ESPN announced that its 30 for 30 documentary “Nature Boy,” on wrestling legend Ric Flair, will premiere on Tuesday, November 7th, at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN. You can watch the trailer below.
— ESPN Films 30 for 30 (@30for30) July 26, 2017
ESPN announced that its 30 for 30 documentary “Nature Boy,” on wrestling legend Ric Flair, will premiere on Tuesday, November 7th, at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN. You can watch the trailer below.
— ESPN Films 30 for 30 (@30for30) July 26, 2017
A few weeks ago (I got busy) I rounded up a crew and we sat down to discuss not only the new Netflix series GLOW but also the recently released Spider-Man Homecoming. Joining me is Doug from The Last Horrorcast, Noah from Hero Unabridged, Michael from The Awesome 80’s Podcast, and Mike Patterson of being Mike fame. There is a spoilery section but we denote it in the show so feel free to listen without worry.
Music provided by The Fantastic Plastics.
Ladies and Gentlemen I’m sitting here with Michael Carlson, but many of you know him as Carlson Mann from his time at Federation of United Wrestlers.
Michael, how are you doing this evening?
What got you watching pro wrestling?
I got into wrestling because the neighborhood kids like putting on their own matches. This was like 87′-88′.
At that point, did you start watching wrestling on television?
My friend Stephan who also wrestled with us literally could not get enough of wrestling. When we were at his house we wouldn’t just watch WWF but everything. I love the Pomp and Circumstance of WWF, they were cartoon characters. They looked like super heroes and movie stars. AWA, WCW looked like guys on my dads softball team. We had USA at my house and I loved coming home from church and watching the recap show. Gorilla Monsoon, Jesse Ventura, Mean Gene.
The matches from 87′-88′ were you and the neighborhood kids taking bumps or just going through the motions, keeping if safe?
The other kids were intense outside, fearless. I liked inside with the pillows. There were camel clutch, figure four, sharp shooter kids. Most of that did not interest me and I think that continues today. I need the story, why do I love this guy? Why do I hate this guy?
Top three things for me in FUW.
3. Keep yourself safe
2. Keep your opponent safe
1. Don’t be boring
Your job is to make people love or hate you period.
I’ll get to FUW a bit down the line…
Even if it is at a sale barn where they auction cows off. Entertain Basically to me I didn’t want to do a show initially. I’m cool with just messing around on some flip and fucks. I did not want to show anyone our attic wrestling. We also at the same time played Wrestling games on OG PlayStation and N64. The tournament champion would get a belt. One thing led to another and wrestling happens. I also loved a-holes, just loved hating them. Bobby Heenan, Roddy Piper, Rick Rude, Million Dollar Man.
The initial build of Hogan V Sheik, bromance with Hulk and Mr T. Andre being a bad guy; but I knew deep down inside that he was a good guy.
I also loved the stuff with the Russians because obviously they are coming to take over the red white and blue ala Red Dawn.
The neighborhood and attic wrestling, did you have your own characters or gimmicks?
Yes, but nothing planned. Other people in our fed came into it with entire characters ready to go. I had to find my way with help from others. I never stood in front of a mirror and did a promo until 1999. Most of the others had been waiting for this since Wrastlemania I.
Storylines and WWF characters aside. How about the NWA, Crockett, AWA etc. Did you watch any of those promotions?
Like I said earlier, My friend Stephan made me watch everything. Loved the Steiners, Luger, Sting, Dusty. Loved to hate Rick Flair.
What made you love Dusty Rhodes?
His belly stain, For all intensive purposes he was not an athlete. Did not matter his physique he willed himself over, crazy amount of confidence for the son of a plumber. It felt like a ride, a show with Dusty. He wanted you to have fun along with him. Flair, you just knew he probably was a dick of a character.
Did you enjoy the Rhodes-Flair matches?
Flair broke Rhodes ankle that gave me drama. Jesus, how many times did they wrestle?
That was around Starrcade (1985) where Rhodes defeated Flair for the Championship.
I was in and out of AWA, NWA, emotionally, their mid card guys were pretty boring to me.
CoCo Beware, JYD, Brutus Beefcake… Loved those guys.
Everyone has their one favorite wrestler growing up. Mine is Bret Hart, who was yours?
