he bought the NWA library. On that 24/7 channel of Vince’s, they play a lot of Sheepherders stuff now.
For seven years I never went in the ring. I was in the offices of Puerto Rico six years. And last year, I ventured out and went in the Manhattan Center, the ballroom in New York where Vince used to tape Raw at the start. I went out there and did a little thing for ROH and in the arena all the people started chanting Sheepherders. It was funny. In a New York area where the Bushwhackers were so strong, the people were watching The Sheepherders.

The ROH crowd is like an old ECW crowd. They love that hardcore stuff. I had fans yelling out Sheepherders. I was so surprise and then they told me they see a lot of old stuff from NWA, The Sheepherders. Because we worked for NWA. We worked for Bill Watts’ territory which was bought out by the NWA. We worked there and then we worked there for about 4 years, so they got a lot of Sheepherders footage.

HitTheRopes.com: (Caller) Do you talk to your opponents before or after the matches?
Bushwhacker Luke: No... I’ve been in the ring so many times. I run into my opponents all over the country. I may wrestle on the independents now and I may see them in the next town here and there. So I run into them all over the country.

There’s a lot of people I used to wrestle that I actually tag with now that my partner’s back in New Zealand. Butch is back in New Zealand. So I’ve been working singles and just last week and a half I’ve been on the road with Honky Tonk Man and Al Snow. And Honkey Tonk, going back some time ago, at a
PPV Wrestlemaina out of Toronto Honky Tonk hit me over the head with a guitar. Now here I am in the ring with as a tag partner.

HitTheRopes.com: (caller) Right, now do leave that alone even though he hit you in the head with guitar? Is that in the past?
Bushwhacker Luke: Mate that was in the 90s, this is the 2000s. that’s gone, happened and we drew some big money at the time. It was Rhythm and Blues against the Bushwhackers. He had Greg Valentine as his partner. If you remember the Rhythm and Blues? (yea) And I had Greg as my partner. About six months ago I was in a town where they put Greg and me together as a tag team. It’s show biz. You know you move on. You have your grudges at the time, but it’s buried and you move on.

HitTheRopes.com: Now we’re running out of time here, but before we let you go we have to put you in the Hot Seat. Can you handle that?
Bushwhacker Luke: Can handle the hot seat? When you’re hot you’re hot, when you’re not you’re not. And the Bushwhackers hot now mate.

HitTheRopes.com: This is a series of rapid fire questions and you just answer with the first thing that comes to your head…
Bushwhacker Luke: And you know the Bushwhackers are a bit wacky, so there might some whacky answers.

HitTheRopes.com: Ok. If you were starting a wrestling promotion tomorrow, who’d be the first person you’d sign?
Bushwhacker Luke: Because of my gimmick I’d have to bring in Eugene. (wow) That’s as a tag partner because we are a bit goofy there.

HitTheRopes.com: Who’s your favorite opponent all-time?
Bushwhacker Luke: All-time? I’d say Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard were one of the greatest tag teams we worked with. But we’ve worked with a lot. But that was one of the greatest tag teams we worked with.

HitTheRopes.com: If they made a movie of your life, who’d play you and you’re surrounding cast?
Bushwhacker Luke: Oh I don’t know who would play me mate. I don’t have much time to watch movies today. There are so many people out there I’d have to give that a wink mate. Mickey Rourke did one hell of a job, and I was there for that taping. I can’t think of anyone who can fit my position, my personality right now.

HitTheRopes.com: If you can go one-on-one with any celebrity, who would it be and why?
Bushwhacker Luke: One-on-one? George Steinbrenner. There’s a hard one isn’t it?

HitTheRopes.com: Is that for positive or negative reasons?
Bushwhacker Luke: No, no, he’s a good guy. I know the guy, he’s good. And he likes wrestling too.

HitTheRopes.com: Alright, well, we’ll let you go…
Bushwhacker Luke: All you fans of Hit the Ropes, and you want to hear from the old Bushwhacker go to BushwhackerLuke.net and you’ll hear my podcast. And I’ll have Hit The Ropes there too.

HitTheRopes.com: Alright, well we thank you for coming on…
Bushwhacker Luke: Whooa good day maties.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Interview with WWE Hall of Famer Superfly Jimmy Snuka


Hit The Ropes Radio: We’re joined by our guest, WWE Hall of Famer, Superfly Jimmy Snuka. Jimmy, how ya’ doing?

Jimmy Snuka: Lovely Brudda, thank you very much for having me.

HTR: You just had you’re Wrestlemania appearance, how’d it feel to be in the 25th anniversary of Wrestlemania?

JS: Well Brudda, to be honest with you, I just broke the record again.

HTR: And what was the record you broke?

JS: I guess I was the oldest guy to ever wrestle at Wrestlemania 25.


HTR:
Yes you were. And how’d you feel in the ring and how did they receive you?

JS:
I felt great, like a 65 year old man. It was so awesome and hard to explain it Brudda because that’s Wrestlemania Brudda, and I was really proud to be a part of that.

HTR: You’ve had a lot of people admiring you. Mick Foley loved your jump off the cage on Don Morocco, what’s it like having people in the business looking up to you?

JS: You know what Brudda, it’s a really appreciation you know. The way I’m always thinking if you’re good to the Lord, and you’re down here, you got to take care of your missionary worry work Brudda. Do the right thing and get in there have fun. And concentrate and stay focus on what you’re doing.

That’s how these kids get involved because when you do something right Brudda they love it, and I love when they love it.

HTR: Can you tell us how you got into professional wrestling?

JS: Actually I was in Hawaii, training at a gym called Power House. And former Mr. Hawaiian Island, Dean Higuchi, started his gym in Waikiki. That place will really cheer you up quick. Anyways, all the pro wrestlers would work at our gym there since we had former Mr. Hawaiian Island, he was a professional wrestler. So all the guys who come from the main land on their way to Japan would to stop in Hawaii for 2-3 weeks, it depends. They’d go to Japan and then come back to Hawaii and wrestle for a couple weeks and then go back to the main land.

