Bobby Eaton Compares Ric Flair & Shawn Michaels, Talks Cornette, Dangerous Alliance & More
On Jim Cornette:
"Ok, well first of all he's my friend, and I've known him since before he was wrestling. Of course a lot of people say the same thing. They made him...he was taking pictures for the guys or whoever. Miss Christine Jarrett, his mom was there on Tuesday nights in Lousiville, Kentucky. Then he got… Jerry Jarrett or someone, somebody in The Jarrett family, I'm not sure which one it was, wanted to see him make a good manager. I guess the way he talks.
"Then they put us together to go to Louisiana. Bill Watts did. He came to Tennessee. Jimmy was managing somebody else. Dennis was a heel, and I for some reason, was a baby face. We weren't together, but Bill Watts must've seen something, and kind of like I say, drafted us or whatever. He brought us down to his territory which was not doing to good at the time because…now this is what I've been told: Because of too much walking, and talking to the big guys. I don't know no names to say, but I know what they're saying. They want more action, but then again, now-a-days, I think they may give em' too much action for, in 10-minutes."
The various partners he's had during his career:
"Well OK, and everybody asks me who I like best, and who I like, who was the first, best partner ever. And I can't say either one, but what I can say is that when Dennis Condry and I were together with Jim; we had more heat. We were more like bad guys. Of course later on it didn't matter…don't matter if you was a heel or a baby face because now a days they still like you…whatever. Me and Dennis had more heat because of…Dennis is a more of a rugged guy too. I mean Stan Lane brought the showmanship, which I needed to break it up a little bit for me. Let me get in, and get my butt kicked, and he had took his share of bumps too, but don't get me wrong. Then he'd do his little cocky karate stuff. It was 2 different kind of partners to me, obviously, but it was 2 different ways that the matches went. I don't know how to explain it any better than that. So, I liked them both, but I can't tell you who the best partner was because I really don't know."
"How can you have a bad match with Ric Flair? You know what I'm sayin'? I gotta' say he's the best night-after-night. I say he's the best ambassador for our business. I think probably, I got to say, Shawn Michaels might be the next guy. I really do, and that's no disrespect to Ric at all, or anybody else. Shawn Michaels, his back I guess one time was almost broke or whatever the heck it was. Of course Ric Flair's was too in a plane crash. But Ric Flair is my favorite, and I don't want to sound disrespectful to Shawn neither, but Ric Flair to me is the best there ever was…he's the champ, he's my champ. I look up to him anyway for the things he's done in the business. For the way he was brought in, grown up. And also, that's not a gimmick with him. You know. You know that's not a work. So, that's a full-blown shoot. Ric Flair, that's who he is, no matter what! But, Shawn Michaels, I've seen him, and I see his work, and there's a lot of good work. I've got to say that Shawn Michaels may do more different stuff, how about that?"
Fun with The Dangerous Alliance
"You got that right, and I was so proud to be with them guys. I like it better when I was with them. It was so much more fun. We had so many different that ways we could go. Arn and I were a team for a while there, and then I think Arn & Larry Zbysko was a team for a while with The Dangerous Alliance. I liked that gimmick. Unfortunately, it wasn't really doing good business, and housing at the time."
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