Former NWA World Television Champion, former United States Champion, & former NWA/WWF World Tag Team Champion, Tully Blanchard, as well as legendary manager/former “Commissioner” of World Championship Wrestling, J.J. Dillon, were the two special guests on this past week’s live edition of Monday Night Mayhem (07/02/07), which can be heard in streaming audio every week (hosted by The Big Mosh, Blade, & The Angry Hero, and heard LIVE at 8PM ET/7PM CT every Monday night) exclusively on The Monday Night Mayhem Radio Network (www.MondayNightMayhem.com, www.OnlineWorldOfWrestling.com, www.ProWrestlingPress.com, www.AllWNYRadio.com, www.Showdown,net, & www.AudioWrestling.com).
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This exclusive interview with two of the original members of The Four Horsemen can now be heard for FREE in Real Audio.
Here are some of the highlights from the interview provided by Mayhem listener, Evolution1 & The Mayhem’s co-host, The Big Mosh.
*Both J.J & Tully were welcomed to the program by Mosh & Blade, and they were very grateful to be spending some of their time during the 4th Of July holiday with The Mayhem & the wrestling fans throughout the world. Both Tully & J.J. will be a part of next month’s NWA LegendsÂ Fan Fest in Charlotte, NC. Log onto www.NWALegends.com for more details on the entire weekend’s festivities, as well as how you an purchase tickets & who else will be a part of the “trip down NWA memory lane.”
*The Big Mosh commented on the legacy of The Four Horsemen, calling it a slice/a part of “Americana.” Especially in the wake of the continuing coverage of the Benoit family tragedy that wrestling fans have been bombarded with the past two weeks, both Tully & J.J. agree that their mindset was always to perform to the highest possible level and to give back to the fans every time they stepped inside the ring — “with 110% effort & energy.” Tully said that today it’s more of a matter of other people looking out for themselves, and not for the giving of the business as a whole.
*J.J. said that especially right now, it is very difficult to focus on the positives of the wrestling business, in the wake of the recent passing of “Sensational” Sherri & the Benoit family. He believes that what The Horsemen put into the business 20 years ago carries into today’s business aspect about giving the fans everything you have in the tank, the aspect of “performing twice on Saturday & twice on Sunday.” The work ethic kept them together then, and still keeps the business together in that positive aspect today.
*With regards to the coverage of the Benoit family tragedy, J.J. believes that some of the cable news networks did not know where to get their information — which led to a lot of “absurd” comments being made by misinformed individuals. “When something like this happens, there is media overkill.” To a degree, J.J. feels that there is some correlation in between the lifestyle wrestlers lead to these unfortunate & tragic end results that happen. “It is a tough lifestyle that is not for everyone” — as wrestlers spend time away from their families/miss important events in their life because they do what they love inside the squared circle.
*Tully stated that when he walked out of the ring on his last night in the NWA in Philadelphia, PA, that was the last, real night of The Four Horsemen. The NWA/WCW tried several times to recreate newer & better versions of the faction (to try & sell some tickets/merchandise), but Tully strongly believes it was never the same as the original group — “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair, Ole Anderson, Tully Blanchard, & Arn Anderson (being managed by J.J.).
*To silence the critics on this particular topic, Tully wished to go on record about what has been reported about a recent return to World Wrestling Entertainment. “I did not return to the WWE — that’s is everyone’s misconception.” He was flown up there to observe, and to see if that would be something he would be interested in doing…period. He was offered a job, but they never talked about finances & more details, in the course of him being there for two days. The determining factor in him deciding not to take the position was a conversation he had with the late Chris Benoit, when Chris asked Tully “if he missed the business.” He does not, and feels that to an extent, the business has passed him by.
