Last week I wrote that I had an interview with a mystery SD wrestler, and I wouldn't know who it was until the day before the interview. Turns out that tomorrow, I'll be getting an 11am phone call from Brock Lesnar!
Can you guys help me in one last burst of brainstorming to come up with some good questions for this guy? The weekly paper I write for is a pretty jaded, humorous music & entertainment rag, and they'll be looking for an interview with a little edge on it.
Thanks in advance.
(edited by My Anti-Drug on 5.11.03 1036) My turntables might wobble but they don't fall down.
Talk about his amateur wrestling. Ask him what it was like to wrestle for a powerhouse like Minnesota or against a powerhouse like Iowa. Ask him if he and Shelton ever talked about going to the WWE after they were done, or if they each reached the decision on there own. Ask him if he was nervous about his debut, or intimidated by his huge career make/break match against the Rock at summerslam. I would avoid asking questions that may be considered too smarky or you come off like a smart ass. That will probably prevent you from interviewing anyone else, and may cut your interview with Brock Lesnar short. This is a huge opportunity, and you want to make sure you are respectful.
Edit: P.S. When you get done with the interview, would you mind posting it or a link to it, Im kinda curious.
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I love it. keep 'em coming. I'm thinking I can doa 4:1 interview. For every four regular questions, I can throw in something a little questionable. i figure they can't hang up on me at that rate. I think the dude who's hooking me up with the interview will be on the line, too, which is kind of like having Dad in the room while you're trying to act like a jackass. I will definitely post the results here, but the printed, edited interview won't be out for 2 weeks or so.
Please keep the questions coming.
My turntables might wobble but they don't fall down.
Originally posted by TheItalianJobok, funny and humurous with an edge? Let's see...
1)Did you thank Goldberg for The Streak angle you borrowed from him?
2)So, the Clique exposing the biz in Madison Square Garden gets coverage from the whole damn industry as a terrible breach of kayfabe, but you kissing Kurt Angle on house shows is ok?!
3)Seriously, what does it feel to lose the title you defeated against Undertaker and Rock to the Big Slow?
4) I hope you now understand why Kidman has every right to get pissed off at you for stealing his shooting star press, do you?
5) Who would snap first in a match between you and Goldberg?
You know what'd be funny and humourous with an edge about those questions? Brock hanging up the phone when he heard them. Those are exactly the type of smarky, insulting questions that will keep you from getting more interviews.
Whiskey's got some good ideas. I'd suggest asking him a lot about the amateur stuff...does he regret not taking a shot at the Olympics? Was he hesitant about giving up the amateur game for a WWE career? I seem to remember around the time he signed hearing that he took the deal for the money, but didn't have much interest in being a pro wrestler. That could just be a rumour started by some newsboard so I wouldn't come right out and ask him, but there are ways to broach such a subject that will get you an interesting answer either way.
Perhaps you could ask about the pressures of trying to break into the big time at a time when there was no competition in the industry (Lesnar was the first guy to break in and make it big in the post-WCW/ECW era)...what was it like trying to get into a business where there were suddenly no options and you had one shot to make or break...that would probably lead you to some input on the development process and how WWE treats up-and-comers.
Above all else, though, like Whiskey said, be respectful and professional. Remember, as big a fan as you may be, tomorrow morning your job is to report on something you enjoy, not enjoy something you report.
From what I've heard don't play a Smark! He doesn't come of "in character" as well if you do. Yet if I was going to as Brock something it would probably be, "So, how's it feel to pushed to the moon in less than a year?" or "The last guy that won championship without having to stay in Midcards forever was Yokozuna, How do you feel about that?"
As Eric Bishoff asks if he's ok I get this message ------------
ssjaj23: Goldberg: What's wrong? I can't sell, I'm sloppy in the ring. I don't like being heel. I have no ring phycology
If you ask about other wrestlers keep it along the lines of Rock, Hogan, Austin, Angle. I don't think someone looking up movie showtimes gives a damn about Billy Kidman or the Clique.
Since it is an entertainment rag, ask about The Rock's movies, if you want to make it humorous ask him about Hogan's movies. Oh, and then there is Savage.
As far as wrestling, don't stray too far from what Doc gave you. You can ask about his match with Angle, as the injuries with both guys, that will give the apathetic reader the ol' "Maybe this stuff isn't so fake after all." MAYBE a question about Curt Henning, even though most people don't know Henning, they were friends and you should get an emotional response.
And yeah, just don't be a smarky assclown, as most IWC memebers in your posistion would do.
of course I joked brock doesn't thrill me as an interview subject. he's probably gonna write a book soon, so you know he'll tell you all the basic stuff like "I played here, I respect that" that you can get on wwe.com
but congratulations for you. it must be a thrill lik it'd be for me.
