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Shoot Interview With Disco Stu, Part One

Ladies and Gentlemen I’m sitting here with Lawrence Tucker, but many of you know him as Disco Stu. How are you doing this morning?

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!

Thoughts On Wrestle Kingdom 11

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. 

Former WWE Women’s Champion For Hall Of Fame

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. 

Two Names For WWE: HOF 2017

It’s being written about that two names have leaked for the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame.

The first being Diamond Dallas Page, he does deserve it but not for his WWE run. It’s all about his time in AWA and WCW.The second name that’s being talked about is “Ravishing” Rick Rude and I hope he goes in because he was one of the best heels in the 80’s.

The WWE Hall of Fame ceremony will take place over WrestleMania 33 weekend in Orlando, Florida.

Official Cover Artwork For WWE Diamond Dallas Page: Positively Living’ Blu-Ray

Synopsis

At age 35, DDP attempted to become a wrestler, something everyone told him was impossible. After years of hard work, DDP ended his career a three-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion.

Since exiting the ring, DDP is now known the world over for his DDP Yoga, a life-changing exercise tool. DDP has mentored both Scott Hall and Jake Roberts to sobriety. A relentless worker with a passion for life, this is the true story of Diamond Dallas Page.

Look for Diamond Dallas Page: Positively Living’ to hit home video on March 21st.

Source: WDNetwork

Thoughts On WWE2K17

Christmas was good to me this year with WWE2K17 waiting in my stocking. After a day of updates and DLC, I finally sat down and played it. You gotta remember I was still playing WWE2K16 for the XboX 360 since its release. Now playing 2K17 on an XboX One is a big improvement. I still have to work out the new submission reversal and as I said in 2K16, there is a one to two second lag when reversing a punch or grapple. But over time I’ll get the hang of it.

The roster alone is stacked! and adding DLC to it, the match making is endless. I went ahead and unlocked all legends and I’m very pleased with the likes of Dusty Rhodes, Arn Anderson, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash. With DLC I did get Goldberg and Nakamura, both worth the couple bones I spent.

I also dabbled in community creations thanks to Drunken Zombie Facebook Fan Dave Drasheff, and found about ten CAWs. Such as Steiner Brothers, Hollywood Hogan, and Chris Hero. With some CAWs looking so good there’s no need for DLC at times. But you gotta have that entrance and theme music.

Overall WWE2K17 is a good wrestling game, a big improvement from 2K16. I know I will be playing this game for a long time.

ESPN: 30 For 30 – This Was The XFL Trailer

Over the years ESPN: 30 For 30 and E:60 series has released some fantastic documentaries and when it comes to wrestling ESPN isn’t afraid to cover such a great sport. First example would be The Wrestler, spotlighting Scott Hall (Razor Ramon) and his rise and fall in professional wrestling. Another example would be Behind the Curtain, looking at WWE’s developmental territory NXT and a handful of then up in coming talent trying to make it to the main roster. 

With that said, February 2, 2017 ESPN will be releasing another 30 For 30 special but this time it’s for Vince McMahon’s football company XFL. The XFL only lasted one season back in 2001. Look for This Was The XFL coming in 2017.

Flair-Banks Title Run

This past Monday Sasha Banks defeated Charlotte Flair once again to become WWE Women’s Champion… As I said in the past, these two wrestlers can put on a show. But my problem is, the championship changing hands too many times between Banks and Flair. Let one of them have a decent four to five month run or have someone else get the strap for a while. Bayley, Dana Brooke, or the long over due return of Emmalina. 

Goldberg To Appear In Royal Rumble Match

There’s a reason Goldberg was made to look so dominant during his return tonight at the Survivor Series … The Sheet has learned he recently agreed to appear in the upcoming Royal Rumble.

Sources tell us the 49-year-old made the deal this week that will see him participate in a Rumble match for the second time in his career. This year’s event is in January at the Alamodome.For those who missed his return, Goldberg DOMINATED Brock Lesnar in a match that lasted only a few minutes — surprising the entire wrestling world.

No word at this point as to whether any sort of WrestleMania match is in the works. After watching tonight’s PPV though, we can only imagine that The Beast will be thirsty for revenge.

Source: Pro Wrestling Sheet

Thoughts On Survivor Series (2016)

Goldberg defeated Brock Lesnar in a two minute squash match… You can say I was disappointed in this match, I wanted to see Suplex City at least once or a couple press slams from Goldberg but I didn’t. This match was a lot better than their WrestleMania XX meet up.

The RAW vs SmackDown! Live Survivor Series match was one of the best I’ve seen. Sure the way Kevin Owens and Jericho got eliminated was odd, but I enjoyed the whole thing. The SHIELD reunion was a treat. Maybe in the future we can see a six man tag with the Wyatt Family-SHIELD later down the line. It was said the MVP from this match was Shane O Mac, but I think that title needs to go to Seth Rollins he had more match time than anyone.

Miz Wins IC Belt On SmackDown! 900th

Last night on the 900th episode of SmackDown! Live The Miz defeated Dolph Ziggler to be come the Intercontinental Champion once again.

I’m happy to see Miz holding the IC belt again, I think Ziggler has run his course in WWE. His latest storyline with the Spirit Squad has fallen flat and I don’t see him getting a major push anytime soon. If he would step away from the E and start having matches on the indies, like a Cody Rhodes my interest in him may return.As for the Miz, he’s been incredible as of late. His back and forth with Bryan Danielson on Talking Smack was good and his in ring work has improved. Hopefully he’ll get a world title soon, the E needs that top heel holding the strap. 

