Former WWE/ECW superstar, Justin “Bam Neely” LaRouche, was one of the special guests on this week’s live edition (03/23/09) of Monday Night Mayhem, hosted by The Big Mosh & Blade. You can feel The Mayhem live & in streaming audio every Monday night (at 8PM ET/7PM CT), exclusively on The Monday Night Mayhem Radio Network (www.MondayNightMayhem.com, www.ITunes.com, www.AudioWrestling.com, www.OnlineWorldOfWrestling.com, & www.MySpace.com/MondayNightMayhem).
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Here are some of the highlights of Bam’s exclusive interview on the show, provided by The Mayhem’s co-host, John “The Big Mosh” Masiulionis:
Justin was welcomed to the program by The Big Mosh & Blade, and thanked The Mayhem Crew for giving him the chance to give his first post-WWE comments. Prior to getting into the interview itself, Bam wished to make it very clear to the listening audience & fans across the globe that he was only doing one interview after parting ways with World Wrestling Entertainment…and that was with “Your Home Of Wrestling Radio.”
As many fans who watch WWE program know, Justin (as Bam Neely) was a part of the successful “La Familia” stable on SmackDown (w/the current World Heavyweight Champion, “The Rated-R Superstar” Edge, Vickie Guerrero, Zack Ryder/Zack Ryder), in addition to being Chavo Guerrero’s bodyguard as part of the faction & on ECW On Sci-Fi. The storyline involving all of them together was quite successful, and saw all of them receive plenty of television time on two of the WWE brands. Eventually, “The Edgeheads” & Bam were phased out of the group, with Justin receiving his WWE release. According to Bam, “Nothing really went wrong…They just moved on with the story.” Justin added that prior to being released, word had trickled down that he would be moving to RAW as a singles competitor (which was actually being discussed for several months), and that he would be splitting up from Chavo (who would be staying on SmackDown & ECW) & the rest of the group. Shortly thereafter, he received word of his release from the company.
When superstars received that “dreaded phone call” from the WWE office to inform them of their “future endeavors”/release, for some, it may come as a shock. Mosh asked Justin if he expected this to go down in the fashion it did & if he was surprised about the entire situation. About two weeks before being released, Justin said he was brought to Connecticut to discuss his future with Vince McMahon, and “Bam” was going to take a three-to-five month hiatus to be repackaged & brought back. “He wanted people to forget about the bodyguard thing….He wanted people to remember Bam Neely, the wrestler, who soon will be the wrestler.” Justin did point out that he wrestled a little as Chavo’s bodyguard, but he wrestled big names like The Undertaker, Finlay, & Matt Hardy, but also added that he “never got a match that was strictly for Bam Neely.”
As mentioned, Justin had the chance to compete against some of the best superstars biggest names in the WWE, and Bam was asked by Mosh & Blade if he felt any nervousness about wrestling against such established talent. He mentioned a story about when Shawn Michaels walking up to him & giving him some words of encouragement. “Shawn Michaels looked right at me (right in my face), and asked me ‘You want this,’ and I went ‘Yeah.’ So he looked at me & went, ‘Hmm, prove it…Go out there, and make an impact right frickin’ now.'” Justin went on to say that he was not scared of wrestling any of the big names, simply because he felt “he belonged there,” and he still believes/feels he should be there today.
“The Showcase Of The Immortals” will see the World Heavyweight Championship be defended by “The Rated-R Superstar” himself against The Big Show & the star of the recently-released film, “12 Rounds,” John Cena — with the winner also receiving the “heart” of Vickie Guerrero. Going into WrestleMania 25 & this Triple-Threat Match involving Edge, Mosh asked Justin if he could have seen “La Familia” being a part of this storyline in some fashion leading into the event, or if the angle itself ran its course, leading the creative outlet open for something new. “I don’t where it went wrong. I think the writers or Vince thought it was overkill.” Bam went on to speak about instances where fans would jump the guardrails & try to beat them up. “If you’re really getting people mad at you, you’re doing a good job…The Big Show is such a big force, and with all of us, we could use the strength of numbers again, but then again, it could have take away from Triple-Threat Match with all of us there.”
One of the many recent storylines within the WWE that was heavily rumored, teased on television, but never came to be was Bam splitting away from Chavo Guerrero. The Mayhem Crew posed that question to Justin of why we never saw that transpire. “That made no sense to us.” As travel partners, both of them discussed ways/ideas to have both of them stay on television & keep their angle going, and further their teasing of dividing up into the big “blow-off” of the two going their own ways. Justin said, however, that the WWE Creative Team did not want/wish to turn either one of them face, and that left the future storyline in much doubt…so the move was taken to take “Bam Neely” off of television entirely. He felt, that at in the end, both of them could be heels,” but that the WWE “had other plans.”
