Tag: Pro Wrestling Interviews

  • Sam Houston, Pro Wrestler Sam Houston, Sam Houston 2016, Sam Houston Pro Wrestling

    Professional Wrestler Sam Houston Discusses Pro Wrestling Ribs and More: Makes an Interesting Claim about WrestleMania 4

    In the Fall of 2016, professional wrestling legend Michael Sam Houston joined us here on CYInterview for an in-depth discussion about his life and the adversities he has overcome [see here]. With less than two weeks until WrestleMania 41, we welcome him back for an update on his life today, as well as to chew the fat about the past. During our conversation, Sam, who participated in WrestleMania 4, shared some interesting stories about the event. He says one of the wrestlers pulled a rib – the wrestling term for pulling a prank – by putting sleeping pills in the coffee available to wrestlers backstage during that show, so the wrestlers would be tired instead of energetic. Additionally, he claims that singer Hank Williams Jr. took a liking to his mother at a bar where they met, by chance, after WrestleMania 4.

  • RIP Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka: Original, Aerial Acrobat of Professional Wrestling Passes at 73; Listen to Chris Yandek’s Rare, 2003 Interview with the Legend

    Today, it was reported that pro wrestling legend Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka had passed away. He was 73 years old. The former WWE Superstar and territorial wrestler is arguably most known for his leap off the cage onto Don Muraco at Madison Square Garden, in their famous cage match back in October 1983. Mr. Snuka also wrestled for World Class Championship Wrestling, Mid Atlantic Wrestling and ECW. In his later years, he made appearances on the independent wrestling scene and at a variety of fan conventions. In 1996 he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. In 2003, I spoke with him before he did an independent wrestling show.

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    Michael Smith aka Professional Wrestling’s Sam Houston Talks about Losing it All and Living to Tell the Tale, More

    Some people face more challenges and setbacks than others. Professional wrestler Sam Houston’s story is full of setbacks. But through them all, Houston – real name Michael Smith – has found a way to keep going. Consequently, he still is in the wrestling ring today. Sam Houston has worked in the biggest pro wrestling promotions from the WWE to WCW to Jim Crockett Promotions, among others. He has been in the ring with Ric Flair, the late Curt Henning, Arn Anderson, Bam-Bam Bigelow, Eddie Gilbert and countless others. In the WWE, one of his career highlights was being part of the first Royal Rumble. The Royal Rumble would go on to be one of the most popular annual events in pro wrestling.

  • The Marvelous One, Marc Mero Talks: Amateur Boxing Career, Professional Wrestling, Motivational Speaking, Heart Surgery and Staying on the Right Path

    Though he made a name for himself in boxing and professional wrestling, Marc Mero found his life purpose as a motivational speaker. For almost 10 years, the former WWE Intercontinetal Champion has been in front of crowds in America, Canada and even Russia sharing his message. Speaking at schools, churches and corporate events, Mr. Mero shares his life story, in hopes of inspiring everyone from children to adults. Early on in his life, Marc was a successful amateur boxer. Professional boxing beckoned. Unfortunately, 10 days before his first professional fight, an injury derailed him and the fight never took place. Instead, it put him on a negative path that included drugs and alcohol. Some years later, Mero found his way into professional wrestling and rose to fame in both the WWE and WCW.

  • Wrestling Legend Lanny Poffo: The Genius, Poet Laurette of Wrestling, Leaping Lanny Talks His Career, His Late Brother “Macho Man” Randy Savage, the Recently Deceased Mr. Fuji, More

    Known as The Genius, the Poet Laureate of Professional Wrestling and “Leaping” Lanny, Lanny Poffo is one of the greatest professional wrestling personalities of the last 50 years. His ability to recite different poems during wrestling promos proved him an original talent. Lanny hails from one of the greatest families in pro wrestling history. His brother is the late, great “Macho Man” Randy Savage [see segment with him from 2003 here] and his late father Angelo Poffo was a territorial wrestling legend and promoter. Today, Lanny is taking care of his mother, while continuing to give motivational speeches. He also appears on the pro wrestling independent circuit. Through tragedy, Lanny has found himself as the person in his family who now has to make what he calls unpopular decisions. With the passing of his brother “Macho Man” Randy Savage in 2011, Lanny decided that he should be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by himself. This was against his brother’s wishes, who wanted the entire family to be inducted together. In 2015, Lanny appeared before a crowd of WWE fans, wrestlers and others to induct his brother into that year’s WWE Hall of Fame class.

