Demolition Talk Being Put Together, Working WrestleMania, Leaving Johnny V For Mr. Fuji


Former WWF Tag Team Champions Ax (Bill Eadie) and Smash (Barry Darsow), a.k.a. Demolition, joined Kayfabe Wrestling Radio Tuesday Night. In a nearly 30 minute interview, they discussed how the two were paired up as Demolition, making the switch of managers from Johnny Valiant to Mr. Fuji, if the face paint was cumbersome at all, the old style travel schedule for wrestlers and much more. Here are some highlights:

Did the two of them meet prior to being up in: Ax: "Yeah, of course we'd heard of each other and we respected each other's work, that's how come we got together. We had the opportunity to form a tag team and I just basically jumped at the chance. I went up to Charlotte, had a nice lunch, went over a couple of things and from then on the rest is history."

Smash: "Yeah, when I was down with Crockett, I got the phone call from Vince McMahon and he asked me if I wanted to be partners with Bill Eadie and of course I jumped at the chance, because 'The Masked Superstar' that was like the biggest thing in professional wrestling at the time and if I could get together with him, that going to help my career and teach me a lot about wrestling and that's what happened. So, it was a great move for me, to partner up with Ax and become Demolition."

Why Smash was added to Demolition after Randy Colley left: Ax: "Well, Randy was a friend of our and still is. Randy was identifiable because he had been there with the Moondogs; one of their Tag Team Champions and I think that;, at least I thought at the time, you have to have a new identity. Of course they didn't have a reference for me because I had the mask and Barry hadn't been in (the WWF) at the time; I just didn't feel it was going to be successful and at that point, I was welcome to go back to Japan and continue wrestling as the Masked Superstar. Vince had approached me and said 'No, I think this is going to be a good character for you. I think you need to get a new partner.' And that's how we got to meeting, Barry and I, and right away I'd heard of his reputation; he's a hard worker and honest guy, and it just took off. We had good chemistry from day one."

Smash: "Yeah, what I think worked out good for me was being down in the South; everybody and the fans of the WWF at the time, really didn't know who I was because Jim Crockett Promotions and the NWA, the fans for that organization, watched all the guys in the South, but they didn't watch the WWF and the WWF fans didn't watch people from the South. So, they really didn't know me when I came in, so it worked out pretty good. So we were two new guys in the wrestling business for the fans."

The decision to move managers from Luscious Johnny V to Mr. Fuji: Ax: "Yeah, that was our decision. We had nothing against Valiant, but Valiant has a comical side to him and with our characters we didn't feel we needed any comedy. We just wanted to go out and kick people's rear end and smash their teeth in, as Smash used to say, and kick their stinking door down and we didn't need anything to sidetrack that. Fuji was a very vicious, hated professional and he was managing at that time, he was managing some top talent, some vicious talent and it just meshed with our character. Now, if we had been like the Valiants, or like the Bushwhackers, somebody of that type; good talent, but Valiant didn't match our persona."

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