I recently was able to interview Dusty Wolfe a former WWE/WCW wrestler. Dusty is a great guy and is a Texas wrestling legend. He was kind enough to answer some quick questions with me.
Did you prefer WCW or WWF better?
As far as the overall atmosphere -WWF. There was nothing wrong with all the times I was paid for showing up in the WCW, there's always more pleasure in working for the better operated company.
Who was your favorite wrestler you ever faced?
No idea on that one anymore. There were so many. I literally faced all the greats and more importantly the great workers. Some of the best talent I ever worked with were guys the mainstream fan knows nothing about.
You wrestled as Doink in independent promotions? what is the story behind Doink is he not trademarked so anyone can use him?
I always had permission, so I didn't care. The gimmick is trademarked. I just think Vince and company really don't care in 2015.
Whats it like to be in the IHWE Hall of Fame and who should be in that is not in?
It's an honor to be remembered fondly enough people want to honor you in some way. Who should be in? I know their are some names missing. Some of the Texas guys? I honestly can't think of any right now.
Who was your Main Trainer and what got you into wrestling?
Ken Johnson and then Don Carson. I got into wrestling simply because I was determined to give the business a try.
When you were wrestling for WWF, Raw had not premiered yet, if it was around when you were there do you think it would be the juggernaut of a wrestling show as it is now?
RAW started right as I was leaving the WWF, and was struggling to find itself. The Monday night wrestling show was already a tradition with hardcore fans. But while WCW was ignoring RAW, RAW was just another show. The competition from WCW is what made RAW work for years. Now, people are programmed to believe wrestling is RAW.
Do you still watch the WWE?
No. I don't watch any of the modern product. Bless the talent, but the shows are no longer about the talent and that kills any interest I have.
You wrestled every big name out there, were you able to take a lot away from the matches with them for training purposes?
There was no training by the time I was wrestling these guys. We were pros working night after night. We were ready by then or we weren't in that spot. That doesn't mean I didn't continue to learn, but the training and training facility is a creation of the smart mark.
Now that you are retired do you miss wrestling at all?
At times I miss the ability to travel and see places like I did. I miss a few of my friends. There's nothing about today's smart mark scene I miss.
Any regrets in your wrestling career?
Past missing time with my family, NO. Regrets mean I would change something
If you get a chance YouTube Dusty and his matches. I want to thank Dusty for taking the time to answer some questions and its always great to talk to guys you watched when you were younger. We may never see Dusty wrestling in the ring again but we will always have his amazing matches to watch. I honestly believe there are many wrestlers today out there who copy what they learned from Dusty. To me he will always be very underrated and one of the best wrestlers out there to never win a WWE/WCW title.
Sometimes the best thing to do when you have writers block is take a break and walk away from your work for a little bit. Well, is that the right "medicine" if you have been on the same job for 36 years in a bevy of different positions like Manager, booker, photographer, announcer, etc. For almost 40 years former manager and Wrestling legend Jim Cornette became a jack of all trades and was huge supporter of wrestling and the old school style until the Fall of 2012 when he walked away from it all.
Though Jim would get his first job in wrestling as photographer with CWA better known for being the company owned by the Jarrett Family. Also as some might know Jim actually credits Jeff Jarrett's grandma for giving him his first job in the business. Jim got approached by Jerry Jarrett to step out from behind the camera and became a manager, off the top of my head I can't remember who Jim started with. I do know that one of Jim's first clients was Adrian Street & Mrs. Linda. It wasn't until Jerry & Bill Watts from Oklahoma did a talent trade, the talent that Bill got were Jim Cornette, Dennis Condrey, and Bobby Eaton (aka the Midnight Express). From 1983-1987 Jim would get national exposure with Bill as a part of UWF/MSW. From 1991-1995 Jim would run his own company known as Smokey Mountain Wrestling and following the end of SMW, Jim would end up in WWE until 1999.
Jim still lives in the Kentucky and actually worked with his good friend Danny Davis who owned Ohio Valley Wrestling for a time both before and after being let go from the WWE. I think that even though at this point Jim has been out of wrestling for 3 years this coming November. But I believe that even forgetting about Jim's podcast, articles he writes, and his video series with Kayfabe commentaries. You don't have to go to far to know Jim will truly never be away from the wrestling business. Connor Casey gives you the reason "The top floor of his house, which he refers to as the “Castle Cornette,” is packed with wrestling memorabilia going all the way back to the 1930s. Every inch of the walls is covered with posters, wrestling outfits and framed pictures autographed by wrestling legends like Lou Thesz and Buddy Rogers. Shelves are packed with bound books of old wrestling programs. A 5,000-plus tape library with every format from Betamax to DVDs outlines a long hallway along with stacked boxes of classic comics (Jim pulled out the 1963 issue “The Avengers” No. 1 from one of the boxes on a whim). It’s enough to make any wrestling fan’s – or nerd in general – head spin."
