On His Trainee Batista, Then and Now: He
always had the look that you knew. [He was] positive. He had the passion and the
desire. He had a little late start, but he was still a fast learner. And he was
able to be very marketable for a while … I don’t know what happened, if
anything, to discourage him or to change his mind. I know that the business has
done a lot for him and his family. And that’s something you should never forget,
that you always remember. He just got a late start I believe and time catches up
to all of us. And especially now they’re really pushing the younger
On What’s Missing from Wrestlers Today:
There’s a lot more on-the-job training now. They’re trying to build these kids
so fast, and get them ready for Main Event. It’s hard to get that timing like
back in the day because there [used to be] territories where you were still
working 6 or 7 nights a week, and learning that timing that you cannot find here
and now. In the indies you’re lucky if you get out 2 or 3 times in a weekend. So
it’s harder to build that timing now and get them ready … Now guys are [also]
afraid to get hurt Guys are afraid they’re going to hurt their finger and not be
able to go to the gym tomorrow. We didn’t care if we were hurt. We knew if we
were hurt we’d have to get out there anyway or somebody else would take our job.
That’s the difference between then and now … They don’t have to pay there
dues. Plus they don’t have that road to travel on too. They’re not out enough.
How can you do it?
On The Learning Process: I was
lucky to be able to be in the middle with all the old timers. I was younger, but
I was a sponge, and I was sucking up everything. I had my mouth shut and my eyes
ears open, and just tried to learn everything I could. I was lucky enough to
hang in there, keep my oars in the boat, and make a living off of it and
continue on through all the eras. Again it comes back to the schooling that I
give those kids now. I’m able to see another change how the business is and
hopefully steer them in the right direction.
On What Wrestling
is Missing Today: Back in our days we were always out protecting the
business. People were talking bs, saying it was fake, [and] this and that. And
[with] my father being in [WWE] and, knowing the injuries he was coming home
with, it always kind of pissed me off. It always was a big thing to me to
protect the business back then. We don’t have that so much anymore. I feel that
that should be carried through in the schools today that they have out there
nowadays, they need to learn how to act not just in the ring but how to act out
of the ring too.