Greg Valentine Interview – Part Two!

Greg ValentineGREG VALENTINE REVEALS THE WRESTLER WHO SUGGESTED HE DYE HIS HAIR BLACK FOR RHYTHM AND BLUES AND HIS FEELINGS ABOUT DOING IT
By WorldWrestlingInsanity.com

The 113th edition of JG’s Radio Free Insanity is on the air and available right now at WorldWrestlingInsanity.com (Flash and MP3 download) This week’s show features WWE Hall of Famer Greg “The Hammer” Valentine

 

Greg Valentine joined James Guttman on ClubWWI.com for an in-depth 51 minute interview that covered a ton of topics. His entire career, from the early days as a Fargo Brother all the way to his WWF feud with Rugged Ronnie Garvin, the man who made life hell for wrestling’s biggest heroes holds nothing back about anything…and everything.

In his 51 minute ClubWWI.com shoot, Greg discusses: Surprising thoughts about Ric Flair‘s retirement, Taking the WWWF Title Off of Bob Backlund, The Dog Collar Match Against Roddy Piper at Starrcade ’83, His Feelings About Brutus Beefcake, Tito Santana, the only person who has his Rhythm and Blues Hasbro figure, Dino Bravo, being billed as his father’s brother, WrestleMania 24, wrestling “Big Fat Earthquake” at WrestleMania 7, his big upset over Ricky Steamboat at WrestleMania 4, TNA, The Andersons, Breaking Wahoo’s Leg, and so much more!

Remember, The Hammer is one of well over 110 stars spanning countless generations you can hear uncut on ClubWWI.com. Some of these names include: Jesse Ventura, Jerry Lawler, Vince Russo, Eric Bischoff, Bobby Heenan, Kevin Nash, The Iron Sheik, Sid Vicious, Paul Bearer, Bruno Sammartino, Scott D’Amore, Sean Mooney, Tito Santana, Al Snow, Tod Gordon, Charlie Haas, Tom Prichard, Jacques Rougeau, Tammy Sytch, Too Cold Scorpio, Ole Anderson, Kid Kash, Ivan Koloff, Jackie Gayda, John Heidenreich, Jimmy Hart, Jimmy Valiant, Bad News Brown, Dan Severn, Nick Bockwinkel, Dory Funk Jr, Diamond Dallas Page, Rob Conway, Sylvain Grenier, Buff Bagwell, Christian Cage, Jazz, Demolition Ax and Smash, Koko B. Ware, Ricky Morton, Dustin Rhodes, Damian Demento, Fred “Shockmaster” Ottman, Cpl. Kirchner, One Man Gang, Scott Steiner, Shawn Stasiak, Ted DiBiase, Ivory, Chris Masters, Elix Skipper, Kamala, Samoa Joe, Giant Bernard, Bill DeMott, Juvi “Juice” Guerrera, Nora “Molly Holly” Greenwald, Nick Dinsmore, Harley Race, Bull Buchanan, D-Lo Brown, Road Warrior Animal, Missing Link, Slick, Nidia, George Steele, Christy Hemme, Zach Gowan,Disco Inferno, Paul Ellering, Vito, Steve Blackman, AJ Styles, Chris Daniels, Dennis Stamp, Shawn Daivari, Kevin Sullivan, B.G. James, Ron Killings, Earl and Dave Hebner, Spike Dudley, Rodney Mack, Larry Zybszko, Rick Steiner, Mae Young, and more.

James Guttman then speaks about upcoming events on WorldWrestlingInsanity.com. Tomorrow, James will be doing Real Time Coverage of Raw. Tonight, though, Mike Rickard does Real Time reporting for Backlash. Then….Wednesday, it’ s a brand new ONE HOUR shoot with someone who will take you behind the scenes of today’s wrestling on ClubWWI.com. Don’t miss it!

With that, James cues up clips from Greg Valentine’s 51 minute ClubWWI.com shoot.

James Guttman welcomes Greg Valentine to the show and says that the longer the interview goes, the stronger he’s going to get (alluding the line that announcers said about him during his wrestling days.) He asks Greg how things are by him and Valentine says they’re fabulous. He’s blessed to be in good health and shape. Plus, he just returned recently from WrestleMania, which he calls fantastic, and does motivational speaking. He says that with his busy schedule, this weekend is the only one that isn’t booked.

