Saturday, March 28, 2009

ROH's Bobby Cruise Interview


Hit The Ropes Radio:Mr. Bobby Cruise, how're ya doing?
Bobby Cruise: Good Daris.

HTR:Ring of Honor is blowing up as we speak. We just talked to Brent Albright a few weeks ago, and he said the locker room's excited. You just finished taping your first TV show on HDNet. How was that like and what are your expectations?

BC: Well it was a great atmosphere overall. This is what a lot of the guys have been working for a long time in the wrestling business. You have Brent Albright and Austin Aries, who've been to WWE and TNA, but for a lot of guys this is their first shot at national television.

So the vibe in the locker room is a very excited one and a very focused one. Everyone knows from me to everyone on up knows what's on the line here. We have a huge opportunity. I think it will be great. HDNet has been tremendous to work with. This will be a tremendous partnership between ROH and HDNet.

HTR:Now, I don't have HDNet and had to watch the first episode on YouTube. Did they tell ya'll, for those of us who don't have HDNet, how we can get a hold of HDNet.

BC:Yeah, I found out today that it was on YouTube, which I think at this point is a good thing. HDNet will be the first to admit that they're not in as many homes as they want to be. But that will progress as 2009goes on. I am very fortunate enough so I have Direct TV. People with the Dish Network and the HD package have access to it. I think it will slowly and surely get done as far as more cable systems in different areas picking it up.

I just found out that Comcast in the Boston area, which is a huge pickup for HDNet, just started carrying it in the last week or two. Like I said, as 2009 progress, you will see more and more availability of HDNet on individual cable systems.

HTR:Right, like I said, I did get to catch on YouTube and I was quite impressed. It wasn't the goofy wrestling. You saw some chain wrestling,and it gave exposure to a lot of guys that people probably never heard of before. Like the main event (Tyler Black vs Jimmy Jacobs)they had a feud that people weren't exposed to, but ya'll did a great job of recapping that for us.I think it was an excellent way to kick it off.

BC:Yeah, I agree. Overall I think we should be happy. I know there are things will change from our side and HDNets side of production as we learn. That was our first two nights of taping for the first 6 weeks. And we have our next set of tappings here in Philly in April 9th and 10th, which happens to be a Thursday and a Friday in a couple weeks.

We may do some things different as far as lighting and sound. I know there was some concern because there were 1,000 people there for the first three episodes, and you really couldn't tell that. People have told me that it didn't seem that many people were there. The crowd noise wasn't there. They were loud, but it didn't get picked up. So we might look at miking the crowd a little bit on these next sets.

So I agree with you, it was a great first entry. Anyone who's a Ring of Honor fan will obviously watch it. And anyone who's not will hopefully watch it and the first time get hooked over the next few weeks.

They did a great job with the Ring of Honor history like package. That gave a nice quick thorough recap, not just of Ring of Honor, but the stars that have through Ring of Honor and gone on to other place. People will recognize people like CM Punk, Samoa Joe and Homicide and go wow, I didn't know these guys wrestled for Ring of Honor, let me check this company out.

HTR:That's what I like about Ring of Honor, which a lot of fans will see. There's a movement in the making. A faster pace, chain wrestling, spot moves, all intertwine into one. And there's all reason behind it. And you have big things coming. I understand Ric Flair is visiting with you.

BC: Yes, he's doing several appearances with us as he was with us in St. Louis, he's got one coming up in Virginia, one in Detroit, and we just announced that he will be with us when we return to the Hammerstein Ballroom on June 13. He's got several appearances and we're really excited.

HTR: There's a lot of great wrestlers that have passed through ROH. In fact, we are already debating, how soon ya'll will be competing with TNA in the ratings war. Any thoughts?

BC: Oh obviously it would be great. They're a solid number 2 right now. There's no doubt about that and nobody can question that. Whether you agree with their program or don't agree, they're a solid number 2. And if you're number 3, as we are,then the next logical step would to try and be number 2.

They have the added of advantage of being on cable, yes it's basic cable, but that's a huge advantage. We'll kind of make up some ground as HDNet progress, as I said before, and get's in more and more available across the country.

