|By Raj Giri||August 29, 2012 | Comments|
Click here for part one of our interview with Dawn Marie, where she discussed starting the Wrestler's Rescue charity, recent accusations from Kamala and The Blue Meanie, past controversies and more.
WrestlingINC: This whole controversy with Kamala has cost you in other ways, as you told me last week that it killed a TV deal.
Dawn Marie: Yeah. We had a television deal on the table with contracts with William Morris and they winded up backing out because of it.
WrestlingINC: What reason did they give?
Dawn: They just said that they were hesitant because of the smear campaign with 'Dr. Death' and now this one. It was just too much bad press lingering around it. They already knew about the Dr Death situation and they were still going to do it. Then, when this came to, they said, 'No, there's just too much bad press.' People might not watch the show because of it.
WrestlingINC: What was the show going to be about?
Dawn: It was basically going to be what Wrestler's Rescue was about. Let's take Jimmy Snuka for example. First, we would introduce the character, introduce who he is, this, that and the other thing. Then, we would describe his illness, his injuries and what he needs done. Then, we would show the campaign and the fund-raising. We'd do fund-raising stuff for him. Then, we would show him getting the surgery, pre-op, post-op, and getting better. A feel-good piece.
We would have done the same thing for Kamala, we would have done the same thing for Billy Graham. They were all on the list of people we wanted to do TV shows on.
WrestlingINC: how many episodes was it going to be?
Dawn: 13. They were actually shopping networks. They had a couple of networks that were interested. They were a production company.
WrestlingINC: With everything that you've been through and the charity's been through, what do you see as the future of Wrestler's Rescue? Are you going to continue to do it or have these reports been disheartening or discouraging?
Dawn: They're very discouraging to me. I'm a single mother now. When I started the foundation, I wasn't in that situation. I was able to dedicate a lot of time to it. Now, I'm a single mom, it takes a lot of time out of my day -- or rather my week, I should say. I don't mind, but if people are going to smash the work that I'm doing, for reasons that I don't understand...
I could see if I did something wrong. You know? Then, I'd be like, 'Hey, it's my fault. I didn't mail him out the check or whatever.' And I did something. [Laughs.] Then I could say, 'Hey, it's my fault. I need to get on the ball. Pull myself together and get everything organized.'
I don't know what the future is for Wrestler's Rescue. There are days when I'm just like, 'No, I'm fighting. I'm going to keep it open. I'm not doing any fundraisers at the moment, but work on the back part of it.' But, then there are days when I'm just mentally exhausted and I get disgusted and I'm like, 'I should just shut it down.' It depends on the day you're asking me.
WrestlingINC: Today, what are you leaning towards?
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