Q & A
March 16, 2007
Q: I was just wondering what your opinions are on Alex Shelley? The kid's chock full or charisma, and is amazing to watch in the ring or on the mic, and I'd like to know what you think of him.
Q: How do you feel about Jesse Venturaís insistence that wrestlers need to form a union?
Q: You helped train him, so you must be pretty proud of Bobby Lashleyís success. What else can he do to improve? Iíd suggest he try to look more intense and explosive in the ring. Maybe watching tapes of Savage, Lesnar, Warrior, Batista, Road Warriors and Sid for inspiration on ďintensityĒ might be of assistance. What do you think?
Q: When do you think Jeff Hardy will become WWE Champion?
Q: Who is your current pick to win the Money in the Bank match (Jeff, Matt, Kennedy, Punk, Booker, Edge, Orton, Finlay)?
Q: What do you think of the "Strong Style" utilized in Japan?
Q: I know there is a good resaon for it and I think I have even heard it before, but why is wrestlemania held at about this time every year? You would think that the biggest PPV of the year should be at the end of the year.
Q: When you wore the goldust face paint, who actually applies the paint?
Q: On a DVD such as the Rise and Fall of ECW one, are guys give sheets at all with points to hit on when talking about a certain moment or are guys given free reign to say what they want?
Q: Ever meet Randy Savage at all, and what did you think of his work?
Q: Ever meet Rick Rude?
Q: What do you think of WWE burying guys on DVD, such as Ultimate Warrior? While it was a good watch, it just seemed a bit small time to go to such length to burry him.
Q: Does it bother you that WWE owns most of your career on tape or is that just a part of the business?
Q: Were you upset at all the Brawler did not know you were in ECW at all?
Q: Ever have any problem with security at airports wanting to open you gear bag(s) to see a title belt or anything like that?
Q: Would WWE having a acting coach at event at all to help guys learn to do promos be a help, or are acting and promos too different for it to help?
Q: I was reading through some of your Q&As and I noticed a lot of questions about Don West. I have always thought that getting rid of Don West would be a good idea and Kevin Nash would work great as a heel announcer. I feel like West would be better as the backstage interviewer because Borash and Letecia are terrible. What do you think?
Q: I was watching some clips of shoot interviews, and during Matt Hardy's, he stated that Don Callis had INCREDIBLE heat with the WWE lockerroom. Never really explained why. I thought since you two seemed pretty close, you might have an idea.
Q: I know that you have said you will not work for TNA or WWE as a wrestler, but what about as a booker. If TNA wanted you as their lead booker would you consider it?
Q: How would you feel that instead of having WWE branded international shows they traded talent with local promotions? Loaning a few mid card talent to a promotion in the hope that they can find their edge or a new character direction, much like the informal arrangement with ECW, whilst also being able to bring in the cream of the crop of international markets to offer something fresh and different to the main roster would both expose WWE contracted wrestlers to a more diverse range of styles and allow them to expand their repertoire, whilst also allowing local markets to develop themselves.
Q: In a recent commentary you mentioned that one of the few things you missed about "the road" was the pancakes. Specifically you mentioned that you loved Cracker Barrel's Maine Blueberry and Bob Evans Cinnamon Toast pancakes as your favourite. I was surprised when I read this post, for you failed to mention what I thought was your favourite: The Moon Dance Diner's "Crunch Berry Pancakes".
Q: Nothing to do with wrestling but who is your choice to win the Stanley cup this year?
Q: I am a college student who has studied creative writing, not being very "Athletic" but being a big wrestling fan all my life, do you have any tips for how you can break in to the wrestling world as a booker or part of creative?
Q: You brought up the tag match with Jado and Gedo in the last Q&A column. If you meant the one that was on tv, that was one of the best matches I've ever seen. Somehow it lead me to this question... is it diffiicult to work with wrestlers from Japan, or wherever, who do not speak english?
Q: Not to long ago I was watching Royal Rumble '92 and it seemed like most everyone who came through that curtain that night was over big time, had a lot of work put into them and was a classic character. Guys like Piper, Flair, The Million Dollar Man, Big Boss Man, on and on the list could go... fast forward to present day and it seems like those days are long gone as the distance between the main event guys and the mid carders seems like miles (i.e. compare how far Carlito seems from HBK/Cena as opposed to the early 90s when Ted Dibiase could do mid card feuds one week and fill a main event heel slot the next week without much of a problem). Now, do you think these lack of characters/top guys/weaker looking undercard is a fault of the talent for not "doing more" or is it the fault of the WWE for focusing way to much around Cena/Edge/DX and casting their 2nd tier guys to the wayside? Orrrr, am I just completely wrong?
Q: Do you think that it is possible for Vince McMahon to bring back WCW like he brought ECW back?
Q: Lance, I love your site. Just wondering, why does Vince seem to dislike Ricky Steamboat? I know he's hired him as an "agent", but there's no reference to him anywhere. From the classic matches with the "Nature Boy and "Macho Man" to his amazing pop during last years HOF ceremony when his was mentioned, I feel that the WWE has not appreciated all his work. What do you think? Will he ever be a HOF'er?
