Former WWE Superstar Edge spoke to Paul Mazeby of the When We Were Bouncers Facebook page about his experiences as a bouncer, prior to becoming a pro wrestler.
“I started bouncing at 17 years old at a franchise place called O’Toole’s in my hometown of Orangeville. Of course it was highly illegal for me to be doing that, but even at that age I was about 6’4” and 220, so because they were short on bouncers, I got the job.
The thing with Orangeville was that, even though it was just a small town of about 15000 people, it was surrounded by a bunch of farming communities whose farm boys would come into town with their shit-kickers on when they wanted to drink. And when the drinking started, all the different rivalries from all the different towns would flare up.
The bouncing crew included friends of mine named Doug Childs and Kelly McGoogan, as well as the legendary Burt the Hurt. Burt was a guy I knew from the wrestling business, since we were both training to be wrestlers at Sully’s Gym in Toronto. In his day job he was a schoolteacher, but he was also legally blind so how he got a license, I have no idea. That dude was INSANE — he would only answer if you called him by his full name of “Burt the Hurt”, and he spoke about himself in the third person way before The Rock ever did. I liked to call him “The Innovator of Eccentricity” because he always talked as if he was cutting a wrestling promo, even when there were no cameras around and he didn’t think anybody was listening. Burt was also strong as a bull — squat, deadlift, pick up cars, whatever. Total freak — and batshit crazy.
Our crew was actually well-hired, because with me being from town and every other guy being from one of the neighboring towns, any time things got out of hand, the odds were good that at least one of us would know at least one of the guys in the fight and have a chance at talking them down.
So one night we were all at work, and it was one of those times where the place was filled with these big, athletic farm guys who play hockey, and the air was thick with testosterone and you could just tell that something was gonna happen. Adding to the potential for disaster was that Jay The Dick [Jay Reso aka “Christian”, Copeland’s tag team partner and best friend] was also in the club, because there was really nowhere else to hang out in Orangeville.
I can’t even remember what started it all. I just remember looking at the back corner and seeing fists start flying back there, and then suddenly it was like a tsunami of fists rolling toward us as more and more people got involved. By the time the wave crashed into us, there were at least thirty people fighting, which meant we could absolutely forget about stopping it. We just had to pick off guys one at a time, try to control it.
The first guy I grabbed started swinging at me, so I rammed him up against a support pillar to get a good hold of him, and then began dragging him out. But a buddy of his came up from behind me and grabbed me in a chokehold! So now I’m not only fending off the choke, but the guy I had against the pillar is now loose and he’s getting ready to dial me in.
We were all standing beside this kind of wooden barrier that ran around the dance floor, maybe four feet high and eighteen inches thick, and just as I’m thinking I’m finished, out of nowhere I see The Dick running along the top of it. So I pushed backward and slammed the guy behind me into a wall, which got me loose just as The Dick launched himself into the air. A moment later — BOOM! — he hit the guy in front of me with a picture-perfect cross body block to the back! I swear, you’ve never seen a better one in any wrestling ring than the one that The Dick pulled off that night — slammed the guy face-first right into the ground!
To the best of my knowledge, that was the first-ever successful cross body block to be pulled off in a street fight — and don’t even talk to me about that weak shit that [Chris] Jericho tried in Calgary, because it totally doesn’t count if you don’t connect!
Thankfully, the fight didn’t last much longer and we all came out of it more or less unscathed. If you don’t count having to listen to The Dick brag about himself for weeks afterward, that is.”
“If I fail to remember O’Toole’s for any other reason, I will always remember it for the night that they featured a male strip show. I was freaking out that I had to work that night, because I’d barely been to a female strip club at that point, so I had no idea what the deal was gonna be.
The strippers arrived shortly after my shift started, and because it was the nineties, they were all mulletted out like crazy — not that I can say anything about it since I was rockin’ the same thing, plus my uniform was cowboy boots, jeans, and a white denim shirt, so I wasn’t setting a very high fashion precedent.