So I was lucky because every time they rotated I’d get to meet them all in the gym. Then finally they turned around and said, “Hey Brudda, I know you’re training for the Mr. Hawaiian contest. But why don’t you forget about that and let’s go make some money?” And I said if I don’t accomplish what I worked so hard for, then I’m not going to get it to I get it first. And then we can get into the business.

At the mean time I grew up watching all these guys ride back and forth. And I finally made up in my mind that I got to win this Mr. Hawaiian contest. And as soon I won that, I won it in 1970, right from there I started to train and then I was on my way to Portland, Oregon, where I started in professional wrestling.

HTR: Well you got your start in Portland, Oregon, at what point did you say, man, I’m good at this? Potentially great at this?

JS: Well, you know what Brudda? I didn’t want to go overboard. I always go one step at a time Brudda. And make sure I’m doing the right thing. So when I finally got into the ring with all these professional wrestlers, especially the old school guys, I was very lucky when I came into it they were serious. I was very lucky and I was very blessed with the Lord. And got to wrestle with these great old timers, they taught me, don’t get excited just go out there and have fun.

What they do is relax you, you go in and wrestle. That’s what you train for, what you do in the ring. Because when you step into the ring for the first time, you have to memorize you’re whole homework. Because wrestling is a different college, ya know. You have to memorize everything and know everything, and know what it’s all about.

HTR: You talk about various legends, who’s your all-time favorite to square off against?

JS: There’s a local boy from Hawaii. He’s a local guy, a wrestler who would come to the gym all the time. Local Hawaiian boy. He’s the one that really going. Ever since I used to watch him wrestle, I just loved it Brudda.

HTR: I’ve seen on the net that the movie The Wrestler was loosely based on your life is that true?

JS:
Well Brudda, like I said I got to be straight about everything, that’s the way I like to be. I always like competition to myself. To be involved in a situation like this, I’ve got to take care of it. Take care of business and take care of yourself and everything will be just coming down the road and I look forward to it.

HTR: Now did you see the Wrestler?

JS:
Oh, yeah. I sit down and watch it every time.

HTR: So did you like it? Was it an accurate depiction of what wrestlers go through, especially those out of the lime light?

JS: Well I watch it if I’m not wrestling or anything like that you know. It’s a great thing to watch the kids to get in there and try to wrestle and not try to focus on things you know. You got to be really mental involved in yourself and take care of your responsibilities. And have your everything completed before you’re ready to do something, ya’ know?


HTR: Right. Now you’re son is in the business now. He had a thing going with Manu and Legacy, before they let Manu go, are you happy with the way they’re using him?

JS: Well, he’s got it all together. And I was the one who taught him and everything. He needs to relax and focus on what to do right and listen. Pay attention to people that tell you certain things because if you don’t listen you’re gonna miss the cue you know. The whole point of it is he’s doing really good. He’s ready for when they call him. Preparing for what he’s got to do and everything and he’s coming around real good. And I love my son and I really like to see him complete his mission.

HTR: Any possibility of you managing Sim (Jimmy Snuka Jr.) in the future?

JS: You know what, that’s a real good one. That’s why I got to keep up with you kids because you know more than I do my whole life.

Being a manager, it just might happen. You never know what goes through Vince McMahon’s mind. You know. Vince you got a son, I’ve got a son. You’ve got a daughter; I’ve got a daughter coming up in pro wrestling. My way of just thinking about it was as I tried to relay the message to him earlier. You’ve gotta son, I’ve got a son. You’ve got a daughter, I’ve got a daughter that’s training now, and she’s coming up. So why don’t you and your son and daughter go up against me and my son and my daughter?

HTR: So you’re challenging Vincent Kennedy McMahon to a battle?

JS: That’s right Brudda!


HTR: You’re definitely staying in the lime light. There’s a rumor that says you’re trying to get your own TV show. Is that true and do you have a TV deal yet?

JS: Well right now that’s what we’re waiting for. We’re waiting for someone to pick it up, but our lawyer is taking care of the whole thing. We’ve already started already, it’s been 3-4 months already and it’s going good. So we’re just waiting for it to be picked up.

HTR: Have you shopped it to VH1 or any station and what’s the premise or is it top secret?

JS:
No not yet Brudda. And no it’s not top secret Brudda. I just want to do something different. When I’m not wrestling I want to have fun and go meet the fans from around the world. That’s what I do the most. Just go with the breeze.


HTR:
Well it seems you like the fans, you’ve got a Body Slam University down in Florida, how’d that come about and do you train the kids?

JS:
I’m always down there once a month, sometimes twice a month. Because I’m still wrestling around the country Bruddas. I wrestle mostly every weekend, sometimes doing autographs during the weekdays. I just keep myself going Brudda, keep training. Make sure that as long as I’m good with the Lord everything is good with me. I just have to keep up with it.

HTR: Are you in there bumping with the kids?

JS: Oh yeah, oh yeah. I let them want it. You gotta want it. If you don’t want it Brudda you can come back again. I don’t chase them away. Think it over Brudda because it’s not easy. When you pay me I make sure you earn that money you pay me.

HTR: Is there any student you have you think has what it takes to make it to the WWE?

JS: Well there’s what’s his name whose up there in the WWE. He’s from our school I’m trying to think of his name again. Ah…

HTR: Is it MVP?

JS: Yeah that’s right, he’s from our school. We’ve got other good guys. We’ve got a girl whose 7’ and serious. She’s really good. She can move. Good shape. She used to play basketball overseas.

She’s a big girl. I always love to hug her and put my head on her chest and say “Sista, it’s surly nice to meet you.” They’re beautiful kids and I make them comfortable and talk to them. Get to really know them good and dig into them to make sure this is what they really want to do. Because I don’t want to waste my time. But if you want it Brudda, we’re gonna have a good ol’ time in there.