Q: In an interview, Bret Hart was asked if he knew of plans to work a WCW angle
with Lance Storm. He said he would have loved to but doesn't remember any plans to do so. If you could book your own fantasy Bret Hart/Lance Storm angle, what would it be? Paired together in a new Team Canada/Hart Foundation or tear the house down in a classic technical feud?
Q: What would it take to get Lance Storm back in the ring full-time? Time? Money? The right schedule?
Q: Can WWE get ECW back on track?
Q: In a recent interview, Mick Foley mentions that the first WWECW One Night
Stand sold very well despite no TV build-up and now ECW has its own weekly
program and can't sell a PPV. DOES NO ONE ELSE AT TITAN "GET IT?"
Q: Hulk Hogan, Dusty Rhodes and Bret Hart didn't get inducted to WWE's HOF
until they were on better terms with the company. This makes me wonder if
Bob Backlund, Bruno Sammartino, Kevin Nash, etc will EVER be inducted. Do
personal feelings stand in the way of an induction?
Q: They Showed your match with HHH on Smackdown on May 2002 this week on WWEs from the Vault shown here in Europe. Any memories of that match?
Q: Even though I'm willing to suspend a LOT of disbelief when it comes to wrestling and not worry about some logical gaps, is there any reason why punching is technically still illegal? I know this isn't a big thing but it just always seemed a little weird to me. Much like your comments about Taz's use of a "chokehold" which should technically be illegal, I remember a number of wrestlers who used punches as a finisher (ie Johhny B. Badd, Tank Abbott, Ox Baker, one of the Von Erichs etc). Does this just relate back to the roots of pro wrestling in amateur wrestling where obviously striking isn't legal? It just seems that if you can kick someone in the head, punching them should be allowed as well.
Q: I recently read on wikipedia.org that MIke Awesome once had a run in with
yakuza at an FMW show that almost turned disasterous for all the Americans in the locker room. ive read that puroresu has very close ties to the yakuza dating back to the rikidozan era and id like to ask if you've ever had anything similar happen to you or any fellow wrestlers while working in japan.
Q: I was wondering what you thought of the honkey tonk man's excessively long title reign? DO you think he deserved it and why? There must have been others that could have carried the belt.
Q: Is it proper etiquette to say hi/shake hands with every wrestler when you get to each event? I remember when I did training with a local australian wrestling company, everyone did this at training and backstage at shows when they would arrive. Also, if the answer is yes, could someone get heat for not doing this?
Q: Would there ever be a chance you could wrestle Chris Benoit? Maybe if you showed up at a Calgary WWE house show and it could be the possible opportunity to do it? Just an idea.
Q: Why would Vito take being WCW Hardcore champion so seriously that he would complain to a road agent when you're in the same area?
Q: Whatís your opinion of Crash Holly? Did you ever get to work with him?
Q: So, I ran into Chris Benoit at my gym here in Georgia and we got to talking about WrestleMania a little bit. I couldn't help but think of how awesome a Storm vs. Benoit (Battle for Canada) match would be at Mania. Tell me you would rejoin WWE for that...
Q: If Paul Heyman was to start a new wrestling promotion and had a nice financial backing how fast do you think it could succeed, and how interested in it would you be?
Q: How crazy was it to take the Blonde-Bombshell off the top rope?
Q: Doesn't it seem a bit odd that the World Title is on SmackDown instead of WWE's biggest show RAW?
Q: Iíve seen some bad matches- but I canít say any of them were bad because of stage-fright, being in front of a huge arena or something. Does it not happen? Or are most wrestlers too Ďin the momentí to have it?
Q: I noticed throughout the years that some guys do a great job of taking the pedigree from Triple H and some do not at all. Have you taken this move? How hard of a move is this to take/protect yourself?
Q: Besides Calgary, what was your favorite city to work in?
Q: What is the main reason Shelton Benjamin hasn't received a push to the top?
Q: Whatís your opinion on main eventers like Cena and Michaels holding tag
titles, do u believe its hurtful to the tag team division by suggesting actual formed teams aren't strong enough to head the division or does having the straps on them boost the division by giving the titles more importance?
Q: Did you have an opportunity to work with Curt Hennig? What was your take on him as a person backstage?
Q: Why do you think Barry Windham never was pushed in the NWA?
Q: I have watched you from SMW to ECW to WCW to WWE and honestly don't remember seeing you ever bleed. I know you mentioned Mike Awesome teaching how to blade in Japan, but did you ever blade in the US?
Q: Do you think crack would help Vince Russo's booking ideas?
Q: How old were your children before you came off the road?
Q: Who was the first wrestler that you met and marked out for after you broke into the business? Is there a story behind it?
Q: U wrote in an earlier Q & A that u sometimes never talked with a guy during u wrestled him. How did u know what he was gonna do and how did he know what u were gonna do?
Q: Did you ever eat at Applebees, Ruby Tuesdays, Bennigans. TGI Fridays, and Pizzaria Unos? I find all of said locations tremendous.