After the show began, I stayed on the front door and tried to look into the club as little as possible. But it was still my job to scan the room from time to time, and every time I did, it was like, “Whoa, shit, there’s a dick”. I hadn’t realized that these guys were actually gonna get their shit right in the girls’ faces and just shake it! I don’t know if that was legal or not, but I can tell you it was sure goin’ on.
Eventually I had to use the staff washroom, which was a tiny, single-user deal at the back. As I made my way back there I tried to keep my eyes to the floor, but it was like walking through dick land-mines the whole way! When I finally got to the back I let out a huge sigh of relief, but that only lasted a couple of seconds before I opened the unlocked bathroom door and found one of the peelers standing there wearing nothing but a cock ring! Porn magazine in one hand, junk in the other, and going to TOWN on himself trying to get his shit hard!
At a young and impressionable 17 years old, I didn’t want to know about cock-rings — what they were, what they were for, the whole process of getting ‘em on, I didn’t wanna know any of that. And I especially didn’t want to be enlightened by a guy who was only too eager to explain it all while whacking his meat!
So yeah… I witnessed that. And even with all the years that passed and all the concussions I’ve suffered since then, I’ve still never found a way to un-know it.”
WWE has already added Rob Van Dam to their regular roster page. As noted, Van Dam will return at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view.
Regarding Rob Van Dam’s return to WWE, he will be working a limited schedule and won’t be on the road full time. His contract is reportedly for the short term also.
This week’s North American Wrestling Connection podcast has a little something for everyone. Nikki Heyman and her panel will have the latest on Fandango’s injury, RoH going “hipster”, and new information on the CHIKARA situation. Plus, the crew will make their pick ‘em predictions for Sunday’s “Payback” pay-per-view.
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Credit – PWInsider:
The State of Alabama has placed several new rules into effect for professional wrestling in the state. The new rules are:
1. All promoters, wrestlers. referees, etc are now required to have a license. Licenses are $100 for promoters and $30 for the wrestlers, referees, etc. All licenses must be paid by July 15, 2013. Licenses expire on December 31st and must be renewed.
2. The Alabama Athletic Commission gets 5% of all gross ticket sales for each event.
3. Barricades must surround the ring and be 6′ from the ring.
4. No hard sole shoes on wrestlers.
5. Wrestlers’ ring attire must be neat and clean.
6. Foreign objects can only be used with prior approval of the Alabama Athletic Commission.
7. No intentional blood without prior approval from the Alabama Athletic Commission. For events where blood is approved, blood tests must be taken and a doctor is to be present at the event.
8. A licensed EMT is to be at all events.
On this episode of The Still Real to Us Show: the guys discuss the recent surge of DANIEL BRYAN & debate why the WWE isn’t taking advantage of an eventual huge star right now, we look at some recent comments from one former & one current ROH star as they confirm everything we once believed, we preview WWE PAYBACK and so much more!
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We noted before how Dolph Ziggler did not wrestle at this weekend’s live events, despite reportedly being cleared to wrestle. Ziggler started this weekend’s events by cutting a promo and announcing that he still wasn’t cleared to wrestle.
Ziggler also didn’t get physically involved in the Big E Langston vs. Alberto Del Rio main events. No word yet if Ziggler has not been cleared to wrestle but we should know more on tonight’s RAW.
Former WWE NXT wrestler Derek Foore, who was released back in November of 2012, is threatening to sell a copy of his WWE contract. He tweeted:
“Who’s interested in buying a copy of my #wwe contract? #sharing is caring. #Bombsaway @WWENXT. The contract includes authentic signatures from John Laurinaitis and HHH (Paul Levesque) along with salary, wellness policy, ETC… #wwe. This #wwe contract is better than a tell all book about the #wwe. It shows how it #exploits the wrestlers worse than a pimp! #Bombsaway”
On this episode of The Still Real to Us Show: we play interviews with DEAN AMBROSE and FANDANGO, look at WWE’s decision to do a 3 STAGES OF HELL MATCH with JOHN CENA and RYBACK, if CM PUNK is really coming back at PAYBACK, if KURT ANGLE was the right choice for the next TNA HALL-OF-FAME member and so much more!