Hogan, don’t care how you feel. He may be a racist sushi eater, but I love the character.
I got no problems with Hogan. I wore my Hulkamania banana for Dan Cortese Day 2017.
To Be Continued…
If you been following along on Twitter today, Kings of Leon’s Jared Followill made a huge mistake by tweeting out “Hey, adults. Let’s maybe not watch professional wrestling. Ya know?” Since that tweet the IWC has been on a rampage… For the full story visit Pro Wrestling Sheet.
The @KingsOfLeon bass player pissed off the wrestling community.
WATCH the video for all the details. pic.twitter.com/1vBLOu4Gv9
— ProWrestlingSheet (@WrestlingSheet) May 10, 2017
There has been many Keven Steen DVD’s released over the past couple years and it was a matter of time for WWE to release their own. And on July 4th, 2017 you’ll have your chance to see Fight Owens Fight when it drops on DVD and Blu-Ray. So what’s on the Blu-Ray… Let’s have a look.
Starting off you have your standard WWE produced documentary. Here’s the chapter listings.
With every WWE home video release you gotta have some matches and maybe bonus content from the documentary.
Deleted Scenes include…
Kevin Owens vs. CJ Parker
NXT TakeOver: R-Evolution December 11, 2014
NXT Championship Match
Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
NXT TakeOver: Rival February 11, 2015
Kevin Owens Confronts Sami Zayn
San Jose, CA March 27, 2015
Kevin Owens WWE Debut
RAW May 18, 2015
Kevin Owens vs. John Cena
Elimination Chamber May 31, 2015
Intercontinental Championship Match
Kevin Owens vs. Ryback
Night of Champions September 20, 2015
Last Man Standing Match for the Intercontinental Championship
Kevin Owens vs. Dean Ambrose
Royal Rumble January 24, 2016
Dolph Ziggler vs. Kevin Owens
Main Event April 12, 2016
Kevin Owens & Triple H vs. Sami Zayn & Dean Ambrose
Paris, France April 22, 2016
Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
Battleground July 24, 2016
Fatal 4-Way Match for the Universal Championship
Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins vs. Big Cass
RAW August 29, 2016
Hell in a Cell Match for the Universal Championship
Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins
Hell in a Cell October 30, 2016
United States Championship Match
Kevin Owens vs. Chris Jericho
WrestleMania 33 April 2, 2017
NXT Championship Match
Kevin Owens vs. Adrian Neville
NXT February 18, 2015
Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
Payback May 1, 2016
Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns
RAW September 12, 2016
No Disqualification Match for the Universal Championship
Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins
RAW November 21, 2016
There you have it, the complete Blu-Ray breakdown for WWE: Fight Owens Fight – The Kevin Owens Story.
I am once again joined by Sometimes Co-Host Mike and Michael from the Awesome 80s Podcast as we’re breaking down our Top 5 Animated Batman Movies! Some claim to have the best list of everyone, some made their list just before we started.
After all that we chat about Wrestlemania 33. Is it really Undertaker’s final match? And the guys give their reactions to the new trailer for Stephen King’s IT.
In usual podcast chaos Sometimes Co-Host Mike and I knock equipment around and my cat seems to ring its bell a lot which I did not noticed while recording. We aim for high quality here!
Music provided by The Fantastic Plastics. Catch them this summer at Warped Tour.
The fatal four way to me was match of the night and even though Charlotte Flair lost, she did steal the show. Unlike the SmackDown six pack challenge. Alexa Bliss put on a good performance and should’ve kept her championship.
Since Goldberg’s WWE return it’s been disappointing until tonight when he went to Suplex City ten times. This match was far better than Goldberg-Lesnar from WrestleMania XX.
Since Brock Lesnar defeated Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX, every time I watch Taker at Mania I’m expecting him to loose and tonight that happened. The WWE’s golden boy Roman Reigns defeated Undertaker and this starts the road to Undertaker’s retirement. Hopefully going in to the Hall of Fame at WrestleMania 34.
And now a word from Disco Stu…
With this match ultimately being Takers final match it makes sense that Reigns would go over and let The Undertaker go out on his back.
