Q and A
June 22, 2006
Q: What is your current thoughts on the WWE Womens Division? Also, do you know if their are any plans to bring Lita back to the ring full time?
Q: Have you ever seriously hurt anyone in the ring or vice-versa?
Q: You are perhaps the greatest technical wrestler I have ever seen. You can also take to the air if need be and adjust your style to meet your opponents. Who do you think is the most technically sound wrestler in the business today?
Q: Who do you consider to be your closest friend in the business. I know alot of the guys and girls have road buddies but very few friends. In all your years, is their anyone you formed a close bond with?
Q: Saw your last update and was wondering, in comparison to WWE schedule how was WCW. I was thinking it must have been a little lighter as they mostly booked in US.
Q: I was wondering how wrestlers feel about overseas tours, being Australian I
really appreciate them
Q: With all these rumours abound about ECW coming back, would you go back if offered a contract? Or would you go to TNA if they offered you a contract? Also do you still keep in touch with Steve Gillespie?
Q: I recently read that Kris Kanyon was openly gay, do you know of any other openly gay wrestlers and if so how were they treated by their peers?
Q: Have you always worn the long trunks in wrestling?
Q: I've always wondered whats better kneepads on the outside of trunks or inside, cause I know I've seen variations, and whats your prefrence?
Q: In one of your last Q & A's you described your average weekend on the road when you were on the Raw brand with WWE...what is your average day like now (during SWA sessions)?
Q: I busted out the ol' ECW DVDs the other day and watched the ANARCHY RULZ '99 opening bout between you and Jerry Lynn. I love that match and always considered it one of my favorites. Thank you for that match. I loved the finish (that crazy half nelson roll-up pin you did). Do you have any special memories of that match? Or of Jerry Lynn?
Q: Do you know of any particular reason why WWE didn't decide to have either ECW PPV in Philadelphia?
Q: Also, for the first one, why did it seem like there was an issue as to whether use everyones actual music or not? How was Paul Heyman able to do it with virtually no budget but WWE kind of held back?
Q: Do you think Rey Mysterio would have the belt if Eddie were alive?
Q: Have you or any other wrestlers besides RVD ever attempt the RVD lift?
Q: Would a Lance Storm/Benoit match at a future ECW ppv be too much to ask of WWE? I mean, you already wrestled Bryan Danielson which most of us technical wrestling fans considered a dream match. Your thoughts?
Q: From your exeperience in wrestling, is there a particular move or situation that brings forth large amounts of pain, yet does not seem as painful on TV?
Q: do you think, in general, that books adapted into movies are ususally worse as movies, or do you judge it on a case by case basis? are there any books in particular you'd like to see as a movie?
Q: how much control do you have over your outfit? and what about things written on them?
Q: What's your protocol for making "q&a" posts? do you wait a certain amount of time or for a certain amount of questions? or is it more like just whenever you get free time?
Q: Why do you belive that Test was resigned? Personally i think if given the right storylines/fueds he could be world champ. Your thoughts? Oh and what do you think of him as a person?
Q: What is ride jumping and why do people have a problem with it? Also what
were your problems with Teddy Long?
Q: Do you know Harley Race on a personal level at all?
Q: Why did Ultimo Dragon never get over huge in WWE?
Q: Have you ever used a moonsault or shooting star press in a match?
Q: I agree with your thoughts on ring psychology and how it is somewhat of a lost art, but can there be too much of it also? my example is : HBK vs Shane McMahon at Saturday night main event after that superplex to the table, which has to be sold huge, the match slowed to a crawl and borderlined on losing the crowd. So can over-selling a move harm a match ?
Q: Have you ever met another wrestler or celeb that you were in awe of meeting?
Q: Should a finisher be used by one guy only for the most part? Such as Shane doing the Van Terminator, to me that cheapens RVD'S version of it, when a guy who wrestles once every few years uses it.
Q: How hard is it to jump post to post with a chair a la Van Terminator?
Q: Do you have any kind of relationship with Scott D'Amore.
Q: Are bigger names better for TNA? Such as getting Scott Stiener etc. Are they risking their status as a wrestling company by getting guys who are not know for their work rate and pushing them ahead of lesser names but better workers?
Q: You said you were invited to Wrestlemania & the Hall Of Fame Ceremony due to being in the same town for your ROH event. So my question to you is, did you accept the invitation and attend either?
Q: Do you think that it is even possible to have ring psychology in a match with several high spots?
Q: You said Dawn Marie was fired for being pregnant. Isn't that an illegal procedure?
Q: Have you ever been given the Tombstone Piledriver? If so, wouldnít you be nervous about a botch?
Q: Lance, how high was your vertical jump at the peak of your athleticism?(whether that be now or in the past)
Q: Also, how has your back been since you had that procedure done to you?(you talked about it in a commentary)
Q: Been hearing people talk about this Death Tour in Manitoba, and you mentioned it in your last Q&A. Any chance you can elaborate on why it's the worst tour ever?
