Saturday, April 28, 2007

10-Falls with "Dr Death" Steve Williams

10-Falls with
"Dr Death" Steve Williams

"Another one of the great stories of professional wrestling in recent years is that of "Dr Death Steve Williams. Doc, has fought everything and everybody during his professional wrestling career from all of the Big Names in the sport to CANCER. Thankfully Doc has survived and is telling his story in his new autobiography. I have watched Doc wrestle for MANY years and I can honestly say that he IS the toughest man in professional wrestling..."--Randy Klemme

1) You have been in the wrestling business for a number of years? How long? and how has pro wrestling in your mind changed over the years?

Doc: 25 years. There is no longer any respect for the business.

2) What organizations have you worked for and are there ones you currently are associated with?

Doc: Every major company in the world, and currently for the WWE as a trainer.

3) Through your career, I am sure there were many great things that happened and also some low points...Can you give us any stories about the "Good" and "Bad" of your pro wrestling career?

Doc: I discuss all of this is my book, but I have died three times and god has spared me. The fans have been great and I value their support.

4) Is there anything you regret you were never able to accomplish in professional wrestling?

Doc: No, put in real life not going to the U.S. Olympics

5) More recently you have fought some health battles...can you explain and are you doing okay now?

Doc: I have battled T-4 throat cancer, and on May 7th, I will be cancer free for three years! Praise God

6) You have written a book, "How Dr Death became Dr Life" would you describe the book and how did you come to write it?

Doc: It is about my life, a true story about how Dr. Death became Dr. Life. Through my good friend, Dr. Tom Caiazzo, we put out a true book to inspire and motivate.

7) Life is a series of ups and downs, what are some of the things that you do in life to overcome the tough times?

Doc: Pray and give God all the glory.

8) Back to Pro Wrestling...Do you watch much of the current TV wrestling product and what do you think about it? Who are some of the wrestlers you watch now?

Doc: I don't get to watch much because I am out ministering and motivating. When I see Shawn Michels, the Undertaker, and Kurt Angle, I will try to watch them.

9) I am sure you have been asked this many times, when someone says, "How do I get to be a professional wrestler....?" What do you tell them?

Doc: I tell them to go to my website and or myspace account and I will take care of them.

10) In closing, there has to be some great road stories over your long career.....Let us in on one of those stories (Keep it clean--LOL)?

Doc: When I was very green, I was very protective of my gear. Billy Starr ribbed me and took my boots. I had to wrestle barefooted. My feet hurt for a week. I got him back by repalacing his shampoo with NAIR. His hair fell out and turned green. It was too funny.

I hope all the fans will read my book. It is a true story and I hope I can inspire all.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

10 Falls with WWE / MTV Tough Enough Star Matt Cappotelli

10-Falls with
Matt Cappotelli

"One of the more inspirational stories of the last couple of years is that of WWE and Tough Enough Star Matt Cappotelli. Matt along with current WWE star Johnny Nitro were the co-champions of MTV's Tough Enough 3. Matt endured many things including a nasty ordeal with Bob Holly during the TV show, however he know faces an even bigger challange. May 1st, Matt Cappotelli will undergo brain surgery to remove a tumor that has enlarged in recent months. We wish Matt God Speed with his surgery and all the best during recuperation."--Randy Klemme

1) You are a product of the "Tough Enough" Shows on tough was the actual training during the shooting of the show and what would you do on a typical day in training?

MC: It was the most intense training I've ever been through. we trained for about 8 hrs a day - in ring, cardio, weights, everything.

2) Of course, one of the things you were famous for during the show was the confrontation with Bob Holly......What are your thoughts looking back at that situation?

MC: it's simple - i forgive, but will never forget.

3) You've been associated with OVW in Louisville since Tough Enough and alot of guys that are in the WWE today came through there, have you made any good friends and are close to any of those guys and who are they?

MC: I've made great friends with pretty much everyone who has come through OVW. we're all family.

4) What is the toughest thing about being a professional wrestler?

MC: Having no offseason and the travel schedule.

5) Any good road stories that you can pass along (keep it clean LOL)?

No Answer

6) Your career recently was slowed by an illness....can you explain what happened and will you ever be able to wrestle again?

MC: I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. I can do all things through Christ, so you never know when I may pop up.

7) You have also expressed your deep faith in the Lord in the past several have you been able to cope with your illness through your faith?

MC: God has given me complete peace with what is going on. i know it's all for his divine purpose and I'm humbled to be a part of this.

8) Has it been tough to be associated with the wrestling business while keeping hold of your faith, especially with some of the things that goes on with the wrestling business today?

