DJ Hyde!!

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Fresh off of our interview with Blk Jeez, The Wrestling Guys were preparing to interview CZW promoter DJ Hyde, focusing on his recent trip to Japan.

Then the bombshell hit.  CZW issued the following press release:

CZWrestling.com – CZW is announcing that CZW, LLC and Pancoast Productions, Inc. have agreed to terminate their business relationship. Pancoast Productions, Inc. was the parent company of our preferred DVD and iPPV vendor, HybridEnt.TV. Pancoast Productions, Inc. and HybridEnt.TV should be contacted directly with questions regarding the status of orders made through them. This separation has caused CZW to cancel the ‘Ultraviolent Underground’ event scheduled for February 2, as this iPPV was to be streamed exclusively on HybridEnt.TV. According to CZW Vice President Maven Bentley, “CZW will miss the dedication brought to all projects by the Pancoast Productions, Inc. team and wish them well in their future ventures.” CZWrestling.com will continue to have vendors linked that carry CZW products so our loyal followers may continue to get their fix of ultraviolence. As CZW enters into its fourteenth anniversary on Saturday, February 9, many changes will be coming to the Combat Zone. Bentley added, “as we evolve into our next phase, we ensure fans our in ring action will remain LIKE NOTHING ELSE!.” All energies are focused on CZW ’14′, the fourteenth anniversary event, on Saturday, February 9, 2013, in a deadly doubleheader with Women Superstars Uncensored. WSU begins at 4 pm, CZW at 7:30 pm.

So, the focus of the interview became the recent news concerning the cancellation of the “Ultraviolent Underground” event, and why the long standing relationship between CZW and Hybrid EntTV was ending.  This is an epic interview not only for CZW fans, but for fans who want a better understanding of the behind the scenes part of the pro wrestling business.

Listen in NOW to our latest 30 Minute Radio Podcast!

Blk Jeez!

Rahad Cameron in TNA, Jared Wachtler in the WWE, formerly known as Sabian, Blk Jeez is a seasoned veteran whose resume is one that most wrestlers wish they could have.

In this interview with Wrestling Guys co-host John House, Blk Jeez discusses his career, his time at CZW & Chikara, his appearance working Ryback on RAW, right up to his most recent appearance (with Anthony Nese) in a tag team match on the “One Night Only” TNA pay per view.

Listen in to this great interview!

Tommy Taylor!!!

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Fresh off a weekend wrestling show that has created the phrase “Steelhorsing”, and made it one of the top trends worldwide on Twitter, one half of that match appeared on 30 Minute Radio with The Wrestling Guys.

John & Phil were lucky enough to spend some time with Tommy Taylor.  Tommy talks about his career and his time as a WWE developmental wrestler, but the bulk of the interview is spent discussing his match this past weekend in Sanford, Florida against NY born wrestler SteelHorse Vachon.  All the details of that evening are covered, including the atmosphere in the locker both before and after their match, exactly when things got out of hand, and the sequence of events after the match.

We even asked Tommy if he would consider a rematch against Vachon!

Ricky Reyes!

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In the latest 30 Minute Radio Podcast, The Wrestling Guys sit in with International star Ricky Reyes, to cover a variety of subjects, including his time as head trainer at the Victory Pro Wrestling School, working for the WWE on the RAW & Smackdown shows this past year, working Ryback, his upcoming NXT tryout, and his time as Junior Heavyweight Champion for Carlos Colon‘s WWC.  Ricky even gets a good laugh as John and Phil talk with him about “SteelHorsing”, and his own feelings about it.

Steve O’Neil of Extreme Rising!

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Steve O’Neil, part of the force behind the up and coming Extreme Rising promotion, sat down with John & Phil on 30 Minute Radio to discuss why they’ve had success resurrecting the Extreme brand while others have failed, how they’re attempting to get their exciting product on television (with help from the fans), and what it’s like working with 2 workers that have an EXTREME dislike for each other (Luke Hawx & Shane Douglas).

Steve also discusses their upcoming events in April (link to their website above), whether they’d consider bringing back Justin Credible after his rehab, and many other topics and other things going on in Extreme.

