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.

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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!!

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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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Adam Pearce!!

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Five time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce has had a stellar career, both in the National Wrestling Alliance, as well as with other prestigious wrestling promotions like Pro Wrestling Guerilla and Ring of Honor.  Not only is he a five time champion, but has defended the NWA title in more countries than many of the legends like Race, Brisco, Kiniski and others.

In this interview, Adam talks not only about his time as champion of the NWA, but expresses his views on many things going on in pro wrestling, most recently his 7 Levels of Hate series with Colt Cabana.  Many of you fans know that the buildup for this series was incredible, but equally incredible was how The NWA removed their sanctioning of the final match, which took place in Melbourne, Australia on October 27th, when after he lost the final match to Cabana & did not lose the title because of the NWA’s refusal to sanction the match, essentially abandoned the Championship, and walked from the belt.

Adam also details his time as booker for Ring Of Honor, and even mentions that he’d jump at the chance to wrestle the NWA’s current World Champion Kahagas if given the opportunity.  It’s a great interview with one of the classiest guys in the business.

John & Phil also discuss the withdrawal of the NWA Coastal promotion from the National Wrestling Alliance, and the recent press release by CZW that they had over 1,000 i-ppv subscribers for their recent Cage of Death show.

We hope you enjoy.  Happy Holiday!

The Rise & Not Quite Fall Of the WWE

The 12/3 WWE Monday Night Raw drew a 2.55 cable rating with an average audience of 3.43 million viewers. The first hour drew 3.58 million viewers, the second hour drew 3.37 million viewers and the third hour drew 3.36 million viewers.

This is down from last week’s 2.7 cable rating with 3.92 million viewers and matches the 10/1 Raw rating (also a 2.5) as one of the lowest rated episodes of Raw in over 15 years.

On this podcast, Phil Varlese and John House discuss the declining numbers, and offer their own answers as to why this is going on (perhaps with a little advice for Vince McMahon).

 

 

 

 

 

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