I see nothing but great things. It's a great locker room. It's a focused locker room, as I said before. It's all up to us. We've been given the opportunity by our management Cary Silken and we've been given the opportunity by HDNet.

And there's no doubt that Ring of Honor knows wrestling and HDNet knows production. So let's see if we can make a winning team. And so far I think we have.

HTR:There's a lot of attention to wrestling lately, especially with the movie The Wrestler. Ring of Honor had a huge part in the move, as it was the set for the final scene. And you were in the movie, can you tell us a little bit about that?

BC:Yeah, it was obviously a great opportunity when we first had heard that Darren Aronofsky was interested in doing the movie The Wrestler and wanted to do something with Ring of Honor, it was an exciting opportunity.

When you start putting a movie out there that got the buzz that it did, and the awards that it did, and like I said Mickey Rourke is in it, it can do nothing but good for your company.

And for Ring of Honor to be featured in the main scene when other promotions were featured in the film, and no disrespect to them, you could see it was smaller arenas. And it built up to Randy the Ram and the Ayatollah. And it happen to happen in a Ring of Honor building, in a Ring of Honor ring, with Ring of Honor signage everywhere. It made Ring of Honor look great.

The publicity from it has been very good from the electronic media to the print media. Every town we go to they want to talk to about Ring of Honor's involvement in The Wrestler. So it's been great.


HTR: So were you the commentator for that scene? Tell us about that.

BC: Yeah, the taping of that scene actually took place in two Ring of Honor events over two different days in the same building. I did the ring announcing for the main event scene for Randy the Ram and the Ayatollah. I probably must of announced that match about 15 times as they kept trying shooting different angles.

It was really exciting to attend the premier in New York in October, and seeing myself on the big screen, I didn't thing that was going to happen.

HTR: Now going back to Ring of Honor, tell us how did you get your start in Ring of Honor?

BC:It started in 2003, when I was doing the Steve Corino intros that used to get quite a bit of a reaction. Steve was having a feud of Homicide back in 2003 and was making a big return to Ring of Honor. And he sent me a quick IM online one night and he said "hey, I'm going back to Ring of Honor and I'm thinking of having this quote unquote heel ring announcer and I want you to do it.

Plus I've heard of Ring of Honor and known people who've worked for Ring of Honor, but I've never seen a Ring of Honor. And I remember being there for that first match with Homicide and remember being blown away. The lighting, the athletisicm, the production, just a great thing.

After a while the Corino thing died down. And about a year later they contacted me, saying hey a ring announcer position has opened up, are interested in taking it? I said yes and that was back in Novemeber or 04. So it's been about 4 and 1/2 years at every taping, up and down the road.

HTR:Can you tell us about the Ring of Honor champ Nigel McGuiness?

BC:Fans are going to see a cocky arrogant, very stuck on himself personality. But there also going to see one of the best wrestlers in the world. There's no doubt about that. He can back up everything he says. His reign in Ring of Honor is pushing serious time here. He's battled everybody and defeated everybody, on numerous of occasions. It's been quite a run watching him come into his own, especially the last two years. And he totally deserves to be the world champion.

BR: Do you think of having the same buzz as ECW when it was the third option?

BC: Yeah, in a way. You have to have that third option, a strong alternative. Yeah you have to have that backstage stuff like that, but we'll focus on the wrestling. But we have the SmackTalk, as people are walking to the ring, cause that doesn't cost us any time.

We'll do more backstage stuff, because you have to have it for TV. But not to the level of the other two. Otherwise we'd be just like them and not an alternative. We don't say we're an entertainment company. We're a wrestling company.

HTR: If you haven't seen them before you need to. They've got tapings coming up April 9 & 10 in Philly, Montreal April 17, Toronto April 18 Dayton April 24, Chicago Ridge April 25. If you need more info, check out www.ROHwrestling.com. You're definitely on the right path Bobby. And I want to thank you for coming on.

