Jerry Lawler talks about Andy kaufman

jerrylawler.jpegThis is an excerpt from an interview Phil Strum did for Under the Ring with Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler,

PS: One of the real gems I was able to discover about 10 years ago was you and Andy Kaufman in Memphis, watching some of those tapes.

JL: Andy Kaufman was one of the biggest things to ever happen to me in my career, as far as helping put me on the map on a national level. Quite frankly, you know, I’ m from Memphis, Tennessee. We had a great promotion down there for 30-something years that I wrestled. We drew big crowds in our particular area and territory down there. We were wrestling, at that time, and all the way through the mid-80s was regionalized. Before the advent of cable television, where eveything got blown out all over the world, it was next to impossible to make national news. To be known on a national level. You were just known in whatever region you were wrestling in at the time.

Then, along came Andy Kaufman. Because he was on the highest-rated show on television at the time, Taxi, and he wanted to get involved with wrestling. It just sort of fell in my lap because of a guy, Bill Apter, who was a magazine writer, at the time overheard a conversation that Andy had with Vince McMahon Sr. in which Andy wanted to get involved and wrestle some women out of the audience. He never dreamed…Andy never thought about wrestling a man.

That just evolved as I had him come down to Memphis and wrestle the women. It evolved into, finally, I thought, this is a great opportunity to get at least some sort of rub off this superstar. I just told him, ‘I said, Andy, you know, you’ve wrestled the women down here three or four weeks in a row. It’s going over great. You need to move onto something. Why don’t you have a match with a man?’ And he said, ‘Oh no no, I could never do that.’ I said, well, what if I came up with a way that you could do that? Would you be interested. And he said, “Oh my God, yeah.”

The truth of the matter is Andy grew up a wrestling fan and idolized “Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers. He told me many times, ‘I was always amazed.’ He said what captivated him about wrestling were the bad guys that could go on television and intentionally try to make people despise them, but still be popular. That became ingrained in part of Andy’s comedic performances. He never told a joke in his career. Andy wasn’t a comedian and didn’t even like to be called a comedian. He was a performance artist. His reaction, that he enjoyed getting from a crowd, was he enjoyed having them dislike him more than have them like him. He would go out and sometimes, 1,000 or 1,500 people would come to see him do comedy and he’d walk out on a podium, open up a book called “The Great Gatsby” and just start reading. And read for hours until finally, everybody finally just got up and left. And they’re going, what the heck?

Andy was great and of course, then he got the cancer. He told me at one time, I would give up everything that I’m doing in Hollywood, I’d give up Taxi, the comedy clubs, everything, if I could just stay involved in wrestling. That’s how much he loved it. All the events he did for us. All the huge sellout crowds he helped us draw there in Memphis and all around our wrestling area, he earned a lot of money and we paid him a lot of money. on all those events, Percentage of the gate every time that he wrestled for us. After he died, he had never cashed one of those checks.

PS: Wow. He really respected it.

JL: He really did.

Bobby Lashley wants to wrestle again

bobbylashley.jpgFormer WWE star Bobby lashley joined James Guttman on ClubWWI.com.

‘On the subject of professional wrestling, JG asked the question that almost everyone asks Bobby when they meet him – TNA. Any chance we could see Bobby tear it up in Total Nonstop Action? Lashley answered and was clear about his intentions.

“I’ll put it this way. I WILL be (professionally) wrestling again. So if there is anything going on with WWE and there’s people there who don’t want to see me wrestle anymore and I can’t be back in WWE, then there will be a TNA. Because I really, like I said before, I really would like to wrestle again. Whether it’s years down the line, whether it’s short stints now where I do matches here and there while still training to fight, I still want to wrestle. So whoever will take me, I’m willing to work.”

Bobby also spoke about no longer harboring any ill-will towards the company. He spoke positively about working with the McMahons both in and out of the ring, but also expressed a desire to wrestle TNA’s Kurt Angle.’

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Bobby Lashley won his first mma match.