HTR: You say you don’t want to waste your time, you wrestling around the country, teaching kids down in Florida and I heard you made a movie Buffalo Bushido.

JS:
Yeah Brudda, this guy was a wrestling fan and I didn’t know he was one of the producers. He introduced himself and said Brudda I’d like to make a wrestling movie with you, you know. I told me the part and everything else and I loved it. And when he came to and told me that I said is this thing real? He comes up and spits it straight up and I said You bet. You just tell me when you want to do it.

HTR: Will it be in theaters or DVD?

JS: I think it’ll be both Brudda. I’m just waiting for him to call me back so me and my wife can go up to Buffalo and see the whole thing.

HTR: So what was your part in the movie?

JS: I was climbing up on the rope, you know, and getting ready to do the Superfly. Doing a little wrestling and some interviews about my partner. The producer dressed up in a wild costume and I’m like the manager, doing all the talking and stuff. It was really good and I had a lot of fun doing it. The spirit was right and everything when it came to an end it was so lovely and I’d love to do it again.


HTR: So you’d pursue more acting roles?

JS: Yeah, I hope so Brudda. I hope so.


HTR: A lot of wrestlers now are coming out with books talking about their careers, is that something you’re interested in or already’ve done?

JS: Well, right now I’ve already started that 4 or 5 months again. We’re trying to put it together and it should be out by this year.


HTR: Can you give us a good road story that might wet our appetite until it comes out?

JS: (laughs) Well actually, the whole book is starting from when I was a kid, my whole story. Working up until now and the whole thing. That’s the thing about this book, it’s my whole life and places where I’ve been before I came to the United States of America and all these things. And it’s going to turn out real well. It’s going to be nice. There’s nothing nasty or dirty about it. It’s just straight forward.

It’s good for people who want to read it and know how I was raised up. I‘ve got to tell them about my lifestyle you know.

HTR: Is this something you’re going to get published independently or with the WWE?

JS: Well right now I’m doing it on my own.

HTR:
Well, backstage, did you pull any pranks back when you’re in the WWE?

JS: Well, we always have fun, making people laugh. I don’t do anything bad to them or anything. Just talk to them and feel the spirit. Timing’s got to be right for everything, you know?


HTR: Who was the easiest to get along with all you worked with in the ring?

JS: Well Brudda, mostly all of them. Mostly the guys, Piper was one of them. Don Morocco you know. These are the guys I more or less sticked around and talked to try to educate ourselves to. “Hey guys we’re a team here. Let’s go take care of business.” That’s a lovely thing when you can be close to people who want to make money and think about their families and their future. It’s a beautiful thing when this can be accomplished.


HTR: Now there aren’t that many minorities in wrestling, there definitely weren’t many in your time. As a minority, did you have any problems with any promoters or wrestlers?

JS: Not at all Brudda. I’m a very humble guy. I don’t go around and stick my nose in the air. I just want to be happy and when I talk to other people I want them to be happy before we carry on a conversation.



HTR:
You interacted with Hogan and all the top stars, how did they treat you? Did they work with you as you were on the same level as them? Even though you’re a hall of famer, everyone seems to have egos in this business, did you feel any conflict there.

JS: You know what Brudda, I got along good with everyone. Hulk Hogan was a little different character. He wants to be Hulk Hogan and everything, which was good. I was proud of him and I helped him with what he needed to know and stuff like that. And Vince McMahon Sr., that died God bless his soul, was the one that put Hulk Hogan with me so I can take him around and teach him the ropes. And I loved it. He’s a great guy and he takes care of number one. And I love it.


HTR: Vince McMahon (Jr.), everyone who talks about meeting him for the first time talks about the intimidation factor. Did you feel that?

JS:
Ah, he was a great guy Brudda. He still is a great guy. I get along with him. He’s a business guy and that’s just the way he is. I got no hard feelings against him or anything. But he’s just a strictly business guy and I love the whole family. We all grew up together in the business. His boy and my boy. His daughter you know, we always been close. The lovely thing about it is I’m still involved with them and I love it.

HTR: Well the WWE, which owns the ECW, doesn’t recognize the NWA ECW title, which you were the first NWA ECW title holder. How do you feel about that?

JS: That’s okay with me Brudda. As long as you people know about it. That’s what I care about the most.

HTR: So you’ve won a long list of titles, but none in the WWE, so the titles don’t mean that much to you?

JS: My way of thinking is it would’ve been nice to get the belt. But one thing about the belt you know once you get a belt you know you’re going to lose it right? Well I’m not a loser.


The only championship belt there is you wonderful people in this beautiful wonderful world. That’s all I care about. I’m not worried about the belt. If they want to give it to me, that’s fine. Mostly it’s between you wonderful people and myself. Your heart. My heart. I want you to come there and have fun in the arenas where you’re at and get your frustrations out there Brudda. And cut it loose and go home happy. That’s my whole gimmick.


HTR: Well maybe since you’re not that pushy with the belt, that’s why the Hogan’s and those have to have the belt always got it.

JS:
(laughs) You know I just felt that way, I don’t really need it, but if they give it that’s fine. But do you remember when the WWE were running three different shows a night. They had Hulk Hogan as the champion, Tito Santana as the Intercontinental champion and myself. Now who do you think was drawing and selling out every night between the three of us?

HTR: I’m gonna guess the un-obvious choice and guess you.

JS: That’s very right Brudda, and I love you for that one.


HTR: So you outsold Tito and Hulk Hogan during that time?

JS: You bet Brudda. You bet. We were selling out everywhere every night. And they only had like a half, like a half a building. God bless them, but you know, that’s the way it goes. I was in my prime and I was ready to go as long as you people let me cut loose.


HTR: How were you treated when you had the best drawl and everyone was coming to see you? How were you treated by Vince? Were you treated like the top draw?

