IN THE ROOM this week welcomes former WCW star – and one-half of Harlem Heat with his brother Booker T – Stevie Ray to the program. What are Stevie’s thoughts on the business and why he has no loyalty to it; if he was content with never having a WWE and/or World title run; being a role model for black children; and getting to meet celebrities such as Muhammad Ali, Matt Damon, and Frankie Valli during his time with WCW. Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW wrestler The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, and Derrick McDonald talk about WWE’s upcoming draft lottery, Roman Reigns’ suspension, and Austin Aries’ ultimate chance of succeeding in WWE. Plus, open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support!
Interviews with former WCW stars.
Former WCW and WWE star – and NXT trainer – Bill DeMott steps IN THE ROOM this week to talk about his 28-year career in wrestling. Check it out as DeMott offers his thoughts on everything from the allegations of bullying lodged against him last year to where WWE and NXT could be headed in the near future. Plus, DeMott comments on his “Laughing Man” persona, compares WCW to WWE, talks about what might have been had WCW won the “Monday Night Wars,” and speaks on WWE’s presentation of AJ Styles thus far. Definitely a fun listen! In addition, PWI’s Brady Hicks, The Stro (WCW’s Maestro), Kathie Fitzpatrick, and Derrick McDonald run down Raw from Brooklyn, talk WrestleMania this Sunday, and explore more regarding Stan Hansen in the WWE Hall of Fame. This is in addition to open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.
Things “Going Sour” Between He and WWE:
The running line around that company – and I guess a lot of companies – is that “Perception is Reality.” Everybody has this perception that it was a sour thing. I didn’t leave on bad terms with the company. I didn’t leave with any negativity … I’m not the most well-liked person on the Internet. 95% of it is by people who have no idea about me and just go by what they read or what they heard from somebody else, but there’s no sour grapes and there’s no negativity … If I could sum up the whole thing, I took the high road … I was very honored to start something with Triple-H [that’s] become the brand that is NXT. There’s no negativity. There’s [just] a couple individuals that are off my Christmas card list.
NXT and the Job that They’ve Done:
I’m not a miserable person, contrary to popular opinion. I loved my job and I’m one of the best at it. I look at them every week and there’s nothing but pride. It felt good and I’m happy for them. The running joke is to be careful what you ask for, because you’re going to get it. Now they’re running … The fear is that it becomes the next brand and the next part of WWE. I think the thing that makes NXT different is that it’s still a different approach to the business … I never had a doubt it would grow.
On the Perception that NXT is “Off Vince McMahon’s Radar”:
That’s an ever-growing conversation [regarding] how do we keep it from becoming Raw or Smackdown or ECW before they went away … I think it’s a fair assessment because people tend to look at it like because NXT is not under Vince, it can be different. Like it or not, it’s all under Vince. And the fact that he gave the reigns to Hunter and he’s running with it … that’s an ever-happening conversation. But I don’t think it has anything to do with whether it’s under Vince or not. I think that’s just peoples’ perception, [that] as long as Vince doesn’t put his hands on it, it will stay great.
On WWE Opening Up to Adding More Independent Wrestlers:
At the end of the day, Vince’s formula works. It’s a successful business. From my experience of being in those rooms is that, while everyone is well aware of who’s out there – look how long it took for AJ Styles – … [but] you just wait to when it fits … For me, the downside … is that they’ve been [punching] their “bump card” for the past 10 years, and now that they get to WWE or wherever they’re going, that the longevity is not going to be there. But I like to see the diversity … Batista is a big [guy], but we don’t have 14 Batistas standing by. But there’s 35 cats of every shape and size – and divas – that can do everything under the sun. I’m excited to see how that changes the product … While people get all pissed off on the Internet, look at how satisfied they are when it finally happens.
