Q & A
January 18, 2007
Q: How do wrestlers protect their teeth while in the ring? In many matches you will see a guy cop a really stiff drop kick or forearm right in the mouth and I just find it amazing that with the exception of a few (like Benoit and Foley) they all still have pretty decent teeth.
Q: Have you heard the news that 1PW in the U.K. folded? What are your thoughts?
Q: Someone asked a question in your last Q&A about giving wrestlers an off season, which you said wouldn't happen because fans might tune out. So what do you think of the idea of wrestlers getting leave like a regular job, where they all have 2-4 weeks off. They could stagger the times when they have holidays, which should be quite easy as they can run injury angles, and have surprise returns which I personally love. I think this would be good for wrestler's well being.
Q: How do you think you as an individual and the industry at large would react to an hour-long drama about the late territories/early WWF era of the business? My roommate and I are big fans of Deadwood and we think the format of historical drama would work well with that era of wrestling. But we also know that most people in the business are protective of the business.
Q: If you had creative control over WWE for the next few months how would you book WrestleMania?
Q: How did you react when you first showed up in WCW and Ernest Miller called you a Power Ranger? Also, the crowd chants "Power Ranger" to MVP as well and if WWE came up with an idea for you and MVP to do a Power Rangers gimmick together, would you be open to the idea?
Q: Although you seem to have a very down-to-earth POV on your own stardom, have you ever been traveling with or noticed a fellow wrestler letting their fame go to their head in dealing with others outside the business? (no names needed)
Q: Since Rey Mysterio won the WWE Championship, do you feel any other "small guys" have a chance to win the big won. I know if you judge small by size the answer is no. But, someone like Jeff Hardy is somewhat considered a "small guy". Do you feel he has a chance?
Q: This isn't a wrestling question, but I just wanted to know if it was true that Canada has had trouble adjusting to having two languages? I ask this because I always hear some people say that having one language will unify and bring people together which I think if a bunch of bull crap.
Q: Could you give your thoughts and experiences with Joe Hamilton “The Assassin” and Deep South Wrestling?
Q: If you had the power to make some immediate changes in TNA (for the better obviously), what would they be?
Q: During SMW's hayday. there was a preliminary wrestler by the name of Brian Logan. I was wondering what your thoughts were on him as a worker and if you have heard anything about his whereabouts since he left OVW.
Q: What wrestler do you think has been able to endure and continue to get over with the fans despite horrible storylines? Kane is still over and taken seriously by the fans despite Katie Vick, the unmasking, jobbing to Shane, etc.
Q: Speaking of bad storylines, during the 'Boring' angle did any agents or the boys let you know they thought you were way above such a lame angle?
Q: How much of travel does WWE take care of, things such as plane tickets, cars, hotels. Any different WWE compared to WCW in what they cover?
Q: I always hear how you have to "love the sport" to be a wrestler is that true? There are a lot of people doing regular jobs that do not love it, but still do them well.
Q: Do you know the great author Lee Child at all?
Q: Is being the first match out as bad as some people say, how "curtain jerkers" are mocked? It seems like an important match to me, if that first match is bad, it can turn a crowd true?
Q: How far do you think Johnny Nitro can go in WWE?
Q: Do you think that Jim Ross gets enough credit for all the talented workers he signed while running talent for WWE?
Q: Did the Brawler really not know that you were in ECW while filming the ECW DVD or was it some elaborate rib?
Q: Is the bump with taking a whip into the turnbuckle chest first (a la Benoit or Hart)as risky as it seems?
Q: Did you think Christian and Angle going to TNA would pop ratings more than it did?
Q: When you wrestling a female in a match or doing something physical with them were you ever worried about hurting one and did you ever hurt one?
Q: Looking over the history of WrestleMania, I noticed that the Intercontinental Title has not been defended at the event since Wrestlemania 18. With people commenting lately that the titles are losing some of their meaning with constant title changes, do you think not having the IC Title defended at the biggest show of the year for this long has hurt its importance?
Q: One of things I'm always impressed with by WWE tag (or 6 man, or 8 man) matches are the endings. Everyone is flying around the ring yet when it's over it all seemed to make sense as a finish (it doesn't just come out of nowhere). My question is: during one of these crazy endings how do all the wrestlers remember what they are supposed to be doing and more importantly how does all this action get so well timed that it all fits together perfectly.
Q: This is in response to a question in your latest Q & A about who should be the one to defeat the Undertaker at WrestleMania. The asker of that question seemed to take it as a given that it would happen, under the "passing the torch" principle. However, I'm of the opinion the streak should never be broken. It's one of those things that should be left well alone, it's the Undertaker's big claim to fame. Also, the whole torch-passing thing seems to have gone the way of kayfabe (Trish Stratus at Unforgiven, Hulk Hogan ever since 2002, etc), especially in favour of "sentimental moments", so to speak. Undertaker retaining his streak in his last WrestleMania certainly qualifies, and I believe he's a big enough name in the business to deserve that (as was Trish, to deserve the win at Unforgiven).
Q: I was wondering your opinions of "war of the words" in wrestling. For example, when Ric Flair and Bret Hart got into all that insulting the other through public mediums?
Q: Do you know the Great Gama, and if yes, have you worked with him?