JS:
Well Brudda, this is the way it happened. The looked at the house, and compared the two together and they got their answer.


HTR:
When it’s all said and done and you finally retire, how do you want to be remembered?

JS:
Well hold on a minute. Number one Brudda, I’m not retired.


HTR: (lauging) No, no. I know, I said when you retire. I’m sorry. (laughing)

JS: (laughing) It’s all good brother, I love you guys.


HTR: Let me ask you this, will you ever retire?

JS:
You know what brother, I’m going to say this one more time, as long as I have the blessing from the Lord, I’m sure he’ll take of me and the rest Brudda. And that’s what I’m going to do. As long my body’s okay and the foundations are very strong Brudda. That’s what Brudda’s gonna still do. Brudda’s gonna keep flying. And till I can’t climb that rope anymore.

Rapid Fire Session



HTR: Who haven’t you faced that you liked to face?

JS: Everybody Brudda, everybody.


HTR: Best thing about being a pro wrestler?

JS: It’s a lovely thing because I deserved it.


HTR: Worst thing about being a pro wrestler?

JS: The worst thing is the good thing.


HTR: If you were to start up your own promotion, who would you sign first?

JS:
I’d sign all of them Brudda.


HTR: You’re not making this easy.

JS: (laughs)


HTR:
If they made a movie of your life, who would play you and the sporting cast?

JS:
Well, it’d be nice if I could play it. I would get in there and do my thing.


HTR: What’s one thing fans would be surprised to learn about you?

JS:
Um, the good thing about me is what I did in my whole life, coming up in professional wrestling is the greatest feeling that I’ll ever have for the rest of my life until I die. To love fans that loved what I did and what I love for what I did for them. There’s no question about it Brudda. I loved it and I love everybody.


HTR:
In your opinion, who’s the best wrestler of all time?

JS:
The Superfly Jimmy Snuka.


HTR: What’s your favorite country of all time to visit?

JS: This whole world Brudda.


HTR:
If you can go one on one with any celebrity, who would it be and why?

JS: Um you know what it’d be nice if you can get to see him, this way you’ll know the look, feeling and spirit. And then everything will be alright.

HTR: I know I speak for the guys when I say it’s been a great honor to have you on and we appreciate you taking the time to speak with us.

JS: Hey Brudda it’s a lovely thing. My time is your time and I love you guys. I really appreciate you taking time to think about The Superfly Jimmy Snuka and keep in touch anytime.


HTR: Anything you’d like to say to your fans before you go?

JS: Yes, I’d like to tell them you can see me on Wrestlemania 25 and The Superfly Jimmy Snuka broke the record again. And he will continue breaking records as long as I’m alive.

Alright, let the world know I love them and especially you guys. God Bless.

Check out Hit The Ropes Radio next week as we interview former WCW & WWE Psycho Sid Vicious. Plus, TNA prizes and more. Special Start time next Wednesday at 7 p.m. Eastern.

Monday, April 27, 2009

WWE Hall of Famer Superfly Jimmy Snuka Joins Hit The Ropes Radio for Wrestling Interview Wed 4/29



Hit The Ropes Radio interviews WWE Hall of Famer Superfly Jimmy Snuka to discuss his career,TV show project, and more on Wednesday 4/29 at 6pm eastern. Plus, try your shot at the TNA Trivia for prizes.

Superfly Jimmy Snuka will appear on BlogTalkRadio’s wrestling radio show Hit the Ropes Radio Show (www.blogtalkradio.com/hittheropesradioshow ) with hosts Daris, Shane and Demetrus on Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at 6 p.m. Eastern.

WWE Hall of Famer Superfly Jimmy Snuka will discuss his career, his TV project and more. We will also have the third edition of Turnbuckle 2 Turnbuckle and TNA Trivia for TNA prizes. Call in and chat with our guests ( 646 ) 929-2442.

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Superfly Jimmy Snuka is a WWE Hall of Famer who's career spans over three decades. He was in the main event of the original Wrestlemania and recently became the oldest person to ever wrestle at Wrestlemania at age 65. He's the first ever ECW champion and has had classic feuds with Don Muraco, Roddy Piper and more. And he joins us this Wednesday on our wrestling radio show.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Former WWE & WCW Star, Big Vito Joins Hit The Ropes Radio for Wrestling Interview Wed 4/22

"Hit The Ropes Radio interviews former ECW, WWE & WCW star Big Vito to discuss his wrestling career, MMA and more on Wednesday 4/22 at 6pm eastern. Plus, try your shot at the TNA Trivia for prizes."

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Former WCW, ECW and WWE star Big Vito will appear on BlogTalkRadio’s Hit the Ropes Radio Show (www.blogtalkradio.com/hittheropesradioshow ) with hosts Daris, Shane and Demetrus on Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at 6 p.m. Eastern.

Big Vito will discuss his wrestling career, MMA and more. We will also have the third edition of Turnbuckle 2 Turnbuckle. Plus TNA Trivia for TNA prizes. Call in and chat with our guests ( 646 ) 929-2442.

You can catch the archives if you can't listen live or download it from iTunes for free.

Callers are welcome to join the conversation during the show by calling ( 646 ) 929-2442. The live, wrestling radio show will stream from the host page at http://blogtalkradio.com/hittheropesradioshow.

Big Vito is making his first stop from touring Europe with the boys from HTR. Join us as we discuss the WWE, WCW and ECW and his favorite road stories. Plus, what it's like to work for Rikishi's federation in Europe. Big Vito will also let us know if he will continue to fight in MMA events and more.

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Friday, April 17, 2009

Hit The Ropes Radio Interviews ROH's Prince Nana



Hit The Ropes Radio recently had a chance to interview Ring of Honor’s Prince Nana. He took us through his plans now that ROH’s on HDNet, who’d he like to get his hands on and more. Check it out.

