heard this from [Georgia promoter] Fred Ward's daughter who told me that Ole thought I got too powerful, too quick, and he he's going to show you that you would do what he said you would do. When it all went down, I got a call from a good friend of mine, Roy Shire, who used to promote the Cow Palace in Northern California, and he said here's what is going on, and so did Ed Farhat and the Funks. These were guys who liked me. They told me what was going on. What's really funny is that even the guys that I wasn't working for were sticking up for me. All these marks, all these people who write things about Eddy Mansfield, they don't know their ass from a hole in the ground. They will say how come he (Ole) didn't fire him? It's cause he couldn't make any money if he fired me! It was all about the cash. When I didn't give him the cash, he fixed so that I couldn't work at all. The NWA was such a band of thieves and they were held together by Sam Mushnick in St. Louis that if weren't for those guys would be like piranhas."
On how he got involved in the 20/20 piece: "What happened was that I was moving to New York and I was thinking that this damn wrestling business needs to change a little bit and that it needed to be slanted more in favour of the boys for medical benefits and hospitalization insurance and benefits in general. I knew a union wouldn't work; Jesse Ventura tried to do that (in the WWF) and Hulk Hogan ratted him out. So, that got killed and that would have been great for the guys. Now I don't know that a union will ever happen, but I had an idea. Since we were on television every week, why don't you let us join AFTRA or the Screen Actors Guild and let us pay our own money (dues)? Promoters don't like responsibility when it comes to wrestlers. You are just a piece of meat, and not even an employee. I don't know how they get away with that stuff but anyway that's how it is. Now if we could join AFTRA or SAG where we could have paid our own dues, you know paid in our pension or welfare or whatever it was that we needed to pay, as guys got older we would have something to fall back on. As a wrestler, your insurance payments are so frigging high because of the business that you are in. It's like stuntman insurance. If you are a stuntman in Hollywood, your insurance is higher because of your calling in life; you take bumps every day. That's like wrestling. So it was my idea for that to come across in the 20/20 piece, but it turned the way they wanted it to do. They interviewed Vince McMahon, and I never had a problem with Vince. They interviewed David Schultz who is a friend of mine to this day. Last February, I was with David and his wife and my wife for dinner when he was here in Orlando. David is one of my dearest friends and always will be. They (20/20) did things that I had asked them not to do with the piece. Every person that they showed was my friends and they got that from Ole Anderson. I had nothing, and still have nothing against Vince McMahon."
On the piece's impact: "The piece that I did took wrestling from backdoor to the Mecca that it is today because it put it in a spotlight. That was the highest rated show they had until Bernie Goetz, the man who killed the people on the subway. It took professional wrestling and really made it legit. The following year after I did the 20/20 piece, it was highest revenue gross year (at that point) in the history of the wrestling business. I do want to say this though if I could. After the 20/20 piece, a lot of people who do not know me have done their best; and I am referring to a lot of other promoters too, to have erased my name from the wrestling business. I held over twenty titles, and a lot of them to this day are not even listed in Wikipedia. When you start looking for them, you can't find them. They wanted me to disappear. That's what is really strange to me; I helped them, I didn't hurt them."
On Arn Anderson: "He was gifted. He was a hard worker. He got a real lucky break. He was a guy from Tennessee that Ole took a liking too and he worked hard. I don't really know Arn, so I can't say that much about him, but as far as is his in ring work goes, he's great."
On Manny Fernandez: "Overrated son of a bitch."
On Adrian Adonis: "I knew Keith Franks in Los Angeles. Keith was a hoot, when I was with him, he wasn't Adrian Adonis then. Later on, we were working for the ‘Bear Man' up in Canada. That's where he died.'
On Tommy Rich: "Oh boy. There's not much really I can say that's good about him. I'll say this about Tommy Rich; he was Jim Barnett's boy, and Barnet wanted him to have the NWA World Title so bad, that he gave Harley Race an extra $15,000 to drop the strap to Tommy Rich. He only held the title for a week. The worst thing to ever happen to Tommy Rich was to give him the World Championship, because after lost the World Title, Harley Race killed Tommy Rich in Georgia, and he never was the same after that. Sometimes, you have to be careful what you wish for. This does lead me back to a story about Barnett. After everything went down with Ole, he called me up and told me that he wanted to tell me something. Now, I always liked Jim Barnett, believe it or not, so I was going to listen to what he had to say, and I knew it was Ole all the time. They used Barnett as a front guy too, and actually helped Vince McMahon get Wrestlemania off the ground. He put the deal together where Crockett bought Vince out, and Vince used that money to finance Wrestlemania; so Jim Barnett was influential in all that stuff. Jim Barnett was no dummy. Anyway, he called me on the phone, and said ‘Eddy, my boy! Whatever you do, always remember this; I had nothing to do with what Ole Anderson did to you. It was all Ole.' I said, ‘I know, Jim, you were always scared of Ole.' Now why Jim Barnett was scared of Ole, I have no idea, but Barnett was really the brains behind all these guys. Even though... (Continues on next page)