Rusty Brooks shares stories about the Fabulous Freebirds, and more

Recap of Rusty Brooks on In Your Head Wrestling Radio, 02/20/2015
by Vic Schiavone

Hosts Jack E. Jones and One Inch Biceps welcomed former WWF wrestler and independent star Rusty Brooks to IYH Wrestling Radio.

Highlights included the following:

* His opinion on wrestling when he broke in versus today’s product:

“I’m sure nowadays it’s much more scripted; but back then a lot of the stuff was done on the fly…I think it creates more for the boys, for the wrestling, because you have to be involved more in your own character development. Nowadays everything is handed to you and you’re told here’s your lines. Back then, it was up to you to make it work…As far as a wrestler or a talent goes, if you’re given a gimmick or you’re given a character, it’s easier to understand it if you create it yourself. When it’s handed to you, and you’re just given a script, it’s hard to get into it and it’s hard to make it believable. I think that’s what’s missing in a lot of the guys today, if there’s a mistake or somebody misses a cue or misses a line, they’re lost. They don’t know how to ad lib. I think that’s one of the biggest things missing in today’s business.”

* His memories of wrestling The Fabulous Freebirds in the WWF and a funny story involving Buddy Roberts:

“I enjoyed my match with them…During the match, we had set up a spot where they wanted Terry (Gordy) to give me the slam, because again I was 400 (pounds) and we were trying to get Terry over as being this big strong badass, which he legitimately was. So we’d do a little spot where I did something with Terry. Terry would give me the big slam and he tags Buddy and Buddy gets up on the top rope and he goes to give me an elbow so I get up and I feed into it; he caught me fairly good with it. So the match went on, everything was cool; afterwards they said everything was great and so forth. So the following night we’re in West Palm Beach or wherever it was, and I’m sitting in the back and Buddy just walks up to me and he goes, “Damn you, kid, you broke my frickin’ rib; what’s wrong with you?” And I’m looking at him, “I did what?” And he goes “When you came off the top rope you broke my rib you stiff prick!”…Old Buddy he struts away and I’m sitting there with this depressed look like someone just burst my frickin’ bubble, and Terry Gordy sits down next to me and he goes “Kid, don’t believe that s**t. That drunk bastard fell off the toilet into the bathtub and broke his rib last night; he’s just ribbing you.”…But they were good guys; I really liked them.”

Other topics discussed included:

* How did he end up going to the WWF?

* Who were some of the guys he really enjoyed working with in the WWF?

* What was it like working against Andre the Giant?

* Why did he leave the WWF?