“Wildcat” Chris Harris was criticized by a lot of individuals within the wrestling industry, as well as plenty of fans online after his “Braden” Walker gimmick seen on ECW On Sci-Fi failed to catch any steam. Blade & Mosh asked Justin if he or anyone else in the locker room saw him destined for failure in the WWE, and if his past with TNA had any effect on his lacking of a strong push. “It is hard when you have this huge production, and you don’t have any backing from production & them actually wanting you to succeed…You’re gonna fail”. On Chris Harris personally: “Chris…great guy, I like him, but I don’t know if creative really had anything for him.”
In closing, Justin wished to tell The Mayhem Nation & his fans around the world that he will indeed be back: “It’s just another bump in the road. I’ve been wrestling for a long time, and this is just another bump in the road. I definitely will be back…You never know I probably be back in the WWE or if not, I’ll be back somewhere where they’re happy to have me, and I’m happy to be there.”
So much more is contained in this near 40-minute exclusive interview with the artist known as “Bam Neely,” including Justin’s candid thoughts/comments on how his pairing with Chavo Guerrero (as his bodyguard) came to be (and how the both of them found out at the same point in time about their new association), how his WWE in-ring name came to be (and when/where it was decided upon), which current WWE/TNA superstars were the most instrumental in getting him a WWE tryout (as well as his beginnings in the independent scene in The Hellraisers), whether he sees Ohio Valley Wrestling can be a viable developmental territory again, the comparisons he has received to former ECW superstar, Roadkill (and if he was seen by any of the WWE/ECW superstars as a “Roadkill rip-off”), his close relationship with Jerry Lynn (and the chances of him becoming ROH World Heavyweight Champion), his future in wrestling (and whether that could be in TNA or Ring Of Honor), the possibilities of TNA signing himself/Elijah Burke/Armando Estrada/Kevin Thorn as a former WWE faction set to invade the organization, & so much more. The Big Mosh strongly encourages all members of The Mayhem Nation to check out Justin’s official MySpace page, located at www.MySpace.com/BamNeely.
In addition to Bam’s exclusive appearance on The Mayhem, listen longer to this week’s edition (03/23/09) of “Your Home Of Wrestling Radio,” and you will hear the following:
The mission: Reuniting with Jeff Jarrett? Can we make the dream of wrestling fans become a reality? In her first public comments in nearly two years, former WWE Women’s Champion/WWE Diva, Debra, graced The Mayhem airwaves to discuss what is beginning to sweep the world wide web: the fan movement to bring her to TNA Wrestling to join forces with “The King Of The Mountain” himself! We strongly encourage all of The Mayhem Nation to e-mail [email protected], and let your voice be heard! In addition to discussing her WWE/WCW career, Debra also gave her thoughts/comments on why she will not be appearing at the “Miss WrestleMania” Battle Royal at WrestleMania XV, her former husband, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin going into the WWE Hall Of Fame this year, & the ten-year anniversary of the passing of Owen Hart. Check out Debra’s new MySpace page, located at www.MySpace.com/OfficialDebra, or interact with Debra via Facebook.
The wait is now over! This week sees the release of the most-anticipated video game of 2009. The senior game designer for THQ’s “Legends Of WrestleMania,” Paul Edwards, joined The Big Mosh & Blade to break down the newest, exciting release from THQ, the cross-promotion between THQ & the WWE as part of the forthcoming WWE Hall Of Fame Ceremonies. Log onto the game’s official website, www.LegendsOfWrestleMania.com for exclusive videos, screenshots, & news on what is surely going to be a trip down “memory lane” for fans across the globe! The Mayhem Crew will help you re-live, re-write, & re-define the greatest moments in WWE history by giving away copies of “Legends Of WrestleMania,” beginning this week, as part of our live WrestleMania XXV Countdown Special (airing Sunday morning, April 5th @ 11AM ET/10AM CT), & throughout the months of March/April. How can you score yourself a copy of the game? It’s simple & easy! E-mail the show at [email protected], or check out The Mayhem on MySpace (located at www.MySpace.com/MondayNightMayhem). You have to be contact the program directly to qualify.
Be sure to mark your calendars for two respective dates fans, as “Your Home Of Wrestling Radio” is proud to present our Monday Night Mayhem Hall Of Fame Ceremonies LIVE this Monday night, March 30th (beginning @ 8PM ET/7PM CT), in addition to kicking off WM Sunday the right way…with the Monday Night Mayhem WrestleMania XXV Countdown Special — LIVE Sunday morning, April 5th (beginning @ 11AM ET/10AM CT). Join The Mayhem’s National WWE Correspondent/PPV Preview trio of Scott Hudson, Jim Molineaux, & The History Of WWE.com’s Graham Cawthon, as well as “Wild” Bill Brown, SLAM! Wrestling’s Bob Kapur, & Old Time Wrestling’s Ed Atlas for all of the grandeur & the festivities, as “The Road To WrestleMania XXV” has officially begun on the Monday Night Mayhem Radio Network! More names to be added to our ‘Mania Kickoff, so stay tuned to www.MondayNightMayhem.com & www.MySpace.com/MondayNightMayhem for all of the latest!