Help get EXTREME RISING on TV.  Click here to find out how!

 

In Your House With The Wrestling Guys!

While we’re still working to re-schedule our interview with former WWE Intercontinental Champion John Morrison, The Wrestling Guys sat down today to discuss some current pro wrestling topics, from the recent TNA Pay Per View, to The Shield, Adam Cole, and indy wrestling on television.  Some good discussion here, listen on the way to work, or at lunch on your smart phone!!

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“Pryme Tyme” Amy Lee!!

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One of the FIRST guests to appear on the original Wrestling Guys radio/internet show back in the mid 90′s was none other than “Pryme Tyme” Amy Lee, and she’s back on with John & Phil for this podcast for the first time in almost 11 years!

Amy’s career is legendary on the indy circuit.  She was the only person other than Missy Hyatt to manage the late Eddie Gilbert.  As a wrestler, she has held the following:  NWL Ladies Champ; Dangerous Women Of Wrestling Champ; Women Of Extreme Champ; NWS Ladies Champ; WSU Tag Champ (w/Taylor Wilde); 2009 WXW-C4 Empress of the Ring.  She has traveled the entire country, and has had successful matches against virtually every name in the business.  She retired recently, but has a VERY successful career outside of the pro wrestling business.

Amy spends time talking about her career, especially her time at Women’s Extreme Wrestling as well as WSU.  She comments on what’s gone on at WSU since the new owners have taken over, and about womens wrestling in general.  Then, near the end of the interview, she dropped a bombshell by announcing that she’s returning to the ring just ONE MORE TIME, and you’ll never guess against who??

Listen in, and find out on 30 Minute Radio, with The Wrestling Guys!

From The Archives – Tod Gordon

Check out the interview that John House did with Tod Gordon for Rumble Magazine in 2010!

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Subject: Ten questions with ECW founder Tod Gordon.

Tod Gordon (born June 19, 1955 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is the founder of former wrestling promotion Extreme Championship Wrestling. He owned the promotion until it was sold to his head booker Paul Heyman in 1997.

 

After ECW, Gordon booked Pro-Pain-Pro Wrestling and founded Xtreme Fight Club.

Gordon was involved with Pro Wrestling Unplugged and on their September 20, 2006, second anniversary event, Gordon was announced as their new owner.

On April 19, 2008, Pro Wrestling Unplugged held a farewell show for Tod Gordon.

On February 10, 2010, Tod Gordon announced that he and Paul Heyman would be collaborating on a new project, with an announcement coming in 2011.

Tod Gordon returned to The Arena on July 10th, 2010 to be apart of Acid-Fest as a tribute to Trent Acid.

On August 8, 2010, Gordon returned via satellite, to pay tribute to ECW on TNA’s Hardcore Justice. I had the opportunity to catch up with Mr.Tod Gordon for ten questions.

 

House: Welcome to 10 questions for Rumble magazine.

 

1. House: How is life after wrestling and what are you doing now?

 

Tod Gordon: If you’re fortunate enough to have a life beyond wrestling either before you begin or while you’re in, it’s an easy transition to post wrestling life. I’m currently operating my jewelry store in downtown Philly and am proud to say we recently celebrated our 150th anniversary. It’s always very cool to see the old ECW fans stop in to say hello.

 

2. House: What was your vision for ECW in the beginning, did you ever think ECW would go on to make the kind of impact it did on pro wrestling?

 

Tod Gordon: In the beginning my vision was very very different than what we became. I originally named it ” EASTERN CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING ” because it was my intention to only run shows on the east coast in Pennsylvania, Jersey, and Delaware. I was hoping to establish a little territory that would have been comparable with Memphis wrestling during Lawler’s heyday. Never did I even imagine anything like a pay per view.

 

3. House: Independent wrestling promoter’s these days face so many challenges in starting a small wrestling promotion. What we’re some of your challenges in creating ECW?

 

Tod Gordon: For openers, the biggest challenge was trying to learn an entirely new business than the one I was accustomed to. Putting together matches and angles was the easy part. It’s also the thing you get to spend the least amount of time doing. Learning to deal with television networks and getting the type of lighting and sound quality in order to satisfy network execs, along with dealing with hiring talents and negotiating booking fees was definitely something I had to learn on the fly.