WWE: Survivor Series (2016) Predictions

This Sunday is the 2016 Survivor Series and it’s RAW vs SmackDown. But before I get to my predictions, allow me to address all these WWE Network specials or “pay per view” every two weeks. I find having these specials every two weeks a bit overwhelming and it’s too much at times. For example, the only match I was looking forward to with Hell in a Cell was Sasha Banks vs Charlotte. Because I know those two can have a good match and they did. Some matches and Network specials I could care less about, just overwhelming.

Now Survivor Series is part of the big four but it’s feeling like Bragging Rights but I digress… To my predictions…

Goldberg is back and wants to face Brock Lesnar in a one on one match… I’ve seen their match at WrestleMania XX and it was awful but I have a small glimmer of hope that this match will be good. Hopefully Goldberg can get the ring rust off because that lock up he had with Rusev looked bad. In the match I can see Lesnar bring Goldberg to Suplex City. But if this match is just a one off for Goldberg, I can see Lesnar winning the match.

In an five on five elimination Survivor Series tag team match with Team RAW (Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, and Seth Rollins) vs. Team SmackDown (AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton and Shane McMahon) (with Luke Harper and James Ellsworth)… This match is stacked and I hope it goes on last. I see Team SmackDown winning this match because SD needs a victory over RAW to keep their momentum going so they won’t be seen as the “B Show”.

Sami Zayn in WWE has done well for himself but he needs that big win. Sure he’s gotten some over Kevin Owens, but it’s time for Zayn to carry a belt and I see him defeating Dolph Ziggler to become the new IC Champion.

I know one thing, the E has this Network special stacked with Survivor Series type matches… So let me give you all a quick run down, if you will. The winners are!

Team SmackDown – Nikki Bella, Becky Lynch, Alexa Bliss, Carmella, and Naomi with Natalya.

Team Raw – The New Day, Sheamus and Cesaro, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, Enzo Amore and Big Cass and The Primo and Epico.

Kalisto defeats The Brian Kendrick for the Cruiserweight Championship, to bring the Cruiserweight division to SmackDown.

There you have it, my predictions! But who do you want to see win at Survivor Series? Comment below. 

Joey Styles – Issues Open Letter After Being Fired From Evolve

Renowned commentator Joey Styles was fired from EVOLVE over the weekend … and now he’s issued an open letter explaining why he made such a tasteless joke during the event.

In the letter — sent to PW Insider this morning — Styles says, “Friday night, I panicked on camera during the live broadcast of Evolve 72 on FloSlam when I realized that heel manager, Stokely Hathaway and I would be doing our promo at ringside and not in the ring with ring announcer, Joanna Rose as I had anticipated.”

Joey explains that he had originally planned to include Rose in his promo and, having to come up with something different on the spot, became flustered and made a political joke — something he admits that Gabe Sapolsky specifically instructed him not to do.

Styles continues, saying that as a veteran, he should have walked through the segment beforehand and that Sapolsky was justifiably furious. The announcer claims that he apologized to Sapolsky after the show, and told him to fire him publicly, which he did.

Styles also mentions that he apologized to Rose, FloSlam representative Jeremy Botter and the wrestlers in the locker room … claiming that none of those parties were upset.

Source: Pro Wrestling Sheet

WWE: Eric Bischoff – Sports Entertainment’s Most Controversial Figure

WWE finally updated their Beyond the Ring section on the WWE Network. There you will find a lot of their home video releases… in other words, home video release I’m not willing to buy.

Starting off the documentary with the intro I got a bad feeling because a lot of the sound bites and footage came from The Monday Night War: WWE Raw vs. WCW Nitro (2004) DVD, so I thought this was going to be a rehash but was I wrong. All new interviews with Eric Bischoff and I was surprised seeing Sonny Onoo being interviewed. But here’s the break down… Majority of the stories from Bischoff running WCW have been told before but there is a couple things that caught my eye. Like Bischoff blaming himself for not bringing up talent and elevate them to the main event level. He was mostly talking about cruiser weights like Jericho, Kidman, Guerrero, Malenko etc. Another point Bischoff made was about the PPV revenue because at the end of the day that money went to Turner Broadcasting and Time Warner and not to WCW.

Overall… I find this documentary okay, because I heard a lot these stories about Bischoff, WCW, and Monday Night War before. A lot of rehashing but it does give you a good history of 90’s wrestling and how WCW beat WWE for like 84 weeks in a row. Just watch it on the WWE Network. 

Emmalina Coming To RAW

For the past three weeks I been seeing vignettes on RAW for Emmalina. Basically, the E is just repackaging Emma with a new gimmick and from the vignettes I’m seeing I have no idea what her gimmick is going to be. But I hope she returns as a heel, because her heel run before she got hurt was great. Her look was good too with black gloves, mirror sunglasses and a remixed themed. Why fix something that isn’t broken? I’m looking forward to her return.

So what do you think, is Emmalina returning with a heel her gimmick or back to babyface?

Ted DiBiase Jr. Returning For Indie Promotion

Former WWE Superstar Ted DiBiase Jr. is coming out of retirement for a match at Pro Wrestling EGO’s “The Last Call” event on Saturday, December 3rd in Pearl, Mississippi. The event will be a law enforcement fundraiser to benefit Rankin and Hinds County Honor Guard teams. Full details on the event are at this link. It appears DiBiase last wrestled in December 2013 for the FWE promotion.

Source: PWPIX

Side Note: Personally, I want DiBiase Jr. to return to the ring. He was good, I know the E booked him wrong. Just give him the Million Dollar Man gimmick and let him do his own thing.