By Phil Varlese:
Let’s go back 11 years, to the year 2001. For ECW, it was a time of reckoning, at least financially. They had assets of around $1.5 million, but owed over $8 million. Stars were leaving the company, and somehow, Paul Heyman kept on finding new talent that fans loved (and sometimes hated). Stars like Chilly Willy, Steve Corino, Simon Diamond, Jerry Lynn, Tajiri and others held the company together during this time of financial crisis.
Another one of those workers was David Cash, aka Kid Kash. For him, it was also a time of reckoning, deciding whether to stay with ECW, or move on with his career. Kash had won the ECW World Television Championship, defeating Rhino on August 26, 2000, only to have Rhino win it back from him several weeks later. On October 1 at Anarchy Rulz, Kash pinned EZ Money in a singles match. At November to Remember, Kash defeat C. W. Anderson. On December 3 at Massacre on 34th Street, he and Super Crazy were defeated by The Unholy Alliance (Yoshihiro Tajiri and Mikey Whipwreck) in a tag team match. At Guilty as Charged, he and Super Crazy and F.B.I. (Little Guido and Tony Mamaluke) were both defeated by The Unholy Alliance in a three way dance tag team match. After Guilty as Charged, the promotion went defunct in 2001.
I was also at a crossroads with the radio/internet show. My radio partner for almost 5 years, John House, had left “The SMACK” show and our website to take a position as both commentator & creative staff member at CZW’s “Fake You” TV show. I was without a partner, and began to have thoughts about taking the show in a different direction. The show to that point had always been kind of light, and the element of kayfabe was a theme for both John and I. A new direction for the show was in order. We’d always covered the big promotions, and gave some press to some of our friends to promote indy shows in the tri state area (NY, NJ, and PA), but I wanted to accomplish 2 things. First, expand our indy wrestling coverage, which I did by setting up a network of reporters from all over the country, who weren’t really reporters, but wrestlers, managers, announcers, and other people in the business who could could give us weekly updates about indy happenings in their areas. It even featured the reporting debut of former WCW star April Hunter, as well as the reporter who ended up taking over the radio show & website, the very dynamic Michael Tuffer. We also wanted to do more serious, shoot type interviews with our guests, moving further from kayfabe and discussing more of the business and how it affected them, the fans, and the listeners of the interviews.
Kid Kash was one of those interviews, and I was really fortunate to be able to spend the time I did with him. I had heard through the grapevine that he was a difficult guy, and I expected a really short interview, figuring that I’d say something that would set him off and end the interview. Quite the contrary, he was one of the most candid and friendly guests that I’d ever had on the show. Remember, this was one of my earliest interviews without John there to be my comic relief, and I was nervous. He set me right at ease, setting the stage for some of my more in depth interviews like the show with the late Road Warrior Hawk. This interview was a turning point for me, and I went on to do another 14 months of shows before turning the reins to Tuffer.
Enjoy the interview with current TNA star Kid Kash from 2001.
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