Hit The Ropes Radio: We’re on the line with none other than Ring of Honor’s Prince Nana. Prince Nana, how’s it going?
Prince Nana: Who the heck am I talking to? That’s number one. That’s what I need to know. Who am I speaking to?

HTR: Wait, you come on our show and you’re showing disrespect, Nana?
PN: Disrespect? Disrespect? Number one. Let me tell you something, my friend. I’m in the middle of a huge deal with one of my street agents here in New York City. And I’m told to give a call to you guys? For what? You guys know my whole bio already, huh?

HTR: Because we’re the best thing on the internet, that’s why.
PN: Oh, yeah? That’s good to know. Now let’s get on with the interview, my friend. Unbelievable.

HTR: Now, Nana, we saw you on HDNet. Ring of Honor’s got a new TV show. What does that mean for you? You were broke not too long ago. Now you’ve got your riches back.
PN: Let me tell you, my friend, the big time has come for Prince Nana. I’ve always been big time. But, you know, I was going through some problems for three years with my family back home in Ghana.
But now things have changed, my friend. The storylines have changed. There are different things going on that, let me tell you. I’ve been a great, great effort for The Embassy. Did I make any sense just now?

HTR: Yes, I understood you completely. You’re on HDNet and you’ve got your Embassy back. What’s your plan for the Embassy?
PN: My plan for my friend is to finally get those championship belts. This is the reason why I’m in this company in the first place. The reason why I’m in the Ring of Honor is because the Ring of Honor title means everything right now in the pro wrestling business.And for it to be a part of the Embassy is truly, truly going to be a tear in my eye. A tear in my eye.

HTR: A tear in your eye? Well, I know that means that’s really special, and right now Jerry Lynn just beat Nigel McGuiness for the belt. Who in the Embassy can beat him for the title?
PN: Well, right now I can’t disclose that type of information to you. Right now, the Embassy is assembled with three of the best wrestlers. Number one, Byson Smith, all the way from Noah. Number two, the crown jewel of the Embassy, Jimmy Rave.
And number three my personal assistant—ha ha ha!—Ernie Osiris. With those three in the group right now, things are going to change. Just like Obama said, "Change has come." Ha ha ha ha!

HTR: That's a monster, I’ll tell you—that Smith character. I’ve seen him powerbomb the hell out of some people.
PN: Oh, yeah, were you at the show in New York City? That poor little guy who tried to help out Brian Danielson— did you see how he smacked against the floor? If you haven’t seen it go check it out on the ROH Newswire.

HTR: You lost your riches at one point. How, exactly, did you get them back?
PN: Well, my friend, because of the high connections I have all over the world and in the wrestling business, things were able to come through. I was able to communicate privately with a few of the associates that I’ve been working with over the years.
And I was able to reintroduce what it is that we do. And I’ve also spoken to some of the higher-ups in the royal family to get the OK. And I’ve begun to have some sort of support from the royal family. I will be making a trip back to Ghana at the end of the month. So, when I return, there will be a lot more in store.

HTR: Are you going to stick with the core that you have, or will you be adding new members to the Embassy?
PN: As of now, it’s looking like it will be just these guys aligned with us in the Embassy. A lot of tapes have been sent to our new New York office—a lot of tapes with people who’ve been in big companies, from the WWE and ECWA. I’m getting tapes, resum├ęs, and love letters from these idiots.
It’s crazy, but the only direction we’re going with it is up. Believe me, as I said earlier, things are going to change.

HTR: I believe Shane (our co-host) sent in a tape, but he hasn’t heard anything back.
PN: I still have jobs available. I need someone to wash Ernie’s feet before and after the matches. If you want the job, then I’ll bring you down to the next show. Do you want me to book you a ticket to Canada? We have Canada this weekend. Do you want to come?


HTR:
To wash your feet?
PN: That’s what I said. Yes, for Ernie Osiris.



HTR: That’s really tempting, but I’m looking at my calendar and I can’t get away next week. I still want to be in the Embassy, but I need to take a rain check.
PN: Unbelievable. I’ll get someone to cover your post. You have the job, but it doesn’t pay much.

HTR: Well, Prince Nana, we want to put you in the hot seat. Are you up for the challenge?
PN: As long as you do it within about 20 seconds. It’s looking like all my girlfriends in the great city of New York are looking to give me a call, and you’re holding up my booty call time.

HTR: OK, who’s your favorite opponent?
PN: My favorite opponent ever is Cheetah Master of ECWA.

HTR: Who would you like to face that you haven’t yet faced?
PN: I’d have to say Brian Danielson.

HTR: If you weren’t a pro wrestler, then what would you be?
PN: I would probably be Puff Daddy in another life.

HTR: Barrack Obama or Bill Clinton?
PN: I’d have to go with Bill Clinton because he got the job done with that assistant in his office. I have to give it up for that. He’s half-black for doing that.

HTR: If a movie was made about your life, who would play you?
PN: I’d have to say, who the hell would I want to play me? Ricky Rourke, he’d play me.

HTR: Ricky Rourke? Oh, Mickey Rourke.
PN:
He just needs a very very dark tan and he’ll be OK.

HTR: If you can go one-on-one with any celebrity, who would it be and why?
PN: Most likely it would have to be that fool from that show 106 and Park. I want to get my hands on him because I don’t like the way he talks to his fans. His name is Terrance Jenkins. I’ll beat him down all across the stage and kiss his girl all over the stage, too.

HTR: We’ll see if we can arrange it.
PN: Arrange it. It needs to happen to that fool.

HTR: One of our listeners wanted to ask you about shrimp cocktail.
PN: Who is this? Who the heck wants to know about this luxurious meal?

HTR: One of our great listeners.
PN: If you want to know about the shrimp cocktail, you have to come down to our new apartment complex on Lexington Avenue, where I am right now. One of my chefs will cook something up for you.
We’ll give you a full shrimp, a chopped up shrimp, a spicy shrimp, curry shrimp, Chinese shrimp, anything you want, alright. But always the cocktail is in there, you understand what I’m saying?