Q: I live in Kentucky, and I'd see you leaving OVW shows (when you were there) many times, and most times you'd try to get out of there quickly (well, at least the times I was there). Is there any particular reason for that, like, does OVW staff/talent have things to do (wrestling/OVW-wise) after shows, or was the hurry due to long days at the office?
Q: In Edge's book, he shows some pictures of his house, including one of the IC, WCW US, and WWE Tag Team belts in glass cases (I've seen pictures of Hogan the same way w/ his). Why did they get to keep theirs, but not you? Does it differentiate with your status as a wrestler with each company? Or are theirs just fakes (LOL)?
Q: just wondered what you thought of non-title matches in which the champion(s) involved win the match? seems a complete waste of time. I would just make it a title match and then the champ(s) come off strong for a successful title defense, the
opponent(s) look good for receiving a title match in the first place and more title matches sometimes (not always) improve ratings, buyrates, attendance etc.
Q: I know it must be tough getting banged up in the ring every night and have
to work again the next night. By the same token, it must be hard to keep up with your workouts too. When I train legs I get real sore to the point where sometimes I walk funny the next few days (sometimes for a whole week). My question is how do you deal with things like this.
Q: Who do you think has the best finisher in the business?
Q: What kind of car does Lance Storm drive in Calgary...Alberta, Canada?
Please don't tell me that one of my favorite wrestlers drives a mini-van...
Q: Do you think a triple tag title could do well?
Q: Have you ever worked with Jushin Liger or Ultimo Dragon? If so what was your impression of these two gentlemen?
Q: If you had to choose the belt that meant the most that you held what would it be and why?
Q: I'm sure you take no notice of negative comments towards you, but has there ever been moments where you've read something and got frustrated that people for lack of better words 'don't get it'. I remember Jericho went ballistic on his site for people slating his match at KOTR 2002 against RVD.
Q: Also what do North Americans think of Dave Finaly and William Regal's
wrestling style. In Britain it's called the World Of Sport style, because that's the way wrestlers used to wrestle on the programme of the same name in the 60s, 70s and 80s. That style was hugely popular in that era and I'm curious to no how people view it. I'd hate to think people viewed it as dated.
Q: Do you know Harley Race on a personal level at all?
Q: How much contact did a midcard worker have with vince as opposed to a top of the card guy?
Q: Did you prefer working Raw or Smackdown?
Q: Any difference between working a live Raw and taped SD?
Q: Would you have retried if you were 100 % healthy yet in the same spot on the card?
Q: Were you backstage for Paul Heyman speech before the 1st ECW ppv barely legal? if so, what was the mood like?
Q: Thoughts on Mick Foley a stuntman or a under-valued worker?
Q: Does it make you wonder sometimes how such bad gimmicks as boogeyman etc can get over?
Q: do you think you got a fair shot in WWE? or could they have done more to help you sustain the original push you got?
Q: Did Rhino really miss his plane or was that just a work because he no showed? If he no showed, then why not just say so and let him take the heat instead of the booker trying to cover for him?
Q: Why didn't you wrestle someone else on the card? Most gusy were green but
I am sure they could have grabbed someone from the area that was a decent
worker to work you.
Q: What were your feelings on the Harry Smith v. TJ Wilson match? Have you
seen these guys work and how do you think they compare with the current
roster of guys in the WWE and OVW? You had a great vantage point as trainer
at OVW so I would love to hear your opinion
Q: what was the angle you came up with to take gertner's brace off?
Q: When you were on the road and found a gym to workout at did the staff just
let you in because you were a wrestler, or did you have to pay a one time fee like most non members? Can you shed a little light on how that works please.
Q: Seeing Umagai working barefoot, how hard on the ankles etc is it to work barefoot?
Q: A lot of retired guy talk how there is nothing that can replace the rush you get from preforming in front of a huge crowd, do you miss it?
Q: What are your thoughts on Matt Hardy's gimmick and in ring work?
Q: Impressions of the tag team of London/Kendrik? Can they get over as anything but a small underdog team?
Q: What was the favorite WCW PPV that you worked on?
Q: Whose idea was the penalty box match on WCW Sin 2001? Did you like the idea?
Q: Thought's on Elix Skipper, seems to be that he could be used a bit better than he is now.
Q: Has your diet changed since retirement and starting SWA? Are you eatting better or is it pizza everyday? What's a weekly menu look like for you?
Q: What are your thoughts on The Great Kahli?
Q: What do you think of WWE splitting MNM up? I know you worked a lot with them in OVW and I would be interested to know if you think it is possible that backstage politics could have broken them up or where they too close for that to happen?
Q: What happened to Justin Credible at the 1PW event in England?
Q: What did you think of 1PW as a whole?
Q: Did you enjoy working with Doug?