February 13, 2010
Springer will feel right at home on Raw
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun
Jerry Springer has been caught in the middle of fist-swinging, hair-pulling battles between transvestites, bare-boobed women, cheating husbands and hate-mongering racists.
But could any of that have gotten him ready for his next task at hand -- being the celebrity guest host of RAW on Monday?
"I've lived my whole life as a chicken," says Springer. "I've never, ever been in a physical fight, even as a kid. I don't think you'll see me jumping into the ring. I'm a wimp. I'm going to bring Jason and Pete, my security guys. If there's going to be any involvement to do with me, it'll be them."
"The closest I've come to losing my temper (on the Springer show) was with a neo-Nazi, since I lost my family in the Holocaust. That nearly put me over the edge."
"When I was a kid, I would always watch wrestling. I grew up in an era when you had Antonino Rocca and Haystacks Calhoun and Ricky Starr and Gorgeous George. I haven't seen that much of it recently. I'm looking forward to doing it. Although, you know how opposed I am to fighting on television, so it's going to be a real stretch for me. In fact, the only difference between this and my show is here the wrestlers have teeth.
"It's all a circus and it's all entertainment. If you're prepared to take it in the spirit in which it's given, then you can really enjoy it and have a great time. If you're going to sit back and just be in judgment of all this, then you're not going to have a good time. The fact is, particularly young people enjoy it, love it [and] they don't grow up to be dysfunctional because they see it. A whole nation has watched wrestling for the last 50 years on television. One thing that is very clear when you watch professional wrestlers is what phenomenal athletes they are. There's so much emphasis given to the drama and all of that, but if you really look at it, they are in phenomenal shape. I'm going out on a limb here, but I think there probably are one or two of them that could even take me down ... Please, no one try. That was a bad joke. I'm old and I need to have my warm milk."
"I could see Santino Marella doing an America's Got Talent thing. And I could see girl fights, a catfight," pipes in The Miz , also on the conference call. "I remember watching Springer in college. You never knew what was going to happen. Like WWE, it is unpredictable. It's all about shock and awe."
Springer says his show, on the air for 19 years, has been an adventure, but it's perhaps not as dangerous as it looks.
"Most of it is hair pulling," says Springer. "When there are fights, it's much tougher to break up the women than the guys. Within a tenth of a second, as soon as a guy knows he can't take the other guy, he lets security break it up. Women are not concerned about macho or who loses. They're genuinely angrier. They're just concerned about pulling more hair."
So should Springer have a stage name when he steps into the RAW world?
"The Springinator," suggests The Miz.
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