BC:Thank you, any time guys.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Hit The Ropes Radio to Welcome Harley Race, Debra Marshall, and ROH Bobby Cruise

by Shane Howard



If you've already checked out Daris Brown's latest article dealing with TNA's recent releases, then you've probably already been notified about the huge show coming up on Hit The Ropes Radio.

Next Wednesday (3/25) on HTR we will have arguably the biggest show to date when we welcome WWE Hall of Famer Harley Race, ROH's announcer Bobby Cruise, former WCW/WWF talent Debra Marshall, and PWA's Gustavo Mendoza.

Mendoza, one of the scariest looking guys in Booker T's PWA promotion, will be on to discuss upcoming events in Texas including Booker T's Legends of Wrestling event.

Everyone probably remembers Debra Marshall as Queen Debra, Debra McMichael, or former wife of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Debra Williams.

There will be nothing off limits as we try to find out why Debra is interested in getting back into the wrestling industry, her past time in the industry as well as outside of it.



With the impending HDnet debut, Ring of Honor's announcer Cruise will grace our phone line to discuss the promotion.

Cruise has been announcing for ROH since 2004 but has been involved in wrestling since the mid-90's. He was also the announcer in the movie The Wrestler.

A few weeks ago, HTR was supposed to have Harley Race on but circumstances came up and we had to reschedule. That makeup day is coming Wednesday.

The second King of the Ring winner has wrestled in the NWA, AWA, and WWF. He's also worked in WCW and TNA.

Be sure to check out this jam-packed show as we will be going two hours long. Tune in, tell a friend, join the chatroom, call in. Whatever you do, be sure to join the online wrestling radio revolution at 6 PM (EST) that is Hit The Ropes.



Before I go, I must thank all those who have showed their love and have helped us grow. So thanks to Ray, JLB, M, AkD, Josh Swell, Karl Z, Kumar, Jabot, Krut, Bret Hart...I mean Kevin Canny, Jen Preston (my new crush, LOL), and if I missed you, thanks as well.

I also urge you to throw any questions you might have for our guests in the comment section or on Daris, Demetrus, or my bulletin board.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Hit The Ropes Radio, Booker T Interview



Hit The Ropes Radio: Hey Book, Thanks for coming on.
Booker T: No problem man.

HTR: Now we’ve had you’re boys from the PWA on for a while and they’re pretty talented. Now I’ve seen this big freakish guy down there, he goes by the name Psycho Cyrus. Is he as good as he looks?
BT: He’s one of those guys who are a diamond in the rough but he’s still got a lot of rough around the edges, but there are few that can compare to him.

HTR: You’ve got a lot of things going on there. April 3rd you’ve got a huge charity promotion right?
BT:
Yeah, we’ve got the Booker T Fights for the Kids foundation. We’ve got our drop out program, our mentoring program and the wrestling school’s going pretty good. But we could always use a little help. We’re running shows on a monthly basis. Doing things for our charity, but there aren’t a lot of proceeds right now. But with WWE being in town it’s a good time to create a buzz and raise money for our foundation.

HTR: You’re hosting your Legends of Wrestling card, who’s all slated to appear on that card?
BT: Oh, man, I don’t know the whole card right off hand. But we’ve got Jake “the Snake” Roberts, Sting, the Nasty Boys, a list of matches that I know a whole lot of people still want to see. Go to the website www.BookerTLow.com and check out all the talent.

HTR: And the proceeds go to the Drop Out Recovery program, tell us a little about that.
BT: Well, we try to get drop outs back into school by helping them with their finances, because the kids have knowledge and the means and the support. And we try to be that support. We go into the school districts, and I’ve actually gone into the schools and told the kids my story and tell them where I’ve been and what I’ve been through.

HTR: Great. Now right before your Legends of Wrestling program you have March Mayhem. It looks like you’ll be on the card, and is it true that Mick Foley will also be on the card?
BT: Mick Foley will be there, I won’t say necessarily on the card, but he will be there. All the proceeds will go to the Fight for the Kids foundation. In fact Mick is giving the money we were going to pay him back to the foundation, and we are paying him a big fat salary, and he wants to donate it to the foundation. So it’s good having people on our side to help with the kids around the city.