Q: I have been a loyal wrestling fan for 23 years. Over the years wrestling has had its ups and downs and I have continued to support its product. Lately I have been very frustrated. ECW is awful. I think they need to disband this and cut their losses. Raw is more talk than wrestling. Smackdown has good matches but horrible storylines. My question is do you think the WWE should go back to having one brand so they would be able to utilize superstars from all brands and create better storylines for the fans. Also, this would help them when superstars get injured. The shuffling of wrestlers from brand to brand now is confusing and sometimes goes unanswered.
Q: How well do house shows show up in your memory banks? I know they all must blend together…but do certain aspects of certain shows stand out as awesome, or, hell, just unusual? I’m thinking of a house show in Edmonton…my cronies and I chanted all night for a backrake (Edge finally obliged us by raking the hell out of Eddy), but during your match, you actually stopped during our chant, pointed us out and said “You guys are MARKS”. Something like that stand out for you as well as us, or is it just same-old same-old?
Q: Of all the people you've been around, who do you consider to be the most legitimately tough guys?
Q: Did you ever get a chance to work with Bad News Brown/Allen? If so, what are your thoughts on him as a wrestler/ person?
Q: did you ever get to hang out with Curt Hennig whilst in WWE/WCW?
Q: in the ECW DVD, why would they not mention former champions Justin Credible or Steve Corino?
Q: Have you spoke to Justin Credible at all about why he no-showed your tag team reunion in England?
Q: Were you there when Kronik wrestled the undertaker and Kane? Was the match really that bad, from what you can remember?
Q: While watching NYR (no I'm not insane, it was free here in the uk!) I couldn't help but think, whats the point in a cage match which allows pinfalls & submissions? And for that matter, doesn't being allowed to escape via the door completely destroy the psychology of a cage match? It doesn't make much sense that a guy would climb the cage when he could just walk out the door. Do these variables make the psychology of a cage match harder or just eliminate it completely?
Q: What was it like working with Hulk Hogan?
Q: I'm a HUGE ECW fan from the glory days. I can remember being at the hotel lobbies after shows and would see other wrestlers coming in to start their night. One impressive thing to me is that you and Justin Credible (several times I saw this) would go straight to your room and not deal with the wild party scene and seemed about nothing but business. While I respected the other wrestlers who chose to hit up the bars, etc, it meant a lot to my crew when we saw you two stay away from that. What's your opinion on this matter?
Q: I love the women who take the chance to work in wrestling. However, I feel bad for them being turned into one-dimensional "Divas" or "Knockouts" when they actually have wrestling talent. With Nattie Niedhart being signed to a development deal, it just bums me out that the WWE will more than likely do that to her. I know you've mentioned in past commentaries how women are underutilized or misused. What would you do to effect some change to this perception of women wrestlers? (Boy do I miss Trish Stratus)
Q: I know that you worked for Genichiro Tenryu's WAR promotion during your time in Japan and having become a big fan of Tenryu was wondering if you could tell us about how he was in particular. I've read in other Q&A and biography sections that he was a very good employer but was wondering if there was any stories in particular you would share about having met him or spending time with him.
Q: Do you mind if a fan calls you by your legal name or do you prefer Lance Storm.
Q: What are your thoughts on dropped or unexplained storylines?
Q: I’ve noticed that Ric Flair always takes his back body drops and tries to land on his side/hip (or at an angle). Is that just his style or is that to protect himself.
Q: Probably the dumbest question you’ll probably receive but I just have to know, what was your first photo shoot like or photo shoots like in general. For paid and trained models I can understand that it’s all part of the job but for wrestlers I have to imagine it being a completely different feeling.
Q: What are your thoughts on dropped or unexplained storylines?
Q: Without naming names, what were some of the worst things you experienced or saw in the business in the locker room.
Q: From what I’ve read in your previous Q&A you seem to be a guy that will go out there and do what’s requested of you for the most part but I was wondering, have you ever been asked to do anything that you flat out refused to do.
Q: What happened to the heel commentator? TNA doesn’t have one at all which I feel greatly takes away from their matches. It seems that J.R. and The King have become buddies and that has put the king in the flip flop position, Tazz seems to only seem to take cheap shots at Joey. J.B.L. is the closest thing we have to a heel announcer.
Q: Why the hell is Don West so excited all of the time?
Q: Why are house show title changes so rare? The biggest one I can remember was Kevin Nash beat Bob Backland for the WWF title after survivor series.
Q: Have you ever botched the rolling crab?
Q: When the WWE had an abundance of Canadians (you edge, Christian, chris benoit, Jericho etc.) why did J.R. get you guys mixed up all of the time? Does he hate Canada? Even after Christian got his hair cut J.R. got it wrong sometimes.
Q: There was one part that you didn't touch upon on Eric Bischoff's rant about you and I was wondering what are you thoughts on it when he said this. "But more importantly I hope that Lance can learn how to discern those who have “it” from those who never will. To take hard earned money and fuel the dreams of aspiring young men and women who have no real chance at making a decent living in an EXTREMELY competitive business is dishonest. And it leads to bitterness."
Q: Do you think Chris Benoit would make a good ECW Champion given his history with ECW?
Keep the questions coming,