MC: I guess it can be, but i know who i am and will not sacrifice that for anything.

9) What is the BEST thing and the WORST thing about being a professional wrestler, maybe something that you didn't realize would be that way when you started?

MC: Best: interacting with an audience, entertaining the masses.
Worst: injuries and being away from family.

10) If you had to tell someone what it's like being a professional wrestler, what are the three most important things you would tell them?

MC: You have to love it or it will eat you apart. you have to be tough physically, mentally, and emotionally. you have to make sacrifices in your personal life and be patient.

Matt invites you to check out for some great gear.

Friday, April 13, 2007

10-Falls with Northern Indiana Indy Star Chase Richards

10-Falls with Chase Richards

1) How long have you been in the business and where did you receive your wrestling training?

CR: I have been in the business for 7 years now. I initially recieved my training through NRW (A defunct fed in Northwest Indiana), but have trained at several other schools throughout the course of my "career".

2) What organizations have you worked for and which ones are you currently associated with?

If I left anyone out, I apologize...

3) What titles have you held during your wrestling career?

NRW Tag Team Championship
IUWA Tag Team Championship
MEW Enterprise Title
IUWA National Title
AAW Tag Team Championship (2X's)
FPW Tag Team Championship
ARW Heayweight Title
NWA-Indiana Heritage Tag Team Championship

4) Which match over your career has been your favorite and why? and who is your favorite opponent to work with?

CR: I'd probably say my favorite match thusfar has to be when I defended the ARW title against "Roughneck" Jay Ryan. As-of right-now, that match just came-off SO good... very hard-hitting, very intense.

My favorite opponent is a very tough one to narrow down. There have been so many guys I've worked with that I'd work any night of the week... if I HAD to choose, I'd say "The Prophet Of Rage" Botch. We always seem to work well with one another.

5) How would you best describe your style of wrestling?

CR: Believable. I take a lot of pride in what I do in the ring, and don't want anyone sitting in the crowd thinking that they can do what I'm doing. 'Physical' is another word to describe it.

6) What is the toughest thing about being a professional wrestler?

CR: I'd say the toughest thing, for me, has been the moral conflictions you come across. To me, integrity is something I will not compromise, and in wrestling, there are a lot of obstacles you encounter that makes many men compromise their integrity. Knowing that if I just did this, or stabbed this person in the back, I could "make it farther in the business" really bothers me. But, what can I say? I'm in a business that is all about "cons".

7) Any good road stories that you can pass along (keep it clean LOL)?

CR: Man, there have been so many good car-rides... but the one that immediately pops into my head is one of my first trips. It's myself, Kenny Courageous, Cade Lee and Tank Escobar and we're all crammed in the smallest car imaginable... the exact brand or make of the car escapes me, but trust me, it was small. We're heading down I-65 and out of nowhere, the car breaks down and we're stranded on the side of the road. It's around 3-4 o'clock on a Saturday, so there is a steady flow of traffic, and Tank decides he NEEDS to go to the bathroom. This wouldn't have been a problem, if he just had to pee. Now, Tank is not a shy person in the absolute least, so he gets a newspaper we had in the car and proclaims "It's either on the side of the road or on myself" and heads to the grass. For reasons not known to this day, he proceeded to lean back on the SLOPE of the grass, butt facing traffic and do his thing. We are all laughing so hard we're crying... why didn't he try to hide himself a little better, ya know? When he returns to the car, after catching our breath, we ask him why didn't face the other way. His retort, and I quote: "I didn't want anyone to see m'penis."

That's the "cleanest" one I have!

8) Are there things that you would like to achieve during your pro wrestling career? Short term and long term goals?

CR: Of course there are goals I'd like to achieve. Short-term: I'd like to work more weekday shows. I'd love to branch-out and work new places, learn new things, meet new people. I'd like to be considered a "go-to" guy for a good match. As far as long term: I'd love to work for a bigger North American fed. I'd LOVE to sometime maybe do a tour of Japan.

9) Have you received any important advice from other more famous names in the pro wrestling business and what was that?

CR: Colt Cabana gave me some of the best advice I've ever recieved. It was to carry yourself like a star. If you don't believe you're a star, then why would anyone else? I am trying to apply that more and more each passing day. Lex Luger gave me some GREAT advice for getting noticed more and nutritional tips. Chad Collyer taught me so much with very few words. You can learn from just aboot anything if you really want to.

10) What is the BEST thing and the WORST thing about being a professional wrestler, maybe something that you didn't realize would be that way when you started?