HTR: Is there a way for people to donate if they can’t go to the show?
BT: Yeah, just go to the www.BookerTLow.com site and they can send a donation through there.

HTR: Now you’re one of the reasons why we started watching wrestling, going back to your Harlem Heat days, so we appreciate you for coming on.
BT: Thanks man. My career’s doing pretty good. 19, 20 years and I’ve still got fans. Creating new fans. Feeling pretty cool. Still in pretty good shape. Making the shape from WWE to TNA has helped out a whole lot as far as how I feel. Look forward to seeing Booker T for a little while longer.

HTR: Now I have to ask this question, Where’s Stevie Ray?
BT: Well he’s got a trucking company in Houston. Been out of wrestling since 2000 so. It’s just one of those businesses that… Ric Flair always said “Time off is your worst enemy” because it’s so hard to come back to because you know what it takes to get back out there and hit the road.

HTR: We talked about African Americans in the wrestling business, and you and your multiple championships, is there someone in the business right now that could potentially be a world champion?
BT: Ahh, it’s at a brink right now to be honest. There are a couple guys you know. MVP could step into the role. Because he’s a worker, he’s a true worker. Sheldon Benjamin, if he can stay on the grind. But a lot of the guys are playing characters, just looking to keep a job. Just looking to support themselves anyway possible. A lot of guys I really don’t see making that crossover.

HTR: You’ve been everywhere and won every title, what’s left for you? Who are you looking to face in the ring?
BT: To be honest there’s nothing really left as far as championships or anything like that. I’m at that stage of the game where I’m helping the younger guys. If I can do that I’ll be doing my part. Every wrestler, the code in this business, is stepping down and passing the torch. Putting the young guys in position.

HTR: One of the greatest feuds you’ve had was the best of 7 with Chris Benoit. Who’s out there that you would do a new best of 7 with?
BT: Uhh... probably, if I was a good guy, Randy Orton. A guy who can get into the ring and perform at a level that can bring me up to another level. It’s about competing with the best. When I watch the shows, the young wrestlers, he’s one of the guys that stands out. Definitely a technician, just like his dad.

HTR: Now the theme for March 28 March Madness is being dubbed the Night of the Ladies, what’s behind that theme?
BT: We’re crowing our first PWA women’s champ. We’re bringing a lot of girls to be a part of the event. It’s gonna be a great night. Looking forward to see who’s going to be the first PWA champ.

HTR: Will we se Sharmell come into action and steal the title?
BT: *laughs* No, Sharmell, just like myself, you’ll never see me as PWA champion. I’m an honorary PWA champion, that’s about as far as it goes. It’s not for me, it’s for my students. Get the young wrestlers a platform to see who rises to the top. Like my dad says, the cream always rises to the top. So we’ll see.

HTR: Now Lita’s out there. Would she make a good addition to TNA’s Knockout Division?
BT: Definitely she’d be great for the TNA roster. It would be more if that’s something she wants to do. But she would be a great addition. We had a void with the loss of Gail Kim, and she would fill that void I think.

HTR: Now you might hate me, but the fans want to know, what’s up with your accent?
BT: It’s something that I play with. Hollywood is always looking, I don’t just think about the wrestling audience. There are a lot of roles that need to be filled. So they’re looking for people that can who can do the scenes as well. Putting myself in a position to do a whole lot more. I’m always thinking about my next career.

HTR: Has anyone approached you about a role yet?
BT: I haven’t got them just yet. I’m going to finish one thing before I step into the next.

HTR: You’ve got your Legends of Wrestling coming up the same weekend of Wrestlemania. Tell us the atmosphere around Wrestlemania.
BT: It’s gonna be a great night for those guys who’ve never done it. It’s a night to remember. It’s a yearlong dash to Wrestlemania, it’s not just one night. It’s a big payoff Sunday night, then Monday it’s 365, 364, all over again. It’s one of the greatest days you can have being a wrestler. But it’s a rough week, so I’d say be careful what you wish for.

