A. I always loved wrestling Wildman Jack Armstrong in the Los Angeles area. We had some very wild matches for various independent promotions! Once in 1986, we were matched against each other at the Los Angeles Sports Arena for a WWF show. The road agent Chief Jay Strongbow told us we were the opening match that night. Jack and I had been in several main event matches that month around California and decided to go all out for the fans, and give them our normal match against one another. We were not going to just grab a hold and lay down. We both did some flying around the ring and the fans were enjoying every minute of it. I even did a dive through the ropes onto Jack, who was on the floor. Armstrong beat me at the 19:00 minute mark of a 20 minute time. When we got back to the dressing room, Strongbow approached us and said he will never book us together again. He said the guys in the matches that followed us were all complaining. Even up to the main event guys! Jack and I just laughed! These were top star of the WWF that wrestled after us. I’ll never forget that night!
Q. Did you have a favorite city you wrestled in?
A. Los Angeles, the historic Olympic Auditorium was a great arena for me personally. I spent several years wrestling at the Olympic, winning the W.W.A. version of the Worlds Heavyweight Championship of Mexico there in 1986. Also had a Hair vs Mask match against Mexico’s Tinieblas that drew $175,000 gate! My friend and hero John Tolos was the special guest referee for that match! I could go on and on! I love Los Angeles!
Q. What was working in the WWF like in the 80s?
A. I loved it! I made a lot of friends in those days! The guys back then had a great attitude, most had come from regional territories and had not seen consistent big attendance figures like the WWF had in all the major cities. The guys were thankful for finally being given a break on the national wrestling scene. Traveling to shows across the country on a nightly basis was sometimes an adventure! You were no longer in your sometimes small region of the U.S.! This was my favorite decade for wrestling.
Q. Who were some of the wrestlers you trained?
A. The Ultimate Warrior, Sting, Louie Spicolli, the Angel of Death,Cheerleader Melissa Anderson, Magnificent Mimi, Strangler Steve DiSalvo, Frankie Kazarian, Rocky Romero, Riki Ataki, Gorgeous Michelle Starr, The Beast (Randy Neverman) are some that come to mind!
Q. Who was the first major promotion you got to work with?
A. That would be the Nick Gulas and Jerry Jarrett promotion based in Nashville,Tn.! I was 18 years old in 1975, when I wrestled there as Bill Colt, brother of Chris Colt. We wrestled in Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama,Mississippi and Missouri on a daily basis. The promotion was actually running three shows a night. On Saturdays, we wrestled a morning TV taping show at Huntsville, Alabama.That afternoon, we wrestling at another TV taping in Birmingham, Alabama, and that night we wrestled in Chattanooga, TN. It was a crazy schedule at times. It was nicknamed “The gasoline circuit”! I also had the opportunity to travel with and wrestle against some great talent, men like, Jackie,Don and Roughhouse Fargo, Bobo Brazil, Bob Armstrong, the Mongolian Stomper, Luke Graham, Bill Dundee, Mike Boyette, Jerry Lawler, Eddie Marlin, Tommy Rich, Tojo Yamamoto, Don Kent and many other great wrestlers!
Q. Who trained you on how to wrestle?
A. I was trained by Kurt Von Steiger in Arizona in 1972 and 73!
Q. Was there a wrestler who influenced you?
A. Several influenced me in different ways. I always admired Dory Funk Jr. and Jack Brisco for their wrestling abilities and respect they showed for holding a world championship. “The Golden Greek” John Tolos was a cool heel to me. He was my major inspiration for becoming a wrestler! In the early 1970’s, wrestling magazines were a great influence on me. Seeing Bobby Heenan, Jimmy and Johnny Valiant as well as Blackjack Mulligan and Lanza always bloody on the covers, impacted me. I wanted to be like all these guys!
Q. How can fans find out about you and learn even more about your amazing career?
A. I am in the process of transitioning from one website to another. But for now, my website is www.bigbillanderson.com People can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or updates on my books or other happenings!