Show: July 10, 2003 at 16:00
The Wrestling Show
Greg  Hi everyone,
Its good to be back in the old chat forum... Done more than a few of these over the years, from trying type to keep up with Roddy Piper to laughing my ass off over Gene Kiniskis comments to learning incredible amounts of stuff from the likes of Lou Thesz, Jack Brisco, Harley Race and Dory Funk Jr.
 
Greg  Anyways, I am here to celebrate the return of SLAM! Wrestling with my partner-in-crime John Powell and to promote my book, The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Canadians from ECW Press.
Greg  First off, the book is in stores now, and available online. If you are going to order it online, I would recommend our friends at Highspots.com.
Greg  However, if you want an autographed copy, feel free to email me at goliver@canoemail.com and we can work out a price based on where you live.


Now, on to the questions!

JEFF KING I didnt see BRUISER BEDLAM/JOHNNY K9, Man Mountain Moore or "Lethal" Larry Cameron in the Canadians Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame book. Why not? Awesome read by the way!
Greg  Hey Jeff,
Thanks for the compliment. Glad you liked the read.
Larry Cameron is not Canadian-- he was from Minnesota. He just
got his first big break in Stampede. As for K-9, he never really
entered my radar. His trips outside southern Ontario were few and
far between and not especially memorable. Still, he is a genuine
character and was good to me over the years. I even made his
programs for his old CICW promotion.
Who is Man Mountain Moore? I do not recognize that name.
Greg
Stampede rulz Is Gail Kim hot or not? I think she is going to replace Trish soon.
Greg  Yes, she is hot. Otherwise the WWE would not have hired her. Hard to believe it was a little over a year ago that I saw her wrestle in a small Scarborough bar under a mask as La Felina. Ron Hutchison, what were you thinking putting her under a mask! If there is a sequel to the Canadians book, she might just make the cut.
ZigFried How did the book come about? Are you planning on doing another?
Greg  ECW Press, specifically Michael Holmes, had been a fan of SLAM! Wrestling for years and asked me if I wanted to do a book. The timing was perfect. Got laid off from Canoe (after 10 years at the Sun and Canoe) on the Friday, and signed the book deal on the following Tuesday.


They have asked me to do another. I am leaning towards something like The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: Midgets and Giants.

Sheldon MacLean Greg, pound for pound, who is the best wrestler
to come out of the maritime provinces in the past
and in the present??
Greg  Sheldon,
That is a great question. I think beyond a doubt the most successful was The Spoiler Don Jardine, who main evented in more places that the
Cormiers (Leo Burke, the Beast, the Kays). But wrestling-wise, I think it was Leo Burke, who could do everything well. Who knows, Rene Dupre may just surpass him. Hard to believe he is just going to turn 20 in December. Honorable mention to Sailor White (if you consider Newfoundland part of the Maritimes).
mr m should Trish be in your book due because she won the womens title 4 times?
Greg  Mr. M.,
May I humbly direct you to page 269 of my book for a bio on Trish in the Todays Stars section. She has come a long way in a couple of years from her appearances on Off The Record. As an aside, one of my favourite stories to tell was meeting Trish for the first time in Anaheim at WrestleMania 2000. We met in the hotel lobby and she was
all happy to have met me after reading my work for so long. That was a nice feeling...
Miki Jay How was it doing the book? What was your fav interview?
Greg  Miki Jay (cool name),
It was really a unique time in my life, to be able to get up in the morning, and start writing. Sometimes I would go to the gym first. I worked at home for about three months, then got my butt out the door for a job.


Favourite interview. Hmmm, probably Buddy Roberts of the Freebirds / Hollywood Blondes, because I was always a fan of the Freebirds and it was cool to learn about his life in Vancouver and living in the Hart House basement for a while.

Derek where is Nathan Jones
Greg  Derek,
Apparently, Nathan Jones chipped a bone in his left elbow and has been out of action since the end of May. Perhaps they are trying to improve his wrestling / acting skills too.
Poper Have you heard anything of TNA getting a show on regular televison.
Greg  No, I havent heard about a deal for TV for them yet. Since I dont have PPV access, I still havent seen a TNA show. Seriously. But Big Daddy Donnie Abreu makes up for my lack of coolness by having seen them all.
Englebert Who was your favorite star growing up?
Greg  I was a mark for the bad guys, and got into wrestling with Hulkamania in the 1980s. Piper was a fave, and later, the NWA Rick Rude and Jimmy Garvin. And Ric Flair, of course.
Thanks for the question, Englebert.
Steve McWueen What is the deal with the WWE? They still shutting SLAM! and other sites out?
Greg  Yes, it is apparently still their policy. We are still on good terms with the WWE office in Toronto, however they do not set the policy. It comes from Shane McMahon who runs the New Media arm of the WWE.
We are open to working with them to promote their product anytime.
Not Jason Clevett in any way. Ok Greg, whose your favorite Diva? It was Nicole Bass, right?
Greg  Hmm, favourite Diva?
It has always been Ivory ever since I got to spend an hour with her in San Jose chatting about a variety of things, including her GLOW days. She has been criminally underused at times in the WWE.
Vince I know that The superfly Jimmy Snuka has a son that wrestles any chace that we may see him in the WWE any time soon
Greg  Hey Vince,
Solo is the name, and Snuka is his dad. He has been on an occasional WWE dark match. On one in 2000, he was introduced as Snuka Jr, The Future. Hes 27 or so, though, so his time is quickly passing to make a name for himself.
Igor Is Here! What mags, Web sites or sheets do you read or would recommend?
Greg  Igor,
Good question. Besides SLAM! Wrestling, I always read what Dave Meltzer has on the Wrestling Observer site.


