BABY DOLL REVEALS HOW DUSTY RHODES TRIED TO STOP HER MARRIAGE TO SAM HOUSTON, RUMORS OF DARK JOURNEY’S MURDER, HOW SHE WAS RELEASED FROM JIM CROCKETT PROMOTIONS, AND MORE By WorldWrestlingInsanity.com
Before the days of Divas and Knockouts, there was only one… Baby Doll. Now, ClubWWI.com is proud to welcome the legendary woman behind the legendary stars as James Guttman speaks to Nickla Roberts in an all-new exclusive 40 minute shoot interview!
By the side of former ClubWWI guests Tully Blanchard and Sam Houston, Nickla has been seen the ring from both sides of the spectrum. Whether terrorizing babyfaces with the Horsemen or defending them with Dusty Rhodes, Baby Doll is someone fans of ’80s wrestling will never forget. Nickla talks about a ton of subjects, with nothing off-limits, including her departure from wrestling, the contents of her Dusty Rhodes blackmail envelope, the double meaning behind it, why they storyline never finished, hating the “Andrea the Giant” gimmick in WCCW, knocking out Jim Cornette, and more. For a full list of topics, head to http://www.worldwrestlinginsanity.com/am2/publish/newsnotes/ClubWWI_Baby_Doll.shtml
Baby Doll’s career is quite unique. Although brief, she’s one of the most memorable stars of the 1980s. Growing up in a wrestling family, she was almost destined for the ring from the start. During her 40 minute shoot interview with James Guttman, she talks about her initial run and her comeback today. The self proclaimed “Queen of the Cougars” has been getting back into taking bookings again and helping young stars, most notably Swiss star Steve Allison. But the first time around, it was her relationship with another star that lead to her departure from wrestling.
While still with Jim Crockett promotions, Baby Doll married Sam Houston. Houston went to the WWF and, although they two were in separate companies, they still made time to see each other. This didn’t sit well with the powers-that-be in JCP and, as she explains to ClubWWI.com listeners, it meant that one day you could be working…and the next day you could be gone.
“At that time, Sam was working for WWF and I was working for Crockett. So on my days off, I would fly to see him and he would fly to see me (on his days off). For some reason, the office just didn’t like that. Then, out of the blue, my name was no longer on the booking sheet. That’s how they fired you. You looked at the booking sheet and your name was no longer on it. It was like, ‘Oh. I no longer have a job anymore.’ There was no explanation. There was no, ‘Gee. This didn’t work out. ‘I have no idea. Still. To this day, I have no idea what happened.”
It wasn’t as if she didn’t have hints that many in JCP had an issue with her wedding to Houston. As she goes on to explain to Guttman, one star in particular tried to stop the wedding before it even began by actually calling Sam’s dad, Grizzly Smith, on the phone…
“They wanted me to stay the single, Marilyn Monroe, everybody’s girl but nobody’s girl kind of thing. Then to have Sam, as the guy that I was with, to be a mid or undercard guy….It was funny because Dusty had called (Sam’s) dad whenever we had announced we were going to get married and he tried to talk Griz into telling Sam not to get married. Looking back, it wasn’t the wisest thing to do. But if you get married, you want to be with that person.”
She explains that the irony in all this is that it was Dusty Rhodes and Magnum T.A. who inadvertently got her and Houston together to begin with. Baby Doll discusses her marriage to Sam and the ups and downs that came with it. Last June, during Sam’s brief release from prison, he appeared for a ClubWWI.com interview with James.
Although she left early, Baby Doll’s departure may have been a blessing in disguise. So many stars from that time period had come and gone. Some have passed away and some have stayed too long. But BD feels that she’s lucky for being able to stay positive about wrestling. One name that James Guttman brings up is Dark Journey. When searching around for potential ClubWWI.com guests, JG found very little, if any, information about the woman who became the Horsemen’s valet after Baby Doll. Nickla talks about her experience working with Journey, how she was lost in the ring, and more. But in regards to where she is now, no one is really sure.
“Last I heard was that she was in San Francisco and no one has heard from her in a really really long time. I heard she had gotten into some drug problems and had been murdered. And another one is that she had gotten into some drug problems and had gone to jail. I never even knew her real name. I had always called her Journey.”
Nickla discusses so much more including the whereabouts of ’80s valet Sunshine with tons more including talk of today’s product and top stars like John Morrison, Evan Bourne, The Miz, and others. You can check out Nickla on Myspace at: www.Myspace.com/Nickla_Roberts
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