Q & A
February 14, 2007
Q: I was in Providence the night you and Regal beat the Dudleys for the tag titles after losing them the night before at the Royal Rumble (2003). I know that you are no mark, but did you feel cheapened by being asked to win the titles in a 30-second match? Or happy that you were given the titles back? Did Regal have any feelings either way?
Q: Did you ever experience a time in your wrestling career where you were burnt out on the business and just wanted to quit?
Q: What made you choose wrestling over anything else? Did you ever consider a career in volleyball, or maybe trying to go to the Olympics through volleyball? I'm not sure if there is a professional career in volleyball, other than beach volleyball, but you're in Canada and assume that's not too popular up there. It's barely popular down here, and you need beaches and warm weather, but wrestling seemed pretty risky financially especially considering the time period when wrestling was probably at one of it's
lowest points. I'm not too sure of the collegiate volleyball but beach volleyball at least had seasons and tournaments and sponsorships and such.
Q: How do you feel about wrestlers "calling out" their signature moves? What I mean by this for example is in WCW when Goldberg did his spear he would just spear someone out of nowhere of 10 years ago HBK would most likely hit the sweet chin music out of nowhere. Now when Goldberg was in WWE or anyone that has a spear-like signature move (Lashley, Rhino, Cor Von *i hate that name*) they pretty much squat at the corner and wait for their opponent to get up before doing the spear and HBK stomps or "warms up the band" before doing the kick. Matt and Jeff Hardy yell and do a taunt before doing the twist of fate. Stuff like that. Over time I've grown accustomed to tuning out of most of the match and waiting for that cue to see a signature move. I hate it personally. It just never gives a good flow to a match and most of the time there's just too much of an awkward pause and takes me out of the match.
Q: do you think that Vince should bring back de ECW TV title and put it on a young guy like CM Punk or Kevin Thorn? I think it can give credibility to one of them without pushing him to fast to the top.
Q: What is the strangest thing you've ever had to sign?
Q: I was one of the few lucky people to be at the BSE show you did with Christian and I just wanted to thank you for the excellent match you two had! But I was wondering, A performer like your self could have worked for any Indy Promotion what made u decide on BSE? And did working with Christian help your decision?
Q: On recent episodes of ECW we've seen rising star CM Punk and hugely-over star RVD job cleanly to Hardcore Holly. I repeat: to Hardcore Holly... Does this seem like curious booking to you, too?
Q: You said your an Eminem fan (I'm surprised), what is your favourite of his songs? I personally like his stuff where he showcases his talents as a lyricist like "Rabbit Run" "Lose Yourself" "No Apoligies" "The Way I Am" "Soldier" the list goes on and on. No Apoligies is a new track, so if you have yet to hear it, I'd bet money that you would like this one if you are into his lyrics.
Q: Jerry Lynn is quite old for a wrestler, it seems rare that wrestlers of that age can still "go" the way they do, especially with Lynn's style. Others like Booker T, The Undertaker, 2 Cold Scorpio, and possibly yourself one day (sorry), don't seem "old" in the ring. Is there a secret to it like Pilates or Yoga or What?
Q: What is your take on how wrestling has evolved? The Dragon Gate 6-man match that was given 5 stars from ROH was said to be a cut above other types of in-ring action. When I watched it I thought the match was chaotic with very little selling, it wasn't to my liking. I honestly found your match with Bryan Danielson far more entertaining from the moment you avoided his first drop kick (showing that you "did your homework") until you tapped.
Q: Once you became established, I'm sure this was no longer an issue, but early on, did your clean lifestyle on the road draw heat from fellow wrestlers? I ask this because I'm sure that some wrestlers would view this as a sign of arrogance, or being "too good" to hang with them. Did you ever witness other wrestlers get lured into the fast lifestyle due to peer pressure?
Q: Just how unreliable is internet news? I know a lot of it is here say, but how bad is it?
Q: What is your opinion on the wresting observer newsletter?
Q: CM Punk recently lost matches against Bob Holly and Matt Striker despite being heavily pushed beforehand. I've heard he has locker room heat despite the fact he has done nothing inherently disrespectful, but because he has a sarcastic attitude. You've mentioned wrestlers getting heat for offending the locker room (whether or not those offenses are real or mostly imagined.) Do you think this might be the case of misperception? And if it is, do you think being misconstrued by the locker room is, for the most part, easily avoidable?