HTR: We understand, and we’re not going to hold you up all night. You say you have your ladies you need to get to.
PN: All night long. You hear them in the background, right? But before I let you go, let me explain something to you. There is serious business that needs to be completed. That way, if you’re looking into the record books, then you can see the history that has been made.

This history will be a heck of a lot better. I hope all of you fools at home are watching those stupid DVDs, HDNet, or going to the Ring of Honor Web site to see the real time maturity of Prince Nana and his Embassy.
You has better catch us, because we’re going to tear up Ring of Honor. The only thing that matters is the title. Once it’s a part of The Embassy, it will truly be over.

HTR: Wow. That’s quite a statement.
PN: And that’s not a joke. I’m being very real with you. Isn’t that how they say it in New York City? Let’s keep it real? Huh?

HTR: Keep it real. Well, Prince Nana…
PN: (To someone in the distance) Hold up, I’m coming right now.

It's even funnier to hear, check the YouTube clip.

Don't forget to check out Hit The Ropes Radio for this week's special guest, former WWE, WCW and ECW star, Big Vito. Plus, Turnbuckle 2 Turnbuckle makes its long awaited return, TNA prizes are given away, and more—this Wednesday at 6 p.m. Eastern.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Hit The Ropes Radio Interviews Prince Nana Wed 4/15


Ring of Honor's Prince Nana will appear on BlogTalkRadio’s Hit the Ropes Radio Show (www.blogtalkradio.com/hittheropesradioshow ) with hosts Daris, Shane and Demetrus on Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at 6 p.m. Eastern.

Prince Nana will discuss his career, Ring of Honor on HDNet and more. We will also have the very first WWE vs. TNA Tag Team Challenge and the third edition of Turnbuckle 2 Turnbuckle. Plus TNA Trivia for TNA prizes. Call in and chat with our guests ( 646 ) 929-2442.

You can catch the archives if you can't listen live or download it from iTunes for free.

Callers are welcome to join the conversation during the show by calling ( 646 ) 929-2442. The live, wrestling radio show will stream from the host page at http://blogtalkradio.com/hittheropesradioshow.

Prince Nana joined Ring of Honor in 2002. Known as an Ashanti Prince from Ghana, Prince Nana formed a heel stable named The Embassy that terrorized ROH. He managed the ROH Pure Champion John Walters, Jimmy Rave, Alex Shelly and Abyss before his 2006 departure. He made a surprised return in 2008, with no riches, only to reclaim his status when President Obama passed his Stimulus Package. He reformed The Embassy with Bison Smith, Ernie Osiris and Jimmy Rave.

It's the fans show, so call in and ask questions or share a comment.

An archive will be available at the same link immediately following the show or listeners can subscribe to the archives via the RSS feed located on the host page. Read more about the host and the discussion on Hit the Ropes Radio Show’s blog at http://hittheropes.blogspot.com. We are the fastest rising wrestling radio show on the Net.

About Hit the Ropes Radio
Hit the Ropes Radio Show is the premier live Internet talk-radio show that focuses on pro wrestling news, notes and interviews. Hosts Daris, Shane and Demetrus explores the careers, organizations and world of professional wrestling. Callers are encouraged to call ( 646 ) 929-2442 to comment or ask questions. Or just sit back and enjoy the store. The stream and archives are available at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/hittheropesradioshow. The show is live every Wednesday night at 6 p.m. Eastern. The show is hosted on BlogTalkRadio.

About BlogTalkRadio
BlogTalkRadio is a free, web-based platform which allows any user with a phone and a computer to host a live, interactive Internet broadcast. Hosts call into the service by phone, managing callers on the web-based host dashboard. Shows stream live directly from the host’s BlogTalkRadio web page with archives available for all past shows. BlogTalkRadio has been featured on ABC News, The Washington Post, Portfolio, Talkers Magazine, and TheStreet.com. And it has over 3,000, 000 since it’s inception. The citizen broadcasting network can be found at http://www.blogtalkradio.com.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Jeff Jarrett King of The Mountain DVD Review



I was sent an advance copy of the new Jeff Jarrett: King of The Mountain DVD.

Let me go on record and say that before I viewed this DVD, I respected Jarrett, but I wasn't a fan. That all changed after listening to the commentary and watching the matches.

Here's the full review:

If you’re looking for a way to escape the rigors of everyday life, take a trip down memory lane with the brand new Jeff Jarrett: King of The Mountain.

What’s refreshing about the four-disc set is that it not only takes you through the life and career of TNA founder Jeff Jarrett, but it simultaneously takes you through the development of TNA as a company.

Whether you’re a new TNA fan or simply want to relive the good old days, sit back as Jarrett personally walks you through his career.

A treat for fans of all levels, Jarrett discusses everything from his love for sports, to the hardships of being a promoter’s kid, to entering the business and the road stories fans love to hear.

As Jarrett narrates both his life and his career, we see the stories brought to life as the matches are carefully woven inbetween stories, all of which are backed by insight from the men who were there.

Scott Steiner, Jim Cornette, Sting, and others share their stories of a skinny little kid from Henderson, Tennessee who went on to found the company they would later call home.

You might be shocked to know all the great stars that went through his father's territory where he mastered his craft. Sid Vicious, Undertaker, Ultimate Warrior, Sting, Road Warriors and much more. And much like his father's territory, TNA also started with the business's current and future legends.

How did Jarrett get his start? Where did he get his strut? How did it make him feel to compete after Owen’s accident?

All of these sought-after questions and more are answered.

Jeff Jarrett: The King of The Mountain has everything fans could want, from the matches they love to the ones they’ve never seen, inside commentary, and hours upon hours of pure wrestling.

And if you’re not a Jeff Jarrett fan, by the end of this DVD, you will be.

