One of the last great journeyman wrestlers of the last three generations is "Wild" Bill Irwin. Along with his brother Scott, the Long Riders dominated the territorial world of the National Wrestling Alliance. The Long Riders may wrestle in Texas, Tennessee, Japan, and Georgia all in one week. If there is a man with a story to tell, it would be "Wild" Bill Irwin.
Bill Irwin sat down and took us for a trip down memory lane. Drop a name and Bill could tell you a story and a half about that person. Whether it is a wild road trip, carrying his inebriated opponent to ten minutes, traveling overseas, a bloody war, various bookers, drugs, alcohol, and the rock and roll life, Bill Irwin talks about it all in this shoot interview.
Bill may be most known to newer fans as part of the revolution known as World Class Championship Wrestling. Along with the glory of WCCW, came tragedy. Bill recounts 72 hours of madness surrounding the death of David Von Erich. Bill was the last person to see David alive. Bill talks about the plane ride to Japan with David, his last hours in Japan, their last conversation, and the madness that ensued once the news broke about David's passing. It is the most detailed account of one of pro wrestling's biggest mysteries that you will ever hear. Were drugs flushed down the toilet as Gary Hart claimed in his shoot? You will have to watch the shoot and find out how Bill responds to Gary's accusations.
If you don't know Bill from the various territories, World Class, or even his days as Super Destroyer, you may know him as someone else. The Goon! Bill talks about winding down his career in the WWE as the Goon and why he thinks this character is still engrained into current WWE culture. Will you see the Goon again on your television set? Watch the RF Video shoot interview and find out.
Here are the list of questions that we talked about with Wild Bill. Bill also spent alot of time talking about the day that David passed away because he was the one who found him.
Howd you get started
Was the training more difficult than you thought
What was the kayfabe like for a young guy back then
Memories of working for Central States early in your career
Talk about paying your dues back then
Memories of your first match
Thoughts on Bob Geigel
Memories of Ric Flair
Memories of Harley Race
Early memories of Skandor Akbar
Who was the captain of calling your matches with Scott
How did you develop your interviews
Memories of Memphis
Memories of Jerry Lawler
Thoughts on Jeff Jarrett
Memories of matches with Jimmy Valiant
Memories teaming with Larry Latham
Memories of matches with the Gilberts
Memories of matches with the Poffos
Thoughts on Bill Dundee
How did you wind up in World Class
Initial impressions of Fritz Von Erich
How bad was the drug scene in World Class
Did you ever have a problem working with anyone that partied too hard
Thoughts on how the business changed s