“THE DOCTA D SHOW” DECEMBER PREVIEW: BRET HART

CM Punk Interview

cmpunk.jpegWWE is like watching a live rock band on stage beating each other up while at the same time performing an improv comedy routine.”
– CM Punk

Highlights from recent interview with CM Punk and review for Smackdown vs. Raw 2009:

“I’ve always been straight edge, I just didn’t know it,” says Punk. “I never smoked or drank or did drugs. Through music, I found out that there was this whole culture of people who were just like me and they called themselves straight edge. When I found out, I was like, cool, that’s me. It was something that made sense. I had a label for myself finally, and I ran with it. There’s a lot of pride in me with being straight edge. I have it tattooed on my body. And once I found out that there was a name for how I was, my life changed.

“I’m one of those old souls and I had just seen so much stupid stuff at a young age at parties. I always ran with an older crowd and my dad was an alcoholic, so I just never saw the reason to use a crutch. I’m a meet my problems head-on kind of guy. If there’s a problem, I want to take care of it. I don’t need to drink to forget about it or get high. That’s just not me.”

Punk, who grew up in the Chicago area wanting to be a wrestler, started pursuing his career with a dream and a computer, looking up local wrestling schools on the Internet.

“When I was 15 watching pay-per-views with my buddies, we’d go out in the backyard and roll around, goof off, and hit each other in the head with lawn chairs,” says Punk. “It’s just in my blood. I became obsessed with becoming a pro wrestler, then when I found a school, I ended up paying a bunch of money to get beat up every day. I was off and running.”

CM Punk on his finish move the Go To Sleep:

“The Go To Sleep is perfect for me because I use my feet and my knees unlike any WWE superstar in history. You pick that guy up, and the fans know what’s coming. You boost him over your head and knee him on the way down. It’s gravity. It’s poetic. You knock them out and they go to sleep. There’s just something about that that’s me.”

On the physicality of wrestling:

“Honestly, I don’t like getting hit with anything, but getting sent through a table is no picnic,” says Punk. “I think people don’t take into account how the table shatters, you get splinters, and you wind up chewing on wood for some reason. It’s like when you go to the beach and you get sand everywhere, after you get sent through a table, there is just wood everywhere. There are screws that end up sticking in your leg, so you end up bleeding. It’s not fun. People think the table just cracks and that’s it, but it’s a lot more painful than that.”

On Tommy Dreamer

“Tommy is a nut,” Punk laughs. “Fans would hand him steel pipes or sewer grates or whatever and he’d smack people in the face with it. Dreamer and I always joke around about how he’s my mentor and I’m his protégé. I’ve actually known Tommy for years and years and years and he’s always helped me out tremendously.”

On the ‘naysayers’

As for being called “greasy” and a “wannabe rebel”, the real Punk says he’s been called a lot worse in real life. How does he get past all the haters? “I think that has a lot to do with what I call PMA, positive mental attitude,” he says. “A whole bunch of people told me that if I went to WWE, I’d never make it. But it’s like I never heard them. I never listened. To me, I’m exactly where I belong. I feel like I was born to do this. Whatever your walk in life is, you pick what you want to be, then go ahead and be the best one.”

On Wrestlemania:

“Wrestlemania is extremely intense,” Punk tells me. Last year, Punk made a huge name for himself by winning the Money in the Bank ladder match in front of 80,000 people. “I came to the ring and there were still a couple of other guys who needed to do their entrances. I was trying to soak it all in, look at some faces in the crowd, get some focus points, and it was just so super cool.”

On his name, CM Punk:

Speaking of making a name for himself, it was time once again to play “What does CM stand for?” Punk loves messing with people about his name (he’s told fans it stands for everything from Cookie Monster to Charles Manson), and he always has a new answer for me whenever I bring up the topic. Last time we talked about it, he told me a story of how it stood for Chick Magnet. “I don’t know where you got that from,” Punk laughs, even though he’s the one who told me. “CM has always stood for one thing: Chicago Made. Chick Magnet? That’s preposterous. Girls don’t like me. I was born and raised in Chicago. The city made me. Punk is just because I’ve always been a smart-mouthed, wise-ass punk. I still am. I was the guy, if a bunch of football players were messing with one of my friends, I’d walk over there and spit in their face.”

