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Since: 30.8.02

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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.59
Weiners, I need your help once again. A week from today, I get to interview a SD! wrestler for the weekly paper that I write for. Unfortunately, the WWE reps won't be able to tell me who I'll be interviewing until a day or two before the actual interview.

I told them that my editors approved on the condition that it's a recognizable Superstar (especially like the Big Show, I hinted), and not the Basham Brothers. My WWE contact said that's no problem.

So now I have very little time to prepare a proper interview, and the piece will be read by people who are way more into rock shows and art movies than wrestling. In fact, most of the readers of my paper probably couldn't name 4 wrestlers.

Can anybody help me brainstorm some good, irreverant questions that would make for fun reading toa non-wrestling audience.

Here's what I have so far: "When you go for a gorilla press slam, it looks like you'rre grabbing the other guy right by the weiner. What's up with that?"

As you can see, i need help, and I thank you in advance. I'll link to the interview when it finally comes out in several weeks.





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Since: 25.4.03
From: Nashville, TN

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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.21

You can ask some generic questions like:

"How'd you break into the business?"

"Who were you favorite wrestlers as a kid?"

"How do you react when people say that wrestling is not as popular as it was 5 years ago?"



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Since: 5.3.03
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.19
Silly questions are always good ones, especially if that's what your audience is in to. Maybe ask if Big Show or whomever it is you get has any plans to run for governor a la Jesse Ventura, record a rap CD (er, perhaps not if you get Cena), etc. Something you know they're not planning to do, it would just be funny to get their responses.

I got to interview Val Venis several years ago, and he was a hoot. Because I knew most people reading wouldn't be wrestling fans, I focused on his gimmick, to which he provided some really cool answers to.

Good luck!



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Since: 10.8.02
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With WWE Films (or should that be HHH Films?) getting up and running, and if your paper is more an entertainment based publication, ask the wrestler some questions putting wrestling in an entertainment perspective. Try and get a comment or two on the talents of wrestlers outside the ring. Ask Big Show (if you get him) why he was so mean to Bobby Boucher.

Aside from that, I'd say you're at a big advantage if you happen to get a guy whose background you know. Like Bulldog, I had the opportunity to speak at length with Val Venis a couple years ago, and dare I say his political insights were much more engrossing than the brief discussion we had about wrestling. If your readers aren't into wrestling, try showing them a bit about the person outside the ring. An interesting story like that can appeal to anyone.
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Since: 10.8.02
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My Anti-Drug
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Since: 30.8.02

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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.59
Yeah, I definitely want to steer away from generic questions, since those usually make for generic articles.

I've come up with a few more:

(For the Big Show) - When I saw you live, from my nosebleed seats, it looked like you were only about 5'6" or so. Is that trick photography that makes you look so big on TV?

(for anyone) - Do you think I can get a tryout match against Zach Gowen when you come to town?

Does it make you want to barf when you see Vince sticking his old tongue down the Diva's throat?

Who is more forgiving - Hillary Clinton, or Linda McMahon?

Please keep the help coming.



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Oliver
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Since: 20.6.02
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.33
    Originally posted by CANADIAN BULLDOG
    I got to interview Val Venis several years ago, and he was a hoot. Because I knew most people reading wouldn't be wrestling fans, I focused on his gimmick, to which he provided some really cool answers to.

    Good luck!
I'd kill for a chance to talk politics with Val Venis. I could learn a lot from him.





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Since: 5.3.03
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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.19
    Originally posted by SOK
    I'd kill for a chance to talk politics with Val Venis. I could learn a lot from him.


He's a really intelligent guy. As I recall, we were talking about some right-wing political newsletter he circulates (I'll try to find a link to the article I wrote...), and he was extemely serious about it. At the same time, he had a sense of humor about how much that conflicted with the Val Venis character. Truly an interesting man.



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Since: 15.10.02
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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.10
    Originally posted by My Anti-Drug
    Here's what I have so far: "When you go for a gorilla press slam, it looks like you'rre grabbing the other guy right by the weiner. What's up with that?"

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA



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Since: 10.8.02
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    Originally posted by CANADIAN BULLDOG
      Originally posted by SOK
      I'd kill for a chance to talk politics with Val Venis. I could learn a lot from him.


    He's a really intelligent guy. As I recall, we were talking about some right-wing political newsletter he circulates (I'll try to find a link to the article I wrote...), and he was extemely serious about it. At the same time, he had a sense of humor about how much that conflicted with the Val Venis character. Truly an interesting man.


The newsletter was called Hardball. I have no idea if the publication is still going on. I remember when he was here a couple years ago he was working on a new libertarian publication, but the website never got off the ground. No idea if anything ever came of that.
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Since: 16.2.02
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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.00
Well you know something, Mean Gene...
You could always go for the ever popular "Is wrestling fake?" You'll be the next Jim Stossel or that Kuwaiti dude that Vader roughed up.



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Since: 17.1.02
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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.44
    Originally posted by My Anti-Drug
    Yeah, I definitely want to steer away from generic questions, since those usually make for generic articles.

    I've come up with a few more:

    (For the Big Show) - When I saw you live, from my nosebleed seats, it looked like you were only about 5'6" or so. Is that trick photography that makes you look so big on TV?

