VIDEO DOWNLOAD - Behind Closed Doors - Don Muraco
Over the last decades of innovating shoot interviews, one of RF Video's most popular guests was Don Muraco. It should be no surprise that Muraco's "Magnificent" label transcends from the wrestling ring to the shoot interview. It took almost ten years, but we have finally cornered the WWE Hall of Famer for a second, all-new shoot interview.
Have you ever wondered what it was like to travel down a Pennsylvania highway in 1984 with the WWF Intercontinental champion? RF Video goes beyond the shoot interview with Don Muraco and sits down with the Magnificent one with a casual conversation. What you will see and hear is what Muraco's peers likely heard at 1AM after a long night on the road to the next town.
The format was very conversational as we jumped around from topic to topic, territory to territory, wrestler to wrestler, promoter to promoter, and story to story with Don Muraco. One of the greatest promo men of all-time was never at a loss for words when he sat down with RF Video.
The video starts off with casual conversation about Muraco's early territories. Muraco goes into more detail than he did in his earlier interview about his early years in a rough business. Muraco talks extensively about what it was like for a virtual unknown to travel the territories and make his reputation. The road to Madison Square Garden was a long one and we cover every mile with the Magnificent one.
One of our favorite stories is hearing about how Don broke into the business. Don talks in length about his early years in Minnesota. Some of the best RF Video interviews featured classic tales about Verne Gagne. This interview is no different. Don also recounts his first-ever meetings with fellow Hall of Famers; Roddy Piper, Jimmy Snuka, Iron Sheik and the Nature Boy himself, and Ric Flair.
Don brings us into the booking office and breaks down the bookers. Don is one of only a few legends to have worked for all of the great and controversial bookers of the 1970s and 1980s. Don has some great stories about Eddie Graham, Vince McMahon, Dusty Rhodes and Bill Watts.
When you think of Don Muraco you think of some of wrestling's classic, bloodiest wars. Don goes into detail from a booker's point of view as to the importance of his legendary match with Jack Brisco. Don talks about the circumstances of his feud with Barry Windham and the angle that got it over. Known as one of the bloodiest wre stlers of his generation, Don recounts the first time he ever bled in a wrestling match.
Don also breaks down the psychology of some of his greatest matches and feuds. Don talks about his role as a heel in the Backlund and Hogan eras. Don talks about the differences and changes he made when he wrestled as a babyface and a heel. Don also gets very technical as to how he was able to put guys over and keep his heat at the same time.
Don's wars with Jimmy Snuka have taken on a life of their own. What was it like behind-the-curtain working with Jimmy? We ask questions about working with Jimmy that nobody has asked Don before. Were there ever plans to put the I-C belt on Jimmy? Don has a shocking answer to this including what he wanted to do different from the office. The conversation regarding this feud is one of the most interesting of all-time to fans like us of this feud and that era.