“Are you just messing with me now?” I ask

“Could be,” he laughs.

The mystery continues (and he knows I’ll ask him again next time I see him).

Funny thing is, Punk thinks he has one of the worst names in wrestling. “I think CM Punk is one of the worst names in the business, but I am what I am,” he says. As for the other bad names in wrestling history? “I’m a big fan of unnecessary alliteration. I’m a big comic book nerd, so it always tickled me that everybody’s name is like Peter Parker or Lana Lang. So in wrestling, Duke ‘The Dumpster’ Droese was always a really good bad name.”

“Whose fault are the bad names, the talent of the creative team?” I ask.

“I think it boils down to being the wrestler’s fault. You don’t always have to say yes to everything. You can say: ‘No, I’m not a Rooster.’ It is intimidating and you don’t want to screw up or burn bridges, so a lot of guys, if they hand you something, they just try and take that ball and run with it.”

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Newsday interviews Mick Foley

foley2.jpgAlfonso Castillo of Newsday interviewed Mick Foley recently. Here are some excerpts from the article:

On hurting his chances of being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame:“I’ve had the advantage of having a lot of closure to my career. I had the book that kind of summed up all my experiences. And I’m recognized and seemingly appreciated on a daily basis by fans. So I’m not in need of healing, which is what the entry to the Hall of Fame seems to be for a lot of guys. So, although I would be flattered to one day be asked, in no way am I looking at inclusion in the WWE Hall of Fame as necessary to complete my career.”

About the chairshot he took from Kurt Angle at Bound for Glory: “I didn’t know that Kurt was going to be quite that angry. That’s probably Jeff Jarrett’s statement that I was the greatest acquisition in TNA history showing itself. But, you know, I can take a shot here and there. I guess, from what my kids said, my wife was a little concerned. But you know, hey, people are going to be critical of anything. There’s a certain number of people who are critical of anything that anybody does in wrestling. So I’m pretty comfortable with that decision.”

His short-lived announcing career: “I honestly feel that if people go back and watch the big matches that I called with Michael Cole and JR that they’ll stand up and they’ll stand the test of time. And I like knowing that when I was at my best that I did a very credible job. And, you know, I feel like I really could have been good. But it is Vince’s company and it’s not my position to tell him how to produce his announcers. And Vince is going to be right a lot more often than he’s going to be wrong. But I was not a fan of his producing.”

Critics of TNA’s booking: “If you were traveling around the country, you probably wouldn’t have fans quite as interested in the backstage happenings. So you would be a lot less likely to hear, ‘Fire Russo’ chants. I was always a supporter of Russo’s. I even have that in writing in WWE books. And I think that now we have a cast of guys who could really make things happen. And I think that you will see a better focus on creative… You know, I think [Vince Russo] is a great idea guy. The challenge of coming up with something new every week is probably not fully appreciated by many people.”

Performing before small crowds in TNA: “It’s not a blow to my ego, but it does drive me to help the company. I remember the way Terry Funk and I felt back in 1995 wrestling back in 1995 in a 40 degree gymnasium – that we were trying to build something. And there was a lot of pride taken in being part of that construction effort. I think the guys in TNA have worked really hard and built up a good company. And if I didn’t think it could get better and I didn’t think I could be a part of it, I would not have joined.”

Returning to the ring: “I look at it like, man, there are so many possibilities. There are so many prospective opponents. And I can honestly say that this is the most fun I’ve had as part of a wrestling show since probably 2000 when I was the commissioner. And it’s the first time in quite a while where I feel like what I do or say is making a difference, or, I guess more accurately, that what I do or say will be given the chance to make a difference.”

Negotiating with TNA again after turning down their offer years ago: “They called me up and had an idea and I met with the head of Spike. And it really felt like they had a long term vision and that I could be a big part of it. And one thing I told them was that I would not play an offer with one company off the other. I never even talked to WWE about the possibility of re-signing. The deal with TNA was very flexible and they were really easy to deal with. I’m really excited about working with Dixie Carter and Jeff Jarrett and everybody at TNA.”