CR: Best: Kids, teens, adults... it doesn't matter what age you are, you can always find yourself caught-up in the moment when meeting someone you like to watch perform. It can be any athlete, actor, musician... when someone enjoys your craft, they look up to you and hold you on a higher platform than "normal people". It's cool to have people think you're something special, when in actuality, you're as down-to-earth and normal as they are. I think that's the best part of it.

Worst: The politics. The backstabbing. The drama...

If anyone would like to reach Chase Richards, you can contact him via myspace at:


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Friday, April 6, 2007

10-Falls with the Legendary Baron Von Rashcke

10-Falls with the Legendary

"66 years old and going strong, Baron Von Rashke's career reads like a who's who of professional wrestling. He's wrestled with, for and against almost every name imaginable in the last 40 years of professional wrestling from Dick the Bruiser to Hulk Hogan....held tag titles with Dusty Rhodes....has wrestled against Ric Flair, the Road Warriors, Austin Idol, Vern Gagne, the list is endless. It was a true honor to have the Baron answer my 10-Falls interview. As a child I have seen him wrestle in person a number of times and I hope to get to see him again...he is a TRUE legend in our sport....."--Randy Klemme

1) How long have you been associated with the wrestling business and where did you receive your wrestling training? What organizations have you worked for and are their any you are currently associated with?

BVR: Since 1966. From Vern Gagne-AWA, NWA, WWA, Montreal Organization, Michigan-Farhat Organization, Dallas-Von Erich Organization, New York-WWWF, Charlotte, NC-Crockett Organization. Also German, Austrian and Japanese Organizations, and many others.

2) Who was the toughest person you ever faced in the ring and why?

BVR: The next opponent! Never look back.

3) What are some of your fondest memories of working for Dick the Bruiser in WWA around the Indianapolis area?

BVR: Our son, Karl, was born in Indianapolis, and meeting Bobby Heenan, Mitsui Arakawa, and several other life long friends.

4) Looking back, any regret on things you didn't get to do during your wrestling career?

BVR: I wish I had gone to South Africa, Australia and the Middle East to wrestle, to explore the different cultures.

5) Do you watch any wrestling today in-person or on TV? and what are your thoughts of todays wrestlers and wrestling product in general?

BVR: I try to avoid watching the WWE on TV--I also avoid x-rated movies. I catch some matches when I'm asked to appear on a card to sign autographs. Some of these kids put on a great show. Some of them still know how to tell a story with wrestling. The WWE does not.

6) One thing I remember about the Baron was when he did promo's on TV for his upcoming matches with Sam difficult was working on TV in those days of early wrestling on TV?

BVR: It was not difficult at all for me. The interviews were one of my specialties, and Sam made it easy.

7) Any good road stories that you can pass along (keep it clean LOL)?

BVR: I'm not a good story teller.

8) You have worked for many if not all of the larger wrestling organizations....who was the best promoter to work for and why?

BVR: Hopefully, some day, the next one.

9) What was the BEST thing and the WORST thing about being a professional wrestler, maybe something that you didn't realize would be that way when you started?

BVR: The best thing was "meeting" The Baron, my alter-ego. The worst things were the money and the miles.

10) If you had to tell someone what it's like being a professional wrestler, what are the three most important things you would tell them?

BVR: Stay in High School. Graduate from college. And if you have to try pro wrestling, don't quit your day job right away.

The play "The Baron" will open on April 14 at the History Theatre in St. Paul and run to May 20. The email address is and the phone number is 651-292-4323 for tickets. It's a comedy about The Baron's life.
The Baron can be found at his web site It has a gift shop, history, photo gallery, and if you click on bookings there is also a link to the History Theatre and some recent interviews with the Baron on UTube.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

10-Falls with HPW Promoter Jerry Wilson

10-Falls with HPW Promoter
Jerry Wilson

"So many in the pro wrestling business think it is easy to run a successful wrestling show. If you look around there are so many little promotions around and many have come and gone in the 9 years that Hoosier Pro Wrestling has been running shows in Columbus, Indiana. Promoter Jerry Wilson has made HPW one of the top independent wrestling promotions in the midwest with top quality shows every month--"Randy Klemme

1) How long have you been promoting wrestling shows and WHY did you start running your own shows?

JW: Having been the USWA photographer for the guys who sold photo gimmicks , I sat back and watched how the business was done from the matches, interviews and booking angles. When the USWA quit running Louisville Gardens the next month April 98 I started running my hometown Columbus, IN with some help from Dutch Mantell and we're still doing good business nine years later.

2) What has been the biggest card you have had to date?

JW: Sabu vs Tommy "Wildfire" Rich was over 550 fans paid and we had Sid Viscious come in on Sid Returns to Indiana after his injury as Commissioner and had 524 paid

3) You have had some success in bringing in several big names on your cards, who were some of them?