HTR: Well TNA has had their higher ratings ever. What will it take for them to stay at that level?
BT: That’s a TNA question. I don’t put myself in that position. They’re getting some great ratings now. Hopefully I have something to do with that, hopefully I’m doing my job. Hopefully they’ll keep it going and keep getting bigger and bigger. That’s my goal anyways.

HTR: What are the next steps for PWA, local TV?
BT: We definitely want to get on TV, but we want to make sure we are ready for it more than anything. I don’t want to get on TV and not be ready for it. Not the talent not the other part. Because we do a lot with our local talent, our students. We like to use our own local talent, our students, not to bring in people to do our local show. We want to keep it local. We just want to be in the right position, the right place, before we take the next step. But TV is something we want to look into. DVD we’ve got to make it a lot better. Our first DVD as an experiment, as far as commentary is concern. We are not going to leap into something because you can get burnt like that. We want to crawl before we walk.

HTR: Well, we want to thank you for taking time out to speak with us and to your fans.
BT: Definitely, no problem man.

For more info on Booker T's charities and how you can help, visit www.BookerTLOW.com

To learn about his school and upcoming shows visit www.BookerTPWA.com

Thursday, March 12, 2009

CPKustoms Cross Country Chopper Giveaway Pre-Launch Party - Former WWE Super Star Pro Wrestler, Chuck Palumbo, to ride in “The Horse Smoke Out Ten” an

CPKustoms Cross Country Chopper Giveaway Pre-Launch Party - Former WWE Super Star Pro Wrestler, Chuck Palumbo, to ride in “The Horse Smoke Out Ten” and raise money for our injured Military. “I’m going to build a bike, ride it across country and give it away. It’s that simple!”

Casey's Place - 7375 Jackson Dr, San Diego, CA -- Sat, May 2
The pre-launch party for The Long Road, a 2,000 mile bike run from Cottonwood, AZ to Rockingham, NC is set. San Diego’s CP Kustoms founder, Chuck Palumbo, heads a special fundraiser for our injured brave military men and women back home from Iraq. “It was shocking to see the condition of our soldiers who have suffered injuries in Iraq. We all hear about it but until you step foot in a military hospital room, it doesn't hit you.”

The festivities begin at 3:00pm with a Ride-In Motorcycle Show, live music, giveaways, photo opportunities with Chuck Palumbo, a bikini contest, a chance to be included in the documentary of Chuck’s Cross Country adventure, and the unveiling of the “War Machine” chopper. The proceeds from the pre-launch party, along with the money raised throughout the run will go to to help our recovering soldiers across the nation and around the world.

After visiting Walter Reed Hospital in D.C. and learning of Lt. Christopher Palumbo’s (Chuck’s younger brother), heroic efforts in which he was awarded the Silver Start, Chuck was inspired to do something special to thank our troops. From his CP Kustoms bike shop in San Diego, Chuck Palumbo is building and donating “The War Machine”, the chopper he will ride in The Long Run to the Horse Smoke Out Ten. The chopper will be displayed across country and given away to one lucky ticket holder. The raffle drawing will take place at the end of the run at the Rockingham Drag strip in Rockingham, NC on Saturday, May 16. The ticket holder need not be present to win.

You can also participate and still have a chance to win the “War Machine” by visiting www.cpkustoms.com and purchasing raffle tickets online. Donations will also be accepted and the progress of Chuck’s “War Machine” can also be viewed on the CP Kustoms website.

Remember to be at Casey’s Place on Sat, May 2 for the unveiling of Chuck’s chopper creation, the party, and great activities to take place at this launch party send-off. It’s going to be a memorable event that shouldn’t be missed!

