Honky Tonk Man Talks His WWF Run, Not Dropping The Title To Savage, Heat With Eric Bischoff & More

Honky Tonk Man Talks His WWF Run, Not Dropping The Title To Savage, Heat With Eric Bischoff & More
Former WWE Intercontinental Champion The Honky Tonk Man recently spoke with Raj Giri of WrestlingINC.com about working with WWF in the 1980s, how he won the Intercontinental title, his feuds with Randy Savage and The Ultimate Warrior, problems with the business today, scripted promos, his problems with Eric Bischoff and much more. Here is part one of the interview, click here for part two.

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WrestlingINC: It seems like you're pretty busy right now. Where are you mostly wrestling right now?

Honky Tonk Man: Everything is mostly back East and in Canada. There's not a lot of stuff going on on the West coast.

WrestlingINC: You've been wrestling since 1977, right?

Honky Tonk Man: There about. I mean, I don't like to be reminded of those days.

WrestlingINC: When you started with WWF, you were using the Honky Tonk Man gimmick. It basically started there, right?

Honky Tonk Man: No, not really. It actually started in Mobile (Alabama) and Pensacola (Florida) and the South-East, wrestling for the Fullers. Then I took it to Canada for Stu Hart and kind of fine-tuned it there. From there, WWE picked it up and we tweaked it a little bit and it took off.

WrestlingINC: Did they come up with the name 'Honky Tonk Man'? I know you were doing the gimmick before then but they came up with the name. Right?

Honky Tonk Man: No. I had the name before. I had the name about two or three years before. People don't understand this but I had a whole career before I ever went to WWE. It was like, "Oh, this is a new guy. He's starting out.' I had 14 years in the wrestling business before I ever went there.

WrestlingINC: How did that come about when you finally did get signed?

Honky Tonk Man: They came to Calgary. They had gone through different places and taken people. They had taken Dynamite Kid and Davey Boy (Smith) and Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart. That was one year. Then the next year, they came back through -- they were taking guys.

They had taken Bobby Heenan, Jesse Ventura, (Hulk) Hogan and David Shultz. They were taking people from different territories. Vince (McMahon) was taking all the top guys from everywhere and I came through on the next round. So, the next time he came through, he took the next crew of top guys. I was a top guy in Calgary and he made me an offer I couldn't refuse.

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