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TOMMY RICH SHOOTS HARD ON MICHAEL HAYES AND OTHER CRITICS OF HIS NWA TITLE REIGN, REVEALS THE SKIT THAT MADE HIM STOP WATCHING WWE, AND MORE By WorldWrestlingInsanity.com
You’ve heard the speculation, the second-hand stories, and the slander. Now, hear his story in his words as only the legendary “Wildfire” Tommy Rich joins ClubWWI.com for a one hour shoot interview with James Guttman that hits you right between the eyes.
For the past 30 years, few stars have had the success and longevity of Tommy Rich. From his early days as NWA hero to his Full Blooded Italian ECW heritage, Rich has done it all. Now, he speaks to ClubWWI.com frankly about every topic you’d expect including: Heat With Ric Flair, The Two Things He Had With Him The Night He Hid Under The Ring For Lawler-Idol, John Cena Blaming Old School Wrestling For Drugs, How Paul Heyman “Used To Talk a Rebel’s Game,” The Wrestler Who Named Him Wildfire, The Wrestler Who Wanted To Bring Him To The WWF, What Happened When He Tried Steroids, The Last Battle of Atlanta, The Promise Abdullah The Butcher Kept, Heat With Bill Watts, The Insane20Payouts He Got From Bill and Eddie Graham, What Happened For The First Time At The ICP Show That Never Happened In His Entire Career, Why He Went To The AWA, Drinking, Vince McMahon Sr., Wahoo McDaniel, Chris Benoit, Dusty Rhodes in Polka Dots, and More. (read the full list on
A huge topic in Tommy’s career is the short NWA World Title reign he had when he defeated Harley Race. Wrestling historians and fans have wondered about the story behind it for years. Guttman asks Rich about it and cites Michael Hayes on a recent edition of WWE 24/7. Hayes said that the title switch was acutally a “screw job” like Bret Hart-Shawn Michaels. James asks Rich about this and Wildfire has plenty to say….
“I’m gonna tell you about Michael Hayes. Michael Hayes is a jealous man. First off, he wouldn’t be in, he can run his mouth good. That’s the only thing he can do. He wouldn’t even be in the wrestling business if it wasn’t for Buddy Roberts and Terry Gordy ’cause he would have gotten his ass whooped every time he came out of his door. Michael Hayes is a f–. That’s what I think about Michael Hayes. Michael Hayes don’t know nothing about my business. He don’t know nothing about his business.”
Tommy then goes into the incident between Hayes and Mark Henry, racism, the suspension that followed, and more. From there, he gives “The Real Deal” story of his NWA Title reign including the wrestler who called for it to happen, why it happened as it did, and the politics of it all. It’s a rare chance to hear the story of one of wrestling’s most mysterious moments from the man involved first hand. He then shifts his attention to other critics of his title reign.
“They can call me a seven day wonder. They can call me whatever they want to call me, but the bottom line is that those calling the names, they ain’t never been there. My name is on that paper. I’m up there with the real World Heavyweight Champions when wrestling was wrestling. So if I had just held it for 24 hours, it would still have been one of the biggest things in my life. And for anyone to say anything different of themselves that they wouldn’t have done it (for a short period of time), they’re a liar. You know what I’m saying? It ain’t a big deal to me. I’m proud of being a World Heavyweight Champion because I got to be one when wrestling was wrestling. And to be put in that group of guys, guys like Lou Thesz and Harley Race, the greatest, I mean, those guys were NWA World Champions. Nowadays they got 15 World Heavyweight Champions. What’s up with that?”
Aside from his entire career, Rich talks about today’s wrestling on ClubWWI.. JG brings up the current shows and asks Tommy if he gets to see any of it.. His response:
“I’ll be honest with ya. I used to flip through to see if I see some old buddies on there. I was flipping through one night and I see this old boy there in a Jacuzzi and I thought, oh boy! Bet some pretty girl’s gonna get down in here. And all of a sudden a boy came out and got in there with him. I never flipped back again even to look and see if one of my buddies was on there. Ain’t none of my buddies gonna be in no Jacuzzi with no other man. “
You can check out all the topics right now on WorldWrestlingInsanity.com or head to ClubWWI.com to hear the entire shoot right now including a brand new edition of Paul Roma’s audio show, “Glorious,” just posted this morning! With over 180 stars, you’ll have plenty of superstars to put on your Ipod, Phone, burn to CD, or just listen through your computer. Stars you can hear the minute you sign up include: Jerry Lawler, Ron Simmons, Magnum T.A., Kevin Sullivan, Vince Russo, Mr. Fuji, The Iron Sheik, Rory McAllister, Jesse Ventura, Bobby Lashley, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Tully Blanchard, Ken Patera, Bobby Heenan, Terri Runnels, Kevin Nash, Kenny Dykstra, Outback Jack, Paul Orndorff, Terry Funk, Lance Cade, Trevor Murdoch, Eric Bischoff, Nikita Koloff, Nunzio , John Cena Sr., Kizarny, Armando Estrada, Dangerous Danny Davis, Ronnie Garvin, Dave Taylor Colin Delaney, Jim Mitchell, Chris Harris, Ahmed Johnson, Glacier, Balls Mahoney, Francine, Sid Vicious, Paul Bearer, Brian Knobbs, Bruno Sammartino, Bryan Clark, Sean Moon ey, Scott D’Amore, Tito Santana, Al Snow, Tod Gordon, JJ Dillon, Charlie Haas, Tom Prichard, Jacques Rougeau, Paul Roma, Jim Powers, Tammy Sytch, Too Cold Scorpio, The Honky Tonk Man, Ole Anderson, Kid Kash, Ivan Koloff, Jackie Gayda, Mr. Hughes, Scotty 2 Hotty, Dawn Marie, John Heidenreich, Jimmy Hart, Jimmy Valiant, Rick Martel, Manny Fernandez, Bad News Brown, Nick Bockwinkel, Dory Funk Jr, Diamond Dallas Page, Rob Conway, Sylvain Grenier, Mike Bucci, Samu, Erik Watts, Buff Bagwell, Christian Cage, Jazz, Demolition Ax and Smash, Koko B. Ware, Ricky Morton, Lance Russell, Bruce Hart, Dustin “Goldust” Rhodes, Damian Demento, Fred “Shockmaster” Ottman, Justin Credible, Cpl. Kirchner, One Man Gang, Scott Steiner, Shawn Stasiak, Ted DiBiase, Ivory, Chris Masters, Elix Skipper, Kamala, Samoa Joe, Giant Bernard, Bil l DeMott, Juvi “Juice” Guerrera, Nora “Molly Holly” Greenwald, Nick Dinsmore, Harley Race, Bull Buchanan, D-Lo Brown, Road Warrior Animal, Missing Link, Rikishi, Slick, Nidia, George Steele, Christy Hemme, Disco Inferno, Paul Ellering, Vito, Steve Black man, Bushwhacker Lu ke, AJ Styles, Chris Daniels, Dennis Stamp, Shawn Daivari, B.G. James, Ron Killings, Zach Gowan, D-Ray 3000, Dan Severn, Earl and Dave Hebner, Sivi Afi, Baron Von Raschke, Spike Dudley, Rodney Mack, Downtown Bruno, Larry Zybszko, Rick Steiner, Mae Young, Sam Houston, and many, more.