  • A Rowdy RIP to Roddy Piper: Wrestling Great to Ring in Sky; CYInterview Looks Back at 2003 Chat

    "Rowdy” Roddy Piper, one of the great professional wrestlers to make his name back in the 1980s, a golden age of wrestling, if there ever was one, has died. I was fortunate to speak with him, at length, on two different occasions. Below is the second of our conversations. After making a return to the WWE at WrestleMania 19, Roddy parted ways with the company in 2003. After his release, I spoke with him in-depth about the state of the WWE at the time, being featured in the HBO Real Sports segment about pro wrestlers and drug usage and a variety of other topics. In 2005, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

  • R.I.P “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes; Goodbye to a Pro Wrestling Original; From the Archives, Our Conversation from 2003

    CYInterview is saddened to hear of the passing of pro wrestling legend, The American Dream, Dusty Rhodes. He was 69. Today, World Wrestling Entertainment public relations representative Tara Carraro sent me a release on the passing of Mr. Rhodes. You can read it below: “WWE is deeply saddened that Virgil Runnels, aka “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes — WWE Hall of Famer, three-time NWA Champion and one of the most captivating and charismatic figures in sports entertainment history — passed away today at the age of 69. Runnels became a hero to fans around the world thanks to his work ethic, his impassioned interviews and his indomitable spirit. Moreover, Runnels was a dedicated father to WWE Superstars Goldust (Dustin Runnels) and Stardust (Cody Runnels), a caring husband and a creative visionary who helped shape the landscape of WWE long after his in-ring career had ended. WWE extends its sincerest condolences to Runnels’ family, friends and colleagues.”

  • CYInterview extends condolences on death of Paul Bearer; We Spoke with the Wrestling Legend in January, more

    In what may well have been his last interview, Paul Bearer spoke with me about many pro wrestling topics and his life back in January. We spoke with Paul as part of a CYInterview series where I looked back on some of my favorite people from the world of pro wrestling. Mr. Bearer was slated to receive the Lou Thesz Lifetime Achievement Award at the Cauliflower Alley Club this year. That award presentation, which we believe will still take place, all be it posthumously, is sure to be bitter sweet. Mr Bearer – was a widower; his wife passed away four years ago. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his two sons and the rest of his family, friends and fans.

  • Pro Wrestling’s Legendary Manager Paul Bearer/Percy Pringle Talks: The Undertaker, Kane, Mick Foley/Mankind, the WWE Hall of Fame, More

    As mentioned previously, we are taking the opportunity to revisit some of my favorite people from the world of professional wrestling. You have already heard from former WCW Superstar The Stro [see here]. Now, we hear from one of the greatest managers in pro wrestling history, Paul Bearer. He has been part of professional wrestling since the 1970s and is best known for managing WWE Superstars The Undertaker, Kane, Mick Foley and Vader.

  • Ric Drasin: The 2012 Joe Gold Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Bodybuilder, Pro Wrestler and Entrepreneur Speaks out on Lance Armstrong, Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sports, More

    Last week we heard CYInterview regular, Washington State head football coach Mike Leach offering some thoughts on Lance Armstrong [see here]. For another perspective on Mr. Armstrong, as well as on the world of performance enhancing drugs, we welcome back another CYInterview regular, Ric Drasin. Ric is a bodybuilder, pro wrestler, actor, host of the popular YouTube show Ric’s Corner and a former training partner of Arnold Schwarzenegger.