Originally published by Brad Nelson, 19th September 2000


Welcome to this week's edition of the Hindsight. Every week I will take a
look back at the past week in wrestling and discuss the things that stick out in
my mind, thus explaining why the column is called Hindsight. Any and all
comments and opinions are welcome and I will try to reply to all that offer
intelligent and well thought out comments. Anyone who simply bitches about what
they don't like or calls me a variety of four letter words will not get a
response. With that said let's get right into it!


Random Thoughts


Could the WWF have hammered the TNN switch into our heads more this week on Raw?
I dunno, but I'll be anxious to see just what if any ratings change there will
be. WCW has attempted to step things up a bit lately, but even putting the belt
back around Booker T won't help them now. I still don't see the point in putting
the strap on Nash in the first place only to have Booker T take it from him at
the PPV. Does anyone remember when Vince Russo said that he would never be shown
on TV again? Then he claimed that if the boys and the fans wanted to see him he
would appear from time to time. Now the guy is throwing himself into the main
event on Nitro? Hello, Mr. Ego? Time to let it go, man, you're washed up and
everyone knows it! While things are somewhat more interesting than they have
been in months in WCW right now there is still something seriously lacking. Jim
Duggan turning on his American fans? Does anyone see a point to this? I can see
how they are trying to recreate the Hogan heel turn and give Duggan a fresh
start, but it will never work. I admit that I totally hated the Natural Born
Thrillers gimmick at first, but it has grown on me somewhat. That Mike Sanders
guy has some potential and if they would just drop that loser Pulumbo they may
be something.


Has anyone heard what is up with Chris Candido and Tammy Sytch lately? I haven't
heard anything since Tammy was in that car accident. If anyone like Bambi Weavil
or anyone else who knows the duo has some info on how she's doing feel free to
email me and let me know. I miss those two being on TV and I hope everything is
okay for Tammy especially.


What did I hate most about the PPV, you ask? Two words - Gary Coleman! What the
hell are you thinking WCW? I mean, even for Russo's sorry excuse for comedy that
was just plain stupid and totally reeked of heinousity.


So now that Vampiro has turned on Muta it seems apparent that the two will be
feuding, but now does that mean we have to guess again what Vamp's next gimmick
will be? When will WCW ever figure out what to do with him? He's perfect by
himself in that original Raven sort of way, and he sure as hell doesn't need
lame asses like ICP to get over. I'm hoping he drops the pair and goes back to
lighting himself on fire every damn night. Well, okay, so I know that wouldn't
happen in WCW, but I can't help but feel that the whole split with Muta was
totally precipitated by Muta himself. It's no secret that Muta has been unhappy
since returning to WCW and I know being lumped in with Vamp and ICP was the
problem. Oh well, it should make for a good feud.


Finally this week before I present my exclusive one on one interview with ECW
superstar Jerry Lynn I would like to toss out my thoughts on one of the WWF's
most prominent male/female relationships. The whole thing with Eddie Guerrero
and Chyna was funny with the Playboy mansion and all, and I admit I got a bit of
a chuckle out of him coming down to the ring on Raw wearing the blanket, but it
has to end soon. For me the Latino Heeeeeeeeet has worn thin. I have enjoyed
watching Eddie perform since his days in ECW and in WCW his mic skills weren't
the best, but in my mind they were still better than his fake accent he sports
now. Not only is it degrading to the Latino community, but it's so inconsistent.
One second he talk totally normal, then you can't understand a word he says.
I'll be in line buying the Playboy with Chyna in it like every other wrestling
aficionado and if she at some point would maybe hook up with a returning Billy
Gunn that would be cool to me. I think starting Mr. Ass off in a feud over the
I-C title would be a cool idea, plus with Chyna returning somewhat to her DX
roots it would make sense. One way or another I want to see the two split so
Eddie can further establish himself as one of the WWF's top stars all around for
years to come. And now…


MY EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH ECW STAR JERRY LYNN


Well, I better set this up quickly before I get into it. Since Jerry lives
in my home state of Minnesota I've wanted to have him on my cable wrestling talk
show for quite some time. Although Wrestling Wrap-up isn't a huge show, it has a
nice chunk of viewers and we get pretty decent feedback from those that do
watch. So when Jerry Lynn finally got a hold of me last Tuesday I was overjoyed.
Given the fact that ECW had the week off of house shows and we had studio time
set up for Friday night his timing was perfect. As soon as we met him I knew
that he was going to be a cool guy and you'll see right now as I give you my
first ever big time interview!


