Bob Holly Talks Approaching Vince McMahon About Changing His Gimmick, Injuries, His New Book
Source: Kayfabe Wrestling RadioFormer multi-time WWF Tag Team Champion and multi-time WWE/F Hardcore Champion "Hardcore" Bob Holly joined Kayfabe Wrestling Radio Tuesday Night. In a nearly 30 minute interview, he discussed his new book and his experiences writing it, pre-WWF fighting days, the laundry list of major injuries he's sustained wrestling and if it's just part of the wrestling business and more. Here are some highlights:
On writing the book: "It never occurred to me that it was a bad idea. The only thing that occurred to me, the whole 18 months it took to write this, is nobody's gonna want to read my book; nobody's gonna want it. I mean, I was just a midcard guy, you know, and it was like 'Who is going to want to read my story? I mean, there's nothing exciting about me.' So, that's what ran through my mind, and then after we edited it over and over because we'd send it back to ECW Press and then they'd send it back and we'd have to edit and do this and do that to it and after reading it many times over; every time we read it over, it was still interesting. So that's when it occurred to me, 'Hey, maybe people will find this interesting.' Because, every time a read a chapter, it still captivated me and it still does; when I pick up my book and see what somebody had read and they talk about it and I go back and look at it, I end up reading the whole chapter again. And that's what made me think that maybe people will want to buy this and read it. So, it was a lot of work too, but it was fun and it had its times where it reminded me of certain bad times and stuff like that. But, it was a good experience, it really was."
His pre-WWF/E days and his bar fighting past for money: "You know, it's funny because when I was writing that part, it was like it brought back; you're not going to believe this, and you're going to think I'm full of it, but it was fun to me. Those were exciting times to me because I'm the kind of guy that likes a challenge and I would go into bars and it's like; ok, I find the toughest guy in there and I'd want to put up money to fight the guy. I just found it, the thrill of the fight, exciting to me and to this day I still do because I won't turn down a challenge to anybody and I find myself. When the whole MMA/UFC thing came along and it's like if that came around when I was a little bit younger, I think I would have ended up going that direction because I love the thrill of the fight; I love the challenge, no matter who it is I end up fighting with. So, when I look back on that, those were fun times for me; I had really enjoyed that and I made money doing that. It's an odd way to make money, but it was what I had to do to survive. And that's why I look at it like 'Yeah, that was exciting to me'."
His experience with Auto Racing: "Well, the thing about auto racing is you gotta know all the right people. I raced at a local level and then, when I got into the WWE and I got to know the right people and I got connected with Hermie and Elliot Sadler, who are involved with NASCAR to this day; I was too far into my (wrestling) career to just say 'You know what, I'm going to go. I'm going to start racing instead of wrestling.' Because racing, it's based on performance; I mean, if you're not performing, you're gone. You have to have a lot of money behind you and a good team behind you. So, it's a very tough business to make it in. And like I said, when I was doing the local stuff, I know all the right people or anything and I was just enjoying what I was doing at the local level, and then when the WWF called me to come up and start wrestling for them and, of course, when you work for them you meet all kinds of people all over the world. Then, of course, when I met Hermie and Elliot, I got back into racing part-time, just once or twice a month on my days off.