Everybody wants to know ...
Free ads for Fozzy and pulling a gun on the Hulkster
TJ MADIGAN - Calgary Sun
What does WWE get out of advertising Fozzy? Who will RVD hook up with when he returns to the ring? And did Harley Race really pull a gun on Hulk Hogan?
Everybody wants to know...
Harley Race, according to Hulk Hogan's autobiography, you showed up at an arena with a gun and threatened to kill him. Is this ringing any bells, or should we file it under 'fiction' with the rest of Hogan's book?
Race: "Well the truth is I did show up and I did have the gun, but I never took it out of my pants. I made sure he saw it there, though. I think I did a fairly good job of scaring the hell out of him.
"So, yes, the story in the book is true, other than the fact I never set fire to anything or any of the other crap he said I did. I wouldn't do that, because it would not only have hurt him, but all the guys. You don't hurt the guys. They're your peers."
Chris Jericho, WWE gives you a heck of a lot of free advertising for Fozzy. Do they have any kind of financial motive to do so, or is it out of the goodness of their hearts?
Jericho: "No, they really don't have much to do with Fozzy. I didn't want it be a WWE project, it's a Chris Jericho project and I've done it all on my own the whole time. It's more of a good faith thing that they help me promote the shows that I have scheduled."
Jimmy Hart, we all know Hulk Hogan is your first round draft pick for favourite wrestler you managed. Rather than flogging that dead horse question, let's talk about which tag team you liked working with the most?
Hart: "Definitely the Hart Foundation. When we had our tag team together, Bret Hart, Neidhart and myself, it was the greatest tag team I've ever managed in my life. When you see Bret in the ring, he was always no nonsense, whereas Jim Neidhart was more of a character. With their skinny manager running around the ring with a megaphone, it was like being the Beatles. It was George, Paul, and I was kinda like a very skinny Ringo."
Steve Austin, the original Longest Yard was a classic. How does the remake measure up to the original movie?
Austin: "If you ask me, it does amazingly well. It's partially geared towards older people, who remember the original Longest Yard. I've seen that movie six or eight times. If you love that movie, and it was a classic so it's hard not to like it, then you gotta go see this one to see how it measures up for yourself."
Rob Van Dam, you'll be medically cleared to return to the ring in the very near future, but what's the game plan once you get back to WWE?
Van Dam: "I would like to kinda pick up where I left off. Rey Mysterio and myself were doing good business as a tag team. I really enjoyed working with Rey-Rey and I have a ton of combination moves to show you that I wasn't even able to do before I had to drop off the scene. I'm not saying I have any expectations, but whatever they throw on the plate, I know what I'll be able to do with it, and I know the fans will appreciate it nonetheless."
Harley Race is running a wrestling camp from Sep. 21-24, with talent scouts from WWE and NOAH in attendance. Full details at www.harleyrace.com
The Longest Yard is released on DVD next month. Steve Austin stars in the movie along with Adam Sandler and Chris Rock.
You can catch the WWE wrestlers on pay-per-view each month. Next up is Unforgiven on Sep. 18.
TJ Madigan is a sports writer for the Calgary Sun. His unique Q & A sessions with the big names in wrestling can be read exclusively on SLAM! Wrestling.