New Jake interview

Check out Jake’s interview with Bill Apter (complete with a cameo at the end!)

Edge Interview, Edge on Christian Cage returning to WWE

wwe-edge.jpgExcerpts from a recent Edge interview with Brian Fritz:

What’s it like for you now that you’ve been in the WWE for so long and came in at such a young age and came up through the ranks to where you’re now one of the veterans of the locker room?

Yeah, it’s pretty strange. For a while there, I was still one of the kids. I was 30 years old and still being called ‘kid’ and I was like ‘alright’. I guess that makes sense. Now, it’s been such a transition through the locker room and there’s maybe four of us since I’ve been there – Kane, Triple H, Undertaker. I can’t think of any off the top of my head besides that. It’s interesting and when you have (Zack) Ryder and (Curt) Hawkins – I call them my kids – and to see how excited they are and they come up and ask me for advice and everything. It’s really fun to kind of give back in that respect because I did have guys throughout my career, at the beginning of my career before I got to WWE, who really gave me priceless advice. Whoever it was – Bret Hart or Dory Funk or Tom Pritchard or all these guys who have great experience and helped me along so it’s nice to do that for younger guys now.

It reminds me of that first Foley DVD where he’s sitting there and I think it’s you and Christian and he would be giving you advice between cuts.

Yeah. Mick was another guy too. I really got lucky in that respect to be able to respect Mick when I did. He knew at that point I really wanted to prove a point and he helped me prove it. But it’s been cool – the people I’ve gotten to rub elbows with. Teaming with (Hulk) Hogan, TLC matches with (Ric) Flair, hardcore matches with Foley. That’s on the job training that you if you don’t learn there, you’re not going to.

I was going to mention that TLC match with Flair. When we heard that Flair was going to do that match, we were like are you serious? Let’s see what they pull out. Then you go out there and it was awesome.

Yeah. He came with his game. Ric’s always amazed me. He gets that shine in his eye and there’s no stopping him. But I initially went oh wow – TLC match with Ric Flair. This is the first singles TLC match. Not only is it the first singles TLC match but it’s not against Jeff Hardy or something. So, I knew it was going to be a challenge but it was fun. That crowd that night was awesome.

I think at that point Ric felt he had something to prove too.

Yeah. Without a doubt he did. I think we both did. A lot of times, that’s when you’ll get the best results when you have two guys who have something to prove. Mick at WrestleMania 22 did. He wanted – he seriously wanted – that WrestleMania moment for himself. So we went through a flaming table.

I’m sure when you came into the WWE that you were sitting there going I really want to wrestle this guy and that guy. Now, there’s probably people going I want to wrestle Edge.

I kind of lose track of that I guess. I never really think of things in those terms. I’m still kind of blown away when little kids are extremely excited to meet me and I try to think back to when I first met Mr. Perfect or guys like that and how stoked I was for months after. But I guess there are some young guys coming up now that would want to wrestle me. I don’t know. I’m kind of far removed from that end of the spectrum now.

Really?

It’s just that I have no idea what it’s like to be breaking in now – what the climate is like or who guys look to as inspirations. I looked to – when I got in the business – Shawn and Bret. Those were the guys I wanted to try and pattern – and Mr. Perfect, Barry Windham and guys like that. I don’t know who they would be patterning themselves after now, whether it be Jeff Hardy or Rey Mysterio or Evan Bourne. I don’t know.

I think one of the things that is amazing about where your career is now is that you have found a way where people truly hate you. In this day and age, it seems almost impossible. We’ve talked about this before and how it’s almost impossible to have a true heel in wrestling these days but you’ve proven that there can be a true heel now.

