Lance Storm was recently on the Shining Wizards Wrestling Podcast. Here are the highlights…
On the Legend Moniker: I hold that term in higher regard, I feel odd when people use that term for me. I am not a legend in my own eyes, I am too young to be a legend. I had this debate earlier with my students. Was talking about Legends, and tweeted about people I had worked with who I thought were legends , and people were like what about Edge and Jericho. And well, I have a hard time thinking that somebody in there 30's is a legend. I am happy with my career. It just comes down to how high esteem you hold the term legend or not, I like to hold it off for the Harley Race's and Terry Funk's of the world, Bruno Sammartino. But if you want to throw it at me I will take it.
On the Hart Wrestling Camp: Well everything Jericho wrote in either of his books was pretty much the true. Keith Hart was the guy who was running it. He was the one who took our money. He was there a couple of the days, but I think he had one hands on day. He taught me how to do a victory roll. That was the only thing that he was actually hands on with me for. He stretched the living crap out of us there the one day and we were pretty much happy he wasn't all that hands on.
On Working with The Heavenly Bodies: Its funny calling it a feud I kinda feuded with the Heavenly Bodies. Jericho only did the one match. We did the angles on TV to build up to it, but the masked guys who jumped us were Well Done. Because the Heavenly Bodies were working in WWE at the time. So we had to have other guys do the angle of beating us up in the parking lot. The Heavenly Bodies only came in for that big weekend in the summer. The first night was the Knoxville one where Jericho broke his arm in the afternoon, then we had the blood fest in the Knoxville Coliseum, which was an amazing match on a lot of levels. Then the rest of the week I did handicapped matches with the Heavenly Bodies where we had someone else run in to be my partner afterwards, but they started as handicapped matches because Jericho's arm was broke. So I sort of did the feud and Jericho only was able to do the one match unfortunately. It was an amazing night, at that stage in my career, I don't know if it was sold out, but it sure felt jam packed to me. The Knoxville Coliseum was a huge building, and there were huge guys on the card, The Funk Brothers, Road Warrior Hawk, Terry Gordy, the Mongolian Stomper, so it was a big deal for me. I was like, WOW this is a big deal, we made it we are huge starts, Jim Ross was calling the show, and I know I marked out huge for that.
On the Working Relationship between WWF and SMW: I don't think it was so much of a working relationship, I could be wrong, but there could have been a bit of the dangling of the carrot, you know this could lead to further more, the Heavenly Bodies had gone up, but I don't think it was really meant to be, more then again, WWE wanted bodies, Smokey Mountain had the bodies, and WWE was on good terms with Cornette. Occasionally they sent WWE guys down. We did our run in Smokey that ended shorter then it should have because of Jericho's arm, but I think he mentioned in his book. Right after that was when they started doing the, I don't wanna say Gimmick Jobbers, but the lower end guys, the TL Hopper, Freddy Joe Floyd, the Goon. Jericho said, he got a call from Cornette, and that they were doing these character guys, and that he would put in a word for Jericho, and could get him in if he wanted one of those rolls. I assume Jericho would have been the Goon.
On working in Japan: In Japan you had to be able to work, you had to be able to wrestle. Where, the majority of the match, was just legit wrestling, Outside of a move or a stay, there wasn't much communication done until you had your finish. You might lay out a 5 minute finish, just got out and wrestle, go back and forth for 15 minutes, when we hit the 15 minute mark, we will take her home, then do the 5 minute finish we had planned and there's our match. You might have 1 high spot or something big, I wanna do a dive tonight, this is the dive I'll do. If you bump the guy and he rolls to the floor, its like, Oh, I guess I am diving. And you make sure he has his head up and ya do it. There were times too, where you had completely separate locker rooms, the tour with FMW the foreigners were on separate bus. We stayed in separate hotels, you never saw them. Besides the referee running the finish back and forth you had nothing. My very first match in Japan was a 6 man in FMW .It was the main event of the show, I've got 30 matches under my belt, only a year in the business,ya know, green as green can be it was Me, Jericho and Mark Starr against Onita, the main event of the promotion and owner, Sambo Asak a former Sumo guy and a kicker boxer from Korea who actually has boxing gloves on his hands. The referee came over, the only instruction we were given was Onita is gonna pin Mark Starr with a power bomb and at some point in time in the match, Chris and Lance need to get color. And he left, and we went out to main event a show with nothing more then that. I never meet the 3 guys before, I had no idea if either of them spoke English. I don't think any of us ever said a word to our opponents.
On calling a match in the ring: I don't want to say it's a lost art, but it's a diminishing art. I think part of the problem is that the majority of what we see is televised. Ya have shorter times, and the higher pressure of TV, so if you have a 6 minute match you can plan the entire 6 and just do what we want. Live events and stuff, when you have more time, there are still some guys that will have half of the match felt out there at least. Remember the first Cyber Sunday gimmick voting thing they did? The opening match was Jericho versus Shelton Benjamin, and I remember asking Jericho did you get any heads up what so ever, or at the... (Continues on next page)