*With regards to the alleged “heat” with the current color commentator of WWE Friday Night SmackDown, JBL, “it was a one-sided conversation” with a guy that he does not recall even meeting. Tully continued on by saying that it was his job for people to be angry/mad at him in his career, and he must still be doing that right, because JBL is still mad at him.Â
*Tully was not overly impressed with the new Four Horsemen DVD recently put out by the WWE, saying they displayed more personal negatives on himself then positive — especially the part about him being sober for the past 17+ years & Christ changing his life. Also, to begin with, Tully said the original concept of the DVD was a Four Horsemen project, and then it changed afterwards to “Ric Flair & The Four Horsemen.” J.J says it was a well-done DVD, and was fairly accurate. J.J alsoÂ addedÂ the fact thatÂ The Four Horsemen were already famous & credible before they formed the faction, and Flair added even more credibility to the group being the World Heavyweight Champion.
*Mosh & Blade talked about the rumors of “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair possibly retiring at WrestleMania 24 in Orlando, FL and being inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame, and the idea of having the original Four Horsemen being inducted on the eve of WrestleMania. Tully stated that he is under contract by the WWE *for personal appearances, action figures, etc).Â He would be open to be inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame, and being a part of the celebration. J.JÂ went on record by saying thatÂ Ric is “better than 75% of the workers in the business.” J.J has never spoken to Vince McMahon since he last worked for him, but would be willing to put his differences aside, and would be proud to be inducted as well, along with his fellow Horsemen.
*Plenty of discussion is contained in the rest of this hour-long interview, including: Tully & J.J.’s thoughts on whether or not World Wrestling Entertainment should change their Wellness Policy, the loss of credible managers in the business today, & their respective thoughts about returning to “Horsemen country” in August for the NWA Legends Fan Fest. All old-school fans will love this interview, and is definitely a must-listen for your 4th Of July holiday week!
(07/02/07 streaming MNM: www.mondaynightmayhemarchives.com/waxfiles/070207.waxÂ
07/02/07 podcast MNM: http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/mondaynightmayhem/~3/129949002/070207.mp3)
*To purchase a copy of J.J.’s autobiography (“Wrestlers Are Like Seagulls: From McMahon To McMahon”), log onto www.JJDillon.com & www.CrowbarPress.com.
*Entertainment at its finest…Also contained in the 7/2 program is a hilarious interview featuring a member of the Howard Stern Show’s “Wack Pack” — that’s right fans, the one & only, Gary The Retard! Log onto www.MySpace.com/TheGaryTheRetard to check out Gary’s latest & when you will be seeing him return to the air on the Howard Stern Show.
*”The Summer Of Mayhem 2007″ rolls on this Monday night, July 9thÂ (beginning at 8PM ET/7PM CT), with an in-depth TNA Victory Road PPV preview, as well as Ring Of Honor standout, BJ Whitmer, who will be aboard to preview ROH’s debut on In-demand Pay-Per-View & the company’s debut in Japan.
Want to submit your TNA Victory Road predictions live on the air or ask questions toÂ BJ Whitmer? No problem…The Mayhem Crew will be taking your calls @ 716.989.6630 (long distance charges may apply), e-mails @ [email protected], your comments/questions @ www.MySpace.com/MondayNightMayhem, & feedback on The Mayhem’s Message Board @ www.MondayNightMayhem.com.
All new & old Mayhem listeners can still check out the archived programs/shows of “Your Home Of Wrestling Radio” (including the voice of Monday Night RAW himself/WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross, new WWE Women’s Champion Candice Michelle, TNA President Dixie Carter, “The Notorious 187” Homicide, Danny Doring’s first post-WWE interview, “The Wildman” Marc Mero, Diana Hart Smith, “The Mouth Of The South” Jimmy Hart, “Black Machismo” Jay Lethal, the legendary voice of the Mid-Atlantic territory, Bob Caudle, the official Monday Night Mayhem WrestleMania 23 Countdown Special from Detroit’s Hilton Garden Inn, & the “Sensational” Sherri Martel Tribute Special w/Sherri’s son, Jared, & her best friend, Dawn, & the official Monday Night Mayhem WWE Draft Night Special)…now available on www.MondayNightMayhem.com, www.OnlineWorldOfWrestling.com, www.Showdown.net, & www.AudioWrestling.com.
Kick back, relax, & unwind for your wrestling fix with The Big Mosh, Blade, & The AngryÂ HeroÂ this Monday night (beginning at 8PM ET/7PM CT)…along the airwaves of The Monday Night Mayhem Radio Network.
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