I’m glad that Taker made this decision to hang up his boots. Tonight was by far one of his worst outings in years. I have read the rumors for weeks that he was in a great deal of pain and needed career ending surgery and tonight’s match showed me that’s all true. He looked miserable out there and clearly wasn’t himself. He had one of the best WWE careers any wrestler has had and certainly was relevant longer than any modern day wrestler. Now it’s time for him to live as Mark assuming he still knows how to.
Charlotte Flair may have stole the show for me, but having the Hardy Boyz return got the biggest pop in the Massive’s household.
I’m glad Owens, Styles, and Rollins won their matches. As for the Miz and Maryse they should’ve won. Miz was so over, he was getting bigger pops than Cena. But Cena had to ask Nikki Bella to marry him… Lame!
Overall, WrestleMania 33 was a damn good card from start to finish. And what was up with that Orton-Wyatt match?
The go home shows are over, dirt sheets have been read. But here’s my WrestleMania 33 predictions!
Goldberg and his thirty seconds matches will come to an end… Hopefully. Goldberg already defeated Lesnar on more than one occasion, it’s time for Brock to get the victory.
People are saying Roman Reigns will defeat Undertaker and the way the E is booking nowadays I see that happening. But my soul is on Undertaker.
I really wanted AJ Styles to have his WrestleMania moment without the help from Shane McMahon. It’s obvious we will see a OMG high spot from Shane, that’s all he does. Styles is getting the upper hand when it comes to SmackDown! but Shane will get his victory at Mania.
I’m pleased having Bray Wyatt as WWE Champion. There’s no need for Orton to win, he already made it to the mountain top many of times over. I see happening is a screwy finish to get the belt off Bray.
I’m glad to see Austin Aries back in action, he’s always been one of my favorites. Enjoyed his TNA Impact Wrestling run as well and now it’s time to take the cruiserweight division by storm. I see him defeating Neville to become the new cruiserweight champion.
Jericho-Owens have been putting on a damn good show. From being the best of friends to Owens turning on Jericho at the Festival of Friendship. Some say Jericho is taking time off after Mania, I’ll give this win to Kevin Owens.
John Cena and Nikki Bella vs. The Miz and Maryse… I can care less about Cena and Nikki. Give it to the heels, Miz and Maryse.
Bayley vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax… I’m a Bayley fan 100% but as of late not so much. I don’t really see a change but maybe that underdog character she’s been playing is getting to me. Banks is injury prone and the only person that can have a decent run with the strap is Charlotte Flair and that’s who I’m going with. As for Nia Jax, it’s too soon for her to get the belt.
2017 Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal… Pick anyone on the WWE roster and that’s your winner but Luke Harper is mine. Picking a second, Bo Dallas. Bolieve!
Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson vs. Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs. Cesaro and Sheamus… These multi tag team matches at Mania is too loaded. It’s like having a triple threat match each year at Mania. I like Gallows and Anderson so I’m going with them.
Alexa Bliss vs. Mickie James vs. Becky Lynch vs. Natalya vs. Carmella vs. Naomi… Another multi person match that may last three minutes, gotta get everyone’s spots in. Keep the belt on Bliss.
Dean Ambrose vs. Baron Corbin… It’s time to give Corbin a championship. And defeating Ambrose for the belt would make his stock rise.
The Triple H, Seth Rollins story has been ongoing for a good couple years or so. And finally they are facing each other. I do hope Rollins gets his revenge but let’s not forget that Samoa Joe is a factor.
With WrestleMania 33 only weeks away, I sat down with Lawrence (Disco Stu) to get his thoughts on WrestleMania, podcasting, The Undertaker and so much more.
WrestleMania 33 is next month are you excited about any of the matches?
So far the only one that really has peaked my interest is the Jericho vs. Owens match. There is potential for some good matches that haven’t been booked yet. A lot will depend on how AJ Styles is booked. The E also seems on path to book a Neville vs. Austin Aries match which I would pop for.
The Undertaker has been booked to face Roman Reigns, do you see Undertaker walking out of Mania with the win or will we see 23-2 in the streak?
At this point I don’t see why they should book the Undertaker to lose this match unless its to fully cement a Roman heal turn. The Undertaker is special and should only be beaten if its going to result in something that will change the company for the better. To beat Undertaker just to push a guy who has failed to get over with the fans as a face over and over again would be a huge waste of a valuable Undertaker loss.
