Former WCW & ECW World Tag Team Champion, Kevin Sullivan, was a special guest on a recent edition of Monday Night Mayhem (presented by Sweet Sunshine Sauces) — which can be heard in streaming audio every week (hosted by The Big Mosh, Blade, & DFL), and heard LIVE at 8PM ET/7PM CT every Monday night) exclusively on The Monday Night Mayhem Radio Network (www.MondayNightMayhem.com, www.525.com, www.OnlineWorldOfWrestling.com, & www.ITunes.com).
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Here are some of the highlights from Kevin’s interview on the show, provided by The Mayhem’s senior show correspondent, Darren “DFL” Szalanski & The Mayhem’s co-host, John “The Big Mosh” Masiulionis
For the first time in The Mayhem’s six+ year history, former WCW/ECW World Tag Team Champion & the former head booker of World Championship Wrestling, Kevin Sullivan joined the program. You can head on over to www.KayfabeCommentaries.com to check out Kevin’s two spectacular DVD releases: “Kevin Sullivan & The End Of WCW” & “Guest Booker: Re-Booking The Year 1984 In The WWE.” Two of the finest DVD’s to purchase this summer from one of professional-wrestling & sports-entertainment’s best minds ever.
Big Mosh, Blade, & DFL welcomed Kevin to the program. Kevin said that he has been enjoying retirement so far, spending his time both in Florida (on the keys), as well as traveling to Seattle a few times per month. Despite being so accustomed to being in the Pacific Northwest, he is a huge Boston Red Sox fan, and he goes to almost every game the Mariners & Red Sox play against one another.
Kevin is proud to also be involved in a new wrestling documentary that is in the works, entitled “Card Subject To Change.” Sullivan strongly believes that this project will take the fans into a whole new outlook of the world of professional wrestling, and it will show “how a wrestler is born, matures, & dies in the business.” He also feels that it will take the viewing audience into a world in which most people never have the opportunities to see: behind-the-scenes. For more info on the upcoming project, please visit www.IronRiverFilms.com/cstc. And click here for a special trailer of the film on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cve08prb9w&eurl=http://www.ironriverfilms.com/cstc).
The topic of how the business changed since the “Death Of WCW” was brought up by Mosh, and Kevin said that he always believed that the “sport” of pro wrestling could never die, but since the birth of the MMA & UFC, he feels that those two powerhouses have had a huge impact on the television ratings tumbling & the business crumbling to an extent. “If everyone is cut from the same cookie cutter, business will suffer.” Kevin did wish to go on record, saying that he feels that there is enough independent talent out there that have not been exposed yet to keep the business going & make it flourish into the future years ahead.
Blade then asked Kevin what the business needs to do to make “The Next Big Thing” (with all due respect to Brock Lesnar‘s WWE nickname of course). Sullivan said since he was a kid, “he knew that wrestling was all fake,” and that the only wrestlers that were “real” are Bruno Sammartino & The Original Sheik. Kevin brings up how he was responsible for Goldberg, and how the company thought he was “real”. Kevin said that the only way that the next break out star is someone who is not exposed as much and someone whom has that “X-Factor.”
As many people have gone on record previously & in the past, Kevin 100% believes that the AOL/Time Warner merger was the key lynchpin in the death of WCW. He said that once the merger came, that “the corporate people” came into the company, and did not know what the hell they were doing when it came to wrestling & its form of entertainment. “They wanted to play in their sandbox because it was their new toy.” AOL/Time Warner was everyone’s collective backs so-to-speak, and Kevin also feels that World Championship Wrestling could have continued in some fashion had they not taken over the reigns of the company the way they did. Despite the downfall of WCW, he does not look back, saying he would not really change anything if given the opportunity to fix any part of WCW. Kevin said that no one, not even himself, could have prevented the demise of the company after certain things happened when they did.
Kevin was very outspoken on the subject of two of the greatest talents to ever compete not only in WCW, but in professional wrestling history & their likely in-ring retirements happening in the same year: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair & Sting. Mosh asked Kevin if he thinks that Sting’s career has reached its end in TNA, and for his thoughts on Flair’s WM XXIV sendoff: “I would like to think so.” There is only one Ric Flair & one Sting. There will be a huge gap when both leave the wrestling business. No one goes on forever.”
A lot of fans would love to see Kevin behind-the-scenes for either the WWE or TNA as a road agent, but Kevin wished to go on record again saying that he has not been approached by either company. He does believe that those individuals in the road agent position should have expertise & wrestling experience. Based on these all-important qualities, Kevin added “that certainly would not hurt,” from a business scene.
The media has taken to task the Hogan family over the past few months, since the tragedy of last summer’s car accident that severely injured the friend of Nick Hogan, John Graziano. Kevin, agreed with The Mayhem Crew, that any way you cut the cake, it truly is a sad story. He did wish to add that the jailhouse tapes between Nick & his father, Hulk Hogan, should have not been released, but that Hulk did chose bad judgment in trying to bolster his son’s ego. He cannot speak further on the situation, mainly because he cannot speak from experience having a son or daughter in jail. Kevin also added that with today’s media being on 24/7, that the majority of what they report is indeed “doom & gloom,” and that most people never see any positive things coming from the news media at all whatsoever.
Kevin wished to conclude his appearance on The Mayhem with his comments on the one-year anniversary of the Benoit family tragedy & to the media’s coverage of the events over the past year:
“Enough of it…Let the dead lie…Their parents have gone through enough…Benoit’s children have gone through enough….Three people are gone…If we keep bringing this up, it opens up soars, not for them, but for the people that live on…the scabs are opened up…If we keep on re-doing it, these people cannot get on with their lives….Three people died for no apparent reason….It isn’t up to us to judge…It’s only for the Lord to judge what happened…The less that is said about this & the less brought up about this, the better off their families are going to be.”
In this 30+ minute interview, Kevin also gives his uncensored thoughts & opinions on the subject of certain fans feeling it was his fault in letting The Radicalz (Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Dean Malenko, & Perry Saturn) leave for World Wrestling Entertainment (and why he actually decided to override his bosses in giving Benoit the WCW World Championship), why the television audience in the mid-late ’90’s were grabbed by WCW instead of the WWE, whether or not he regrets not working for Vince McMahon & the WWE after the buyout of WCW, his fond memories of working with Raven in TNA (and the reasons as to why he classifies Raven as “one of the best minds in the history of the business & why he never got the perfect opportunity to show what he truly could have done if given that right opportunity), & why he tries to not criticize anyone in the wrestling business.
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