Brad Nelson: Welcome back to wrestling wrap-up everybody, and with me here is
Jerry Lynn. Thanks for coming on the show Jerry.

Jerry Lynn: Hey, my pleasure, thanks for having me.

BN: Jerry's going to be headlining the upcoming ECW Anarchy Rulz Pay Per
View against Justin Credible and I have a few questions here if you don't mind.

JL: Go ahead, shoot.

BN: Back when you were wrestling locally on the indy scene here did you
ever imagine you would be in the main event of a Pay Per View?

JL: You know, you always hope for that. Every time I'd go to a concert or
sporting event I'd go down to the main floor and imagine wrestling in front of a
packed arena. But from the start I never wanted to get my hopes up too high. For
the first seven and a half years I had to have a regular job to support my
wrestling habit, and I just tried not to get my hopes up too high.

BN: How does it feel to be in your hometown for Anarchy Rulz?

JL: It feels great! Once I got in with WCW I had to move out of state for
awhile. I wrestled here once at the Target Center and since then I hadn't been
back, well I moved back here, but I hadn't wrestled in front of the home crowd
in five years. That is until the last ECW show, so it's a good feeling to be
back.

BN: That's cool, it's nice to have you back. What did you learn from your
experiences in the WWF and WCW?

JL: It was a really good learning experience. What I learned most was how
the politics of the business worked, and how very political the big two
companies are. It's not as much fun because it's all about business, and all
about money, not even just for the wrestlers, but also for the corporate
shareholders. There's a lot more behind the scenes than people realize. Really,
when you hit it that big wrestling is just a small part of it, and it's not just
about the wrestling anymore.

BN: They've got the entertainment aspect to it a little more too, that's
interesting. When you were growing up watching wrestling who did you enjoy
seeing?

JL: There's so many. Since I grew up in Minneapolis I guess it was the AWA.
I'm aging myself here, but I remember Dr. X, of course The Crusher was a
favorite, Baron Von Rasche, Mad Dog Vachon, and I loved to hate Ray "The
Crippler" Stevens and Nick Bockwinkel. Finally in the mid-eighties we got cable,
then I was able to watch the NWA. I loved watching the Bunkhouse Stampedes, the
"I-Quit" match between Tully Blanchard and Magnum TA. I loved watching the NWA
stuff, and of course down in Dallas you had the Von Erich/Freebirds feud and
that was awesome. I'll never forget, you had Mid-South, you had Continental, and
I'll never forget they had this cage match. The Headhunters came up from the
middle of the cage and the whole crowd started rioting. The wrestlers could
barely get back to the locker room afterward. That was unbelievable.

BN: And that was long before the Undertaker had even done it.

JL: I think that was the first time it was ever done. Then a little while
after that you had the UWF and I always loved watching Eddie Gilbert. He was one
of my favorites.

BN: He was a classic. I always liked Gilbert, and it's a shame guys like
him, Pillman, and so many others aren't there anymore for fans to appreciate
their talents.

JL: Yeah, Eddie was the guy that, well, I sent a tape to him down in
Memphis when it was still the USWA and Eddie Gilbert brought me in. Then when
Global started up he brought me out there also. So I always said if I made it
big or became a big superstar, to me people like Eddie Gilbert, Terry Taylor,
Paul E, Jim Cornette, these guys to me are some of the greatest minds in the
business and for them to see something in my work is reward enough to me.

BN: So is there any chance of us seeing Jerry Lynn pulling out the old "Hot
Stuff" fireball as a tribute?

JL: Well, you never know.

BN: What would you be doing if you weren't wrestling?

JL: I probably would have gotten into music. A lot of people don't know
that I was adopted, but I found out when I met my biological parents that music
ran in the family. Everyone was a musician. If I had known that I probably would
have got into music. I don't know why, but I always wanted to do something
entertaining so if it wasn't wrestling it would have to be music.

BN: Sure, play the guitar or get your head bashed in with one.

JL: (laughs) yeah.

BN: Um, what would you say is the greatest moment of your career to this
point?

