MIKE “SIMON DEAN” BUCCI DISCUSSES FRUSTRATIONS AS HEAD OF WWE TALENT DEVELOPMENT AND A STORY THAT WILL MAKE YOU RESPECT SMACKDOWN’S EZEKIEL By WorldWrestlingInsanity.com
Whether making the world a bluer place in the B.W.O. or scouting young stars as head of WWE talent development, Mike “Simon Dean” Bucci has turned heads in the wrestling industry. Aside from his innovative ring work, Mike’s straight talk attitude has had a lot to do with that. Now, Mike Bucci has joined ClubWWI.com for an unflinching 65 minute shoot interview that puts that straight talk on display.
Fans may remember Bucci as the supplement pedaling “Simon Dean” on WWE TV. Famous for his “system,” Mike now has a new system…to help fans save their homes. Working hard to assist those in risk of foreclosure, the former SuperNova spoke to James Guttman about his willingness to help wrestling fans in need. You can see it all for yourself on www.LoanHelpNow247.com and inquire how he and his associates can help you or someone you know.
While Mike spoke at length about his new career (something he’s actually been doing for quite a few years on the site), Bucci hit on a huge amount of topics in his one hour and five minute www.ClubWWI.com shoot. Other subjects include…The Full Story Behind Why He Was On The Sports Illustrated Signature Pharmacy List, Frustration as Head of Talent Development, Mind-Boggling Stories of Arrogant Developmental Talent, The Day He Wanted To Condemn OVW, Dr. Death’s Book and The OVW Guys Who Wouldn’t Read It, TNA’s Critics, His Intense Training Sessions With Triple H Last Year, Praise For John Laurinaitis and Talent Relations, Discovering Kofi Kingston, The Ups and Downs of Lance Cade, Helping Matt Morgan Come Up With His TNA Finisher, Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase Jr, and More.
The “mind-boggling stories” about developmental talent aren’t just a slick way to get you to click. They’re truly just that. James couldn’t believe many of the tales Bucci presented. From insane excuses why they couldn’t go to shows to complaints about catering to a general lack of commitment, some young stars made Mike want to tear his hair out. You’ll shake your head in shock over the way some rookies view their place in the business before even lacing up a pair of boots for WWE’s main stage.
That doesn’t mean that everyone in developmental is that way. Far from it. While Nova shared some shocking tales, there were also plenty of positive stories about eager rookies on ClubWWI.com. One in particular stands out. It deals with a homework assignment that was started by World Wrestling Insanity alumni and current WWE trainer Dr. Tom Prichard. Mike assigned all the Ohio Valley developmental talent to research 100 of wrestling’s most influential historical figures. One person’s report not only was complete but truly impressed him…
“Most of them were cut and paste. Most of them were bullsh*t… Take a guess who gave me the best report in the year I ran that system…You’re gonna be shocked. Rycklon Stephens — Ezekiel from Smackdown. He didn’t even get a TV where he’s from in Nigeria until ten years ago when he started watching wrestling. This guy went so far that he started his report with Jess McMahon. Jess McMahon I put on there. He actually did like a six degrees of separation. He wrote Jess McMahon first and did all 100 names and the very last name he did on it was Triple H and he linked it back. It would be like “Hulk Hogan” and all about Hulk Hogan and sh*t. And he had a monumental feud at the War to Settle The Score with Rowdy Roddy Piper. ‘Cause he was one of the names on the list. Then, all about Piper. It tied all these people together until the last name which is Triple H…It was so comprehensive. Most of them didn’t do sh*t. “
From there, Mike talks about other trainers who had bad experiences with some rookies, the insane tale of Dr. Death’s open book test, and so much more.. If you’re looking for a behind the scenes look at WWE’s developmental system, look no further. It’s Mike Bucci. It’s ClubWWI.com. It’s waiting for you…now.
