Hardcore Animated Wrestling Trivia

So for those who don’t know, I produced and hosted the FIRST EVER pro wrestling internet radio talk show, And Justice For Brawl, for Pseudo.com from 1997-2000. Yes, it was the FIRST EVER. Not to mention that it soon became the FIRST EVER pro wrestling internet television talk show!!! And that is pretty much how I scored numerous jobs, including one with WCW. That’s another story!

So while at Pseudo, I was burning up the ratings. And the powers that be thought it would be a good idea for the shows on the network to cross promote and give each other a little rub and possibly convert audiences. Somehow or another, I got paired up with an animated trivia show. The producer, Phillip Galinsky was a good friend of mine, but I had no idea how we could do some cross promotions.

So we had a couple of production meetings and tossed around some ideas. We came up with some skits where I attacked Philly while he was doing voice over work for the show, but it didn’t seem authentic enough. My audience didn’t want to see me attack a guy they didn’t even know.

ECW was at its peak, and I told them that what we needed to do was turn the tables. His trivia show, Thunk, was a family oriented program with interactive animated characters. So I told him, what if one day, they “turned heel”. South Park was also big at the time and I suggested that his family oriented characters turn into some foul mouthed assholes. It would shock their audience and my audience would tune in to see something they could relate to, and I threw in a couple of prizes to make the deal sweeter.

So one day, I come into the studio and THIS is what I see…

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Bill Apter Interviews Jeff Jarrett in NWA Cyberspace

Here is one of those videos that proves that most big name stars really don’t give two shits or a cup or warm piss how they perform on the indy scene. Now don’t get me wrong – I got much love and respect for Jeff Jarrett, but you can tell here that Double J was just collecting a check and getting a workout.

I’m always asked about the quality of matches you get on the indy scene from the top former WWE stars. The truth is, you rarely get anything that is worth talking about. You’re lucky that they got on the plane and made it to the building. Had they not *cough*Sid Vicious*cough*, then you have to go into the ring and make up some shitty excuse to the fans about why the headliner no-showed and then offer refunds. Unless you’re Frank Goodman who just false advertises and then says… “Not my fault”.

Jeff Jarrett is a great talent and I never really had trouble working with him, until the very end of his run in my promotion. But I always held a deep respect for Jeff and was honored to call him my champion throughout 2005. The matches were just BLAH. After watching the first one, I knew I was going to have to choreograph all the others down the line so they told a story in the ring. The promos were general, as if saying, “Look.. This video is proof that I was here. That should be good enough. I’ll be wrestling whatever indy guy you put in the ring with me next month right here in… umm… what’s the name of this town again?”

But like I said, it’s proof he was there…. I guess that works for me… No, not really. But it is what it is. Pro wrestling… What else do you expect from it?

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The Mack Attacks A Whiteboy

Remember how I was telling you about working with Rodney Mack right after he was released from the WWE? Remember I told you about wanting to continue the gimmick he had going with the “Whiteboy Challenge”? Well, I didn’t exactly do the challenge, but I did let the mad dog off the chain. So guess what I found?… YEP! Some footage of Rodney Mack attacking a whiteboy!

This video is pretty funny, and features Devin Sturgis who plays a “white ghetto pimp”. His gimmick and look was awesome! Especially for what I had planned with Rodney. And since I’m such a filmmaker at heart – the director in me told me turn it up a notch and give mixed signals to get a better performance.

Mixed signals? What are you talking about ol’ grand master? Oh, let me explain….!!!

In Hollywood, there are some notorious directors who do some seriously crazy shit in order to get the performance out of their actors. For the most part, it’s considered method acting. In this case, it’s “Holy Sh!t! What the F*ck!”

The difference here is that the audience doesn’t necessarily blurt that out. Actually, the may just piss on themselves laughing. It;s the actors/performers who say it. See, I went to Devin and told hin the set up for the promo. He knew he was gonna approach Rodney and get shoved off after his interview request. Devin, the kind and gentle soul that he is, said, “No problem DieHard. You got it! That’s easy!” The conversation with Devin lasted 2 minutes.

Then I go to Rodney…and the story I have for him is a little different…but for motivational method purposes. This conversation was about 12 minutes. I said, “Ok Rodney, here’s what I want from you… This is a whiteboy who thinks he’s black. He’s mocking you and your people. Pimp clothes, gold chains, talking like he’s from the hood… I need you to straighten that shit out…. By the way, did I mention he was white??…. Anyway, I want you to be mad, insulted, enraged… I want you to feel like you just got out of prison and you wanna anally rape the first whiteboy you see… I already spoke to Devin. He knows what to expect. All good!… The clock is ticking. When I call action – just explode… By thay, he’s VERY white and making fun of black people. Not seriously… but like in an old school black-face way… and ACTION!”

Well… You’ll see what happens next!

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Diamond Dallas Page Message To Chris Kanyon (Pre-Fight)

How many promoters can say they hosted a retirement match? Well, I have that claim under my belt… Actually, I have two. But like Ric Flair – no one ever sticks to their word!

In 2004, I became the booker of NWA Cyberspace in New Jersey. One of the first shows I produced was designed to be our yearly “Wrestliemania” type of event. I knew it had to be big and I knew I had to get some kind of draw. So when you’re in a spot like that, you call your friends. And in this business, they are few and far between.

Diamond Dallas Page was retired from the business and working on his yoga project. He hadn’t been seen since his botched run in the WWE. When I spoke to Page and asked him if he’d be interested in working for me, he said, “Fuck yeah bro! Anything for you DieHard!” That alone makes my time int he business worth the ride.

His only condition was that he had a few select guys that he was willing to work with. he had been injured and didn’t want to risk making it any worse, especially on an indy level. I totally understood. When he ran down the names of guys that he wanted to work with, the name the clicked for me was Chris Kanyon.

Kanyon was one of the most underrated wrestlers in the history of WCW. He was always that “go-to” guy but never got the credit he deserved. I knew he had been battling his own personal demons which eventually claimed his life, but Kanyon was looking for one last great match. And I was lucky enough to give it to him.

Kanyon told me he wanted to go out with a bang, and if it could be against his good friend DDP, then he would be happy to call it a career. We built up the match over the course of three shows. It was a pretty slick set up if I may say so myself, especially at the indy level. And it was executed to perfection.

Part of the build up was a couple of pre-recorded promos I shot with DDP in New York. Again, this was at the indy level and there only a handful of companies willing to go the extra mile like I was. I guess that’s what brought out the haters and those who tried to cripple the company. Those who can’t do themselevs will do anything and everything to destroy what you have. Another prime example of why I carry the “DieHard” name!

So here is one of the promos that led into the first ever Cybercade event!

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