JL: Well, one of the greatest moments was when I went over to Michinoku in
Japan. It was a masked man tournament and on the big night the finals of the
match was The Great Sasuke versus Dos Caras. We were in the semi-main event, it
was me and Gran Naniwa in a mask versus mask match. Before I went to Japan I was
always studying up watching Japan tapes, and the crowds in Japan are different
when they react to wrestling. They look at wrestling more as an actual sport
rather than entertainment. They appreciate the athleticism it takes to perform
the moves, but when they see something they like they're not yelling and
screaming right away. At first it's just a polite little clap, or else an ooh or
an ahh like they're watching fireworks. So it's really quiet during the
beginning of the match, you could hear a pin drop sometimes. I watched a lot of
All-Japan and New Japan matches and there was so much heat in those matches, and
the people would be so into it that by the end they'd be yelling and screaming.
Then, and this always gets me and still gives me goose bumps just thinking about
it, they would start stomping on the floor. It sounded like thunder going
through the whole building. Watching those tapes it was always one of my goals
to go to Japan. Well, I finally got a break and was able to go to Japan for
awhile, but it was always one of my goals to have a match with that much heat
where people were thundering throughout the building. That night in the
tournament against Naniwa it happened, and the crowd went nuts and stomped on
the floor. It was so loud it was like thunder in the building. It was such an
unbelievable night and I don't think I got to sleep that night until about 5:30
in the morning. That was one of the high points of my career. Another momentous
occasion was when I wrestled Rob Van Dam the last time at the Arena in Philly.
That was another one where the crowd went nuts for every false finish, it was
unbelievable how loud it was in there. So that's the one match in the states
with that much crowd reaction, and the one I had in Japan. Those were the two
most memorable nights of my career.

BN: Speaking of RVD, everyone enjoyed the matches you had with him and they
were incredible to say the least. I mean they'll go down in ECW history if not
wrestling history as classics. When you think of classic ECW matches you think
of Guerrero/Malenko, Raven/Dreamer, and you and Rob brought the house down every
time. Is there any chance we'll be seeing the two of you hook it up again any
time soon?

JL: Well, I've heard rumors that he and I may face each other on the
December Pay Per View so we'll see what happens.

BN: Who is your favorite opponent of all time?

JL: That's tough, especially in ECW. There are so many guys in ECW to
wrestle and I can't pick just one. I could name a list so long, but I couldn't
just pick one.

BN: That's cool. At one time just about everyone called you the most
underrated wrestler in ECW. Who do you think is the most underrated in ECW right
now?

JL: Right now? I'd have to say me. I still think I am because I still
haven't gotten that big push that some of the other guys get, and I think that
sometimes the promoter doesn't know what to do with me. I've always taken pride
in no mater who I wrestle I try to adapt to their style and get the best match
possible out of it. That's basically what he uses me for. He'll give me a little
shove here and there, then use me to elevate someone, which is a compliment, but
it would be nice to get a little more of a push too.

BN: Sure, and following that up with the big bucks doesn't hurt either.

JL: Yeah, the big bucks would be nice.

BN: So where do you think ECW will be at this time next year?

JL: That's unpredictable. With us our last TNN show is on the 22nd and we
still don't have the TV deal we were hoping to get with USA since the WWF and
USA are still hung up in court. So it's just hard to say you know? Paul E's
running out to L.A. trying to finalize a deal, but I really can't say. I would
like to think since ECW started out with Paul E giving people free beer and hot
dogs to come in and watch the show and he's worked so hard and he's living his
dream now, I would like to think that even if we didn't have a big network deal,
you know the show always survived on just the syndicated show. I would like to
think that Paul E wouldn't let it go and it would survive.

BN: Yeah, I used to watch ECW before the TNN deal here on Prime Sports
Network, then our cable dropped Prime and I pretty much had to wait until the
TNN deal before I could see it again. Now it's all up in the air and I'm like,
man, I gotta get my ECW!

JL: I know they were trying to wheel and deal and get the hardcore show on
a local station here like 23, but I don't know if that fell through or what.

BN: write those letters folks, it really helps.

BN: Is it true that ECW is thinking about holding 12 Pay Per Views next year?

JL: Yes, the last meeting we had he said we are going to one a month
starting at the end of this year. Starting in October, then in November in
Chicago, and then again in December. So we're already going to one a month.

BN: When you're not wrestling what do you like to do for fun?

JL: Hmm, I like to check out whatever underground metal concerts are going
on in town. I like to catch whatever bad horror movie is on the tube. You know,
the ones so bad they're good. Of course you've also got the Sony Playstation.

BN: Ahhh, my favorite.

JL: Resident Evil!

BN: So are you going to get Playstation 2 when it comes out?

JL: Already have one reserved.

BN: You mean you don't already have one from Japan?

JL: Oh no.