I just got a batch of Wrestling Perspective newsletters in -- it is nice to be able to order what I want based on who they have interviewed. The ones I just got had interviews with Bill Apter and Dick Slater.


My favourite mag by far is Wrestling Revue, a re-launch of the classic magazine from the past. Check it out at www.wrestlingrevue.com and tell Brian that SLAM! Wrestling sent you!

Jeremy Youve amassed quite the writing talent since reopening. Its great to see new blood like Jason Clevett (who I really enjoy) along with names I remember like Jon Waldman and Nick Tywalk (Tywalk has long been a favorite.) So be honest, whose your favorite contributor?
Greg  Jeremy,
I am glad that you brought up this subject. We really do have a great
staff, and everyone brings a little something different to the table.


From the perspective of a journalist, I miss John Molinaro though because he did such great interviews and hard news with big name talent. Chris Gramlich, Big Daddy Donnie and Nick Tylwalk all make me laugh, which is good. Dale Plummers been a great addition. Jason Clevett is proof that something decent can come out of Alberta occasionally. Mike Altamura brings an unique Australian perspective. Bloodthirsty Bob Kapur has the most real job of all of us, and that means the least amount of time. Jon Waldman is a hard worker and constantly steps up to help.


As sort of the editorial guru here, my favourite person to work with is the newest one -- the one that I get to shape and mould into what I want the writer to be!

Anderson Cooper In my mind, the WWE has mismanaged so many careers...like Goldberg...Taz...Raven. It always seems to be talent from other promotions. Why do you think that is?
Greg  Anderson,
If I had all the answers, then they would have hired me by now. I think part of it is over-confidence. The WWE thinks that they know it all sometimes and rarely seem to learn from past mistakes. The arrogance means that they rarely act to correct mistakes (Steiner) or even admit mistakes (as Jim Ross has done with Goldberg.)
Rowdy One What did you think of the HBO special on drugs in wrestling? What has been your experience? It was unfair Piper was canned over speaking his mind.
Greg  Living in an HBO-less country, I have not seen it. As for Piper, he spoke his mind. The WWE was wrong, in my opinion, to say he was terminated because he spoke his mind in a segment taped before he was employed again by them. Still, I didnt see the Piper-WWE deal working out much longer anyways. It was a convenient way for them to sever ties.
Hitman Fan Where can I get your book? Did you do something on Stampede and the Harts in it?
Greg  Hitman Fan,
It is in stores every where. If it is not in yours, then ask your book seller to order it. Or get it online.

There is an entire section on famous Canadian wrestling families, and of course the Harts are there.

Famed Stampede photographer Bob Leonard provided some great photos too.
IronMan What you recommend to someone who is considering getting into the biz?
Greg  We have answered this in the past, probably every chat.

1. Finish high school and do some other schooling as well. You need something to fall back on.

2. Be realistic. If you live in Northern Ontario, your chances of making it are slim. There are not very many indy shows there.

3. Do your research on trainers. Look at their success rate, grads, what you get for your money. Hate to say it, but many are just there to take your cash.
Geeino Britoe Who or what was your least favorite part of the book? What do you think of John Molinaros? I hated much of his rankings.
Greg  I hate the little mistakes that creep in. Kurt von Hess is identified as Smirnoff in the Piper chain match. (His daughter pointed that one out.) I forgot a couple of photo IDs.

But mostly I wish the Tolos brothers had agreed to talk to me.

