Q & A
April 20, 2007
Q: I watched the match you had with Bryan Danielson and at the end of the match the crowd chanted "YOU STILL GOT IT" how does it feel to hear those chants and I know you said you don't want to get on the road but even for a quick second does that kind of response makes you think about possible return?
Q: I just read about Lesnar and Angle having a friendly shoot years ago, which supposedly Angle won handily. It made me wonder who on the current WWE roster would be best able to take Angle in a shoot.
Q: Why do you think Mr. McMahon is willing to do the things he does to himself? From getting his head shaved, to not protecting himself from chairshots and the like, is it purely to put on a good show or as a way of 'leading by example'?
Q: What do you think about John Cena? The internet really gives this kid a lot of hell even though personally I've think he's improved greatly over the last year. Do you think the internet is too harsh on him or he brings it on himself?
Q: I'm a big fan of yours. I just finished watching your match with Jericho at One Night Stand (which is amazing) and it got me thinking about my dream match of Storm vs Jericho vs Benoit vs Angle and how I truly believe you could have been on the same level as them but WWE never seemed to let that be. What are your feelings on WWE never letting you reach past where you were as I believe you are just as good if not better than the aforementioned wrestlers and could also be put in the same category as Finlay and Regal.
Q: You mention a lot of Sc-Fi and fantasy books and authors that you are familiar with. Have ever read any comic books? Have you read anything by Brad Meltzer or Greg Rucka, authors whose novels you are probably familiar with, and have written stories exclusively for comics, not just adaptations of their novels?
Q: In many current Q and A's you have blamed teddy long on counting to 3 at the wrong time or messing up finishes. I would think it would be the wrestlers job to kick out and not the refs job to have to make sure he kicks out. Shouldnít there be no false finishes until the main event anyways, as it takes away form the main?
Q: Some think that HHH being Stephanie's Husband gives him creative control to an extent, and say that he puts himself on top purposely to take advantage of that. What are your thoughts on this from what you saw of him when you were with the Company?
Q: I was just wondering, out of all the people you've worked with over the years, who is most like their in-ring character and who is least like their in-ring character?
Q: Every time I watch a WWE PPV, it seems like it ends 15-20 minutes before 11. Is there any reason WWE does this or is it a rule from the PPV company? Because I feel ripped off sometimes when there are short matches that could have been given more time if it didn't end early. The only time it was ever acknowledged was after the December to Dismember fiasco.
Q: Before the fall of WCW, Bischoff ran an angle involving a big surprise at the Great American Bash. Bischoff stated something along the lines that it would piss Vince off immensely, and that there was nothing WWE could do to stop it, as Bischoff claimed that WCW had the best lawyers in the world. Then, come the Bash, the big surprise was a Goldberg heel turn, which was not only not a shock, but also lame. To your knowledge, was something else planned that had to be scrapped or was it just a ploy?
Q: I have always been a fan of yours and just started reading your commentary. I just read the one where you said Finlay almost lost his leg in WCW, can you explain. I was also wondering what your thoughts would be on a DVD of injuries in the ring.
Q: Since there are wrestling schools, are there schools on becoming a booker in wrestling? I want to be a booker for either WWE or TNA. What do I have to do to be great? What do I have to do to NOT become like Vince Russo?
Q: I was wondering how "Calgary, (dramatic pause) Alberta Canada" came about. I was wondering because at work the other day I informing a client about a company that was based in Calgary and every time I told her where the corporate headquarters were, I said it the same way you would, and almost burst out laughing the whole time because I
knew she had no idea what I was doing.
Q: On another topic, I remember when the Victoria and Lance brother and sister thread broke out on the old message boards. However I don't recall if you ever brought up if Victoria found out about the thread and what she thought about it.
Q: What are your thoughts about companies pushing the weight limits in the cruiserweight divisions? Like in wcw when they had bigger guys like you and disco win the cruiserweight title and your larger than a typical cruiserweight. The announcers even said later in your wcw tenure that you held the cruiserweight title but no longer qualified for it.
Q: How long do you see WWECW actually existing before Titan Tower pulls the plug?
Q: You've said that right now in the WWE there are too much titles (and I agree). So my question for you is what title(s) should be eliminate or unify?
Q: I was watching the video u posted on your site in a commentary a while ago with u and Jericho from 1993 and i was wondering, was it just you two living together for a while in that apartment? And how much money were u able to make working small arenas like that, was it liveable? Because that didn't look like it had any more then 100 people in it at the most.
Q: When you were in your wrestling prime how many hours a day did you put in the gym?
Q: Considering how amazingly well Finlays return to active competition has gone (arguably his biggest run), do you think there are any other agents or former talents tempted to try and make a return? Do you think any of them would be able to return at a level where they could be taken seriously again rather than viewed as a short-term novelty?
Q: I'm a huge fan of Yoshahiro Tajiri. I always winced while watching his matches due to the obvious impact of his kicks. How forcefully does the guy actually connect? Because the sound or his foot connecting is almost unreal?