We are proud to welcome wrestling legend Jake “The Snake” Roberts on IN THE ROOM this week. What are Jake’s thoughts on working with snakes – and in particular cobras; never winning WWE championship gold; wrestling everyone from Hulk Hogan to Andre the Giant to Randy Savage; his turnaround with help from DDP; and – of course – the critically acclaimed Resurrection of Jake “The Snake” Roberts documentary? Tune in to find out! Plus, Pro Wrestling Illustrated Contributing Writer Brady Hicks, The Stro (WCW’s Maestro), Kathie Fitzpatrick, and Derrick McDonald talk first-hand accounts from Raw, WWE’s WrestleMania buildup, Stan Hansen, Terry Funk, and TNA’s current state of affairs. Everybody go check out The Stro defending his UPWA Heavyweight title against Eric Young this Saturday! Plus open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support!
On His Life’s Turnaround:
I’ve got the world by the tail. And life is so good for me. Even beyond the WWE years … I’ve got the movie going on, the movie is going strong. It’s helped some people, the comedy thing I’m doing, which is me sitting down, having a blast telling old road stories. Everybody loves it. That’s awesome, too because the fans mean so much to me now that I’m sober and cleaned up.
Working with Snakes:
I was terrified of [snakes], man. It just goes to show me how far I’ll go if you pay me enough.
On His Surprising Admiration for “Rugged” Ronnie Garvin:
I will always hold Ronnie Garvin in the highest [regard], strictly because he was the only guy I ever knew who, before he made his comeback, his nipples had to get hard. I respected that. That’s true, by the way. I’d be beatin’ the hell out of him and I’d look down at the mat and he’d be laying there in a pool of blood or whatever and all of the sudden I’d see his nipples start to tweak up. I’m like, ‘Oh my God, here he comes!’ and he’d get up and just whale the s**t out of me.
On the Late Andre the Giant
[Andre] woke me up to some exciting things. He held me down once and farted on me for about 30 seconds, which was incredible, I might add.
IN THE ROOM this week proudly welcomes 11X “World” Champion, Global Force Wrestling founder, and former WWE / WCW / TNA / AAA star Jeff Jarrett. What are “Double-J”‘s thoughts on the Global Force revolution, GFW being compared to TNA, and having one last run on Impact? Plus, Jeff considers the possibility of WWE inducting him into the company’s Hall of Fame, looks back on his time in Memphis and working with his father, reflects on balancing his private/home and public life, and Brady being a “flustered mess.” Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, The Stro (WCW’s Maestro), Kathie Fitzpatrick, and Derrick McDonald talk about WWE Roadblock taking away from WrestleMania, the Big Bossman being inducted into the Hall, and other recent developments. Plus, open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more. Thanks, as always, for the support!
Thanks to Mike Bessler of Breaking Wrestling News for the following coverage:
Comparing Global Force Wrestling to TNA:
Wrestling fans love to compare everything that they can get their hands on. That’s okay. I love it. You can compare title runs, you can compare feuds, you can compare promos … everybody has in their minds a comparison or a pecking order or what have you. I know that certain times in TNA’s history, I’d love to be compared to that company. Other times, not so much. But wrestling fans will pick and choose how they want to compare. It doesn’t bother me … because when you come a Global Force show, you immediately know this is not TNA.
On a Possible WWE Hall of Fame Induction:
That is up to one man. You can’t predict a man’s mind. I’ll leave that up to the wrestling fans to discuss and debate and everything that goes with it.
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IN THE ROOM this week is proud to welcome former WCW star Glacier for the second time, as he prepares for Wrestlecade Thanksgiving weekend in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. What are Glacier’s thoughts on his gimmick being remembered, being considered “legit,” going from fan to friend and business partner with the late Dusty Rhodes, and having one of the best wrestling entrances of all time. Plus, Brady Hicks, The Stro, and Kathie Fitz talk Seth Rollins’ injury, the WWE title tournament and its (lack of) star power, and Kurt Angle returning to WWE. Plus, open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.
Quotes transcribed by Mike Bessler of The Inquisitr:
On Getting Lou Thesz’ Blessing:
He finally said to me – I’ll never forget exactly how he said it to me. He said, ‘Ray, professional wrestling is probably never going to get back to the way you and I want it to be … This is the evolution of the business. It’s okay. Go make your money.’