James then asked Valentine about Brutus Beefcake. Many people have said that Greg harbored resentment towards Brutus and didn’t like teaming with him due to a lack of chemistry. It’s even mentioned on his Wikipedia page. The truth, however, is the exact opposite:

“I disagree with anyone saying that we didn’t have chemistry because, I don’t know what you call it or the word for it, but we were exact opposites. He was still a lot green….and I myself was a seasoned veteran so it was a good combination. We looked different. I think that combination was fantastic. The Dream Team had so many fans ’cause we didn’t look the same. It wasn’t two blondes. It wasn’t two guys with black hair with spandex on. It was Greg Valentine and Brutus Beefcake, a newcomer who everybody thought was Hulk Hogan‘s half brother. It was a combination I was very proud of.”

Guttman says that’s one of the reasons he does interviews. He wants to clear up false information like that. For so long, fans would repeat that Valentine didn’t like Brutus and now Greg can correct that. The Hammer agrees:

“I enjoyed it. He was my favorite partner because I was the boss, but he rose to the occasion. That’s my favorite. I’ve been with Flair and Honky Tonk Man, that was fun too, but (The Dream Team) drew serious money.”

He then goes on the record and says that the Dream Team drew more money than any other WWF tag team.

“I say it because it’s true.”

-ClubWWI.com-

In progress, JG and Greg are discussing the Rhythm and Blues era with the Honky Tonk Man. James says it went against a lot of what people associated with him. Greg responds:

“Well, I look back at it now and no big deal. I laugh at it. I didn’t want to do it, but they chased me around with that black hair dye for about a year, Jimmy Hart did. I didn’t want to do it. I like being Honky’s partner. Why can’t I keep my hair blonde and be Honky’s partner? I think it was Jesse Ventura who mentioned to Vince McMahon while they were announcing one night. ‘Hey, wouldn’t it be great if Valentine came out with his hair black one night? It would shock everybody.’ So eventually I did it. When I did it, I didn’t like it but I already committed to it. So I put my all into it, like I do everything else. I started enjoying it. Then all of a sudden, they split us up and I was mad about that.”

In his 51 minute ClubWWI.com shoot, Greg discusses: Surprising thoughts about Ric Flair’s retirement, Taking the WWWF Title Off of Bob Backlund, The Dog Collar Match Against Roddy Piper at Starrcade ’83, His Feelings About Brutus Beefcake, Tito Santana, the only person who has his Rhythm and Blues Hasbro figure, Dino Bravo, being billed as his father’s brother, WrestleMania 24, wrestling “Big Fat Earthquake” at WrestleMania 7, his big upset over Ricky Steamboat at WrestleMania 4, TNA, The Andersons, Breaking Wahoo’s Leg, Ronnie Garvin, and so much more!

Remember, The Hammer is one of well over 110 stars spanning countless generations you can hear uncut on ClubWWI.com. Some of these names include: Jesse Ventura, Jerry Lawler, Vince Russo, Eric Bischoff, Bobby Heenan, Kevin Nash, The Iron Sheik, Sid Vicious, Paul Bearer, Bruno Sammartino, Scott D’Amore, Sean Mooney, Tito Santana, Al Snow, Tod Gordon, Charlie Haas, Tom Prichard, Jacques Rougeau, Tammy Sytch, Too Cold Scorpio, Ole Anderson, Kid Kash, Ivan Koloff, Jackie Gayda, John Heidenreich, Jimmy Hart, Jimmy Valiant, Bad News Brown, Dan Severn, Nick Bockwinkel, Dory Funk Jr, Diamond Dallas Page, Rob Conway, Sylvain Grenier, Buff Bagwell, Christian Cage, Jazz, Demolition Ax and Smash, Koko B. Ware, Ricky Morton, Dustin Rhodes, Damian Demento, Fred “Shockmaster” Ottman, Cpl. Kirchner, One Man Gang, Scott Steiner, Shawn Stasiak, Ted DiBiase, Ivory, Chris Masters, Elix Skipper, Kamala, Samoa Joe, Giant Bernard, Bill DeMott, Juvi “Juice” Guerrera, Nora “Molly Holly” Greenwald, Nick Dinsmore, Harley Race, Bull Buchanan, D-Lo Brown, Road Warrior Animal, Missing Link, Slick, Nidia, George Steele, Christy Hemme, Zach Gowan,Disco Inferno, Paul Ellering, Vito, Steve Blackman, AJ Styles, Chris Daniels, Dennis Stamp, Shawn Daivari, Kevin Sullivan, B.G. James, Ron Killings, Earl and Dave Hebner, Spike Dudley, Rodney Mack, Larry Zybszko, Rick Steiner, Mae Young, and more.