MIKE “SIMON DEAN” BUCCI EXPLAINS HOW HELPING TO SEND BOBBY LASHLEY HOME LEAD TO A MATCH ON PAY PER VIEW
The 132nd 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 Mike “Simon Dean” Bucci.
Mike Bucci joined James Guttman on ClubWWI.com for a 65 minute uncut shoot interview that looked at the business from both behind closed doors and in the ring. As former head of WWE Talent Development, Bucci told horror stories that would amaze any fan. Now you can hear it all yourself not only on ClubWWI.com, but on today’s Radio Free Insanity (always free and always on WorldWrestlingInsanity.com)
Among the topics Mike Bucci and James talked about on ClubWWI.com are:
Life After WWE
Why He Doesn’t Do Many Interviews
Why He’s Helping People With Foreclosures How He Can Help Fans www.LoanHelpNow247.com What Banks Want How The Internet Brings People Together Facebook What He Did After Leaving WWE The Reaction From Others Knowing He Was Done In The Ring With WWE WWE’s Thoughts On His Future Being Given Creative Freedom Bobby Lashley His Initial Matches With The Debuting Bobby The Story Behind How The Matches Came About How They Helped Send Bobby Home Mike’s Broken Hand At The Time Iron Mike Sharpe’s Wrestling School Where Iron Mike Is Now Trying To Find Him With Howard Finkel Playing To The Crowd Iron Mike’s Screaming The Two Wrestlers Who Chopped Him The Hardest Pointless Wrestling Schools Reputable Wrestling Schools Seeing Untrained Talent Coming For Tryouts The Story of Arn Anderson and The 12 Year Rookie Arrogant Rookies Frustration With Developmental Talent Working In Ohio Valley Wrestling Rip Rogers, Jim Cornette, Danny Davis Why He Never Sees Himself Wrestling Full Time Again Thoughts on TNA’s Current Position People Who Bury TNA Valid Critiques and Pundits Sh*tting On Things Some of The Insane Complaints From Developmental Talents The Good and Bad of Al Snow What He Had The Heels and Babyfaces Do Once Why It Made Him Want To Condemn OVW Teaming With Idol Stevens Stars Today – Gone Tomorrow Developmental Talent Thinking That TNA Will Pick Them Up What Happens When They Don’t Dr. Death in OVW Assigning Rookies To Read Doc’s Book The Excuses They Made For Not Reading The Long List of Stars He Made Young Talent Do a Report On The Best Report Who Wrote It Fans vs. Non Fans in Wrestling How Mike Hates Basketball The Biggest Fans in WWE Working Out With Triple H At The Trax Prior To SummerSlam 07 Hunter’s Thoughts on Wrestling Terra Ryzin Praise For Johnny Laurinaitis and Talent Relations Being a Wrestler vs. Being a WWE Superstar Football Players in Wrestling Scripting in Wrestling Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho Dr. Tom Prichard and Steve Keirn Helping Matt Morgan Come Up With His TNA Finisher The Three Greatest Heels in WWE Who He Would Want To Work With Vicki Guerrero’s “Excuse Me”
The Story Behind Why His Name Was On The Sports Illustrated List Signature Pharmacy Why Lawyers Offered To Help Him Sue Some Newspapers
This interview isn’t the only superstar audio up this week. James and Bull Buchanan got together this week for an all new 64 minute edition of the Bullpen. Buchanan talked about a ton of topics including the state of the business and stories behind the Truth Commission’s original direction.
James Guttman then brings up the next uncut shoot interview on ClubWWI.com with a former WWE star. Scheduled to go online today, it may even be up by the time you read this. Check WorldWrestlingInsanity.com throughout the day for the announcement.
With that, we got to clips from Mike “Simon Dean” Bucci
James Guttman welcomes Mike Bucci to the site. Mike says that it took some time to get on the show but thanks to Facebook, he and James were able to link up for a shoot. Bucci explains that he doesn’t do many of these. He might do more, but right now he’s just doing ones that pique his interest and are conducted by “guys who are reputable and cool.” He has ready some of Guttman’s stuff in the past and thinks it’s pretty entertaining. So he figured, “What the hell. Let’s do it.”