Q: In light of Kurtís link to the Steroid scandal in Florida do you think Kurt's current employer TNA should take action against Kurt (suspension, fining, firing)?
Q: Do you think if the evidence warrants it, should Kurt face criminal charges?
Q: Do you feel that steroids should be illegal or should it be a personal choice (like tattooing or body peircing)?
Q: Was there anyone from WCW or WWE you wanted to face and never had the chance to do so?
Q: Would you welcome the idea of an autobiography of you, or a ďBest of DVDĒ containing career insight and matches?
Q: Is there a particular author or genre of books by preference that you donít read or like?
Q: There has been rumours and comments on Joey Styles' announcing for some time now. I was wondering what you think of his mic skills? Also, how would you describe the role and purpose of the play by play announcer? Some say it is to push storylines, and others say it is to call the match. What are your thoughts?
Q: If the Eddie Guerrrero DVD was called "Cheating Death, Stealing Life" and the Chris Benoit DVD called "Hard Knocks," what do you think a Lance Storm DVD would be called? "If I could be serious for a few hours" maybe? "Excuse me, can you direct me to the Cracker Barrel" would be my pick.
Q: In your Un-American bit, when you guys did the upside down American flag thing. Was this in any way a knock on the American troops who raised the Canadian flag upside down at the Olympics several years ago?
Q: Of the 3 bridging belly to back suplexes (german, tiger and dragon) which one if you were receiving one would you really have to know the other guy before you let them
do it to you.
Q: has there ever been a time when you were given a dragon suplex and thought "oh man this is gonna hurt" (yes i know all bumbs must hurt somewhat). Who in the business does the best dragon suplex?
Q: When we see a backstage angle on tv based in the locker room is it the actual locker room you use or is another room in the building set up to look like a locker room.
Q: You said in your last Q&A that "IF" Taker wins the belt at Mania that is would most likely be his last title run which would probably be followed by his retirement. From observing his most recent matches, in my opinion...he hasn't lost a step, not by an inch. To me, it would seem like he would have a lot left in his tank. So I'm guessing, if Taker does announce his retirement in the near future...it would have to be for different reasons other than being unable to perform at his standards. So why are soo many people including yourself sensing that he might be contemplating retirement??
Q: What are your thoughts on Mike Lozanski and Ulf Herman have you ever wrestled them?
Q: Just wondering if you were in the writing team who would you have winning the 2 heavyweight titles at WrestleMania, and why?
Q: I just wanted to know if you've ever been knocked out in the ring? I also wanted to know whatís the most painful finisher you've ever received?
Q: Given WWE's tendency to base Hall of Fame inductions on more than WWE portions of careers(Dusty Rhodes and Harley Race being excellent examples), do you think Ultimo Dragon would ever have a shot? Even if he never got in, I think I'll always remember him as one of the best ever, largely due to your words of praise of the man.
Q: I would like to hear your opinion on Teddy Hart. Do you believe that he's going to be a huge star in the future?
Q: On the very rare occasions that you have consumed alcoholic beverages, what have you had, and what was your drink of choice?
Q: I know you view yourself as a very good wrestler (and I agree with you on that point) but I am curious to know if you feel you were good enough to be the world champion? If so, is there is any bitterness at all about how you were never really given the chance to be the top guy in the WWE or WCW? I realize it was just a job for you but, if I was in your shoes, I would feel a bit angry about something like this.
Q: Secondly, when you look at someone like Edge, who is also a very good wrestler, he was in the same position you were in it seems. Sort of a mid card guy. I would have never thought he would get a championship run but he did. Do you think if you stuck with wrestling you'd eventually get a championship run like him?
Q: I stumped Jim Ross with this question, maybe I could stump you. No need to name names but have there ever been any epileptic wrestlers? I am really curious because if someone with epilepsy decided to train and go through all that effort and be told they could never be a wrestler that would be a shame. Your thoughts?
Q: Were you at the PPV watching the match when Sid had that gruesome leg injury? What was everybody's reaction around you?
Q: What happened with your student Carlo Cannon being "Screwed" by the Hart family? I read a sentenced stating such, and it sounded very odd, is there a story behind this?
Q: Ever have any interaction with Roddy Piper?
Q: I just watched a DVD with Raven where they followed him around at a Indy event. He was giving other workers advice and what they could improve on etc. Is this a normal practice for bigger name guy to give advice to younger guys?
Q: Do most younger guys take that advice well or is it seen as "old timers" trying to tell them what to do?
Q: Did you ever get to met Andre the giant at all?
Q: Is working wrestlemania as big as the WWE makes it out to be or do the boys consider it "just another show"?
Q: Would it have been hard to work in the 80's where heels got booed no matter what and faces got cheers no matter what. It seemed like the face/heel did not really have to do anything special to get heat.
Q: You hear how a lot of guys have problems adjusting to the culture of Japan, did you have any such problems?
Q: Is Bad News Allen as big of bad ass as he seemed on TV?
Keep the questions coming,