Q: What did you think of the Money in the Bank match being first up at Wrestlemania? The fans in attendance were literally shocked to see it first. It did a great job of getting the crowd hot, but the crowd was dead for every match after that until the Taker/Batista match (which was very misplaced in itself). Was it smart to put a potential show stealing match first?
Q: Why does Canada and Minnesota seems to produce so many high quality wrestlers?
Q: Will HD High Definition change wrestling for the better or worse?
Q: Would you care to give us a rating of your favourite and least favourite airlines?
Q: When you were teaching in OVW, who did you think had the most potential to succeed in WWE? Right now in the WWE, which of the wrestler you trained have surprise you the most? (in-ring abilities)
Q: Are you surprise of the longevity of the tag title reign of Paul London & Brian Kendrick? (Considering that Vince like more to push bigger guys). London is simply amazing in the ring.
Q: I just finished watching your ROH Straight Shooting Interview. Is this the toughest interview you ever give? I mean, 3 hours non-stop speaking, you must been completely exhausted after that? By the way, great match against Bryan Danielson, love it!
Q: What do you think about the camera angles WWE uses? I find that they switch the angles too often and I'd rather have a wide shot for all the big moves (ie. chair shot, someone going through a table, superplex).
Q: Why would Vince McMahon use the name Great American Bash? Why not just use Bad Blood. I thought he'd prefer to use something that is his own creation instead of using something that is obviously associated with the NWA and WCW.
Q: Since you just did a commentary on the gym, would you be interested in doing one about proper dieting with a meal plan or something? As we know 80% of how you look is what you eat.. and for some guys (like myself) dieting is hard to get sometimes.
Q: Did you ever have a crush on any of the women in wrestling?
Q: I just wanted to know what music you used when touring Japan and if the choice of music was all down to you. Also What music to you use to the ring nowadays when you do the odd show?
Q: Are you ever contacted for Meet and Greet Conventions / Fan Fests? I've gotten in to these as a hobby in the past year and always have a great time meeting past WWF / WCW / ECW stars, but you're one of the wrestlers I'd still like to meet. Will we ever see you at one of these?
Q: Hey Lance, how is it possible that a man who's been part of several Team Canada gimmicks does not drink beer or watch hockey? Did creative not know you weren't a "true" Canadian when they included you in these stories? LOL
Q: I was reading in a earlier Q&A that Rey Mysterio is the only man that has photographic evidence of you drunk. Care to share the story behind this?
Q: I read your column "The Gym." What's the best way to jump start leg development? Even after squats, deadlifts, and running, my legs are lagging behind the rest of the body.
Q: I just watched Night of the Legends, which I was unable to attend live and a few things came to mind. 1. In your match, how concerned were you that Jericho might
not be able to continue do to blood loss and/or the broken arm.
Q: 2. How much of a toll does the blood loss take in a match like that?
Q: 3. Did the R & R Express or Lee and Candido take offense to wrestling for the tag belts so early in the card as compared to your tag math?
Q: 4. What ever happened to Brian Lee?
Q: 5. Did you burn those ugly tights from that match?
Q: 6. Was Tammy Sytch that difficult to deal with?
Q: 7. Is there anyone more knowledgeable from a wrestling history standpoint than Jim Cornette?
Q: 8. Did you ever work with the R & R Express (I am assuming you did not since they and the Thrillseekers were faces)?
Q: 9. Did you ever work with Doug Furnas? If so, what was your opinion of him in the ring?
Q: 10. What is your opinion of Tracy Smothers in the ring?
Q: Just wondering what you think of Teddy Hart? I really think, regardless of his family association, he's an amazing performer. I hope he doesn't end up going to WWE and getting wasted like all other cruiserweight types. I'm surprised he's never toured Japan and got some experience over there. Anyway, cutting to the chase, what's your opinion of Teddy and how far do you see him going in the next few years?
Q: I was just wondering where do you train when you were on the road with WWE/WCW. Is there like an agreement between WWE and a certain gym in each town or do you go wherever you want by your own? Also, did you noticed if some wrestlers or divas never train on the road?
Q: If it wasn't for having to be on the road again, would you be interested in working as an agent in the WWE? I think it fits you, as most WWE agents are generally some of the most respected wrestlers (Malenko, AA, Finlay..)
Q: In Japan and Mexico, they hold their masks with a high amount of esteem. Do wrestlers generally allow other wrestlers to see them maskless, or is that a reserved for close friends or respected peers? I ask this because you have met Liger and Ultimo Dragon, and I was curious as to how that went.
Q: I read one of your recent Q&A posts where you said that injuries from being in the ring (I'm focusing specifically on herniated/bulging discs) don't ever go away. Yet I seem to recall that Trish had this very injury back in 2005 and used yoga to fix the problem. She certainly didn't look the worse for wear when she returned later in the year (or since then, for that matter).
Keep the questions coming,