Honky Tonk Man Talks Not Dropping The Title To Savage, Heat With Bischoff, Turning Down HOF & More
I mean, if you look at it logically; why'd they have to bring these guys back? You have no one there that's worth a damn.
WrestlingINC: We were watching this year's Royal Rumble and it was just very apparent how few stars there were. No one in the match really had a chance to win other then two guys.
Honky Tonk Man: Well, it's a situation where the young fellows are taken down to Florida. They keep them two or three years and put them in a training camp. But, going to training camp three or four days a week -- you don't learn your craft that way. You don't learn to be a truck driver by going to truck driver's school. You've got to be out there on the highway. [Laughs.]
But, anyway. It's their business, not mine. I got my own thing to do. I'm an independent and I'm very happy doing what I do. I travel everywhere. Sorry I was a little late answering your call for the Monday show. But the time changed and I got home late last night and I'm not an early riser until Wednesday when I got to leave for Winnipeg on a 7 AM flight. I'll be up in Winnipeg for the next four or five days. I was just up in Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin for four or five days.
I stay busy doing what I do and I really enjoy professional wrestling now more than ever because it's fun for me. I get to hang around with young kids and interact with young guys. A lot fo the young guys are very eager to listen and to learn. I don't try to teach them, but I give them a little advice here or there and that's about it.
WrestlingINC: After you dropped the title to Ultimate Warrior, they kind of dropped you down the card a bit. They put you into a tag team with Greg Valentine and everything. It looked like you were going to move to the announcers booth before you ended up leaving. What happened there towards the end of your first run in WWF?
Honky Tonk Man: As you said; once you drop the title, you drop down the card. They brought Jimmy back and Jimmy had left Vince on bad terms a year before. So, Jimmy was brought back and it was a big hoopla and a big build up and my job was to then make Jimmy look good and get Jimmy Snuka over again. Ultimately, he went on to wrestle Curt Hennig -- who then, every night, was defeating Jimmy because they were building Curt Hennig. So, Jimmy was just a pawn in the game as I was and we both knew it.
Then, it was the tag team thing with myself and Greg Valentine known as Rhythm & Blues which I thought was a really, really, really good thing. But Valentine didn't want to cooperate. He was always like, 'I'm the wrestler. I'm Johnny Valentine's son. I'm not going to go out there and do no rock and roll singing. I'm not going to dye my hair black.' So, he never really put all his effort into it.
By the same token at about the same time, they secured the services of the Road Warriors from the Charlotte guys; Crockett and Turner. We were going to take the tag team championship from the Hart Foundation. Then, [Vince] got the Road Warriors and that put us behind the eight ball because now, you had; Demolition, Road Warriors, Hart Foundation. Of course, Road Warriors end up getting the belts.
Once he had the Road Warriors, Rhythm & Blues were really behind the eight ball and they sent me over to do TV commentary with Daffy Duck. You know, Roddy Piper. [Imitates Piper.] He never stops talking. So, that was not good and I felt like I could do more in front of the camera as opposed to behind the camera. I just made a decision to just take off and leave.