On Competition in WCW:
No one was doing me any favors. [Diamond Dallas] Page went to bat for me and yeah, that was great. But we had to prove ourselves every single night. Unless you were Hogan or Savage or somebody like that, everybody’s job was on the chopping block. It didn’t matter how good you were, there were a thousand guys waiting to take your spot.
On His Relationship with Dusty Rhodes:
During the Turnbuckle era, I actually got married and I asked Dusty to be the groomsman at my wedding, and he said yes, thank God. And at my rehearsal dinner, I got really choked up saying [this] because it was so hard—it was just so surreal having him there. I just told him in front of everybody, it’s so rare when anyone gets to meet their childhood hero, much less get to the relationship that I had with Dusty … Thank God I got to know him on that personal level … He impacted so many people and I feel so unbelievably lucky to be one of the people that he impacted along the way.
IN THE ROOM this week features a special sitdown interview with former WCW, WWE, and Japan star “The Patriot” Del Wilkes. What are Del’s thoughts on his WWE run being cut short due to injuries, deceiving Vince McMahon as to the extent of his injuries, wrestling for WCW alongside Buff Bagwell, and competing in Japan? Tune in to find out. Plus, The Patriot discusses his thoughts on never being a bad guy, competing in Japan, and seeing imposter Patriots compete with his gimmick. In addition, Brady Hicks, The Stro, Kathie Fitz, and Derrick McDonald talk WWE Hell in a Cell and New Day, and run down the events of this past weekend culminating in last Sunday’s South Jersey Wrestle-Fest in Woodbury Heights, New Jersey. All that plus so … much … more. Thanks, as always, for the support!
Former ECW, WWE, TNA, WCW, and ROH star Jerry Lynn steps IN THE ROOM this week for a special one-hour interview. Check out Jerry’s thoughts on his recent surgery and health situation, his time spent in ECW with Rob Van Dam, never quite catching on in WWE, and being a mentor to the young stars of today. Plus, Brady Hicks, The Stro, Kathie Fitz, Derrick McDonald, and Jordan Garber talk WWE Night of Champions, Seth Rollins’ girlfriend Zahra Schreiber, horses diving into water in Atlantic City, and black movies and hip hop music. Plus open phone lines for two full hours, and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support!
SEPTEMBER 9, 2015
FORMER WWE & ECW STAR JERRY LYNN TALKS HEATH ISSUES, WORKING WITH ROB VAN DAM, AND HIS FRUSTRATING TIME IN WWE
Jerry Lynn was the featured guest on this week’s In The Room podcast. During an extensive, hour long interview, the 52 year-old wrestler discussed his work as a performer in the original ECW. WWE, WCW and independent work were also discussed by the now-retired wrestler as well as his celebrated in-ring rivalry with Rob Van Dam and Lynn’s recent health issues and surgery. As reported by E Wrestling News and other sources, Lynn underwent neck surgery in early August. The procedure was complicated due to a number of bone spurs in the wrestler’s neck. An online crowd funding campaign to help Jerry with his medical expenses raised almost $18,000.
Brady Hicks, a contributing writer for Pro Wrestling Illustrated and host of In the Room asked Lynn about his recent neck surgery and Lynn indicated he is recovering well but noted he will need back surgery after he is fully healed from the aforementioned procedure. Jerry expressed appreciation for all of those who contributed towards his medical expenses, noting that he has always paid for his family’s health concerns prior to his latest surgery.
Co-host Jordan Garber asked Jerry how he became interested in becoming a pro wrestler and Lynn shared his early impressions of the industry.
“It never really was my dream to become a wrestler,” Lynn explained. “I grew up — ever since I was six — watching wrestling. I was always a fan of it. But years ago back then — when I first started watching it was 1969 — the majority of the wrestlers were monsters. Especially in the ’80s. Everyone was well over six feet tall and 250 plus, you know? So I never even gave it a second thought of even trying it and then I met a wrestler one day and went to go watch him on an indy show and after seeing some of the matches, I thought, ‘My brother and I beat each other up better than this in the front yard.’ So I talked to [the wrestler] about it…and he said, ‘Well, why don’t you try it?’ I said, ‘I’m too small.’ And he introduced me to a promoter. That’s how I found out how you break into the business.”