It can actually be very easy. All the person has to want to do is actually be hated. You can be hated if you want to be hated. If you have no part of you that wants to do a cool move, that wants to get any kind of a positive reaction, that wants to out wrestle the babyface. You have to throw all of that out the window. You always have to look worse. You always have to be outwrestled. You always have to do something in order to get the advantage. As long as you don’t mind doing those things whether it’s to be made to look like the fool, whether it’s to be made to cheat to win – whatever it is, it’s still possible and can be very easy. And I realized how easy it can be because that was my mentality. I wanted no redeeming qualities whatsoever. And it’s easy to do that, easy for people to buy into that. You just have to really commit to it. And whether that means – when I was doing those psychotic promos, I wanted to look like I hadn’t slept for weeks. So I didn’t wash my hair. I wanted to look like I was – I didn’t shave. Kind of like how I look now I guess. (laughing)

I’m sure people loved traveling with you.

I still showered! I just didn’t wash my hair. I really just wanted to look like this guy that was on an emotional roller coaster and about to have a breakdown. I didn’t care if I was good looking or if I was tanned or any of those things. I just wanted to look the part. I don’t know right now if there’s a lot of guys that would want to do that. I don’t blame them. But that’s what I’ve decided. If I want to be that hated guy – nobody else is doing it. I might as well. I had to commit to it.

That’s the thing. For every person that goes out there and gets cheered, there has to be the villain.

In order for it to be successful. In order from those heroes to look like heroes. Part of my job is to get thrown all over the place by a guy like Batista and make him look even more superhuman than he is and try and find a chink in the armor to get any kind of offense on him that I can. That’s part of – it goes back to where that can be very easy. It’s worked for decades. You just have to really want to do it.

Now with the initial deal with Cena because that came out of nowhere really when you first won the belt. It was almost like lightning in a bottle because everybody watching was like “wow!”. It shot out of nowhere. Did you see that – any realm of that – becoming what it ending up becoming when you initially did it and when it was coming together?

I thought it could be but I didn’t know if we would be given the opportunity to let it go as far as it did. I think initially it wasn’t supposed to be the lightning in the bottle like it was but people tapped into it. Whether it’s because we’re polar opposites – our characters – whether it’s because he’s the hip-hop guy and I’m the rock and roll guy. I don’t know what it was but it became kind of the Red Sox – Yankees. I’ve heard someone use that analogy before and that’s really what it felt like and people got with it. A lot of times, things you don’t necessarily expect to happen, they do. That’s one thing where our audience can really tell us what they want because if they’re reacting, they’re going to get more of it. If you want to see more Cena – Edge, you’re paying to see it. You’re going to get it. I don’t think we ever expected it to go where it was going. It did and it was a lot of fun.

When is Christian coming back?

I don’t know. I’d like him to.

There’s rumors out there you know.

There’s always going to be rumors. I’d like for him to because I think it would be cool for him to end his career there and also because we’d get to ride together again which would be fun. We’re always going to be friends no matter what the other is doing but it would be nice to do it together. I think that would be pretty cool. Whether it happen or not, I don’t know. That’s stuff I’ve never really delved into and I don’t ask anybody their deal. I just worry about my own in that respect and it’s worked good for me that way.

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Edge puts Mick Foley through a burning table.

WWE Vice President Ed Wells JapanToday interview

edwells.jpgJapanToday.com had an online interview with Ed Wells, vice president and general manager of WWE Japan. Wells stated that WWE is looking to build business outside of North America and in Japan. Wells said they would look to do that by firstly satisfying current fans in terms of content and secondly by moving into the entertainment side of things.

The article goes into Wells’ credentials: ‘‘WWE has become so popular in Japan that an office was established last January to grow and manage the business directly. That’s when Wells came on board. Born in Detroit, he graduated from the University of Michigan in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies and Japanese. He added a Master of Arts in International Affairs at American University (1996-1997), followed by a Master of Arts in International Relations at Kyoto’s Ritsumeikan University from 1997-98.’

‘Wells joined the international program sales department of MTV Networks International in New York in 1999. He spent two years in Singapore and had a stint as vice president and general manager for the Nickelodeon division of Viacom International Japan before joining WWE.’

Wells was very candid about WWE’s marketing strategy:

“Our fans don’t consider us sports. They know we are entertainment and tune in to see a drama. All of our programming is storyline based with wrestling at the heart of it. I would say our competition around the world is not other pro wrestling leagues. Rather it is Hollywood dramas such “24,” “Lost” and “Heroes.”