With over 13 hours of matches and commentary, you will quickly lose track of time as you travel through triumph and tragedy.

Remenise with Jeff Jarrett vs Jerry Lawler (1988) and Jeff Jarrett & Bill Dundee vs. Gary Young and Cactus Jack. And the excitement continues with TNA's first ever PPV and battles AJ Styles (2003), Samoa Joe (2006), Sting (2006), Sting (2006) and dozens more.

This DVD is a must-add for anyone who collects wrestling tapes or for anyone interested in learning what this crazy business is all about.

The four-disc set goes on sale April 14, and you don’t want to be the last one in line for this one.

Daris Brown
Hit The Ropes Radio

Monday, April 6, 2009

CABLE’S ONLINE STORES OFFER CLASSIC WRESTLEMANIA® PERFORMANCES FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY

For immediate release

New York, April 3, 2009 – Fans hungering for the biggest WWE® wrestling event of the year coming up this weekend, the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania, have a chance to whet their appetites with a series of streaming matches from the greatest performers of all time. For a limited time leading up to the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania, Comcast and Time Warner Cable’s online stores are offering ”WrestleMania Icons,” ten special shows featuring classic wrestling superstars in their most memorable action-filled championship matches. Each online offering delivers about 45 minutes of epic battles and pulls together two classic performances. The shows are available until April 7, 2009.


THE PROGRAMS – Each featuring two WrestleMania Classics:

Hulk Hogan: Two championship matches, WrestleMania III against Andre the Giant and WrestleMania VI vs. the Ultimate Warrior.

Stone Cold: Stone Cold Steve Austin challenges Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XIV and WrestleMania XV when he faces The Rock.

The Rock: The Icons meet at WrestleMania XVIII with The Rock vs. Hulk Hogan and WrestleMania XIX against Stone Cold Steve Austin.

Undertaker: At WrestleMania XII he faces Diesel and WrestleMania 21 against The “Animal” Batista.

Triple H: At WrestleMania XIV “The Game” defends the WWE European title against Owen Hart and WrestleMania X8 Triple H challenges Chris Jericho.

Bret Hart: During WrestleMania X, The Hitman battles his younger brother Owen Hart and later that night fights Yokozuna.

John Cena: At WrestleMania 21, Cena challenges JBL and at WrestleMania 22 he goes up against “King of Kings” Triple H.

Shawn Michaels: At WrestleMania X, the “Heartbreak Kid” battles Razor Ramon in a Ladder Mach for the WWE Intercontinental title. At WrestleMania XIX, Michaels faces Chris Jericho.

Rey Mysterio: WrestleMania 21 when Rey faces Eddie Guerrero and WrestleMania 22 where he battles Kurt Angle and Randy Orton.

Edge: At WrestleMania X-7, Edge teams with Christian vs. the Dudleys and Hardy Boyz in a TLC Match for the WWE Tag Team Title. At WrestleMania 23, Edge competes in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match.

The shows are available from Road Runner Video Store at http://videostore.rr.com and from Comcast at store.fancast.com. The series is distributed by iN DEMAND Networks. Retail price for these classic downloads is $3.99 to rent.


Contact: Ellen Cooper, iN DEMAND Networks 646-638-8206 ecooper@indemand.com

Friday, April 3, 2009

TNA Returns to Florence, SC

TOTAL NONSTOP ACTION (TNA) WRESTLING’S
“FRONTLINE REVENGE” TOUR STOPS IN FLORENCE ON MAY 15!

TNA FRONTLINE MEMBERS ARE OUT FOR REVENGE AGAINST
THE MAIN EVENT MAFIA WHEN TNA WRESTLING
RETURNS TO FLORENCE, SOUTH CAROLINA!

Florence, South Carolina (March 26, 2008) – The superstars of Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling will bring TNA Live! “The Frontline Revenge Tour” to Florence, South Carolina at the Florence Civic Center on Friday, May 15, starting at 7:30 p.m. for an unforgettable night of action.

Appearing live and in person will be Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, “King of the Mountain” Jeff Jarrett, TNA Legend’s Champion “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles, Booker T, TNA World Tag Team Champions Beer Money, Inc, TNA X Division Champion Suicide, “The War Machine” Rhino, The Latin American Xchange, Sheik Abdul Bashir, Madison Rayne, Cute Kip, Kiyoshi, and more!

Tickets go on sale Friday, April 3, at the Florence civic center box office, www.ticketmaster.com, Publix, FYE, Macy’s, or charge by phone at 843-679-9333. Limited tickets available as low as $20! TNA is proud to offer a $5 discount to all college students and military personnel with form of I.D.

Cross The Line to TNA Wrestling, the most innovative experience in professional wrestling today. Join the TNA World Heavyweight Champion Sting, Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, “The Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe, Booker T, “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles, the lovely and lethal TNA Knockouts and the no-limits X-Division inside the six-sided ring of “TNA iMPACT!” every Thursday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Spike TV.

TNA Entertainment, LLC is a privately held company headquartered in Nashville, Tenn.
Spike TV is available in over 96 million homes and is a division of Viacom International Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).
Cross The Line at www.tnawrestling.com.

CONTACT:
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615.983.5203

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Hit The Ropes, Debra to TNA Interview



Hit The Ropes Radio
recently got the chance to sit down with Debra as she tells us why she wants the fans to help her get into TNA. You might know Debra from her days with the Four Horseman in WCW, as a valet for Jeff Jarrett in the WWE or as Stone Cold Steve Austin’s ex-wife. But no matter how you know her, you won’t soon forget her. Here’s the interview without further ado.

Hit The Ropes Radio: Debra, how are you doing?
Debra: I am great. I just moved back to Alabama.

HTR: Now Debra, there’s a rumbling on the Internet that you’re on a quest to go to TNA.
D: Yes, I definitely think they need me on there. They need somebody like me with a mature leadership quality. Especially, I was married to Stone Cold Steve Austin. I definitely know the top of the business. I’ve seen it all in wrestling. I’ve worked with the top tier people.