I'd agree that you should stay respectful. That's probably the best way to get other interviews in the future. Perhaps questions like, "Are there any aspects of your wrestling you would like to improve upon?" or "Where do you see yourself in five years? How about ten?". Good luck with your interview.
Now, what on earth is this about Brock kissing Kurt?!?!?
Ask him about Vince. Does it give you confidence knowing that your boss beats up his children, sleeps with women other than his wife, and threatens to bury his top stars alive? If you do that in a funny way, I'm guessing he'd be okay with that.
A kayfabed question: Didn't you know Heyman was skimming money off the top of your paycheck?
On a more serious note, Brock is one of the few being touted as future stars of the WWE. Some, like Austin and The Rock, have taken that ball and run with it. Others, like Ultimate Warrior... well.... haven't. Where does he see himself in the grand scheme of things?
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I like the idea of throwing in a couple of kayfabed questions. Lighten the tone up between the deep ones.
This requires a completely different strategy than if your audience were all fans. You have to consider the impression you are giving to non-fans.
1. Please do ask about the Olympics. 2. Don't ask about Vince. The poor boy doesn't deserve that. 3. Ask about the injuries going into WMII. Ask about the concussion, too. I'd like both fans and non-fans to hear about what these guys go through. 4. Is the hick dialect kayfabed, or do you really say things like "fine and dandy?" 5. Ask if Brock thinks he could defeat a villain from one of Rocky's movies. 6. Ask for advice on building massive biceps. 7. It might be going to far to ask if he has ever used steroids, but I'm convinced that he is natural and I assume he is proud of that.
And if you think that its fake try to receive a chokeslam, a sweet chin music or a spear without scream or drop a tear..
Originally posted by Dexley's Midnight JoggerI'd agree that you should stay respectful. That's probably the best way to get other interviews in the future. Perhaps questions like, "Are there any aspects of your wrestling you would like to improve upon?" or "Where do you see yourself in five years? How about ten?". Good luck with your interview.
Now, what on earth is this about Brock kissing Kurt?!?!?
Probably a rib. Angle and Brock Kissed on some house shows in front of the crowd.
Originally posted by Dexley's Midnight Jogger Now, what on earth is this about Brock kissing Kurt?!?!?
It was actually after Smackdown went off the air a couple months back. I can't remember which episode exactly but someone posted the footage online. Basically they were just ribbing. They had a heated staredown then suddenly Brock grabs Kurt and kisses him. I was thinking of turning it into a .gif and using it here as an avatar but some people may not enjoy looking at it constantly. lol.
Anyway, first of all, congrats on getting to interview Brock. That should be an awesome experience. If you wanna throw in a goofy question, maybe you could ask if his face ever felt sore from all that smiling during his babyface run. A couple other things I was gonna suggest were mentioned above already (Olympics, acting, who he likes working with the most in the ring).
When I first saw the trailers for the Incredible Hulk movie, I thought the Hulk looked *exactly* like Brock painted green, and it even moved like Brock too. Maybe ask him if he was angry that they tried to steal his identy?
Also, that picture of Kurt and Brock is the best thing I have ever seen- ever!
I had an interview like this with Golddust back in the summer of 97. It was very cool, although he was about 45 minutes late in calling.
Don't try to be cute or funny. I mean, you should be relaxed, and you can be charming and all that, but don't ask him about grabbing at people's balls when he does a guerilla press. I think it would be interesting to craft the story for your audience of, "This is what goes into the making of a pro-wrestling character." Then you can add some of your own commentary about what has worked and what hasn't. That way, you can talk to Brock about what he tries to do that is distinctive from other huge guys. Hell, I still haven't figured out what makes Brock distinctive other than the fact that he's been pushed to the moon, so I'd be curious to know what his take on it is. Playing to the character-development angle of your story will catch the attention of your readership and it could get you some engaging comments from Brock. Ask him who he thinks some of the best wrestling characters ever are, and why they work.
Did they send you a photo to run with the story? I know when I did my Goldust thing, they sent me a nice photo of Dustin and Terri, in character, to run with the story. I sent it back to the dressing room at the house show and it came out autographed, although whether it was actually Goldust that signed it remains a topic of great debate in my head. Looks more like the handwriting of that chubby crew guy with the goattee that probably spends his Saturday afternoons hitting on female marks who show up early. You know the guy.
It's just amazing how often they don't have anything for people to do. If you remember Foley's bitter final speech, one of his big gripes was that they didn't have anything for him to do when they came to Nassau Coliseum or right afterwards.