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.
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.