HTR: You’ve worked with Jeff Jarrett, you were his manager for a time. He’s a big dog down there in TNA. I assume you’re on good terms with him, correct.
D:
You know what, we are. We’re really good friends. I think a lot of people can relate to this. We have our career and our friendship too. But I keep it separate. My business part is my business side. And our friendship, I don’t cross that line of asking him about the business.

This way the fans can have a part in bringing me back. Because I know that the fans love being involved. All the years I worked in wrestling I was really good with including with the fans. It’s fun, that’s why they watch wrestling. Especially when they can interact with a wrestling superstar.

And if everyone emails TNA and say we want Debra then they can make it happen.

HTR: So you’re on a quest. To have the fans email info@tnawrestling.com and request you back to see if they’ll listen to the fans?
D: Well this business is about making money and if the fans realy want to see me, I’ve proven I was a moneymaker in the past. Cause one thing I’m good at is causing trouble. And I’m definitely good at being entertaining. The Fans know that. And I can talk some smack. I remember when I was Queen Debra in WCW I would write all my lines. That’s all stuff I had written. Right before the show, then I’d jump in on those live interviews with the Four Horsemen. And get into Queen Debra mode.

HTR: You can definitely hold your own. Well who there in TNA who would you aid or put into their place?
D: You know what? I’d like to put all the females in place. Because Debra finishes second, I come in first. I don’t play. Females I can chew them up and spit them out. I don’t play. I have the maturity in my favor. I don’t play.


HTR:
Now Debra Awesome Kong is a big girl. You can handle her?
D: Well remember, I wrestled up against Nicole Bass before? I had to go up against Stephanie McMahon, I’m tough. The fans need to write and get me up there.

HTR:
For the neighsayers out there, not to put your age out there, but you’re over fourty. Why should they bring you in?
D: Because you need a mature women with leadership. You can’t just girls in their 20s. You need a mature women, a business women to come in take control here. You have to have to have an interesting quality to hit the demographics. You need that mature women too.

HTR: You’ve been there with the Four Horsemen, Jeff Jarrett and other greats, you definitely have the experience.
D: And being married to Steve Austin, one thing I was around the McMahon’s all the time flying on the jets, around the Rock, around Steve constantly. I’d hear Steve talk business and seeing how the business works. Those young girls don’t have that. Yeah I’m older, but I can still talk some smack and back it up with my knowledge.

HTR: It’s more than just smack, there are a lot of men who are looking at Ms. Debra and there not seeing the older women.
D: Well that’s right. Because I don’t dare look my age. Thank God for good genetics. I could’ve pulled it off before, but thanks to the Internet you can’t lie about things, darn it. (laughing).

HTR: What has been your most memorable moment in wrestling moment so far?
D: It would have to be my last Wrestlemania I did with the storeyline with Steve Austin and the Rock. That was pretty sensational. That one ranks right up there.

And then of course when I won the belt in 1999 from Sable. The women’s championship belt. And even working with the Four Horsemen. And being such a heel, it was so. Oh, and working with Rick Flair, he was so much fun. I remember when I worked with Goldberg. A lot of people forget I was the one who forgot I was the one who gave him a chance to walk out on TV when he stole Steve McMichael’s Super Bowl ring. Remember that way, way back? I have worked with some huge things.

HTR: A lot of people would be envious of your success.
D: Well I guess, being I was first married to all-pro defensive tackle with Steve McMichael. With the Bears, he won the Super Bowl. I was married to him for 13 years, around that for 13 years, and boom get into WCW. And the Four Horseman.

The vary first time I walked out in wrestling was in Vegas at Ceasar Palace with Hulk Hogan, his wife Linda, Women, Miss Elizabeth and myself. That was the very first time I walked out.

And I remember, when I was married to Steve McMichael, he did the Lawrence Taylor all-pro team with Reggie White. And that was my first experience with WWE, and Steve was still playing ball.

HTR: Now you’ve been an NFL wife and a Wrestling wife. What’s more hectic?
D: Uh, the wrestling, trust me. I’ll tell you what’s crazy, being a wife and a superstar yourself, and married to a superstar. That’s crazy.

An NFL wife is fun. You’re going to the Super Bowl, riding in parades with confetti going through downtown Chicago; you’re having this wonderful life that’s unreal. And then you go to wrestling and which bizarre, but fun. It’s like a soap opera.

HTR: When Steve McMichael came to WCW, was it always the plan for you to come on air or did it just happen?
D: It sorta just happened. Steve was there and my background I’ve studied at Lee Strasberg, a theater school in New York City. And when they decided to turn Steve McMichael in with the Four Horsemen, and they decided to use me to work alongside of them, and I remember when I became Queen Debra, I kept bugging Eric Bischoff, “Please just give me a chance. I know I don’t have a wrestling background. I’ll even work for free for a while if I can show you I can be over with the fans.” And he did and said “okay I want you to be Queen Debra. I want you to be this heel. I want you to be this really obnoxious southern belle beauty queen who brags on yourself.” And I hit it.

I wrote my own lines and became the Queen Debra and I was major heel and he offered me contract. I worked about 5 months for free. And everyone said you’re doing this for free, you’re crazy. And you know what? Look what happened. I got a contract and ended up getting a contract with the WWE. And I don’t have a wrestling background.


HTR:
Apparently you didn’t need one.
D: Well I had to fill my weak spot with my knowledge, and I’m very confident, and I’m a BSer. So I had to use my power points at other parts.

HTR: Unfortunately we’ve ran out of time. But we hope everyone goes to info@tnawrestling.com and tells them they want Debra in TNA. Debra, we hope to see you on TNA television.
D: I hope so too.

HTR: Thanks for coming on.
D: Thank you. Take care.