Moving Forward for Corny
After having constant disagreements with SBS management and having to pay out of pocket to send an injured worker to the hospital after an injury happened at a show, and having to pay the production staff once again out of pocket at the same show. So what did Jim do after making sure everyone was safe, well he told his wife he was going home and never coming back, then ended up at the nearest restaurant and ordered a lot of food. Since November of 2012, Cornette has become a seller of old-school wrestling merchandise, the host of “The Jim Cornette Experience” podcast and “Back to the Territories” video commentary series, a magazine columnist for Fighting Spirit Magazine and an author of two books, “The Midnight Express & Jim Cornette 25th Anniversary Scrapbook” and “Rags, Paper & Pins: The Merchandising of Memphis Wrestling. He is currently finishing up his third book, which will be a look back at the history of professional wrestlng at the famous Louisville Gardens arena." Like I mentioned above though Jim may not be with a large company like TNA, or WWE he will never be to far away from the wrestling business. But I am very happy to hear that Jim is finding relief away from the wrestling business, because I have heard the amount of stress he was under and it was terribly unhealthy, now that he is at ease it is great to hear.
This series is back after a short break and we are looking at another shoot that many may have never he knew took place. In this series that is the point to either help you learn about a situation that you never knew happened or just help you get a better grasp of a legendary figures career. To give you the setting in terms of when Jim Cornette talking about and who he is talking with. Well this video is from when Jim Cornette was a guest on Ric Flair's podcast "Wooo Nation" and Cornette was talking about the summer of 1997 not really sure though. However, the plan to undercut the WCW was brilliant and would have been amazing to see happen if it ever did happen. Now is when you make your decision, how would you have felt if this ended up happening?
It was last Thursday night at a local Houston, TX Independent show for the independent wrestling company called Widkat Sports. Following their event on August 6, current World Champion Stevie Ray was on his way home from finishing a local interview and stopped to get food at a restaurant and while in the restaurant his car was broken into, & with intention to steal his radio but instead saw the World title in the backseat and took that instead. This is a disappointing turn of events because as you all know Wrestling championship aren't cheap and I am joining the folks at Wildkat Sports in the effort to help find their World Title.
That's Right!! I said the World Champion is former WCW wrestlers and Tag Team Wrestling legend Stevie Ray the brother of WWE Hall of Famer Booker, T. In most cases Ray had seemingly fallen off the wrestling map when WCW closed in 2001 or even before that, but it seems he has just been keeping his name out their by working local events. Fact of the matter Stevie Ray has given 20 plus years to this profession and didn't deserve for this to happen. As one half of one of the greatest Tag Teams of the Monday Night wars era and being a part of the business for over 20 years Stevie has worked his ass off to earn respect. I will say that I respect Stevie Ray enough to say that if anyone sees this companies World Title please contact this email ASAP: contactWildkatSports@gmail.com
Let's Get this Dirtbag!!
A few weeks after the sudden passing of the Ultimate Warrior Oakland A's Outfielder Josh Reddick paid tribute to the Warrior by dressing up like him and doing his entrance for an interview on MLB Network show Intentional Talk. Recently Josh did another great tribute to a legend at the A's game last night. This isn't surprising to hear about because of the fact that Josh is one of the biggest wrestling fans in the sports world.
Yes! That photo on the right side is Josh Reddick dressed up as The Ultimate Warrior from last April as his appearance on MLB Network's TV show. The photo on the left is with Josh in uniform and Roddy Piper. For anyone who might have been living under a rock for the last 24 hours the sudden, and unfortunate news that broke last night was Roddy Piper passed away. This news has turned the wrestling world on it's ear and has made most people be at a lose for words and not knowing what to say or think. Anyone wondering what Reddick did to tribute "Hot Rod" well during last nights game Josh had bagpipes play as his walk-up music for his at bats during the game last night. Which in my book is was a nice tribute to Roddy Piper.
Also speaking on this topic it was noted last night on social media that current UFC Bantamweight Champion Rhonda Rousey will dedicate her match at UFC 190 to the Rowdy One, Roddy Piper. A few years ago Rhonda was actually endorsed by Piper to use the "Rowdy" moniker. So actually tomorrow when Rhonda steps into the Octagon she will dedicate her fight to the "Icon" Roddy Piper. This just shows the influence and the effect that "Hot Rod" had on many people in different walks of life.
Thanks for the Memories "Hot Rod"
You will be Surely Missed
I love looking back wrestling's past. I view my job as bring new life to the part of wrestling some people thought was gone.