 

4. House: Tell us of one of your favorite ECW moments?

 

Tod Gordon: That’s a tough one. Airing our very first tv show. Obviously, airing our very first pay per view. As far as in ring … The Sandman blinding angle. Funk in a box. The first three way at The Night The Line Was Crossed. Bobby Eaten and Arn Anderson’s surprise appearance. The list is endless.

 

5. House: After selling ECW to Paul Heyman in 1997. Tod, you returned to pro wrestling and took on the Booker position in 3PW, and in 2006 you purchased PWU from Johnny Kashmere and Trent Acid. How did it feel to be back as an owner of a pro wrestling promotion?

 

Tod Gordon: Good question. It was a totally different situation that time around. Number one, PWU wasn’t a job that required a 7 day a week or a 24 hour a day presence as ECW did. I was determined to not grow too fast for the finances of the company. It was nice to feel like a mentor this time around and teach instead of being the one getting taught.

 

6. House: In PWU Tod Gordon feuded with ECW icon the Sandman. Over the years fans have heard about the bond and the friendship between the two of you. I remember the night Todman walked through the curtains of the ECW arena and impersonated the Sandman. It was one of the most amazing things I ever saw… What was it like to be in a long feud with Sandman?

 

Tod Gordon: It was great. We had always been on the same (babyface) side since we met in 1989. We had tagged together many times. I had managed him tons of times. This gave us an opportunity to play off of each other in a way we had never done. It also allowed us to give Johnny Kashmere the rub. I spent half of the angle trying to crack Sandman up in the ring and break character as Bill Alfonzo had done to me for many years.

 

7. House: With all the success you have had over the years running a wrestling promotion. What is most important for independent promoters to do to run a successful pro wrestling promotion?

 

Tod Gordon: That’s the easiest question you’ve asked me yet believe it or not. The single most important thing an independent promoter can do is : WORRY ONLY ABOUT YOUR COMPANY OR BUSINESS NOT SOMEONE ELSE’S! It’s not rocket science. These indy promoters who obsess about another promoter and how to “screw ” that other guy are doing nothing but wasting valuable time that if spent on their own business models would help their company grow. Getting into a hissing match back and forth on the internet is just stupid false ego, and not the sign of a very good businessman. 

 

8. House: With all the accomplishments in your career, if you had to do it all over again. How would you do it?

 

Tod Gordon: How would I do it differently? Not expand at the rate we did because it strapped us too much financially. We should have forced ourselves to move a bit slower as we grew.

 

9. House: I have heard that Tod Gordon and Paul Heyman will be collaborating on a new project. What can you tell us about this new project?

 

Tod Gordon: I wish I could discuss that more at this point but unfortunately I’m not at liberty to.

 

10. House: Tod, I love you and I know the fans love you. Will we ever see The Sugar Daddy, Todman, or Tod Gordon as himself back actively in the wrestling business?

 

Tod Gordon: House. I love you too Brother. Working with you at PWU was such a pleasure due to your professionalism and your many talents. I always said that when I retired I wouldn’t be one of those guys that kept unretiring. I made it a habit of not lying to the fans and I’m not about to change that now. I still come out for an occasional reunion show and I accept bookings for conventions or autograph/photograph sessions. As far as full time again? I leave that to the younger guys who still have the energy for that paced life.

 

Thank you for your time, I will keep in touch. Thank you for everything.

John House

Luke Hawx!!

30 Minute Luke Hawx

This week on the Wrestling Guys 30 Minute Radio Show. Luke Hawx joins Phil and John to discuss: Extreme Rising and the iPPV event available now at http://www.highspots.com, Wild Kat Sports Entertainment and taking his first Wild Kat graduating class to participate on Monday Night Raw.  Luke also shares a story of how he went about getting his own pro wrestling training and what students can expect when joining the WildKat training center.  Luke also give his opinion about the new Extreme Rising Champion Stevie Richards. This interview would not be complete without Luke expressing his disdain for Extreme Rising promoter Shane Douglas, and when you listen in, you’ll find out why!

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