It has been said WrestleMania is the can’t miss wrestling event of the year. But I disagree, last year I watched Pro Wrestling Guerrilla’s BOLA tournament and to me it was better than Mania. In your opinion, is there any “big event” shows that could or get close to surpassing WrestleMania if you take out all the glitz and glamour, celebrities, etc?
I don’t think it’s fair to take out the glitz and glamour as that is as big of a part of WrestleMania as the wrestling is. I agree there are shows that are better wrestling shows than Mania, as you mentioned BOLA and Wrestle Kingdom year after year deliver at the highest level. The thing that makes Mania different though is the glitz and glamour, the big show feel. WrestleMania is a spectacle and nothing will come close to topping it.
We all read them and we all have our go to people when it comes to reading the dirt sheets. What’s your thoughts on people like Meltzer, Keller, and Satin… Are they fair with their criticism on pro wrestling?
For the most part dirt sheets are just another form of entertainment for the “smart” fan. They serve a purpose, that is to allow smarts to think they know what’s going to happen or to give us the “inside” scope. Whether it’s true or not. As long as you read them for what they are and that is an extension of the entertainment wrestling provides.
I will say I think Satin is right on. He is very reliable and doesn’t give into the pressure to break news on a weekly basis. If there is a story he will pursue it, but so far I have not witnessed him create a story for the sake of breaking news. That is something I believe all the other dirt sheets have been guilty of.
I like Satin, he’s good and his credibility hasn’t insulted my intelligence, when talking about his website or podcast.
Since leaving the E Cody Rhodes has been leaving his mark in many indie promotions. Thoughts on the grandson of a plumber since leaving the E?
I think Cody has done a great job of building his name into something creditable over his last eight or so months. The key is now for him to do something with it. We have watched ten’s of indie darlings over the years get over but then not do anything with that momentum. I think his end game is to go back to the E and show them what he has done and that they were wrong. If there is money to be made VKM will swallow his pride and have him back. The problem is that a shelf life for an indy darling is two years tops before that shine starts to wear off. I would like to see him talking with the E in early 2018 about a return. I think it’s what he ultimately wants and the fans win because we will get to see him weekly and hopefully with a rocket ship attached to him.
To change the subject a bit. You are someone who host their own podcast, The Awesome 80’s Pod. Nowadays it seems like every wrestling podcast needs a hook and that hook being having a wrestler on their show to give insight on today’s product. As for myself, I’m not too keen of those types of podcast. What’s your opinion?
So I was in early on the originals, Colt, Austin, JR, Jericho. I however have backed off. I still subscribe to all of those but I rarely to more than one show a month per show. I’m a completist and used to believe I had to listen to everyone start to finish to feel whole. The guests are mostly recycled and most hooks are similar. There are 100’s of them out there now and they are all too similar. To be honest the only must list wrestling podcast out there is Something to Wrestle with Bruce Prichard. I plan my Fridays around it. The Monday Nitro version is also good but not nearly as good as Prichard. The cohost Conrad has been friends with my show since he first entered the podcasting realm and now he had the #1 podcast in all of wrestling. It feels good to see a friend succeed.
Over the past month or so WWE has been announcing the 2017 Hall of Fame class. People like Rick Rude, Kurt Angle, Beth Phoenix and Diamond Dallas Page to name a few. Thoughts on the class of 2017 and who would you like to see go into the Hall?
Brad Maddox, I kid I kid. Actually I don’t think too much about the HOF. I have been to two of the last three ceremonies and I love the spectacle of it. Ultimately it’s all about entertainment. It’s a show produced to get the best fan reaction. There is always a little truth a little spectacle and a lot of awesomeness. People hate on the HOF which I think is ridiculous. The business is a work. The HOF is a work. Enjoy it or stop watching. Yes their are wrestlers in there who don’t deserve it and wrestlers who should be but aren’t. When it makes sense from an entertainment stand point they will be in. I saw the Ultimate Warriors last three public events in person and to this day I am only half joking when I say Vince booked his death perfectly. I mean Vince knows WTF is up.
Lastly… The year is still young, what are you looking forward to seeing in pro wrestling this year?
