Back again with another glimpse into the world of old shoot interviews that give you a path way into wrestling history. Now I will say that this shoot is the oldest shoot interview I have ever found and probably one of the oldest shoots out there due to how tight lipped people in the business were back in the 1980's for the most part. This shoot with "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert is from 1993 which is actually around the time he was ousted as booker of Eastern Championship Wrestling in favor of recently released WCW alumni Paul E Dangerously. Listen as you get insight into the career of Eddie Gilbert and maybe some intriguing questions answered about the early days of ECW.
Though the lead in went off without a hitch and it seemed as though everything would go as planned on Saturday. For lack of a better word things didn't go as planned. Due to some outside circumstances Mr. Beard was unable to appear on the live chat, but things worked out in the long run. It was a no win situation for us due to unforeseen circumstances that we both weren't aware of until the day of the chat.
As things settle down from what was a very busy weekend I look ahead and will say that the Live Chat with James Beard will happen it has just been pushed back to best fit both our schedules. At this point now the Live Chat is set for the same time as the last one which was 5pm EST and it will be held on Saturday, October 24. That is correct we will try this again so Don't Miss your Second Chance to have a free conversation with a Wrestling Legend!!
For months I have been teasing big things coming on Wrestling Express and now after months of secrets and keeping my mouth shut everything can be told. After a lot of planning and hard work and for the first time ever we will give you the fans the opportunity to have a live chat with a wrestling legend, wrestler, or personality. In the case of this live chat you get the chance to socialize with a legendary referee who has been in the business for a long time which tells you just how good a ref he is; Mr. James Beard will be live on Wrestlingexpress.net tomorrow at 5pm EST and 4pm CST to answer all of your questions. Now I am going to tell you a little about Mr. James Beard:
James has worked in various territories including WCCW, USWA, UWF, GWF, and various others. This means that James has had the opportunity to work with some of the biggest names in wrestling at the time like the Von Erichs, Freebirds, Ric Flair, Harley Race, Dusty Rhodes, Jerry Lawler, Bruiser Brody, Stan Hansen, and the list goes on and on. Also James had the distinct opportunity to work with various names that would impact modern wrestling like Jeff Jarrett, Steve Austin, Scott Hall, Shawn Michaels, Mick Foley, The Undertaker, The Rock (Flex Kavana) and various others. If that wasn't enough then me saying James is still refereeing today for mostly NWA territories in the southern region and has worked with Bruce Tharpe, Rob Conway, NWA World Champion Jax Dane, Hiroshi Tenzan, and others. Now this isn't just a list of who he has worked with and where he has worked this is more for you to better understand where James Beard has come from and just how many people James has worked with.
Let me add that if your a fan of 1980's wrestling then this is one live chat that you don't want to miss, because this could be a dream come true for you. Even if your not so much a fan of the 1980's or early 90's it doesn't matter, because it is always fun to learn about the past as it better to have at least some knowledge of where you came from instead of being completely clueless.
Growing up I remember watching Global Wrestling Federation. One of the guys I remember well was Rod Price. Rod had this personality that was like no other, he was very California like in a Texas promotion world. He tagged with John Tatum and formed the California Connection. Most people sadly don’t remember that but they do remember his run in ECW with Da Baldies which was a huge turning point of his career. Rod is happily retired and lives in Louisiana. He also is one of the nicest guys that I have got to talk too. Rod was gracious enough to field a few question for me.
You were in Global Wrestling Federation for all 4 years of its existence, why did it go under?
Bad promoting,WWF and WCW taking a way alot of talent.
You held the GWF Heavyweight Champion what was that like?
It was a honor in the beginning,& then who else did they have. That was a bummer.
You had an amazing feud with Chris Adams what was he like?
Working with Chris was a pleasure. Even when it was hair raising!
How would you describe your time in ECW?
Most fun,I had in wrestling!
You had a couple of tryout matches with the WWE including vs The Rock what was that like? was there any talk of you going there?
Yeah there was a time when my name came up,I was my own man,and they didn’t like that. “Too Old School” I was told. Working the Rock,was a night off.
You were a part of the Da Baldies in ECW thoughts on that faction?
I was so many things in ECW. DA Baldies was just another way to be used.
What is your favorite Global Wrestling Federation memory?
Tag Teaming w/ Hollywood John Tatum. I Learned a lot from John!
What was the Sportatorium like?
My time at the Sportatorium span, WCCW,USWA,GWF,CWF. The good Lord has blessed me,beyond my wildest dreams.TY Jesus, my lord & savior.
Rod is a great guy and had an amazing career. I want to thank him again for taking the time to answer a few questions. If you get a chance watch a lot of his Global Wrestling Federation matches and ECW matches as they were absolutely fantastic. I would say watch anything in his career if you get a chance. What a great talent that was bestowed to us and one of the most underrated wrestlers in the 90s.
At this point I believe that everyone knows about the Kayfabe Commentary DVD company and their various series from Guest Booker to just plain Shoots. But one of the best series they have is the Timeline series no matter if it's the WWE, WCW, or ECW variation of the series. With that being said the Timeline series can give you a glimpse back in time and a history lesson at the same time.
For this edition of the series Sean visits with Magnum TA and explores Mid-Atlantic Wrestling back in 1985. This year was in many ways the first year of Jim Crockett's building a national company to compete with Vince and the WWF. Magnum was also new to MACW at this point, but would have a big year in 1985. However, the future wasn't as bright as it should've been because tragedy struck and changed not just Magnum's future, but the future of MACW as a whole. That's a story for a different post though for this post it's about WCW 1985:
So far in this series I have never gone with a full shoot interview up and I thought that well giving you a full shoot would be very different for this series. This will be the first of many full shoots I post as a part of this series so be prepared, because their is more to come from here. To give some insight into what is talked about in the series and this is just some of what is spoken about.
- Why he left WWF the first time
- Working in the AWA, Why he came to the company, and working for Verne
- Honing his craft around the world in places like Japan and Australia
- Booking in Hawaii and issues of having a different philosophy then other the owners like Peter Mavia
- Working with and for Dino Bravo in Montreal (Dino's Murder)
- Starting young in Canada with his brother and getting his start as a fill in
- Also some of his favorite Road Stories
And so Much More!!!!
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.