Road Dogg talks to Duane & Luke from Wrestling Voice Radio about growing up in a wrestling family, breaking into the business, his run with the New Age Outlaws and D-Generation X, leaving the WWE, his TNA run and departure and much more. Highlights are below.
Being included in the WWE’s recent OMG Shocking Moment DVD for the New Age Outlaws dumpster spot with Terry Funk & Mick Foley: “I think it is memorable, I was told a couple of times that we made that OMG Moment DVD for that and the WCW Invasion and that feels good and it’s kind of the match that put us on the map and it’s what people remember about The New Age Outlaws, we had worked with the Road Warriors already and beat them for the belts, so we had a few memorable moments in our career but for that match (with Funk & Foley) we got put on the map and a paycheck, a lot of people remember for how crazy it was, Billy and I remember for the gigantic paycheck with got for that match.”
On showing up at WCW’s show on a tank with D-Generation X and if they had anything planned: “We just thought, ‘Oh cool, we get to go mess with somebody!’, we were really just having a good time and (Vince) Russo wrote us into those scenario’s and we had no idea, soon as we got down that ramp somebody saw us and they started to close the doors. What makes it so epic is that we had the kahonies to go down to their building and that was the first time something like that happened. Lord knows what we would have done, I’m sure it would have been good TV, with a cop handcuffing me or something.”
Does he credit that moment with turning the rating wars around in favor of the WWE: “It was almost like ‘who’s got the bigger set?’, Vince or Eric Bischoff and I think when we did that, it was the straw that broke the camel’s back and they said ‘These guys are too much, I gotta watch that’. I think there was still channel flipping but it was definitely it was an important victory in the battle between WWE & WCW.”
On having to go solo once the New Age Outlaws broke up: “I went into Vince and complained, I didn’t think I was good enough to go alone, I still wanted to be a Tag Team, so it helped that me and X-Pac teamed for a while but he thought me and Billy could stand on our own and he just wanted us to do that, and we could each be in our own roles and he was kind of right, because I found the hardcore devision and it was just me, and I could mask my short comings in the hardcore genre and I could use the props to help me out and I didn’t have to be this great wrestler and I really enjoyed doing that so Vince was right in the long run, as he usually is. He’s the best there is, just because.”
On being fired from the WWE in 2000 due to concerns over his well being: “I’ve lived a rough life, only in the past 10 months have I eliminated all the drugs and stuff out of my life, I caused the friction in my career on my own and I was my own worst enemy and I had to get through that to get to where I am today, I don’t have many regrets but I’ve been to the top of the mountain and if I hadn’t been on drugs and alcohol how far could I have gone and how much did I rip the fans off of a better time they could of have.”
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Source: Wrestling Voice Radio