RF Video had the pleasure of sitting down with one of the most controversial characters in the history of pro wrestling. What would you say if I told you that just two decades ago, you could see a racist heel on national cable? Well you could, his name was Col. Debeers and we sat down with him for an extensive shoot interview.
Before he was the Colonel, Debeers wrestled for years on the long road of territories in the 1970s. Debeers was a regular for Don Owens' Portland territory. If you are a fan of the territories and especially Portland you, will find this interview fascinating.
Debeers talks all about his legendary tag team with Playboy Buddy Rose. Debeers also talks about the wars the two had and their favorite opponents. Debeers has some great stories on Don Owens himself. Debeers talks about which wrestler ruined pro wrestling in Portland for the boys and the promoters. Hint it was a former RF Video shoot interview guest.
Debeers talks about his many opponents which include Jimmy Snuka, Roddy Piper, Bobby Jaggers, Jonathon Boyd, Billy Jack, Jesse Ventura, Ron Bass, Jay Youngblood, Iron Sheik, the Grappler, and so many more.
Debeers also talks about his brief run in the WWWF. What was it like to work with Freddie Blassie, who was his manager at the time? What were Vince McMahon Sr. and Jr. like?
Debeers also talks a lot about Roddy Piper and the many battles he had with Hot Rod. How did Roddy change after he went to the WWF? How did Roddy change after doing movies? You will hear all about the highs and lows of Roddy Piper from one of his peers throughout his career.
Debeers also talks extensively about his international career. Did Debeers like working Europe? Debeers also talks about working in the United Kingdom. Debeers talks about the frustrations of adjusting to the round-system in U.K. pro wrestling. How was he able to get himself over in England?
Debeers talks in depth about his most famous run in the AWA. as a racist heel. Why did he leave Portland for the AWA? Did he like the gimmick? How strong was fan reaction outside of the ring? What was it like working with about working with Curt Henning, Scott Hall, Greg Gagne, Sgt Slaugher and Wahoo McDaniel? How did Snuka react to his promos?
Debeers tells a great story about the night Stan Hansen refused to drop the AWA belt to Nick Bockwinkel. What was Nick Bockwinkel like outside of the ring? What was it like to work with a young Shawn Michaels? How respectful was Shawn to the veteran? What was their relationship like? What would an AWA story be like without a Curt Hennig rib?
The Colonel also talks about working for one of the most outrageous promoters of all-time, Herb Abrams and the UWF. Was Herb crazy? Wait until you hear about the stories of Herb and the boys in the strip clubs. What was it like to wrestle in the UWF and his thoughts on booking?
Debeers also talks a lot about his return to the AWA for his final run. How did it change? Why did it change? Was it Verne's fault? What went wrong with the Team challenge with Jake Milliman and one of the most infamous matches from that time period? He also gives his candid views on DDP getting in the wrestling business.
The Colonel loves to talk and we loved listening. This is one of those shoot interviews that just flies right on by. If you are a fan of the territories or just love hearing crazy stories, don't miss out on the Col. Debeers Shoot Interview.
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