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In a unexpected twist, it seems that CHIKARA has officially put on their last show. As first reported by PWInsider in their Elite section, Chikara will be canceling all future booking immediately and converting select live events into special “Wrestling Is…” satellite shows. CHIKARA, the promotion however, is likely done for good.
PWInsider goes on to mention that, while possible this is simply a part of some extensive, intricate storyline, it’s highly doubtful as many of the CHIKARA roster have started to reach out to other independent companies to find work for the canceled events. If CHIKARA were simply changing brands and putting on different shows, this wouldn’t be the case.
All members of the CHIKARA roster have signed non-disclosure agreements prior to last night’s show in order to prohibit any of the staff from talking to the media about the end of the promotion.
We’ll post more on this as we receive it.
Credit – Wrestling Observer
WWE recently signed independent wrestler Cory Weston, who was scouted by Gerald Brisco. Weston comes from Dory Funk Jr.’s wrestling camp in Florida.
Regarding all the new talents being signed by WWE, they are all reporting to developmental in July, once the new Performance Center in Orlando is ready.ROH star Mike Bennett is still expected to be one of WWE’s new signings.
Credit – Wrestling Observer
As noted, Ryback vs. John Cena at WWE Payback is now Three Stages of Hell with the following stipulations – a Lumberjack Match, a Tables Match and an Ambulance Match.
The change was made because Vince McMahon wants to do something epic with Cena, something that will be a memorable point in his career.
As of this week, the match is not being done to prolong the Ryback vs. Cena program, although they have nothing specific in place for Cena’s long-term booking.
On this episode of The Still Real to Us Show: we recap THE ROCK’s most 2-year run with the WWE to discuss if it was successful, if we have seen his final match and so much more!
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Here are some highlights of a new storyline interview Jack Swagger did in the new issue of WWE Magazine:
What are Colter’s strongest qualities? What do you think are the things about him that are taking you to the next level?
Zeb Colter is certainly a man of great conviction and passion. He has so much conviction and passion for the things that he says and the things that he actually believes in—and those are the types of things people really take hold of. They make people believers. And, of course, Zeb has decades upon decades of experience, which Jack Swagger directly benefits from: the knowledge and the tutelage. Honestly, that kind of experience translates through me, and it gives me that extra little oomph that I need in order to get over the hill to the top of the mountain.
Let’s talk about the World Heavyweight Title. If 2013 sees you recapture the gold, what will you do to make sure your title run makes more of an impact than your previous one?
Winning the championship the second time in any sport, whether it’s wrestling, football, basketball or baseball is definitely harder. Once you get there, staying there, and staying relevant and being able to make an impact, is tough. I worked very hard last time, but maybe I wasn’t working smart.
That’s surprising. It would seem like the opposite is true—that your first experience would make it easier the second time around, no?
I truly believe that it is harder to win the second one because you already have that target on your back, and people are looking for you a little bit more. But then, once you get there, the experience can help. Getting back is the big challenge.
How are you more of a “Real American” than Hulk Hogan?
I think I’m more of a real American than Hulk Hogan because he was doing what he did for the Hulkamaniacs. Not everyone is a Hulkamaniac. I’m doing this for all of America. I’m putting the country on my broad shoulders and carrying them to the promised land. America needs a Real American now more than ever.
On this episode of The Still Real to Us Show: the guys recap everything that happened at WWE EXTREME RULES 2013, if this was a “coming out party” for THE SHIELD, if the TRIPLE H ”injury angle” really overshadowed CURTIS AXEL’s debut and so much more!
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