James thanks Mike and says that he is indeed both cool and reputable. Sometimes one or the other, depending on who he’s talking to at the time. He then gives Mike a chance to speak out on what he’s currently doing now.
Bucci explains that for the past five years, he’s done refinancing and writing of home loans. Although he was working about 100 hours a week with WWE, he managed to do it part time. When his friend got his house foreclosed on, it put a face on the housing problem for him. Because of that, Mike wanted to help. After thinking for a while, he realized that there might be many wrestling fans in the same position – or know someone in a tight mortgage setup. The country, waiting on the presidential election, isn’t going to really shift the economy either way until then.
Mike feels that maybe if a fan needs help and the thought of having someone they are familiar with help them gives them the push to work out of their problems, all the better. He gives contact including his email:
MBucci @ Equitysource.com
– ClubWWI Break –
In progress, Mike says that he was the guy to put over debuting talent on Smackdown. James points to Bobby Lashley as one of the first names that comes to mind. Bucci explains that he helped train Bobby, loves the guy, and has a ton of respect for him. One day they went to TV and Vince McMahon asked how Lashley did on his initial house shows. Dean Malenko said he worked with Bucci and McMahon decided to put them in a dark match. As the day went on, Vince asked Mike if he’d rather wrestle him on Velocity. He agreed..
“Then, like an hour later, he comes up to me and says, ‘You know what? He’s wrestling you. I know it’ll be bulletproof. I’m putting you guys on Smackdown tonight. I said, ‘Great!'”
Bucci says that Bob had just had a baby. He knew that if the two of them had a great match, the office would give him the “blessing” to move back home before he goes on the road. So before the match, Simon told him to sit back and follow him.
“Just follow me along. Let me do my sh*t. I’ll get you over. I guarantee that within a couple of weeks, you’ll be back home. At the end of the night, they were all praising it. It was fantastic. The whole bit. They all loved it and Johnny told Bobby the next week he could go back home. The next week I went back to Smackdown and Vince said, ‘You know. I loved what you did with him last week. You made him look like a million bucks. It was a fantastic match and now I want to put it on pay-per-view.”
Aside from Mike Bucci over 130 star interviews are available on ClubWWI.com for less than five dollars a month. Among the other guests you can hear from are: Jesse Ventura, Big Daddy V, Terry Funk, Jerry Lawler, Vince Russo, Eric Bischoff, Ahmed Johnson, Bobby Heenan, Terri Runnels, Kevin Nash, The Iron Sheik, Sid Vicious, Paul Bearer, Brian Knobbs, Bruno Sammartino, Bryan Clark, Sean Mooney, Scott D’Amore, Tito Santana, Al Snow, Tod Gordon, JJ Dillon, Charlie Haas, Tom Prichard, Jacques Rougeau, Paul Roma, Tammy Sytch, Too Cold Scorpio, The Honky Tonk Man, Ole Anderson, Kid Kash, Ivan Koloff, Jackie Gayda, Scotty 2 Hotty, Dawn Marie, John Heidenreich, Jimmy Hart, Jimmy Valiant, Rick Martel, Bad News Brown, 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, Rikishi, Slick, Nidia, George Steele, Christy Hemme, Disco Inferno, Paul Ellering, Vito, Steve Blackman, Bushwhacker Luke, AJ Styles, Chris Daniels, Dennis Stamp, Shawn Daivari, Kevin Sullivan, B.G. James, Ron Killings, Zach Gowan, Dan Severn, Earl and Dave Hebner, Baron Von Raschke, Spike Dudley, Rodney Mack, Downtown Bruno, Larry Zybszko, Rick Steiner, Mae Young, and many, more.
James Guttman’s second book, “World Wrestling Insanity Presents: Shoot First…Ask Questions Later,” is available for pre-order on Amazon.com.