All new & old Mayhem listeners can still check out the archived programs/shows of “Your Home Of Wrestling Radio” from over seven years of audio excellence. You can re-live the live on-location remotes (including The Mayhem’s WrestleMania 23 Countdown Special from Detroit’s Hilton Garden Inn), plus some of your favorite WWE superstars (Chris Jericho, CM Punk, Christian, Charlie Haas, Beth Phoenix, & Candice Michelle), WWE Hall Of Famers (Jesse “The Body” Ventura, Jim Ross, Terry Funk, Harley Race, Dory Funk, Jr., Bret “The Hitman” Hart, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, “Superstar” Billy Graham, The Iron Sheik, Tito Santana, “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, Don Muraco, “Cowboy” Bill Watts, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, & “The Mouth Of The South” Jimmy Hart), the first-post WWE comments from Elijah Burke, Armando Estrada, Wildcat” Chris Harris, The Highlanders, Nick “U-Gene” Dinsmore, & Johnny Swinger, the finest from Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA President Dixie Carter, Jeff Jarrett, Terry Taylor, Jim Cornette, Kevin Nash, Scott Steiner, “The War Machine” Rhino, Team 3-D, “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles, The Motor City Machine Guns’ Chris Sabin/Alex Shelley, “Black Machismo” Jay Lethal, The LAX’s Homicide, Beer Money’s “Tennessee Cowboy” James Storm/Robert Roode, Matt Morgan, Eric Young, Sheik-Abdul Bashir, Cute Kip, BG James, & Kaz — along with TNA Knockouts Christy Hemme, The Beautiful People’s Angelina Love/Velvet Sky, Traci Brooks, ODB, Christy Hemme, Taylor Wilde, & So-Cal Val), Ring Of Honor’s warriors (ROH Champion Nigel McGuinness, “The American Dragon” Bryan Danielson, Jerry Lynn, Austin Aries, Claudio Castagnoli, & Kenny King), ECW originals (ECW’s founder Tod Gordon, “The Franchise” Shane Douglas, Raven, The Sandman, Rob Van Dam, Francine, 2 Cold Scorpio, New Jack, Axl Rotten, Lance Storm, Mike “Nova” Bucci, “The Pitbull” Gary Wolfe, Danny Doring, Simon Diamond), some of the greatest managers in the history of our business (Percy Pringle III/Paul Bearer, “The Doctor Of Style” Slick, JJ Dillon, & the late Gary Hart), the voices that have called the sport/sports-entertainment for years (World Class’ Bill Mercer, the Mid-Atlantic/NWA’s Bob Caudle, & WCW/AWA’s Lee Marshall), the beautiful managers/valets that have graced the squared circle (Missy Hyatt, Terri Runnels, Lisa “Ivory” Moretti, Dawn Marie, Nora “Molly Holly” Greenwald, Jackie Haas, & Debra), wrestling legends/personalities from over the years, past & present (Bruno Sammartino, Jerry Jarrett, “The Living Legend” Larry Zbyszko, “The Taskmaster” Kevin Sullivan, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, “Dr. Death” Steve Williams, Tully Blanchard, Sid Vicious, The Honky Tonk Man, “Bushwacker” Luke Williams, Barry “Smash” Darsow, “Nasty Boy” Brian Knobbs, Virgil, Diamond Dallas Page, Vader, Konnan, Bruno “Harvey Whippleman” Lauer, “The Wildman” Marc Mero, D-Lo Brown, Scotty 2 Hotty, David “Gangrel” Heath, Chris Kanyon, Chris Nowinski, Tomko, & Colin Delaney), & some of the most well-known athletes & entertainers from pro-sports, the MMA, stage, & screen, including: Dennis Rodman (NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice”), Jim Kelly (NFL Hall Of Famer), Frank Trigg (UFC), Dave Coulier (“Full House”), Jason Hervey, Eric Nies, & Jeremy Jackson (VH-1’s “Confessions Of A Teen Idol”), Dustin “Screech” Diamond (“Saved By The Bell”), the stars of Hulk Hogan‘s Celebrity Championship Wrestling: Tiffany, Trishelle Cannatella, “The Mistress Of Mayhem” Erin Murphy, Frank Stallone, & Nikki Ziering, Aries Spears (“MAD TV”), Gary The Retard (“The Howard Stern Show”), Greg Fitzsimmons (stand-up comedian/VH-1’s “Best Week Ever”), Jason Peter (former NFL Defensive Tackle, former Nebraska All-American, & author of “Hero Of The Underground”), Dan “Nitro” Clark (“American Gladiators” & author of “Gladiator: A True Story Of ‘Roids, Rage, & Redemption”), & Erin “Steel” Toughill (NBC’s “American Gladiators”). All this & so much more…now available World Wide & 365 at www.MondayNightMayhem.com.
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