Last night, it was noted that every Monday after RAW, Eric Bischoff would release and “overrun” or snippet of his podcast; “Bischoff On Wrestling” and in this “overrun”, Bischoff spoke with current Impact Wrestling star, Hornswoggle. Hornswoggle spoke on his success on the independent scene, why he enjoys it so much and more.
Here are the highlights: (transcripts by Still Real To Us)
Swoggle On Getting His Best Of Luck On Future Endeavors From WWE:
Hornswogggle said as soon as he got the call from WWE, he called Curt Hawkins before anyone. Swoggle stated that Curt Hawkins told him to stop being a p***y and that he would call him back. When Curt called back, he had 13 Indie dates lined up for Swoggle.
Swoggle On The Independent Scene:
“I’m going to India with Impact for three days, maybe four days, I forget with all the travel. When I come back literally next Thursday and I have my local show, my company’s show ECW Wisconsin on Friday. Then I’m in Montana the weekend after and then I’m in the UK straight to Australia the week after that. It’s crazy. I’ve had in the last year, I’ve had like five weekends off.”
What He Likes About The Indie Scene:
“What I like about it is if I wanna be home I can be home, if I wanna be gone I can be gone. Now I’m missing my son’s last day of school which sucks, I wrestled on his birthday which sucks, but he gets it. At seven-years-old he gets that if I miss something we’re gonna make it up or if I’m not exactly there for a baseball game or a football game, my dad or his mom or someone will Facetime me and I’ll get to get to watch some of it. Or, send me video or it and I’ll get to see it. That’s the good thing about technology these days and I’m so grateful for that, so thankful that technology is what it is because I still don’t miss out on a lot. I miss actually being there, but I don’t miss out on events. Like Fit [Finlay] would have when he was breaking in.”
“It’s huge. The independent scene is a thing of….. it’s crazy that it’s never been this big. I don’t think it’s ever been this big. I don’t ever think there’s been a spotlight on the independent scene as there is now. It’s fun, I am having fun and the thing is with it is… you realize that there is wrestling other than WWE.”
“But you also gotta…. if you make it that, you gotta be a hustler, you gotta be ready to put your name out there and do…. sometimes reach out there to promoters and make your schedule. If I only have a Saturday show, I gotta try and get on a Friday or Sunday show after that, that same weekend in that area because that’s where your money’s coming in. Your money’s coming in by the number of shows you work. It’s not a contract anymore. You know when I was sitting at home with WWE still getting paid, but just sitting at home. I was comfortable. Now if I’m not on the road, I don’t work and I don’t make money.”
“I love it though, I truly love it, I love the hustle, I love the random little towns, it’s fun for me and it makes me happy to realize that there’s something else. That when I got released and Hawkins goes, ‘this is not the end, you’ll be fine’ that he was right.”
Hornswoggle On Indies Helping Wrestlers:
“There’s defiantly more stepping on toes with the territory system I feel but yeah, look at the guys [WWE’s] hiring nowadays. They wouldn’t have hired them five, six years ago. They wouldn’t have gotten a look at them five, six years ago but it’s because the independents are such a growing thing.”