As for rankings, they are meant to make you think. Same reason I have a top 20 in my book. (Number 21 was Hans Schmdit...)
Regan Cant believe John isnt coming back. Where is he? whats he doing? maybe if you address it, well all lay off!
Greg  Regan,
He is working for CBC.ca, a competitor to Canoe.ca / SLAM! Wrestling and made a decision not to rock the book. We respect that.
DTC What do you think of Gail Kim? Does she have what it takes to be Canadas new big Canadian wrestling superstar?
Greg  DTC,
From what I have seen so far, it is a definite maybe. She is pretty green to be pushed so far so fast, but that is the nature of the business today. Still, I believe in the foundation of her training with Ron Hutchison and the AWF and later the hugely-underrated Scott Damore (who probably should have made the cut in my book).
SABLE HATER How do you feel about all these old stars coming back to the WWE? I cant stand Sable and how she returned after everything that happened.
Greg  Sable Hater,
I think it reeks of desperation, to be honest. Nostalgia will only get you so far. The WWE has not created a star since The Rock, but Kurt Angle could be another mainstream breakout star if they push him that way. He can do serious, comedy and has legit credentials.
Not Jason Clevett in any way. Who has better hair, Test or Christian?
Greg  Well, Christian can do more so it makes his hair better as well.
Scott Brown Why do you think Chris Benoit is not a chapion do you think he will be in wwe?
Greg  The neck injury Benoit suffered really set back his push. Too bad. Now, he is just one of many lost in the shuffle. Still, he is one of my faves and a heckofa nice guy to boot. (And in my book, of course! Page 244, including photos from his second year in the business and as Pegasus Kid.)
Alison TeeTop What do you make of the Hogan and Piper deal with the WWE? I think it was a big mistake to let them go. Dumb.
Greg  QUESTION TO YOU: Outside of people in the WWE, who would you like to see interviewed on SLAM! Wrestling, or for us to set up a chat with? Think of indy stars or stars from the past. Anyone have any thoughts out there? Feel free to email me later too at goliver@canoemail.com.
Erik Red How do you think the WWE can turn things around?
Greg  Erik,
There are two trains of thought. One is that they have to get lucky and find another crossover star like Austin or The Rock.

The other would be to try going back in time a bit, re-educating your fan base to accept more competitive, longer matches.

Put emphasis on the titles. Make them mean something. Do not have your champions have impromptu matches.

Anyways, off the topic a bit. In short, yes, it is possible for them to turn it around. But take the ratings, they are still quite good compared to other shows on TV and for the price it costs to make that programming. But those numbers are way down from wrestlings heyday from a few years back.

The other secret? Bring back King Kong Bundy!
PuckMaster Goliver, you are a wrestling freak, as is Powell.
Greg  Mr. PuckMaster,
Thanks for taking the time out of your busy pants-dropping schedule to chat with us today.

I would have to argue that I am not as much of a wrestling freak as people think. I dont watch it much, for one thing. I do read lots and love doing interviews and writing.
DTC What are your thoughts about Don Callis debuting with NWA-TNA last night? With his great speaking skills, should he be in WWE?
Greg  DTC,
Obviously, it is great for Don to be in the number two promotion. If used properly, he could really soar.
I like that TNA is putting some emphasis back on managers. The WWE definitely lost its way there, and Teddy Long alone is not going to be able to turn things around. But it is a start.

Plus, it gives Don a wider audience, and perhaps more people reading his column on SLAM! Wrestling. (p.s. Dons on Page 249 in my book!)
Vince Now that triple H is getting married to the bosses daughter is there any chace of possibly seeing X pac and chyna who are item back in the WWE
Greg  Vince,
I really doubt it in both cases. However hard fans like John Molinaro may lobby the WWE, I dont see them bringing back Chyna.
And I dont think that X-Pac is going to sell any more tickets or spike ratings either.
Ziggerat What do you honestly think of the WWE as a business...based on all your dealings with them over the years?
Greg  Ziggerat,
I have been fortunate to have met many great people in the WWE offices over the years (most of whom arent there anymore).

However, I think if I had to put one word on them as a company, Id say arrogant (a word I used earlier).

Their attitude with the media is pretty hit-and-miss and misguided, and not just online media. It can be difficult getting an answer out of anyone.

Still, credit where credit is due. They are No. 1 and the top dog.
Jerry SLAM! chat suggestion: how about one with Molinaro? either on his own or with you and Powell. Id love to hear JMs thoughts on the current wrestling scene. whatya think?
Greg  Jerry,
Mr. Molinaro did a chat earlier this year with SLAM! Wrestling, before John Powell and I relaunched it as a partner of SLAM! Sports / Canoe.ca
You can read it here.
Still, the door is open for another if he wanted. We miss the guy.
Vince What ever became of Jerry Sags of the nasty boys.(one minute the nasty boys live the next Jerry Sags falls from the face of the earth)
Greg  Jerry Sags suffered a concussion and spinal disc injuries during a match and hasnt wrestled since.
 
Greg  Well, my hour is up. I want to thank everyone for their questions. We will do it again soon. Be sure to send in your ideas for other people to have chats with.

Let me know what you think of my book too.
Order your copy here.

Thanks everyone!
Greg Oliver

goliver@canoemail.com


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