|By Jay Calderon | January 28, 2013 | Comments|
Source: Sky News Radio
"As soon as I realized how important it was to interact with the crowd, I changed my whole mindset as far as my work in the ring. I realized that the crowd was living vicariously through me. I better acknowledge them and not just stay focused on my opponent. So, it was kind of like the beginning of the entertainment being born that day."
On working with Paul Orndorff and the massive crowd of 70,000+ that turned out in Toronto for one of their showdown: "Yeah, that night especially caught everyone off guard. I had never worked at the CNE Center and I figured we'd have 6,000-7,000 people. When we got there and it was 70,000+, I went, 'Oh, my God.' That was a nice surprise.
"But, I knew the chemistry was there with Paul Orndorff. It just depended on him and how good of a businessman he wanted to be and how big it could have gotten. Paul Orndorff was a businessman. He got a little stubborn at times, but basically he was a businessman and we did consistent business.
"His work was just so incredibly good. It was good and bad for me (because) I felt like I had been in a car wreck when I got out of the ring working with him. But, his stuff was so good, solid and intense that he just knew how to really turn that dial up and make people believe and make people hate him. Which made it easier for me as far as selling, making huge comebacks and making the buildings rattle.
"So, he was an on-going opponent that I made a ton of money with. He was really good at what he did."
On guys with which he never worked long programs: "Yeah, there was a situation because there was so many people to choose from. There was the 'Macho Man' and Kamala, who did great business everywhere. There was Bob Orton, Jr., Don Morocco. There were tons of guys -- Earthquake, One Man Gang -- I could go on and on.
"There were several guys where there would be a feel in the ring or you could tell right away. That's how everything worked with me, I had to hear it and feel it with the instinct thing.
"I got into a situation with Jake 'The Snake' where he had his Piper's Pit, I don't know if the name of the show was The Snake Pit. It was an interview show. We did something there which was the beginning of a major story line for Jake and myself. We went to Providence and we worked one night and that was pretty much it. It was like we were at a funeral.
"I just kind of realized that something wasn't clicking and we kind of move on and moved passed it. ... I don't know what it was. There was a Hulk Hogan style at the time that was real easy and there were several trains of thought with probably about six or seven ways to go to make things perfect.
"For some reason, Jake and I did not fit in any of those categories. I tried my best and he tried his best but we just couldn't dance with each other. It wasn't right. I just didn't want to run this thing out for six months to a year when there were so many other people like the 'Macho Man' and everybody else and it was so red-hot. So, it just didn't work for whatever reason."
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