Q: I was wondering, do you think that if you train someone and four years later they get a WWE contract that you can take any credit for it? Or is being able to say that you trained a WWE superstar enough?
Q: Do you think that Ashley Massaro will ever win the Womens Championship, she seems to try very hard and wants to learn all she can?
Q: There has been plenty of talks recently that Kurt Angle is being a little stiff in his matches in TNA, and many wrestlers have complained about that.. Now u have worked with Kurt before, have u ever felt that he was a bit stiff in the ring, or was he easy to work with?
Q: I have noticed that the WWE nearly always produces good Triple threat matches.. Now are triple threat matches easier to work than singles matches, or the WWE just books them smartly?
Q: I'm not sure about this one, but it seemed that u don't order PPV's.. But will u be ordering wrestlemania for example?
Q: What's ur favourite gimmick match?
Q: Speaking of gimmick matches, i always noticed that people often complain about a ladder match being just "a meaningless spotfest".. No matter how amaizing the match is.. U always talk about the importance of match psychology.. Do u think it's hard to add psychology to a ladder match?
Q: I donít really know why there was so much friction on Buff Bagwell, or how he got the spot to fight Booker T on RAWÖbut in a world where anything really seems to be possible, would you think it a probability that Booker was told to throw the match in exchange for a guaranteed spot on the roster? I find it hard to believe that he could put on such a bad match, even with someone as limited as Buff.
Q: I know you are familiar with SMW wrestler TimHorner. What is your opinion on Tim as a worker? Backstage? Charisma?
Q: Are you familiar as to why Tim Horner was recently let go by WWE as an agent? If so, what is the reasoning?
Q: Who do you think are the greatest African American wrestlers of all time?
Q: Youíve said you would never go back to being in-ring full time. You seem to have some great ideas on the direction of the business. Would you ever consider booking?
Q: I just read at tnawrestlingnews.com that tna is close to landing a regular 2 hour spot on spike, will this get you watching again even with Russo involved?
Q: what do you think of the ring of honor wrestler Nigel Mcguinness?????
Q: I'd like to know of any superstars you wished you'd had the honour of facing, that you missed out on. Care to share top ones? I think you would have had some brilliant PPV matches with Shawn Michaels, if you didnt face him during your last stint on Raw.
Q: I was wondering what your opinion of Ring of Honor and some of the talent there is. are there any wrestlers in particular that stand out in your mind? Providing they don't fall into the same booking hole as TNA, do you think they would make a good television program?
Q: Obviously there were a few signs the Kurt Angle was a bit "out there" toward the end of WWE run, but what do you think of his most recent rants about all him having the best matches ever, how Dixie Carter runs a better business than Vince Etc. You think he actually believes this, is trying to work everyone, or is trying to rival the ultimate warrior for odd ball quotes?
Q: Can words express how happy you are for not signing with the new WWE/ECW when the re-launched
Q: Can over the top gimmicks get over anymore? WWE seems to try every now and again with guy like Mordecai, the vampire etc, or are those days gone?
Q: The gimmick question got me thinking, seems like aside from undertaker most guys with over the top gimmicks are not very good in ring. Are the gimmicks used to cover up poor workers, or does it just seem that way?
Q: What were your impressions of the Vampire in ECW, when he was in OVW?
Q: Say you get in a fight backstage, show up late, what ever the offense maybe, who handles the discipline for that from the office?
A: Vince was very accessible; if you needed to talk with him he would always find the time some how.
Q: How/why do guys who make it very obvious that they are very green or just can not work at all, make it to being on TV. Pretty obvious without naming people each show has a few that there is no way they should be on TV, yet they are, why does that happen?
Q: I was wondering your thoughts on Jim Ross from a professional & personal perspective that is if you don't mind me asking. Also he says great things about you in his blogs. (another favorite stop of mine) here is an excerpt from one of his latest that mentions you. ďI have often talked of Lance Storm here. I will say this, if I had a son who wanted to be a wrestler, I would love for Lance to train him. Lance Storm is a class act who is an intelligent, well read gentleman who is a credit to the wrestling business. Or any business for that matter.Ē
Q: On the topic of managers, do you think Brock Lesnar would have reached the top-tier of WWE so quickly without having the mic skills of Paul Heyman beside him?