BN: Okay, how about a little word association? I'll throw out a word, and
you just give me the first thing that pops into your head, okay?

JL: Sure, go ahead.

BN: Paul Heyman.

JL: Incredible mind for the business.

BN: Vince McMahon.

JL: He's a marketing genius.

BN: Eric Bischoff.

JL: (Laughs)…I was always told if you can't say something nice don't say anything at all.

BN: Rob Van Dam.

JL: An incredible athlete.

BN: Justin Credible.

JL: I hope someday if I turn heel I can be as good as him. He's a great heel.

BN: Jerry Lynn.

JL: That's a complicated one. Sometimes I look in the mirror and I wonder
"who the hell is that guy?"…No, I want to be known as the oldest death metal fan
on the face of the earth.

BN: Now there's something to shoot for. Was there anything else you wanted
to say before we go, Jerry?

JL: I just wanted to give a shoutout to some of the local bands like
Martyr, Lord of all Desires, and Anthony and the boys in Demonicon. GIVE ME
(Scary ass death metal voice) DEATH!!!


So there you have it. At that point my co-host Chris Hanson who is on the
show suffering from amnesia and thinks he is a guy named Sergeant Smash came out
to the set. He proceeded to insult Jerry until Jerry kicked him in the chest and
clobbered him in the back with a chair. Then the evil alter ego of the backyard
icon Chris Balmer Se7en appeared alongside fellow MIW wrestler Dan Hanson aka
Dan Hanson to attempt a double clothesline on Lynn. Jerry ducked the clothesline
and kicked Hanson, then punched Se7en. He then nailed Hanson with a trashcan
from our set to put him down. Then he dragged Se7en up the stage and delivered a
vicious Cradle Piledriver on him to put him away. He then grabbed the mic and
walked to the camera and said - "Justin Credible, Anarchy Rulz…October 1st…I'm
gonna tear you (Scary ass death metal voice again) APART!!!


That was the point where our show ended. All in all a great interview and
it was a pleasure meeting Jerry Lynn. Thanks again to him for playing along and
gracing us with his presence. We hope to have him on the show again in the near
future, and good luck Jerry at Anarchy Rulz!


Trivia Tyme


This week I decided to postpone the Trivia Tyme question until next week,
but don't forget readers…if you have a trivia question you think is good enough
to stump your fellow readers out there then please feel free to submit it to me
at Brad@lordsofpain.net and I'll post it right here next week with your name on
it. As for last week's question, well it was asked during D-lo Brown's European
title reign where was the last European city he claimed to be from. Well, the
answer was Milan, Italy and our winners were F. Longo and Eddie Walden. Keep
those submissions coming folks as the Trivia returns next week!


Parting Thoughts


Wow! That's the only word I can use to describe what happened this past
week. Jerry Lynn called me on Tuesday and he came into the studio on Friday
night. I did a little work with the ECW Street Team on Sunday night after my
beloved Vikings went 3-0 like my fantasy football team, and I'm still wired like
I'm running on jet fuel. Jerry Lynn was a wonderful guest to have on our little
talk show and he was an even cooler person. I've met a few wrestlers in my day,
but he takes the cake. I wasn't sure how he would react to getting involved in
our little angles on the show and beating the crap out of us, but he was so cool
about it and helped make it even better. Of course my buddy/nemesis Balmer got a
memento he'll never forget after Jerry gave him the Cradle Piledriver. I would
love to sit down again with Jerry in the near future so I'm keeping my fingers
crossed. In other news on our MIW front we are currently preparing to get
ourselves a real wrestling ring and sometime this winter we should be holding
events in the same studio we have been taping our talk show in for months. I've
never been more excited at any time in my pseudo wrestling career and in all
honesty I can only see things getting better from here. Once again I spent so
much time transcribing the interview with Jerry Lynn that I couldn't quite
finish off the fantasy WWF booking. I'll have that on tap for next week for
sure!


I wanted to remind all of you once again that ECW Anarchy Rulz is coming up in
just a couple of weeks. Sunday October 1st is fast approaching and there are
still some good seats still available for the Pay Per View. Trust me folks, I
have seen several concerts in Roy Wilkens Auditorium and there isn't a bad seat
in the house. So make sure to call (651) 989-5151 for tickets or charge online
at www.ticketmaster.com. I hope you all enjoyed it this week and I'll see you
all again at the regular Monday spot here at LOP! Until next week…

…"Be good to each other, use chairs…not guns!"