Greg Valentine recently spoke about today’s wrestling product and more. Here are the highlights…
On Today’s Wrestling Product: I don’t watch much of it, because I would like to be in there doing it. I would like to show some of these guys to slow it down, and do it right. I don’t like it like I used to. There are certain guys, I do like. Of course, everybody likes John Cena. He has that ‘old school’ mentality and Randy Orton, I am a good friend of his father. Randy is a phenomenal wrestler. I don’t know about CM Punk, he does some outlandish things in the ring but I like bigger guys. I like the Rock, big fan of the Rock, Dwayne Johnson. I used to wrestle his dad all the time. I cannot forget Big Show. I was around the Big Show when he first got into the business, him and his wife would hang out in my backyard in Florida. He’s old school all the way too. So when I know all those guys are going to be in the ring, I will watch the show. I don’t watch all the guys I don’t know.
On The WWE Hall of Fame: Ya know what in 2004, Wrestlemania XX was being held at Madison Square Garden. (WWE) had the induction at the New York Hilton Hotel, which was not far from the Garden, the night before and then on Sunday during Wresltmania they brought us on stage. It was quite a crew, Jesse Venture, Don Morrocco, Bobby Heenan, John Stud’s son was there because he past away, Sgt. Slaughter was there. Tito, can’t forget Tito was in there too! That is a great, great honor.
They have been trying to get this deal done with Bruno Sammartino for a long, long time. They finally got it done. Bruno should have been in years ago, but I think it will be better this way.
And Bob Backlund, who I had all of those hour long matches with, it’s going to be fun to see him get inducted. He certainly deserves it. Mick Foley for all the crazy stuff he did, like falling off the top of that cage. He’s the Evel Knievel of Wrestling. Trish, she’s just one of the best girl wrestlers ever.
I heard a rumor that Jake ‘the Snake’ Roberts may go in. He was a phenomenal wrestler, a second generation wrestler like myself. His mind and that gimmick with the snake, everybody knows that name. I don’t know if this is his year, but I would certainly like to see it happen.