Honestly there is not one thing I look forward to specifically. Don’t get me wrong I’m not some old smart who thinks they can’t do anything right since Smokey Mountain folded. I love the business and I love the surprise aspect. When I was younger I would had notebooks full of fantasy booked cards and I would have WCW & WWF booked out months ahead of time. Now I just watch for the experience and enjoyment of the shows. I don’t agree with everything they put out but ultimately the product dictates whether I watch more or don’t. My biggest thrill will be what they do with Joe and if my man SN gets called up from NXT. Either way I’ll watch and consume it’s just a matter of how much and only they can dictate that.
There you have it… A bit of an inside scoop from Disco Stu.
The booking for Bill Goldberg in the WWE is ridiculous. He has had nothing but squash matches and tonight Goldberg defeated Kevin Owens in less than a minute, yes thanks to Jericho but that’s not the point. I am so disappointed in the E for throwing away Owens’ title run and giving the championship to a part timer who wants to show his family he can still go. From what I’ve seen, Goldberg couldn’t last five minutes in a ring. He even jobbed to a door to his forehead.
The rest of FastLane I skimmed through. I did watch Bayley-Charlotte and it was a good match. Now we are on the road to WrestleMania and hopefully it’s better than the last few PPV’s the E put together.
It was announced tonight on Monday Night RAW that Beth Phoenix will be inducted into the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame.
I’ve been hearing rumors of Phoenix going into the Hall for a few months and I was even saying it’s too soon, and I’m a Beth Phoenix fan. Because of her, she made the Divas division worth watching when all you had was three minute squash matches.
If Beth Phoenix was around today she would totally dominate the Divas Revolution Era. If I had to fantasy book her into a match, I’ll put her against Charlotte Flair.
On a few unrelated notes… I’m digging Riverdale. I’ve read a handful of Archie comics in the past and if they were as cool as Riverdale is I may have kept reading them. And yes, I’m in the same boat of people that’s saying Riverdale is a bit like Twin Peaks.
I’m still grinding through Arrow, sometimes it’s to hard to watch. But I been told to stick with it, because they are at least trying to make the series good again.
And then there’s Flash… It hasn’t failed me yet as a series. I’m really into the Killer Frost storyline. Danielle Panabaker is great playing good and evil. I just hope, if she does turn heel she won’t leave the show because she’s an awesome actress.
Emmalina made her WWE return tonight on Monday Night RAW… Those “Premiering Soon” vignettes has been running since October and I was beginning to think the E was treating her like Brodus Clay, building up this beast of a wrestler but only got the Funkasaurus.
Basically, Emmalina walked out on stage and cut a strange promo and left. From what I got out of it is, Emmalina wants to be Emma again… No idea. Hopefully she turns back as a heel and brings along her sunglasses and leather gloves. Because that was the best incarnation of her gimmick.
— WWE (@WWE) February 14, 2017
I totally forgot that Elimination Chamber was an all SmackDown Pay Per View, because I was looking forward to Kevin Owens defending his championship against Goldberg. But that will take place at Fastlane next month.
I pretty much skipped the first half because The Walking Dead was on but Orton-Harper put on a great match. Liked to see Harper win because Orton already is going to WrestleMania and this loss would not hurt him at all.
The main event was good. Baron Corbin put on a strong performance. Cena-Styles never disappoints as always. But it was Bray Wyatt who became the new WWE Champion and it’s been a long time coming… Side Note: Like the new look to the Elimination Chamber.
When WrestleMania comes around and the E doesn’t change their card we will see Wyatt-Orton for the WWE Championship. I say keep it on Wyatt, he doesn’t need it but it’s nice to see him with it. He’s like Jake Roberts or Roddy Piper, so good he doesn’t need a championship.
See you at Fastlane…
At the time the State of Illinois was treating pro wrestling as a sanctioned athletic event. They wanted FUW to purchase a promoters license at a rough cost of $10,000 and have our referees go through training at another cost of around $1,000. The State went around to the venues we were playing and told them if they booked us they could be fined as well. We kept doing shows and just stopped promoting them on our website. That worked for a couple of shows until we got a cease and desist letter from the state. Around that time we were tipped off that Vince McMahon was actually fighting the state of Illinois because he had to pay money to the state every time he ran shows in Illinois. Illinois was going to drop the fees the first of the next year which was three months away so we stopped doing shows until the time had elapsed. Dre (co owner) and I had a couple of meetings with the state. We didn’t really talk about it with the rest of the federation but there was a time that I was more than a little concerned about our future and the consequences we may have faced.
