Q & A
february 28, 2007
Q: In the documentary movie "Beyond the Mat" it is mentioned that Rolin Alexander of APW really wants his students to "make it big" by signing with the then-WWF, because if they are signed Rolin gets a percentage of their annual salary. I've never heard anything of the sort from any of the Indy wrestlers, promoters, or trainers I've known through the years. Was Rolin yanking the chain of the guy putting together the
documentary, or is this more common that I'd expect?
Q: Hi Lance Storm, just wondered your thoughts on british wrestlers. It seems as if Vince Mcmahon dosnt like the thought of a british wrestler to hold the WWE or World Heavywieght title, The British Bulldog was way over most of his career, even when he played a heel he was a heat magnet. Also Finlay, if he is booked the right way, he could be the top heel on Smackdown without a doubt, he's incredible, and can cut a decent promo, am i right?
Q: Hey I just got back from a great ROH show and was thinking Iíd love to see you come in again and work with Albright or Nigel Mcguiness when you are healthy enough to go. Did you work with Albright in OVW? If so what are your thoughts on him.. From what I have seen I am VERY surprised WWE let him go.
Q: II was wondering what are your thoughts on Jushin Liger as a worker and a person. I was also wondering why many people such as chris benoit look up to Dynamite Kid and not as much as tiger mask 1?
Q: What are your thoughts on Lita? I think the way they made her go out was a slap in the face. I think it was unfortunate that the only time she was a heel in the WWE was right before she retired. So when she left, it wasn't really a big deal, fans booed her out of the arena and chanted names about her that i probably shouldn't repeat here. She truly did re-defined women's roles in professional wrestling, and i will always think of her as one of the best Women's champions of all time.
Q: I know this requires a long answer, but in brief, how would u define a technical wrestler?
Q: What do u exactly mean when u describe a wrestler as being "green"?
Q: U may not have an answer for this question, but since Y2J is ur buddy, u might have talked about it with him.. He and Benoit were challenging Austin and HHH for the tag titles in may 2001, when HHH tore his quad but still continued the match, later on Jericho put him in the Liontamer. Now was Jericho aware of HHH's injury when he applied the move? If so did he put less pressure?
Q: Would u say that the HHH-HBK-Benoit triple threat from wrestlemania XX is the best wrestlemania main event to date? I personnaly think so.
Q: At the 1st One Night Stand was there any grudges still held between certain parties, How was Mike Awesome received did he make up with Paul Heyman?
Q: Do you not feel that Rey Mysterio would be better off going to TNA when contractually possible? I mean what they did to him on SmackDown recently just buried him even more. No pay off seems to be in sight for him, much like with his world title reign disaster.
Q: We see guys getting crotched all the time in matches, on the top turnbuckle, top rope, ring post and guard rail outside. My question is, how the hell does this not really hurt?? Especially when during ladder matches, the spot comes where the ladder is pushed over and the guy lands on the top rope, balls first! I've been watching wrestling for about 20 years now and I know guys protect themselves in moves but I cant for the life of me work out how this doesnít hurt, if even just a little (if there is such a thing as a little amount of pain when it comes to a shot to the balls).
Q: I would like to know how long it usually takes for a student who is learning the wrestling craft to train before first stepping into a ring in front of fans. Is there an average time span or does it depend from person to person?
Q: I was wondering if you could give me your opinion on something. Lately I do not thing WWE has been putting out as good a product as they normally do. It may be because they feel as if they have no competition with TNA but I think they do. But anyway, What do you think of the product that WWE is putting out and do you think TNA is really around to stay? Thanks if you get around to reading this or even replying hope to hear from you.
Q: Do wrestlers tend to exaggerate their weight to get over, if so about how much?
Q: Say you work in Japan, how do North Americans communicate with the Japanese in the ring?
Q: Iím a huge Matt Hardy fan. Every week he gets one of the biggest pops and his in ring work is excellent. Why wonít WWE put him in the main event? Smackdown needs some new blood in the World Title hunt. Iím a little tired of Batista and Booker and even Taker who has been in and out of the title race his whole career. Nothing against any of them they all deserve to be where they are but so does Matt Hardy. Why isnít he there? Even JBL brings this point up in every one of Mattís matches. Do you know why he isnít in the main event?
Q: Have you seen the Heroes of World Class Wrestling DVD yet, and did you watch the Von Erichs and WCCW growing up?