JW: Sabu, Sid, Tommy Rich, Greg Valentine, Rocky Johnson, Bill Dundee, Brian Christopher, Doug Gilbert, Sharkboy, Damaja, Koko B Ware, Rip Rogers, Dutch Mantell, Don Harris, and Jillian Hall (regular as Mercedes).

4) This weekend is your 9th Anniversary have you been able to sustain your organization for 9 years when so many others have come and gone around you?

JW: I think because we have built an excellent fan base who look at HPW wrestlers as stars. They appreciate the story lines, the action, and the treatment they receive from myself and the wrestlers.
We have fans who have been reserving their same seats for nine years. Hard work promoting, and being honest and fair with the fans and the wrestlers.

5) What will be some of the matches this weekend?

JW: Saturday April 7th at the 4-H Fairgrounds in Columbus, IN with a 7:30pm Bell Open doors at 6:45PM. Tickets $10 Info call 812-552-4477

Main event Ox Harley w/ Sunny vs. Sinn
TVZ vs. Soul Shooters
Donny Idol vs. Bobby Black
Average White Guy vs. Pastor Pain
plus much more!!

6) Need a good road stories that you can pass along that has happened to you while promoting (keep it clean LOL)?

JW: Back in 1996, Tommy Rich was driving a police car in Kentucky (thanks to a fan who was a cop), and I was following behind. He decided to play a rib on a couple of wrestlers who were waiting up ahead on him on the side of the road to give him a ride. He hit the blue lights and pulled in behind them, only to find out it was the wrong car. The "fan" cop had some explaining to do! The bad thing was, Tommy didn't even have a drivers license

7) Somehow you always seem to find your way into a match or two during the show.....Did you ever want to be a full time wrestler?

JW: Why not get involved? I'm the hometown guy everybody likes. Or, the hometown guy they like to see getting beat up by the bad guys. .... Really, I only get involved to try and keep the storylines good. Good guy vs. the bad guy. That's what puts people in the seats... they believe when the bad guy beats the good guy to a bloody pulp. But in the end, the good guy somehow gets the revenge.
Becoming a wrestler? No, I've never wanted to be a wrestler, but I've always been a wrestling fan since I saw Dick the Bruiser and the Shire Brothers back when I was a kid. It was after I moved to Atlanta in 1982, when I started going to the Georgia shows at the Omni. One night, I met Tommy Rich through a friend, and we struck up a friendship. He's the one who recommended me to the wrestling magazines, which led to my involvement in the wrestling business. That was really my first break in the business, which gave me the chance to get involved as the USWA photographer in the 90's. This was my chance to meet and photograph so many upcoming and already established stars, and when I knew I wanted to be in the business.

8) Have you received any important advice from some famous names in the pro wrestling business to help you run shows and what was that?

JW: Jerry Jarrett: Don't give it all away.
Dutch Mantell: Hard work pays off.
Tommy Dreamer: Never over book. Book only what you can afford.
Eric Embry: Take care of the boys. Take care of the fans. And put on the best damn show possible.
Tommy Rich: Keep your word. Be the promoter that does business right. Don't be one (promoter) that wants only to have the name that " I am a Wrestling Promoter".

9) What is the BEST thing and the WORST thing about being a professional wrestling promoter, maybe something that you didn't realize would be that way when you started?

JW: I feel the worst thing is when you book a name on their word, and they no call... no show. That's a total lack of class. Here at HPW, it has only happened twice, and fortunately, I was able to replace them and made the show worth it for the fans. So, absolutely, dissappointing the fans has got to be the worst part of the business, but it does happen.

The best part of this business is the satisfaction that at the end of the evening the fans went home happy and they have a reason to want to return to the next months' show. Also, becoming a part of the fans lives by knowing them and becoming their friend, and seeing in their eyes how wrestling continues to be something people love.

10) If you had to tell someone what it's like being a professional wrestling promoter, what are the three most important things you would tell them?

JW: Being a promotor doesn't start a week before the show. As soon as the last show ends, I have to begin working on the next one. Of course, the storyline had already been established, that is a no-brainer. So, the next week I have to begin thinking about preparing the flyers, contacting media and the workers, and updating the website. Over the next few weeks before the show, it just takes time to promote the show, like going to the nearby towns, making sure flyers stay up, and being in touch with the media and the wrestlers.

3 most important things about the wrestling business as a promoter:

1. Do business the right way.
2. Respect the fans and the workers.
3. Work hard and give the fans the best show possible. Make them believe to want to come back.