I recently watched the documentary Disco Stu: I Will Survive, where a story line mirrored the situation with your legal troubles with the state. Looking back do you think it was a good idea? Also, that was a innovative story line playing off a real life situation. You were ahead of your time as a booker.
The idea for the story line seemed so natural and as you saw from the videos you watched was hugely over with the crowd. I loved that angle and was so happy to be a part of it and help create it. I have no regrets at all about doing it. It’s one of my favorite angles we ever ran and I think it really help step up our product.
FUW being an outlaw promotion do you think you had enemies and maybe one of them was a whistleblower to get your promotion shut down?
Good question. We had fairly concrete information that a fully licensed fed in Chicago turned us in. We were a bunch of “untrained armatures” which we basically were but due to our business model of wrestling at colleges or college bars and having our stories appealing to that audience we were attracting a few hundred a show at that time while they were lucky to get a 100 in a community center. We did things like having live commentary throughout the show that injected a lot of comedy. Basically we didn’t take ourselves seriously and that’s what made our product enjoyable to the college crowd. This fed was pissed off by that and turned us in.
At anytime did you run shows out of state?
No we ran most of our shows in Bloomington/Normal, IL. We did run a couple of shows in both Peoria, IL & Charleston IL.
Did you bring in any “big names” to pop the town you were in?
No, that wasn’t our model. We went after the colleges crowds who were more interested in our story lines and characters than our athletic ability. This was also a different time in “Indy Wrestling”. Now I can hop on Twitter and message a wrestler from my childhood and offer him money to come do a meet in greet as way to market my show. Back in 99 it wasn’t that easy. The accessibility just wasn’t there. We did have a good relationship with LWF in Chicago. They were like older brothers to us and if we ran into any issues they would give us advice and at times a few of them would come down and watch our shows.
In today’s indie circuit a majority of wrestlers have to work a day job while wrestling at night, was that the case for you or was FUW making a decent income to keep you away from a nine to five?
So I mentioned our business model earlier but in retrospect to this question I will revise the term business model. FUW didn’t exist for profit. Truth be told FUW lost way more money than it ever saw. We never ran it as a business for of like the opportunity more like building out a dream. We would use the money made to update our equipment. Once we stared making decent pay days we as a group rented a warehouse where our ring was set up and allowed people to train, sleep and hang out.
As a person who wrestled, managed, and book a territory which job was your favorite?
I loved booking and getting in the ring but I’m not a wrestler. I had my moments and as much as I wished I was a wrestler the facts are I was not a great worker. I got the character over which allowed the crowd to give me leeway in the ring. Working as a manager was great because I was able to get that high of being in front of the live crowd without the pressure of trying to be a better worker and allowed me to use my character to help get another guy over.
After FUW folded was there any ambition to join another any indie company or try your hands with the big two WWF(E) or WCW?
I mean I had dreams of being a manager and character but realistically I was never a wrestler.
If Disco Stu was still in the wrestling business today, other than WWE or TNA what company would Stu go after to get booked?
I could see myself as a manager in an Indy or even ROH. If I had an opportunity to get my character over I think I could do well in a managerial role.
Back in 2008 there was a 10 year reunion for FUW, any chance for a One Night Only show in the future?
I don’t think so. We no longer have a ring or any of our stage and lighting rigs. As what happens in time a lot of us have lost touch with each other for various reasons. I think it’s best to leave that time in the past.
What does the future hold for Disco Stu?
Well as you know my alter ego Lawrence is the host of a weekly 80’s podcast but as far as Disco Stu goes I think there is one last project out there for me to put that final bow on FUW. I think the story of what we did would be interesting to lots of people out there. I have worked on a couple of ideas recently so don’t be surprised in the next year or two if you see one last FUW project out there and as I already mentioned it won’t be a show.
I know that wrestling documentaries and tell all books are huge with fans, can we expect one of those in the near future? And tell me more about this podcast, if you will.