Q: You may have answered this before and I missed it.(I've only been reading your blogs for about a month) I am curious what your opinion is on the six-sided ring that TNA uses. I personally dislike it. Maybe I'm just getting old and like the four-sided ring because it is what I'm used to.
Q: Regardless of how much TNA's been lacking in potential lately, do you have any favorite matches, feuds, match types that were seen in the 6-sided ring (4-sided back in their growing days)?
Q: Back in mid-2005 OTR with Landsberg had RVD as his guest for a 1-on-1 interview. During the interview, Landsberg asked RVD what he'd do to make the current product better. RVD basically said he'd go back to having more squash matches involving jobbers and save the big, feature matches for later. What do you think? Is it possible to go back to that style of booking done in the early/mid-90s?
Q: Just wanted to know your thoughts on The Great Khali...I think he is terrible and should be off TV...Do you agree with me? Also is it because he is so big that he is on TV?
Q: Who do you think is the best Indian pro wrestler ever? Do you think that the TNA management is holding Sonjay Dutt back? Also do you think Sonjay should move to the WWE???
Q: Going to a house show this weekend, and the "Powers of Pain", The Barbarian and The Warlord are in the main event. Did you ever get to meet either of the two, and if so how were they as both people and professionals?
Q: Did you ever get to meet Bret Hart? If so, do you stay in contact with him?
Q: Lance, I know the traditional ways to win a match clean are pinfall and submission, and with submission there is a chance of someone passing out, but are you a fan of the referee stoppage win that Bryan Danielson used during his title run, where he would just elbow someone until the referee stops the match?
Q: Hey lance, in your last Q&A you mention Val Venis is lost in the shuffle because he's a nice guy. My trainer called me that. Do you have to be a little mean in this business?
Q: Do you think there is a possibility that Finlay could have a title run anytime? I would love to see this as I think he's head and shoulders better than Batista.
Q: You where in WCW with Russo and seem to be very opinionated on your stance on TNA as long as he is there. In your opinion, what would it take before TNA finally gives him the boot. I try to support TNA but now I find the product completely unwatchable.
Q: Why does WWE love big guys so much? With the exception of Hogan most of their biggest draws have been normal size (or maybe just above normal) wrestlers like Austin, HBK, Bret Hart, and the Rock.
Q: You seem to have a very strong following despite never being a top guy (a travesty I must say!). I know you have a Straight Shooting DVD but what are the odds of a Best of Lance Storm DVD coming out form WWE or someone else?
Q: Do wrestlers that work for the big promotions in Mexico and Japan have to work a lot more years than wrestlers in the WWE, and save more money in order for them to be able to retire and be well off financially?
Q: I have read your postings for a while now, and am a little confused. I was under the impression that Victoria is actually your sister (I got this from comments you have made yourself). But in your 02-11-07 Q&A, you responded to someone's question that it was a few-years long rib. So was there some sort of particular joke there, or just a fun way for two friends to say how close they are? Or is she actually your sister, and you're fooling me again?
Q: What are your feelings on Umaga? Do you see him as being able to carry a title, or is he destined for an eventual midcard jobber spot? What are your feelings on his manager Armando Estrada?
Q: Looking at a wrestlers lifestyle [from what I Know and assume], it appears the biggest challenge to maintaining and enhancing physical and mental strength would be lack of sleep. When my kids where born and didn't take too well to night times, my body shrunk. Is this a problem?
Q: I was looking at UFC 67 and I'm surely not the only one who thinks Mirko Cro Cop look a lot like you, so my question is did someone ever ask you an autograph thinking you were Mirko?
Q: Have you ever had the opportunity to read any of Rob Grant's work? He is a favourite author of mine and i can strongly recommend any of his books, but especially "Incompetence"
Q: Teaming with Gregory Helms as he first started out with the Hurricane gimmick, did he ever confide in you about his feelings portraying the superhero and what did you and he feel being given the gimmick?
Q: I was watching ECW One Night Stand 05 last night and saw your match with Jericho (great match by the way, wish it was given more time) did you have any issues about how the finish was booked? I mean at the time it was quite possibly going to be your last match ever. Did you want your last match to end in a victory where you cheated to win?
Q: Do you know how long your longest match was and how short your shortest match was?
Q: You seem a lot more connected to your fan base than most of the other wrestlers. You write your commentaries which some other wrestlers do but you also take time out of your life to do a Q&A almost every month (if not every month). What made you start doing a Q&A while most other wrestlers donít?
Keep the questions coming,