    (for anyone) - Do you think I can get a tryout match against Zach Gowen when you come to town?

    Does it make you want to barf when you see Vince sticking his old tongue down the Diva's throat?

    Who is more forgiving - Hillary Clinton, or Linda McMahon?

    Please keep the help coming.


Now of course I'm about 95% sure you are joking about these questions, but I will still tell you NOT to ask dumb questions like these. Since the WWE is really going out of their way to provide a wrestler for an interview, you need to stick to serious questions. You don't want to come off overly smarky, especially given the WWE's love/hate (mostly hate) relationship with the Internet and "smart" fans.

I agree with the others on asking questions outside the realm of wrestling. Ask about their favorite movies, or what they do on their days off. Ask about their workout routines, or how they handle the enormous travelling in their business. You can maybe fire off one or two silly questions, but if you ever want another opportunity like this, you gotta come with good and thought-provoking inquiries.

(Although I will allow you to ask about how much everyone hates Vince Russo.)



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Since: 26.8.02

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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.86
A really good, serious question that could be directed to any WWE wrestler would be something about what they feel should be done about the apparent drug problems within the industry. Leave it open ended, though, don't ask if they think Vince should take responsibility for it or anything like that, just ask their general opinion of the subject. Could make for some interesting answers, depending on the interviewee.
Battlezone
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Since: 27.2.03
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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.78
The guys at Sports Talk 790 in Atlanta (790thezone.com) have had a long standing relationship with several WWE guys, and have interviewed everyone from Hulk Hogan to Miss Elizabeth to the Fabulous Moolah. They've always had a good mix between asking serious questions to asking the silly questions that no "serious" net journalist will ask.

On that link, you'll find audio interviews with Hogan, Jim Ross, Bobby Heenan and DDP. Hogan and Heenan are about halfway down the page; DDP and JR are near the bottom. These guys give the best interviews I've ever heard. If you're looking for a style to emulate, they're not a bad place to start.

Good luck.

BONUS TIP: At the bottom of that page, there's a three-part interview with OJ Simpson. It's riveting. I remember when that interview took place, I sat at my desk and did not move for the solid hour that the interview took. Easily the best interview of any type that I've heard. And no, OJ didn't admit to anything.



Does this make any sense? Let's say you're at a restaurant, and you see a man stagger away from the bar and walk directly into the wall, mistaking it for a door, banging his face and falling down, only to pick himself up and walk into the wall again, and then again, over and over. Would you say to yourself: "I admire that man! He is loyal to the tactic of walking into the wall, in the hope that it eventually will turn into a door!"

No! You'd say: "He must be a Cubs fan."
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Since: 2.1.02
From: Blacksburg VA

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Another possibility -- everyone loves pranks. Ask them about the best rib they've ever (1) pulled and (2) had pulled on them.

It'll be a week after Halloween. Ask them if there was any WWE party. Or ask them what one item some kid dressing up as them HAS to have.

Ask them if they can still watch naked jello wrestling or babyoil wrestling, or if that just seems to be a bastardization of their career. Cuz that stuff can be hot, man. ;-)

Since you say your paper is movie/entertainment oriented, ask them to compare themselves to a Hollywood stuntman re: the difficulty of performing their own stunts. Ask them if they want to share a secret way they do a specific (any) stunt.

Along that same line, ask them what movie character they most identify with or would like to have the chance to play.

I could probably come up with some others once you name the wrestler, even if you only have two days' notice.
JST
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Since: 20.1.02
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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.97
Name association always seems to work.



Toast Jr
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Since: 30.1.03
From: Stafford Springs, CT

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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.00
It's not very serious, but I love who would win in a fight questions. Things like, "Who would win in a fight, You (meaning the wrestler) vs. Optimus Prime?"

And for goodness sake, don't forget to post us a link to your article when it is all done!
evilwaldo
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Since: 7.2.02
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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.00
Ask him about living life on the road.

What cities are your favorites and why?

Are you in a relationship? If so, what is the hardest part about keeping the relationship strong?

Do you feel it is harder mentally or physically to be on the road all the time?





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Since: 3.1.02
From: GA in person, NJ in heart

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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.34
When you make a personal appearance, and people show up with shirts and paraphenelia for other wrestlers, does that bother you?



If you're reading this, the tide was in.
tsmstu
Chourico








Since: 12.7.03

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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.81
a few questions you could ask:

Whats a "shmoz"?

Have you ever "juiced" the "hard way"?

Have you ever "jobbed" to Marc Mero?

Have you ever been "interviewed" on WWF TV by Craig DeGeorge?

Did you ever actually think "Sensational" Sherri was hot?

Ever?

Who is a better "booker" - Kevin Sullivan or Kevin Nash?

Why did "Big" John Studd win the Royal Rumble if they never used him in a main event after that?

Has anyone actually "read" Mick Foley's new "book" ?

Do you or any wrestler for that matter read "rants" by the likes of Scott Keith?

If so, and your name is the "undertaker", do you want to "kill" him?

What is the worst thing that ever happened to you while in the ring with Nathan Jones?

OTHER than actually having to "work" with Nathan Jones?



all kidding asside -


good luck


stu
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