Q: Is the WWE Hall of Fame something that most wrestlers take seriously, or is it just seen as another part of the show?
Q: In the picture of you and Jericho flexing with a river in the background, in your bio, you looking freaking huge muscle wise. What did you weigh then?
Q: I just ate at Cracker Barrell this past weekend and realized I had never saw anyone ask you this...but do you eat the bread that comes with meals? If so are you a biscuit kind of guy or do you go cornbread guy from there?
Q: If I asked you to list 3 DVD's you own to sort of understand the type of person you are, which 3 Non-Wrestling DVD's would you list?
Q: Just got a email saying Eric B broke his arm..did you have something to do with that lol?
Q: So how many weeks are we from every match in TNA ending with 55 gallons of fake blood landing on every wrestler during the match since we've already got the Russo Run Ins started....
Q: Is there a email address we can write to the writes of Corner Gas, to get you to be a special guest for a episode?
Q: Lets say TNA gets it together. Do you think it would be better for them to have a show on Monday nights? Like you've said before we are get in the habit of doing stuff. Wrestling is Monday Night. It's that easy for me. If they would come on the hour before Raw, or the hour of the first Raw I'd flip back and forth, and I'm sure others would to. I mean it couldnít get them much lower rating than they got now could it?
Q: Anything you miss from the road other than seeing your friends?
Q: I just read your commentary "why I rant" and I noticed you said don't watch WWE and TNA purely as a fan. I was curious, though; as a professional wrestler, are you able to watch a match that isn't considered a "good" wrestling match and just sit back enjoy it? Or do you find it difficult to block out mistakes or things you don't like in a match...
Q: Lance, how does Samoa Joe's rear naked choke make any sense in pro wrestling? It's a darn choke! Isn't that against the rules?
Q: All we hear in the states is how many people from over the world love and watch the Super Bowl; did it get much mention or media coverage in your town? is American Football even watched? Or is it just a hockey type of country?
Q: Christian, Jerry Lynn, or Jericho, who's sence of humor is most like yours?
Q: At house shows do you think it makes a big difference who is holding the titles? I know for me as a kid, I loved going to see if the good guy would beat the bad guy. It was that simple back then. To me I'd rather go see a baby face have a chance at winning the title then have a heel win the title from a baby face. Now I know this doesnít happen at house shows that often. the heel has to be strong enough though to make you care. Like in the late 80's early 90's I was dying to see Sting beat Flair. I guess my question is
do you think the gate is bigger or smaller for shows depending on who is holding the title?
Q: Do you remember the first time you was asked for a autograph? If so when was it?
Q: When will you tell us what Skipper said to you, to make you smile/laugh in the ring that one time?
Q: were there any other wrestlers or promotions you watched growing up besides Calgary Stampede wrestling?
Q: Have you ever worked the European "rounds" system of wrestling? If so, how did the psychology of the match differ?: Was it harder for the heel to get a proper sustained "heat" period of the match leading to the baby face comeback?
Q: Kind of a strange question, but I am curious nonetheless. I know with the schedule wrestlers keep it is tough, but are there any wrestlers that you know of that are golfers and enjoy a game from time to time?
Q: Do you see any wrestlers in either WWE or TNA that would stand any chance of becoming a Champion in UFC?
Q:Having read your commentaries on politics and valets, did you pitch the idea to the WWE of reuniting you and Dawn Marie? Do you think this would have helped both of you get more over?
Q: Do you think it is feasible for someone to do all of the TV writing from a remote location? For example, are there reason why someone in say, Calgary..... Alberta, Canada, could not write for TNA?
Q: Do you think Vince would ever keep a talent like RVD on the payroll, but keep him at home, just so he would not jump to TNA?
Q: How did interviews work in WWE, like say they wanted you on the f4w radio show, does that have to get cleared with the office, work any different in ECW or WCW?
Q: Did it ever make a difference to you the type of ring, such and size, type of ropes etc?
Q: Just wondering if you have received any off-the-record comments (good or bad) from anyone in the business (friends, wrestlers or management - TNA or WWE) about your out-spoken, non-bias critiques and critisisms of the current product?"
Keep the questions coming,