— Tommy Dreamer has announced that Mikey Whipwreck and Maryse will be appearing at House of Hardcore’s debut in Poughkeepsie, New York on October 6th. Maryse will be doing a pre-show autograph and photo session while Whipwreck will be competing. The two join Edge, The Young Bucks, Sandman, Rhino, Paul London, Brian Kendrick, Luke Gallows, The Steiners, Chris Masters, Jazz, Winter, Sami Callihan, Eddie Kingston, Rhino, Carlito, Big Daddy V. Daivari and Luke Gallows for the show.
— Vampiro recently spoke with Major League Wrestling Radio about breaking into the business, being part of Milli Vanilli’s entourage and more. Check out the highlights:
On how he got into wrestling: “In Montreal, they had the International Wrestling [Association], we’re talking ’81 or ’82, when WWE didn’t even have national television. They were just a local promotion out of New York and the bigger of the two was the promotion in Montreal. Vince’s dad had his company out of Toronto for tax reasons. Everything was easy to do in Canada. There was a lot of, uh, money laundering would be the easiest way to say it, because of the casinos along the border in Quebec. I remember seeing a lot of big shows with Ric Flair in Quebec City and Hulk Hogan with Rick Martel in Montreal. Everything was kind of like the independent circuit back then. I was a young kid and I was training. At the gyms, the guys would come in and I would sell them steroids or whatever else I could, just to hustle and try to get into the dressing room. I was just hanging out. I would set up the ring and they would let me sell programs. I would kind of take bumps with the guys and try to get into the business. The only guy that would really talk to me was Abdullah the Butcher. He showed me some stuff. I was like 13 when all of this was going on. I kind of started out real young.”
On the Milli Vanilli scandal breaking: “They were doing a show in Detroit and they were on stage and the tape broke. The tape got stuck and they were on stage and things started to get crazy. The record producer was pissed off. So when that tape broke in Detroit, he came over from Europe and said he wanted his cut of the money and if you don’t [pay] I’m going to expose you. So from town to town it was like a cat and house game. One day he caught us in Montreal and it all went down hill from there. He came to the room and said I’ll give you 24 hours to make this right or I’m going to expose you to the world.”