Lynn went on to explain that he didn’t feel like he was ready for the business at first but he eventually became comfortable and confident enough to move ahead. Jerry did note that he was not always warmly welcomed by bigger guys in the gym when he first started in the business. Later in the interview, Lynn recalled that one of his first jobs as a grappler was losing in “squash matches” in the now defunct American Wrestling Association.
Discussing his work with Rob Van Dam in the original ECW, Lynn explained that his initial outing against the high flyer made an impression on a lot of people, from the fans at that show all the way up to ECW owner Paul Heyman.
“I think after the first time [Heyman] saw Rob and I wrestle each other, he knew there was something there, so he just kept putting us together,” said Lynn. “As far as the ‘New F’n Show’ thing, that was all the fans. At the Living Dangerously pay-per-view in Asbury Park there was a whole series of spots…All of the sudden one corner of the building started chanting ‘New F’n Show!’ and it just took off on its own from there. That was kind of cool because the fans gave me the name.”
Jerry Lynn and RVD went on to clash many more times in ECW. WWE hosted a bout between the two in 2001 for the company’s Hardcore Championship and the men met in a Full Metal Mayhem match for TNA wrestling in 2011.
Comparing work environments, Jerry Lynn said he most enjoyed the fans and atmosphere of ECW. WWE, however, was another story. Lynn expressed some frustration in the lack of direction he was subject to during his stint in WWE. Brady Hicks asked if Jerry was bothered by the fact that he never had a noteworthy run in WWE and the wrestler responded with candor.
“Yeah, it bothered me…When I was there, nothing they did with me made any sense,” Lynn recalled. They had me come in and then right away, they go: ‘Okay, you’re a heel now.’ And I’m thinking, the majority of my career, I’ve been a babyface; Why are you going to all of the sudden say, ‘Here’s Jerry and he’s a bad guy now?’…So it was already an uphill battle. And I didn’t say anything because I was just doing what I was told. And then my first TV, they had me win the belt off of Crash Holly, which didn’t make any sense to me…I cheated, I pulled the tights to win and the crowd still popped…After that they just had me doing time-killer matches…And after that, they just had me doing dark matches for try outs. And I’m going, “Wow, this isn’t going the way I had hoped’.”
Lynn said he was released from WWE while he was recovering from knee surgery. He noted that doctors had told him he needed six months to recover but WWE wanted him to wrestle after only three months. After telling WWE staff that he needed the full time to recover, Lynn received his release papers just two weeks later.
Closing out the interview, Jerry Lynn encouraged the new generation of wrestlers to “get up and go get it” when it comes to making it in the business. Having logged full-time stints in WWE, ECW, and WCW, Lynn also praised the work of independent grapplers who work as “weekend warriors.” Lynn noted that those men and women, just like the stars at the top of the business, are living their dreams in today’s wrestling scene.
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Former WCW and WWE star Bobby Starr appeared on the IN THE ROOM podcast this past Tuesday, July 21, 2015, with Brady Hicks, former WCW wrestler The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, Derrick McDonald, and Jordan Garber. This show can be downloaded at both vocnation.com and thebrad
Plus, the gang talks about The Undertaker’s return, WWE Battleground, and Tough Enough, and take calls for two full hours. All that plus so … much … more. Thanks, as always, for the support!
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Some of [WCW’s] ideas didn’t really make a whole lot of sense. Eric’s big thing was the element of surprise. For instance, we had James Brown appear on on of the pay-per-views … He didn’t advertise it. He didn’t tell anybody. So why would anybody tune in? … If you’re going to have one of the biggest superstars in the world like James Brown on your show, wouldn’t you tell somebody? … It just didn’t make any sense to me, and it still doesn’t … The object of the whole thing was to gain viewership, and to make your ratings go up. By announcing a James Brown or whoever you’re going to have on your show, it sure couldn’t have hurt.
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