“I think we have a very solid foundation. We need to start to attract new fans and give people a reason to try us out. I have no doubt that if they watch our content, they are going to get hooked. It is fun to watch. You can start anytime. It’s not like a lot of TV dramas where if you just tune in mid-season, it’s very hard to catch up. WWE’s basic concept is good vs evil and it’s quite easy to understand.”

‘When WWE holds four major events in the U.S.—Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania, Summer Slam and Survivor -– we do something special for our fans in Japan. In February, we had Royal Rumble Japan Tour at Budokan and Ariake Coliseum. In May, diva Torrie Wilson came for Wrestlemania. We did a viewing party with a giant screen and sold tickets for fans to watch it. Torrie has quite a big following. The event sold out immediately. One of the most important things in marketing a brand is creating a connection between that brand and viewers. We make these events interactive; it’s not just sitting back and watching a show. The stars love Japan.

‘The Summer Slam Tokyo viewing party for 500 fans is on Sept 7 from 2-6 p.m. at Stellar Ball (inside Shinagawa Prince Hotel). Guest stars will be Diva Victoria and Diva Maria. In future, I would like to do events around the country, like a road show because not all of our fans can come to Tokyo.’

WWE brands are shown on J Sports ESPN, 1, 2, and Plus every day.

Jerry Jarret Interview

01.jpgOne of the most-legendary promoters in the history of professional wrestling & the founder of TNA Wrestling, Jerry Jarrett, was the special guest on the live edition of Monday Night Mayhem. The interview can be heard live in streaming audio every Monday night at 8PM ET/7PM CT exclusively on The Monday Night Mayhem Radio Network (www.MondayNightMayhem.com, www.OnlineWorldOfWrestling.com and www.ITunes.com)

Jerry wanted to let fans know that since leaving TNA Wrestling his health has been well. Jeff has been able to devote more of his time to his family and to his construction business. “Being outdoors is great. The construction business is stress, but not the same kind of the stress as the wrestling business.”

Jerry was asked about the development of Total Nonstop Action, and whether he thinks the product of the early days is better overall than today. Jerry said that the “old-school” days of NWA-TNA “bring a smile to his face,” as they were a throwback to the ’70’s & ’80’s. Jerry was a lot more involved in those early years of the company, and is slightly prejudice to that time because of his involvement. Jerry went on to say that the judge and the yardstick of success in wrestling is making money. People’s opinions are their opinions, but what it all boils down to is a bottom financial line.

As to how the NWA-TNA came about, Jerry described in detail what lead into the night of the first show. Jerry had sold his stock in the Memphis & Louisville territories to his former partner, Jerry “The King” Lawler. Jerry says that at that point, he was out of the wrestling business. After WCW closed up shop and his son departed the WWE, Jeff came to his father. With World Championship Wrestling out of the picture, Jerry bought into the concept of NWA-TNA, something that he does not regret at all in his life. Jerry explained, “you try to do everything you can for your children.” Jerry figurs that at that time, despite having accumulating some wealth in the business, it would take approximately $50 million dollars to get onto broadcast television, which he did not have. Jeff and Jerry were able to get In-Demand to jump on board for a 52-week PPV budget. The original company strategy was that word of mouth would help grow the product. This did not happen. The company was out of money and HealthSouth backed out. Then the Carter Family was there to invest into the company’s ownership, and keep it thriving to this day.

Jerry was very open about his true feelings for Vince Russo. “I have no regard for Vince Russo, I think he is a detriment to the wrestling business, and I don’t think he has ever, ever been successful in the business.” Jerry believes that Vince has taken a lot of credit for the WWE’s success while he was there, and that Jerry was “the captain of the ship” when WCW sunk. “I do not consider him an asset to the wrestling business in any way.”