Horse Smoke Out Rally dates and posted stops:
Fri, May 8 & Sat, May 9 – Cottonwood, AZ
Sun, May 10 – ride approx 506 miles to Santa Rosa, NM
Mon, May 11 – ride 427 miles to Oklahoma City, OK
Tues, May 12 – ride approx 243 miles to Clarksville, AR
Wed, May 13 – ride approx 440 miles to Nashville, TN
Thru, May 14 – ride approx 290 miles to Asheville, NC
Fri, May 15 – ride 200 miles to Rockingham, NC for the final 2 days of the Smoke Out Rally

For more detailed information on “The Horse Smoke Out Ten” visit www.smokeoutrally.com


Contact:
Chuck Palumbo – 619-977-4884
Email: chuck@cpkustoms.com
www.cpkustoms.com

CP Kustoms Cross Country Chopper Giveaway - Former WWE Super Star, Pro-Wrestler Chuck Palumbo, to ride in The Horse Smoke Out Ten and raise money for

CP Kustoms Cross Country Chopper Giveaway - Former WWE Super Star, Pro-Wrestler Chuck Palumbo, to ride in The Horse Smoke Out Ten and raise money for charity.

May 8 & 9 at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds, Cottonwood, AZ - Chuck Palumbo will take part in The Horse Smoke Out Ten’s Long Road, a 2,000-mile bike run from Cottonwood, AZ to Rockingham, NC as part of his fundraising efforts for our injured brave military men and women back home from Iraq. “It was shocking to see the condition of our soldiers who have suffered injuries in Iraq. We all hear about it but until you step foot in a military hospital room, it doesn't hit you.”

After visiting Walter Reed Hospital in D.C. and learning of Lt. Christopher Palumbo’s (Chuck’s younger brother) heroic efforts in Iraq, in which he was awarded the Silver Star, Chuck was inspired to do something special to thank our troops. From his CP Kustoms bike shop in San Diego, Chuck Palumbo decided to build and donate “The War Machine.” “I’m going to build a bike, ride it across country and give it away. It’s that simple!”

The chopper will be displayed at the run’s two-day launch party in Cottonwood, AZ on Friday, May 8 beginning at 4pm, and continues on Saturday, May 9 at 10am. Following the launch party Chuck will ride across country on “The War Machine” to The Horse Smoke Out Ten in Rockingham, NC. Tickets for a chance to win this handcrafted CP Kustoms original can be purchased at the launch party events and also at the posted Long Run stops across the country. One lucky ticket holder will win “The War Machine” when the raffle drawing is held at the end of the run at the Rockingham Drag strip in Rockingham, NC on Saturday, May 16. The ticket holder need not be present to win.

Anyone unable to attend the festivities of the Long Road Run or the Horse Smoke Out Ten still has a chance to win the “War Machine.” Just visit www.cpkustoms.com to purchase raffle tickets online. Monitor the progress of Chuck’s War Machine by visiting the CP Kustoms website. Donations will also be accepted online.

The purpose of this run is not only for riders to join in on the run or participate at the cross country parties, but to create awareness of the hardships of some of our biggest heroes who have returned from Iraq and to help raise much needed money for their recovery. Remember to be there on Fri, May 8 for the unveiling of Chuck’s chopper creation, the party, and great activities to follow in this two-day launch party send-off. It’s going to be a memorable event that should not be missed!

Horse Smoke Out Rally dates and posted stops:
Fri, May 8 & Sat, May 9 – Cottonwood, AZ (Two-day Launch Party)
Sun, May 10 – ride approx 506 miles to Santa Rosa, NM
Mon, May 11 – ride 427 miles to Oklahoma City, OK
Tues, May 12 – ride approx 243 miles to Clarksville, AR
Wed, May 13 – ride approx 440 miles to Nashville, TN
Thru, May 14 – ride approx 290 miles to Asheville, NC
Fri, May 15 – ride 200 miles to Rockingham, NC for the final 2 days of the Smoke Out Rally

For more detailed information on “The Horse Smoke Out Ten” visit www.smokeoutrally.com

Contact:
Chuck Palumbo – 619-977-4884
Email: chuck@cpkustoms.com
www.cpkustoms.com

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

TNA's Booker T and Former WWE star Daniel Puder on Hit The Rope Radio

Yo, Please tune into Hit the Ropes Radio tonight at 6pm Eastern. We've got our biggest show ever!

This week's special guests: Booker T and former WWE Tough Enough Winner Daniel Puder.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/HitTheRopesRadioShow


Wanna talk to Booker T? Call in with you question (646) 929-2442

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