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The days of territorial wrestling and traveling the world are over for today's pro wrestlers. We are excited to bring you one of the last of pro wrestling's true road warriors. From New York to Alabama and Tulsa to Memphis, we are proud to present one of the last of a dying breed.
DWB talks about the early territorial days of pro wrestling. What were his early days as a territorial wrestler like? What was training under Steve Keirn like? Tony talks about working in Memphis in his early years. Who did he like, who gave him trouble? Who were his favorite and least favorite opponents? How did Jerry Lawler and Jerry Jarrett treat him? DWB breaks down the life of a Memphis wrestler in this Shoot Interview.
DWB talks about his long career in the southeastern part of the country. What was it like working with the Armstrongs? How did the area change when David Woods bought the territory? What are Tony's memories of the next generation of stars like Shane Douglas, Sid Eudy, Paul Heyman, Eddie Gilbert, Tom Pritchard, and Missy Hyatt? DWB has great road stories and in ring memories of all of the above and more.
DWB talks about returning to work for Jerry Jarrett in the USWA. How had Jarrett changed? How had territorial wrestling changed? What was the dynamic like between the old World Class wrestlers and Jarrett's wrestlers? How did the booking change? What were the Von Erichs like at this time? What prompted him to start involving his wife in the business? Did anyone make a pass at her? DWB has some great stories from this transitional time in pro wrestling.
DWB also breaks down his long career in Smokey Mountain Wrestling. DWB doesn't have kind words for Jim Cornette. What does he think of Cornette? What does he respect and not respect about Cornette? Was Cornette a fair boss? DWB has some scathing words for his former boss in this Shoot Interview.
DWB also talks about the great collection of talent in SMW. DWB talks about his ring wars with Tracy Smothers. What was Tracy like outside of the ring? DWB also recalls some great traveling stories in SMW. DWB also talks about his matches with the Rock and Roll Express? Are they as good as some say they are? Tony offers his thoughts as someone that has been in the ring with them.
DWB also talks long and hard about his infamous WWE run. Who came up with the name T.L. Hopper? How did the gimmick come about? Did he like it? What was the intention of the gimmick? How did the rest of the locker room react to the gimmick? Did Tony try and bring his wife into the company? Tony recalls one of the most infamous gimmicks in pro wrestling.
Throughout the interview, DWB takes us through a journey as told on a long car ride. DWB recalls the wars, the road stories, the ribs, and the conflicts of his long career. Along with the miles, came classic stories which he retells here for the first time.
Were you a wrestling fan growing up
Who did you enjoy watching
How did you get into the business
What was the training like
What was the biggest misconception of the business that you had
What was the hardest thing in training
How soon did you smarten up
Memories of your first match
Did anyone mentor you early on
Memories meeting Steve Keirn
Memories of him as a trai