The thing about FUW is we recorded everything, and I mean everything. There is a lot of footage out there that I think something could be done with and I may have starting working on something but I am in no rush to finish something. If it comes together I would be very happy but mostly I’m just enjoying going back and reliving some of what we did. When I look at what this group of untrained misfits did from an outsiders perspective I am still a little amazed at what we accomplished. When you live through it you often don’t look at it from a high level perspective. Going through footage and answering these questions has really made me appreciate what each member of FUW accomplished during that time. I haven’t talked to some of the guys and girls for many years but if anyone of them called me tomorrow I would take that call and love reliving the old times and catching up on life.My podcast is called the Awesome 80’s podcast. We review, relive and explore 80’s movies, television and pop culture. My partner Carlson (longest reigning FUW champion) and I do this weekly and can be found on iTunes, YouTube and TheAwesome80s.com. Over the past 7 years we have had the opportunity to interview some of our favorite 80’s celebrities and meet our incredible fans. We do occasionally discuss wresting and team up with other podcasts like the Old School Wrestling Podcast and the Drunken Zombie Podcasting Network.
Lastly, I have a few names I want to throw at you. Whatever comes to mind…
Cocaine = Jesus.
16 year old girls.
Before you go is there anything you want to say to your fans?
I will always appreciate our fan base that for 5 years showed up monthly to watch us perform, follow our silly storylines and allowed a bunch of skinny and fat kids to live out there dreams.
For more information on Federation of United Wrestlers visit FUWwrestling.com
The road to WrestleMania kicked off with the Royal Rumble and what a fine Rumble it was. The opening match between Flair and Bayley was good. I been saying it for months, the WWE women’s division has been spectacular. Hopefully this feud continues to Mania with another meeting between the two.
The hardcore style match with Owens and Reigns was fine, the finish with Braun Strowman interfering was a surprise. Maybe a setup for Strowman-Reigns at Elimination Chamber or even Mania, but where does Undertaker fit into all this? I can see Owens-Jericho going at it too.
The Cena-Styles match delivered 100% they never disappoint. Their feud is up there with Rhodes-Flair, Lita-Trish, and Hogan-Piper. This may be the end of their feud if nothing happens at Elimination Chamber. But Styles does have rematch.
The Royal Rumble match wasn’t a let down. No major surprises or legends. I did have hope for Kenny Omega to appear but that was shot down. Mr. Ten Tye Dillinger entered number ten, not a huge surprises but everyone was expecting that to happen. As for Orton winning, that’s cool. At least it wasn’t Reigns again. Undertaker, Lesnar, and Goldberg had short moments building to Mania matches. Strowman on the other hand was a best and I did thought a couple times that he may win. Jericho was the ring general, and Miz using D-Bry’s moves was a good storyline nod.
Next up is Elimination Chamber and a lot can change from that PPV until WrestleMania. Only time will tell… Massive!
Dean Martin once said I feel sorry for people who don’t drink because when they wake up that’s the best they are going to feel all day. Pretend I’m Dean Martin right now.
I wouldn’t say I’m feeling like Dean after a Vegas show, but I’m doing fine. And thanks for taking time for this interview.
Tell me at what age did you discover professional wrestling and what drew you to it?
I started watching WWF on Sunday mornings about the age of 7 (1986). I loved the characters, the characters always brought me in more than the work rate as a kid, like I’m sure many kids felt. I wasn’t even that big of a Hogan guy, loved steamboat and Jake.
Growing up did it ever cross your mind to become a pro wrestler?
Absolutely not. I was the kid who was skinnier than Screech. I could go to McDonald’s and eat 3 double cheeseburgers and lose 5 pounds in the process.
As for the character Disco Stu how did that gimmick come about? And if I may ask, is Stu related to Disco Inferno?
I was always a huge Simpson’s fan. My license plate has been DSCOSTU since I was 16 so when it came time to pick a gimmick for me it was obvious.
In the mid to late nineties WWF(E) and WCW were feuding in the Monday Night Wars, around that same time an indie promotion called FUW was making waves in locale territories. How did you become part of that promotion?