When asked if he thought TNA could eventually compete on a one-on-one level with the WWE, Jerry replied, “Bob Carter has a lot of money, but he don’t have enough to compete with Vince McMahon. You can’t buy competition with Vince…Vince is a third-generation promoter, he knows the wrestling business…His life is the wrestling business 24/7. I can tell you that, because I am one of the few people that stayed in his home with him & Linda…Unless you have the same kind of credentials in the wrestling business, the same kind of money, & most importantly, the same kind of dedication, you cannot compete. Ted Turner could not compete.” Jerry said that he didn’t want NWA-TNA to compete with Vince but to build a niche audience. Jerry wanted TNA to appeal to the fans that loved wrestling. “If you have every show, you can probably know when I quit booking…probably show 25, 27, 28, because the emphasis was on wrestling.” The short answer to TNA competing with WWE is, “No.”

Jarrett remembers his time with Andy Kaufman very fondly: “He was a huge, huge wrestling fan, and was one of the finest people I ever met.” Jarret further said that he thinks that Andy never let his “star character” get to his head. Then Jarret explained that Andy coming to Memphis happened by accident. “Verne Gagne said no, Vince McMahon said no, I said yes.” Over 25 years later, Jerry “The King” Lawler vs. Andy Kaufman in Memphis, TN has become a legendary angel that many fans around the world still remember to this day.

If Vince McMahon asked Jerry if he would he go into the WWE Hall Of Fame, Jerry said that would be “an easy yes.” Jerry says that he gives credit where credit is due and that “by far,” the most-smartest personal in the history of the wrestling business is Vince McMahon. Jerry is proud to consider himself a freind of Vince.

Jerry closed the interview with advice for those who are trying to break into the business, whether as a performer or a booker. “Go into the wrestling business loving it with your whole heart….You will be happy whatever you are doing. Those people who go into it for fame, glory and money, do not usually make successes.” Jerry has no regrets on his time in the business and he would not go back and change a thing. Jerrett believes everything he went through was a blessing, both negative and positive.

Jerrett’s book, “The Story Of The Development Of The NWA:TNA, A New Concept In Pay-Per-View Programming” can be purchased at www.Highspots.com or www.Amazon.com. Jerry’s official MySpace page is at www.MySpace.com/JerryWJarrett.

John Cena Interview

cena133.jpgSports.ign.com did a recent interview with ‘Superman’ John Cena. John gave straight answers to the questions, revealing an intelligent, decent guy with a good sense of humor. When asked about where his latest movie was in developement, John answered, “There’s a corporate screening next week in Connecticut and we’re going to have a finished cut soon.” Here’s some other highlights from the interview:

IGN: You’ve gotten a mixed reaction from the fans for a long time; a passionate one, but mixed nonetheless. Do you ever just think about what it would be like to just go the Edge route and become just the most hated guy you can?

John Cena: I think about that all the time, but, well, there’s a reason it’s a mixed reaction. It’s not a 100% reaction. If the people genuinely hate you, you can ask for their generosity for a certain period of time, but you gotta say enough is enough. It’s mixed, but the sad part is that it’s an older male demographic telling me to go to hell, and the youth base of our audience and the women, the mothers who are taking their children to events, they’re saying that guy’s a good role model. I see exactly where the pattern of fan reaction is going. It’s much tougher to tell that six year old kid to ‘F’ off when he sees you as a role model. Every time I step through the curtain, I’m conscious of that.

IGN: What’s the funniest sign you’ve ever seen in the crowd relating to you?

John Cena: The classic is the “We’ve seen enough” or my Hindenberg disaster of a marketing campaign, “Ruck Fules”, led to “Cuck Fena”. In so many ways, hundreds of signs claiming that I can’t wrestle. “If Cena wins, we riot” was good. Stuff like that.
IGN: Alright, hypothetical: Five years from now, you’re headlining WrestleMania XXIX at Fenway Park, fighting for the World Heavyweight Championship. Who do you think you’re facing?

John Cena: Ted Dibiase, Jr.

IGN: Really. Why?

John Cena: I’ve had a chance to be in the ring with this young man, and at 25…I think Randy Orton’s the best around that age, but [Dibiase] is younger, bigger, and he moves like he’s Randy Orton 2.0. If you’re asking me to give the endorsement to someone, and that’s what headlining WrestleMania is, Ted Dibiase Jr. is that guy.

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