When I was a kid in school I would book shows in class instead of paying attention. I would pretend WCW and WWF were all one and I would write out story lines on feuds like the Steiners vs. Rockers. In early 98 a group of my friends would meet at Denny’s every Monday after Raw/Nitro to talk about it. We would print out “dirt sheets” and discuss rumors. A friend of mine was a film school drop out as was I so we discussed one night about filming a show we would write. So a week later six of us filmed the long lost FUW house show in my girlfriends parents attic and used flip in fucks as the ring. It was horrible but the word got out so a month later we did our first back yard show. It kept snowballing until Illinois State University got a hold of our tapes and offered us a paying gig.
Have you had any professional training to become a wrestler?
I didn’t but as FUW evolved we rented warehouses and created training facilities: crash pads for wrestlers. By that time I was barely a wrestler but was really proud of our guys who put in the work and taught each other how to work.
You also became the first FUW World Heavyweight Champion, what did that mean to you?
Honestly not much. There were two co-founders myself and another guy. We agreed I would win the first title match in a trampoline lumberjack match and if we had another show he would defeat me. I never expected to have another show. Three years later I was part of a team that won the tag belts and that meant a lot because I get we had a great match and gave the fans what they wanted.
In the match you had with Mad Dawg were you had a VHS tape on a pole, who’s idea was that?
So that show was supposed to be our last but much like Terry Funk we came back. It was actually the first show I didn’t book or help with creative which actually hurt me a lot because I wasn’t a part of it in any way. It was supposed to be our last show but I felt like I wasn’t needed at all. I was planning on not participating at all but the wrestler I managed XXX got injured so the “porn on a pole” match was in jeopardy. I hadn’t told anyone that I wasn’t going to be at the show but I had to fill in for him last minute and wrestle. The programs had been printed with the match so I stepped in to replace him.
You and Honky Tonk Rob formed a tag team called, Rhythm and Funk. Do you prefer being in a tag team or going solo as a single star?
I like being in a tag team. As I stated earlier my work rate was sub par so that allowed me to get my spots in, pop the crowd and let my partner work as well.
Memories from the tag match where you defeated Luke A Libre for the tag team belts?
Ha, well the joke there is that I received a concussion due to a rope break in which I got dumped on my head so memories from the actual match are not there. I have watched that match a 100 times so I know it move for move. The match online that is out there I believe is edited so there is more too it than you may have seen. My favorite memory though was working with Luke A Libre. Those guys were a lot of fun and the crowd was really really into the story our match told.
Winning the FUW World Heavyweight Championship didn’t mean much in your eyes, but you did go on to hold the Tag Team Championships did winning those belts mean anything?
In wresting titles are often called “props” I personally don’t believe that normally. I think that if the right people are holding a Feds titles it should elevate the shows they defend them on. However I was also the booker a lot of the time so it’s easy to say that the booker put the title on himself to get over. I don’t believe that was the case and we didn’t hold them long but if I’m being completely honest, hell yes it felt good and hell yes it meant something to be. I am proud of that match we won them at and I am proud to say I held the tag titles in my little tiny Indy fed.
Look for part two of this shoot interview in the up coming weeks. Massive!
I just finished watching NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 11 and it was a bit underwhelming. I enjoyed about three matches from the whole event.
The lead up to Wrestle Kingdom 11 for me didn’t have that hype behind it like WK10 or even WK9. But I know once it was over only one match got that hype and a six star rating, Kazuchika Okada vs Kenny Omega. And I agree with Meltzer, it was a phenomenal. Another match I’ll give high praise to is Cody Rhodes vs Juice Robinson. Rhodes played the heel as a member of The Bullet Club and got the victory of Robinson. The match itself was back and forth with a couple high spots, nothing special. But seeing Rhodes in anything outside of WWE is great.
If you get a chance to watch Okada-Omega it’s worth every second.
This past Monday WWE announced Kurt Angle will be inducted into the Hall of Fame and today Beth Phoenix is being rumored to be a candidate for this years class.
I’m a huge fan of Beth Phoenix but it’s kinda too soon for her to be inducted. I would like to see Ivory go in before Phoenix. But if the rumors are true, I’m happy for her.Other names being rumored for the class of 2017 include Diamond Dallas Page, William Regal, Rick Rude, Christian, IRS, and The Natural Disasters, Earthquake and Typhoon.